City College Wins at Social Mobility Awards

13 October 2017 | College News

City College Plymouth has been ‘highly commended’ at the inaugural UK Social Mobility Awards.

The College was the only further education provider to be shortlisted for the awards which celebrate and recognise the forward-thinking organisations that are developing initiatives to promote social mobility, within their own workforce or by influencing the debate from beyond its own walls.

Julie Mclean MBE, the College’s Director of Work-based Learning & Schools Partnerships, received the ‘highly commended’ award in the Outstanding Achievement of the Year category, sponsored by HSBC, for addressing the issues that prevent people from achieving their full potential.

Julie received her award from award-winning presenter, Steph McGovern – a familiar face to viewers of BBC Breakfast and ‘Shop Well for Less’.

The College was nominated in four of the eleven categories, including Social Mobility Champion of the Year for the College’s Principal, Phil Davies, the Impact Management Programme of the Year category, and the Rising Star of the Year for apprentice Chloe Causer, who was nominated by her employer, Plymouth City Council.

The awards, which are sponsored by PwC and the Royal Air Force, and organised by leading social mobility charity, Making The Leap, were judged by leading figures from business, charity, politics and the public sector, chaired by HM Lord Lieutenant of London, Ken Olisa OBE. The winners were announced at an awards gala at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, on Thursday 12 October.

Phil Davies, City College’s Principal and Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted that Julie Mclean’s contribution to helping people achieve their full potential has been recognised by this award. She has dedicated over 20 years to improving the opportunities for young people in Plymouth through her work at City College.

“For our College to have been shortlisted for four Social Mobility awards up against some well-established global companies is an amazing achievement. We are very proud to be recognised as an institution that promotes change. At the College we aim to consistently deliver training programmes which support our City in its growth, and develop students with the kind of skill sets which are going to set them apart in the contemporary job market. We want to bridge the gap between education and employment which has the power to transform our region’s prosperity and create a new generation of ambitious and enterprising individuals.”

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