Blackburn College Delighted to Welcome Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills


Blackburn College is delighted to have welcomed Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills Gillian Keegan for a virtual meeting.

Gillian met with the College’s Principal and Chief Executive Dr Fazal Dad, Director of Business Development and External Engagement Nicola Clayton and Head of Marketing Ben Taylor.

During the visit Gillian got to meet Apprentices from a range of businesses and sectors including: Adam Beardsworth an Electrical Installation Apprentice and Asma Molvi Early Years Educator Apprentice, both employed by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council; Katie Topping Early Years Apprentice with QEGS nursery; Emily Biggin and Nathanial Craven Institute of Leadership and Management Apprentices at Standfast and Barracks, a fabric printing company based in Lancaster.

Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills Gillian Keegan said: “It was great to visit Blackburn College and speak to some of their talented apprentices. It was fantastic to hear their excitement for where their apprenticeship will take them and why they decided to start their journey.

“I was inspired by Asma, who as an older apprentice decided to upskill and start her Level 3 early years childcare apprenticeship and is now encouraging family members to consider one. Her story is an excellent example of how an apprenticeship can help adults unlock their potential at any age and go on to progress in exciting careers.

“As a former apprentice myself, I know the lifechanging impact an apprenticeship can have in opening up the path to a fulfilling career. I wish all the apprentices at Blackburn College the best of luck for the future, and I would encourage anyone interested to find out more about the opportunities available.”

Dr Dad and Nicola spoke to Gillian about Blackburn College’s Apprentices, the variety of Apprenticeship courses on offer and the relationships with Employers and businesses and how the College’s Apprentices had navigated the Covid-19 pandemic, while Ben provided a virtual tour of the campus including the College’s Motor Vehicle facilities.

Dr Fazal Dad, Principal and Chief Executive of Blackburn College, said: “We were delighted to welcome Gillian Keegan to Blackburn College, albeit virtually – it was a pleasure to showcase our Apprenticeship offer with the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills.

“It was an excellent opportunity to highlight our Apprenticeship department, our links with many fantastic Employers and our multitude of courses that develop learners’ skills.”

Find out more about Blackburn College’s Apprenticeships and apply for a course or vacancy today.

2 Jun 2021, 10:13 AM