2018 has been a positive year for Macclesfield College with a number of initiatives, partnerships and results announced to strengthen its position as one of Cheshire’s leading education providers.

This is the message from senior figures at the college who believe that the achievements over the past year have helped Macclesfield College develop contacts, further improve relationships within the community and add to elements of its learning provision.

“We’re really proud of what has been accomplished here at Macclesfield College in 2018 by both students and teachers alike,” said Principal and Chief Executive of Macclesfield College Rachel Kay.

“The year got off to a great start when we received a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted and we built upon this in April when we announced the launch of a new animal care course which was met with much excitement from prospective students.

“Later in the year we were also delighted to reveal details of a partnership with Macclesfield Town Football Club which has seen Macclesfield College featuring on the football strip, on an advertising board at the ground and also having a page in each home league programme. It has given us great exposure and we’ve loved working so closely with such a community orientated organisation,” Rachel added.

Other successes include positive statistics regarding apprenticeships and the launch of a brand-new catering academy at the college, as the Director of Employer and Commercial Services explains.

“In the spring we were thrilled to discover that Macclesfield College secured the highest achievement rates for apprenticeships across both Cheshire and Greater Manchester following the release of Department of Education (DfE) league tables for the 2016/2017 academic year. The statistics put us above 14 other colleges in the region and over 3 percent higher than the national average.

“On the topic of apprentices we’re really excited about our new Whites Chef Academy which is being figure-headed by celebrity chef Aiden Byrne. Our October launch night was a great evening and we can’t wait to watch all of the students who enrol at the academy grow, develop and progress in the future.”

However, Macclesfield College weren’t done there and have recently announced a new initiative to support local and regional businesses and provide opportunities for apprentices. The Macclesfield Manifesto states the college’s mission to recruit 100 apprentices in 100 days from January 2019.

“Our aspirational Macclesfield Manifesto has seen us team up with local MP David Rutley and the North Cheshire Chamber of Commerce to contribute towards East Cheshire’s growing economy and help people learn the necessary skills to hit the ground running in the world of business,” commented Rachel.

“I can’t wait to see the declaration come to fruition in 2019 and hopefully it will be a great start to the year for the college, our learners and businesses in the region.”

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