College wins excellence award

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Calderdale College has received a national award for excellence for its employer engagement programme.

The college received the Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for College Engagement with Employers, sponsored by the AoC.

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.”

The college was announced as winner by comedian Jon Culshaw at the Association of Colleges Annual Conference and Exhibition in Birmingham.