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Engaging Employers for the Learning Sector

A National Conference

Monday, 27th September 2010 – Lakeside Centre, Birmingham

Speakers Profile

Lorraine Collins has been working at Uxbridge College in West London since June 2003. Her original post was as Director of Business Development which included curriculum director responsibilities– this was changed to Director of Employer Engagement and Employability to reflect the rapidly changing employer responsiveness agenda. In March 2010 she took on the new role of Executive Director for Enterprise and Development.

Uxbridge College was one of the first twelve Colleges nationally to achieve the Part A Training Quality Standard in Summer 2007 and was also awarded Beacon College status as a result of an Outstanding Ofsted inspection in May 2008.

The college has a large Train to Gain contract and is currently converting much of the funding to expand its Apprenticeship programme as well as working with employers to find new and income generating opportunities to meet their needs.

Lorraine supported the delivery of CRM and HR workshops for KPMG as part of the World Class Skills programme and Uxbridge College is a lead partner in the new LSIS Employer Responsive programme.

One of the new challenges Lorraine has taken on is developing a Corporate Social Responsibility strategy for the College. She wants staff and students alike to enjoy their time at the College, have fun and also benefit the wider community.

From 2001-2003,  Lorraine managed the West London Learning Partnership which gave her a real insight into the variety of training providers which exist and the challenges and rewards which come from partnership working. During this period she was also seconded to the London West LSC to support the development of partnerships in the voluntary sector.

From 1991 to 2001 Lorraine worked for Hillingdon Adult Education in a variety of roles. As Basic Skills Co-ordinator she managed one of the first Open Learning Centres, taught Basic Skills both at the centres and in the workplace and worked with the Basic Skills Agency on a range of projects from inspecting  Basic Skills provision in prisons to developing Resource Packs for workplace training.  She managed the basic skills volunteer programme and also developed and delivered training for local authority staff on council policy. When she left the post it was as Senior Coordinator for the Service which covered all aspects of the curriculum including bid writing for external funds such as European Social Fund and managing their delivery.