Central College Nottingham has been shortlisted for a ‘Contribution to the local community’ award in the annual Times Education Supplement (TES) 2016 FE Awards.
Central’s Adult Education team works with the Recovery College (part of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS) offering a wide range of recovery-focussed courses aimed at supporting people to deal with mental health challenges and to achieve the things they want to in life.
A broad range of 6-week personal development courses offer opportunities to gain understanding of mental health challenges, the journey of recovery and the hope that taking control and self-management can bring. All courses are free and open to everyone – whether people have actual experience of mental health challenges or if they are a friend/family member of someone experiencing these life challenges. Courses include: Creating Positive Relationships, Return to Learn, Return to Work, Managing Perfectionism, Time management, Anger Management, Moving on from Depression, Introduction to Mindfulness.
Once on programme, the retention of learners is maintained by a wrap-around service provided by Recovery College. Recovery College staff call learners on programme every week to remind them to attend the course, making them feel welcome and valued. This results in good, prompt attendance with 100% success rates across all programmes. The majority of learners studied more than one programme during the academic year.
The programme has a significant student success rate of 100% against a National Average of 94% this year. 275 learners completed personal development courses during 14/15, and so represents a significant number of the Community Education cohort. A college progression report showed that 30% of learners progressed onto other Central College courses either in the community or onto part-time courses at the college. This 30% is significant given the vulnerable status of these learners.
College Principal Malcolm Cowgill said:
“I’m extremely proud that our outstanding work with the Recovery College has been recognised for a national award. A big congratulations to all the students and staff who participate in the programme which again emphasises the vital role Central College plays in helping to transform peoples’ lives.”
The awards take place at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on 22 April. There are 14 categories for 2016, as judges select the outstanding individuals and teams from the learning and skills sector.