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Martin Donnelly, BIS Permanent Secretary visits Tower Hamlets College

Martin Donnelly, BIS Permanent Secretary visits Tower Hamlets College

On Friday 17th May 2013, Martin Donnelly, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) visited Tower Hamlets College. The BIS supervises the Skills Funding Agency, with Mr Donnelly being the most senior Civil Servant. Mr Donnelly was keen to see, firsthand how our college contributes to the wider agenda of economic growth, being a firm believer in the value of colleges in UK growth. The visit started with an introduction to the senior management team followed by a working lunch in the college’s training restaurant, Canary View, prepared by Level 1 Catering students (pictured).

After meeting the Catering students the visit then moved to the Technical Skills facility where Mr Donnelly took part in a ‘have-a-go’ activity in pipe fixing with Level 2 Building Services students.

After a meeting with the college’s National Careers Service team the tour then progressed to TowerSkills, the college’s dedicated apprenticeship service, located at nearby East India Dock Road.

Mr Donnelly, joined by Principal, Gerry McDonald and Director of Enterprise and Skills, Martin Reed met with employers with whom TowerSkills had successfully secured apprenticeships for young people.

The visit was a huge success and really showcased the significance of the college and its role in wider economic development.

Mr Donnelly was very impressed with the college and its value-adding partnerships with SMEs that allow young people to contribute and grow in a global economy.

To find out what makes our courses so engaging, take a look at our dedicated Under 19s and Adult Learners sections and search for your ideal course.

If you’re an employer and want to know how apprenticeships can work for your business, or a young person interested in an apprenticeship, you can go to our dedicated Apprenticeships provider TowerSkills: www.towerskills.co.uk.

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