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Friday, 26 February 2021


Following the latest Government announcement that schools and colleges will return to face to face delivery as from 8th March, the College is currently working on a return plan to enable those students who are required to undertake exams and formal assessments to be prioritised. Tutors will advise their students when they will be required to attend lessons.

A video guide for students to returning to CBC can be viewed here.

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Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Labour Market Information


Central Bedfordshire College is one of the main places in the local area where you can enrol on a course to build on your skills and knowledge to meet the demands of the local economy and fill the skills gaps that our local businesses have and are finding it hard to recruit into. 

Central Bedfordshire College works at the heart of the community to raise employability, education and skills in the local area. To do this we work closely with these employers across the sectors and our local enterprise partnership (SEMLEP).

We speak to many people who are unsure what they would like to do as a career or what course they should study to put them in the best possible position to gain employment. We have pulled together some key facts that may help you consider which sectors have skills gaps in the local area and where you might be interested in concentrating your efforts.

Interesting facts about the local area can be found below that may help you understand which area to seek work in and at which level.

Skills required by employers

Key employability Skills

Those specific to a job, technical and practical skills, digital/advanced IT and customer service

Core Competencies

Communication, confidence, initiative, planning and organisational, problem solving, resilience, team work and basic IT (spreadsheets and word processing)

Basic Skills

Literacy, numeracy and English

Sectors reporting the most difficulty in filling vacancies

Retail & Wholesale


Accommodation & Food

Business & Financial

Manufacturing & High Performance Technology

2015 Business Survey, South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, BMG Research, September 2015 (SEMLEP)

2017 Business Survey, Public Perspectives (SEMLEP)

Average National Vocational Qualification levels of this in employment (ages 16-64)


Local Area


Top local Areas

NVQ 4+



Aylesbury Vale, Bedford

NVQ 3 (equiv 3 x A Levels)








NVQ 2 (equiv 5 x GCSEs)



Central Bedfordshire





Other qualifications




No Qualifications



Luton & Milton Keynes

For the full report please see

How can this data help me?

This information can you help you make clearer decisions about potential careers paths and jobs that will be available in the local area where employers are finding it hard to recruit.    

We offer a range of courses across all sectors and levels. Contact us if you would like a discussion about your options on what courses would suit your needs.  We offer:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Commercial Courses
  • Distant Learning Courses
  • Evening Courses
  • Full & Part Time Courses
  • Higher Level Courses
  • Remote Learning Courses
  • Traineeships
  • Work Based Learning Courses

Having an understanding of where the skills gaps are in the local area is the key to successfully identifying opportunities to create a fantastic career for yourself. We have a dedicated Careers team on site to support you with any guidance you need to take that first step on the career ladder.

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Tuesday, 09 February 2021

Careers Week at CBC

Careers Week (1st-6th March)


Central Bedfordshire College is supporting National Careers Week 2021

Never has there been a more important time to tool yourself up to be in the best position possible when businesses are selecting people for interview.

We have dedicated specialist teams waiting to help you take your first step on the career ladder, whether this is because you are leaving school, been made redundant or are looking for a career change.

Central Bedfordshire College is working at the heart of our community to support you to achieve your career goals! 

We have:

  • a team of trained Career Advisers that can offer you a remote session to help you understand the various options you have available to you on a one-to-one basis
  • a selection of remote courses that help you improve your employability skills to support you to prepare for applying and being successful in your job applications
  • a selection of entry level distance learning courses that strength your CV and job applications
  • a range of full time, part time and evening courses at a range of levels that will help you gain knowledge and skills in an area you may not have worked in before

Contact Central Bedfordshire College today to see how we can support you.

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Tuesday, 09 February 2021

Level 2 AAT with Mindful Education

Central Bedfordshire College is working in partnership with Mindful Education to deliver award-winning professional courses, crafted to make teaching and learning fit in and around work and life commitments.

More and more adult learners are looking to retrain or change career as a result of increasing unemployment, and we have sought to provide an innovative teaching solution to meet these needs.

Delivered in partnership with Mindful Education, our Online and On Campus courses offer high-quality, flexible professional qualifications in accounting, accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

Video lessons can be accessed at any time, using any device, allowing learners to choose how, when and where they want to study. Students also benefit from regular college classes, where learning is supported through group exercises and classroom-based learning with an experienced tutor.

Due to the nature of these Online and On Campus courses – with key concepts being taught online through high quality video lectures – learners are able to continue their studies seamlessly with social distancing in place. Regular ‘On Campus’ lessons are mixed with remote ‘virtual classroom’ sessions, led by college tutors. This flexible approach can be easily adapted to suit government guidance and college policies.

Please find more information about Mindful Education and this exciting route into accounting below or visit the course page here.


Mindful Fact Sheet

Online & On Campus Courses

Level 2 AAT Course With Mindful Education


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