East Kent College Group

23rd February 2019

Throughout Kent, businesses can collaborate with one large educational provider, the EKC Group. When East Kent College and Canterbury College merged in 2018, they created the EKC Group.  

The Group is a family of five colleges in Broadstairs, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Sheppey. The Group also provides apprenticeship, professional training and higher education. 

In 2019 the EKC Group will build on their successful relationships with businesses.  

Successful businesses recognise the importance of developing the next generation of its workforce with good training.  Traditional apprenticeships ensured proper tradecraft was instilled in young workers. In the 21st century, collaborations with technical and vocational colleges, build links between industries. Education remains key to continued growth and prosperity.  

The Group ties its curriculum to business needs. If a construction company is looking for new bricklayers, the group will advance the right skills and ensure students are ‘work ready’.  

The Group is developing the next generation of construction professionals and also works in tandem with specialised sectors, for example establishing a marine engineering course. 

EKC has a core aim, which is to enable students to progress into the career of their choice.  With some 13,000 students across its colleges, there’s no doubt that this provides an attractive talent pool for businesses looking for the next generation of skilled employees. 

There are commercial reasons to work alongside the EKC Group, it is an economic heavy hitter. The Group has a turnover of £55m with 1,250 staff and is one of the largest employers, and markets, in Kent. The Group works with a variety of suppliers and reiterated its commitment to spending locally. 

The Group operates a business wing, known as EKC Commercial Services. A jewel in the crown is its own four-star rated hotel, The Yarrow, in Broadstairs. The Yarrow hotel was originally developed to ensure an inspirational learning environment for students taking hospitality courses. The Yarrow is now a hub for business events, as well as its local community.  

The EKC Group welcomes approaches from businesses both with a training need and a commercial offering.   

With the significant rises in degree courses, and the new higher apprenticeships, the group offers an alternative to traditional routes to higher education. Students achieve higher learning and career aspirations through the colleges, but without the drawback of significant debt.  Students from The Group will have a huge amount of industry experience.  

With the Government’s first new T-Level pathways set to be introduced by 2020, The Group will also offer students block work placements, adding real strength to an employer’s workforce and will ensure the industry can mould students while they’re still at college.  

The Group offers professional training courses delivered by its experienced and specialist tutors who recently delivered hundreds of free training courses for businesses, offering digital skills training to help ensure employers have the skills required to tackle 21st Century commerce.  

If you’ve ever thought about collaborating with an educational organisation, there’s never been a better time to do so. The EKC Group has the scale to operate across Kent. Contact the EKC group at enquiries@ekcgroup.ac.uk  to find out more. 

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