Petroc ranked no. 1 college in 2018 FE league table

Petroc is celebrating success once again this week, by ranking top in the prestigious NICDEX league table published by FE Week.

The NICDEX rates all 183 FE colleges across the country in four categories – learner satisfaction, employer satisfaction, 16-to-18 positive progression and adults into employment – to create a score out of 40.

Based on this criteria, Petroc excelled and scored highly in all four of these categories, securing 93.8% for employer satisfaction, 92% for 16 to 18 positive progression, 56% for adult progression into work and 81% for learner satisfaction, giving an overall average point score of 36.

Diane Dimond, Principal and CEO, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be top of this highly-regarded league table, improving on last year’s second place.

My thanks go to all of our amazing staff and hardworking students, as well as employers and partners in the area who work so closely with us.

At Petroc, success at every level is promoted as a positive driver for continuing in education and gaining employment and every year our students go on to the best universities in the country, higher and degree apprenticeships as well as skilled careers.

We pride ourselves on our strong links with employers, ensuring our learners have great work opportunities available to them, and I truly believe this is why we have such success with student progression into employment. We work closely with organisations across a wide range of sectors, and value their feedback to shape our curriculum and ensure we’re meeting the needs of our communities. The fact that over 93% of employers would recommend us as a training provider is fantastic and makes me extremely proud.”

This news comes shortly after Petroc’s announcement that it has secured funding from the European Regional Development Fund towards a £1.2 million project to create a Centre of Technology and Innovation Excellence at its North Devon Campus.