Col­lege cel­e­brates top marks


Sunderland Echo - - News - By Kevin Clark [email protected] Twit­ter: @kevinclarkjp

Sun­der­land Col­lege bosses are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter it was given top marks in a new league ta­ble.

The FE Week league ta­ble used of­fi­cial gov­ern­ment data to rank more than 200 col­leges, tak­ing into ac­count learner and em­ployer sat­is­fac­tion rates as well as pos­i­tive pro­gres­sion for 16 to 18-year-olds and adult stu­dent em­ploy­ment rates.

The col­lege achiev­ing re­sults sig­nif­i­cantly above the average across all ar­eas.

It at­tained nine points out of ten for learner and em­ployer sat­is­fac­tion, and se­cured an over­all score of 33, only two points less than the high­est rank­ing col­lege in the league ta­ble.

Prin­ci­pal and chief ex­ec­u­tive Ellen Thin­nesen said the re­sults were a re­sult of the col­lege’s ‘out­stand­ing’ ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion and em­ployer sup­port.

“Our fo­cus is al­ways on the in­di­vid­ual, whether that is a 16-year-old stu­dent who is be­gin­ning their fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion jour­ney, an adult who is re­turn­ing to ed­u­ca­tion to up­skill or re­train, or a busi­ness which we are sup­port­ing,” she said.

“No mat­ter what their needs, we of­fer them the high­est level of spe­cial­ist teach­ing and train­ing, and that plays a cru­cial role in open­ing up fu­ture em­ploy­ment and ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties, as well as strength­en­ing the North East econ­omy.

“We’re ab­so­lutely de­lighted with the re­sults of this league ta­ble, which re­flects the hard work and pas­sion of the en­tire col­lege – our staff, stu­dents and gov­er­nors – and the ex­cep­tional re­la­tion­ships we have with our part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions and the em­ploy­ers we work with.”

Sun­der­land Col­lege and, in­set, prin­ci­pal and chief ex­ec­u­tive Ellen Thin­nesen.

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