Minister for Skills visits East Riding College

11th January 2013 5:15pm - Return to press releases

Matthew Hancock visitThe Minster for Skills, Matthew Hancock MP, visited East Riding College in Beverley today to discuss key issues in further education.
Mr Hancock (pictured, second left), along with Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart (second right) and officials from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, was given a tour of the Gallows Lane campus before meeting with senior managers from the College.
He saw students hard at work in the College’s Learning Resource Centre and in motor vehicle maintenance, construction, hairdressing and beauty therapy, and hospitality and catering.
Mr Hancock then discussed key issues in the further education sector with Principal Derek Branton (pictured, right) and other senior managers. Also pictured above is student Connerley Graham.

Mr Hancock said: "It was fantastic to meet students at East Riding College who are so passionate about their college, whether it's learning about catering, training to be a hairdresser or studying the construction trade.
"With plans for a new campus on the horizon, the college is clearly building on its success and will continue to inspire and support students to achieve their very best."

Mr Branton said: “Today’s visit provided an excellent opportunity to raise with a government minister some of the issues facing further education colleges brought about by recent funding and policy changes.
“We were also able to discuss with Mr Hancock our planned move from the Gallows Lane campus to the Flemingate development in central Beverley.
“I was delighted to be able to show him so many of our students hard at work and to give him a tour of the high quality learning environments we have at East Riding College.”

East Riding College enrols approximately 1,600 full-time further education students each year, with thousands more taking part-time FE and higher education courses, as well as apprenticeships. The College also has a thriving business development section which provides workforce development services to employers throughout the region and nationally.

For more information about East Riding College, visit or call 0845 120 0037.


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