Liz Truss said: “I was impressed to see the training being undertaken by young people and apprentices on my visit to Southport College today.
“Colleges create opportunities for people from all backgrounds to realise their aspirations and ambitions.
“We will be spending more than £500 million a year on T-Levels once they are fully rolled out, while Southport College benefited from a share of the extra £406 million we have committed for skills including maths, digital and technical education.”
Thanking the Minister for taking the time in an extremely busy period to visit Southport, Damien Moore said ‘I was delighted to welcome the Minister on this visit. The College is a beacon of excellence for technical and vocational education and provides so many local people with the right skills, training and confidence to take them to the next level. ‘
John Clarke, Principal of the College, said ‘We were delighted to welcome the Minister and our local MP to the College and showcase the hard work of our students and the progress they are making. We were able to demonstrate how the College meets employers’ needs and in doing so helps businesses grow. There is a shared recognition of the pivotal role colleges have in meeting the ever changing needs of the economy and in ensuring that students from all backgrounds can contribute to their community and the wider economy. ‘