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Calderdale College Wins Warwick Centre of Excellence Award

11th December 2012 <b>Calderdale</b> College Wins Warwick Centre of Excellence Award

Last year Calderdale College was one of the finalists for the Times Education Supplement award for outstanding teaching and learning in entrepreneurship. This year the College has gone one step further and won the Warwick Centre for Education and Industry, Excellence in Enterprise Education (CEI) Award.

Calderdale College is now the proud owner of the Warwick CEI Award and will retain the prestigious status for the next three years. This College-wide achievement is an amazing accomplishment and highlights how enterprising the College is across all curriculum and programme areas. In the Business department learners have set up their very own enterprise society called Noverio and the College has its very own Academy of Enterprise and Excellence (the AEE Academy) which is planning to invest in an enterprise commercial zone where learners can pitch their ideas to external businesses who will then support and mentor them through their journey.

In the Hair and Beauty Department, Level 3 Beauty Therapy learners set up their own mini business called Indulgence. Jo Gas, Hair, Beauty and Business Enterprise Programme Manager said: “Enterprise activities such as Indulgence help develop high levels of resilience, confidence and independence in our learners and allow their passion and business acumen to shine through.”

Every area of the business including senior management, the enterprise team, staff and learners were probed by an award representative and played a part in collectively helping the College win the College wide award. Departments from Hairdressing and Construction to Dance and IT have incorporated enterprise into their curriculum to ensure learners are equipped with the skills and experience employers now demand.

Peter Nangle, Vice Principal of Learning and Achievement said: “Our strong commitment, leadership, investment in enterprising activities and our willingness to take risks has resulted in the College winning this prestigious award. The College enterprising ethos shines through in every curriculum area, ensuring our learners are able to take what they have learnt and go on to succeed in the world of work.”

Furkan Uddin, Lecturer in Business said: “Our USP is that we have developed an enterprising structure in the college and try to incorporate ad hoc events as well as pre-planned events wherever possible. We also teach skills that are not traditionally taught in the vocational curriculum such as negotiating, risk taking, financial awareness and team leadership skills in addition to the ever popular employability skills that employers crave.”

“It is so rewarding to receive recognition that we are unique in our enterprise delivery and a centre of excellence in delivering enterprise education as well as embedding enterprise into the curriculum areas across college.

"As a College we identified the importance and need for our learners to become more entrepreneurial in this day and age as opportunities in employment are evermore challenging. Learners need to establish other sources or means of income, as a college we also acknowledge and recognise the third unspoken pathway which is enterprise/business start-up compared to traditional FE learners who progress either to university or employment. Based on national, regional and local statistics we take into account the need to form an entrepreneurial generation,” continues Furkan.

The College are continually looking for local business to join in with the scheme. If you have some time to spare to help the next generation of entrepreneurs please email Furkan Uddin – furkanu@calderdale.ac.uk.

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