“We also work with young people – and older people – to not only develop their skills, but their confidence too. At the end of the day, we are changing lives through learning.
“And you can support us too – by celebrating our achievements and work, but also by supporting our students. We have some amazing student-run facilities at our campuses including hair salons, beauty spas, restaurants – even a dog grooming parlour at Brinsbury – which are all open to the general public to use.”
The ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign is a partnership between Association of Colleges (AoC), National Union of Students (NUS), Association of College and School Leavers (ASCL), University and Colleges Union (UCU), Unison, GMB, TUC and National Education Union (NEU).
The campaign is calling on government to increase 16-19 funding by 5% a year for 5 years. It is also asking Department for Education to provide exceptional funding, ring-fenced for teacher pay.
David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges, said: “Every single day colleges like Chichester College provide a world class education and transform the lives of millions of people.
“Colleges Week is an opportunity to celebrate the brilliant things that go on and a chance to showcase the brilliant staff that make it possible. It is simple, if we want a world-class education system then we need to properly invest in it.”
The college is planning a number of events to mark Colleges Week and will be welcoming Gillian Keegan, MP for Chichester, to the campus on Friday 19 October to meet students and see the difference that further education colleges can make to young people in the local community.