College in the running for top team awards

City of Glasgow College has reached the finals of the Tes FE Awards 2019.

The college has been shortlisted for Professional Services Team of the Year which recognises the administrative and professional services teams working behind the scenes at colleges and FE providers.

The college has also been shortlisted for the Association of Colleges’ (AoC) Beacon Award for City & Guilds College Engagement with Employers, for its training and apprenticeship partnership with ferry and harbour operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac).

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive of City of Glasgow College, said:

“To be in the running for not one but two education awards is an incredible achievement and an outstanding example of the excellence, innovation and inspiration that characterises Team City.

“We have a very successful partnership with CalMac which is providing practical, real life experience and benefits for our students, as well as Scottish communities, and we look forward to this continuing and flourishing.”

The AoC Beacon Awards, which celebrate outstanding practice across further education, will be presented at the Tes FE Awards ceremony for the first time.

CalMac Ferries Ltd Director of HR, Christine Roberts, said:

“CalMac is committed to increasing career opportunities within the company for young people throughout our areas of operation and City of Glasgow College has been instrumental in helping us more than double the number of Modern Apprentices we are training for a career at sea. Together we are helping to bring through the next generation of seafarers with industry leading skill sets.”

The partnership between City of Glasgow College and Caledonian MacBrayne has been running for three years. It recruits young people from local communities and trains them to work in Deck, Engineering and Catering disciplines within the CalMac fleet. This gives them a start on a career at sea, improves the college’s links with industry and helps CalMac support the unique island culture and communities of the Scottish west coast that depend on the service for movement of people and goods.

CalMac is the UK’s largest ferry operator with 31 vessels running 27 routes to island and remote mainland locations across the west coast. Last year it carried more than 5.3 million passengers.

The Tes FE Awards celebrate and reward the dedication and expertise of the people and teams who make a significant contribution to improving the skill levels of young people and adult learners.

The Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday 22 March 2019 in the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.