College students meet Former Secretary Of State

Students from The City of Liverpool College met with a former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills this week to outline the different routes to careers that young people take in further education.

Former Liberal Democrat MP, Sir Vince Cable, hosted a round table discussion with around 20 students from courses across the college curriculum together with Shakira Martin, Vice President of the National Union of Students (NUS) for Further Education.

The event was organised by the college's students' union to help the pair gather information for their joint research project into issues facing further education students in the UK embarking on a career.

Shakira Martin said: “I’m delighted we had the opportunity to speak with learners from The City of Liverpool College today.

“The work we are undertaking with Sir Vince aims to put the views of learners right at the heart of FE reforms nationally, and we really appreciate them taking time out of their studies to tell us what matters to them in their education.”

The College has a good track record of students progressing though national and higher national qualifications and on to study for a higher education qualification at the college. It plans to increase its numbers in higher education students, with the offer of full degrees from 2017 in Popular Music, Sports Coaching and Development, Game Design, 3D Character for Games, Early Years, Dental Technology and Computing courses, and in Applied Sciences, Physics and Mathematics, Preforming Arts and Art and Design courses from 2018.

College Principal, Elaine Bowker, said: “I would like to thank Sir Vince Cable and Shakira Martin for coming to learn from our students about their choices for further education.

“The NUS research project is so valuable in letting young people’s voices be heard and they are helping to make a difference to the education and life of the next generation.”


Photo: Shakira Martin with Sir Vince Cable

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