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Brighter Futures, Stronger Communities: EKC Group launches its new Strategic Plan to support the region’s recovery

We have launched an ambitious new Strategic Plan to aid the economic recovery of East Kent by empowering residents, supporting businesses and enhancing access to education and training opportunities for all.

Our new Strategic Plan: 2020 to 2024, places our local communities at the heart of the region’s long-term recovery, offering commitments to work with local authorities, education providers, employers, and other community partners to boost opportunities, and improve social mobility through high-quality education and training. 

Our family of three Business Units and six Colleges in Ashford, Broadstairs, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Sheppey, are set to play a pivotal role. Investment has been secured to enhance the facilities and ensure we can continue to raise aspirations through innovative teaching in specialist, industry-standard learning environments.  

Social action continues to be at the forefront of our mission, as we seek to build on our award-winning work across East Kent, providing students with unique opportunities to gain meaningful experiences to enhance their local communities and become stakeholders within them.

Elsewhere, we have established a Support Package for communities and businesses which have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic and those looking to retrain or upskill. These accessible programmes, designed to meet the current and future needs of the economy, will be bolstered by our ongoing investment in digital technologies, set to revolutionise course delivery and promote flexible, affordable learning for all.

Meanwhile, support for local employers will increase as we seek to invite businesses to make full use of the dedicated training solutions and guidance available to help manage the impact of the pandemic, safeguard their future, and achieve their long-term ambitions. 

Graham Razey, our Chief Executive Officer said: “I believe that specialist technical and vocational education is at the heart of the region’s long-term economic recovery. Through this new Strategic Plan, we’ll be better positioned to meet the needs of the communities we serve, with clear ambitions to ensure our Group delivers an inspirational educational experience for learners, which helps them progress to the career of their choice. Through this plan we’re committed to working in partnership with a wide range of key stakeholders, and we believe that together we can have the positive impacts that will ensure East Kent remains a place people will choose to live, work and play.”