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Training Partner of the Year 2018

City College Plymouth is UK's top training partner

City College PlymouthAn outstanding college was named Britain's Training Partner of the Year at the prestigious Semta Skills Awards last night (Thursday March 1).

City College Plymouth beat off strong competition to win the Training Partner of the Year award, sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover, at the Semta Skills Awards 2018 gala dinner in London hosted by BBC presenter Steph McGovern.

City College Plymouth's Work Based Learning Department is one of the largest Apprenticeship/Pre-employment providers nationally and has been recognised by Ofsted as 'outstanding' during the last two inspections.

Phil Davis, CEO and Principal of City College, said: "It feels absolutely fantastic to win this award and it is going to be great going back to college to celebrate with our staff, students and employers.

"We were up against some stiff competition and this is testament to the work everyone has done to develop engineering in the city over the years."

The College owes its success and excellent training to the open and honest relationships it has with employers and its dedicated team of staff.

The College considers learner success to be very high on its priority list. It has worked with specialist schools, for students with high and/or complex learning needs, to take into account the additional support required to offer students learning opportunities and vocational skills in engineering.

As a result, they have designed and implemented a specialised innovative Marine Industries Engineering Skills Development Programme.

Employer satisfaction at 99.5%, makes it the highest-placed college in the FE choices survey, nationally.

Ann Watson, CEO of Semta, the not-for-profit organisation tasked with skilling engineering and manufacturing in the UK said: "City College is a very deserving winner of the Semta Skills Award. It has been recognised as outstanding by Ofsted and its work-based learning programme is ensuring the skills talent pipeline is flowing.

"In this, the Year of Engineering, it is more important than ever to showcase such excellence in the sector and celebrate success."

The Training Partner of the Year runners up were: Coleg Cambria and Babcock International Group in partnership with Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. 

Watch City College Plymouth as they won their award at the 2018 Semta Skills Awards:

Watch City College Plymouth's finalist video and find out more about them:

You can also find out more about the runners up, click to find out more about Coleg Cambria and Babcock International Group, in partnership with Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.


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