HEART of Worcestershire College won the College or Post 18 Education and Training award.

The College has been nationally recognised for its great impact for Worcestershire Learners, time and time again by a number of national bodies.

Continuing improvements have seen more students stay and succeed at the college than ever before.

Stuart Laverick, principal and chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have won this award for our contribution to education in Worcestershire.

"The very large majority of learners progress on to a range of positive education, employment or training destinations and around two thirds of our learners who were studying at level 3 subsequently progress on to higher education.

"As a college this is something that we are extremely proud of and thankful to have been recognised for.”

Staff from the Rivers Teaching Alliance were thrilled to be finalists for the award.

Their nomination said that The Rivers Teaching Alliance demonstrated passion and commitment to supporting trainee teachers, teaching assistants, teachers, leaders and other support staff in education across Worcestershire.

They were described as a caring and professional body who want the best outcomes for everyone involved in education, most of all the children.

They have a successful school direct programme for 35 trainees who all secured teaching posts before the end of the course.

Sandra Jennings said: “I think we’ve done really well. We’ve only been going four years.

"To be nominated and a finalist is fantastic really. We are proud to be here and proud of what we do.”

Worcestershire Group training association were also glad to be nominated as finalists for the award.

The Association excels in providing training for employers who want their apprenticeships and workers to enhance their education and skills.

Meetings are regularly held with the employers to look at the progress of the apprentices and staff. Strong arrangements are in place to ensure safety and welfare from before the candidate is placed.

Duane Sanger said: "The night was a real success, it was great to see so many there, and great to meet other colleagues and people who work in education.

"We are very proud to be nominated and to be appreciated."