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Peterborough College Welcome Peter Kyle, Shadow Secretary of State for Science and Technology and Andrew Pakes, Labour's Candidate for Peterborough

31 May 2024

Peterborough College, part of the Inspire Education Group, proudly hosted a visit from Peter Kyle, the Shadow Secretary of State for Science and Technology, on Friday 31st May. The visit showcased the College’s ongoing projects, emphasising its commitment to innovation and educational excellence in the East of England.

Andrew Pakes (left) poses for a photo outside the Centre for Green Technology with Peter Kyle (right).

Peter Kyle was accompanied by Andrew Pakes, Labour’s candidate for Peterborough. This high-profile delegation was welcomed by Louise Perry, Chief Financial Officer of Inspire Education Group.

The visit commenced with an introduction to the College’s recent developments and strategic initiatives, providing insights into the new building projects and recent investments in innovative teaching and learning resources and technologies.

The forthcoming Centre for Green Technology is poised to become a hub for green skills training, encompassing vital areas such as decarbonisation, electric vehicle (EV) technologies, and Retrofit.

Following the meeting, the delegation undertook a visit to the new Centre for Green Technology’s construction site. Roger Bancroft, Site Manager from Cleggs Construction, guided the tour, showcasing the latest development work on the cladding and insulation. Louise Perry elaborated on the curriculum planned for the new centre, designed to deliver green technology skills to students preparing to enter the construction industry.

One of the visit’s highlights was a demonstration of the College’s future classrooms developed in collaboration with Google. As a newly designated Google Reference College, Peterborough College has integrated state-of-the-art conferencing facilities that enable one teacher to instruct multiple classes simultaneously. This immersive technology room stands as a testament to the college’s forward-thinking approach to education.

The agenda included a tour of IEG's Immersive Room along with a detailed discussion about the group's VR suites.

Peter Kyle said: “The new Green Technology Centre at Peterborough College will be a brilliant place for students to learn the skills needed for the jobs of the future.”

Andrew Pakes, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Peterborough, said: “As the UK transitions to a brighter, greener, future, the jobs in clean technologies will be highly skilled and students in Peterborough will be ready to compete with the best in the world to secure these roles.   

Louise Perry, Chief Financial Officer, added, “I am thrilled to share our journey towards sustainable education with Peter Kyle and his esteemed delegation. Our dedication to innovation and sustainability drives us to spearhead transformative projects like the Centre for Green Technology. This initiative not only reflects our commitment to environmental stewardship but also showcases our belief in integrating cutting-edge technology with education for the benefit of our students and the communities we serve. By embracing green technology, we not only prepare our students for the future job market but also contribute to building a more sustainable society. I am excited to demonstrate the impactful work happening at Peterborough College and inspire others to join us on this journey towards a greener future.”

From left to right: Andrew Pakes, Louise Perry, and Peter Kyle.

Peterborough College’s ongoing projects and partnerships underline its commitment to providing exceptional education and training. By embracing new technologies and innovative teaching methods, the college ensures that its students are well-equipped to meet the demands of the future workforce.

We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to showcase our advancements and look forward to continuing our work in shaping the future of education.

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