New City College Redbridge was named College of the Year at a national awards ceremony for providing excellent careers advice and support to students.
Hosted by Career Ready, a social mobility charity, the awards evening was held at the Drapers’ Hall in London and was attended by winners from across the UK.
New City College’s Mitus Castillo, Senior Co-ordinator for Personal Development and Welfare at Redbridge and Epping Forest campuses, collected the trophy from Jacqui Hall, of sponsors AstraZeneca, and delivered an acceptance speech.
She said: “I have been running the Career Ready programme at Redbridge for the past five years with the support of our amazing Local Advisory Board and I have seen first-hand how it has benefited our students. Some of them were so shy and timid at the start but were transformed into confident and high-achieving young people. The programme raised their aspirations through exposing them to the world of work and that allowed them to see that there are so many opportunities out there for them.”
The College of the Year Award recognises colleges that have demonstrated excellence in implementing the Career Ready programme and providing high-quality careers support to students.
New City College Redbridge was one of four winners in the category, along with Elliott Hudson College (Leeds), Trafford College (Manchester), and St Ronan’s College (Northern Ireland).