EKC Group’s new apprenticeship, professional learning, higher education and community learning arm, EKC WorkHigher, officially launched at this week’s south east National Apprenticeship Show.

Following the creation of the EKC Group from the merged Canterbury College and East Kent College, EKC WorkHigher will now deliver all of these key services across the east of the county, with delivery centres at the Group’s colleges in Broadstairs, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Sheppey.

The Director of EKC WorkHigher, Jonathan Smith said: “It was wonderful to launch this new service at the National Apprenticeship Show in Detling, a leading event in the annual apprenticeships calendar.

Apprenticeships are a huge part of our area, and we’re proud to have delivered thousands of high quality opportunities over the past few years. The high quality of our apprenticeship service is illustrated in the fact that we’ve seen significant growth this year, even while nationally apprenticeship starts have declined steeply.”

Susan Acott, interim Chief Executive of the East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, said: “Apprenticeships provide an increasingly important route into careers within the NHS. As a large employer, and one of the largest hospital trusts in England, we look forward to working with EKC WorkHigher in co-designing apprenticeship and skills training to deliver our vision for great healthcare from great people.”

EKC WorkHigher also encompasses the Group’s higher education courses in the new structure, offering students a greater connection with the business community’s needs.

Jonathan Smith said: “It makes sense to include our higher education provision in this area, as we’re committed to ensuring our students are ready to progress into employment after they finish with us. Building their network, and experience with employers is key to ensuring they have the best possible start when they leave us.”

The area also delivers a wide range of professional training courses for the county’s businesses. It currently has a number of free digital skills courses for Kent businesses to take advantage of. These are funded through the European Social Fund.

Jonathan Smith said: “It’s brilliant to be delivering these high quality digital training courses to employers across east Kent, as it’s great to see the impact that improving their digital skills can have. And as they’re free, we’d encourage as many of our county’s employers to get in touch to find out what we can do for them.”

To find out more about EKC WorkHigher or the range of apprenticeships and courses it offers get in touch by emailing workhigher@eastkent.ac.uk

EKC Group’s new apprenticeship, professional learning, higher education and community learning arm, EKC WorkHigher, officially launched at this week’s south east National Apprenticeship Show.

Following the creation of the EKC Group from the merged Canterbury College and East Kent College, EKC WorkHigher will now deliver all of these key services across the east of the county, with delivery centres at the Group’s colleges in Broadstairs, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Sheppey.

The Director of EKC WorkHigher, Jonathan Smith said: “It was wonderful to launch this new service at the National Apprenticeship Show in Detling, a leading event in the annual apprenticeships calendar.

“Apprenticeships are a huge part of our area, and we’re proud to have delivered thousands of high quality opportunities over the past few years. The high quality of our apprenticeship service is illustrated in the fact that we’ve seen significant growth this year, even while nationally apprenticeship starts have declined steeply.”

Susan Acott, interim Chief Executive of the East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, said: “Apprenticeships provide an increasingly important route into careers within the NHS. As a large employer, and one of the largest hospital trusts in England, we look forward to working with EKC WorkHigher in co-designing apprenticeship and skills training to deliver our vision for great healthcare from great people.”

EKC WorkHigher also encompasses the Group’s higher education courses in the new structure, offering students a greater connection with the business community’s needs.

Jonathan Smith said: “It makes sense to include our higher education provision in this area, as we’re committed to ensuring our students are ready to progress into employment after they finish with us. Building their network, and experience with employers is key to ensuring they have the best possible start when they leave us.”

The area also delivers a wide range of professional training courses for the county’s businesses. It currently has a number of free digital skills courses for Kent businesses to take advantage of. These are funded through the European Social Fund.

Jonathan Smith said: “It’s brilliant to be delivering these high quality digital training courses to employers across east Kent, as it’s great to see the impact that improving their digital skills can have. And as they’re free, we’d encourage as many of our county’s employers to get in touch to find out what we can do for them.”