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Gloucestershire College made finalist for apprenticeship award

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Written by: Olivia Alexandra Scull | Posted 07 December 2018 12:11

Gloucestershire College made finalist for apprenticeship award

Gloucestershire College has been shortlisted as a finalist for the ‘Apprenticeship Programme of the Year Award’ by TES Awards.

The awards celebrate the dedication and expertise of the people and teams who make a significant contribution to improving the skill levels of young people and adult learners. For the first time, the prestigious TES FE Awards ceremony will include the presentation of the Association of Colleges’ Beacon Awards, in a celebration of outstanding practice across further education.

The College is a driving force for workplace development and has delivered successful apprenticeships for over 30 years, with 2017-18 success rates considerably above the national average at 68%.

Employer engagement and satisfaction are at the heart of what Gloucestershire College does and their innovative new ways of working has resulted in a 17% increase in the number of employers they work with (over 1300). The primary goal for the College is to make apprenticeship delivery more flexible, personalised and responsive to meet local skills needs.

Gloucestershire College promotes apprenticeships as a choice for all, through school and community engagement, and has seen an impressive increase of 32% in apprenticeship starts since August 2017.

The success of the Gloucestershire College Apprenticeship Team is recognised year on year; Gloucestershire College won the 2017 AoC Beacon Award for the Delivery and Promotion of Successful Apprenticeships, and Training Provider of the Year in the Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards.

Matthew Burgess, Principal at Gloucestershire College, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for Apprenticeship Programme of the Year by the TES Awards. We are very proud of the apprenticeship programmes that our fantastic Apprenticeship Team run here at the College and it is great to be recognised for it.”

TES FE editor Stephen Exley said: “Excellent practice exists right across the further education sector, and those shortlisted for the TES FE Awards are the cream of the crop. Our judges were extremely impressed with the calibre of entries. “We had more entries for this year’s categories than ever before, and the standard was higher than ever. To be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement.”

The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 22 March 2019

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