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Greater Manchester Acknowledge Leading the way in Excellence and FE

The best of the best were honoured at a special awards lunch and ceremony in Greater Manchester to recognise their sterling work in the field of Further Education.

The 2005 National Training Awards saw local organisations win several prestigious awards for excellence and innovative practices, and the council members and executives from the Greater Manchester Learning and Skills Council (LSC) were keen to express their approval. Colleges, training providers and all involved in the numerous success stories were praised by the LSC Regional Director and the Greater Manchester Chair of the LSC.

And The Winner Is”¦

The National Training Awards for last year saw winners from Greater Manchester enjoying broad plaudits. Four organisations won North West Training Awards; BUPA, Tameside College, Crusader Displays Ltd and Molly Prince of The Leadership Development Centre. A further five enjoyed success in National Awards; Keoghs Solicitors, Taylor’s Fish and Chip Shop, Manchester Alcohol and Drug Services, Wigan and Leigh College (with Georgia Pacific) and Manchester City Council (with Remarc Professional Development).

There was further success for Keoghs Solicitors, who also won praise at the Specialist National Training Awards. Two further colleges in Greater Manchester were awarded Beacon Status; Oldham Sixth Form College and Pendleton College. The Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI) also commended two training providers. The Chief Inspector from the ALI praised them for being amongst the five best in the country; Lite (Stockport) Ltd and the Toni and Guy Academy. To crown the area’s achievements, Loreto College won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, awarded for raising educational achievement and aspiration in an urban context.

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Chair Gives Praise for Success

David Page, the Chair of the LSC in Greater Manchester, said: “As Chair of the Learning and Skills Council Greater Manchester, it gives me particular pleasure to be able to celebrate these achievements and thank everyone for their hard work. This has not only brought great success to the area, but also contributes to achieving the Government’s goals for improving opportunities for people to learn and develop.”

Mr. Page went on: “The LSC relies upon all such partner organisations to achieve its objectives and it is great that we have such outstanding colleges and training providers within Greater Manchester.” He concluded by looking ahead to further achievements, saying: “I believe this is a very positive way to start 2006 and should provide both an inspiration and a focus to all involved in the training and development of both young people and adults, especially as we begin to review, plan and further develop future learning provision across Greater Manchester.”

Jethro Marsh

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