THE times are still a-changing at Tameside College, even though it has been named Large Business of the Year at the Pride of Tameside Business Awards.
But while the buildings may alter, the commitment to excellence is as strong as it has ever been.
The recognition follows the college’s good rating from Ofsted earlier this year, cementing its position as the leading provider of A-levels, vocational courses and apprenticeships in the borough.
The judges cited: “Impressive growth around STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, fantastic investment and growth in the borough for future generations” as a major factor in their decision.
They also highlighted the college’s joint ‘VisionTameside’ estates strategy with Tameside Council and its curriculum as key strengths.
They said: “This was a pivotal year for the college as they move into new premises and open up new opportunities for local students. Built on financial stability, low staff turnover and greatly improved Ofsted reports, they have adapted their curriculum to serve the local region.”
Jackie Moores, principal at Tameside College and Clarendon Sixth Form College, was delighted with the award.
She said: “This award is recognition of the tremendous efforts made by all staff, students and governors at the college over the past few years.
“Tameside College is a fantastic college which is here to serve its local community of young people, adults and employers offering courses which include apprenticeships, study programmes, adult courses and higher education up to degree level. We thank the judging panel who supported our application.”
Tameside College is the largest further education college in the borough with more than 5,000 students following a wide range courses up to degree level.
Its recent growth can be attributed to the development of Clarendon Sixth Form College and the Advanced Technologies Centre at its campus on Beaufort Road, Ashton.
And with the flagship Tameside One welcoming its first students in spring 2019, the college continues to develop the most modern further education campus in Greater Manchester.
The transformation will be completed in 2020 when the state of the art Construction Centre opens.