The House of Lords welcomes emfec for the 2018 Parliamentary Reception
The emfec Parliamentary Reception took place on Wednesday 10 January at the House of Lords where Baroness Burt of Solihull hosted the event. emfec and colleagues from the Association of Colleges were joined by MP’s, Midlands colleges, and a select handful of outstanding students. They all came together to discuss the value of colleges to communities, individuals and employers as well as the impact on social mobility.
The event was a good opportunity for colleges all over the Midlands to network whilst admiring the picturesque view of the London landmarks.
The key speaker, The Rt. Hon. Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee, commented:
“We must remember that colleges are not just places of education but also provide community.
“Colleges can be bridges to help those who are socially disadvantaged get on the educational ladder of opportunity.”
Alongside the handful of students who attended the event, emfec’s own Business Management Placement Student, Holly Oldershaw was given the opportunity to help organise and attend the event.
Commenting on the event, Holly said:
“There’s a lot of hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure this event runs smoothly, from ensuring invites are correct for security checks, to setting up the registration on the day. The event was a huge success, achieving our main aim of collaboration with MP’s and colleges.”
“It has been a privilege and a brilliant learning opportunity for me, a Marketing Assistant, to help organise such a grand event at the House of Lords. It has contributed to not only my personal development, but my University course and future career; enabling me to gain valuable event management skills. I look forward to my continued collaboration with emfec to contribute towards the further education sector.”
Looking towards 2019, emfec will once again host a parliamentary reception which proves to be a great opportunity to hear from government bodies and network with like-minded professionals in the FE sector.
Chief Executive of the Skills and Education Group, Paul Eeles, said:
“Running these events is a fantastic way of getting to know what the sector needs in order to overcome barriers in the education system. What FE does matters, in particular the benefit FE has on its community, and events like this raise the profile of the good work FE is doing in the lives of individuals served by the FE and skills sector. We look forward to running this event next year as it proves a beneficial experience for emfec, colleges and MPs.”
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