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A group of tutors from Burnley College celebrate winning another award

Burnley College double winner at prestigious Educate North Awards

Burnley College has been praised for its work creating the workforce of the future and its commitment to sustainability at a glittering award ceremony.

Proud staff and learners at Burnley College are celebrating after winning the much sort-after UK Apprenticeship Award for their training arm Themis and a Highly Commended position in the Sustainable Green Initiative Award for their pioneering Low Carbon Hub.

The Educate North Awards “celebrates, recognises and shares best practice and excellence in the education sector…” and is a highlight of the academic awards year. The spectacular awards ceremony took place at the Midland Hotel, Manchester.

The validation from a panel of education experts and industry judges comes after a year of record-breaking results for Burnley College which saw the highest percentage of A Level A* and A Grades in formal exam conditions, as well as a 100% pass rate in Advanced Vocational subjects for the 19th consecutive year.

Head of Apprenticeships at Themis at Burnley College, Hannah Cutler says:


I’m so proud of every apprentice, every trainer, every employer and every member of staff in our team here at Themis.
What makes this award so special is because it belongs to all of us. We pride ourselves on listening to the student voice and working closely alongside industry to create the perfect environment to ‘Build Futures and Change Lives.’ We strive to create individuals who will shape society and influence every aspect of industry.

Hannah Cutler

Head of Apprenticeships at Themis at Burnley College

“When our passion is recognised at such a high level it’s validation that we’re doing the right thing and it inspires us to work harder, work smarter and build bigger and better in the future.

“And, of course, we would not have won these Educate North Awards without the support of our outstanding apprentices: they have the passion, the innovation, the imagination and the skills to help us achieve the exceptional.”

Creating the workforce of the future is something which resonates throughout Burnley College and ensuring industry can continue long into the future has been a driving force for huge investment and innovation at the college’s £110 million campus.

The college’s Low Carbon Hub, a high-tech area of the campus designed for employers and students to discover the latest technology designed to help them aim toward a Net Zero carbon target, won a Highly Commended position in the Sustainable Green Initiative Award.

Neil Burrows, Director of Skills and Innovation at Burnley College says aiming for a low-carbon future is essential:


We certainly know our learners are committed to creating a sustainable future and our partners in industry are also passionate about adopting new technologies to increase sustainability in every area of their businesses.

Neil Burrows

Director of Skills and Innovation at Burnley College

“The Low Carbon Hub is designed specifically to make that transition as simple as possible.

“We believe passionately in sharing best practice and make great networking connections so everyone can benefit from sustainable technologies.

“We’re honoured to have the work of Burnley College and our partners recognised by such a prestigious body.”

Do you want to study at an award-winning, record-breaking college which is recognised as among the very best in England? Do you want to be taught by tutors who are passionate about their subjects and really bring learning to life? Do you want to learn in a college where the facilities are state-of-the-art and constantly expanding?

See just why we’re Educate North Winners. We’ve an open event from Year 7-11s on Thursday 4 May. Book your place now:

Year 7-11 Open Evening – Burnley College Burnley College