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New term at West Suffolk College, in Bury St Edmunds, but aims remain the same



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At the end of the first month back for students at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds, senior leadership objectives remain the same as ever.

Most recently, five West Suffolk College lecturers received official WorldSkills UK ‘Excellence at Work’ certificates, as part of a partnership with the World Skills UK Centre of Excellence scheme.

The scheme has seen ‘skills coaches’ imparting their world class knowledge on teachers and lecturers at the college.

Five lecturers at West Suffolk College were recently presented with 'Excellence at Work' certificates. Picture: Mark Westley.
Five lecturers at West Suffolk College were recently presented with 'Excellence at Work' certificates. Picture: Mark Westley.

The partnership, which only a handful of colleges are part of in the UK, also sees students compete internationally as part of ongoing training to help them deal with working under pressure.

It comes as the college recently became one of only a handful across the country to win bids for a slice of £50m Government funding which will go towards enhancing T-level course facilities.

Dr Nikos Savvas, CEO at Suffolk Academies Trust and West Suffolk College Group, who oversees provision at West Suffolk College, Abbeygate Sixth Form and One Sixth Form, said the funding represented a ‘major endorsement’ for the college.

Dr Nikos Savvas. Picture: Mark Westley.
Dr Nikos Savvas. Picture: Mark Westley.

“We are truly putting ourselves on the map as one of the leading Further Education colleges in the country, as one of only a few to receive funding for not one but two T-level projects,” he said.

“This is ultimately great news for our students as they work towards high level, technical routes into key industries.

“As well as already being part of the WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence scheme, we are now truly trailblazing with T-levels and continue to forge unique partnerships with local businesses to boost skills and the local economy – equipping our students to make long-lasting contributions to society.”

The recently obtained funding comes at a time when the West Suffolk College Group continues to grow, leaving their students with three things: Qualifications, resilience and connections young people need to succeed after leaving college.

West Suffolk College's Gateway building.
West Suffolk College's Gateway building.

Dr Savvas said the objective was for success at the college to spread into the local, national and global community.

“We have about 1,200 staff and what we do is we are providing a service for the community we serve,” he said.

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