Edinburgh College’s Access and Continuing Education (ACE) team has been shortlisted for a national diversity award for their work in helping and encouraging people across Edinburgh and the Lothians to reach their full potential, by removing barriers to education and employment for people with additional support needs.
The team are nominated in the ‘Diversity Through Education’ category at The Herald and GenAnalytics Diversity Awards 2018 which recognises best practice and innovation within the Scottish education sector – linked to championing greater diversity and inclusion for students, staff or local communities.
The college’s ACE courses are designed to help students with additional support needs move on to further study or employment and get the most out of their college experience, whatever their learning needs.
ACE courses are delivered in collaboration with a number of partners across Edinburgh and the Lothians to deliver the best possible learning experience to students, including Third Sector partners. Work placements are offered with a number of industry partners, to provide placements to students and give ongoing support to help them gain employment. Students gain valuable experience throughout the course, and during their placement, with many going on to employment or further studies.
Through delivering a variety of courses across the College’s four campuses and 23 outreach centres across the city, the ACE courses are widening access to groups that may otherwise struggle in an education environment.
Over the past three years, the number of students enrolled on the college’s ACE courses has increased significantly, demonstrating how the courses are reaching people in need of support and are championing greater inclusion for students.
Edinburgh College curriculum manager for Access and Continuing Education Anita Baggs said: “The ACE team provide an excellent standard of education and support for our students and should feel very proud to be nominated for their work. They are committed to helping students progress, whether it be making the jump from school to college, or returning to education as an adult. Our courses enable students to become more confident and independent while gaining skills and qualifications to help them move onto a positive destination. It is fantastic the work has been recognised alongside other great work happening across the country. Good luck to all the nominees!”
The Herald and GenAnalytics Diversity Awards 2018 ceremony takes place tonight (Thursday 11 October) at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow.