Eastleigh College and Solent University work together to strengthen regional skills offer
As part of ongoing work to strengthen Higher and Further Education ties across the region, Solent University and Eastleigh College have entered into a reciprocal governance arrangement.
Professor Karen Stanton, Solent University Vice-Chancellor, has been appointed as a governor to the Eastleigh College Board and Paul Cox, Eastleigh College Chief Executive & Principal, has been appointed to the Solent Board as a co-optee.
Professor Karen Stanton said: “Both Solent and Eastleigh College are committed to partnership working to deliver benefits for learners across the region, and I am delighted that this arrangement will strategically bind our two organisations and their long term aims in the development of a city-wide skills offer.”
Paul Cox, added: “Eastleigh has worked closely with Solent for many years, and it’s exciting to take this a step further. We have shared values for providing lifetime learning, career-orientated experience and real employability opportunities. This development for both institutions will further strengthen our partnership working which will undoubtedly benefit students, apprentices and employers alike.”
Both Solent and Eastleigh are currently working on a number of initiatives as part of Covid recovery for Southampton and the wider region. This includes the ambition to develop a comprehensive adult education offer from entry to postgraduate levels, and a skills ladder that will see Eastleigh College training and apprenticeship provision mapped to Solent progressions routes.
Work is also continuing to improve education and employer engagement across the region, simplifying and clarifying access to training and apprenticeships for employers and organisations.
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Thousands of people are set to benefit from the launch of EC Online, a dedicated platform from Eastleigh College offering a range of short and mid-term courses which can be completed at a time and place to suit the learner, and the majority of which are free of charge.
Collaborative approach set to benefit employers across the south
Following the Skills for Jobs White Paper which was published earlier this year, Eastleigh College is delighted to be part of a unique collaboration working with businesses across the region to strengthen links, and placing employers at the heart of defining local skills needs.