Last week, Tom Brake joined MPs from around the country in celebrating the great work of Further Education colleges. He and Steve Frampton, the Chairman of the Association of Colleges, were shown round Carshalton College by Peter Mayhew-Smith, the CEO of South Thames Colleges Group which includes Carshalton College.
Tom Brake MP for Carshalton and Wallington said:
“It was a pleasure to visit Carshalton College, which has been transforming the lives of young people in our community for over 60 years. I was proud to support the Love Colleges Week celebrations and their efforts to petition the government to do right by our education system. It was great to see the range of apprenticeships on offer, from motorcycle maintenance to plumbing.
“1.4 Million study or train in colleges. In addition, colleges employ more than 110,000 full-time equivalent staff. Colleges play a major role in our society, yet they are consistently underfunded. Our government must do better.
“Many thanks to Carshalton College for having me, and to Chairman Steve Frampton for joining me in supporting our local college.”
The visit was a part of the Love Colleges Week celebrations held from October 14-18 to highlight the need for more funds for the college education system, which has faced decade after decade of budget cuts. The campaign calls on the government to invest in people by investing more in colleges.