College shows work minister its credentials
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