NESCol crowned Employer Connections winner at CDN College Awards

November 25, 2022

NESCol’s innovative collaboration with industry partner Shell has been recognised on the national stage.

The College was named winner of the Employer Connections category at the CDN College Awards ceremony in Glasgow this evening.

The prestigious annual awards attracted a record breaking 160 entries from across the college sector in Scotland.

There was a double celebration for NESCol as Information Services Manager Jill Leishman was commended as a finalist in the Colleague of the Year award.

The Employer Connections prize celebrates the College’s well-established and productive partnership with Shell.

Over the course of 17 years there has been a focus on creating high-quality, rewarding and sustainable regional jobs.

Twelve Shell-sponsored technicians have been trained each year to enter the industry with a variety of employers, including Shell.

The award winning Girls in Energy programme and S2 skills competition have been established, ensuring over 1,300 Girls in Energy have been introduced to the opportunities in the sector and more than 20,000 S2 pupils have been encouraged to pursue STEM beyond school.

The recently introduced Shell Digital Passport is another key initiative, supporting those who are out of work or at risk of being out of work.

NESCol Principal Neil Cowie said: “Our successful partnership with Shell has stood the test of time and is built on shared ambitions and a passion for innovation.

“We’re very proud to have had the achievements of the collaboration recognised at the CDN College Awards, marking the achievements not only of the participants of this wide range of programmes but of the dedicated NESCol and Shell teams who drive these projects forward in such a positive way.”

Click here to view a summary of the winning submission.