Following on from the success of last year’s ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign, Kirklees College is dedicating 18 – 22 October to Colleges Week 2021 and highlighting the amazing work colleges do and why long-term investment is crucial if the government is to ‘level up’ all areas of the country.
As part of Colleges Week, Kirklees College is celebrating this year’s theme of ‘Get In, Go Further’ by sharing students’ achievements and the positive contributions the college is making to the local community.
The college will also be sharing messages of support from Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire and Mark Eastwood, MP for Dewsbury highlighting the importance of investing in Further Education to promote the local economic recovery and supporting young people’s training needs to build the future workforce.
With the government’s comprehensive spending review taking place imminently, Colleges Week is also a reminder to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak that funding colleges, training and skills is the catalyst for a stronger, fairer and more resilient society.
Palvinder Singh, Principal and Chief Executive at Kirklees College, said:
“Our aim is to ensure that all our students are properly equipped with the skills they need and can make a difference in whatever career they choose to pursue. Colleges Week not only highlights the need for proper investment to make this happen but also showcases the fantastic opportunities available to staff and students at Kirklees College.”
“This year’s week of action comes at a crucial time. The big contribution further education will make to the country’s economic rebuild must be recognised and long-term investment is vital if we are to combat long-term challenges like climate change and training workers for the jobs of the future.”
David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said:
“Colleges Week showcases exactly why further education holds the answers to some of the biggest issues facing all of us. Now more than ever we need highly skilled and well-educated workforces to deliver the economic recovery this government aspires to.
Colleges Week this year is about celebrating the amazing work colleges do, educating 2.2 million people every year, including more than 600,000 16 to 18-year-olds. They hold the key to reducing skills gaps, combatting inequality, and providing better opportunities to disadvantaged communities. This week is about making our voices heard and campaigning with partners to make sure colleges continue to be a serious political, economic and social priority.”
Follow Kirklees College’s social channels @kirkleescollege for the latest updates throughout the week.