MP praises closer ties with education

Gordon Marsden with the award winners from BAE and Blackpool and The Fylde College.
Gordon Marsden with the award winners from BAE and Blackpool and The Fylde College.
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A project between BAE and Blackpool and The Fylde College to produce the project managers of the future has been praised by a Blackpool MP.

The award-winning project is a pathfinder for improved collaboration between further education and business, claims Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden.

He was speaking after meeting the students and BAE group at NIACE’s Adult Learners Week National Awards Ceremony.

The project scooped an award for their partnership which has brought two dozen students BSc degrees and prestigious work at BAE Systems over a five year period.

He said: “This partnership where the students take what they’ve learnt at the college and then apply it to experience in project-control with BAE, problem-solving in the workplace, is exactly the model for co-operation between Further Education and employers that we’ve just highlighted in a new report on the future of skills which I’ve been involved with.

“It’s great to see Blackpool students and BAE Systems already leading the way in co-operation with this project which has gained deserved national recognition. I’m delighted they’ve got their award in Adult Learners Week. It is a model of hope and aspiration to people in Blackpool.”

The Adult Learners Awards coincided with the national launch of the One Nation Skills Taskforce’s interim report, of which Mr Marsden has been a member, and which along with its chair Chris Husbands, Director of the Institute of Education and Shadow Cabinet Members Stephen Twigg and Chuka Ummuna he launched at Westminster to college principals and students.

“This interim report is focused on the need to produce a stronger integration between the world of work and industry and FE colleges.”

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