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ScottishPower Collects Two Honours At SQA Star Awards

12/11/2013

Partnership with Glasgow Clyde College given special recognition
ScottishPower awarded overall Pride o’ Worth accolade

ScottishPower was presented with two prestigious honours at the annual SQA Star Awards which took place in Glasgow at the weekend.

Its work with Glasgow Clyde College earned the Partnership Award which recognises those whose efforts have set new standards in education or training to the benefit of candidates. The partnership also won the SQA’s distinguished Pride O’ Worth Award - the highest accolade awarded to the overall winner from all categories.

Ann Loughrey, Head of CSR at ScottishPower, said: “Our PowerSkills Programme, supported through the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities initiative, is a great example of the private and public sector coming together to achieve a common goal of building the next generation of our workforce.

“We are delighted by the success of the programme to date and are honoured to be recognised by the SQA in this way.”

The Awards celebrate the achievements of individuals, schools, colleges, training organisations and employers who deliver SQA qualifications and have demonstrated outstanding commitment to learning.

SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown, added: “More than ever, qualifications are an essential component of an individual’s successful progress from education and training into further study and employment.

“Our Star Awards ceremony is an opportunity to congratulate learners on their achievements but also acknowledge the fantastic work of our centres – schools, colleges, training providers and employers who deliver our qualifications – and the people who give learners the guidance and encouragement they need to realise their potential.”

David Innes, Director of Engineering and Built Environment at Glasgow Clyde College, said: “We’re very proud of our association with ScottishPower as one of the major employers in Scotland. Over the past two years, we’ve developed a very positive relationship and a mutual understanding of our students’ needs and those of ScottishPower to deliver real benefit to everyone involved in the programme."

Over the past two years, ScottishPower and Glasgow Clyde College have worked together to support the development of young people to gain entry level qualifications in engineering and providing them with the opportunity to join ScottishPower’s Engineering Foundation Programme.

Over the past two years, 22 students have taken part in the initiative. Of those students, six went onto ScottishPower’s pre-apprentice programme and five returned to further education.

For further information please contact Stuart Martin at Stripe Communications on 0131 561 8620 or 07540 372528. You can also email the team at scottishpower@stripecommunications.com

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