Stratford-upon-Avon College Governor Lord Digby Jones with Principal Nicola Mannock, members of the College Executive Team and apprentices Mike Roddis and Faye Golding

Members of Stratford-upon-Avon College’s Executive team, as well as business entrepreneur Lord Digby Jones who was recently appointed to the Board of Governors, have attended this year’s South Warwickshire at Parliament.

The event, organised by the Stratford and Leamington Business Forums, was held on Monday 7th December in the Members’ Dining Room in the House of Commons;  it brought together leaders from over 20 local business and educational organisations, giving them the opportunity to meet government ministers and discuss with them issues of importance to the area.

The event enabled the College delegates to create beneficial parliamentary and business links, ensuring the College retains its prominent position in the community.

Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi and Leamington and Warwickshire MP Chris White were in attendance to join Lord Digby Jones in speaking at the event and to meet business and College representatives.

Other delegates who attended included Network Rail, Jaguar Land Rover and Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust.

Lord Jones commented: “I was delighted to help represent Stratford-upon-Avon College at South Warwickshire at Parliament.  It was important to me to stress to both local business leaders and to ministers our commitment to meet the Government’s apprenticeships and skills agenda.”

Principal and CEO Nicola Mannock sees their attendance at the event as being in keeping with the College’s business focus, and as evidence of their commitment to ensuring their students’ education prepares them for future employment.  “The event allowed us to network with local employers and MPs and to showcase all that the College has to offer the local area, for example our apprenticeship programme, including recent innovations such as our Apprenticeship Academy, and courses tailored to future employment.  We connected with organisations that we might not otherwise have reached.”

For more information on any of Stratford-upon-Avon College’s courses, please visit or call the College on 01789 266245.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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