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GC shortlisted for AoC Beacon Apprenticeship Award

2 November 2017

Gloucestershire College is thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Association of Colleges (AoC) 2017 Beacon Award for the Promotion and Delivery of Successful Apprenticeships.

The awards capture and celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK further education (FE) colleges, and are designed to promote the interdependence of FE colleges, business, professional and voluntary organisations to their mutual advantage, through highlighting excellence and sharing best practice.

The award GC is in the running for demonstrates our effective partnerships with employers and support for students, reflected in provision which enables development of a skilled workforce and responds to identified skills priorities; namely the GC Apprenticeships Programme we introduced two years ago. 

GC has been at the forefront of driving apprenticeship growth in Gloucestershire for several years now, and already won several awards, including the 2016 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships in the Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards; with Trainer and Assessor Myra Billinghurst winning the same award this year. 

Through the GC Apprenticeships Programme we aimed to develop a centre of excellence for apprenticeships; increasing overall success rates each year to well above the national average and expanding the range and levels of apprenticeships to meet employer, community and local skills needs.

Julie Tegg, Head of Work Based Learning, said: “We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award, which is testament to the work we have been doing to provide an outstanding service to our apprentices and employer partners, which meets skills needs and engages employers in supporting the development of apprenticeships.

We are well known for matching the right apprentices to the right employers, to ensure successful outcomes for both, and are committed to changing outdated perceptions of apprenticeships by raising awareness of the positive impacts they have on the community and economy. 

“A huge well done to the GC Business Hub and Apprenticeships Team in achieving this shortlisting – we look forward to results night!” 

Carole Stott MBE, Chair of AoC Charitable Trust, said: “The Beacon Awards highlight the very best of college initiatives and activities.  Being shortlisted for a Beacon Award highlights not only the good work of the colleges, but also the impact on students and communities. The high standard of submissions to the AoC Beacon Awards is testament to the innovation which takes place across the UK. Great colleges transform lives and communities.  They meet the needs of employers and students by embracing new approaches to teaching, learning and leadership.  The shortlist for this year’s Beacon Awards is testament to this.”

The winners will be announced at this year’s AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition at The ICC Birmingham – we will keep you posted on the results.

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