Boris Johnson MP joined staff, students and employers during Apprenticeship Week events at Uxbridge College. The Prime Minister and MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip toured the college’s campus meeting students, staff and employer partners. The tour included classes, workshops with apprenticeships in Accountancy, Electrical Installation, Electrical Engineering & Electronics and Motor Vehicle Maintenance.
Mr Johnson chatted to the apprentices about their experiences at college and with their employers, emphasising the importance of all their skills areas to the UK economy. He also got a chance to meet students from some of the college’s wide range of vocational and academic courses.
Mr Johnson said: I was delighted to be able to visit Uxbridge College again to meet staff and some of the students studying for apprenticeships in a range of areas. It was great to hear of their exciting plans for the future, in particular the work around the newly launched West London Institute of Technology – one of only twelve in the UK. These new Institutes of technology will be the pinnacle of technical training – new collaborations between universities, colleges and businesses to make sure young people have the skills they need to start a productive and rewarding career. Uxbridge College has a key role to play in training up the workforce of the future as we look to drive forward a nationwide infrastructure revolution.
Dr Darrell DeSouza, Group Principal of Uxbridge College and Harrow College (HCUC), said: Uxbridge College is very pleased to receive a visit from Boris Johnson during Apprenticeship Week with the chance to introduce him to some of our fantastic apprentices and share with him some of our more recent developments. It was a very enjoyable visit and a valuable opportunity to share with him both our successes and to discuss some of the challenges being faced by further education.
Staff also briefed the Prime Minister on key projects at the college as well as discussing some of the major issues in national education and skils policy.