Work-focused learning key to student success

Education | Employment & Skills | North East
Ian Clinton Northumberland College
Ian Clinton, CEO and Principal of Northumberland College


Northumberland College has improved achievement rates following a major strategic overhaul at FE and HE level. The College moved to focus more heavily on industry-driven learning opportunities and to build links with local employers.

The College has recorded an 8% rise in apprenticeship achievement rates, a 4% increase in classroom learning and a 23% improvement in the number of students gaining higher education qualifications during the 2018-19 academic year.

It has also reported a rise in the number of older students studying apprenticeships through employer-designed programmes, as well as more mature students enrolling on HE courses to retrain.

Ian Clinton, CEO and Principal of Northumberland College said: “We are delighted with our recent successes as a College and this is due to the fantastic teaching, support and learning opportunities we continue to provide for our students.

“By building strong working partnerships with regional employers and delivering the provision that is required by local industry and our communities, we have ensured our students are not only well equipped with the right qualifications and skills needed to be ‘work ready’, but also possess the correct personal and social skills to enable them to achieve their full potential.”

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