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Gordon Marsden MP visits City and Islington College during Colleges Week 2012

14 November 2012

Gordon Marsden, Shadow Minister for Further Education, Skills and Regional Growth, visited City and Islington College during Colleges Week to view Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers workshops delivered to Islington secondary school students.

Colleges Week 2012, runs from 11-18 November, with the aim of raising awareness about the vital role Colleges play in improving young people’s chances of getting into work and helping businesses to grow.


The careers day featured a range of innovative, inspiring and exciting workshops in areas such as Forensics, Sports Sciences, Engineering, Computing and Finance, amongst others. Workshops were delivered by delegates from the Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Veterinary College and Barclays Bank, with the aim of boosting students’ knowledge of these areas, increasing girls’ participation in science careers as well as demonstrating possible careers paths in these exciting areas.

Gordon was able to view and participate in the workshops with students from Holloway School. One of the workshops ‘STEM speednetworking’, offered students the opportunity to speak with STEM ambassadors from a range of different careers and organisations. Gordon also worked with students who were tasked with changing the code of a game during a computing workshop delivered by delegates from Queen Mary, University of London.

Of his visit to the College, Gordon said: “I was delighted to visit City and Islington College and see firsthand the excellent work they are doing to promote STEM courses to local secondary school students.

“As Shadow Minister for Skills, I know just how important it is to encourage young people towards STEM subjects and careers - it was great to see the innovative sessions the College was running to open students’ eyes to the possibilities they offer.

“Going forward, it is crucial this Government supports Colleges in their drive to boost STEM skills and I will continue to push them strongly on this.

David Swinscoe, Strategic Director for Science at City and Islington College, said: “The day exposed pupils to a range of people working in STEM related areas and jobs available through studying STEM subjects. They were able to meet students from the College who are studying STEM subjects and were also able to gain a feel for the progression from school to college.

“All pupils from the local schools attend, giving them equal access to the information and experience even if they have not previously considered careers through STEM.

City and Islington College is widely recognised for its outstanding science provision; the college has been awarded STEM Assured status by the New Engineering Foundation and its Centre for Applied Sciences was accredited by the National Skills Academy Process Industries as a Centre of Excellence for Biotechnology during a visit by HM the Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Earlier this year the College was delighted to be selected to deliver the government’s highly prestigious Higher Apprenticeship in Engineering Environmental Technologies.

During Colleges Week, the College has also delivered specialist maths master classes for local partner school students which cover GCSE level material as well as a preview of what they would study if they pursue mathematics at A Level.