Employers from a range of different sectors across Yorkshire and the Humber have had their say on the skills and knowledge they believe college students will need for successful careers in the region.
Bishop Burton College invited businesses from a variety of industries to share their views as part of a major project to review its future curriculum.
The curriculum planning event, held at the college’s campus near Beverley, included representatives from agriculture, equine, sport, childcare, the public services and more.
It was held in partnership with the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the feedback received from attendees will now be used to help shape the college’s curriculum from 2020 and beyond.
Bill Meredith, Chief Executive and Principal of Bishop Burton College, said:
“It was a really useful event and it was so interesting to hear the views of so many different employers from a wide range of sectors.
“We aim to run courses that students want to study but also want to help produce a highly-skilled workforce for the Humber and address any skills gaps, to help improve the region’s economy.
“The feedback we received was excellent. We will now take away all those positive ideas and use them in the planning of our curriculum moving forward.”
The event – Curriculum Transformation: Delivering Education and Skills for the Next Generation – was one of a series which will be used to help inform the college’s academic planning. Similar events will also take place with parents and students, as well as staff and governors of the college.
Gill Dillon, Employment and Skills Manager of the Humber LEP, delivered a presentation on the region’s economy, highlighting strengths and areas of potential growth.
She highlighted both the energy sector and manufacturing industry as areas of strength, but also warned of the difficulties faced by an ageing population and high levels of deprivation.
Attendees included representatives from JSR Farms, Cranswick, Hobson and Porter, Child Dynamix, Hull FC and Flamingo Land, among others.
They were asked to consider the challenges and opportunities in their sector, any gaps in the current curriculum offer and what could be done differently for the good of the region.
Bishop Burton delivers a variety of further education college programmes, as well as degrees. It specialises in agriculture, animal management, equine and sport but also delivers a range of courses in different subject areas.