Government Minister at Nelson & Colne College

Government Minister Matthew Hancock and Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson at N&CC. (S)

Government Minister Matthew Hancock and Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson at N&CC. (S)

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Government Minister Matthew Hancock has visited Nelson and Colne College to see how College Capital Investment Fund money is helping the college to improve facilities for its students.

Mr Hancock, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, was welcomed to the college by principal Amanda Melton, who showed him work currently taking place to improve the college’s science and sporting facilities.

Following a tour of the college’s engineering workshops where he met apprentice engineers, Mr Hancock along with Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson, took part in a revision class with A-level physics students.

Local employers and apprentices then joined Mr Hancock for a round table discussion about how small businesses will be affected by planned changes to apprenticeships.

Principal Amanda said: “I am delighted that we had the opportunity to showcase our absolutely outstanding A-level students and apprentices to the Minister. We are the best college in the area!

“Our A-level and vocational grades are better than any other college in the area and we are third in the country for young apprenticeship success – an amazing achievement! It was important for us to show Mr Hancock the difference that funding can make, and also to discuss how the deficit that further education faces next year, due to changes made by the Government, will affect the college.”

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