Derwen College, near Oswestry, has been shortlisted in the Specialist Provider of the Year category in a prestigious national awards competition.

The specialist further education college, in Gobowen, has been shortlisted in the national 2021 TES Further Education (FE) Awards. The awards recognise the most outstanding institutions from across the entire Further Education sector.

TES head of FE Julia Belutay said: “Further education providers have excelled in what has been a truly challenging year, and the amazing individuals, team and institutions on our TES FE Awards shortlist showcase that. Our judges were impressed with the calibre of entries and I want to congratulate everyone who has made the shortlist – it is a brilliant achievement.”

The awards ceremony will be held online, and the winners will be announced on 28th May, 2021.

The award follows on from a successful year of achievement where Derwen College was honoured to win Careers Programme in a Special School/College in the UK Career Development Awards. The award was for innovation and for commitment to supporting students in employment through the development and creation of a revolutionary new CV Builder app.

Meryl Green, Principal of Derwen College, said that she was thrilled that the college had been shortlisted as one of the top specialist providers in the UK.

She said: “We are absolutely delighted with this nomination which is a reflection of the hard work and commitment of everyone who works here at the college. There is, as always, strong competition, and it’s inspiring to see what colleges are doing for their students. We look forward to finding out if we will be named overall winners in May

“It has been a year of triumphs for the college during some challenging times, and we are honoured to have been recognised by judges who are experts in the field of education.”

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