Nicola Mannock, Principal and CEO of Stratford-upon-Avon College

Newly published government league tables designed to assess the effectiveness of Further Education Colleges throughout the UK have shone light onto the excellent achievements made by Stratford-upon-Avon College.

The tables ranked the College fifth in the country in the ‘College Learners into Employment’ category, which evaluates success in progressing unemployed learners into work.

All 213 colleges in the country were awarded a score to determine their performance using a points system devised by Nick Linford, Editor of national Further Education magazine FE Week and former Director of Performance at Lewisham College in London.

Stratford-upon-Avon College’s capacity for propelling its students into successful careers recently received a further boost following its partnership with employer liaison specialists Proactive Education.

Members of the Proactive team are based in the College Job Pod three days a week to secure rewarding work experience placements for all full-time students and collaborate with employers to source apprenticeship opportunities.  They also offer future skills and employment advice to all learners and teach the vital work-readiness skills sought after by businesses.

Nicola Mannock, Principal and CEO, is confident the College will now go from strength to strength. “Our success is down to our focus on individual students’ career strengths and expertise, putting the learner at the centre of everything we do,” she said. “We also recognise the value in developing key partnerships with employers, as evidenced by our work with Proactive Education. Along with our outstanding lecturers’ industry-focused teaching, I see no reason why we won’t find ourselves placed even higher in the League Table next year.”

For more information on any of Stratford-upon-Avon College’s courses, please visit or call the College on 01789 266245.

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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