The Lambeth College has joined the London South Bank University (LSBU) federation of education institutions to give South London students a greater choice of courses.
They are joining forces to maximise social impact, build on strong relationships with local employers and support progression to good jobs and careers, they say.
LSBU is a UK leader in technical education and graduate employability. The pair’s vision, their statement says, is “to create a vibrant hub for South London education that will break down educational boundaries, create learning and career pathways, and focus on student outcomes and success.
“The new partnership promises students at Lambeth College the benefit of a wide range of educational and career development opportunities, including links to strong employer partnerships.”
Lambeth College offers courses and apprenticeships and LSBU professional and technical education. London South Bank University opened as the Borough Polytechnic Institute in 1892. About a quarter of LSBU students come from south-east London.
Fiona Morey, principal designate of Lambeth College, said: “This is a new, exciting beginning, not just for us, but for south London. The coming together of our college with the University enables us to support those who live, work and learn in south London to access education that transforms lives. Through our partnership with LSBU we are in a strong position to continue to build on the vital role the College plays in our local communities. Our pioneering partnership with LSBU supports our vision of being at the heart of lifelong learning in south London. We are proud to be part of a collaboration that values education and is passionate about supporting our students and employers to realise their ambitions.”
Professor David Phoenix, vice chancellor of London South Bank University, said: “This unique partnership between Lambeth College and LSBU creates an exciting opportunity for our two institutions and for people, businesses and communities across south London. Together, we will break down educational barriers and provide high quality professional and technical education to all who can benefit.
“Our educational offer, coupled with our combined business links and enterprise expertise will create a new model for education delivery and enable us to make a real difference to local people.”
Lambeth Cabinet member for the Voluntary Sector, Partnerships & Community Safety Cllr Mohammed Seedat said: “If our pupils are to realise their full potential, they’ll need the widest possible range of educational opportunities available to them.
“Lambeth College teaming up with London South Bank University is fantastic news for young people, as it promises to improve the educational opportunities and the guidance they’ll need to go on to have successful careers.
“This will play a key role in improving equality in Lambeth, and breaking down the barriers preventing so many young people from fulfilling their potential.”
The LSBU group already includes a multi-academy trust, South Bank Academies: the University Technical College and the South Bank Engineering Academy. In November 2018, LSBU opened The Passmore Centre, a new hub for professional and technical education, to provide local people and employers with access to high quality apprenticeships and other forms of employer-supported study.
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