CONEL received the prestigious unionlearn Quality Award from the bestselling author, Catrin Collier (writer of the acclaimed 'Hearts of Gold' series of books) on Monday 8 December. Susan Neal, Assistant Director for Employment Training Solutions at the College and Sonia Scully, of Civil Service union PCS's Victoria Learning Centre, received the award on behalf of the College for its ICT and Skills for Life course programmes.

CONEL is one of more than 50 education providers that have received the unionlearn Quality Award since it was launched in June last year. The College works closely with union learning reps (ULRs) in south west London, who are part of a network of over 20,000 ULRs across the country.

The unionlearn Quality Award is awarded to providers in the learning world who are committed to working with trade unions. Awards are made to providers who demonstrate that unions and union learners are considered in the design, development and delivery of courses and programmes. Providers achieving the unionlearn Quality Award will be included on the unionlearn website, which receives over three million hits per month.

Catrin Collier said, “The College of North East London fully deserves its Quality Award in recognition of its work in providing learning opportunities for trade unions and their members. Susan Neal and Sonia Scully are playing important roles in raising skills levels in North East London, and through that work are helping individuals to develop their full potential. This important work also brings benefits to their families, their communities and their employers.”

Susan Neal, Assistant Director for Employment Training Solutions said: “CONEL is proud and delighted to receive recognition for the success of its ICT and Skills for Life Course Programmes. By working with union learning representatives, we have been able to attract more union learners to take their first steps in learning for many years which has in turn led to further study. We look forward to making this happen for even more learners over the next few years.”

Barry Francis, Regional Manager, unionlearn with the Southern and Eastern Region TUC said: “The College of North East London really deserve the unionlearn Quality Award. It reflects the hard work by staff and learners and the great partnership between the College and trade unions. Partners like CONEL are crucial to enabling workers in and around south west London to improve their lives and those of their families through learning.”

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