City of Wolverhampton College is celebrating after winning three national awards in recognition of its visionary leadership and its work with employers.

The college was presented with the Association of College’s (AoC) Award for Outstanding Leadership of Improvement and its Award for College Engagement with Employers at a celebratory event on April 21 at its Paget Road Campus. It all received the Leading Light Award for its winning entry in the Engagement with Employers category, for its programme which aims to change the long-term prospects of its local area.

Principal Claire Boliver received the awards from Mark White, Chair of the AoC Governors’ Council, in front of staff and representatives from businesses across the city, including the Express & Star, Carillion, Moog, Radshape and City of Wolverhampton Council.

The Award for Outstanding Leadership of Improvement was awarded to the college for its transformation from an Ofsted judgement of inadequate to good with outstanding features.

The college’s ‘Employer Engagement’ programme and its work with an average 700 employers a year helped it win the award for college engagement with employers.

Claire Boliver, principal at the college, said: “It is a huge achievement for the college to win not one, but two awards from the AoC, and is a reflection of how far the college has come in the last few years.

“This celebratory event was our chance to thank our employers and key partners for all their support over the last few years, in particular their help with our entry for the awards and involvement in our new build bid. We look forward to building on these partnerships as our work continues in providing students with the skills our city needs to grow and thrive.”

The AoC Beacon Awards, launched in 1994, capture and celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK further education colleges.

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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