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Educational institutes partner up to showcase Kent’s new employees

A collection of Kent’s top educational organisations have launched a new online facility that will help students’ employment, as well as boosting business.

EKC Group, University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University have been working with Pfizer and Sandwich’s Discovery Park to create a Skills Hub – a virtual platform demonstrating what Kent has to offer businesses.

Launching on Tuesday, December 7, the Skills Hub is committed to supporting businesses large and small within Discovery Park in a number of ways.

Among representatives of the key partners was EKC Group's Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Jonathan Smith (third from Right)


These include upskilling their current workforce, as well as finding new talent to take their business forward.

Businesses can access a range of services through this partnership, from recruiting apprentices or professional graduates, to collaborating with us to grow their business and the regional economy. 

The Skills Hub partnership will create a symbiotic relationship between businesses and Kent’s top educational institutes, with students and apprentices benefiting from closer ties with local industries.

The scheme will help companies navigate the complex landscape of qualifications, from work placements and traineeships, through internships and apprenticeships to graduates. It will also help promote awareness among businesses of the recently created T Levels, which are the equivalent of three A Levels and designed to meet the needs of industry.

Jonathan Smith, EKC Group’s Director of Stakeholder Engagement, said: “Our Group’s mission is to play a leading part in enhancing the social and economic prosperity of the communities we serve, and through this partnership we’ll be helping deliver against that key agenda of ours.

"We’re excited to work in collaboration with our partners to ensure that the Skills Hub serves the needs of businesses at Discovery Park and acts as a catalyst for their continued growth by developing the next generation of skilled employees.”

A big asset to the scheme is that students from across all six of EKC Group’s Colleges are eligible to join the platform and benefit SMEs at Discovery Park.

The EKC Group is a family of six Colleges, commercial facilities and outreach programmes across East Kent. For more information, click here.