Skills minister takes apprentice message to the streets

Binoculars sea sky

Skills minister Robert Halfon is taking his apprenticeships message out to the country visiting the north east.

The Minister visited FE institution Derwentside College earlier this week, saying: “It’s been a fantastic opportunity to visit Derwentside College today. I’ve met so many inspiring students and apprentices who are working hard to achieve their goals.”

“It’s been particularly interesting to see all of the work Derwentside College has been doing to help those who are looking for work and their commitment to ensuring apprenticeships are the real ladders of opportunities they can be.”

Karen Redhead, principal and chief executive of Derwentside College said: “Derwentside College is passionate about supporting learners to find jobs.


‘Professional development through learning’

“We focus on encouraging learners to develop excellent personal and social skills to enhance their employability and for those already in work, to continue with their professional development through learning.”

The minister also visited nearby New College Durham, where Principal and chief executive John Widdowson said: “We were delighted to welcome the Minister to New College Durham today. He saw for himself the investment we have made in updating our facilities to meet the needs of the local economy.”