Winner of the Santander Career Academy of the Year announced

On Tuesday 12 May Franklin College was announced as the 2015 Career Academy of the Year, in recognition of their commitment to preparing their students for the world of work.

The award, sponsored by Santander, is presented to the school or college that has best demonstrated excellence in employer engagement and improving the career prospects of its students. Previous winners include Cirencester College and Bournville College.

Along with the accolade, Franklin College has received £5,000, courtesy of Santander, to invest in materials and equipment to benefit their Career Academies programme for future students.

Presenting the award, Stephen Cooke, Head of Direct Tax at Santander said: “We are very proud of our partnership with Career Academies which sees us supporting young people around the UK to reach their potential and gain vital employability skills.  

“Out of all the applications we received, Franklin College stood out as a shining example of what can be achieved through the Career Academies model.  They provide their students with excellent opportunities to help prepare for the world of work and are very deserving winners of this award.”

Longley Park Sixth Form College, second place, was awarded £1,500 and Northern Regional College, third place, was given £500.

Emma Swinburn, Career Academy Coordinator at Franklin College said: “Franklin College are absolutely delighted to have been given this award. We have been working with Career Academies UK for five years now and have seen a large number of our students graduate from the programme, starting as shy individuals to confident, career ready students ready for the world of work and further education.  

“I would like to thank all of our fantastic business supporters whom, without their support and dedication we would not be able to run our four fantastic Career Academies, soon to be five with the launch of our logistics academy in September.  It is great to have been recognised for our efforts and achievements and we look forward to utilising the money to enrich our students experience whilst at Franklin College.”

Anne Spackman, Chief Executive of Career Academies UK, said: “The Santander award recognises outstanding achievement in preparing young people for career success. 

“Franklin College has excelled in their Career Academy programme and demonstrated their commitment to helping their students have the best possible career prospects after finishing their studies. On behalf of the whole charity I congratulate them and look forward to hearing how they plan to spend their prize money.”