Students and staff from across Stockport College are signing pledge cards to hand out to local MPs in support of this year’s ‘Love Our Colleges Week’ campaign.
The campaign, developed by the Association of Colleges (AoC) and now in its third year, takes place this week (Oct 19-23).
Members of Parliament are being asked to commit to writing to the chancellor to ask that a long-term funding plan for colleges is included in the next comprehensive spending review, ask a question in the Commons about FE funding, and to go and “see the life changing work that colleges do every day”.
Stockport College, which has very recently celebrated being named Greater Manchester’s only WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence – a milestone moment and a unique opportunity for the College to work with other UK colleges to join the dawn of a skills revolution – is shaping the future of education by delivering excellence in all aspects of its work, in order to realise the ambitions of its learners and the local community.
As well as this prestigious accolade, Stockport College has also recently secured the title of Microsoft Showcase College, joining an elite group of schools and colleges that exemplify the best of teaching and learning in the world today.
Group Principal and CEO James Scott said:
Colleges across the country make a huge contribution to society and our economy, as well as having an immeasurable impact on the lives of young people and adults alike. We are therefore immensely proud to be supporting Colleges Week, which this year is more important than ever as people who are out of work look to retrain for a new job opportunity, or to upskill as a result of the changing labour market and the pandemic.
“Stockport College is passionate about delivering excellence in our training and teaching programmes so that students can achieve their full potential, and this special week is vital in celebrating colleges and raising the profile of the life changing work they do.”
This year’s theme is colleges building communities, boosting businesses, and supporting people. During the week, Stockport College will also be highlighting the excellent work carried out in response to COVID-19, which has included fundraising for Greater Manchester foodbanks, setting up community kitchens and care parcels for NHS workers and families in need, and corresponding with vulnerable members of our local communities safely to foster better mental health as well as individual voluntary efforts from staff and students.
Stockport College is a member of the Association of Colleges (AoC) which wants to see colleges and funding for them prioritised nationally and locally to aid the recovery from the pandemic that will be vital to the future success of the country.
David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said:
This year has been unprecedented in every way, but colleges have risen to all the challenges thrown at them. Colleges Week is a celebration of all the amazing things colleges do day in day out for students, employers and communities. It’s also about recognising just how important colleges are as we rebuild for a better future through retraining, skills and education.
“Despite educating 2.2 million people every year, including more than 600,000 16 to 18-year-olds, colleges have been neglected in recent years. The Prime Minister’s announcement earlier this month to expand the training system with colleges at the heart of the skills agenda is welcome. All colleges need now is the investment from government to be able to support even more people and employers. That will improve the life chances of millions of people but it needs college funding to be at the forefront of the upcoming spending review.”
Image: Stockport College student, Michael Jarkowski, signs a pledge card for Love Our Colleges Week