South West College received 3 awards at the 16th Annual Plaisterers’ Training Awards, held at the Plaisterers’ Hall in the City of London on Tuesday 4th November. The awards recognise the highest standards of achievement in training and education within the UK plastering trade.
The event was attended by an audience representing a wide cross-section of the plastering and dry-lining trade, training colleges, independent training providers, city livery companies with particular links to construction trades and other organisations actively involved in construction skills training.
The RT. Hon. the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE presented the awards. She said:
“It is extremely fitting that these awards should be hosted here, by the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers. Not just because the name fits, but because of the very long and very noble links that the Company has with education and training. For centuries you have trained apprentices, ensuring a steady flow of skilled and honest plasterers that has helped build London and the UK into the magnificent place it is today.
“Finally, and most importantly, all of today’s winners and nominees have my most hearty congratulations.”
Representatives from South West College were presented with 3 awards: The Regional Award for the best college in Northern Ireland; winner of the Sir John Pirie Cup (for the college with a smaller intake but with the highest conversion rate at NVQ, SVQ, ICA and Diploma Level 2) and runner up for the Harmer Trophy (for larger colleges who have achieved top rating at academic level 3).
Speaking about the awards, Noel McIntyre, Lecturer at South West College, Omagh Campus said:
“At the College we strive for excellence in all areas of our education and training provision and these awards are an assurance of the college’s quality standards.
“These awards also compliment the Grade 1 ‘outstanding’ accreditation from this year’s ETI Inspection, which ranks South West College among the top 4 within the 350 colleges across the UK for quality of teaching and learning.”