Abingdon & Witney College take home national apprenticeship award

Photo shows: AAC Awards 2020 (l-r) Mark French Gavin Maitland-Smith Di Batchelor Jacqui Canton and Ed Collett
AAC Awards 2020 (l-r) Mark French Gavin Maitland-Smith Di Batchelor Jacqui Canton and Ed Collett

The national winners of the 2020 Annual Apprenticeship Conference (AAC) Apprenticeship Awards have been announced, with Abingdon & Witney College taking home Engineering and Manufacturing Apprenticeship Provider of the Year. The awards ceremony gala dinner was held at the ICC in Birmingham and attracted more 500 guests.

The AAC Awards, now in its third year, recognise outstanding apprenticeship delivery and provision across the sector nationwide, and are run by FE Week and the Association of Employment and Learning Providers. Abingdon & Witney College already has previous form, having won the South of England Provider of the Year Award back in 2018.

The College was also a finalist for Business and Administration Apprenticeship Provider of the Year and the overall Apprenticeship Provider of the Year awards.

More than 350 entries were submitted by both public and private providers, employers and colleges for the 2020 edition of the AAC Awards, with 44 organisations and individuals making the cut in 22 categories.

This recognition is part of the College’s long history of apprenticeship success, with consistent above national average apprenticeship achievement rates, an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted grade for apprenticeship provision, and multiple regional awards.

Di Batchelor, Principal and CEO at Abingdon & Witney College, said: “I am very proud that the College’s outstanding apprenticeship team has been recognised by such a prestigious award. We look forward to continuing to provide an exceptional apprenticeship provision in all areas. Congratulations to all involved; our apprentices, tutors and assessors, employers and apprenticeship team – it’s certainly well deserved’