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Tresham College Achievements Ceremony 2018

Two of our apprentices Will Vanner and Loren Cooper were recognised for their hard work at the Tresham College Presentation of Apprenticeship ceremony with awards in Construction for Immediate Apprenticeship in Maintenance Operations. Will and Loren joined the Prestige Homeseeker Park & Leisure Homes team as Apprentices in 2017 and are developing their careers by completing an apprenticeship in Construction Building Maintenance Operations with the Bedford College Group.

Joining the event was the Mayor of Corby, where Tresham College has exciting campus and where a new Learning Centre to upgrade adult IT skills is to be opened. Together with the existing Learning Centre in Kettering, 1,000 students will be enrolled each year.

As well as modern campuses in Kettering and Corby, the Wellingborough campus is to benefit from as £7.5 Million investment which will bring 1,000 students into the town centre, reported Ian Pryce CBE, Principal and CEO of The Bedford College Group, created via the merger with Tresham College in August 2017.

Left to right (Mark Christison, Finance Director Prestige Homeseeker, Ian Pryce Principal of Bedford College, John Rycroft, Ricky Higgins, Production Managers, Stephen Arnett, Production Director at Prestige Homeseeker)
Left to right (Mark Christison, Finance Director Prestige Homeseeker, Ian Pryce Principal of Bedford College, John Rycroft, Ricky Higgins, Production Managers, Stephen Arnett, Production Director at Prestige Homeseeker)

“Tonight we celebrate the achievements of the first full academic year since the merger and acknowledge the part played in that progress by local councils, MPs, parents and students. We thank our sponsors whose supports indicates the value local employers place on Tresham College: Tata Steel, The Weetabix Food Company, RS Components, Prestige Homeseeker Park and Leisure Homes, Keepmoat Home and Howarth Timber."

“Student results at Tresham College have been particularly impressive. As part of the group, it contributed to taking 1,000 students, who had failed their CGSE Maths or English at school, and passed after only 34 weeks at college."

“Progression for students on to Higher Education, or degree-level learning courses, is being made available through closer relationships with universities in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire."

“So if you want to get ahead of the rest, head for Tresham.”

Mr Pryce did take the opportunity to criticise Government funding for “technical education”. He said:

“The recent Institute for Fiscal Studies report showed that college funding per student has gone from 50% above the level for schools to 8% below in 20 years and colleges have been hardest hit by austerity. If we want world class skills, then we must invest in colleges.”

Chair of The Bedford College Group Corporation Roger Marriott welcomed investment by the South East Midlands LEP (SEMLEP) into the group – including the campus at Wellingborough. “We are ambitious for our students and welcome the highest levels of achievement.”