Bill Wiggin, MP for North Herefordshire, last week met with the Principals from a number of Herefordshire Colleges as part of Colleges Week in Westminster.

Colleges, students and trade unions held a rally in Parliament Square, to raise awareness of funding for Further Education and the 2.2m learners that study in Further Education providers each year.

Commenting after the meeting, Bill Wiggin MP said:

“This was a very useful meeting where we discussed ways in which we can ensure our young people in Herefordshire have access to the best possible further education to help set them up for their future careers.

I welcome assurances given to MPs by the Minister that the Government are taking this issue very seriously, and the Department for Education are currently part way through conducting a major assessment of funding for the Further Education Sector, ahead of next years’ Spending Review.

It is vitally important that we ensure there is a place in education or training for every 16 to 19-year old who wants one whilst maintaining funding for adult skills participation.”