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CII-accredited Apprenticeship provider launches new site

Baroness Wilcox, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Business, Innovation and Skills was in Derby on 17 November to officially open prestigious new facilities for post-16 learning provider Babington Business College.

The independent college, which specialises in vocational skills development and Apprenticeships, relocated to new, spacious premises on Pride Park.  Learners and staff can now enjoy light and spacious accommodation and new, state-of-the-art IT and learning equipment.

Dr Chris Payne, Chief Executive Officer, Babington Business College, says: "Moving to Pride Park as our flagship premises is part of our national growth aspiration. Babington has six regional centres and Pride Park sets the standard for future developments as we aim to become a national, multi-site training organisation.

"The move also demonstrates our commitment to provide employers and learners in Derby and across the UK with access to the facilities, experience and expertise that they expect of a top learning provider. 

"Having worked with employer partners in Derby for a number of years we are now ideally positioned to strengthen these existing relationships, whilst developing mutually beneficial relationships with new employers and learners from the city and across Derbyshire. Employers can expect tailored solutions that mirror their business needs, whilst learners will receive high quality, focused skills development within the workplace." 

Baroness Wilcox also presented WorldSkills Bronze Medals to Babington Business College learners Daniel Inglis, 20, Rebecca Jones, 18, and Louise Muggleton, 20. The trio enjoyed considerable success earlier this year in the WorldSkills Accounting Technician Skills Contest in London, a competition considered the "Olympics of the learning industry".

As Baroness Wilcox said: "It is a personal privilege to share in the success of these very capable young people and I think it is only right and proper that they should be the focus of today's celebrations. Everyone at Babington Business College should be very proud of this success, as well as the exciting opening of these wonderful new learning facilities and corporate headquarters. I am pleased to see that the work the college does in helping young people gain new skills reflects the Government's commitment to this cause."

Babington Business College is a pioneer of the Apprenticeship programme, with the first Accountancy Apprentice in the country and the first Insurance Apprentice in the North of England. The college specialises in vocationally focused qualifications including Business Administration, Accounts, Providing Financial Services, Team Leading, Customer Service, Providing Mortgage Advice, Providing Financial Advice and Management.

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