14 October 2015

Chesterfield College was crowned education provider of the year at leading automotive accident repair industry magazine, Bodyshop’s awards night recently.

After a rigorous judging process, the college beat stiff competition from across the country to bring home the award which recognised the quality of training provision that they deliver as well as the passion and commitment of staff. Industry experts on the judging panel commented on how the college was helping to produce excellent technicians and helping to meet the skills needs of the industry.

Judges recognised that the college is being very proactive and highlighted, that while not the largest organisation in the nominees, they clearly demonstrated that they are growing and developing through their own ambition, and this ambition matches the needs of the industry to attract more talent and improve skills.

Paul Sewell, Chesterfield College Vehicle Body and Paint Lecturer said:  “Winning this national award was a fantastic achievement for all involved in the department. The team here are delighted that the industry has recognised our hard work and dedication.”

“Awards like this prove how important the work we do is in creating opportunities for learners and employers in the area. They also put us in the spotlight and open up doors to partnerships with bigger companies who donate equipment and expertise that helps our students to get a competitive edge by training with the latest industry materials and designs. These relationships are vital as we want to help everyone who comes through our door to be the best technicians of the future.”

This award adds to the department’s recent list of accolades including two gold medal winners at Skill Auto, part of WorldSkills UK, competitions and been crowned a centre of excellence by Bodyshop magazine.