WEYMOUTH College is highlighting the work it does for the community to celebrate this year's Colleges Week.

The college is dedicating this October 18 – 22 to Colleges Week 2021 by turning the spotlight on the role its staff and students have within many areas of the local community – sharing recent community projects, showing the strength of its partnership with local employers and celebrating the achievements of its students both past and present.

On Thursday the college will looking at the positive steps it is taking to make its college and campus a climate change and eco-conscious environment. Staff and students will join to nationally call for dedicated support for colleges to take sustained action on climate change.

Julia Howe, principal and chief executive Weymouth College said: “As a college we are fully committed to working with local employers and our local Dorset community as we design our curriculum and develop new qualification options to ensure that we offer our students a broad choice of programmes as well as providing the skills to support a stronger local economy.

“Colleges Week not only highlights the need for further funding and investment but offers us a welcome opportunity to showcase the great place that Weymouth College is, for our students, our staff and importantly our whole community,”

David Hughes, chief executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “Colleges Week showcases exactly why further education holds the answers to some of the biggest issues facing all of us. Now more than ever we need highly skilled and well-educated workforces to deliver the economic recovery this government aspires to.

“Colleges Week this year is about celebrating the amazing work colleges do, educating 2.2 million people every year, including more than 600,000 16 to 18-year-olds. They hold the key to reducing skills gaps, combatting inequality, and providing better opportunities to disadvantaged communities. This week is about making our voices heard and campaigning with partners to make sure colleges continue to be a serious political, economic and social priority.”