City College Shortlisted for National Beacon Award

07 November 2017 | College News

City College Plymouth has been shortlisted for this year’s ‘City & Guild Award for Staff Development’ from the Association of Colleges.

The awards celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK further education and sixth form colleges. City & Guild is a proud sponsor of the staff development category which recognised the College’s international staff development programme.

Funded through the British Council and Erasmus + initiative with the objective of building links and encouraging the sharing of best practice and development in education on a global scale, the programme aims to build on staff experience and inspire innovative curriculum enhancements to the benefit of both students and staff.

Fiona Horrell, Head of Strategic Partnerships at the College, said: “The College’s international staff development programme has been running since the 1990s, but we have seen a significant growth in the opportunities we can offer our staff over the past two years. The Strategic Partnerships team has built great relationships with colleagues from across the world, enabling our staff to develop their skills in a range of areas, from the finer points of Mediterranean cuisine to boat-building in the Baltic. This in turn creates an enhanced curriculum for our students, opening the door to experiences that they would otherwise have missed out on. I am delighted that the hard work of the team and the positive impact the programme has had on our students has been recognised.”

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.”

City College has previously won a national Beacon Award for their outstanding Apprenticeship provision delivered through employer partnerships.

The AoC Beacon Award winners will be announced on the evening of 14 November in Birmingham.


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