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Employer Awards Winners 2020

A strong connection to industry is a large part of why a College education is an advantage for its students, and that wouldn't be possible without the continued cooperation of local businesses, who provide real, hands-on experience for our students.

We have worked with a multitude of employers this year, across a range of sectors, that have helped our students progress and develop, so we would like to thank them for their continued support in helping us to deliver highly career relevant training.

To recognise those employers that have gone above and beyond to help our students make a difference in our community, we have awarded a bamboo trophy and interactive award card which opens a congratulatory webpage when scanned.

Winners List

Upon receiving the award, The Umbrella Café said: “It was a lovely surprise to receive the award in the post. We have loved and really valued working in partnership with Canterbury College since 2016. Their Supported Learning department became the first partner for our supported placements, and we have worked with them since, supporting at least two students per academic year with additional sensory needs.”

Sarah Whitehead, Supported Learning Industry Liaison Officer said: "The Umbrella Café has supported our students over a number of years. On behalf of the many students they have supported over the years, I would like to thank them for enabling our students to gain valuable work experience in a setting that supports them and allows them to develop their skills and grow in confidence.  All students come away from their placement at the Café with more confidence and the belief they can do well in the workplace."

The Umbrella Cafe receive their bamboo award trophy

Principal of Canterbury College, Lucy McLeod said: “We would like to thank these employers for being such a valued partner of Canterbury College. Opportunities for students to meet employers and work within the industries they are preparing for are an essential part of their education. The businesses that have been selected for this award have made a significant difference to young people’s lives.”

The relationships that we have with employers are instrumental in empowering students to enter skilled employment. Not only do these opportunities allow our students to gain valuable industry experience, but access to placements also helps them to build confidence and gives them the tools and ambition to succeed in their chosen industry.

Level 3 Film and Television student, Alexander O’Donovan took part in 30 hours of industry placements at Red Zebra Community Solutions, using his expertise in production to create a short promotional video. He commented: “Taking on industry placements has given me a better understanding of the behind-the-scenes production process and how important it is in relation to my course. It has helped me improve my skills so that when I go to university, I will have a greater understanding of my strengths and weaknesses, and get a taste of what my chosen industry will be like to work in."

We would specifically like to thank our Employer Award winners who have gone above and beyond to help our students make a difference in Canterbury and beyond. We look forward to working with our local businesses again in the future.