Community at MK College

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Milton Keynes is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. It is currently home to 315,000 residents with a plan for steady growth to 500,000 people by 2050, meaning MK will become larger than Liverpool. We want to play our part in ensuring that Milton Keynes is a place where everyone can thrive.

Milton Keynes College has an excellent network of connections with the people, groups and organisations that make our community so vibrant. We have set out the following aims in order to drive our engagement activities.

Listen, learn and share

What does this mean for our students?

Student Voice is just one of the ways we listen to and learn about students' opinions on all aspects of College life as well as deal with any issues they might have. Roles range from Course Reps, who are elected by their peers to speak for them, to Student Governors, who represent students on the Board of Governors.

Click here to find out more about Student Voice.

What does this mean for our staff?

Milton Keynes College is one of the biggest employers in the area and we want to recruit, retain and support a diverse and engaged workforce in order that our learners have an exceptional experience with us.

Click here if you want to find our more about how we listen, learn and share with our colleagues.

What does this mean for the community?

In January 2020 we set up Manic Mondays in collaboration with Woughton Community Council, Milton Keynes Academy and St Paul's Catholic School. As these organisations are all our neighbours, we wanted to come together and offer a time and place where parents could meet each other and speak with us. The weekly sessions ran from Woughton Community Centre and were designed to be informal and welcoming with attendees sharing free drinks and snacks. The coronavirus situation has meant the sessions have had to stop for now but we're keen to get these up and running again as soon as possible.

What more do we want to do?

We want to collaborate with sector specialists in order to increase our knowledge and awareness of best practice in a particular area. The lockdown situation has put on hold our plans to work with Community Action: MK to support their networking events. We will revive these again as soon as it is safe to do so.

Challenge ourselves

What does this mean for our students?

Milton Keynes College is committed to a fully inclusive culture, embracing difference, challenging prejudice and believing in justice. In the summer of 2019, we commissioned an independent specialist to review our website, prospectuses, application forms and marketing materials to ensure that we are welcoming and accessible to everyone. This equality, diversity and inclusion audit allowed us to minimise barriers for students engaging with us and provided us with confidence in the areas where we are doing well.

What does this mean for our staff?

National accreditation schemes such as Leaders in Diversity and Disability Confident Employer allow us to learn from best practice and provide a framework to benchmark and drive our activities. However, we do not want these to become tick box exercises that have no long-term positive impact on our practice. The college's senior leadership team is accountable for equality and diversity strategy and reports to governors on progress. One such staff initiative is a comprehensive overview of our personnel data to allow in-depth analysis and reporting. This will allow us to uncover any barriers or issues for groups of candidates in applying for roles or for staff progressing their career with Milton Keynes College so that we can act to address these.

What does this mean for the community?

Our Friends and Allies Network (FAN) is a forum where our staff and students come together with community members. The purpose of the group is to hear from 'critical friends' to get different perspectives on College activities and also to identify and act on issues that are affecting our community. Actions coming out of the FAN include subgroups looking at leadership support for Black & Minority Ethnic people in Milton Keynes and addressing barriers faced by vulnerable learners as we come out of lockdown.

What more do we want to do?

The Friends and Allies Network (FAN) is not a fixed group or committee - we are keen to widen the network in order that we get opinions and input from as many people as possible. If you would like to add your voice and experience to the FAN, please contact Rebecca Myrie, School and Community Liaison for more information (rebecca.myrie@mkcollege.ac.uk).

Promote skills and learning for all

What does this mean for our students?

We work with thousands of employers in the region to upskill their workforce as well as to find out the skills and knowledge they are looking for in their employees. We take this information and embed it in our curriculum so that our learners can benefit from the latest industry knowledge and take this into their chosen career. Aligning what we teach our students with the industry skills they will need when they leave college brings to life the sessions by making them relevant. Our Employability Coaches and impartial Careers Advisers support learners to see the pathways open to them based on their skills and learning, these could be university-level studies, apprenticeships or paid employment.

What does this mean for our staff?

Our commitment to learning is not just focused on our learners but for our staff too; all staff have access to continuous professional development. This ranges from online courses to update knowledge or awareness, training workshops focusing on soft skills such as communication or time management and professional qualifications to allow people to develop within their role.

Follow this link to learn more about the benefits of working for Milton Keynes College.

What does this mean for the community?

If you are over 19 years and would like some independent careers advice, we can help even if you are not a student with us. The College offers group and 1:1 appointments via the National Careers Service. We can support you with job searches, writing your CV, completing online application forms and preparing for interviews. Please contact careersteam@mkcollege.ac.uk if you would like to find out more.

Another way we are proud to support skills and learning for all is through our education provision at 19 prisons across the UK, which includes finding employment for prisoners on their release. We have worked hard to challenge perceptions of employing ex-offenders and are proud to have helped over 700 into work, which reduces their chances of re-offending and benefits the community. Follow this link if you would like to find out more about our work with offenders, including rewarding careers in Prison Services.

What more do we want to do?

We are always looking to develop relationships with local organisations who would like to upskill their staff through professional qualifications or apprenticeships. Organisations committed to developing their staff can be a great benefit to our learners as they understand the benefits of opportunities such as work experience and industry placements.

If you would like to find out more about working with our students, just follow this link.

Be a good neighbour

What does this mean for our students?

Our Chaffron Way Campus is part of the parish of Woughton Community Council and we are proud to have collaborated on a number of community projects. Our students have volunteered their skills on activities including refurbishing the community room and holding an afternoon tea party for elderly residents. These projects have benefitted our learners by helping them to develop their professional skills and made a positive difference to local residents. The feelgood factor from everyone involved has been amazing!

What does this mean for our staff?

In September 2019, MK College voted for it's first charity of the year and Harry's Rainbow was chosen. This local charity works with bereaved children and their families by offering wellbeing and practical support. Focusing our charitable efforts as a team has been fun and it's been so worthwhile to see the difference we have made together. As well as fundraising over the year, colleagues put together Christmas hampers for eight families who had been recently bereaved. Because our fundraising has been cut short this academic year, we have decided to support Harry's Rainbow again in 2020-21 and have big plans for an event in summer 2021 - watch this space!

What does this mean for the community?

Our links with organisations such as MK Council, MK Food Bank, PJ Care and Woughton Community Council meant we were able to donate and volunteer as part of the coronavirus pandemic community response. There are some fantastic charities in Milton Keynes and we love to support their work through fundraising and volunteering. We have an ongoing relationship with Willen Hospice and this includes sponsoring a mile at their Midnight Moo and we were thrilled to be part of the inaugural Milton Keynes Pride Festival in 2019.

What more do we want to do?

We want to support community events wherever possible in order to strengthen and expand our local relationships. Unfortunately, we don't have the resources to support everything but if you would like to discuss how we could provide your event with venue space, volunteers or publicity, please contact Rebecca Myrie, School and Community Liaison (rebecca.myrie@mkcollege.ac.uk).

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