Sheffield College has become a patron of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce to support more regional employers and boost economic growth.
The college is the largest provider of work-based courses in Sheffield and the surrounding areas.
Paul Corcoran, the college’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted to become a Sheffield Chamber of Commerce patron, which will enhance our engagement with the region’s employers and provide the opportunity for greater input to the skills agenda.”
This academic year saw the launch of The Sheffield College Guarantee, where 16 to 18-year-old students on full-time courses lasting more than six months are guaranteed to get an apprenticeship, job offer or an offer of a place on a higher education course at the college or a university, or a progression route to one of them.
Mr Corcoran added: “Our work with businesses is essential to support our commitment to The Sheffield College Guarantee. We will be working with the Chamber and its network of employers to help shape the next generation of the region’s talent through work-based projects, mentoring and work placements for students.”
Brenda Jordan, the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce’s operations director, added: “We have worked closely with The Sheffield College as a member of the Chamber for many years but we are really pleased that during 2016 the college has decided to become one of our patrons.
“We will be working on the skills agenda including the delivery of a number of career fairs and apprenticeship schemes. We are confident that the benefits of working together will have a greater impact for the region”.