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Celebrating Colleges Week 2020

Tuesday 13 October 2020

Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) will be celebrating Colleges Week 2020 from 19 to 23 October.

The annual Colleges Week, organised by the Association of Colleges (AoC), is a chance to celebrate and shout about all of the brilliant things that colleges do, day in and day out to build communities, boost businesses and support individuals.

Throughout the week, RuTC will be hosting two Virtual Open Events on 17 and 21 October for prospective students and will be showcasing some of the amazing work the Colleges’ staff and students carry out. RuTC will share details about its new robotics course, starting in September 2021, and benefits that the future STEM Centre will bring. The College will also showcase its industry standard specialist facilities and how they support individual sectors and give an insight into its newly launched pre-employment course arranged through the Job Centre Plus to give people the opportunity to gain employment in the Civil Service. Every day on social media, RuTC will highlight the importance of colleges in the economy, individual sectors, innovation and supporting young people in their personal lives as well as in their education.

Elaine McMahon, Principal at RuTC, 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 are there for people to improve their employment opportunities by gaining new skills and qualifications or retraining for a new job in a fast-changing job market.

“The spending review must acknowledge the massive contribution further education makes to society and our economy. It must be the starting point in providing the right levels of investment so that colleges can play their full part in a successful economy as the country recovers from the pandemic and post-Brexit.”

This year’s Colleges Week theme is about 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. RuTC is a member of the AoC which wants to see colleges and funding for them prioritised nationally and locally to aid the recovery from the pandemic that will be vital to the future success 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.

“Despite educating 2.2 million people every year, including more than 600,000 16 to 18-year-olds, colleges have been neglected in recent years. The Prime Minister’s announcement earlier this month to expand the training system with colleges at the heart of the skills agenda is welcome. All colleges need now is the investment from government to be able to support even more people and employers. That will improve the life chances of millions of people but it needs college funding to be at the forefront of the upcoming spending review.”

Colleges like Richmond upon Thames College play a key part in doing this. The theme of Colleges Week is building communities, boosting businesses, and supporting people to get the training they need for the jobs of the future, serving local business and community needs.

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