Kirklees College is marking Colleges Week 2020 (19 – 23 October) by bringing the college community together to celebrate what they love most about the college.
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 college is set to highlight its positive contributions to the wider community in what has been a challenging time for the education sector. Staff and students will be sharing their testimonials throughout the week, including working with local employers, championing diversity and inclusivity and inspiring their peers during remote learning. Most notably, the college has played a key role in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, with students engaging with their local communities to offer their support to those most in need.
Marie Gilluley, Principal and Chief Executive at Kirklees College, said:
“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. This is more important than ever as colleges will be where people who are out of work turn to retrain for a new job opportunity or think about upskilling as the job market changes. Further Education makes a valuable contribution to our society and economy and we hope that this initiative highlights the importance of investing in our colleges to be able to support the economic recovery 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.”
The celebrations at Kirklees College are part of the third annual Colleges Week, with hundreds of colleges across the country expected to take part. Follow Kirklees College’s social channels @kirkleescollege for the latest updates throughout the week.