Video: College reaching out to businesses to build skills of the future

A college leader is reaching out to businesses to find out the kind of skills they need to help fire up economic growth.

Dr Julie Mills, the principal and chief executive of Milton Keynes College said she wants businesses to be 100 per cent satisfied with her establishment.

From left, Daniel Mouawad, chief executive of SEMLEP, Fredi Nonayelu, chief executive Brite Yellow, Dr Julie Mills, principal and chief executive of Milton Keynes College and John Cridland, director-general of the CBI

From left, Daniel Mouawad, chief executive of SEMLEP, Fredi Nonayelu, chief executive Brite Yellow, Dr Julie Mills, principal and chief executive of Milton Keynes College and John Cridland, director-general of the CBI

Dr Mills said: “We need to understand what businesses are looking for.”

She told a meeting on the subject of The Business of Education at the campus in Chaffron Way that she is changing the way the college works to be more “outward focused”. The college is aiming to identify the skills that firms need to develop.

Thursday’s meeting’s special guest was national business leader John Cridland, director-general of the bosses organisation the CBI.

Mr Cridland said he was a supporter of education and believes the country needs to turn its attention to longer term issues like skills training. He wants businesses to get involved with colleges.

He said the country had been through three or four years of tough times, where the focus had been on company survival but attention needs to be given to the long term.

The meeting also saw an audience quiz a panel made up of Dr Mills, Mr Cridland and Daniel Mouawad, the chief executive of the local enterprise partnership SEMLEP amd company chief executive Fredi Nonyelu, of Briteyellow.