Minister of State for FE visits South Essex College

John Hayes, the Minister of State for FE, Skills and Lifelong Learning visited the Basildon Campus of South Essex College on Friday 20th April, along with local MPs, to listen to a briefing on some of the exciting plans the College has for its future.

The Minister learnt more about the three new builds the College is planning to embark upon in Basildon, which will see a new circa £30 million campus in 2015, Thurrock, which will see a £45 million campus in 2014 and Southend, where work has already started on a new £27 millionstate-of-the-art library and learning facility for 2013.

The Minister made very positive comment about the work of the College and was impressed by the briefing, which was delivered by the College’s Acting Principal and Chief Executive, John Hayles. He then took the opportunity to meet some of the College’s Apprentices and Further Education students.

The students were all studying various Motor Vehicle based qualification, including Apprentices in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair and IMI Level 2 Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair of Light Vehicles.

Of the successful visit, John Hayles commented: “The Minister was impressed about the progress we are making in raising aspirations and results across the region. He was also great advocate that positive buildings make for a great place for learning, which is very much our vision.”

John continued: “The Minister demonstrated a strong grasp of the issues we face and reinforced how our objectives run parallel to those of the government in improving the education landscape and providing both young people and adults with more opportunities, more choice and a brighter future.”

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