Whoop! We've been shortlisted for three national awards

Gateshead College has been shortlisted for three national awards.

We have been recognised among the most outstanding individuals and institutions that the further education sector has to offer in the shortlist for this year’s Times Education Supplement’s FE Awards.

More than 100 providers, individuals and teams are in the running for 14 awards, which will be presented at a ceremony on Friday 22nd April at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Gateshead College has been shortlisted in three categories; FE College of the Year, Support for Learners and our principal Judith Doyle has been shortlisted as FE Leader of the Year.

The prestigious awards celebrate those who have had an outstanding influence on post-16 education in their area. They are open to entries from anyone working in the learning and skills sector in the UK, and this year are being held in association with the Education and Training Foundation.

For the first time, the winners of the sixth-form college, FE college and training provider categories will compete for the overall, Provider of the Year crown. The winner of the lifetime achievement category will also be announced on the night.

Judith Doyle, principal and chief executive at Gateshead College, said: “I’m thrilled that the hard work of my team has been recognised as among the best in the country and that the contribution the FE sector makes is being celebrated in this way.

“We offer an outstanding education at our college because we put everything we’ve got into making sure our students succeed and are in the best possible position to get a job when they leave us.”

The shortlist announcement comes on the back of a successful time for the college which has seen an outstanding grade 1 from Ofsted, the only college in Tyne and Wear to secure this, as well as being ranked top performing in the region for results and third best in the country.

TES FE editor, Stephen Exley, said: “The sheer range of entries for the 2016 TES FE Awards is a real showcase for the phenomenal work and groundbreaking initiatives that are going on within training providers and colleges throughout the UK.

“With area reviews spreading across the whole country, not to mention the impending apprenticeship levy and the skills devolution agenda on the way, it is the perfect time to highlight and celebrate the most exceptional individuals, teams and institutions that the sector has to offer.”

For more information about the awards, and to book your table at the ceremony, visit the official awards website.