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Colleges Week, taking place between 26 February and 1 March 2024, is an annual celebration of the incredible work colleges are doing across the country.

We are celebrating all that’s great about our college for #CollegesWeek2024 and also highlighting the remarkable work we do as an integral part of our community.

Nescot has been at the heart of the local community for 70 years. Here are some examples of how we make an impact day in and day out:

The Institute of Technology (IoT) at Nescot is the first new space to open as part of the Sussex and Surrey IoT. Opening in Spring 2024, the IoT at Nescot specialises in digital technologies with courses and apprenticeships in software development, cyber security, AI, networking, cloud computing, data handling, ‘internet of things’ and IT support. For more information on the IoT at Nescot please visit our website

We are thrilled to be shortlisted in two categories for the upcoming Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2024 – ‘Apprentice of the Year’ and ‘Award for Community Contribution’. Find out more here.

Our Creative Media Production students won a gold medal at Worldskills UK 2023. They produced their award-winning film from scratch in just two days during the final. Discover more about their journey and watch their acclaimed creation here.

Our Summer Fair is one of the college’s highlights of the year where the whole community is invited to experience Nescot. Over 2000 people attended last year’s Fair. This year our Summer Fair takes place on 15 June, don’t forget to add the date to your diary and to keep an eye on our website.

Our first summer school for adult students who wanted to improve their English speaking and listening skills received glowing feedback. ESOL (English for Speakers of other Languages) supports students newly arrived to the UK to develop spoken and written English, to enable them to participate in the community and employment. Read more here.

Our very own Rhubarb, a Nova Scotia retriever who is a college assistance dog and his handler Zoe Brown, Head of Curriculum for Animal Studies featured in a recent art exhibition titled, ‘A Celebration of Dogs with Jobs’ at the Saatchi Gallery in London that showed off some of the UK’s most inspiring service dogs. Rhubarb helps shy, quiet or anxious students feel more comfortable and confident and can often be seen around campus with Zoe. A group of dog charities teamed up with famous photographer Rankin to create the exhibition.

Our Hair and Media Make-up students once again took part in a major incident emergency services training exercise run by the Paramedic Department at St George’s (University of London) for their final year paramedic science students. They supported trainee paramedics on a simulated disaster creating realistic-looking injuries on patients’ to be treated by emergency workers.

Staff and former students from our Healthcare Play courses have made a major input to an important report on the value of play in children’s healthcare. The report published (September 2023) by Starlight (the national charity for children’s play in healthcare) and NHS England, makes recommendations for the development of play within children’s health. Find out more here.

Learn more about our community involvement and our successes on our website.

Colleges Week 2024 is run by the Association of Colleges (AoC), for information visit their website here.