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Myerscough at the double in Educate Awards nominations

Friday 13 Nov 2020

Myerscough College and University Centre has received even more national award nominations, this time at the 2020 Educate Awards.

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The Educate Awards is the one night of the year where the excellence of educational establishments in Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester is celebrated and rewarded, and is now in its ninth year.

Myerscough College is shortlisted in two categories:

* Most Inspirational 16-18 ProviderThis category celebrates the most outstanding delivery of 16 – 18 education provision for the academic year 2019-20, including excellent outcomes and measured success for students with inspirational and high levels of teaching and learning.

Despite the enormous challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s still been another fantastic year of success at Myerscough College, from individual student achievements to wide-ranging campus developments. Myerscough is one of the country’s top performing colleges with very strong further education, higher education and apprenticeship achievement rates and student satisfaction rates. Our students and staff are at the heart of our College and University Centre and being at Myerscough is more than just a job or a qualification. We believe in providing opportunities for all to succeed in a supportive, enriching, ambitious and nurturing environment so that everyone can be the best that they can be.

The many industries that we serve continue to report significant skills shortages and opportunities to forge a variety of interesting and exciting careers. Myerscough offers not just high quality academic, vocational and professional education but the opportunity to change lives through a holistic experience of course enrichment, study trips and visits, high quality work experience, community work and charity fundraising. This broad ranging experience builds confidence, resilience, communication skills and life skills, which enables our students to progress into their chosen careers – demonstrated by our 97% positive destinations by our further education students and 98% of our degree students progressing into education, training or employment within six months of graduation.

* The Careers & Enterprise Award - This category recognises schools, academies and colleges that are preparing young people the best they can for their future careers. Judges will be looking for excellent examples of career-related learning about the range of career pathways and opportunities available to them, whilst also developing a spirit for enterprise amongst pupils or students and encouraging entrepreneurship.

Myerscough boasts very strong careers provision. This includes a dedicated careers team and leader, ensuring students have access to all the experiences and information they need so that they can make an informed decision about their future.

Myerscough also holds all eight Gatsby Benchmarks – a measure of having excellent practice in careers advice and guidance. The Gatsby Benchmarks provide a framework for career guidance, and reflect international best careers practice, with eight separate areas of assessment – a stable careers programme, learning from career and labour market information, addressing the needs of each student, linking curriculum learning to careers, encounters with employers and employees, experiences of workplaces, encounters with further and higher education, and personal guidance.

The winners are due to be announced at an awards ceremony at Liverpool Cathedral next year, subject to the latest Coronavirus restrictions.

by Dave Salmon