News from 2016 - 2017

  • Selby College Stalwart is Awarded MBE

    Vernon Wells, Chairman of Selby College Corporation is to be recognised for his work in furthering the cause of further education by being made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year’s Honours list.

    Vernon, a retired local business owner has played a key role with other members of the Corporation in overseeing this top-performing tertiary college achieve some remarkable milestones, including the complete redevelopment of the campus and in more recent years, its Ofsted inspection when it became one of the first colleges in England to gain a complete set of five ‘Outstanding’ grades.

    Vernon has remained adamant from the beginning that the community deserved a fitting campus to compliment and reward the work of all the inspirational students and staff. The college is currently undertaking a further building project to extend its engineering facilities.

    Over the past ten years, the Abbot’s Road based organisation has gone from strength-to-strength and is now viewed as a beacon of educational success locally, regionally and nationally. The award comes just weeks after the college achieved the number one spot in Yorkshire and the joint second in England for its performance across the board.

    Vernon has always stressed the importance of college serving all the community’s needs; by providing A-Levels, technical courses and Apprenticeships.

    When asked about being recognised in the New Year’s Honours List and awarded an MBE, Vernon said, I’m absolutely thrilled and so very proud, as it is such a great honour and privilege to be involved with the Corporation of such a prestigious college. Together we have achieved so much.

    Tuesday 3 Jan 2017

  • College Awarded Gold Standard for Careers Advice

    Selby College staff have been praised for the quality of their careers advice, after being awarded the Humber Gold Standard for Impartial Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) following a recent independent assessment visit.

    The top-performing college has played a leading role in providing impartial careers advice and guidance to students at college and young people still at school wanting to take further or higher education courses.

    The Humber Gold Standard was introduced by Humber Learning and Enterprise Partnership (LEP), in association with 11-19 schools, academies, colleges and private education and training providers in the Humber and is aligned to national criteria for providing Careers Education and Impartial Advice and Guidance.

    The Assessment Report produced as a result of the visit confirmed the careers advice and guidance support, provided by staff at the Abbot’s Road campus, fully met the Humber Gold standard. The assessor praised the organisation’s strong commitment to careers education, mentioning the embedded culture of self-improvement delivered by long serving, dedicated and committed staff members, who are constantly seeking ways to further enhance the quality of services offered in supporting young people and adults.

    Allan Stewart OBE, Principal and Chief Executive said. “A great deal of concern has been expressed by Members of Parliament about the poor quality of careers education.  The community served by the college can be assured that a consistently high level of careers guidance is now available both to college students and to young people leaving school.”

    Young people leaving school next summer can receive impartial advice about the range of A-Level and Vocational courses and Apprenticeships, at the next Selby College Open Event, which takes place on Saturday 4th February at 9.30am-12.00noon.

    Humber Gold Standard

    Tuesday 20 Dec 2016

  • An evening of festive celebrations at Selby Abbey for the college’s Annual Awards Evening

    Current and Former Selby College students were invited to celebrate their achievements at the college’s prestigious 24th Annual Awards Evening ceremony, held at Selby Abbey on Friday (16th December).

    Around 200 VIPs, staff members, family and friends gathered in the historic venue to enjoy an evening celebrating over 80 award winners who were applauded for their effort and achievement across all subject areas.

    The key speaker for the evening was World Thai-Boxing Champion and Sky Sports presenter, Rachael Mackenzie, who spoke to guests about her experience overcoming prejudice from people who did not believe women should compete in contact sports. Her desire for success and perseverance has helped Rachael secure sporting accolades and given her the confidence to encourage others to follow their own path to achieving their goals.

    Guests for the evening included amongst others, Councillor John Cattanach who also sponsored the Kenneth Auld Oates Award for Effort & Achievement and representatives for the Soroptomist Society who also sponsored an award. As the main company sponsor of the evening, Doosan Babcock’s Regional Manager Scott Anderson presented the Engineering Awards. There were also attendees from local and regional firms and groups who sponsored the individual awards, including Drax Power and Selby Carentan Twinning Committee. Awards were sponsored by companies including Drax Power, Abbey Personnel, Forevermore, Richard Lewis RSM, The Press Association, JWP Creers Ltd, Thornes Independent Ltd, The Institution of Engineering & Technology, The Selby Times and Club Doncaster.

    Sponsors in the unique awards category include The Leonard Chamberlain Trust who awarded Thomas Stirling, Mark Taylor, Caitlin Tomlinson and Brooke Williams with this year’s Leonard Chamberlain Awards. The four students were deemed to be the most deserving candidates from Selby who have now progressed to Higher Education or vocational learning. A new award, the Principal’s Prize for Individual Effort & Achievement, was introduced for 2016 and as voted for by Principal Allan Stewart, was awarded to Bradley Johnson who left the college with 3 A* grades in the summer and is currently studying Medicine at Oxford University.

    As well as students receiving accolades, Selby College staff members were also presented with staff recognition awards and long service awards, and the Team of the Year 2016 was announced as Network Services. On hand to receive a Special Commendation Award for his services to Selby College was former Police Constable Andrew Patchett.

    Entertainment was once again provided by former apprentice and college Marketing Assistant, Lucy Williams, accompanied by music lecturer Nick Garside on the piano, who together performed a beautiful rendition of the classic Christmas carol, Silent Night and an acoustic performance by year 10 Selby High School student Dan Toone.

    Allan Stewart, OBE, Principal and Chief Executive, congratulated each of the award winners and took the opportunity to speak about the ‘golden year’ Selby College has had, recognising the college had achieved the highest performance in Yorkshire and the joint second highest performance in England after an FE Week report, using Government data, ranked further education colleges on Apprenticeships, helping learners find work and both employer and learner satisfaction. Allan added, the college continues to respond to new demands for training and education with plans already in place to increase Higher Education student numbers and Apprenticeships.

    Closing the ceremony, Chairman to the Corporation Vernon Wells took the opportunity to congratulate all of this year’s award winners, adding “Your efforts and determination to succeed are a credit to you and also to your family and friends, who are not only here to support you tonight, but have been with you every step of the way on your education journey, which for many of you has continued either in further or higher education or learning new skills at work.”


    Tuesday 20 Dec 2016

  • College Builds for Construction Skills Growth

    Recognising the future demands for skilled construction workers locally and regionally, Selby College, working with Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has begun work on a new £1.4m project to redevelop its existing Aspiration Building facilities specifically for training young people and adults in a variety of construction skills trades.

    Acting on the latest recruitment and employment research data for the Yorkshire region, the college successfully bid for funds to develop its construction skills training facilities in order to help plug the growing skills crisis in the industry by providing, Brickwork, Carpentry and Joinery, Plastering, Plumbing and Electrical Installation courses.

    Enabling work has already started on the college’s Abbot’s Road Campus, extending the existing building to provide approximately 500sqm of additional floor space; consisting of a large extension and a mezzanine floor with access from the main body of the extension. As well as developing the Aspiration Building, the 23week project will release more space on the site that will allow the top-performing college to grow its already successful Powerskills Engineering programmes, helping to continue providing support to that industry also. 

    Expected to open in the Spring 2017, the redevelopment includes the creation of 40 additional car parking spaces to the north west corner of the existing car park.

    As Allan Stewart OBE, Principal and Chief Executive said, “At a time when many construction industry observers are predicting the biggest skills shortages in the sector for a generation, I am pleased to see Selby College, through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnerships funded extension of the Aspiration Building, will be at the forefront providing an increased range of construction training programmes to equip young people and adults with the skills needed now and in future whilst also providing them with the opportunity to enter a solid career, with great earning potential and prospects.”

    The project has benefitted from £0.7m funding from the Leeds City Region Growth Deal. The Leeds City Region Growth Deal is a £1 billion-plus deal between the LEP and government to help transform the Leeds City Region economy.

    The Growth Deal is being delivered jointly by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to boost jobs and growth across the whole of Leeds City Region. 

    Stephanie Burras, Chair of the LEP’s Employment and Skills Panel said: “New research shows that there is £13 billion of construction work in Leeds City Region over the next three years and we need to ensure we are helping develop the pipeline of talent to meet this demand.

    That is why we are supporting projects such as Selby College’s construction skills facilities with our Growth Deal funding. The project will help upskill local people and provide new skills opportunities to ensure we retain talent in our region. I am delighted we have been able to support this project and look forward to watching the site progress.”

    To enable local residents to see the plans of the new building and leave feedback, the college has arranged a display of the plans, to take place on Thursday 8 December in the Atrium area of the main Jubilee Building from 9.30am-16.00pm.

    Wednesday 30 Nov 2016

  • Selby College Graduation Success

    There was cause for a double celebration at the Third Annual Higher Education and Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony on Friday at Selby Abbey as students celebrated their academic and personal success alongside the college being named as a top-performer in a nationwide comparison of colleges.

    Professor Steve Kelly, Dean of Faculty of Science and Engineering at The University of Hull addressed the audience of students, families and VIPs including the Chair of North Yorkshire County Council, the Vice Chairs of East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Selby District Council and the Mayors of Goole and Snaith and Cowick, local employers, college Governors and staff, talking of the many benefits that education provides. Professor Kelly added, “how exceptionally pleased he was to see so many learners receiving awards, praising particularly the many unnamed individuals who support learners to achieve their goals each day, including the parents, partners, friends and others who provide the foundations of support throughout their learning and careers.”

    Professor Kelly said, “how proud The University of Hull was to be associated with a top-performing college like Selby College, which benefits from innovative leadership, fantastic facilities and a reputation for student success.”

    Joined by Professor Roy Fisher, Professor of Education and Head of Department of Initial Teacher Training from the University of Huddersfield, certificates were presented to graduates and apprentices, including five special award winners who were commended for exceptional achievements in their studies.

    Entertainment for the evening was provided by former apprentice and college Marketing Assistant, Lucy Williams singing the Adele song Someone Like You, accompanied on piano by Music Lecturer Nick Garside and also a performance from talented classical guitarist, Year 10 Selby High School pupil Dan Toone.

    Allan Stewart OBE, Principal and Chief Executive spoke of the success Selby College continues to enjoy, with news received only the day before the Awards Ceremony confirming Selby College was officially rated as the highest performing college in Yorkshire and the second joint highest performing college in England in terms of non-employed learners finding jobs at the end of their programmes and for overall learner and employer satisfaction.

    Speaking about the growing Apprenticeship programme, Allan confirmed the important role the college plays in support of the local and regional economy, training young people and adults and mentioning recent research that shows 27% of the current workforce is likely to retire in the next six years replaced by the lowest demographic outturn from schools in recent times. Allan added how important it was for the college to work in close partnership with employers to provide training that ensures locally we have sufficient skilled people to remain competitive in a post Brexit economy.

    The event closed with a selection of sweet treats and beverages served by Selby College Catering Services.

    Tuesday 22 Nov 2016

  • Selby College No1 in Yorkshire, No2 in England!

    Photo of Selby College No1 in Yorkshire, No2 in England!

    Selby College staff and managers were again celebrating this week when news emerged the local college was revealed highest-performing college in Yorkshire and the joint second highest-performing college in England after an FE Week survey ranked colleges on apprenticeships, helping learners find work and both learner and employer satisfaction.

    The news follows last weeks’ announcement that the college was also named the best in England for getting jobseekers into employment in the latest Department for Education figures.

    Allan Stewart OBE, Principal and Chief Executive said he was “delighted that the college’s focus on outstanding teaching, learning and employer engagement has been recognised in this latest accolade.”

    Since the college became one of the first colleges in England to gain a full set of Outstanding grades following its last Ofsted inspection, the organisation has gone from strength to strength, working with the community to provide a range of different types of education and learning choices that meets both individual and employer needs.

    Cllr Mark Crane, Leader of the Council, Selby District Council said, “I am delighted to hear the news that Selby College is once again topping the league tables, to be top across Yorkshire and the second highest performing is an excellent accolade. My congratulations to Allan Stewart and his hard working team. Selby is proud.”

    Over the past few years, the college has seen its Apprenticeship programmes grow significantly as local employers recognise the quality of the training provided and young people seeing the high rates of learners gaining employment after being on one of our programmes, apply to access the wide range of courses offered.

    Monday 21 Nov 2016

  • College becomes Best in Country!


    Managers and staff at Selby College were celebrating as the top –performing education provider gained another accolade, this time the best performing college in the country for helping unemployed people find work, following the publication of the latest learner destination data; a national survey published by the Department for Education.

    The national report covers outcomes for learners across 221 private training providers and 218 Further Education colleges. A key measure looks specifically at the outcomes for learners who were receiving unemployment benefits before starting their studies. The most successful college by this measure was Selby College, with 71 percent of learners finding sustained employment following their courses.

    Allan Stewart OBE, Principal and Chief Executive said, “I am delighted that the college has once again been recognised for the quality of its services, particularly in helping members of the local community find work following training provided at our Abbot’s road campus or directly in the workplace.

    Allan said, “it is extremely gratifying for the staff and managers involved in delivering training and other forms of learning to know they are making such a massive difference helping local people, eventually find work either by updating existing skills or learning new ones. Allan added, “the college has gone to great lengths working alongside Jobcentre Plus and local and regional employers to create a tripartite partnership providing training to help people return to work, in many cases tailoring courses to meet learner and employer needs.”

    The new report is the second set of data on outcomes for FE learners to have been published. The first released in 2015 covered outcomes for adult FE learners from 2010 to 2013, whereas the latest report covers outcomes from 2012 to 2014 and details the proportion of sector learners that have moved onto further learning or employment.

    Tuesday 15 Nov 2016

  • Public Services hold Remembrance Service at Selby College

    Thank you to everyone who came to show their support at the Remembrance event held by Public Services last Friday morning. The Public Service students once again joined forces with the Army to organise a Remembrance Service for the college to pay our respects to all those who gave their lives for our freedom.

    Following an overwhelming response from last years’ event, the students involved were once again

    impressed by the number of staff and fellow students who came together in the Sports Hall to remember those who have given their lives. Prior to the two-minute silence, guest speakers including Sargent Andy Brown, Warrant Office Pill Bowler and public services students read poems and spoke of their personal experiences of conflict.

    The Royal British Legion were present with a standard bearer during the event, and there was also a Last Post bugle call. Selby College would like to say thank you to the members of the Armed forces who spoke during the service and to commend the professionalism of public services students’ who collectively organised the event.

    After the service the Level 3 Public Services students were joined by members of the Army, Police and Royal British Legion to gather round the flag poles outside college.

    Special thanks to Public Services lecturer Laura Stanworth for organising the event, Hospitality & Catering for the amazing poppy cake, Travel & Tourism for supplying the refreshments and serving them.

    We will remember them.


    Friday 11 Nov 2016

  • Selby College Sport team up with Selby District Vision

    Thursday 6th October saw Sports students from Top-Performing Selby College, run a successful multi-sports event in partnership with Selby District Vision as part of the ‘Get Set for Community Action’ campaign.

    Get Set for Community Action is a brand new programme, which aims to strengthen relationships between young people and their local communities through the Olympic Values (friendship, excellence and respect) and the Paralympic Values (courage, determination, equality and inspiration).

    Thousands of 14-19 year olds – ‘Action Leads’ –have worked in teams across the UK, building relationships with local community groups to plan and deliver at least two projects each, in celebration of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Sixteen Selby College students aged 16-18 years old have worked as action leads planning and running several events through the year with yesterday’s event the celebration event as part of the Rio Olympics 2016. The students held several meetings with Selby District Vision about how to get the most from the day and also received training on working with the visually impaired participants and funding for the equipment to help the day run smoothly.

    Joanne Reader from Selby District Vision said ‘’ We are absolutely delighted to be working with Selby College on this project. We know from experience that inter-generational support can be extremely beneficial from both sides. Our clients thoroughly enjoyed the day and being able to try out new accessible sports and opportunities, supported by the college students. This project also allows them to return that favour by providing practical experience for the students, which they are glad to be able to offer. The college team have been so keen to enable this project to work to the benefit of our service users and we plan for this to continue well into the future.’’

    The event included Boccia, New Age Kurling and participants having access to the gym facilities on site. To finish the day, the participants and students sat down and enjoyed a chat over a cup of tea and a well-deserved biscuit! The day was made even more sweeter by triathlete and Olympic Bronze medallist, Vicky Holland joining the students to help support and encourage both students and participants… and of course she brought the medal along with her!

    Vicky Holland said ‘’it’s been a great day meeting young volunteers at Selby College and celebrating their Get Set Action project! I have been so impressed with attitudes of all involved!’’

    Both Selby District Vision and the Selby College students thoroughly enjoyed the day and are looking to work together again in the future. Ed Grady Sports Development Officer said ‘’This helps to connect generations together through sport and to build links in the Selby community. It was great to see the students work out of their comfort zones and see their confidence grow as the day went on.’’

    Saskia Lewis one of the action leads from Selby College added’ ’I really enjoyed working with Selby District Vision and found the day rewarding as you could see the impact it had on their lives.’’

    Thursday 20 Oct 2016

  • Selby College Get Set for Community Action!

    Rio 2016 Bronze Medallist, Vicky Holland


    Top-performing, Selby College, have teamed up with a local visually impaired group to run a multi- sports event for Selby District Vision. The Get Set for Community Action team will host the event on Thursday 6th October in the college sports hall, supported by Olympic medallist Vicky Holland, who recently won bronze in Rio competing in the triathlon. Ed Grady, Sports Development Officer for the college added ‘’This will be a fantastic opportunity for the students involved to work with Vicky and a fantastic award for all their hard work in the community.’’

     Get Set for Community Action is a brand new programme, which aims to strengthen relationships between young people and their local communities through the Olympic Values (friendship, excellence and respect) and the Paralympic Values (courage, determination, equality and inspiration).

    Thousands of 14-19-year-old – ‘Action Leads’ – will work in teams across the UK, building relationships with local community groups to plan and deliver at least two projects each, in celebration of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

     Many students would find it tough to come out of their shell and spend an afternoon with strangers but as Team Coordinator and Selby College Sports Development Officer, Ed Grady explains, “My students really have great confidence in their abilities to make the event a success. With the experience gained from previous events, I’m confident that they can make this event a major success. Get Set for Community Action has helped our students get outside their comfort zone and is helping students with their employability skills”

     The team is represented by students from the Sports Department at Selby College who have also recently completed a training session with Selby District Vision on how to work with partially sighted performers.  

     Keen to make sure the event goes to plan, they are meeting with the organisation’s leadership team to consult with them and then tailor their project to the group’s needs. Joanne Reader from Selby District Vision explains ‘’ Selby District Vision are absolutely delighted to be working with Selby college on this project. We know from experience that inter-generational support can be extremely beneficial from both sides. Our clients are really looking forward to being able to try out new accessible sports and opportunities, supported by the college students. This project also allows them to return that favour by providing practical experience for the students, which they are glad to be able to offer. The college team have been so keen to enable this project to work to the benefit of our service users and we plan for this to continue well into the future.’’



    Thursday 6 Oct 2016

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