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New Mayor of Slough Meets New CEO at Langley College

It was a day of introductions when the new Mayor of Slough, Mohammed Nazir, met the new CEO and Group Principal of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, Gillian May when he visited Langley College last week. 

The Mayor was invited to the College to meet Mrs May and view the incredible facilities at Langley. He had the opportunity to hear about the work underway to improve engagement with industry and ensure the education and training provided by the College meets the standards expected by employers.

Gillian, who was appointed to the Group in April, welcomed Councillor Nazir to the conference centre at Langley and introduced him to the employer engagement team, who are working hard to build stronger relationships with businesses in Slough. She said: “We were so pleased to be able to show the Mayor our incredible College and the considerable investment we have made in our facilities to ensure we prepare people for employment. It’s critical that key representatives in the community, such as The Mayor, are aware of the  work underway at the College and our vision for the future.”

The Mayor shared his experiences of being a student at Langley College and expressed his support for the College’s work in upskilling the community. He said: “It’s fantastic to see the incredible facilities here at Langley and the great commitment of the staff to help young people and adults succeed. I will most certainly update my colleagues on the council when we next meet and will encourage greater involvement with the College and its initiatives.”

Business Development Project Co-ordinator Michele Clarke presented details of a new initiative the College is running in partnership with Activate Learning (project sponsors), Activate Learning Education Trust and Newbury College.  The Industry Specialist Teaching and Knowledge Exchange Programme encourages employers to provide masterclasses, mentoring and industry placements for students. 

The project, funded by the European Social Fund and Thames Valley LEP, also aims to build links between industry leaders and college teachers and trainers to share their unique industry knowledge and experience, to shape the curriculum and training provided by the College. Teachers can also re-immerse themselves in industry through a three-day placement to ensure their skills are up to date. 

The business development team also provided the Mayor with information about Langley’s thriving apprenticeship programme and how many of the College buildings are used by the community outside of core college hours, supporting greater access to the facilities and improving community awareness and engagement. 

For more information about working with Langley College or the Industry Specialist Teaching and Knowledge Exchange Programme contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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