KEIGHLEY College was shortlisted for a prestigious award.

It was chosen from hundreds of further education institutions to be recognised for its work with employers.

The college's shortlisting, for the Times Educational Supplement Employer Engagement Award, followed a rigorous assessment by a 14-strong judging panel.

An awards ceremony was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Chris Stott, head of business engagement at the college, said: "We were so pleased to be put forward for such an esteemed award.

"We have a very strong board of local employers, both small and large, who actively get involved in engineering and manufacturing at the college.

"They have been instrumental in steering the curriculum and in forming our recent bid to expand engineering.

"As a result, the college has succeeded in getting through the first round of bidding to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority for a proposed £1m of investment in facilities."

The college's engineering and manufacturing board is currently working to develop higher-level apprenticeships, with a view to creating a 'pathway' through to degree level by 2020.

Board members also open-up their factories each year to allow young people and their parents and guardians to get a behind-the-scenes look at modern manufacturing, in a bid to attract more youngsters into the sector.