Leading business people from Bath and the South West have praised the business courses offered by City of Bath College.
This backing comes as Further Education Colleges throughout the country celebrate VQ Day today (22nd June) – an event which recognises the contribution that Vocational Qualifications make to the lives of students and the economy.
City of Bath College recently launched The Bath Business School - a re-branded and revamped version of the College’s existing IT and Business Management department.
As well as offering full-time students a range of business qualifications, the Bath Business School also focuses on providing part-time, adult learners with the very best professional qualifications.
The business school has already achieved a first for the College – accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) to run two new courses, the Certificate in HR Practice and the Certificate in Learning and Development Practice.
It is also a recognised Centre of Excellence for Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) courses and will continue to run a range of CIPS courses.
Support for the business school and its range of industry-relevant courses has now come from leading local business people.
Angela Ladd, Chairman of Bath’s Small Business Focus group said: “Linking business courses to vocational courses in colleges is vital. Many of the College’s students will find work in small businesses, where more is needed than the core skill of making the product or offering the service.
“The success of Bath’s economy rests on small businesses. Employees of small businesses have to multi-task and show an understanding of all business procedures as well as an entrepreneurial spirit.
“An example of the excellent courses run at the College is the Enterprise and Entrepreneurship BTEC Diploma which focuses on all different aspects of business and includes innovative challenges, interaction with the business community and business taster days too.”
John Turner, Director of the Somerset Tourism Association and Deputy Centre Manager for Clarks Village, said: “Good vocational business courses like those offered by City of Bath College allow companies to involve students in the day-to-day operations of running and marketing a business.
“We live in uncertain times and the more we can equip our students with valuable industry experience the more chance we have of thriving as a country commercially.
“By businesses and Further Education providers working together we both can achieve the common goal of equipping our students with the valuable life skills required to work in any business environment.
“These life skills will allow students to grow and respond to the day-to-day economic climate with confidence and practical knowledge. Students are the future of our economy and we have to embrace this philosophy.”
For more information about the vocational courses offered at City of Bath College visit www.citybathcoll.ac.uk or call 01225 312191.
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