Two North East-based Members of Parliament visited Northumberland College staff and students at its Ashington campus on Friday 1st June.
MP for Wansbeck, Ian Lavery and Ronnie Campbell, MP for Blyth Valley met newly appointed Principal Ian Clinton OBE, long-standing Chair of the Governing Body Jacqui Henderson CBE and talked to a selection of students about college life and how their course is helping with future career goals.
Jacqui Henderson, said: “Our students are key to our college and we were delighted they were keen to talk to Ian and Ronnie about their experiences and ask them questions regarding their careers.
“It was also the perfect opportunity for our new executive team to be introduced to the MPs, strengthening our positive links with them.”
Ian Clinton, said: “It was great to meet our local MPs and we were thrilled they took time out of their busy schedules to visit us.
“As a college, we’re always grateful to highlight our successes and continue to build on our strong relationships within the community within our county.”
Whilst at the college, the councillors had a tour of the campus, viewing student projects and witnessed the recent investment in college facilities including its STEM building, a centre offering programmes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Northumberland College is the largest training provider in the county and offers a wide range of vocational courses and Apprenticeships to individuals and employers throughout the North East region.
Speaking about his experiences at Northumberland College, 30 year-old student Simon Miles, said: “I’m really enjoying my studies on the Level 4 Business Administration Apprenticeship programme. It offers both practical and theory based modules, so there’s something for everyone.
“It is helping me to develop so I can progress to Level 5 and do a Top-Up Degree in Business at Newcastle University. After completing my training, my main career ambition is to become a Business Manager and it was good to share these aspirations with our MPs during their trip to college.”