BURNLEY College has been praised by Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable for making a ‘significant contribution’ to skills development.
The MP was addressing the Association of Colleges a year after the Government launched its Skills Strategy.
He said his ‘conviction has only grown over the past year as a result of talking to students on foundation degrees at Burnley College’.
“These colleges have a strong grasp of regional business needs and the flexibility to meet them,” he said.
“They are attuned to local employers – including smaller firms – and, as a college principal said to me the other day, they are adept at offering courses that fit with the rhythm and patterns of people’s lives: around family, work and other responsibilities.”
Mr Cable visited Burnley College in June as part of UK Manufacturing Dialogue North West Summit – a drive to promote manufacturing in the North West.
Burnley has double the North West average employed in ‘skilled trades’ and almost double the average employed specifically in aerospace.