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Macclesfield College tops DfE league table

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Macclesfield College is celebrating after securing the highest achievement rates for apprenticeships across both Cheshire and Greater Manchester following the latest Department for Education (DfE) league tables.

The DfE National Achievement Rate Tables were compiled using UK-wide statistics from apprenticeships completed in 2016/17.

The figures measure the percentage of students enrolled at each college achieving their targeted qualification within the agreed time frame, and Macclesfield came out on top across both Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

The college, based on Park Lane, came out with an on-time completion rate of 71 per cent across all disciplines.

The league table not only puts Macclesfield College above the apprenticeship achievement rates of other colleges in Cheshire and Manchester, but also puts it 3.3 per cent above the national average for the 2016/17 academic year.

The college also came out on top in Cheshire for students of all ages studying courses at Level 3, which makes up the bulk of the curriculum delivery.

Macclesfield College students on average achieve a ‘distinction’ grade. They are also top in Cheshire for 16-18 year olds studying Level 1 courses.

Rachel Kay, chief executive and principal of Macclesfield College, commented: “Our employer engagement department, Maxim Business Training, has performed to an outstanding level with employers and learners alike and the results speak for themselves.”

Tracy Cosgrave, director of employer and commercial services, added: “We are delighted to see the hard work and dedication of the team pay off.

“Our Maxim Business Training team have gone from strength to strength over the past two years and our dedication to delivering high quality apprenticeship programmes is making a real impact.”

The league tables were released following the college’s recent Ofsted inspection where the apprenticeship team were once again rated ‘Good: Grade 2’.

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