Prestigious royal award presented to B&FC

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Published: Monday 29 February 2016

Blackpool and The Fylde College received the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education on Thursday 25 February 2016.

The elite award recognises the College’s innovative work in the field of higher technical and professional education in partnership with employers.

The College is one of only four general FE college winners and the only one in the North of England.

The Chair of Governors, the Principal and Chief Executive, and students were amongst those invited to Buckingham Palace to receive the award.

The prize, a silver gilt medallion and inscribed certificate, was presented by Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.

Blackpool and The Fylde College joined a distinguished list of universities and colleges to be recognised with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize. The bespoke undergraduate trainee scheme created in 2007 provides a platform for the development and delivery of a graduate training scheme in Project Management for a number of leading businesses both regionally and nationally including Rolls Royce and BAE.

Bev Robinson, Principal of Blackpool and The Fylde College, said: “We are delighted and extremely proud to be awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize. It’s a significant achievement which reinforces our reputation as an outstanding provider of training and education. The award is testament to the hard work and dedication from the lecturing team and students themselves”.

BAE Systems is one of the industry partners that co-created the programme.

Bernard Kellett, of BAE Systems Military Air & Information, said the development of its Project Control Foundation Scheme (PCFS) had been the result of a partnership with the College.

He said: "Our partnership with Blackpool and The Fylde College has helped produce a pipeline of talented people; many now have leading positions throughout our company.

"The curriculum for the degree was developed in a spirit of partnership, with the College designing the topics with industry requirements in the forefront of their mind. 

"Now we are working alongside them to develop the next iteration of the project management degrees to be offered, ensuring our people are ready to lead our business in the future."

Francesca McKenna works as a project engineer at BAE’s maritime division in Barrow and is in her final year of the programme.

She said: “I was initially attracted by the earn-while-you-learn element, but then I found that the course and my workplace complement each other really well.

 “I get first-hand experience that I can apply to my academia, using real life examples to better understand the theory. At the same time I can use what I learn in the classroom to improve things at work.”

The College works in partnership with employers to design and create programmes of technical and professional education and training. If you would like to discuss how this could have an impact in your business please call Neil Smith on 01253 504319.

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