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Bexley charity Skills for Growth becomes part of the London South East College Group

PUBLISHED: 15:39 27 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:39 27 July 2017

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The charity will be based at the Bexley and Greenwich college campuses

A Bexley based charity is set to become part of the London South East Colleges Group.

The colleges group and Skills for Growth - a charity delivering education and training to young people enabling them to progress into employment, focusing on those idividuals with low prior attainment levels - have stated that combining will “ensure the continued delivery of high quality apprenticeships and training opportunities, responding to and meeting the needs of the employers and communities in the area.”

Skills for Growth will still maintain its distinctive identity and legal status as a charity but will be encorportated into the colleges group.

London South East Colleges delivers a programme of further and higher education, as well as apprenticeship training across Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich. Skills for Growth will join the former Bexley College and former Greenwich Community College.

The college group has also just become the newest member of the Collab Group, which represents colleges across the country.

A spokesperson said: “This will allow the college to develop its apprenticeship provision across the South East and Ashley McCaul will become the college’s lead on apprenticeships whilst also continuing as CEO of Skills for Growth.”

Sam Parrett OBE, principal and CEO of London South East Colleges, said: “This collaboration is excellent news for education and training in South East London.

“We believe that by collaborating with Skills for Growth we can provide employers and young people with the high quality apprenticeships and training they need to fulfil their potential.

“Right across the region, we will be playing our role in ensuring that South East London continues to be an area of strong economic growth and development, providing jobs and employment for the communities we serve, for generations to come”.

David Eastgate, chair of trustees at Skills for Growth, said: “Our priority is to ensure that Skills for Growth has a strong and sustainable future delivering apprenticeships and employability training.

“We will continue to focus on those most in need of our support to enter and progress within the labour market. By becoming part of London South East Colleges Group we are enhancing our offer to both employers and learners whilst also opening up greater access to higher and degree apprenticeships.”

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