A report published by government inspectors Ofsted rates a Midlands college among the best in the country.
The report, based on an inspection earlier this summer, delivers a resounding endorse-ment for North East Worcestershire (NEW) College in Bromsgrove and Redditch, with a clean sweep of five "outstanding" grade one ratings.
Key to the inspectors' findings was the "quality of provision" offered at the college, focusing on how provision is meeting the needs of learners, employers and the community.
This was one of five outstanding areas awarded to the college and NEW College's decision to take part in a government-funded initiative, Train to Gain, displays they are continuing to put what they say into practice.
In an attempt to improve skills in the workplace, Train to Gain will take the form of free NVQ training offered by NEW College.
The range of subsidised training and qualifications available through Train to Gain at the college will be: business administration; engineering; hospitality & catering; IT use; school support; warehousing & logistics; team leadership.
Demonstrating its award for "quality of provision," NEW College will be seeking to meet the needs of employees, developing their skills and improving their formal qualifications.
Additionally, the majority of training will be done in the workplace and as a result will lead to minimal disruption, which will be of great benefit to employers, as well as the fact that the scheme will be free of charge.
The Government also emphasises Train to Gain as an initiative that will increase productivity and competitiveness within the workplace.
Principal of the college, Neil Bromley, said: "It is our responsibility to work with as many individuals and organisations within our community as we can, promoting individual independence, developing skills for employment and seeking to contribute to the economic prosperity of the area."
The Ofsted report is available to the public via its website at www.Ofsted.gov.uk.