Local government councillors from across the London Boroughs of Bromley, Bexley and the Royal Borough of Greenwich were invited to ‘tea and tour’ this week at each of London South East Colleges’ main campuses.
The first of these special events, designed to acquaint councillors (elected at London’s local government elections in May) with College senior managers, was held at our Bexley Campus in Erith on Monday 25 June.
The group of six councillors came along to chat about the College, its students, courses and achievements over the past 12 months, and to familiarise themselves with how the Campus represents its community and helps to expand the economy and business growth locally.
Group Executive Director for Strategy, Communications and Development, Louise Wolsey told the councillors: “We have come a very long way since the three-way merger of Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich Community Colleges back in August 2016.
“In just two short years, we have established a successful Apprenticeship Company, undergone a major rebranding exercise and made real progress towards establishing a new London South East Education Group structure. We are moving forward with plans to modernise the College’s campuses and facilities, build new employer partnerships, expand our links with schools and universities and create new course areas to reflect the skills needs locally and nationally. We are on a very exciting journey.”
Vice Principal, Mary Herbert added: “Our University Centre has recently celebrated the awarding of a QAA rating of confidence, as well as a Silver Award granted by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel of The Office for Students, and continues to go from strength to strength. We offer a wide range of different degree programmes along with HNC/HND courses and an array of other professional qualifications. Our degrees are validated by the University of Greenwich, Bucks New University and Canterbury Christ Church University and we hope, within the next couple of years, to be validating higher education degrees of our own.”
The councillors were then taken on a tour of the Bexley Campus facilities including the brand new #ThePlatform - a state-of-the-art media and IT suite equipped with a range of modern media and IT kit including 20 high-speed Apple 27” iMac Retina stations and 20 Intel Core i5-6400 processor PCs. They also stopped by to look at our major new Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) facility - the Nido Volans Centre Bexley.
Assistant Principal for Bexley Campus, Ana Guimaraes led the tour and said: “We have recently played host to Skills Minister, Anne Milton MP. She came to formally launch our new initiatives and praised the work we have been involved in since the merger.
“We have formed new and exciting partnerships with local employers, community groups and other education establishments to offer local people relevant education and training opportunities and exposure to some of the capital’s most prominent ‘movers and shakers’ in a range of sectors. This helps to enhance their chances of gaining meaningful employment once they have completed their courses.”
Later in the week, both Bromley and Greenwich Campuses welcomed their own local councillors. They were shown the extensive science, technology and engineering workshops, hair and beauty salons, sports halls and gymnasiums, art, design and performing arts studios as well as hospitality and catering facilities that include our student-led restaurants and professional kitchens.
The councillors from across all three boroughs were suitably impressed and have promised to come back to discuss new, collaborative projects during the next academic year.