Col­lege shows work min­is­ter its cre­den­tials

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

MAC­CLES­FIELD Col­lege wel­comed the Sec­re­tary of State for Work and Pen­sions, Iain Dun­can Smith, to its cam­pus to show­case its ded­i­ca­tion in help­ing young peo­ple into work through vo­ca­tional cour­ses, higher education and ap­pren­tice­ships.

Prin­ci­pal and chief ex­ec­u­tive, Rachel Kay, es­corted Mr Dun­can Smith and Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley on a tour of the col­lege and out­lined how it is work­ing to meet lo­cal, re­gional and na­tional pri­or­i­ties with its re­spon­sive ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gramme from Level 2 up­wards.

They met with stu­dents and saw the work that the col­lege and its staff were do­ing to pre­pare young peo­ple with rel­e­vant skills for the world of work.

Mr Dun­can Smith said: “Mac­cles­field Col­lege gives their pupils pro­grammes and qual­i­fi­ca­tions for great jobs – and rightly puts ap­pren­tice­ships at the heart of this.

“I was deeply im­pressed by the na­ture of the train­ing, but more im­por­tantly by the sheer en­thu­si­asm of the young peo­ple en­gaged in their work.

“I was also par­tic­u­larly pleased with the at­ten­tion that was paid to en­sur­ing pupils were pro­vided with train­ing that matches the skills lo­cal busi­nesses need – thus greatly im­prov­ing their em­ploy­ment prospects and chances of get­ting a great start to their ca­reer.”

David Rut­ley said: “It has been very en­cour­ag­ing to see how the col­lege has de­vel­oped its scheme in re­cent months, but also how lo­cal busi­nesses have taken up the chal­lenge to ex­pand their ap­pren­tice­ship pro­grammes.

“This has been keenly demon­strated by the re­cent ex­cel­lent news that lo­cal em­ployer As­traZeneca has been recog­nised in the ‘Top 100 Ap­pren­tice­ship Em­ploy­ers’ in Eng­land.”

Rachel Kay said: “This was a great op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate how we are a re­spon­sive or­gan­i­sa­tion that can de­liver ex­actly what em­ploy­ers and in­di­vid­u­als need for to­day’s work­force.

“This is an ex­cit­ing time for Mac­cles­field Col­lege – we re­cently re­ceived a Sil­ver Award in the ‘Best Com­pany to Work For’ cat­e­gory of the North East Cheshire Busi­ness Awards and our ded­i­cated busi­ness train­ing brand, ‘Maxim Busi­ness Train­ing’ is help­ing to drive the re­gion’s busi­ness com­mu­nity to the next level of op­er­a­tional ex­cel­lence.”

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●● Iain Dun­can Smith (cen­tre) dur­ing his visit to Mac­cles­field Col­lege with MP David Rut­ley, col­lege prin­ci­pal Rachel Kay, other staff and stu­dents

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