Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith visits Stanmore College

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A college’s “wonderful work” in helping young people get into work was recognised by a special visitor.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith dropped in on Stanmore College in Elm Court in Stanmore yesterday, accompanied by local MP Bob Blackman.

Mr Duncan Smith toured the college’s facilities, including the new learning centre and library, and spoke to students about life there.

He met members of the student executive over tea before setting off to visit business students, who were rehearsing “Dragon’s Den” style questions.

He then dropped in on a class of unemployed learners referred by Job Centre Plus who were studying a Sage accounting package. 

He listened carefully to their stories of how they had become unemployed and their efforts to gain new skills to help in their job hunt. 

Principal Jacqui Mace said she was very proud to show Mr Duncan Smith and Mr Blackman around the college. 

She said: “As usual, our students were welcoming and articulate and greatly appreciated the time he gave to them. 

“I was able to show him some of the great facilities we have and our plans for further improvement which are currently underway.”

Mr Blackman said: “Stanmore College is an excellent institution and it’s only getting better all of the time, so it was a pleasure to be able to show Iain Duncan Smith the wonderful work being done to help people into employment in our area.”

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9:35pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

Youth unemployment is a thorny issue and one that affects us all.It's good to see that Stanmore College was visited by the Secretary of State so that he could learn first-hand how they were progressing.

Stanmore College is run by an excellent Principal,Jacqui Mace,who has always welcomed the community and local Councillors at various events. We all appreciate this very much.I have had the good fortune to have been there on several occasions and greatly value the positive manner in which the students and staff engage with the community of Harrow.

It is good to hear that Stanmore College is adding more value to its excellent facilities and enhancing these to benefit all those lucky enough to study and work here.Another institution Harrow can pride itself on!
Youth unemployment is a thorny issue and one that affects us all.It's good to see that Stanmore College was visited by the Secretary of State so that he could learn first-hand how they were progressing. Stanmore College is run by an excellent Principal,Jacqui Mace,who has always welcomed the community and local Councillors at various events. We all appreciate this very much.I have had the good fortune to have been there on several occasions and greatly value the positive manner in which the students and staff engage with the community of Harrow. It is good to hear that Stanmore College is adding more value to its excellent facilities and enhancing these to benefit all those lucky enough to study and work here.Another institution Harrow can pride itself on! Sonoo Malkani

1:26am Sat 30 Nov 13

catalyzer says...

Sonoo Malkani Yeah, great. Trouble is Iian Duncan Smith's welfare reform is sending people in the UK to their deaths, so...there's that. Apart from that yeah cool :)
Sonoo Malkani Yeah, great. Trouble is Iian Duncan Smith's welfare reform is sending people in the UK to their deaths, so...there's that. Apart from that yeah cool :) catalyzer

12:21pm Sat 30 Nov 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

Surely people who have worked in the UK all their life and contributed to the economy will not be discriminated against in that manner!It is their OWN money which is being paid as pension.Don't somehow believe any right-minded person would try something like that!This is not about giving Gurkhas money in line with others but about ALL those who have made legitimate contributions.
Find all this hard to believe.
Surely people who have worked in the UK all their life and contributed to the economy will not be discriminated against in that manner!It is their OWN money which is being paid as pension.Don't somehow believe any right-minded person would try something like that!This is not about giving Gurkhas money in line with others but about ALL those who have made legitimate contributions. Find all this hard to believe. Sonoo Malkani

1:05pm Sat 30 Nov 13

Cllr Husain Akhtar says...

Harrow East is a marginal parliamentary seat; so more and more Tory minister visits are understandable! Good that the college is doing well in providing the vocational education.
Wonder what these visiting ministers have done to encourage Harrow secondary schools to provide more and better vocational curriculum!
Harrow East is a marginal parliamentary seat; so more and more Tory minister visits are understandable! Good that the college is doing well in providing the vocational education. Wonder what these visiting ministers have done to encourage Harrow secondary schools to provide more and better vocational curriculum! Cllr Husain Akhtar

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