Posted: October 23rd 2020
Doncaster College has been celebrating National Colleges Week (19th-23rd October).
This year’s theme is colleges building communities, boosting businesses, and supporting people. Bringing the whole further education community together, the week celebrates the impact of colleges on people, employers, and the economy.
The Association of Colleges (AoC) which wants to see colleges and funding prioritised nationally and locally to aid the recovery from the pandemic that will be vital to the future success of the country.
David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said, “This year has been unprecedented in every way, but colleges have risen to all the challenges thrown at them. Colleges Week is a celebration of all the amazing things colleges do day in day out for students, employers and communities. It’s also about recognising just how important colleges are as we rebuild for a better future through retraining, skills and education.
“Despite educating 2.2 million people every year, including more than 600,000 16 to 18-year-olds, colleges have been neglected in recent years. The Prime Minister’s announcement earlier this month to expand the training system with colleges at the heart of the skills agenda is welcome. All colleges need now is the investment from government to be able to support even more people and employers. That will improve the life chances of millions of people but it needs college funding to be at the forefront of the upcoming spending review.”
Doncaster College plays a key part in transforming communities through learning, building communities skills, boosting businesses and supporting people to get the training they need for the jobs of the future, serving local business and community needs.
Kathryn Brentnall, Principal said “”The Love our Colleges campaign is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and shout about all of the brilliant things that the college does, day in and day out to build communities, boost businesses, and support individuals.
The inspiring way that the college staff and students have responded to the challenges thrown up by COVID-19 means that we were not only supporting the front line by donating all available PPE during lockdown and manufacturing face coverings, some of our staff and students worked on the front line to support vulnerable communities and individuals. It also represents the very best approaches that colleges have developed and are implementing to meet the skills needs of local employers and the career aspirations of their students as we move through the next stages of the pandemic.”
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