Association of Colleges Award for College Engagement with Employers

The award will recognise exemplary practice in the delivery of provision that is responsive to the needs of employers. It will be granted to the college best providing a direct service to employers to meet their skills needs and/or engaging employers to support the development of employability skills within the curriculum.

Applications should demonstrate a clear, long-term vision and partnership with employers, reflected in provision which enables development of a skilled workforce and contributes to economic development in response to identified skills priorities and levels of unemployment.

Assessors will be looking for evidence of:

  • A whole college approach to meeting the training, development and recruitment needs of employers reflected in the college’s three-year development plan and investment in employment related training.
  • Responsiveness to key economic and training priorities identified by local enterprise partnerships or other strategic and systematic analysis of local or regional skills needs.
  • Systematic networking and collaboration with other organisations to provide a comprehensive response to meeting the training needs of employees, those seeking employment and students.
  • A successful record of managers, leaders, teachers, trainers and support staff in delivering sustained levels of employer engagement demonstrated by feedback from employers and leading to improvements in the curriculum
  • Well managed investment in training and development of college staff, and the provision of up-to-date facilities and equipment to industry standards demonstrated by high success and achievement rates for students.
  • Development and implementation of flexible teaching, learning and assessment methods that overcome barriers to accessing learning, and respond to the needs of employers and students.