Award-winning week for D&A

Release Date: 5 December 2016

D&A College had an amazing run of success in November - winning a total of seven different accolades.

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At the College Development Network (CDN) annual awards ceremony D&A won three categories outright and were highly commended in another two classes.

The college’s nationally-renowned Code Academy took top spot in the Developing a Regional Curriculum category. The Code Academy reaches out to primary and secondary schools, universities and industry, aiming to help Scotland become a world-class digital nation in the next four years and close an anticipated skills gap in the digital technologies industry.

The Code Academy offers Code Dens at primary school to introduce basic skills, weekend and holiday camps, Code Workshops, with those taking part moving on to the college’s senior phase courses in software and games development.

This was the second award for the academy which was highly commended in the SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) Star Awards.

EnterpriseD&A won the College Business Award thanks to raising £1.35million of funding to create a business incubator space which has fostered 21 student start-up enterprises, three external businesses employing 27 people and helped supply mentoring and deliver enterprise programmes to 2500 students.

Working closely with established employers landed D&A a third win at the CDN awards with the Employer Connections Award.

D&A has created a number of Industry Advisory Boards across curriculum areas, engaged with more than 500 employers, and created the construction shared apprentice scheme employing 12 apprentices who will gain their MA working with a number of companies.

The college also launched D&A Attributes – a concept designed to establish what intangible extras employers seek in potential staff and ensure students are armed with these skills.

The college won highly commended status in two categories – Digital Education, where the Learning Lab which offers an out-of-class experience with cutting edge technology impressed the judges; and Advancing Equality, with Coming Out, LGBTI awareness at D&A being acknowledged.

On the way to gaining the LGBT Youth Scotland Charter Mark, students regularly run awareness events and have created an inspirational book on ‘coming out’.

Another ‘star’ award winner was D&A  Cashback Academy which won the SQA award for inclusion.

The Academy, which has been working with long-term unemployed people with multiple barriers to employment was funded by Creative Scotland which invested nearly £200,000 through the Cash Back for Creativity programme which sees the proceeds of crime invested into worthwhile projects throughout Scotland.

More than 60 people benefitted from a range of programmes.

The college’s human resources and organisational development teams were also honoured this week winning two runners-up spots at the Personnel Today awards in London.

The college team were facing organisations from all over the UK including the Crown Prosecution Service and London Councils representing 31 London boroughs.