Senior figures from across Greater Manchester met at Hopwood Hall College’s theatre in Middleton for a networking event showcasing the college’s success over the last academic year.
Attending guests included local business leaders, charities, industry professionals and leading government/council officials such as; the Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale - Ian and Christine Duckworth, MP for Heywood & Middleton - Liz McInnes, MP for Rochdale - Tony Lloyd, Leader of Rochdale Council - Councillor Allen Brett and Hollywood Producer Hopwood DePree.
Hopwood Hall College Principal, Derek O’Toole and Assistant Principal, Julia Heap spoke to guests about the College’s success in the 2016/17 academic year as well as their aims going forward.
“It gives me great pleasure to introduce the College’s Annual report for 2016/17.” said Derek O’Toole.
“2016/17 was a particularly successful year, starting with Grade 2 Ofsted inspection in November 2016; which makes us one of only colleges in Greater Manchester to achieve this grade or higher. Later in the year we were also reported as sixth in the country for the progress our students make on their vocational course.
“In June we received praise again from the Teaching Excellence Framework, who awarded us their Bronze Standard. In comparison to institutions across the UK, we came out on a par with the University of Liverpool and London Metropolitan University.”
The review also featured input from learners studying at the College. Aside from a musical performance from the Performing Arts students, HR Apprentice Luke Webster, HE Student Elise Mitchell, and Performing Arts student Josh Cooper spoke to the audience about their own personal achievements whilst studying with Hopwood Hall College.
On his time studying and working in Hopwood Hall College’s HR Department, Luke Webster told the crowd:
“I originally trained as a railway engineer, but after medical complications I was advised by a doctor to pursue a less physically strenuous career.
“After I got in touch with the College’s Apprenticeships team, they assessed my strengths and skills and asked if I would be interested in joining Hopwood Hall College’s HR department.
“I have since really enjoyed studying and working at Hopwood Hall College. Thanks to the help and support received, I have now discovered the career I would like to pursue and progress in. I’ve definitely developed professionally and personally and I hope my experience acts as an advert for the advantages an apprenticeship offers."
Picture shows (left to right) Julia Heap, Tony Lloyd, Elise Mitchell, Luke Webster, Liz McInnes, Josh Cooper and Derek O'Toole