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The TES FE Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community goes to.....

Posted 16th November 2012

......Hackney Community College, for their work to inspire local people to access education, training and work through the opportunities of the London 2012 games!

Judges said: “It was supposed to inspire a generation, and they inspired a community”.

HCC picked up the prestigious, (and very lovely) national award at the NEC, Birmingham on 15th November 2012.

The gala ceremony, left to right: Fiona Bruce (host), Ruth Lomax, Brian Brinkley, Ian Ashman, Sir Geoff Hall of the Information Authority, Yiannis Koursis. See the Awards website here

Hackney Community College has been committed to creating and maximising opportunities of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to members of the local community since London won the bid to host the Games.

Within the college, this included:

  • Catering training, for people to get qualified to work at the Games and beyond. Hospitality is one of the biggest work opportunities for an event such as the Games. HCC opened a new hospitality training centre and developed a curriculum to meet the needs of local people and employers.
  • Apprenticeships on the Park’s development, for construction trainees to move into secure jobs.
  • Security qualifications to secure temp work at the Games leading to long-term job prospects.
  • Job and volunteering fairs for students to meet 2012 employers and get involved in volunteering schemes.
  • Contracts to secure HCC as a training venue for around 50,000 Games Maker volunteers and a Games-time basketball training camp, resulting in investment and refurbishment of facilities for the local community.
  • And across the college, using the values and excitement of the Games to shape activity and motivate students to get involved, get qualified and get work.

Working with Hackney Council and their Games job brokerage OnSite, Hackney Community College developed a short training programme delivered to 500 unemployed local people in customer services, hospitality and retail, with interview and job preparation. The council’s job brokerage worked with HCC to put the candidates through to interview, and the majority have been placed into work.

HCC has also engaged the local community throughout its journey towards the 2012 Games:

  • Olympic community festival in 2006, 12 months after the announcement of the London Games.
  • Olympic week on campus in 2010, during the Vancouver Winter Games.
  • Guest speakers from the fields of sport, health and nutrition on key dates, open to local people
  • Public events for 1000, 500 and 200 days to go.
  • Regular support at community events to engage local people with Olympic opportunities.
  • Involvement in national programmes such as Personal Best and Bridging the Gap aimed at delivering qualifications to unemployed people, inspired by work opportunities at the Games.
  • Hundreds of local school children involved in themed activities organised by the college, providing stimulating material for the schools and bringing young children onto our college campus, raising awareness of FE.
  • Inspiring the local community by nominating student Alpha Kamara, who has learning difficulties, to carry the Olympic Torch through Hackney.

    And the legacy…..

    • The college is working strategically to secure legacy apprenticeships and jobs. It is a partner in the iCITY development of the Olympic press and broadcast centre on the Olympic Park, which will host a Digital Academy for HCC students, providing training with the world’s best equipment and valuable apprenticeship, work experience, training and employment opportunities.

      Ian Ashman, principal, said “We are thrilled to receive this national award for our work. I’d like to dedicate the award to the thousands of people – staff, students, partners and members of our local community – who have been so committed and dedicated to making sure that every opportunity was grasped and maximised”

      The award nomination represented a selection of examples of the college’s extensive work in maximising the opportunities of the 2012 Games for local people.