I led a Community Impact Assessment for Bromley College. Based on a review of existing data sources and fieldwork with partners and stakeholders in Spring 2015, the report highlighted the economic and social impact the College was having in its local community in five areas. This included:
- The difference the College makes to its 9,000 learners, in terms of how successful they are in learning, their satisfaction with the service provided by the College and their progression in employment or further learning.
- How the College is helping to meet the needs of local employers through, for example, the development of new facilities, its Apprenticeship service and its employability offer.
- The College’s impact as an employer in its own right, providing quality jobs to 634 people, with salaries paid adding £6.5m to the Bromley economy and £12m to that of Greater London.
- The economic impact of its £9m spend on goods and services, around half of which goes to local suppliers.
- The role Bromley College plays in local partnership initiatives and projects, where it is seen as taking on an active and leading role, helping to make local services more inclusive, developing and improving education and training services, and engaging well with the voluntary and community sector.
The report also highlighted a number of areas where the college can work to further improve its services and community impact and helped inform the development of the College’s new Strategic Plan.
“The Community Impact Assessment has proved to be useful tool in the process of reviewing our strategy and improving our services, as we look ahead over the next five years.”
Sam Parrett, Principal, Bromley College