From education to employment

National Training Provider partners with Collaborative Vocational Learning Hub to create the Perfect Learning Pathway

Joe Crossley, CEO of Qube Learning

Qube Learning, the leading training provider, celebrates its new inspirational collaboration with St Edmunds Society, an alternative learning provision for young people, in what will be a truly motivating and transformative approach to education for those who need help the most.

The partnership will encourage a fluid and informative channel for individuals looking to pursue an education and career that deviates away from the more traditional options of GCSEs, A-Levels and Degrees, and that allows people to learn without the pressure of having to meet certified expectations prior to embarking on a programme. Both organisations offer extensive knowledge in learn and earn opportunities with a dedicated mentorship approach that builds student confidence and inspires work commitment and passion, with positive and life changing results. 

Students from as young as 14-yrs old can enrol on a course at St Eds in Construction, Transport and Maintenance, Catering and Hospitality, and Beauty and Hair, splitting their time at school and at the training centre in Norwich, while 16-18yr olds are able to attend four days a week of full-time education. On completion of these initial steps they can then consider a Traineeship or Apprenticeship which is where Qube Learning come in with their practical and dedicated hands on approach, across various industries. This will allow many people to act in a profession that they feel is more suitable to them then following what is considered the typical educational route. The programme format is especially appealing to those who have suffered hardship and hope to find a more stable and brighter future.

To truly solidify the affiliation, Qube Learning’s determined Chief Executive Officer, Joe Crossley and Chief Financial Officer, Rob Horspool, and Non-Executive Director, Alison Campbell, will take position on the Board of Trustees at St Eds. Bringing a wealth of experience, they will work closely with Lorraine Bliss, Chief Executive Officer, of St Eds and the rest of her team to drive the exciting alliance forward.

Joe Crossley, CEO of Qube Learning, says:

“Supporting students from all backgrounds is key to what we are striving to achieve at Qube Learning. Our partnership with St-Eds means that we can offer clear advice and real options to young people who may not have previously had access to these things.  What was instantly clear at St-Eds is the passion and enthusiasm to support every student to grow, and I really want Qube to be part of that journey.”

Lorraine Bliss, MBE and CEO of St Eds, says:

“This exciting partnership will enable us to improve in all areas and could not have come at a more important time”. I am a firm believer in one size does not necessarily fit all. I’m passionate about vocational education and training and want to give these young people the best opportunities rather than see them written off as failures. I am truly excited, and I know my staff are too because we all have a vision which with this partnership we can now fulfil.”

With over twenty years’ experience in the education sector, Qube Learning are an Ofsted grade 2 training provider that specialises in vocational courses, short courses and e-learning. They pride themselves on working with recognisable brands – from Sainsburys to GSK and deliver a range of training and qualifications to various industries across the UK. Awarded numerous contracts by the Education Skills Funding Agency, the government provider of skills training for further education, Qube Learning provide programmes which are focused on employed positions and therefore take place within a work environment.

St Eds Society has been around for over 52 years. They are a collaborative vocational learning hub providing an alternative learning provision for young people entering construction, Transport Maintenance, Catering & Hospitality and Hair & Beauty. At St-Eds, they pride themselves on offering a diverse range of training courses for students at both pre-16 and post-16. Whether they are a young person looking for training, a parent/carer or guardian, a referral agency or an IAG professional looking to place students, they look forward to welcoming them to St Edmunds Society.

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