Published on April 26, 2021

For the third consecutive year, North Hertfordshire College (NHC) has been shortlisted in the prestigious Tes Further Education (FE) awards.

It was revealed on Friday 23 April that Anthony Gascoigne, who teaches professional cookery, has been shortlisted for Teacher of the Year and NHC’s Estates team has been shortlisted for Professional Services Team of the Year.

The Tes FE awards celebrate and reward the dedication and expertise of people and teams who continue to make a significant contribution to improving the skill levels of young people and adult learners.

Anthony Gascoigne is a catering and hospitality tutor who has worked at North Hertfordshire college since 2013. He is an exceptional teacher who identifies and harnesses talent within his students, inspiring them to achieve significant success and progress into high-profile and exciting jobs.

Following the announcement of his nomination Anthony Gascoigne, Professional Cookery Tutor said:

“I am delighted to be nominated for Tes Teacher of the Year. At North Herts College we work hard to ensure our learners receive the best possible experience and leave us with the skills to go on to have rewarding, successful careers. If this is recognition of that, I am deeply honoured and humbled.”

The Estates team at North Hertfordshire College was nominated in recognition of the exceptional work they undertook during the pandemic, within the organisation and in support of the local community.

The team made a significant contribution to the community during the pandemic donating a range of PPE to clinical staff. Collaborating with the Head Clinical Nurse at the Letchworth and Baldock surgery the estates team arranged the donation of PPE items from practical college courses which could be used in local practices, including gloves, face masks and disposable aprons, and over 11,500 pairs of gloves.

Steve Francis, Head of Estates said:

“We are delighted to be nominated for this award. Like many during the lockdown we wanted to help the local community in any way possible. Using the college buildings and resources to assist those who needed it wherever we could. I wish we could have done more. We were pleased to help those on the front line care for the sick and vulnerable and they are true heroes in my eyes.”

Tes head of FE Julia Belgutay said:

“Further education providers have excelled in what has been a truly challenging year, and the amazing individuals, teams and institutions on our Tes FE Awards shortlist showcase that. Our judges were highly impressed with the calibre of entries and I want to congratulate everyone who has made the shortlist – it is a brilliant achievement”

In addition to the college’s success, its sister company Hart Learning & Development has also been shortlisted in two categories: Apprenticeship programme of the year and Employer Engagement.

Lindsey Sherring, Director of Hart Learning & Development said:

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for two categories at the Tes FE Awards, it is recognition for the hard work of our Apprenticeship delivery team, and the great employer relationships that we have developed over recent years. We look forward to the Award ceremony.”

Following a successful online awards ceremony last year, this year’s awards ceremony will take place virtually. Winners will be announced on Friday 28 May 2021.

To see the shortlist and to reserve your free place at the ceremony, visit tesfeawards.co.uk.