Col­lege bids to boost skills

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A COL­LEGE has hosted a con­fer­ence to help boost skills and em­ploy­ment prospects for young peo­ple.

The con­fer­ence, or­gan­ised by the Hop­wood Hall Col­lege’s Ap­pren­tice­ship team, forged new part­ner­ships with em­ploy­ers to cre­ate a 21st cen­tury in­dus­try-led cur­ricu­lum to de­velop Rochdale’s next gen­er­a­tion of skilled em­ploy­ees.

The event pro­vided a rare op­por­tu­nity for key in­flu­encers to plan to­gether lo­cal so­lu­tions for the cri­sis in skills short­ages with both medium to large em­ploy­ers and politi­cians at­tend­ing.

Prin­ci­pal Derek O’Toole praised at­ten­dees in­clud­ing Greater Manch­ester Mayor Andy Burn­ham, at the ‘im­por­tant’ event.

He said: “I’d like to thank all of the em­ploy­ers who have come, along with our guest speak­ers who have pro­vided some great in­sight into how we can all de­velop as one com­mu­nity. We feel it is im­por­tant to drive change and work with em­ploy­ers to en­sure we of­fer a rel­e­vant cur­ricu­lum for their needs and it’s been re­ally en­cour­ag­ing to see so many in­dus­try lead­ers want to be a part of that con­ver­sa­tion and plan for change. Also speak­ing at the event was Rochdale MP, Tony Lloyd and Mid­dle­ton MP, Liz McInnes.

Along with a host of key in­dus­try in­flu­encers, they ad­dressed over 60 of the area’s largest em­ploy­ers in­clud­ing RRG Group, JD Sports, The Guin­ness Part­ner­ship, Wil­liam Hare, Bri­tish Gyp­sum and Rochdale Bor­ough­wide Hous­ing. Mr O’Toole added: “To have Tony Lloyd, Liz McInnes and Andy Burn­ham in one room dis­cussing these top­ics is a unique op­por­tu­nity and it’s been a re­ally pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence hav­ing the three of them here.” Mr Burn­ham, praised the skills pledges made by Hop­wood Hall Col­lege and lo­cal em­ploy­ers at the Col­lege’s Shape the Fu­ture of Skills con­fer­ence.

At the end of the event, em­ploy­ers signed pledges to work with Hop­wood Hall Col­lege on de­vel­op­ing courses to en­sure that Rochdale’s young peo­ple are given the best cur­ricu­lum of­fer­ing, work ex­pe­ri­ence and ap­pren­tice­ships.

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