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SGS College scoops top Apprenticeships4England award

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Written by: | Posted 14 March 2017 15:11

SGS College scoops top Apprenticeships4England award

Last Tuesday night SGS College picked up the Large College Award at the fourth Apprenticeships4England Apprenticeships Awards.

Members of SGS College's Employer Engagement team Jill Jones, Trudy Hillier and Patrick Mcleod were at the gala dinner to collect the trophy.

This prestigious national awards ceremony recognises training providers and employers for outstanding examples of quality, best practice, innovation and excellence in apprenticeship delivery.

Patrick Mcleod, curriculum director for apprenticeships at SGS College, said: "I am thrilled to collect this award, which recognises the end-to-end service of our apprenticeship delivery.

“We work with some great employer partners, such as Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council and the NHS Blood and Transplant Service in the public sector. We also have very supportive private sector employers, such as CF Roberts, NKS Contracts Central Ltd and Allcooper.

“It is the opportunities and the care that these employers invest in our young people that makes our apprenticeship programmes such a success.

“Eighty percent of the apprenticeship is delivered in the workplace, so this award really recognises the excellent contribution of our employers to apprenticeships."

Sara-Jane Watkins, SGS College principal, said: "I am thrilled with this accolade as it recognises the considerable work of our apprenticeship team but also the College's ethos of working with employers to develop and deliver provision that has real impact on their workforce."

This is the second time this academic year that the college has been recognised for outstanding work, having previously been rated the nation’s number one college for employer satisfaction.

More than 60,000 employers gave their views to provide an insight into the experience they have had with their local college. SGS received a staggering 99.5 per cent satisfaction rate.

The college works with over 400 employers to support 1,700 apprentices. It is also one of the key partners in this year’s Future Apprentice campaign run by this very newspaper. The aim is to engage businesses and learning providers with primary schools in the county to inspire and promote the opportunities available here in Gloucestershire.

For information, advice and guidance on apprenticeships telephone 0800 0726077.

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