TES FE Awards: 'We were thrilled and humbled by the recognition we received'

23rd September 2016 at 16:12
As the TES FE Awards 2017 opens for entries, the chief executive of this year's triple winner, ELATT Connected Learning, writes about the impact of such recognition

As the first independent training provider to claim the flagship prize of overall provider at this year’s TES FE Awards, we have been both thrilled and humbled by the support and recognition we’ve received. We’re honoured to have our hard work so comprehensively recognised in the sector and we hope we can build on this success through further collaboration with partners and industry for the benefit of both learners and employers.

The wide exposure for our local community work that the awards have brought us has been a great inspiration for our already determined and ambitious team. Their renewed energy and enthusiasm has rubbed off on to our students as the awards add such credibility to our programmes and enhance the student experience and chances of future success. It is also very encouraging to see how our awards helped to highlight the great work that third sector providers deliver. Training delivered by the third sector complements the wider offer of our local colleges and provides an alternative route into learning and work for those who need it.

'Building on our success'

As the job market and digital landscape continues to rapidly change, we now move forward to thinking more strategically about ELATT’s core objectives and how we can continue to develop the profile and recognition that our TES FE awards have brought us. We’ve created practical and meaningful training that we full-heartedly believe in – now it’s time to get more students, partners and businesses on board to make 2017 even more memorable. 

Anthony Harmer is chief executive of ELATT Connected Learning

The race has begun to see who will follow in ELATT's footsteps, as nominations have opened for the TES FE Awards 2017, in association with the Education and Training Foundation. In total there are 16 award categories, from teacher of the year and best teaching and learning initiative to lifetime achievement and outstanding use of technology.

Entry is free and open to all FE establishments in the UK. The deadline for entries is midnight on Friday 28 October 2016. The shortlist will be announced on 16 December, and the winners will be revealed on 24 February 2017 in a ceremony at Grosvenor House hotel in London.

For further information, including full details of how to enter, please visit www.tesfeawards.co.uk

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