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South Staffordshire College were delighted to welcome the Minister for Local Government Marcus Jones to their Rodbaston Campus on 9th March 2017 to enjoy a tour of the new AgriSTEM Academy and meet learners who are currently working towards qualifications in motorsport, engineering and landbased subjects.
His visit comes as the final building works on the college’s new AgriSTEM Academy are nearing completion and provided the perfect opportunity for the Minister to see the results of the investment via the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth
Rt Hon Marcus Jones MP was welcomed to South Staffordshire College by Chief Executive Principal Graham Morley (right), Chair of Governors Ray Faulkner (back) and Chair of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP David Frost CBE (left)
Greeted by College Principal Graham Morley, Chair of Governors Ray Faulkner and Chair of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP David Frost CBE, Rt Hon Marcus Jones who was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in May 2015, also enjoyed the opportunity to put his own skills to the test on the college’s tractor simulator. With interactive touch screen controls, LCD screens, motion base platform and smart steering wheel, this experience provided a taste of life behind the wheel of some of the most advanced agricultural machinery in the industry.
Rt Hon Marcus Jones MP tries his hand on the College’s Tractor Simulator before meeting learners and staff at the new AgriSTEM Academy.
Having met with college staff and learners including 16 year old Motorsport Learner Maxine Tunniclife, Mr Jones was given an insight into how the college are helping young people progress into rewarding careers by giving them access to facilities and training that is unavailable elsewhere in Staffordshire.
Speaking during his visit, Mr Jones said “It’s been great to come here today to South Staffordshire College to see some of the work that they’ve done from previous growth deals to support the agri-tech sector, providing the skills that we need for today and also the skills we need for tomorrow right across a spectrum of industries from agriculture to construction.It was fantastic to see young people engaging in technical skills, skills that will stand them in good stead for life going to good technical careers and it’s fantastic to see the college is providing that for the young people of Staffordshire and beyond.”
Speaking on behalf of the college, Chief Executive Principal Graham Morley said “It was an absolute pleasure to welcome the Rt Hon Marcus Jones to our Rodbaston campus and we are delighted that he was so impressed with the new AgriSTEM Academy and our commitment to helping prepare our learners for the workplace. We’re extremely proud to be able to offer such a wide range of opportunities to our learners and to the wider Staffordshire community. We’d like to extend our thanks to Mr Jones for taking time out of his busy schedule to take the time to visit us.”
The AgriSTEM Academy offers learners a wide range of opportunities to gain practical training and qualifications in subjects including agricultural engineering, landbased technology, motor vehicle maintenance, sustainable construction and engineering technology. Those who are interested in finding out more or want to sign up for this September can do so online in just 25 seconds at www.southstaffs.ac.uk
With bespoke training packages on offer for businesses, those who would like to upskill their workforce or fill skills gaps can contact the college’s dedicated employer engagement team by calling 0300 456 2424. Employers can also take advantage of the college’s status as a National Proficiency Testing Centre (NPTC) for certified landbased short courses in tractor driving, land based machinery, pesticides, arboriculture and many more.
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