Congratulations Faringdon Community College, OA Awards School Award winner

The inaugural Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards recognised the best talent in the county with a special presentation evening on Wednesday 8th March 2017 at the Marlborough Enterprise Centre in Woodstock, during the 10th National Apprenticeship Week.

In addition to celebrating the achievements of the county’s Apprentices, the Awards also recognised schools, who play a crucial role in inspiring people to consider and start an Apprenticeship, as well as training providers, who support and guide them through the progamme.

The School Award was won by Faringdon Community College (FCC). The Award was presented by Lindsey Young of sponsor Clarkson Evans, who commended the school for regarding achievement through Apprenticeships as equal to Oxbridge success and the individual support given to each student. Students at Faringdon Community College regard an Apprenticeship as an aspiration, not a compromise and know that they will get all the help they need to achieve their potential.

Students in Year 11 and 13 at the school have worked with Oxfordshire Apprenticeships to produce handy guides for other students on finding and applying for Apprenticeships, based on their experiences, which are available on the Oxfordshire Apprenticeships website.

Careers Adviser Tina Belcher, pictured above with Lindsey, said: “I would like to say what a privilege it is to work with the students at FCC and to be part of their journey into a fulfilling and worthwhile career. When I looked around the room and saw so many enthusiastic and motivated young people it made all the hard work worthwhile.”

Headteacher Colin Profitt said: “It was great just to be nominated and included in the ‘finalist list’ for the School Award, along with Larkmead School and The Marlborough School. The evening was capped for us when we were announced as the winners of the School Award for Oxfordshire. The judges were impressed with the work Tina does, especially as she supports the students pursuing all career paths, from those who choose the university route to the students who prefer the Apprenticeship route.

“The school received a trophy, £200 and a visit to the sponsors, Clarkson Evans, with students. This is a great achievement for the school and all credit to Tina Belcher for her hard work and dedication with the students and for establishing strong links with employers and local educational establishments.”

Congratulations also go to Highly Commended schools Larkmead School - who were praised for the range of Apprenticeship support and initiatives made available to students and The Marlborough School – who were recognised for their strong links with employers and the business community, which open up opportunities for students to engage with the world of work.

See our Awards page for details of all the winning and highly commended Apprentices and training providers.