Group Principal Graham Razey took business leaders and entrepreneurs on a journey of transformation when he presented at Canterbury’s recent ‘Unconference’.

He gave the opening keynote speech to the audience of more than 100 delegates, outlining how EKC Group constituent, East Kent College, had developed its curriculum and built up partnerships with industry to ensure students were developing the skills employers needed.

Graham said: “Ever since I arrived at what was then Thanet College, I’ve been working to develop strong partnerships with our wider communities. I’ve always placed our students’ destinations at the heart of what we do. I want to ensure that every one of our learners gets taught the skills which enable them to move seamlessly into employment when they leave our colleges, and the only way you can really achieve that is by working in close partnership with business.

“We’ve grown some exceptional relationships with employers over the years, and this has seen us radically changing the curriculum we offer, and what’s in it. I hope that we can continue to build new partnerships as we move forward as the new EKC Group.

Business Development Manager at Canterbury City Council, Chris West, helped to organise the event.

He said: “Today's Unconference in Canterbury has attracted business delegates from across the South East. We were very pleased to have Graham Razey as a key note speaker at this year’s Unconference. Graham delivered a powerful presentation on the journey of the EKC Group and their plans for the future.”

The presentation also saw business leaders get a sneak peek of the new EKC WorkHigher branding, which is set to be formally launched at the National Apprenticeship Show at the Kent Event Centre later this month.

EKC WorkHigher delivers apprenticeships, continuing professional development courses, higher education and community learning across the whole of East Kent as part of the EKC Group. Chris West continued: “The Group's focus on apprenticeships and personal development courses through their newly launched EKC WorkHigher brand will be a real asset to businesses within the Canterbury District.”

If you’d like to find out what they can offer your business, get in touch by emailing workhigher@eastkent.ac.uk