Each year, colleges across the country come together to celebrate their achievements and promote the sector’s interests through Colleges Week events.
This year, City of Westminster College is happy to be joining with other institutions to urge Chancellor Rishi Sunak to remember the positive impact that properly funding colleges has on education, training, and skills.
Colleges Week 2021 runs 18 – 22 October and will see events held at colleges around the UK aimed at highlighting the work being done in the further education sector.
Students and staff at the college are encouraged to engage with Colleges Week and to consider the impact that college has had on their lives.
Both City of Westminster College and our sister college, College of North West London, are dedicated in their support of Colleges Week 2021 and send their best wishes to all their colleagues in institutions across the country.
Stephen Davis, Group Principal of the United Colleges Group, said:
“Across the UK, colleges do some amazing work to help our students retrain, reskill, upskill, and prepare for their futures and Colleges Week gives us a vital opportunity to remember this.
“However, we have been hit hard by the pandemic and our sector requires help from government in order to help as many people as we can to the best of our abilities – this week also gives us a chance to say this as one.
“Colleges Week is important, for both of these reasons, and we are delighted to join our colleagues across the country to celebrate.”
David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said:
“Colleges Week showcases exactly why further education holds the answers to some of the biggest issues facing all of us.
“Now more than ever we need highly skilled and well-educated workforces to deliver the economic recovery this government aspires to.
“Colleges Week this year is about celebrating the amazing work colleges do, educating 2.2 million people every year, including more than 600,000 16 to 18-year-olds.
“They hold the key to reducing skills gaps, combatting inequality, and providing better opportunities to disadvantaged communities.
“This week is about making our voices heard and campaigning with partners to make sure colleges continue to be a serious political, economic and social priority.”