Employers welcome new leadership centreDec 01, 2013
The Centre has been opened by the college to offer a range of services to companies of all sizes, from desk spaces for start-ups to bespoke training and engagement programmes for large corporations.
And guests, including speakers from some of the leading local employers, have given the initiative a ringing endorsement.
Chris Hawes, director of people and talent at banking giant Santander, said the bank planned to recruit around 1,500 young people aged between 16 and 24 this year.
He told guests at the launch event: “We want to work with the college and view them as a key partner in finding those candidates.
"Some of the facilities here are bigger and better than we have and I would rather be putting money into education than going to a large hotel.”
Milton Keynes-based Mirus IT Solutions has already taken on Milton Keynes College-trained apprentices in IT, marketing and business administration.
Managing director Paul Tomlinson praised the college for its delivery of bespoke customer service training for Mirus IT staff.
College director of business engagement Jane Horridge said: “It’s wonderful to see all these key people here tonight and it’s a great testament to everything the staff here are trying to do to drive the local economy.
"Through the facilities and training we can offer, we want to be right at the heart of that growth because it will create fulfilling careers for our students.”