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Top of the class for Lakes College – best further education provider in Cumbria!

Lakes College West Cumbria was recognised as the Best Further Education Provider in Cumbria at Friday evening’s Golden Apple Awards.

The Golden Apples are Cumbria’s premier education, learning, training and skills awards aimed at recognising and rewarding excellence in education and learning.

Lakes College, based in Lillyhall, Workington provides education opportunities to all ages across West Cumbria and further afield, this award recognises the college’s fantastic achievements and vital role in the community.

Over recent years the college has excelled, home to the new state of the art National College for Nuclear Northern Hub, a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating across the board for all college areas, placing in the top 10% of national providers for employer satisfaction, a 92% overall pass rate and thousands of pounds raised for charity all contributing towards the accolade.

The award not only marks recent success, but a bright future for the college who have recently expanded their provision with a number of distance learning courses meaning people can study for certain Lakes College qualifications from home around their work, family and other commitments.

Lakes College not only collaborates with local employers to secure apprenticeships, work experience and industry placements for students, but the college actually works with employers to help tailor their courses towards the needs of the employers and skills needed in the area.

From full time courses and apprenticeships for school leavers; for adults and those already in employment the college offers a range of professional qualifications, specialist training qualifications and courses. With higher education courses like foundation degrees, higher national certificates and diplomas the college also offers university level courses on West Cumbria’s doorstep.

Lakes College Principal Chris Nattress commented: We are delighted to have won this year’s Best Further Education Provider Golden Apple Award – it recognises our vision of becoming the further and higher education provider of choice for West Cumbria and further afield. Our team of staff and students make us proud every day and to be awarded the accolade of the best FE provider in Cumbria is something we’re all very proud of’.