CCCG & National Training Academy for Rail

The College

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Capital City College Group (CCCG) is comprised of three colleges - Westminster Kingsway College, City and Islington College and the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL).

It is a further education college group in London, with over 27,000 students. The college works to equip its students with the skills to take advantage of the opportunities that London has to offer.

The Employer

The National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) is the UK’s training body for the rail industry and is a joint project between the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR), and government and Siemens.

NSAR provides membership, insight and support to employers and training providers to develop and sustain a highly skilled workforce to deliver a world-class rail service.

The Partnership

In 2016, the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) teamed up with the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) to create the London Rail Academy, formerly the Advanced Engineering Centre for Excellence, in response to a decline in skilled workers in rail and manufacturing and to meet the needs of the local population and economy.

The Benefits

The Academy aims to encourage collaboration between rail sector companies to improve the industry. By instilling this ethos, CONEL has made a noted difference to the sector. The college has played a pivotal role in supporting progression for low-skilled and deprived students as it reaches into some of the most impoverished boroughs in London, especially thanks to its recent campaign offering free courses up to Level 2 to adults. In developing the Academy, the college took the opportunity to devise Level 2 and Level 3 rail apprenticeship provision and quickly established itself as an industry leader in progression into employment or higher-level study.

Furthermore, the college received recognition from the industry. In 2018, the then Advanced Engineering Centre for Excellence Centre scooped the Training Provider of the Year award at the NTAR Apprentice Awards, which further put the college under the spotlight in the sector.

When NSAR nominated the college, they said that thanks to CONEL’s investment and actions with industry and the local community, they attracted many apprentices and apprentice places for employers within the rail industry.

This was complemented by quality delivery, approved by NSAR, and strong links with rail employers. The net result is that rail-engineering apprentice numbers at CONEL have grown to more than 150 in just two years. NSAR thought that it was an impressive achievement for the industry and illustrates clearly what can happen when an FE college works hard with both the local community and employers.

What they say

Hear first hand from colleges and employers about their experiences.

Rail projects planned for the next few years will demand more and more skilled railway engineers. Our facility is well positioned to provide these skilled engineers and I am confident that we will continue to deliver for the rail industry. I am proud of the great links we have built with industry over the last two years, and we plan to continue to develop these relationships to deliver an even better service.

Barry Connelly, Director of the London Rail Academy

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