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Leicester College AGM and Annual Lecture 2011

16/03/2011

Leicester College’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday 10 March 2010 gave staff, governors and members of the public the opportunity to hear about its successes, future plans and objectives. .

College Principal, Maggie Galliers and Chair of Governors, Michael Davis led the proceedings.  Michael was pleased to announce the outcome of Leicester College’s recent Ofsted inspection.  He said: “To go from satisfactory to very good is an outstanding achievement.  I see a College that has grown and supports the city well.”

Maggie spoke about innovations made over the last year at Leicester College: “We have entered into a trust arrangement with Babington Community College; opened the Apprenticeship Training Agency,; we have won 13 national awards and were judged as ‘a very good College with many outstanding features’ in the recent Ofsted inspection.  There is always more to do, but in many ways it has been a successful year.”

Following the AGM, John Cridland, Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry, delivered the Alderman Sir Charles Keene Lecture on “The future for Employment and Skills: a CBI perspective.”

He stressed the importance of education to enable businesses to grow economically.  He predicted a skills shortage and emphasised the need for shared responsibilities between skills providers, the government and employers to bridge the gap.  He said: “Good quality skills are a must and should be an integral part of business strategies.”

John spoke about the skills shortages he thought there would be in the future, including basic skills, such as numeracy and literacy and science, technology, engineering and maths skills (STEM).