FUTURE students at the Chichester College Group will be able to play their part in keeping the nation’s trains running.
The group’s Crawley College has been announced by the National Skills Academy Rail as an official member of its national network of colleges in a countrywide training partnership.
The recognition adds to the college’s strong history of delivering apprenticeships.
The National Skills Academy Rail is a rail-industry membership body that represents the interests of the rail sector. It works with employers to ensure they have a skilled workforce to meet their needs. The national network enables employers to find high quality education providers.
Shelagh Legrave, the chief executive of the Chichester College Group, said: “We place employability at the heart of our learning and are proud to work closely with employers across our area, and beyond, to ensure that our curriculum supports our students and ensures they are gaining the skills and experience required in their chosen industry.”
Membership of the national network means Crawley College will be able to work with other further education colleges who have experience of working collaboratively with employers, as well as a wide understanding of the UK rail industry and its needs.
Crawley College’s principal, Vicki Illingworth, said: “This is the latest step for us as we work towards providing our local area with the skilled workforce of tomorrow.
“We are passionate about developing our curriculum, ensuring our learners are continuing to meet the skills and employment needs across the whole rail industry, from the technical engineering to business operations.”
Pictured below are Michelle Russell, left, a senior analyst at the National Skills Academy Rail, and Vicki Illingworth, the principal of Crawley College.