College, teachers and student in the running to be best in class

    Abingdon & Witney College, its teachers and a student have all been nominated for several national industry awards, it has recently been announced.

    Will Williams and Karen Walker both teach within The Oxfordshire Business & Enterprise School (TOBES), whilst Lucy Coppock is a Level 3 Sport student at the College. 

    TOBES provides important practical and academic skills for students interested in accounting, business, events and tourism, uniformed services and sport. Over 100 students progress every year onto university or employment, both locally and nationally.

    Mr Williams and Ms Coppock have both been nominated in the 9th Annual BTEC Awards, for Further Education (FE) Tutor of the Year and Sport Student of the Year respectively. The Awards “celebrate exceptional BTEC students and apprentices […] and recognis[e] the inspirational teachers and tutors whose dedication and passion are moulding the career professionals of the future. 

    Accounting lecturer Ms Walker is in the running for her second award of 2019, having been nominated for Teacher of the Year at the Times Educational Supplement FE Awards back in March; this time around it’s the Association for Accounting Technicians (AAT) Tutor of the Year award that’s in her sights. 

    Alongside Ms Walker, the College has been shortlisted for Training Provider of the Year at the AAT Training Provider Conference and Awards for the third time in three years.  

    Angela Hayles, Head of Faculty for TOBES, said: “I’m extremely proud of the staff, students and department and what they have already achieved. It’s great that they and the College have the opportunity to go one step further and have their hard work formally recognised with these prestigious industry awards.” 

    Our teaching approach involves both staff and students taking the lead on our award-winning social action projects in communities, such as working with local businesses to help raise money for the homeless. We believe these experiences embed key professional skills that learners take into the workplace and creates added value that employers look for.” 

    “We’ll have our fingers crossed on awards night!” 

    The AAT Training Provider Conference and Awards takes place on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 May at the Crowne Plaza in Stratford-Upon-Avon, with the date and location of the BTEC Awards yet to be confirmed. 

    (April 2019)

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