Furness College Gains Chartered Status
29 November 2016 News
Staff are celebrating after Furness College became among the first in the country to achieve chartered status for the high quality of education.
The college has been accepted as a member of the Chartered Institution of Further Education after meeting the high standards set out by the organisation.
It had to demonstrate quality across the board in areas including teaching and learning, governance, finance and engagement with the local community and employers.
Mark Nicholson, Deputy Principal Curriculum & Quality at Furness College, said it was a significant achievement.
“This mark of quality is awarded only to high performing organisations and shows we are helping lead the way in how the further education sector is shaped in future to meet the needs of students and employers. To even be considered for chartered status, colleges must have an overall rating of good or outstanding from Ofsted.”
Making the announcement today Lord Lingfield, Chairman of the Chartered Institution for Further Education, said: “Furness College have passed a rigorous process which has confirmed their position as a leading performer in the sector. I look forward to working with them and our growing membership to begin driving forward professionalism in further education.
“This is the next step along the path to recognising and celebrating what the sector does well, and achieving for it a status both nationally and internationally equivalent to that enjoyed by our higher education colleagues.”
The college was supported in its application by local employers including BAE Systems and Siemens Subsea and CN Group, which owns the Evening Mail. Only three other colleges nationally have chartered status.
Shaun Hannaway, learning and development advisor at Siemens Subsea, said: “We have worked with a number of colleges and providers but, since the introduction of our apprenticeship programme in 2011, Siemens Subsea and the college have benefited from a very successful relationship over the development of skills in advanced manufacturing.”
Ted Creighton, head of early careers and skills, Shared Services, at BAE Systems, also supported the application explaining how the company turned to Furness College to ‘provide outstanding programmes in support of the development of its staff at all levels from apprenticeships to Higher Education programmes’.
The college, which has recently merged with Barrow Sixth Form College, also had to show it operated openly and transparently.
James Higgins, editor of the Evening Mail, backed the college in its application saying it was open to all, offered community and learning-focused events and shared regular updates on the merger progress with the community.
“The development of the new college campus has been a huge matter of local interest and our reporting of work and progress has been undoubtedly boosted by the senior team’s desire to share with the community progress and changes,” he said.
The college now runs across two sites – Channelside and Rating Lane – offering a broad range of vocational and academic qualifications from apprenticeships to A levels.