THE ROYAL seal of approval has been given to college group WCG in recognition of its work in developing future engineers.
Prince Charles and Princess Anne presented WCG with The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in a ceremony at St James’s Palace.
The prize, which was first announced in November, is in honour of the college’s work in the engineering sector over the last 25 years.
WCG has seen its engineering apprentice numbers grow from 40 in 1996 to 1,195 in 2021.
The group now delivers engineering courses at three of its colleges including Warwick Trident College, Rugby College and Evesham College.
Angela Joyce, CEO of WCG, said it was an ‘incredibly proud day’ for the college and the group strived to continue to lead the way in the delivery of education provision in the engineering sector.
“We have been looking forward to this moment since we were told we had won the prize in November and it was an incredibly proud day for everyone associated with WCG,” Angela said.
“The ceremony was a great opportunity to speak with leaders from across the education sector and we were proud to represent the Midlands and showcase WCG’s pioneering approach to engineering training.
“The Government’s latest skills strategy has sought to put employers at the forefront in the development of post-16 education, but this is something we have been doing at WCG for more than a quarter of a century.
“This award celebrates the dedication of the engineering staff team at Warwick Trident, Evesham and Rugby colleges, but also reflects an approach to working with employers that we take right across our colleges in Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
“Despite winning this prestigious prize, we won’t rest on our laurels and will continue to innovate with our engineering training provision. It’s vital that our provision continues to react to the ever-changing needs of industry and we will continue to work with our network of employers to ensure that remains the case.”