The Partnership Newham College London

Published on March 19th, 2013 | by Daisy Lloyd


Newham College London

Centre for Innovation and Partnerships (CIPs) @ Newham College

CIPs was established in 1997 by Newham College of Further Education. Utilising European and other regeneration funds and working collaboratively with a wide range of partners, CIPs has successfully opened up new ways of training and support for individuals and businesses.

CIPs’ work is split across two distinct strands – Supporting Enterprise and Skills for Jobs. Through our enterprise work, we support businesses across a wide range of sectors, including business start-ups, creative businesses and businesses from women and BAME groups. We also have a Train to Gain team who are providing flexible employee training for businesses throughout London and Kent. In addition to these areas of work, CIPs manages Newham College’s fashion department, running courses for all levels, including our highly successful Bespoke Tailoring pre-apprentice training programmed, in partnership with Savile Row Bespoke.

Our Skills for Jobs team provide training and work experience for young people, as well as a full programme of pre-employment training courses for unemployed people, providing them with key employability skills, as well as the opportunity to gain skills in specific sectors, including catering, Security, construction and administration.

In May 2008, CIPs also opened the first dedicated Women’s Business Centre in the UK. The centre, in Newham College’s East Ham Campus, provides incubator space, networking opportunities, seminars, coaching and training for new and established women entrepreneurs.

CIPs also manage the Fashion and Textile Museum (FTM), bought by Newham College in 2006. Since then, a diverse programme of exhibitions, events and business training has been developed. The college is also currently working with Skillfast UK to develop a National Skills Academy in Fashion, Textiles and Jewellery. When this is in operation, the FTM will be a key centre for the delivery of its activity.

The CIPs Events team has been set up to build on our experience in Event Management, from business conferences through to fashion shows. The CIPs Events team are now managing all events for Newham College as well as providing services for external organizations. The team is also working with the Skills for Jobs team to provide training for unemployed people interested in working in the Events Industry.

CIPs also has a Transnational Co-ordinator, who manages a wide variety of interlingual and intercultural education programmes.

Looking to the future, CIPs has recently opened the Discovery Lab. This state of the art centre is providing training in cutting edge technology, including Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Nanotechnolgy.

CIPs initiatives include a highly diverse range of activities from comprehensive regeneration projects to simple initiatives delivering pre-employment skills. We are providing training geared at helping businesses supply the Olympic Games, help for businesses who want to ‘go green’ in these eco-aware times and ever expanding support for East London’s thriving fashion design and retail sector, as well as delivering employability training to ensure local people are well prepared to access the new jobs in the Thames Gateway.  CIPs won two Beacon Awards in 2004 and was highly commended in 2006. CIPs’ Director Di Gowland was awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2005.Bookmark and Share

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