Across the Group, students take part in two annual ‘community weeks’ which see them going out into their communities to deliver social action projects that will benefit the wider community. In the past academic year, the Group has delivered more than 400 individual projects, with students clocking over 40,000 hours of social action. The projects chosen by students vary hugely in range, but usually incorporate the skills they are learning through their chosen study programme
The Association of Colleges’ Beacon Awards celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK colleges each year. This award, supported by the Pears #iwill Fund, seeks to celebrate an outstanding example of a college’s ability to engage in social action and engagement in their communities. Just two colleges have made it through to the finals, with the winner revealed at an awards event in spring 2020.
EKC Group Chief Executive Graham Razey said: “It’s a real honour to make it through to the finals of this prestigious award. At EKC Group we’re passionate about building links into the communities which we serve, and our programme of social action allows us to do this. We want to ensure our students play an active part in their community, and understand the value of contributing to our wider society, and we find our programme of social action really instils these values into them.”
David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges said: “Colleges have a significant role to play in preparing students to become active citizens and engage with the world around them. These three colleges have shown a really high standard of participation, curriculum enhancement and learner engagement in social action which benefits both learners and communities.”