A white paper that could have been written for Burnley College

Skills for Jobs: Lifelong Learning for Opportunity and Growth. The White Paper we’ve heard so much about could have been written for Burnley College. It sums up everything we stand for and everything we do.

Simply put, it’s what we’re all about: ensuring individuals today have the skills and knowledge to forge rewarding, successful careers and help industry thrive.

That’s our award-winning Themis Apprentices; our dedicated adult learners who are retraining or gaining additional professional qualifications; our engaged A Level or vocational students who use their learning to solve real-world industry problems; our outstanding Burnley College University Courses undergraduates whose expertise will make them leaders in their chosen industry.

We’ve been doing this since the idea behind the White Paper was still a memo on a desk in Whitehall. While civil servants and government ministers were working on the fine print, we were speaking to employers, asking exactly what was needed in terms of training and staff development.

And, as the government uses the White Paper to build a head of steam to make change, we’ll be building with bricks and mortar to create an innovative new Industry Hub on campus, subject to planning approvals, of course.

All our conversations; all our collaboration; all our high-level meetings with industry comes down to this – an exciting Industry Hub where the entire business community could tap into the expertise and innovation  found here at Burnley College. Advanced Manufacturing, Cyber Physical Industry 4.0 System and Automation Smart Factory, Healthcare, Digital Skills, Low-Carbon Technologies - it would be the go-to destination for employers seeking the very latest industry-specialist knowledge.

It would not be an Industry Hub for Burnley College. It would be an Industry Hub for Burnley – and Lancashire.

Click here for more on the Skills for Jobs White Paper

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