H and F Awards pic FINALCaption: Pictured left to right: Judi Hobson, Head of Apprenticeships and Adult Skills; Charles Nelson, Assistant Principal; Oyinda Malafa, Tutor for Supported Internships; Sue Jenkins, Head of Inclusive Learning; Will Goold, Learning Assistant Inclusive Apprentice; Angie Hincks,School Links and Supported Internship Coordinator; Serge Wyett, Business Development Consultant; David Warnes, Deputy Principal

West London College scooped the top prize in the finals of the prestigious West London Business Awards 2020 last Friday (7 February 2020). The winners were announced at the Awards ceremony and black-tie gala dinner as part of National Apprenticeships Week (3 – 9 February 2020). Held at the home of English rugby,Twickenham Stadium, the host for the evening was Gaby Roslin of TV and radio fame.

West London College (WLC) won in the ‘Education & Training Provider of the Year’ category, demonstrating excellence in its inclusive apprenticeship offer to students with special educational needs and disabilities.

West London College has worked hard with students, their families and local employers to shape the preparation for employment curriculum. 

In this short video you can hear directly from four of our inclusive apprentices: teaching assistant inclusive apprentices, James and Will, and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Receptionist and Archivist Inclusive Apprentices Sally and Khalil.

The unemployment rate for people with a disability was 6.7% in July-September 2019. This compared to an unemployment rate of 3.7% for people without disabilities (Source: Parliament UK, 2020, https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7540).

Head of Inclusive Learning at West London College,  Sue Jenkins said: “It was amazing to be shortlisted for this Award and meet so many other great providers and businesses. Accompanying Will Goold, one of our Inclusive Apprentices to collect the award was an amazing moment. I am so very proud of him and all of our Inclusive Apprentices, Supported Interns, and all the other students at the College, who are supported by truly inspirational teams". 

The pathways into work programmes have grown from WLC’s highly successful supported internships, into the launch of our inclusive apprentices in September 2019. Apprentices with special educational needs have now successfully started their apprenticeships and benefit from job coaches and mentors, as well as college and employer support.

This win came towards the end of an incredibly successful National Apprenticeships Week 2020 for West London College. Earlier in the week (Tuesday, 4 February) West London College was presented Ealing Council’s top Platinum Award Certificate of Membership of the Ealing Apprenticeship Network by Council Leader, Julian Bell. On the following day (Wednesday, 5 February) WLC was invited to a Parliamentary Reception for finalists of the AAC 2020 Apprenticeship Awards organised by FE Week and AELP UK, once again for their exceptional inclusive apprenticeships. The finalists will go on to the Awards Ceremony in Birmingham on 3 March where the winner will be announced for the SEND Apprenticeship Champion Award. 

If you are an employer and would like to know how the West London College Business Development Team can help you and/or you would like to know more about Supported Learning at West London College, please browse our website or call on 020 8741 1688.