Preston College

Shadow Minister Gives College Top Marks

News - Tuesday, 31st March, 2015

Yvonne Fovargue pictured with students in the College's In-ZonePreston’s College showcased the entrepreneurial and enterprising focus of its new £13m iSTEM Centre to the Shadow Minister of Young People, Yvonne Fovargue, during her ministerial visit to the College on Friday 27 March.

During her visit, the College set out its vision for iSTEM, which launches in September this year and incorporates STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) teaching into the wider curriculum, such as hair & beauty and construction.

The tour included visits to the college’s real work environments and a live demonstration from the students to round-off Enterprise Week (16 – 20 March).

Commenting on her visit, Yvonne said: “I have been extremely impressed by the breadth of provision at Preston’s College.

“It has been fantastic to see first-hand the vision for iSTEM and the College’s ability to provide cross-curricular learning that is focused on boosting the prospects of learners entering the workplace.

“Aiming to reinvent education by providing courses that will equip learners with the skills and hands-on experience needed within the region is a philosophy I share with Preston’s College, and I wish them the very best for the future of iSTEM.”

iSTEM aims to reinvent education, providing courses that make Preston’s College students the most employable.

The new curriculum will offer some of the best teaching and development in Lancashire and is focused not just on exam results, but securing jobs and bridging skills gaps in local businesses by directly involving employers and providing real insight into the world of work.

Lis Smith, principal and chief executive at Preston’s College, said: “We very much enjoyed welcoming Yvonne to the College and showcasing the role that we play in ensuring learners are fully equipped for the world of work – it was great to see she shared the same enthusiasm for STEM as we do.

“Our aim to make learners the most employable applies no matter what stage of life or career they are at, from 16-18 year olds, to employees undertaking career development and to adults looking to re-train.”

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