Executive Leader Cllr Kieran Quinn

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Councillor Kieran Quinn, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

A wealth of opportunities

Friday, 23 June 2017

Yesterday saw Stalybridge Civic Hall showcase a range of post-16 careers and further education options to hundreds of students from across Tameside.

The careers and apprenticeships exhibition offered information and taster sessions on a range of vocational and academic courses available to Tameside young people when they leave school. Looking at the diversity of subjects and activities that were represented yesterday there is truly a whole host of opportunities locally for Tameside youngsters looking to get on in life – certainly far more than I recall being advised of when I left school.

We can be truly proud here in Tameside of the offer from local employers and FE providers. Among the stands were several from Tameside College including; a virtual welding simulator, catering, carpentry and joinery, motor vehicle service and maintenance, hair and beauty, sports science and public services. Many of these courses have been improved, or made possible, by the huge investment that has gone in to FE facilities such as the new Advanced Technologies Centre and the joint public service centre under construction in Ashton Town Centre.

Clarendon Sixth Form, another institution that has received investment in spectacular new facilities, was also on show. Bringing history to life with a chainmail outfit and medieval weaponry, their humanities department stand proved very popular. The academic route offered here provides a good grounding for those seeking to go on to further study at University.

Whilst many people talk fondly of Tameside’s engineering heritage the engineering industry that is still present in our Borough doesn’t always receive the same level of attention. It was through the presence of Hawke International, the Ashton based engineering firm, that this sector of our economy was represented. Much more of our present day engineering and manufacturing is promoted as part of our Made in Tameside campaign.
On the subject of Tameside’s Further Education and employment offer it would be remiss of me not to take this opportunity to provide an update on the progress of our Vision Tameside Joint Public Service Centre. It was a pleasure earlier this week to attend the “topping out ceremony” on site and meet with many of the construction workers involved in the project. Among them was Kyle, a joinery apprentice from Droylsden who had the special job of being photographed fixing the final piece of steel to the building framework. Construction is progressing well and is on schedule to be completed next autumn as planned.

Young people in Tameside today have a whole host of opportunities that can be seized to help them get on in life. Yesterday was an excellent representation of that and as Council Leader my ambition is to open more doors for our young people and prevent any from being closed. With exciting projects like Vision Tameside in progress or planned across the Borough we have the high quality jobs for our young people to take on too once they’ve gained their skills.

The future of Tameside is very bright indeed.        

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