Ashford College
09 February 2018

Ashford College recognised for its "strategic importance to Ashford and Kent"

Findings from an independent survey, conducted in November 2017, concludes that West Kent and Ashford College supports a total of 505 full-time equivalent jobs across the South East and has a total economic contribution of approximately £18m throughout the region.

Formed in 2014, following the acquisition of three former sites of K College, West Kent and Ashford College was recently awarded a ‘silver’ in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for its higher education provision, gained a ‘full confidence, with no recommendations’ report from the QAA (the only provider amongst those that were reviewed during the 2016/2017 academic year to gain this) and was awarded a Grade 3 from Ofsted.   The Colleges’ growth in student numbers, following the acquisition, mean that they now contribute £5.2m to the Kent and Medway economy due to students’  off-site spending.  Additionally,  the survey also concluded that, upon leaving the College, students report that their essential work-ready skills – confidence, team-working and motivation – all improved as a result of their course.  

This research, which took place as part of a wider survey into the effects of the Hadlow Group (of which West Kent and Ashford College is a part), additionally concluded that the Group - comprising three further education colleges, as well as Hadlow Rural Community School, Hadlow Community Pre-School, Betteshanger Sustainable Parks and the Rosemary Shrager Cookery School - contributes just under £48m per annum to the economies of Kent and Medway, and generates £1.99 for every £1 of income.