A journalism course run by City of Wolverhampton College has been named the best in the country- for the fifth consecutive year.

The college was named as the top further education provider of the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) diploma at the annual Journalism Skills Conference at the Library of Birmingham on November 26.

It was among six top performing NCTJ accredited centres across the country presented with awards for the highest percentage of students achieving the gold standard of A-C grades in all exams including 100 words per minute shorthand.

Awards host BBC Midlands Today presenter Nick Owen congratulated all the winners, saying: “Behind the success of each of those students will be a team of dedicated trainers and educators.

“All of those who teach on accredited courses should be congratulated on achieving the high standards the NCTJ sets on behalf of the industry.”

Lecturer Dani Wozencroft said: “”I am absolutely thrilled to have won the best performing course award once again.

“Although we have won it for five years now, this is the second since I have been in post and it was important to me to maintain the high standards at City of Wolverhampton College.

“We have such a diverse mix of students each year and they all work incredibly hard to achieve great things.

“The majority of our former students are now working as newspaper reporters which is a great reflection on the success of the course, proving all the hard work pays off – but this award is a further endorsement of this.”

Curriculum Manager Michael Dixon added: “It is a huge achievement to be named as the top performing college for five years in a row, and is testament to the quality of the lecturers we have at the college. I would like to thank Dani and the rest of her team for all her hard work over the last year in maintaining our high standards.”

Two of the college’s BBC apprentices, Robby West and Michael Stevens, were also commended in the Apprentice of the Year category.

The college has been accredited by the NCTJ since 1997 and is now the only accredited further education journalism training centre in the Midlands. The college is helping to train the BBC’s radio apprentices and is also working with the Express and Star on its journalism apprenticeship scheme.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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