Today I had the pleasure of hosting South Thanet’s MP, Craig Mackinlay at our Broadstairs Campus. It isn’t the first time Craig has come to the campus, but it was great to have the opportunity to sit down with him and discuss partnership working on future projects.
Further education was recently recognised by a report from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills as having a significant impact on getting people into work – something which our employability department are working on across all three of our campuses.
As Craig has a clear interest in this area – as a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee – I feel that there could be real opportunities for us to work with him on improving outcomes for those out of work.
|My meeting with MP Craig Mackinlay|
I also got to update him on many of the different things which the College is working on. As a key Government ambition, apprenticeships are one of the key areas which we are trying to grow.
Statistics released recently by Government showed that despite a drop in apprenticeships started in the South East, the constituencies in which East Kent College works had seen solid growth.
Folkestone and Hythe saw the highest number of new starts across the county last year, with 1090 new apprentices starting – up from 960 the year before. Dover and Thanet also saw considerable growth – testament to the great work our apprenticeship team is doing to offer more of these opportunities. It’s certainly an area which I’m eager to see continual future growth in, and one of the prime opportunities for East Kent College over the next few years.