Together with the other Nottingham MPs, I met with Nottingham College chief executive John van de Laarschot and his management team today – to discuss the urgent need to boost training and further education participation across the city.
If we fail to invest in skills – both vocational and academic – then our prosperity will suffer in the long-run. We pressed the College on their plans for staffing and contract changes, urging them to recognise the low morale and frozen pay levels that have hit the workforce for too many years.
The merger between NCN and Central College has been challenging, as has the consolidation of their various buildings and estate. We discussed the plans for the new build ‘City Hub’ campus and were then shown some of the facilities at the Highfields Campus which specialises in engineering, science and technology (pictured below).