Love our College's Week

This week, Selby College is celebrating the Association of College's Love our College's Week. Keep up to date about all things going on during the week, here.

Friday, October 23rd - The covid response 

In the wake of lockdown, our staff went above and beyond to make the transition from face-to-face learning to online as seamless as possible. From tutors to support staff to our General Support Tutors (GSTs), everyone rose to the challenge to support our students and provide them high-quality education. 


Hear from some of our students as to how they found remote learning.

Will Matthews, Higher National Diploma in Computing students

Bethany Stonarch, BTEC National Extended Diploma in IT

Joseph Linford, Level 3 Art and Design student

Holly Conway, Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprentice


Selby College staff and students step up to help throughout pandemic

From creating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to supporting frontline workers and raising money for the NHS, staff and students at Selby College have gone above and beyond to support those in need during the pandemic.

Here are just some of the amazing initiatives that our staff and students have carried out:

Mick Wilson, Engineering Lecturer for Computer Aided Design:
After hearing about the shortage of visors nationally and, in particular, in care homes across Yorkshire, Mick took it upon himself to start producing visors using the College’s state-of-the-art 3D printers.

Mick relocated the printers to his home to produce the visor enclosures, as well as source the fronts for the visors and elasticated bands for the backs. Fifty of the visors were gratefully received by local care home company, Horizon Care.

Caretaker Carl Burke, with support from College Departments:

The College also donated a significant volume of PPE to local organisations to support frontline staff in the fight against COVID-19. Carl worked with departments across the College to gather and deliver the PPE equipment from its science labs, as well its hair and beauty, engineering, construction and childcare facilities.

One of the donations was to Selby War Memorial Hospital to help support NHS staff, including ward staff, healthcare professionals and community crisis teams. PPE was also provided to other frontline services, such as Yorkshire Ambulance Service, North Yorkshire Police and two local care homes in Selby, Carentan House Residential Care and Osborne House.

Bradley Johnson, former student:

During lockdown, Bradley Johnson successfully completed a 7,200km cycle challenge raising vital funds to support the NHS and other charities during the Covid-19 crisis.

In just under a month, Bradley and 21 other medical students at Oxford University cycled 100km for each of the 72 years that the NHS has been established.

In total, Bradley and his peers raised over £14,000 for the Oxford Hospitals Charity, which supports both NHS staff and patients, and SeeSaw, an Oxford-based charity which provides grief support to children and young people.

Kiku McNaughton, Art & Design Tutor:

After seeing the shortage of PPE the NHS was facing, Kiku joined the nationwide initiative to help create scrubs for NHS frontline workers. Kiku sewed three full sets of scrubs to be donated as part of the ‘Yorkshire Scrubs – For the Love of Scrubs’ initiative, including one set which was made entirely from old bed sheets.

Kiku said: “I wanted to be able to look back on this time and know that I did my bit - to do something that I know I’ll be proud to tell my daughter I did in years to come. As I can sew, I decided to join the intiative to help create scrubs for frontline workers who so desperately need them in the fight against coronavirus.”

Thursday, October 22nd - Supporting people and communities 

Adult courses

At Selby College, we have a range of courses specifically designed to help adult learners upskill and improve their career prospects during these difficult times. In the video below, hear from Paul Cliff, Assistant Director of Business at Selby College as to how these courses will help to deliver the workforce of tomorrow and rebuild the economy.

Essential Digital Skills

At Selby College, we strive to go over and above in supporting people and communities by providing them the resources to upskill.

In the video below, Paul Cliff, Assistant Director of Business at Selby Colleges discusses how the College's Essential Digital Skills course helps individuals build the skills they need to work with technology.

Wednesday, October 21st - Innovation and designing the future 

Drax partnership

Selby College has a long-standing relationship with Drax to help build skills and training across the College. The five-year partnership enables the College to deliver community education programmes, as well as support for retraining, to ensure students are developing the skills needed in innovative clean technologies which will help to drive a zero carbon economy.

Bruce Heppenstall, Drax Power Station Plant Director, said:

“Through this partnership with Selby College we are looking beyond the Covid crisis towards a green economic recovery, powered by talented people and exciting, innovative technologies, like BECCS which Drax is pioneering. The partnership will help people in our communities to learn the skills needed to pursue jobs in the green economy, and enable companies like Drax to continue to grow, and build a strong regional economy with thriving communities.”

Phil Sayles, Principal and Chief Executive of Selby College, said:

“We are delighted to be launching this partnership with Drax. Selby College is committed to supporting the community and has a strong track record of working with industries to understand their needs and develop tailored training packages to support workforce development. Creating education programmes that support upskilling and retraining are crucial for the UK as we look to the future, creating a green workforce that employers like Drax need.”

Siemens Mobility


Siemens Mobility Limited also selected Selby College as its training partner for its new rail facility in Goole, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. As part of this, 12 of Siemens Mobility’s apprentices are currently carrying out their Level 3 Rail Technician Apprenticeship programme at the College. Currently in their first year, the apprentices are developing their core engineering skills in the College’s state-of-the-art engineering facilities.

The apprentices will be the first of up to 700 employees for the pioneering rail manufacturing facility, which is expected to start later this year, pending detailed planning approval from East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The project will be complemented by research and development, digital innovation and supplier facilities, together forming a unique “rail village” at the Goole site. The new facility aims to create up to 700 skilled jobs locally, as well as 250 other roles during the construction phase.

Sambit Banerjee, Managing Director Rolling Stock and Customer Services, for Siemens Mobility Limited, said:

“The appointment of Selby College is another important milestone for our Goole facility and will have a key role to play in helping us create a legacy of highly-skilled engineers. The number and quality of applications indicates the level of interest in this incredibly exciting project. The demand for these entry-level opportunities bodes well for future recruitment for a wide range of manufacturing, engineering and associated roles as the project continues to move forward.”

Phil Sayles, Principal and Chief Executive, said:

“Selby College is a high-achieving college with an excellent reputation and has close links to the town of Goole, with many of our students already attending the College from the area. This, combined with our significant engineering facilities and partnerships with industry, means we are well placed to play a key role in this project. Our excellent campus will provide a great base for the apprentices during their time with us.”

The Institute of Technology 

At Selby College, we are apart of the Institute of Technology, which enables us to provide the latest industry standard equipment and deliver more higher level technical training.

The Institute of Technology is a consortium of colleges across the region to develop the Yorkshire & Humber Institute of Technology, which is one of twelve Institutes of Technology across the country designed to increase higher level technical skills for employers.

The Yorkshire & Humber Institute of Technology brings investment of circa £10 million of capital funding into the region for partners to invest in industry standard equipment to provide higher level technical training. This massive training boost will enhance employment opportunities and ensure highly qualified employees for the regions’ employers.

Find out more about the Institute of Technology and how it is helping Colleges across the region innovate and shape the future of technology. 


Tuesday, October 20th - Supporting and growing individual sectors 

PGCE and Higher Education Offering 

Hear from Matthew Duck about why he chose Selby College to carry out his degree-level study and PGCE.

Find out why Adam Sawden chose to carry out his degree-level study and PGCE at Selby College after deciding to have a career change 

During lockdown, teacher training applicants rose significantly across the country according to Ucas. At Selby College, we are helping aspiring teachers gain the skills and knowledge they need for a career in the Lifelong Learning Sector. In this video, PGCE student Jacqui talks about why she wanted a change in career and how the PGCE course at Selby College helped her achieve this. 


Since 2018, we have been working closely with eBuyer to deliver their Apprenticeship training. In this time, they have taken on Apprentices in a range of departments: sales, product management and customer service, where each Apprentice has come with a great attitude and have become an asset to the business. 

Hear from Toni Meehan, Business Solutions Sales Manager at Ebuyer, as to how we work with them to help meet their business needs through apprenticeship training programmes. 


Monday, October 19th - The economic rebuild 


At Selby College, we are supporting upskilling and retraining through our range of part-time Courses for Adults. Whether learners are looking for a way to upskill and improve their career prospects, refresh existing skills or learn a new subject, we can support learners. 

Hear from Karina as to how Selby College helped her upskill 


At Selby College, we are proud to work with more than 350 businesses in the Selby District, making sure they have staff with the right skills to help them survive and thrive.

We offer a wide selection of courses to meet employer's business needs, from Apprenticeships in the workplace, to distance learning and short courses - our expert team works with employers to find the ideal programme for their specific business needs.