SQA celebrates innovation at CDN College Awards

                              Representatives from Dundee & Angus College, winners of the Essential Skills Award

The achievements of staff and learners in Scotland’s colleges were celebrated at the College Development Network (CDN) College Awards.

SQA were proud sponsors of the Essential Skills Award. This category, as with many of the other categories, showcased innovation taking place in colleges, and the positive impact this is having on students and the wider community.

The Essential Skills Award recognises colleges that have embraced one or more of the opportunities presented by the Essential Skills Statement of Ambition. This calls on Scotland’s colleges to develop their students’ employability and life skills, to help them reach their full potential.

The Award was won by Dundee & Angus College, who have partnered with local businesses to ensure their students have all the attributes needed to make them sought after by employers.

Fife College were Highly Commended for their initiative improving the numeracy skills of pupils at nearby Levenmouth Academy.

Category finalists Ayrshire College were Commended at the ceremony. They are providing their students with essential skills through relevant, vocationally related projects.

Dr Janet Brown, SQA Chief Executive, said: ‘Our Essential Skills Award finalists are providing their students with the broad range of skills that are required to thrive in today’s jobs market. Colleges play an important role in delivering these attributes, and our finalists are taking an innovative approach to meeting the challenge. I congratulate all the finalists and in particular our category winner, Dundee & Angus College.”

Information on all the finalists can be found on the CDN website.