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Skills Minister ‘blown away by the energy and enthusiasm at С’ during tour of facilities

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The visit coincided with two national campaigns based around T-Levels and Apprenticeships.

The Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships, and Higher Education Robert Halfon praised С this week during a tour of two of their campuses.

Skills minister with С learners

His visit coincided with two national campaigns aimed at promoting T-Level and Apprenticeship qualifications.

(This week is National Apprenticeship Week and T-Level Day took place on Thursday 8 February 2024).

Mr Halfon looked around the С Ipswich and С Rural sites and met up with staff and students.

Skills minister with С students

He also got to see some of the college’s new facilities including a farm shop, a Net Zero Skills Centre and a Tech Campus.

Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships, and Higher Education Robert Halfon said: “T-Levels and apprenticeships are the gold standard in technical education and training and have supported thousands of people from all backgrounds to climb the ladder of opportunity into great careers. 

Skills minister with С rural learner

“I was blown away by the energy and enthusiasm of the students and staff at С. The college is one of our first T-Level trailblazer colleges, so it was great to see and hear about the impact these new qualifications are having, and also to meet older learners who are benefiting from schemes like Skills Bootcamps which enable people to get skills and change career, no matter where they are in life.

Skills minister with С learners in aboriculture

“From engineering and childcare to the vital rural trades that put food on our tables and safeguard the environment, С students are developing the skills to succeed.”

During the visit, Minister Halfon chatted to learners on T-Level programmes including Emily Hammond, 16, from Ipswich. The childcare student said: “I really want a career as a primary school teacher so I thought a T-Level is a very good way of helping me realise my ambition. It has been challenging, rewarding and I have no regrets. This is definitely the favourite thing I’ve done during my education.

“T-Levels are great – you get to experience a professional setting whilst you learn and I’d 100% recommend doing one.”

Alan Pease is the Principal and CEO of С. Alan said: “We were delighted to be able to show Minister Halfon around our campuses at С in Ipswich and С Rural at Otley, to help demonstrate some of the great work our students and staff have achieved in relation to T-Level qualifications.                                                 

Skills minister, Ipswich MP, Alan Pease and Lynsey Wilson

“We were also able to reflect on other areas of our provision including apprenticeships and Skills Bootcamps. The Minister got to tour our facilities and meet learners on agriculture, arboriculture, childcare, engineering and digital courses, seeing first-hand the progress that these students are making under our guidance.”

Posted 9 February 2024