Minister takes a spin around Sheffield College

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POLITICIANS certainly know how to spin...

But the Minister for Skills Matthew Hancock brought a whole new concept to the art when he tried to master spun sugar skills on a visit to Sheffield College.

He had a go alongside 19 of the college’s patisserie students during a visit to the Granville Road campus.

The Minister then visited the dental technology department, one of five places nationally delivering diploma qualifications to meet a shortage of trained dental technicians.

He also spoke to students and staff at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, the first of its kind to open in Yorkshire and the Humber offering full-time enterprise qualifications that enable people to start up their own businesses.

And he met college staff involved in the employability programme for jobseekers, which links with small and medium sized businesses as well as major employers.

Mr Hancock said: “I was delighted to visit Sheffield City College which gave me a great insight into how a successful college should be run.

“It was also a chance for me to pick up a new skill and I really enjoyed learning to spin sugar with catering students.

“What struck me was the focus of all the students I met to get on and make a success of their business or chosen career path.

“This Government has created the biggest apprenticeship programme ever and put vocational skills at the heart of our drive to equip people of all ages with the skills employers need to prosper.”

Julie Byrne, college principal, said: “We are delighted to have hosted this visit, which was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our fabulous students, staff and world-class facilities in our award-winning new college.

“It also provided the Minister with a chance to understand and experience first hand a vocational college and our work-related courses and appreciate the skills development of our students.”