Eastleigh College is delighted to have been awarded AoC - Association of Colleges - Beacon Status in two areas, in recognition of its excellent support for students, and for the College’s work with employers, providing professional training and delivering skills to help grow the economy.
The RCU Award for Support for Students looks for provision that is above and beyond the norm across a range of areas including tailored, quality teaching to meet learners needs, providing a rich variety of opportunities and experiences, and enabling sustained and successful involvement of students in the work place.
The City and Guilds Award for College Engagement with Employers recognises exemplary practice in responding to the needs of employers, demonstrating outstanding ability as well as a high level of innovation, impact and sustainability.
Eastleigh College Chief Executive and Principal, Dr Jan Edrich, said: “It’s testament to the hard work and commitment of the Eastleigh College team that we’ve gained this national recognition in not one but two areas. It’s fantastic to see that the judging panel acknowledged our ambitious and innovative approach to answering our customers’ needs, both directly with our learners and through our national work with employers.”
Jan continues: “We have an enviable reputation for engaging with employers, both within our locality and across the country. This multi-faceted approach not only benefits and greatly enhances the experiences that our learners have while studying with us, but also strengthens the businesses we work with directly, through tailored and high-impact training solutions for their staff.”
AoC is a national voice championing and supporting colleges as they transform lives and communities and meet employer needs through teaching and learning for student success. The Beacon Awards are open to colleges across England, including Further Education colleges such as Eastleigh College, as well as Sixth Form, tertiary and specialist colleges.
Full details can be found on the Association of College’s website
Eastleigh College is the first and only technical and professional college in Hampshire to achieve the new national Quality in Careers Standard, awarded by Investor in Careers. The whole college approach to career-focused education has resulted in this accolade being achieved well ahead of the September 2020 deadline, and Eastleigh College is featured on the Quality in Careers Consortium website to help inspire other FE and sixth form colleges.
After careful planning, detailed risk assessment and subject to any further Government announcements Eastleigh College is extending onsite campus teaching, learning and assessment to more learners from 1 June. The College has remained open during the Covid-19 pandemic as staff have been providing a broad range of onsite and online services. Therefore this phased approach builds upon the onsite levels of service and support which has been available to learners identified as vulnerable, or the children of key workers since 23 March.