On Friday, I had the pleasure of officially opening the fantastic new Advanced Construction Engineering Centre at Northampton College, which is providing huge opportunities for young people across Northamptonshire to develop new skillsets through apprenticeships and on-the-job learning.
Joined by my Northampton MP colleagues Michael Ellis and Andrew Lewer as well as the Chair of SEMLEP Peter Horrocks CBE, we were welcomed by the Principal of Northampton College, Pat Brennan-Barrett, and given a tour of the amazing new facility alongside many of those who had worked so hard to bring this project forward.
Before we started, we were treated to a performance by the college’s Musical Theatre students in the main foyer area, with beautiful harmonies and great panache from all involved.
After the formal ribbon cutting, and a few remarks from Pat and Peter, and me as Business Secretary and local MP, we were taken to meet some of the apprentices who had just started their training, including in plumbing, bricklaying, interior decorating, and carpentry. I was thoroughly impressed with the sheer enthusiasm of all those working in the new Centre, and really grateful for the opportunity to hear from them directly.
The day finished with a light buffet prepared by some of the catering apprentices; whilst we unfortunately weren’t able to stay for long, my team sampled the cakes on my behalf and assured me that they were all absolutely delicious!
Well done to everyone involved!