30 September 2015

Two training providers in the East Midlands have been acknowledged for their outstanding work by receiving awards from emfec and the Education and Training Foundation.

As part of an ongoing project involving colleges and training providers across the East Midlands, NTN and Central College Nottingham were presented with Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) Awards last week by the Education and Training Foundation and emfec.

Paul Kessell-Holland, Programme Manager for Professional Standards and Workforce Development at the Education Training Foundation, presented the two organisations with their plaques on 22nd September. These awards follow on from three awards that were presented to Lincoln College, Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service (DACES) and Burton and south Derbyshire College at the British Library earlier in the summer.

The OTLA project, funded by the Education and Training Foundation and delivered in partnership with emfec, aims to support colleges and training providers in achieving their own improvement objectives, and to explore collaboration and shared approaches.

NTN, formerly Nottinghamshire Training Network, has been awarded for their project focusing on improving learner satisfaction within work based learning. They worked with a range of partners from a wide variety of vocational areas, including the University of Derby, Canal Engineering and Babington Business College.

The project supported peer working and encouraged peer and self-development among practitioners. Positive feedback has been provided by the participants across the board and all have indicated a commitment to further reflective practice and collaborative working.

Central College Nottingham’s project aim was to research how 16 to 18 year old learners prefer to learn via online delivery. The team worked in partnership with Street League and the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies to identify how specific styles of online learning engage different types and levels of learners. One success from the project was recognising higher attainment through an online assessment for the School of Construction, compared to paper based marked questions. The school now intends to deliver this unit online from this academic year.

Simon Feneley, OTLA Project Director and Director of Delivery and Operations at emfec, said:

“Project partners have risen to the challenges of working across different geographical locations and within mixed-economy partnerships to produce evidence, methodologies and resources that will provide the sector with a lasting legacy and a real opportunity for sustained impact on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.

“Congratulations to NTN and Central College Nottingham for their achievements. We look forward to hearing more about how their projects can be sustained, developed and adapted at our national project forum in December, which is open to all.”

The project will culminate with The Power of Collaboration, an Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment Forum taking place on 2 December in Nottingham. The event is free and is open to all practitioners across the UK with an interest in innovative and collaborative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. To find out more and book your place, please click here.