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15/10/2018

Celebrate Colleges Week and discover your new Ambition at SGS College

Colleges Week takes place from Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October 2018 and is part of the ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign and sees colleges across the country hosting events to showcase the brilliant stuff they do, day in and day out, as well as national lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 17 October.

To celebrate, SGS College is hosting Bristol’s most comprehensive careers event, Ambitions 2018. The event takes place on 16 & 17 October at the SGS WISE Campus and City of Bristol College’s Parkway Centre. Over the years, Ambitions has grown to become the most comprehensive schools’ careers event in the South West, attended by over 120 exhibitors from employers, training providers, colleges and universities, and over 4,000 visitors, including pupils aged 11-19, parents, career advisors and teachers.

The ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign is a partnership between Association of Colleges (AoC), National Union of Students (NUS), Association of College and School Leaders (ASCL), University and Colleges Union (UCU), Unison, GMB, TUC and National Education Union (NEU).

Whether it’s through top-class technical education, basic skills or lifelong learning, colleges help people of all ages and backgrounds to make the most of their talents and ambitions. Rooted in local communities, they are crucial in driving social mobility and providing the skills to boost local and regional economies.

However, there is currently a reduction in education funding once a student turns 16 – whether they are in a school sixth form or a college. ‘Love Our Colleges’ is calling on government to increase 16-19 funding by 5% a year for 5 years. It is also asking Department for Education to provide exceptional funding, ring-fenced for teacher pay.

Sara-Jane Watkins, Principal at SGS College, said:

“SGS College is absolutely committed to Colleges Week and the ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign. The lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals are positively impacted every year by the dedication and experience of teachers from within the College sector.  Many come with immense industrial experience that both engages and inspires the next generation.  We are at risk, as a nation, of failing young people and not giving them the skills needed for the country to complete internationally. This failure is due to the lack of investment in the college sector. We will have an imminent issue of losing highly valued and skilled teachers if our rate of funding is not addressed.

“Ambitions presents the perfect opportunity to show the positive effect Colleges have within the region. SGS is delighted to be working with City of Bristol College to host and deliver this year’s event. The continued enthusiasm of local employers to engage with young people, sharing their skills and passions, is a real positive. Also the positive involvement of schools within the region really demonstrates how much they value this opportunity. I have no doubt that this practical inspiration and guidance will give many young students a head start into dynamic and rewarding career choices they may never have thought of before.”


David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges, said:

“Every single day colleges like SGS College provide a world class education and transform the lives of millions of people.

“Colleges Week is an opportunity to celebrate the brilliant things that go on and a chance to showcase the brilliant staff that make it possible. It is simple, if we want a world-class education system then we need to properly invest in it.”