Somerset College plays host to PM and Chancellor

The Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne visited Somerset College recently, as part of their pre-election campaigning.

During their visit, the UK’s two most senior politicians viewed the College’s innovative Industry Skills Centre, which has been the subject of significant investment over recent years. They also visited the Advanced Centre of Engineering, and saw the jet engine that is used by students on the aeronautics courses run in partnership with JMC Employment Solutions.

After his visit, Mr Cameron commented on the value of hands-on experience for students alongside their theoretical learning, which he said helps prepare them for a job in industry. He also said he was grateful to speak to College staff and students about issues such as creating more apprenticeship programmes and improving learners’ literacy and numeracy skills.

“It’s always a boost to be visited by a high-profile figure,” commented Anthea Kerslake, the College’s director of marketing, planning and development. “They don’t come much more high-profile than the Prime Minister. His visit with George Osborne shows the significance of Somerset College on a national stage, as a provider of cutting-edge education that enhances employability and will help drive economic prosperity for our country.”