28 November 2017: 12:19 pm
A boost in grades
Essex’s largest training provider received a grade 2 (good) rating from education watchdog Ofsted this summer.
South Essex College has over 10,000 students in its campuses in Basildon, Thurrock and Southend, and offers courses to students aged 14 and over.
The Ofsted report stated that: “Apprentices and learners on vocational courses develop skills that prepare them well for the next steps of learning or employment”, and that more students now complete their qualifications: “the large number of learners who study at level 3, as well as they many apprentices in subcontracted provision, are particularly successful”.
Angela O'Donoghue, principal and chief executive of the college, praised the report: "This grade is a result of the hard work and dedication of our staff and students.
“The grade 2 better reflects our position as the college that strives to provide a positive learning environment for our students so they can learn, grow and achieve their ambitions.”
The report is a boost for the college ahead of their move to new purpose-built facilities in Basildon's Market Square in the next few years.
The college's Basildon campus is currently based on the Nethermayne site.
New courses will focus on digital technologies, and the new building will include a logistics technical training centre, to focus its curriculum on growth and industry.
O'Donoghue said of the move: "To add to the vibrant town centre developments, South Essex College will provide a new Basildon campus for digital technologies to meet the growing skills and employment demand in this industry area.
"The new Basildon Campus will offer local students lots of exciting opportunities."