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National recognition for Sunderland College’s careers education

Sunderland College has been nationally recognised for its excellent careers education and guidance at a prestigious ceremony in London.

The College was a finalist for the Careers and Enterprise Company Careers Education and Guidance Beacon Award at a glittering Association of Colleges (AoC) ceremony last month.

The AoC Beacon Awards celebrates the best and most innovative practice among UK further education colleges. The awards also highlight excellence and help share best practice across the sector.

Ellen Thinnesen, Chief Executive of Education Partnership North East, said:

“I’m delighted that Sunderland College reached the final stage of this year’s Careers Education and Guidance Beacon Award, and gained recognition for the important part that our staff play in ensuring careers education is woven as the golden thread throughout the student journey.”

“Students are at the heart of everything we do at the College. We pride ourselves in equipping students with the skills, knowledge and attributes that employers need, so they can progress to a successful and rewarding career.”

Last year, an impressive 94.7% of students from Sunderland College progressed to a positive destination such as employment or further study.

Vikkie Morton, Assistant Principal for Student and Customer Experience at Sunderland College, commented:

“We have high expectations for all of our students and we motivate and inspire them through outstanding careers education to be the best they can be and to ensure they reach their full potential.

“The College has been key in piloting the Gatsby Good Career Benchmarks, a framework of guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges, and is an advocate for embedding them across the North East region and nationally. We value the opportunity to transform the future of careers education and guidance and inspire innovative practice.”

The Careers Education and Guidance Beacon Award celebrates an outstanding example of careers education and guidance. The College needed to demonstrate highly effective engagement with schools, employers and other agencies, to provide students with excellent impartial careers education, advice and guidance. Sunderland College was announced as runner-up.

The AoC is the national voice for further education, sixth form, tertiary and specialist colleges in England. David Hughes, Chief Executive of the AoC, said:

“Each year the standard of entries is extremely high and this year is no exception. This makes choosing the winner so difficult, especially with so many worthy entrants.

“Colleges are inspirational places to learn because education and training is delivered by expert teaching staff in industry-standard facilities. The finalists for this year’s Beacon Awards are testament to this.”

Now in its 24th year, the AoC Beacon Awards showcase best practice and innovation in colleges. There were a total of eight award categories with 198 entries received from 123 colleges nationally.

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