Bridgwater & Taunton College Celebrates Colleges Week 2020 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Bridgwater & Taunton College will be supporting the annual Love Our Colleges campaign again this year, with a series of digital case studies, blogs and press releases highlighting the outstanding work and positive impact of the College on its students, the wider community, business partners and the economy.

This year’s theme is colleges building communities, boosting businesses, and supporting people. Bringing the whole further education community together, Love Our Colleges Week celebrates the impact of colleges on people, employers, and the economy. Bridgwater & Taunton College is a proud member of the Association of Colleges (AoC) which wants to see colleges and funding for them prioritised nationally and locally to aid the recovery from the pandemic that will be vital to the future success of the country.

As part of BTC’s continued commitment to supporting our local business community, we’ve created a mini-series of FREE masterclasses that help support the skillset required by business, all whilst providing a CPD opportunity for professionals looking to grow their skillset or retrain.

We’re kick-starting our first masterclass in the series on Wednesday 21 October at 8.45am with a topic that has become ever-more necessary for business management in the given climate – leading and managing your team remotely.

Over the past two years BTC have successfully been host to the South West Food and Drink Forum in collaboration with the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink. On Tuesday 22 October at 10.30am, the College will welcome all employers of the Food & Drink Industry to its first virtual industry forum that will focus on how the Food & Drink industry has adapted to the demand during the Covid-19 pandemic. The group endeavours to discuss best practice and works together to achieve and implement the desired training outcomes.

All events are available to attend via the events page on the BTC website. 

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said:

This year has been unprecedented in every way, but colleges have risen to all the challenges thrown at them. Colleges Week is a celebration of all the amazing things colleges do day in day out for students, employers and communities. It’s also about recognising just how important colleges are as we rebuild for a better future through retraining, skills and education.

 Despite educating 2.2 million people every year, including more than 600,000 16 to 18-year-olds, colleges have been neglected in recent years. The Prime Minister’s announcement earlier this month to expand the training system with colleges at the heart of the skills agenda is welcome. All colleges need now is the investment from government to be able to support even more people and employers. That will improve the life chances of millions of people but it needs college funding to be at the forefront of the upcoming spending review.

 

 

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