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college finalist two award categories

West Suffolk College has been shortlisted for two top awards by the Association of Colleges (AoC) that celebrate the best and most innovative practice among the UKs further education and sixth form colleges.

The college is one of two up for the Award for the Promotion and Delivery of Successful Apprenticeships and The Careers and Enterprise Company Careers Education and Guidance Award.

Known as the Beacon Awards, 68 colleges entered this year and a shortlist was compiled before assessors visited West Suffolk College and other finalists to see how the evidence on the ground matched the initiatives.

Carole Stott MBE, Chair of AoC Charitable Trust, said: “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.”

Principal of West Suffolk College, Dr Nikos Savvas said; “We are very pleased to be shortlisted for such prestigious awards which are highly thought of as they celebrate the best and most innovative practices among further education colleges. This is a well deserved achievement for our hard working staff.”

The Beacon Awards winners will be announced on the evening of 14 November in Birmingham at the AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition dinner.