Nescot has been nominated for Further Education Provider of the Year in the annual TES awards.
The college has been shortlisted alongside five other colleges, with the winner to be announced at a ceremony in central London on February 28.
Principal Sunaina Mann said: “I’m delighted that Nescot has been shortlisted for this award, and we feel this is an achievement in itself.”
In 2013, as Nescot entered its 60th anniversary year, the college celebrated 60 successful years in education by winning a number of awards and opening a pioneering college in the Middle East.
Nescot improved success rates from 84% to 90% this year, with our students winning gold and silver medals at the national WorldSkills UK final in November.
One of the college’s students was named BTEC IT Student of the Year and also won the overall BTEC Student of the Year prize.
The college also opened a rehoming unit for homeless cats in partnership with the Blue Cross charity, with Animal Studies student helping to care for the animals and with the resettlement process.
The latest National Student Survey showed Higher Education learners at Nescot are among the country’s happiest, with 95% of those questioned said to be satisfied with their course.
The college opened a new learning Hub for our Preparation for Life and Work department, with a sensory room, art and cooking facilities and a shop and café area.
The department’s approach to The Reading Agency’s Six Book Challenge, with the department’s students being mentored by or buddied with the Level 3 Business students, was also hailed nationally.
Nescot is the only college in Surrey to have a dedicated REED NCFE Centre on-site, with staff dedicated to finding full and part-time jobs for students and working with employers to fill their vacancies.
In addition, Nescot led a consortium to win a £75million contract to run Saudi Arabia’s first women-only technical college. The brand-new Nescot Consortium Jeddah Female College of Excellence opened in August.
The group, which was chosen from more than 500 organisations that expressed an interest, includes three British FE colleges which all have female CEOs and principals.