MP joins Stockport’s #loveourcolleges week celebrations

MP joins Stockport’s #loveourcolleges week celebrations

With a slice of £400m of government funding on the horizon, tutors, students and MPs are sharing what they love about Stockport College across social media to celebrate #loveourcolleges week.

While Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne picks out the multi-million pound plans to provide a welcoming, sustainable new college building, tutor Jacqui O’Sullivan reveals the secret to successfully sending a record number of students to the finals of a national inter-colleges competition.

MP Andrew Gwynne has consistently voted in support of additional funding for further education, which has faced 30% of cuts as a sector over the last decade.

He commented, “In a year when the government has announced an increase in the spending review of £400m for further education, and more recently an extra boost of £120m for eight new technical specialist colleges, I'm really pleased that the government is getting behind vocational and technical education which is so important to our country."

This year, Stockport College students achieved a 97% pass rate on the only full time GCSE programme of its kind in Greater Manchester, offering students a second chance at pursing the career paths of their dreams.

In higher education, Stockport College students achieved an historical high, with a more than 90 per cent pass rate and over 25 per cent of our degree students achieving first class honours.

Trafford College Group Principal Lesley Davies OBE said: “Nationally, colleges educate over 2.2 million students every year including 600,000 16 to 18-year-olds. Our aim is to ensure that all our students, regardless of age, background and circumstances are properly equipped with the skills they need to achieve their ambitions in work and in life. On this special week I just wanted to say thank you to all our students, their parents staff and governors and everybody who supports this fantastic college.”