A BARROW college has become one of the first in the country to win a prestigious award.
Furness and District Motor Neurone Disease chairman Doug Hadwin and treasurer Ann Scott received a donation of £7,500 from Associated British Ports Port operations manager Chris Clouter. The money was raised by a 1,600-mile tandem-relay fund-raiser organised by ABP, raising a grand total exceeding £200,000 for motor neurone disease charities across the country.
Furness College, at Channelside, has received the Training Quality Standard with excellence in engineering.
The award – created by the Learning and Skills Council – recognises organisations which provide high levels of training to employers and it is seen as an industry benchmark.
Anne Attwood, principal of Furness College, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the enviable kitemark.
“The fact that the assessment process was validated by a comprehensive employers’ survey is testament to the quality of our provision and the dedication of our staff in delivering excellence.”
Mary Myers, director of the skills for business unit at the college, said: “This is a very high accolade to our staff who work with local employers and for the college systems currently in place to address employers’ training needs. The standard is obtained for the college as a whole and particularly curriculum areas.
“We submitted our initial application for the college as a whole and also for engineering since our previous Centre of Vocational Excellence in Marine Engineering, which we held jointly with BAE, expired in July.
“We achieved both unconditionally and now plan to submit further curriculum-specific applications during this academic year.
“The upshot of all this is that employers can be assured of the highest quality response to their training needs.”