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WCG duo awarded CIFE fellowships

Two key figures at a leading regional college group have been awarded fellowships from the Chartered Institution for Further Education (CIFE).

Angela Joyce, CEO of WCG, and Peter Manford, Chair of the Corporation at WCG, were invited to become Fellows of CIFE in recognition of the duo’s excellent leadership and governance of the college group, which operates across Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

The CIFE is devoted to developing the potential, reputation and standing of the Further Education sector.

It brings together exemplary training providers in the Further Education sector that are committed to developing the skills required in modern Britain and dedicated to sharing that knowledge with fellow training providers to improve best practice.

WCG joined as members of the CIFE in 2018 and to now have two Fellows within the chartered institution underlines the college group’s commitment to enhancing and developing Further Education training provision locally, regionally and nationally.

The college group is a large provider of further and higher education as well as apprenticeships, delivering all these across its six colleges.

It places a strong focus on meeting both individual student and wider industry needs, working with businesses and employers to ensure training is supporting skills needs in the areas it operates in.

Peter Manford, Chairman of the Corporation, said: “To receive a fellowship from the CIFE is a great honour for me personally and recognition of the tremendous work staff across our college group have been doing to push the boundaries of Further Education training delivery.

“Since joining the CIFE three years ago it has given us access to a network of like-minded, high-quality colleges and training providers. We have worked in partnership with many members of the CIFE to make a positive impact on the present and future of Further Education in the UK.

“Being a member of the CIFE is a powerful endorsement of our college group and the quality of training delivery and for the two of us to have received fellowships is further recognition of our commitment to excellence.

“Further Education is at the heart of the skills revolution in the UK and all colleges will have a vital role to play in supporting the Government’s latest skills policy.

“It falls to training providers in the sector to support the development of skilled individuals who will be essential to future-proofing the economy and driving it forwards in the coming years.”

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