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West College Scotland are delighted to be shortlisted in two categories at the upcoming The Herald Scotland & GenAnalytics Diversity Awards 2021.

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We have been shortlisted for the Diversity in Education award for the work of our Digital Strategy group which has helped almost 3000 students to work online digitally through device distribution as well as countless others supported through training, help desk support and additional resource made available to our community.

Assistant Principal: Creativity and Skills, Angela Pignatelli said,

“We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for the prestigious Herald Diversity Awards. The Digital Strategy Group, made up of over 60 colleagues across the College including support staff and teaching staff, formed with the shared goal of establishing a vehicle for digital support and best practice in digital inclusion linked to ensuring access for all and ultimately, educational achievement. We have worked to provide as much access to digital devices, training and support as possible to enable students to engage with their studies to the fullest in the most challenging of times.   We’re so proud of our Computing students who formed an IT Tech Team helpdesk to aid students with their digital needs and we were delighted to offer a bespoke training programme for students, their parents and their guardians on Microsoft Teams, to maximise the levels of digital support at home”.

We were also shortlisted for the Diversity in Public Sector award for the Your Employability Skills Programme (YES) which is a personalised learning programme for individuals with multiple barriers into employment and education. Developed by West College Scotland and delivered in partnership with Renfrewshire Council as part of their ‘No One Left Behind’ initiative, which aims to deliver more effective and joined-up employability support across Scotland.

The winners will be announced on Thursday 7th October in a virtual ceremony.