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Telford College is commended for innovation at national awards

Telford College has been commended in a national competition for educators showing ‘a high level of innovation, impact and sustainability’.

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Telford College is just one of 10 UK colleges to have been shortlisted this year

It is one of just 10 UK colleges to have been shortlisted for the City & Guilds Award for Engagement With Employers at this year’s Beacon Awards.

The annual competition is organised by the Association of Colleges to celebrate the best and most innovative practice in the sector. Finalists will be announced at the AoC conference in Birmingham on November 14.

Telford College’s entry included a spotlight on its growing network of Employer Hubs, which have allowed the team to work more closely with employers on shaping the curriculum, including preparation for T-Levels.

It also showcased the work being done to develop students’ maths and digital skills, as well as work placements, industry visits and the comprehensive series of employer talks and masterclasses built into the college’s enrichment programme.

Assistant principal Sarah Jones said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been commended once again in these prestigious awards. It is a fabulous endorsement of the close partnerships we are developing with local businesses to provide them with the skills they need.

“The category required us to show how we recognise, celebrate and promote exemplary practice in the delivery of provision that is responsive to the needs of employers.

“We had to demonstrate a whole college approach to meeting the training, development and recruitment needs of many employers, including apprenticeships.

“It also called for evidence of systematic networking and collaboration with other organisations, positive feedback from employers, and outstanding achievement rates.”

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