Throughout their time at HSDC, students have plenty of insight into future careers thanks to our fantastic partnerships.
HSDC has formed relationships with dozens of businesses throughout the area, which help us to prepare students for the future and make sure our students will help to fill skills gaps in a range of industries.
On the final day of Colleges Week 2021, we are sharing details of a handful of businesses we have partnerships with, although we are grateful and proud of each and every company who chooses to work with us.
Bridgette Farrow and the team have been a key partner with our Construction T Level from the start, with support through content design with the awarding body and industry placements for our students. Low Carbon Construction is a really important local partner as it is leading the way on modern construction methods and the need for affordable housing, enabling students to learn about sustainable construction.
In partnership with CM Sports, HSDC has been running a dedicated CM Sports Coaching Academy since 2019 to help students gain experience in an education environment through work-based placements. HSDC also runs a Football Performance & Coaching course in partnership with Havant & Waterlooville FC Academy to help students progress to employment as a coach or professional player.
This will be our second year working with Titchfield Festival Theatre as a partner for our Performing Arts students. The College and theatre work together to give the students exposure to a professional space and to perform to paying audiences. This mutually beneficial work allows us to showcase the students’ developing skills and build on their portfolios and industry practice. The Titchfield team works with the College to allow us the use of their space which we are grateful to have the opportunity to use.
Andy Tose from Bedrok has been a supporter of our Creative Enterprise course from day one, he always gives up time to come in and work with the students and give advice around branding. His enthusiasm and expertise are much loved by our budding creative entrepreneurs, who learn from Andy’s business knowledge in a range of areas.
During the recent enrolment process, our Apprenticeships team started working with more than 50 new businesses.
Some of these are new to apprenticeships, while others were changing education providers to work with HSDC. One of our new partners is the Queens Hotel in Portsmouth, which has employed two apprentice chefs through HSDC.
Catherine Austen, General Manager at the Queens Hotel, Portsmouth, said:
“It is wonderful to be developing our relationship with HSDC, working with our apprentice chefs and with more plans for further apprenticeships in the offing.
“We look forward to creating more opportunities to work together in the coming years and will be looking to establish regular placements and work experience for students.”