Westminster Kingsway College to restart Camden JobTrain
14 May 2012
Westminster Kingsway College has stepped up to help young learners who were studying at Camden JobTrain, the work-based learning provider for young people and adults in Camden.
Camden JobTrain, which closed on 30 April, offered vocational education in the community for over 40 years and helped teenagers who struggle in mainstream education. The centre offered a mix of vocational courses, such as mechanics and construction, and core academic subjects including Maths and English.
Camden Council worked round the clock with the Education Funding Agency and Westminster Kingsway College trying to find a way of continuing the provision. With Westminster Kingsway College stepping in as the new provider, these courses will continue to equip young people with the skills they need in the same classes and with many of the same tutors.
Andy Wilson, Westminster Kingsway College Principal, said: "We are delighted to work with Camden Council in finding a solution to support those students who have been displaced by the sad closure of Camden JobTrain. We look forward to welcoming students back this week."
Councillor Theo Blackwell, Camden Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “The Council worked hard with Westminster Kingsway College to find a positive solution to the difficult situation Camden JobTrain found itself in. Council and school staff pulled out all the stops and worked together to ensure local young people can continue their courses. Camden has a goal to provide education, training or work placements for students not in education, training or work and will ensure that provision is enhanced following the changes at Camden JobTrain.
“We set up maths and English GCSE classes for the Camden students after Camden JobTrain closed on 30 April; Islington and Hackney, which also referred students to Camden Jobtrain, did the same.”
Cllr Blackwell, who was among the Camden Council representatives who attended meetings with Camden JobTrain trustees and staff, said: “We kept lines of communication open to other boroughs making it clear also that we were working hard to find a way of re-providing the service. Our aim was to minimise disruption to the education of the young people and we knew that staying with their peers and friends would be really important and that their relationships with tutors was vital to them continuing.”
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