Lord Mayor Tom Coles seen with AAT accounting apprentices

Portsmouth Lord Mayor Tom Coles has seen at first hand some of our state of the art facilities for the wide choice of apprenticeships we have on offer.

He dropped in to our Highbury Campus as part of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week activities.

The Lord Mayor witnessed lessons in AAT Accounting, Automotive and Hairdressing, chatting to students and staff about their apprenticeship programmes.

He also visited our T Level Health and Childcare ward and nursery and even dropped into Animal Care, where he was introduced to one of the snakes.

The visit was hosted by Assistant Principal Lee McCarthy who said: “Apprenticeships are more than just learning on the job; they are a gateway to personal and professional growth. It's about hands-on experience, mentorship, and a commitment to lifelong learning.”

Lee said it was a pleasure to welcome the Lord Mayor, who was thoroughly impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of our apprentices and the inspirational work of our staff.

As a college, we’ve offered an impressive array of apprenticeship programmes since 1963.

“Their success is a great testament to the hard work and collaborative efforts of our students, apprenticeship team and industry partners,” Lee added.

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