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Businesses Back University Technical College

Published Tuesday, 01 October 2013

Businesses in Enfield are being urged to join forces with a number of multi-national corporations and back a University Technical College based in the proposed new Meridian Water Development.

business, education, training, jobs Meridian Engineering and Science Academy (MESA) based near Edmonton will be one of a number of education facilities earmarked for the £1.3 billion Meridian Water development which will provide up to 5,000 homes and 3,000 jobs in one of London’s largest developments. 

Enfield Council, North London Chamber of Commerce and the London Community, Learning Trust, who are providing the college, are calling on businesses to become partners of the college, meaning they work with teachers and sponsors to design the curriculum and ensure trainees can learn the skills that companies in the borough need. The businesses will work alongside the partner university, Anglian Ruskin University.

To date Warburtons Bakery, London Waste, Newsprinters, Johnson Matthey, Kelvin Hughes, and Ardmore Construction have already signed up to support the college but local business and council leaders are keen for more companies to sign up.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Business and Regeneration, Cllr Del Goddard, said: “We want to make sure that businesses in our borough can draw upon an effective, hard working and well trained workforce that can help those companies expand and flourish.

“This college will provide hundreds of young with the skills that local businesses need and going into partnership with MESA is a fantastic opportunity which I believe our companies should grab with both hands.” 

Huw Jones said: “The need for this facility is borne from the frustrations of local business recruiting engineers. This new facility will make a significant contribution to address that issue and deliver a workforce that meets the needs of business both now and for the future.”

Margaret Bundy from Kelvin Hughes Ltd., an advanced engineering firm who have recently moved to Enfield, said: “We see the academy as being a valuable way of ensuring that we have a well-qualified local workforce with the engineering skills we are looking for. It’s good that the employers and the partner university will be designing the curriculum and making sure it is fit for purpose”

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