Secretary of State for Education visits B&FC

Published on 05/03/2020 by DTHACK

On his first trip to the college Gavin Williamson explored Fleetwood Nautical Campus, and the Advanced Technology Centre at Bispham Campus.

B&FC welcomed education secretary Gavin Williamson during his visit to Blackpool.

Mr Williamson - appointed to the top education job by prime minister Boris Johnson last July - was in town to learn how the lives of local young people were being transformed through a series of learning initiatives and to discuss with school and college teachers key challenges in the area.

He toured B&FC's Fleetwood Nautical Campus and met many students while exploring the new marine engineering and bridge simulators and halls of residence.

Mr Williamson was then given a tour of Bispham Campus' Advanced Technology Centre which houses state-of-the-art hardware including 6-axis robots and 3D scanners and courses from Automotive Engineering and Technology to Mechanical Engineering.

Mr Williamson said: "It was fantastic to get back to Blackpool today to see how we are raising the bar for young people living here, by investing in excellent teachers and improving education standards in key skills like literacy. 

"Every child, in every part of the country, should have a fair chance – that’s why we are levelling up funding to make sure all schools can deliver a high quality education. 

"We have also have recently announced an extra £18 million to extend the Opportunity Area programme, helping to cement the great work already being done to help Blackpool’s young people reach their full potential."

B&FC principal and chief executive Bev Robinson added: "Fundamental to the levelling up agenda is the investment in technical and professional education and training aligned to needs of the economy.

"Blackpool and The Fylde College is recognised as a leading provider in this space, working with employer partners to co-create learning opportunities leading to sustainable, vibrant careers.

"We welcomed the opportunity to demonstrate outstanding technical and professional education in practice to the Secretary of State and for students to share their success stories with him."

Pictured with Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson, centre, during his visit to B&FC are principal and chief executive Bev Robinson, and head of science and engineering Scott Cubitt