Local MP, Jack Lopresti showed his support for Further Education this week by visiting South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) as part of the n
Local MP, Jack Lopresti showed his support for Further Education this week by visiting South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) as part of the national ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign.
SGS used this opportunity to showcase the brilliant work that goes on at the college, the dedicated staff that make it all possible, as well as highlighting the funding issues that currently exist within the Further Education sector.
SGS, alongside every other college in the country, has had to deal with an overall cut of 30% to funding over the last decade. Despite these cuts, SGS continues to be at the heart of the local community, helping to train many young people and adult learners each year to achieve their personal ambitions and goals.
During Mr Lopresti’s visit, he took part in a 'Grisly Cuts and Gruesome Scars’ workshop with a group of Theatrical Media Make-up learners. They enjoyed talking to Mr Lopresti about their experiences at SGS and demonstrating some of the realistic wound skills they were perfecting ready for the Halloween event ‘Spooky Ship’ on the SS Great Britain. SGS learners will be part of the make-up team bringing the creepy characters to life and gaining valuable work experience.
Jack Lopresti, commented
“SGS College has an amazing impact on the local community. My children have been through the college and I have seen first-hand how it equips learners with essential life skills, confidence, and the ability to present a high level of technical knowhow. This type of rounded education sets learners on the path to success.”
College Principal, Sara-Jane Watkins added
“Our aim is to ensure that all our students are properly equipped with the skills needed to make a difference in whatever discipline they choose. Colleges Week not only highlights the need for proper investment to make this happen, but also showcases the amazing place SGS is for students and staff. The week of action comes at a crucial time, the big contribution further education makes to society must be recognised and long-term investment is vital if we are to have the successful economy we need post-Brexit.”