Calderdale College wins award for employer engagement17th November 2016
THE ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES (AOC) AWARDED THE EXTERNAL FUNDING UNIT WITH THE BEACON AWARD FOR COLLEGE ENGAGEMENT WITH EMPLOYERS.
On the 16th November 2016, the Calderdale College has received a national award for excellence for its employer engagement programme.
The college, which works with 250 further education (FE) colleges, private training providers and voluntary sector organisations, received the Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for College Engagement with Employers, sponsored by AoC.
The AoC Beacon Awards celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK further education colleges. They reward colleges that go above and beyond in providing high-quality technical and professional education. Award winners must also offer something exceptional to students and the wider community.
The judges heard how the college’s sustained focus on working with employers had helped it to attract £100 million investment from local trade and funding bodies, such as the Skills Service City Region. The college also works with the local Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses and other organisations to make sure the education and training it provides meets the needs of local employers.
Judges described the college’s practice as ‘innovative’ and ‘highly effective’ in meeting the needs of employers. They also said that the programme would be very useful to other colleges in the further education sector.
John Rees, Principal of Calderdale College, said: “We’re so delighted that our high quality work with employers has been recognised by the Beacon Awards team. The College strives to provide the best service to our partners and the teams involved really deserve this outstanding recognition of their work. We’re ambitious to do even more and in particular to extend our apprenticeship offer to even more employers into new sectors and also to engage with employers on the design and content of our courses.”
Nicki Hudson, Engagement Manager for the LEP Skills Service, said: “It’s great news that the college’s work with employers has been commended by the AoC. As the Engagement Manager of the Skills Service, which is delivered by a consortium led by Calderdale College on behalf of the LEP, I have seen first hand the College’s commitment to support the local economy by helping employers to train their staff. The College is truly responsive to business needs, working closely with the LEP to ensure provision through the skills service is driven by employer demand as well as tailored to meet the future skills needs of the region.”
David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “Calderdale College has demonstrated the economic value that further education colleges bring to their local area. Through getting young people ready for the workplace and training existing employees, they ensure that they are providing local people with the right skills for the jobs available.”
Dame Pat Bacon, Chair of the AoC Beacon Awards, said: “Calderdale College is an outstanding representative of the excellent work happening in colleges across the country. It’s a privilege to be part of an awards programme that recognises the energy colleges put into supporting their students, staff, employers and local communities.”
The college was announced as winner by comedian Jon Culshaw at the Association of Colleges Annual Conference and Exhibition in Birmingham.