Following this excellent speech this morning by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, where he laid out welcome plans to make Further Education and our colleges central to our education system, I'm delighted to have been asked to become an FE Ambassador by the FE Minister Gillian Keegan.
We know that our colleges are at the heart of the education offer in Mansfield, and that for more and more young people the outcomes that they get from university simply dont justify the cost.
I've always believed that university is of great benefit to many people, and we have many great universities, but that fundamentally we should be helping young people to choose the best path for them rather than always pushing them to university as a default option.
We've undervalued FE, colleges, Apprenticeships and work-based learning for an awfully long time. I'm so pleased Government is recognising the huge role our colleges have to play in both the coronavirus recovery, and for the long term too.
I'm really looking forward to working with Gavin, Gillian and the DfE to really push and promote our great colleges, and I hope it can bring good things for us here in Mansfield too.