This recognition reflects the college's exceptional commitment to fostering strong partnerships, enhancing stakeholder engagement, and creating a curriculum that aligns with the evolving skill needs of the region.

The AoC Charitable Trust announced the recipients of Commended status for the prestigious City & Guilds Award for College Engagement with Employers on 8th November 2023. Amidst fierce competition, ten colleges across the UK have showcased their exemplary practices in engaging with employers, and NCD is delighted that their achievements in facilitating positive change and contributing significantly to their region's skill requirements have been recognised as part of this.

The AoC Beacon Awards, organized by the AoC Charitable Trust, celebrate the remarkable accomplishments and innovative practices of colleges throughout the UK. The City & Guilds Award for College Engagement with Employers is one of the most sought-after categories, highlighting the critical role that colleges play in fostering strong partnerships between educational institutions and employers.

The journey does not end here for New College Durham. The next stage of the AoC Beacon Awards 23/24 will unveil the Beacon finalists in each award category during the AoC Annual Conference on 14 November. Should New College Durham be selected as a finalist, a further round of judging will take place between December 2023 and January 2024 and winners will be announced at a celebration in London in the Spring 2024.

For more information about the AoC Beacon Awards and NCD’s commendation, visit