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City of Wolverhampton College has been shortlisted for two prestigious national awards in recognition of its visionary leadership and its work with employers.

The college is in the running for the Association of College’s (AoC) Award for Outstanding Leadership of Improvement and its Award for College Engagement with Employers.

The Award for Outstanding Leadership of Improvement is awarded to colleges whose management has been visionary and ambitious, and had a significant impact on student achievements.

Since being graded as inadequate by Ofsted just over two years ago the college has undergone a huge transformation. The number of students and apprentices who finish their programme had risen dramatically, and is now in the top 15% of colleges in England for success rates for16 to 18-year-olds. In November 2014 the college was graded as good with outstanding features.

The Award for College Engagement with Employers is granted to the college who best works with employers to meet their training needs.

The college was shortlisted for the award last year in recognition of its work with an average of 700 employers a year, including a number of multi-nationals. The college is the UK’s leading training provider in plastics and the largest provider of 16-18 apprenticeships in the area, working with around 1000 apprentices per year. It works with the BBC to train its 46 new local radio journalists, with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC to train office staff, with the Express and Star to train its reporters and with MOOG to train engineers. In recent weeks the college has been delighted to be awarded a contract to delivery apprenticeships for British Aerospace and for Redrow Homes.

Principal Mark Robertson said: “These are very prestigious awards and it’s fantastic to be shortlisted for even one, let alone two, and for the college to be recognised on a national level.


“This is a great reflection of the very high standards being achieved for students and for employers at the college and my thanks go out to all the staff and students who have made City of Wolverhampton College one of the best in the country.”

Winners will be announced at the AoC annual conference on Tuesday 17 November.

The AoC Beacon Awards, launched in 1994, capture and celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK further education colleges.

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