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Gold standard for college

By Herald Express  |  Posted: August 07, 2014

accreditation: From the left, vice-principal Corporate Services, Laurence Frewin, vice-principal and deputy CEO, Pat Denham, and principal, Stephen Criddle, celebrating Investors in People Gold Status

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CELEBRATIONS are in order at South Devon College after being awarded both the Investors in People Gold Award and Investors in Career quality standard.

The IIP Gold Award is a distinguished accreditation with only two per cent of organisations achieving gold status in the UK, which the college has retained, while the IIC award is a framework that assesses the management of careers education and support.

Principal of South Devon College, Stephen Criddle, said: "We are absolutely delighted to have received both of these prestigious quality standards confirms that there is a real culture of success here.

"To retain and achieve the Investors in People Gold Award places us in an elite group of organisations and the Investor in Careers award is yet another fantastic achievement, particularly for our Helpzone team and our curriculum staff, who ensure that everything possible is done to help our students succeed and find employment or further progression in learning.

Kevin Mowat, chair of governors, said: "The governing body of South Devon College is very proud of the many college staff successes, which are achieved by going the extra mile, through their expertise, dedication and teamwork."

Gold status is only awarded to organisations that demonstrate excellence in the support and development of their staff members, with specific reference made to the college's "great people-management practices" and a culture that "drives an environment of challenge and improvement at all levels".

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