A long-standing supporter of Otley College, local MP Dr Dan Poulter was delighted to welcome Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the Rt. Hon. Liz Truss MP, to visit Otley College in Suffolk to see first-hand the inspiring work going on at the College.
Otley College is a dedicated land-based skills centre and despite a recent poor Ofsted report, Dr Dan is keen to support Chair of Governors, Mark Pendlington and Principal, Jane Townsend as they strive to turn the college around and inspire a new generation of students.
The Careers Fair, supported by Dr Dan and hosted by Otley College, showcased the outstanding and diverse range of careers on offer at the College, winning over hearts and minds of young people here in Suffolk, who very often don't realise the massive opportunities that are available in farming and land-based industries.
With one in seven jobs in Suffolk being directly linked to farming and food and drink production, the Careers Fair aimed to highlight the diversity of courses available and to show that Otley offer a very real alternative to going to University. The Fair also dispelled a number of myths that agricultural jobs are low-skilled and poorly paid – quite the opposite, with skilled workers earning upwards of £40,000 to £50,000 per year, especially when considering the highly skilled engineering roles.
In recognising the progress going on at the College, local MP Dr Dan Poulter paid tribute in saying that "There is much good work being done at the College, despite the recent Ofsted report. The management team are working hard to address the issues and this is a college with some excellent courses and which is working with major employers here in Suffolk to offer real career options."
Employers exhibiting at the Careers Fair included BT at Martlesham Heath, the Euston Estate and the British Racing School in Newmarket, with pupils visiting from Claydon High School and Debenham High School, alongside students from Otley College.
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