Skills Minister visits Grimsby for tour of local colleges


The Government Skills Minister visited local colleges in Grimsby to see how impressive the establishments were.

Alex Burghart, MP for Brentwood and Ongar since 2017, visited Franklin College and the Grimsby Institute during his time in the city.

Accompanied by Great Grimsby MP Lia Nici, he was able to experience what both facilities had to offer while speaking to professionals to see how the skills sector could be improved.

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During his visit to the Grimsby Institute, Mr. Burghart learned about a number of fields such as engineering and hospitality.

Companies that offer apprenticeships in the area, such as ABP and Orsted, were also present and explained to the minister why they felt apprenticeships were so important.

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Amanda Viljoen, Group Training Manager at ABP, said: “Apprenticeships are important in creating a talent pipeline. We have 21 ports across the country and we seek to provide people with various opportunities at these locations.

“We attend events like this because it’s important to have input from as far away as possible, especially since we’ve spent a lot of time with the apprentices.”

During the tour, the deputies visited the hotel, institute of technology and engineering sectors.

While in hospitality, Mr Burghart was greeted by Chef Garret Busby and other teaching staff.

MP Alex Burghart and MP Lia Nici at the Grimsby Institute. From left to right Neil Bainbridge, assistant manager; Erica Stoddart, Chair of Governors; Ann Hardy, CEO of Technology Partnership; Alex Burghart, MP for Brentwood and Ongar; Lia Nici, MP for Great Grimsby and Adrian Clarke, Group Director of Corporate Services.

Having taught at schools and universities himself, the MP for Brentwood and Ongar was particularly interested in the facilities they had to offer and the jobs those who attended the courses ended up in.

While at the Institute of Technology, he spoke of the impressive site and his amazement at the facilities the students had.

After the tour was over, he said, “What’s happening here is really exciting. Our goal at the Department of Education is to ensure students get a high quality education and that’s exactly what’s happening here.

“I think apprenticeship helps give students the best of both worlds, giving them access to college as well as a job.

“The facilities and materials here are amazing and there are such dedicated teachers; that’s what matters.”

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