The Mayor of London has announced West London College as one of the skills providers awarded the Mayor’s Academies Programme Quality Mark for construction, green skills and health and social care. Deputy Mayor, Jules Pipe, visited Southall Community College today, 29 June, to present the college with the news.
West London College received three Quality Marks for their Green, Health & Social Care and Construction learning provision. To achieve the Quality Mark, training providers needed to demonstrate their training responds to employers’ needs, raise awareness of their particular sector, ensure that their courses are inclusive and sustainable, and also outline their commitment to helping Londoners into good work.
At West London College, Jules Pipe met with some of the learners on one of the green skills courses. The Deputy Mayor also observed a wall insulation training session and found out more about our new Construction and Green Skills centre.
Partners working with West London College on the West London Green Skills Hub also attended, including Anna Walterskotter (Women Into Construction), Ambrose Quashie (HS2), Stephen Coles (CITB) and Andrew Dakers (West London Business).
Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills at City Hall said: “I’d like to congratulate the 25 organisations that have been awarded the Mayor’s Skills Academies Quality Mark. This new accreditation recognises high-quality training that meets the needs of London’s employers and supports Londoners into good jobs. It was great to visit the teams at West London College today who have just been accredited with three Quality Marks to see exactly how they are supporting Londoners to get the skills training they need to succeed.
The MAP Quality Mark indicates to potential students that the college is a high-quality skills provider delivering industry-relevant training, with strong employer links in the sector. This gives reassurance that the training offered will increase a student’s chances of obtaining employment in their chosen sector.
This award for green skills is the second the college has received from the Mayor, having previously received recognition for construction skills training in 2018.
West London College is committed to helping improve employment opportunities, reskilling the workforce, and playing a role in helping to achieve the Mayor’s net zero target for carbon emissions by 2030. The college recently launched the West London Green Skills Hub, also part of the Mayor’s Academies Programme. The new Hub brings together training providers, local authorities, employers, trade groups, charities and others across Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow.
The Hub, which is led by West London College, focuses on providing the training and skills needed by employers to create green jobs and to equip those in West London with the skills and experience needed to secure green jobs in areas such as retrofit – making domestic homes more energy efficient, the circular economy including waste & recycling, sustainability, green spaces and low carbon transport.
Karen Redhead OBE, Principal and CEO at West London College, said: “We are delighted to receive the Mayor’s Academies Programme Quality Mark, recognising our commitment to providing high-quality, employment-focused training. The Quality Mark supports our mission to inspire learning and improve lives through education, training and skills development that supports social and economic success for our students, businesses, and communities across West London.”
David Warnes, Deputy Principal, added: “Receiving the Quality Mark underpins our vision for the West London Green Skills Hub to equip those in West London, especially people hardest hit by the pandemic, with the skills and experience needed to secure jobs in the green economy.”