The new Group, initially named WKCIC Group, has exciting plans to pool best and developing practice, equip students for sustainable employment, and become the first choice for businesses seeking world class training and professional development.
Andy Wilson, CEO of the Group, said: “Both colleges saw a once in a generation opportunity to consider how we work together and who with. We have been able to take our future into our own hands bringing together our expertise, sharing specialist knowledge and enabling collaboration.
“Our intention is to continue using the Westminster Kingsway and City and Islington College brands because they are so successful and well-respected amongst employers, students, schools and our other stakeholders. In the autumn we will launch our new training company, which will focus on meeting employers training needs. We are working on a new name for the training company and the overarching group; initially the group will have the legal name of The WKCIC Group.”
City and Islington and Westminster Kingsway have been two of the most successful colleges in recent years. Both have increased student numbers, received OfSTED Good grades under the new Common Inspection Framework, established considerable employer and community networks, achieved financial surpluses and invested heavily in high quality facilities during a period when the further education sector has come under considerable pressure. As they look to be better still, there are common areas where working collaboratively, will support their journey to be ‘Outstanding’ and guarantee excellence in teaching and learning.
Andy said: “Our timing empowers us to lead the reinvigoration of further education in London and beyond. While both colleges are currently making surpluses, two already strong colleges coming together will have more opportunity to invest and respond to the needs of employers making us the first choice for businesses seeking world-class professional, international or commercial programmes, Apprenticeships or bespoke training for their staff.”
Alastair Da Costa, Chairman of The WKCIC Group, said: “Collaboration between two exceptional colleges has been a bold, strategic and sensible initiative that will increase our impact and leverage further benefits for the communities we serve.”
Empowering individuals, enabling communities, equipping employers; educating for life
Westminster Kingsway and City and Islington Colleges have merged to form a dynamic and ambitious new Group – The WKCIC Group. With a combined enrolment of over 26,500 students the two founding colleges create the largest FE institution in London with the ability to lead the reinvigoration of the capital’s evolving further education sector. Our Colleges support all its students across a range of central London sites, in realising their ambitions as learners within a diverse and fully inclusive educational community. We value our staff and realise that through their commitment, expertise and efforts our mission will be realised.
Our sites are currently located at King's Cross, Soho, St James's Park and Victoria.
The college, which has buildings in the two London boroughs of Camden and Westminster, is organised on centre-based structure. Although we have six main buildings these are organised as 4 college centres, each of which is managed by a Director.
Additionally we offer part-time educational provision in over 60 community venues.
Our recent successful OfSted Inspection in May 2004 and our ambitious estates strategy mean that this is an exciting and challenging phase in the college's development. New entrants will be joining at a time when collective endeavour has never been more important and the ability of employees to respond flexibly and proactively in a rapidly changing internal and external environment is an essential attribute.
WKCIC is committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.
Equality & Diversity:
We value the diversity of our staff and learners who come from different cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds. This diversity is the source of our strength as our differences enable us to be innovative and creative in the way we work.
Through our curriculum and employment policies, procedures and practices, we embrace equality and successfully celebrate the diversity of our staff and learners, who are encouraged and supported to share different aspects of their identity.
We are proud to display the 'two ticks' symbol, to be a Stonewall Diversity Champion, and members of the Network for Black Professionals, and the Women’s Leadership Network.
Our aim is to recruit the best staff possible and to deliver first class teaching to our learners. We are one of the few Colleges to employ an Equality & Diversity Manager whose goal it is to monitor and measure the steps taken to make sure we have an inclusive and safe learning and working environment.
We are committed to equality and diversity, and expect our staff to share this commitment.
We recruit talented, creative thinkers at all levels, right across the College. People with fresh ideas who are dedicated to doing their job with commitment and bring a desire to make a difference. Teachers, lecturers, managers and business support staff who will help us build on the outstanding success we’ve already achieved.
If you are searching for your next teaching post, why not contact us now? You will be working at a great college and be part of a friendly, helpful team.
A message from the Group Principal.
Westminster Kingsway and City and Islington are two of London's larger post -16 educational institutions with some 40,000 students and approximately 1200 directly employed full-time equivalent (FTE) staff and a number of FTEs on a part-time agency basis staff. The college's income base is around £50m.
WKCIC is located in the heart of London's inner city and within our college community we represent the full range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds in London, with a cohort of students and staff representing a over 50 nationalities and over 150 mother tongue languages.
The Group's mission statement - Empowering individuals, Enabling communities, Equipping Employers; Educating for Life - reflects our intention to meet the diverse needs of the London population and economy by supporting all of our students in realising their ambitions as learners within a fully inclusive educational community. The Group, which has buildings in the two London boroughs of Camden and Westminster, is organised on centre-based structure. Additionally we offer part-time educational provision in over 60 community venues.
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