Career colleges trust appoints board members and trustees

City & Guilds appointed as a trustee of the Career Colleges Trust

18 December 2013 / Be the first to comment

Career Colleges for 14-19 year olds are a step closer to being established - as the Career Colleges Trust appoints its board members and trustees. 

Luke Johnson, entrepreneur and former Chair of Channel 4, has been confirmed as the Trust’s Chairman, with Ruth Gilbert approved as CEO. Lord Baker, who developed the concept of Career Colleges, has been appointed as a Trustee along with CEO of the Edge Foundation, Jan Hodges OBE. 

Independent education charity, the Edge Foundation and Helping Hands Trust are both Founder Members of the Career Colleges Trust.

City & Guilds has also been appointed as a trustee, along with Pearson and OCR. Each trustee will act as the Deputy Chair of the Career Colleges Trust on a rotation basis, for a period of one year. City & Guilds Chief Executive, Chris Jones, will be the first to take up this position.

Career Colleges will be established by Further Education Colleges, allowing 14-19 year olds to combine academic and vocational studies. They will specialise in subjects offering excellent career prospects in the local labour market, such as hospitality, catering and tourism; finance and insurance; health and care; sport and event management; and construction.

Each college will be supported by local employers, who will help design and deliver the curriculum. They will offer ‘real-world’ challenges, coupled with work experience – enabling students to develop their wider employability skills.

Speaking about his involvement in the Career Colleges Trust, Chris Jones said: 'I’m delighted to be part of the Career Colleges Trust. A crowning feature of Career Colleges is the collaboration between employers and educators, which will surely benefit the students. City & Guilds and Career Colleges share a common goal of enabling young people to develop their skills and progress into fulfilling careers, and it’s an honour to be involved.'

The Trust is currently in discussions with FE Colleges around the country about developing Career Colleges in a range of specialisms. The FE Colleges will have to submit plans to the Career Colleges Trust and go through a rigorous assessment process.

For more information about Career Colleges, please see

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