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Date: 7th March 2018

The Rt Hon Anne Milton, Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills was given a hands on tour of Askham Bryan College, demonstrating the value of land-based education and learning during National Apprenticeship Week. 

The Minister was shown around the York campus by Chief Executive Catherine Dixon and chatted to students, apprentices and staff. 

The College, which specialises in land-based education, has more than 800 apprentices studying a range of subjects including veterinary nursing, agriculture and land-based engineering.

The College farm was the Minister's first stop where she saw students and staff busy with lambing; a visit to the Agri-Tech building followed where she met engineering students and then to the state-of-the-art Animal Management Centre to see a range of species studied and cared for by students, and open to the public as part of the College's Wildlife Park.

Commenting on her visit the Minister said: “I had a fantastic time at Askham Bryan College speaking to their brilliant apprentices and celebrating National Apprenticeship Week. This week is all about hearing how apprenticeships work and promoting the opportunities they bring.

“The college provides excellent, hands on training and offers a range of exciting courses from Level 1 to 6. The apprentices clearly felt real enthusiasm for what they are doing and it gives them access to a huge variety of careers.”

Chief Executive, Catherine Dixon added: “We were delighted to welcome the Minister, particularly during National Apprenticeship Week. It was a wonderful opportunity to highlight the benefits of land-based learning, not only for our students but also to the local, regional and national economy. Apprentices and staff talked about the advantages of this type of learning which is a key strength of the College. We also showcased our further and higher education provision, demonstrating the range of opportunities for students, from foundation learning to degrees, all of which widens participation and enables young people to succeed irrespective of their background.”

She continued: “At a time of significant skill shortages and low productivity, technical education, particularly in land based subjects, is ever more relevant, and I am sure it was helpful for the Minister to see for herself the benefits of the education and learning we provide.”

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