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Richmond upon Thames College Celebrates Colleges Week 2021

Thursday 28 October 2021

Following on from the success of last year’s ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) dedicated 18 – 22 October to Colleges Week 2021 and highlighted the amazing work colleges do and why long-term investment is crucial if the government is to ‘level up’ all areas of the country.

This year’s Colleges Week was a chance to celebrate and shout about all the brilliant things that RuTC does. Building communities, boosting businesses, and supporting individuals. The focus of colleges week 2021 was ‘Get in, Go further.’ Showcasing all the great things that the college does, the courses it offers and the successes of its students.

The College showcased its new facilities, focussing on the new training restaurant, The View, which offers an amazing panorama across the London skyline, creating a unique learning environment for Catering and Hospitality students. The new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Centre, which is due to be completed in 2022 and will provide a state of the art environment for training in engineering and construction, science, forensic sciences, computing and robotics – to help train for the jobs of the future.

Events took place all week and Thursday we saw students and staff calling for dedicated support for colleges to act on climate change. With the government’s comprehensive spending review taking place imminently, Colleges Week is also a reminder to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak that funding colleges, training and skills is the catalyst for a stronger, fairer, and more resilient society.

Bringing the whole further education community together, the Week celebrated 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: “Colleges Week showcases exactly why further education holds the answers to some of the biggest issues facing all of us. Now more than ever we need highly skilled and well-educated workforces to deliver the economic recovery this government aspires to.

“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. They hold the key to reducing skills gaps, combatting inequality, and providing better opportunities to disadvantaged communities. 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.”

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