Activate Learning shortlisted for two national awards

Banbury and Bicester College is one of Active Learning's educational sitesBanbury and Bicester College is one of Active Learning's educational sites
Banbury and Bicester College is one of Active Learning's educational sites
Activate Learning, who run Banbury and Bicester College, is celebrating after being shortlisted for two prestigious national awards that recognise excellence within the further education sector.

The Tes FE Awards 2020 recognises the most outstanding individuals and institutions across the further education sector.

This year Activate Learning has been shortlisted for the Employer Engagement Award and for the Outstanding GCSE Resit Provision Award – a new category for 2020.

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Sally Dicketts CBE, chief executive of Activate Learning, said: “The Tes FE Awards are like the Oscars of the education sector, so to make the shortlist for the awards is a great achievement and a real honour.

“The nomination for the Employer Engagement reflects the hard work we’ve been doing over the past several years to engage with local and national employers.

“We are using our relationships with them to refine and develop our curriculum to meet their future needs and ensure we are providing our students with the skills that employers actually want.

"And our award submission reflected the diverse range of employers we are working with across all sectors, from the NHS to The Fat Duck Group and BMW Group.

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She added: “The award nomination for our GCSE resit provision also reflects how we are taking those learners who may not have done as well at school, and working with them to understand their past challenges, build their confidence and give them the motivation to go on and succeed.”

The Tes FE Awards brings together colleges and FE providers from across the country for a night of celebration and recognition.

Education secretary. Gavin Williamson. said: “Congratulations to all of those who have made the shortlist for the Tes FE Awards. The awards are a great opportunity to celebrate and recognise the brilliant work being carried out every day around the country across the sector.

“You should all be very proud of the work you are doing to support people to develop the skills they need to transform their lives.”

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Tes FE editor Stephen Exley added: “Making it on to the shortlist is an impressive achievement in itself. We hope you can join us for the awards ceremony to celebrate the life-changing FE sector.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on March 20.

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