Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Top Priority with Charter Commitment

Employees at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) are set to benefit from further commitment to supporting their wellbeing and mental health after the college joined a new Department for Education scheme.

The Education Staff Wellbeing Charter has been created by the education sector to highlight staff wellbeing and enables schools and colleges to create, and publicly commit to, their own wellbeing strategies. It is a declaration to protect, promote and enhance the wellbeing and mental health of everyone working in state education, and sets out principles of shared understanding on the meaning and importance of wellbeing. The charter was designed to improve wellbeing in schools and colleges by encouraging debate and accountability.

Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Principal and Chief Executive of NWSLC said, “We are delighted to be joining schools and colleges from across the country to support this important initiative. NWSLC is a caring employer that looks after its employees, and we are proud of the strategy that we already have in place to support mental health and wellbeing.”

NWSLC employs over 700 people, including 200 teaching staff across seven campuses and supports around 8,000 students in full and part-time study, apprenticeships, higher education, professional courses, and distance learning. The college has been accredited with gold status from Investors in People reinforcing the college’s ongoing commitment to people management excellence.

The college has a people strategy in place which has been designed to support the development of a diverse and inclusive world class workforce and supports NWSLC’s overall vision to be recognised as a high-quality learning institution for its students and a positive learning partner for individuals and businesses helping to drive up productivity and growth within the East and West Midlands.

NWSLC has made a commitment to this charter as part of its overall ambition to support its employees’ mental and physical health and wellbeing which already includes a wide range of activities including sessions on menopause, diabetes risk, mindfulness, and opportunities to get active.

Nicola Morrison, Executive Director – People and Commercial at NWSLC said, “We aspire to be an employer of choice, creating a culture and work environment that makes the college a great place to work. This includes investing in our people, celebrating success, giving our people the tools and resources to enable them to be knowledgeable, healthy, and engaged, as well as valuing individual and collective contribution. We strive to promote a culture of positive mental health and wellbeing because we appreciate that our workforce is our greatest asset.”


A medals ceremony has taken place at the MRA Technology Institute to honour students and alumni from North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) who won 16 medals at the WorldSkills UK competition in 2021. Restrictions had prevented them from collecting their medals in person. The ceremony was hosted by the college’s board of governors and medals were presented by Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Principal and Chief Executive of NWSLC.

The college performed extremely well at the national WorldSkills UK finals last year putting NWSLC at the top of the table in England, and fourth in the UK winning five Gold, three Silver and eight Bronze medals.

The medal winners had previously been recognised at the college’s online Celebration of Achievement event in January and this was the first opportunity they had to join together and celebrate in person.

Those attending the ceremony included Gold medal winners:

  • Samuel Abbott, from Coventry, who works as an apprentice for E. Brook Joinery and won the Gold medal in the joinery competition. Sam attends the college’s specialist construction Harrowbrook Campus and is committed to completing his training and progressing in his career as a joiner. Sam has an ambition to compete for a place in Squad UK for WorldSkills in Lyon in 2024.
  • Kelys Ramsay, from Nuneaton, triumphed in the Foundation hairdressing category after she rose to the challenge of creating a stunning bridal design for long hair against the clock. She said that she had felt honoured to take part in the competition and was ‘over the moon’ to win the Gold medal. Kelys said that her experience of competing for WorldSkills UK has improved her confidence and she is hoping to join the hairdressing industry when she has completed her college qualifications.
  • Samuel Barnes, from Leicester, secured the top spot in the Foundation motor vehicle skills competition and has proved himself to be an able student. He is currently progressing well on the autocare technician programme at our Nuneaton Campus and is set to fast-track on to the next level. His skills test required him to carry out a technical procedure on a vehicle in a workshop making sure that safe working practices were followed.

Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, who is also deputy chair and trustee of WorldSkills, said, “We were delighted to welcome so many of our talented medal-winners to the college to celebrate in person and to receive their medals. The college performed very strongly in the competition last year and we are so proud of all our students who worked so hard to achieve such fantastic results. Congratulations to all of them, and thanks to their tutors who helped to keep them on track and provided them with so much support and encouragement.

“We were delighted that the outcome put us at the top of the medals table for English colleges and particularly pleased that our students excelled in the foundation skills competitions, placing our college at the top of the league table for the whole of the UK. Foundation skills competitions, designed for those with special educational needs and disabilities, were originally conceived and first started by NWSLC, so we are particularly proud of our success in this area.”

Other medal winners in attendance at the ceremony were:

  • Reece Todd, Ryan Maguire, Frankie McCarthy, and Jake Benson who won Bronze medals in the digital media production competition
  • Abbie Simpson who won the Silver medal for visual merchandising
  • Callum Hearne and Lewis Smith who won Silver and Bronze medals respectively in the Foundation health and social care category.

Governor, Andrew Turner, who is Chair of the Students’ Learning and Quality Committee, gave the closing vote of thanks.

Alumni from NWSLC are continuing to train to represent the UK on the world’s stage at the bi-annual WorldSkills competition in Shanghai in October 2022. Former student and Nuneaton chef Chloe Lloyd-Hughes will compete in the culinary arts category while Ellie Ruff from Nuneaton will take on challenges in visual merchandising. Both are members of the prestigious WorldSkills UK Talent Development Programme after previously excelling in its national skills competitions.


North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) has been recognised for the high quality of its further and higher education skills provision and has been awarded chartered status by the Chartered Institution for Further Education, the only organisation in the UK with royal assent to provide chartered status to FE providers. This has been achieved through multiple partnerships with stakeholders including the Coventry & Warwickshire LEP, the Leicester and Leicestershire LEP, Colleges West Midlands, the West Midlands Combined Authority and WorldSkills UK. Its specialisms include engineering, digital, logistics and supply chain, health and life sciences and creative arts.

NWSLC has been rated as a ‘Good’ college with outstanding features since 2019 and has recorded high levels of satisfaction amongst students through FE Choices and National Student Survey research. It works with over 500 employers providing skills training, apprenticeships, and work experience and is building its portfolio of industry placements, a key feature of the new T Levels. NWSLC supports local schools in Warwickshire and Leicestershire through its sponsorship of the Midland Academies Trust. The college achieved Gold status for Investors in People in 2021.

With a strong track record of working collaboratively and in partnership with industry, NWSLC has led on the launch of the MIRA Technology Institute which provides in-demand skills to support the ‘green revolution’ in automotive sector including advances in connected, autonomous, and electric vehicles. It has brought together a partnership of logistics and supply chain organisations to launch the Centre for Logistics Education and Research (CLEAR) at Magna Park in Lutterworth. The college operates a Digital Skills Academy in partnership with Coventry University to create a supply of skilled individuals to this growing sector. In addition, the college is involved with the regeneration of Nuneaton as part of the government’s Towns Fund initiative and plans to move some of its core provision to the town centre.

Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Principal and Chief Executive of NWSLC said, “Successfully achieving chartered status is a fantastic accolade for the college and we are proud to join the Institution. NWSLC has a long history of engagement with its local community, serving the skills requirements of employers and working with our partners to develop high standards of further and higher education across our region.

“Students and apprentices at NWSLC benefit from our extensive contacts with local, regional, and national employers, and professional and technical skills are embedded within our culture. Accredited as a member of the WorldSkills Centre of Excellence, NWSLC is one of the leading English colleges in WorldSkills UK skills competitions.

“We hope that chartered status will enable us to take advantage of the latest developments in further and education skills delivery and look forward to working with our peers within the Institution in the future.”

In addition, NWSLC serves its community by offering alternative provision for pupils at risk of exclusion from school, and also a part-time programme for pupils who have elected to be home-educated. The college works closely with the Church of England Education Board and its voluntary work within the community has been recognised through its involvement with the ‘Good for Me, Good for FE’ scheme.

The Chartered Institution for Further Education was established to highlight the excellence of further education and skills training providers. It works alongside industry to influence and shape the national skills system, to ensure that professional education providers are recognised as the key drivers of economic development and growth within their local communities.