Courses that care lay foundation for success

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CONSTRUCTION training at West Suffolk College is being flagged up as an example of excellence after the college achieved an outstanding grade for the way in which it has developed training for young people in this field.

On Tuesday, staff from the college spoke at a one-day regional conference in London about its success.

In May 2010, it was the only college in the country to be awarded the outstanding Ofsted grade in this particular curriculum in nine years of inspections.

Gary Clarke, head of faculty of arts and technology, said: “We focus on providing targeted support, using staff with the right skills so they play to their strengeths – the number one priority is the learner.

“Support programmes are tailored to the individual learner. This approach enables learners to feel at ease and to get the maximum benefit from the support provided.”

Mr Clarke said this method of ensuring individual students needs were met had also lead to an increase in retention and ahcievement rates.

College principal Dr Ann Williams said: “The outstanding grading was fantastic news, which I am sure will be appreciated by our partners in the business community in Suffolk.”