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Wiltshire College & University Centre is the only college in the South West chosen to be part of a Centre of Excellence programme – the first of its kind in the UK.

The pilot, involving 20 colleges across the UK, will draw on WorldSkills UK’s unique insights into global systems and utilise educational specialist NCFE’s expertise in curriculum development to mainstream excellence in skills development.

The Centre of Excellence is a breakthrough approach to training young people, bringing world class skills to tens of thousands of apprentices and students at colleges across the UK.

Principal Amanda Burnside said: “We are proud to have seen several of our students and apprentices reach the world-class standards of WorldSkills UK in past competitions and are proud to be a part of this partnership.”

WorldSkills UK Chief Executive Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE described the programme as a “milestone moment”. He said: “Governments have asked leaders in further education to fast track change and recalibrate to deliver a skills-led recovery and we have answered the call.

“This is a radical new way of working with college leaders to bring global best practice to local economies and level up skills across the country – ensuring that we can embed international standards into training programmes and deliver what employers need in order to kick-start the economy.”

The three-year Centre of Excellence programme will enable teaching staff from the College to work alongside high skilled performance coaches to share best practise and influence standards.

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