Lib Dem Leader visits Southport College
Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats visited Southport College (Monday 15 May 2017) to take a look at the fantastic facilities in the College’s Health & Social Care and Childcare departments.
The MP’s tour of the facilities was documented by crews from Sky, ITN and BBC News channels as part of the Liberal Democrats General Election Campaign. The visitors were given a tour of the department and spoke to staff and students about their courses and plans for the future.
Tim Farron got involved with a practical session in the Health & Social Care hospital room where students on The Level 3 Acorn Programme learn skills to prepare them for university and employment as nurses, midwifes and paramedics.
Students on this two year Advanced Level study programme spoke to the MP about their experiences of Southport College and their aspirations for the future. Tim Farron was interested to hear the students telling him about their work placements with the NHS and that 100% of the students on the course last year secured coveted places on degree courses including Paramedic Practice, Paediatric Nursing and Midwifery.
Farron also visited the Childcare department where students prepare for careers as teachers and childcare professionals. One of the students who Tim Farron spoke to was Leanne, a second year Level 3 Childcare student. “I found the visit really exciting! He asked me what I was hoping to do in the future and I told him that I’ve chosen to study a BA Hons Working with Children at the Southport College University Centre in September. He asked me what it’s like being a student at Southport College and I told him it’s brilliant; the tutors and the support you get are great.”
Southport College Principal John Clarke said “We were very pleased to host the visit of the leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron and colleagues at Southport College today. It was a great opportunity to showcase the College and our talented staff and students. It also helps to highlight the Further Education sector and the important work that colleges do across the country.”