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TES FE Awards winners announced


Many congratulations to East Kent College, which won the contribution to the local community award at Friday’s TES FE Awards.

The college is located in an area of high deprivation but has undertaken social and community action within its study programmes to help tackle the high level of youth unemployment. Recent projects have included catering students working with the Royal Voluntary Service to raise money for an afternoon tea and bingo session for elderly people, and IT and supported learning students leading sessions for the general public on using tablets, email and the internet. Through participating in these projects, students have learned vital skills for employability and for life, including teamwork and risk assessment. 

The judges said: “East Kent College’s whole-organisation approach to community action makes a clear impact on students, staff and the community through creating a culture of engagement as well as through thousands of hours of volunteering time. It’s a great example of how FE investment impacts beyond the college doors.” 

The college has been running various ASDAN programmes and qualifications, such as Preparing for Adulthood and Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), since 1994. 

The TES FE Awards ceremony was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London on Friday 22nd April 2016.