Barking & Dagenham College serves 12,500 learners across the sub region, and in partnership with others, we offer local people and employers outstanding technical and vocational learning opportunities, with direct routes into apprenticeships, employment and higher education. Quality and reputation is our hallmark. Personalised learning services, that place the learner and the customer at our centre, are our objectives. Real Work opportunities for our learners, is our Unique Selling Point (USP).
We have 3,500 youngsters studying with us, 420 of whom are 14-16 from three London boroughs. We deliver 700 apprenticeships annually. We have launched our own apprenticeship training company ‘Apprenticeships Work’, in partnership with three other organisations, with complementary experience of delivering apprenticeships.
Our curriculum map has breadth with diverse routes into learning, including training of engineering apprentices for Ford Motors and bakers for Morrisons. We have a National Skills Academy in Food and Drink Manufacturing, with two training restaurants open to the public and a large and newly refurbished refectory employing our own apprentices. We are also a National Skills Academy in Environmental Engineering with the Institute for Sustainability and other partners. We deliver our Technical Theatre and Performing Arts learners’ experience within the commercial environment of Barking Broadway Theatre.
Other exemplar academies exist across the college, particularly within our sports and our cultural and creative industries curriculum, in which we have a self financing Entrepreneurs Academy (EA) – run by our own cultural and creative industries learners. EA has secured several external and internal commercial commissions, offering learners real work opportunities. Examples include photography for the Metropolitan Police, art work for the Health Service, design-work for the Chamber of Commerce, construction for local companies, web design for a local car sales company, floristry, catering, events management and stewarding for local employers; and the re-design of the college’s reception, refectory and the Chef’s Hat.
Partnership working is well established, integral and business critical to us. We work closely with many private, voluntary and public service organisations, according to our mutual business interests and benefits. These include colleges and HEIs to deliver large European Social Fund (ESF) contracts, Employability and Response to Redundancy contracts, Skills for Jobs contracts – for which the college had the largest contract with Job Centre Plus in east London in 2009/2010. We have worked hard and been successful in increasing our partnership and employer based work, which has been recognised by the Funding Agency through increased employability contracts.
We employ 500 permanent staff and around 200 temporary staff. We value our staff and have a good benefits package, in order to attract, retain and motivate our staff. We invest heavily in staff learning and development to enhance and develop skills. As a result of this, we are more responsive to learners, customers and each other, and more committed to driving up learner success rates further.
The College, located in east London, within the heart of the Thames Gateway – the largest regeneration area in Europe offers outstanding learning and training and entrepreneurial ‘Real Work’ opportunities for all. We are first choice locally in technical and vocational education and our training environments are industry standard and endorsed by large and smaller employers. Our workforce is committed to putting learners and customers first. Serving a diverse set of communities, our approach with people is personalised and motivational, encouraging and inspiring everyone, on their route to success.
We are looking for loyal, motivated and talented people to help us achieve success. We are positive about a diverse workforce and would welcome applications from all sections of the community.
If you would like to join the BDC team and be part of our success story, please visit our website at: www.barkingdagenhamcollege.ac.uk
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