Croydon College group played a leading role in the Develop Croydon Conference on Monday 8 November.

The Conference, titled Live/Work Croydon, returned to the Fairfield Halls for the first time in two years and shone the spotlight on education in Croydon, and how pioneering partnerships can deliver essential talent for the future.

The Careers not Courses session, sponsored by the Croydon College Group, explored the role of Higher Education in creating employment opportunities for students.

Fadia Clarke, Vice Principal of Croydon College, joined the panel discussion which was chaired by Sarah Sturrock, Director of the South London Partnership and also featured Carol Squires, Head of Economy and Employment at Croydon Council, Vanessa Clark, Founder of Sinclair Clark and Alex Elkins, Director of South Bank Innovation.

Fadia Clarke opened the session, saying: “It is important for us to make sure the education we give is based on the need to do specific jobs. We use the motto careers not courses across all the departments in the College as well as our University Centre and it is very important for us.

“As a college we pride ourselves on being an anchor to the community. We can only be an anchor when the courses we provide lead to jobs.”

The College Group also took part in a conversation about supporting Croydon’s young people outside of the town centre in the huburbs session, which explored what Croydon’s suburbs have to offer in the wake of the pandemic, and what makes a neighbourhood dynamic.

The Principal of Coulsdon Sixth Form College Odette Carew joined the panel discussion, which was chaired by UK Regeneration’s Chief Operating Officer Jackie Sadek and also included Barnabas Shelbourne, Chief Executive of Youth Legacy Zone, Joe Garner, Co-Founder of NewPlace and Steve Dennington, Croydon Council’s Head of Spatial Planning.

Odette Carew said: “My key passion is about making sure young people are ready with their skills for the future. You don’t direct what those skills should be specifically – we work with what they want, what the community wants and hearing what Croydon needs. And I feel the pandemic has made people think about what is available closer to home and I hope with employers we can work out what is needed and how we can provide that.”

The College also had a presence in the foyer with a stand featuring prospectuses, the latest Croydon Education Matters newsletter and more available for delegates to pick up and take home with them.

Full write-ups of all of the sessions will be available this week on

Information for schools

Croydon College Group offers a wide range of activities to provide support to schools, parents, carers and students with post-16 decisions. Through activities both at the college and onsite at local schools, the diverse range of courses on offer at Croydon College, Coulsdon Sixth Form College and Croydon University Centre is explored.

Information is provided on the various opportunities available for both vocational and academic pathways. This, combined with the wide range of apprenticeships, delivered by the World of Work team, provides an important resource for post-16 options. 

Contact the team at or phone us on 020 8686 5700 ext. 3676 for more information.

Let’s work together:

Assemblies and Presentations

Delivered at your school and providing either a general overview of courses available or tailored specifically to the needs and interests of the student year group in attendance. Focus subjects could include apprenticeships, applying to universities, T Levels or sector-specific subjects.

Career Events & Options Evenings

Virtual or in-person we welcome the opportunity to support your events and engage with students and parents. Our team can also be available to attend application and interview workshops also GCSE results day. 

Onsite Taster Sessions

Engaging and interactive sessions with specialist lecturers in areas including criminology, fashion and textiles, media studies, music performance, photography, science and much more. Sessions can be held on-site at our colleges or at your school. Please enquire about specific subjects.

Campus Tours

Your students can tour our campuses, chat with members of the teams and explore our range of departments and facilities. Building your own tour, allows you to choose the areas your students are keen to view the most, and with a large course offering, this ensures they get the most out of their visit and enough time to ask any questions they may have.

The Programme can also help to support evidence of careers activity provision in relation to the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Croydon Colleges Group is always pleased to build strong relationships with local schools and sixth forms and produce a newsletter to keep schools and sixth forms up to date with the exciting work of School  Partnership Programme

To discuss your requirements further or to be added to the mailing list, please contact: or call 020 8686 5700 ext. 3676.


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