Bournemouth & Poole College staff and students welcomed the leader of the Liberal Democrats to take a tour of the facilities on Monday, September 16.
Jo Swinson MP, leader of the Liberal Democrats, was joined by Layla Moran, spokesperson for education for the Liberal Democrats, for a tour of Bournemouth & Poole College’s North Road site in Poole, while the Liberal Democrats were visiting Bournemouth for their autumn conference.
The visit started with a meeting with Diane Grannell, the College’s principal and CEO, to discuss some of the aims and opportunities that the College provides the region with, as well as talking about some of the challenges that the team face, including funding cuts.
Diane highlighted the range of courses that the College offers, including a high number of apprenticeships and the great relationships that the team has with large employers based across Dorset and Hampshire for the benefit of the students. She also focused on the Women In STEM event which the College hosts every year, the engineering and construction courses offered to meet the growing demand in the region, and the ‘strong digital provision’ that the College boasts.
Jo Swinson and Layla Moran then met some apprentices from Aim Altitude in the engineering department and Sunseeker apprentices in the Marine Technology Department. The young people that Jo and Layla met are either currently enrolled at the College or have progressed into employment with the help of the College, following the completion of their education. They also took time to look at the facilities within the Care Innovation Centre, which houses the health and social care and childcare courses that the College provides.
Diane Grannell, principal and CEO of Bournemouth & Poole College said, said: “We were really pleased to welcome Jo Swinson and Layla Moran to the Bournemouth & Poole College this morning. I think it’s indicative of the increasingly high level of importance that all political parties are placing on further education. They are looking to our sector as we will be providing young people with the skills for the future, while delivering the government’s Industrial Strategy.”
Bournemouth & Poole College is home to around 12,000 students from across the region, the rest of the UK and around the world. It is the largest provider of further education and apprenticeships in the area.
The College offers a vast array of full-time and part-time courses, and has built working relationships with over 2,000 employers, local schools, local government and community groups.