Prior Pursglove College staff win national award

Pictured: Faculty Manager Olivia Wytcherley, Deputy Principal & Head of Centre Asma, Business Teacher and Deputy Faculty Manager, Paul Grainger, Deputy Resources & Admin Manager and Secretary for the Career Ready programme at the college, Sam Matthews and Faculty Manager Mike Mackin.

A teacher from Prior Pursglove College has been chosen by Career Ready as the Santander Employability Champion 2018.

Business Teacher and Deputy Faculty Manager, Paul Grainger who coordinates the Career Ready programme impressed the judges with his dedication and the quality of the programme at the college. Sharing this award is Deputy Resources & Admin Manager and Secretary for the Career Ready programme at the college, Sam Matthews who provides all the administration support, her efforts are also highly regarded by the Local Advisory Board (LAB).

Career Ready is a UK-wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people aged 16-19. Learners at Prior Pursglove College can apply to join the programme to run alongside their course and receive mentoring, masterclasses, workplace visits and internships.

The Santander Employability Champion Award, given by national charity Career Ready, celebrates the individuals who go above and beyond the requirements of their role as a Career Ready Coordinator to act as an ambassador for wider employer engagement.

As well as winning the award, Paul has won £5,000 to invest in Career Ready within the college as well as a mentor from Santander for one of their students next year.

Paul said of the award:

“The award was really recognition of how well the college and local employers work to provide exceptional opportunities for the students of Prior Pursglove College.

“Career Ready is a programme designed to equip the students with appropriate employability skills to ensure they set themselves apart from the competition in a crowded marketplace.

“I was elated when we won the national award as it is testament to the hard work and dedication that happens behind the scenes.  We are going to use the £5,000 prize to grow the provision within the college to ensure more students are able to benefit from these excellent employment links.”

Deputy Principal & Head of Centre at Prior Pursglove College, Asma Shaffi said:

“We are very grateful to Paul and the team for inspiring our students to get involved wholeheartedly and every year producing some sterling outcomes that turn heads in the local authority and the local financial sector.”