Following on from the success of last year’s ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) participated in the Association of Colleges’ (AoC) national Colleges Week from 14 to 18 October and highlighted the amazing work colleges do and why long-term term investment is crucial for the future.
RuTC works with local businesses and helps to educate and train many young people and adult learners each year. Despite this, RuTC and other colleges in the country have had to deal with an average of 30% cut to its funding over the last decade.
Leading up to Colleges Week, RuTC hosted an Open Event on Saturday 12 October to show prospective students the amazing things that the college can offer them. In addition, the college is proud to work closely with the AoC in various other area. In October, RuTC student and Students’ Union vice president Hasti Rezvan has been selected as a ‘This Girl Can Ambassador’ by AoC Sport. In this role, she will be planning activities to engage female students in a variety of sports.
David Hughes, Chief Executive of the AoC, said, “The £400m funding boost announced in the spending review and the Secretary of State’s speech at the Conservative Party conference showed that the government is committed to investing in further education and skills. However there are many funding and policy challenges to grapple with to ensure colleges can thrive in the long term. Now more than ever we need highly skilled, well-educated workforces to deliver for our economy and country.”
“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. Colleges have been neglected in recent years and proper funding for adult education is still urgently needed. 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.”