Principal looks forward to year of achievement

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“RESILIENCE, determination and flexibility” are the key qualities which principal John Burt is seeking from his staff to ensure another successful year for Angus College.

In his welcome back address to staff on Tuesday, Mr Burt reflected on the many achievements of the college, its staff and students in the previous year and also delivered an upbeat message on the challenges and opportunities facing the facility over the next 12 months.

He reported that amidst last year’s challenging climate, the college still managed to achieve a record level of activity including securing a target of 11,500 student enrolments whilst exceeding targets in commercial income and government contracts.

Last year also saw the college achieve a string of national awards including the Scotland’s Colleges awards for Learning and Enhancement, Equality and Diversity and Governance as well as the prestigious Times Best Companies award which resulted in the college being the Best Educational Employer in Scotland.

Mr Burt also took the time in his speech to acknowledge the current climate of uncertainty as he outlined a series of key priorities to ensure that the college can continue to provide the highest quality service to the local community and businesses. This includes a commitment to the new strategic industries, modern apprenticeships and the continued demand for renewable training.

In order to achieve these priorities Mr Burt stressed that it is essential to ensure that staff and students continue to be engaged and motivated through a culture of shared purpose and mutual trust. Furthermore the college will capitalise on resources and facilities thanks to investment over the summer in a new state-of-the-art training kitchen, improved business facilities and meeting rooms as well as the launch of the Angus Centre for Enterprise based within the college.

Mr Burt commented “Angus College has maintained a positive outlook for this new academic year. The college’s board of governors and employers will build on the very solid foundations created in 2010/11 to ensure that our students undertake a high quality learning experience which will benefit them throughout their lives.”