Left to right: Barry Groves, Head of Estates, Central Bedfordshire College, Karyn Godfrey, Learning Area Manager for Technologies, Central Bedfordshire College, Eamonn Egan, Vice Principal: Teaching, Learning and Higher Education, Ali Hadawi CBE, Principal & CEO Central Bedfordshire College, MP Anne Milton, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Andrew Selous, MP South West Bedfordshire
Dr Julie Mills, Principal & CEO Milton Keynes College
On Thursday 24th January, Anne Milton, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, and Andrew Selous, MP for South West Bedfordshire, visited Central Bedfordshire College’s Leighton Buzzard Campus. They spoke with College staff, prospective students and parents during the College’s open event to find out more about skills delivery in the FE sector and the introduction of T-Level qualifications.
MPs and Dr Julie Mills, Principal of Milton Keynes College, were given a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities at the College’s Leighton Buzzard campus which specialises in IT, business and cutting-edge construction and engineering skills development, and had the opportunity to experience the practical activities that had been arranged, including RT Hon Anne Milton working with IT staff to create a functioning radio station.
Principal and CEO Ali Hadawi CBE commented;
“I was delighted to welcome the Minister to our Leighton Buzzard Campus. The Minister congratulated the College staff for their delivery of skills development to support the needs of the local community and upon the significant growth that the College had achieved over the past three years. The Minister was forthright in her support for young people to build their careers through both technical and vocational qualifications and apprenticeships training in further education.”
RT Hon Anne Milton has been visiting further education providers that are going to be delivering T-levels in 2020 to show her support and expressed her passion for the growth of STEM subjects. During her visit, she commented; “Further education changes lives. It’s the way both young and older people develop the skills that employers and local communities need.
“It was fantastic to visit Central Bedfordshire College and to meet the staff and students. They are doing brilliant work here to make sure more local people can gain important STEM skills so they can get a good job and career.
“I wish them all the best and look forward to hearing about the progress they are making.”
MP Andrew Selous commented; “It was excellent to welcome the Schools Minister to see this important training facility in Central Bedfordshire’s largest town. This type of skills training is essential to help businesses expand and to provide rewarding, well-paid jobs to local people.”
Principal Ali Hadawi CBE concluded;
“We are extremely proud of our College’s growth and commitment to supporting the needs of our local community and I’m delighted that this has been recognized by Anne Milton and Andrew Selous during their visit today. I strongly believe it is a reflection of the hard work and achievements of the College’s students, and the commitment and dedication of the staff and governors at the College.”