Longbridge college celebrates prestigious community awards

By Beth Sharp Friday 07 March 2014 Updated: 10/03 23:24

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STAFF at Bournville College have been celebrating after being awarded the Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community title at the annual TES FE Awards.

The victory was witnessed by more than 500 people at a glittering black tie awards evening hosted by Jo Brand at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, in London.

The accolade was presented in recognition of the college’s work within the Longbridge community.

So far the college’s leading role in the MG Rover Taskforce in 2005 has retrained more than 1,000 employees and helped them find future employment.

It was praised for its commitment to the area in 2011 when it invested £66million into the relocation and development of its new campus.

The college was also applauded for becoming the first organisation to relocate onto the former car factory site as part of the area’s regeneration project.

The college was then congratulated for its work, between 2012 and 2013, successfully retraining 6,000 local unemployed people with a conversion to employment rate of 70 per cent. And, most recently, it commissioned the Longbridge Public Arts Project appointing accomplished artists to create public art installations.

This project, which was delivered by EC Arts for the College and was supported by Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council and local employers, aimed to progress the festival into an annual event with the long-term goal of making Longbridge a vibrant, distinct destination.

In addition to this, Bournville College has also introduced new curriculum areas such as motor vehicle maintenance to embrace the skill-sets found within the local community.

These additions have seen college enrolments increase from 12,000 to 15,000 in two years - a 25 per cent increase of local engagement in training at the college.

The judges at the TES FE Awards said Bournville’s mission was a fantastic project which had helped to transform the local area.

Norman Cave, the college’s principal, said: “Bournville College is truly honoured to receive such a prestigious award. Our work with Longbridge and the local community is imperative to the future of area and the continued development of our college.

“I’m delighted that the innovative work of our staff has been recognised nationally.”

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