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New Co-Operative Relationship with LSBU

New Co-Operative Relationship with LSBU

Date: 02 March 2021

New co-operative relationship agreed to support Redhill and Croydon students into successful careers 

Orbital South Colleges, formed of East Surrey College ((ESC) Redhill) and John Ruskin College ((JRC) South Croydon) are delighted to be working with London South Bank University (LSBU); to deliver an exciting opportunity for students and employers in their local community. The new co-operative relationship has 5 objectives including, ‘fast track articulation to LSBU’ for suitable East Surrey College and John Ruskin College students and joint activities to promote Apprenticeships. 

The aim of the new co-operative relationship is to support students in making choices which suit their interests and abilities, sustain their personal and employability development and maximise career progression opportunities. It will focus primarily on student progression pathways within Health and Social Care (including Adult Nursing) and the Engineering sector.

LSBU are opening the doors of the first university campus in Croydon in September 2021.  A core focus of LSBU Croydon is enhanced support for the NHS; centred around training the next generation of nurses, with a particular emphasis on addressing the severe skills shortage in the Croydon area.

Jayne Dickinson, East Surrey College commented: 

“We are delighted to be able to work alongside LSBU, enabling our community to have improved and extended access to career pathways in the Healthcare and Engineering sectors including a greater range of Apprenticeships at all levels.  As part of our commitment to the preparation of young adults to maximise every career opportunity, they will be able to have a direct progression route available to them, and we are working together to remove barriers to enable all areas of the community to succeed. As a fast-growing organisation, we have invested in our resources for technical subjects at both Colleges to provide outstanding accommodation including a new build at John Ruskin College ready for September 2021”. 

Professor Patrick Bailey, LSBU Provost, said, 

“Our new partnership with Orbital South Colleges offers huge opportunities for students and employers in this growing area. In September we will be opening a new university campus in Croydon which will give East Surrey College and John Ruskin College students a clear pathway to becoming the next generation of nurses and business leaders.” 

Address: John Ruskin College, Selsdon Park Road, South Croydon, CR2 8JJ

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