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    BSDC wins WFCP awards on global stage!

    02 June 2023

    Burton and South Derbyshire College (BSDC) recently scooped two prestigious awards at the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics’ (WFCP) World Congress in Montréal, Canada.

    Dawn Ward CBE DL, Chief Executive of BSDC and Chair of the WFCP won a gold Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contribution to technical and vocational education and training on a global level.

    Meanwhile, the College took bronze in the Construction category, an award that recognises an institution or organisation that has demonstrated excellence in the development and delivery of modern construction practices that ensure effective and efficient future focused construction project delivery which considers the future sustainability ambitions and needs of this sector. 

    The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics Awards of Excellence recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions and accomplishments in the global colleges and polytechnics sector. They are an opportunity to shine a light on exceptional initiatives that strengthen applied learning and research outcomes. 

    The awards were part of the WFCP’s World Congress event where practitioners from colleges throughout the world gathered to share practice and learn from each other. 

    In addition, two BSDC learners attended the week-long ‘Youth Camp’, which brought together 25 learners from across the world to look at some of the key challenges and issues facing education and how these could be resolved. The learners then had to present to the delegates at the end of the conference, sharing their ideas on how to tackle some of these issues. 

    Dawn Ward CBE DL said: “We are delighted to have been presented with the Construction Awards in recognition of our work with St. Modwen Homes to futureproof the industry, bridge skills gaps and nurture future talent. It was also a personal honour for me to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for my contribution to the education sector. I am passionate about education and the power that technical and vocational education and training has to change lives.

    “The World Congress event provided an excellent opportunity for our employees to learn from their global peers and share best practice. Our students also did an excellent job representing the College and delivering an insightful presentation to delegates. It was wonderful to see them grow in confidence throughout the week, developing their global mind-sets further.”

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