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College leads the way in STEM education

March 28, 2013

West Cheshire College has been awarded STEM Assured Status in recognition for excellence in science, technology, engineering and maths.

West Cheshire College has been awarded the STEM Assured Status

The prestigious industry-led quality mark applauds innovation in STEM provision within the Further Education sector and West Cheshire College is one of the first vocational-only colleges in the UK to be awarded the status.

The accreditation, awarded by NEF: The Innovation Institute, assessed the College’s performance in six key areas relating to its STEM provision including strategy and planning, engagement with young people, design and delivery of courses, innovation, standards and impact on learners and employers.

Liz Beardmore, Assistant Manager of STEM development at West Cheshire College’s Chester Campus, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded STEM Assured Status by NEF. Everyone at the College has worked extremely hard to ensure that the quality of our courses supports the current and future skills of the local economy – it is a credit to the whole College that we have achieved this national recognition.”

The award coincides with the publication of the College’s STEM Manifesto which outlines the College’s commitment to driving and supporting economic growth and prosperity within science, technology, engineering and maths.

Sara Mogel, Principal at the College, added: “Preparing students for a successful and sustainable career is central to our work as a college. Equally we have a responsibility to support the economy across the region with staff who have the right knowledge and transferable skills to meet labour market needs. It is these duties that the STEM Manifesto and pledges are designed to address.”

Within the STEM Manifesto the College identifies the following key priorities: manufacturing; sustainability; mathematics and science core skills; life sciences; and engineering, construction and motor vehicle.

For more information contact the college hotline on 01244 656 555 or visit www.west-cheshire.ac.uk to read the College’s STEM Manifesto.

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