Coleg y Cymoedd is a Welsh College that has reputable links with employers, engaging with industry to meet the needs of learners, staff, the organisation and external stakeholders. In this article, the college discusses some of ways in which they build relationships with employers and work towards developing partnerships. They also provide some fascinating case studies of how this has already proven to be effective.
Employer engagement is key to the planning and development of the course offer, ensuring that it equips learners with the right skills to meet industry needs. Strong links with employers also affords learners the opportunity of real work through work placements, continual professional development and skills updates for staff.
The College works with over 800 employers throughout the organisation and local employers serve on the College’s Governing body and inform strategic and operational decision making. Governors use their industrial and commercial experience to benefit the development of the curriculum.
Networking is a key focus for Coleg y Cymoedd and members of the Senior Leadership Team and Managers sit on industry related boards, and our staff are encouraged to attend employer events where relevant. In addition to this, the college Employer Engagement Officers and Work Placement Officers continue to consistently maintain high levels of contact with employers.
Coleg y Cymoedd has a demonstrable reputation for excellence in work based learning and educational excellence. The College provides work based learning for a wide range of companies and the retention and attainment level for work based learning has been exceptional, with companies returning year on year to train their apprentices and existing staff.
The College also delivers training to a large number of organisations each year via its Business and International Services where they provide both off the shelf courses and tailored training, basing the course offer on labour market intelligence and offering courses to fill apparent skills gaps in companies.