NCL’s Lanarkshire Business Hub shortlisted for CDN College Awards 2020


New College Lanarkshire has been shortlisted in the CDN College Awards 2020 for connecting and supporting businesses across Lanarkshire.

The College has been named as a finalist in the Employer Connections category of the prestigious annual awards, which celebrate innovation in Scotland’s college sector.

NCL’s shortlisted awards submission, Connecting with Lanarkshire to Develop the Workforce of Tomorrow, highlights our commitment to meeting the needs of the local business community and encouraging economic growth through the Lanarkshire Business Hub.

Since its inception as a Knowledge Transfer Hub in 2009, the Lanarkshire Business Hub has evolved to provide a key forum. It brings together employers, industry experts and the business community as part of monthly events and workshops.

Its current membership of more than 500 people represents businesses from a range of sectors across the region.

Deborah Grant, Head of Commercial Business Development, said: “We are delighted that New College Lanarkshire has been shortlisted for the CDN College Awards 2020 for our work in connecting with employers across Lanarkshire and beyond.

“Our free events and membership programme are helping to encourage business growth through networking, business collaboration, talent recruitment and workforce training opportunities.

“During lockdown, we have taken employer events online with virtual events being hosted in May and June in partnership with Lanarkshire’s local authorities and Business Gateway.

“In addition, we have hosted a business listening event to understand the changing needs of business and how, as an educational establishment, we can support them moving forward and shape our future curriculum in line with their business needs.

“As a college we are passionate about supporting sustainable business growth in Lanarkshire through the facilitation of knowledge transfer, business networking and workforce development.”

Organised by the College Development Network (CDN), the awards will this year take the form of a virtual celebration on Thursday 3rd December, with attendees encouraged to continue the awards’ traditional black-tie dress code.

There are ten awards categories which aim to showcase the talent, skills and achievements of Scotland’s colleges, their staff and students.

At the same event last year, New College Lanarkshire’s successful ‘Market Day’ initiative received a ‘Highly Commended’ award in the Essential Skills category for its role in encouraging entrepreneurial skills in students.

Read more about the Hub, and how to join for free, here:

Lanarkshire Business Hub

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