Garry Phillips took over as Principal and Chief Executive of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College (EHWLC) in July this year. Garry’s primary focus is to ensure the College is doing everything it can to turn out people with the skills that are needed in the local economy:
“The College has its sights firmly set on preparing students for the world of work and Higher Education,” he said. “Despite high youth unemployment, the time is right for the College to seek and develop a truly ‘two-way street’, using the flexibility provided by government to respond to employers’ needs, and to ensure students leave the College ready for work.”
Over the summer months, a number of new initiatives have been put in place to bring this vision to reality, and on 4th September, the College invited delegates from various vested interest groups, including the Minister of State for Skills, Enterprise and Equalities, Nick Boles, to come and see for themselves what the College is doing to bring about improvements.
One of the initiatives being showcased at the event was Career Coach – EMSI’s online Labour Market Information tool for learners. For Garry, Career Coach is not a new concept, having been heavily involved in the very first UK implementation whilst Vice Principal of Curriculum and Quality at Burton & South Derbyshire College.
With its ability to support students’ career prospects by giving them real data on local occupations and earnings, and by linking this to the training provided by the College, Career Coach forms an integral part of Garry’s vision of a “two way street” – one where learners and prospective learners are helped to progress into positive destinations, and where local employers benefit from the supply of workers coming their way possessing the skills they really need.
Providing the means for learners to get into sustainable employment is clearly something that Garry is hugely enthusiastic about. When he was appointed for the post back in February, he said:
“I am passionate about ensuring that students of all backgrounds have sufficient and appropriate access to education, training and skills, and to give the local and national pupil/student population the tools to effectively contribute to their commerce and community.”
In addition to bringing in Career Coach, EHWLC have also commissioned EMSI to undertake an Economic Impact Study. The findings of this are due to be published shortly, and Garry hopes that in addition to Career Coach, the Impact Study will complement his other initiatives for improvement by highlighting the great value the College already provides, as well as setting a benchmark for future comparison:
“Through Career Coach, we hope to be able to meet our aim of giving people a better understanding of occupations which drive the local economy and how they can get into them through the training we provide. Through the Economic Impact Study, we hope to be able to demonstrate to learners, employers, and indeed the community as a whole, that the training we provide really does provide huge benefits to the region.”
We are thrilled to be able to partner with EHWLC as they strive to fulfil their mission to become an Outstanding College.
For more information about Career Coach, email Andy Durman on firstname.lastname@example.org