A CONSTRUCTION student from Hucknall met a high-ranking government minister when he visited the teenager’s college to find out how it prepares learners for the world of work.
Callum Thurman (19) chatted with Conservative MP John Hayes, Minister Of State For Further Education (FE), Skills And Lifelong Learning, at New College Nottingham’s (ncn) Basford Hall campus.
Mr Hayes found out about ncn’s vision to become a leader in training students in sustainable technologies, renewable energy and techniques to reduce carbon emissions and, therefore, protect the environment.
He also met employers and councillors and talked to students from the college’s successful pre-apprenticeship programme — the course Callum is on — about their experiences and how it is helping them to find employment.
Amarjit Basi, principal and chief executive, welcomed Mr Hayes, who said: “I am delighted to be at ncn. It is always a particular joy to talk to students and to be reminded of learning’s capacity to change lives.
“Colleges are at the vanguard of creating a more sustainable economy, feeding the common good and fuelling growth by investing in human capital through learning, skilling and training. “
n OUR PHOTO shows Callum (right) with fellow student David Whitchurch (18), of Basford, chatting with Mr Hayes.