News from the Geopark

Key Partner South Devon College wins national apprenticeship award

1 Apr 2020

On 3 March 2020, one of our Key Partners, South Devon College was nationally recognised for its 'Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Apprenticeships' at the FE Week AAC Apprenticeship 2020 gala event held in Birmingham. 

Sponsored by City & Guilds ILM the event celebrated exceptional apprenticeship delivery across the UK.Forty-four organisations and individuals had been shortlisted in 22 categories after more than 350 entries were submitted by colleges, training providers and employers. 

This significant achievement represents a successful collaboration between South Devon College, TDA and one of our Associate Partners, Reach Outdoors, not only to promote apprenticeships in the area but also raise awareness of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark. 

The Programme Coordinator for Sport and Adventure at the College, Ben Reynolds, worked relentlessly with his Adventure Sports Team to meet the neds of local businesses and create a unique version of the Outdoor Instructor Standard, which is gaining momentum and recognition. 

Ben Reynolds said "What makes it unique is that it is based on a delivery model that works around seasonal business activity. It supports Torbay's social, economic, cultural and environmental ambitions, through raising awareness of the local environment and promoting the exciting activity opportunities offered in and around the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark". 

Lynn Stephens, Head of Sport, Leisure and Hospitality at South Devon College said "This award recognises the collaboration the college has with the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark, which we promote through the Outdoor Instructor Apprenticeship. The adventure sports team have dedicated themselves and worked hard to create an innovative programme which supports local employers and helps people get jobs locally in the industry".

To know more about our partnership with South Devon College read our news article 'UNESCO Global Geopark Network launches brand new partnership with South Devon College'. 

If you are interested in studying an apprenticeship or providing employment opportunities in partnership with an award-winning college visit www.southdevon.ac.uk