Mark Reckless MP visited the highly impressive Mid Kent College campus in Medway yesterday.
Mark was given a guided tour round facilities at the new £84 million campus by vice principal (curriculum) Margaret Perigo. The newly built campus off Great Lines in Gillingham replaces the old Horsted and City Way buildings. Mid Kent College, which also has a campus in Maidstone, offers a mixture of part-time and full-time qualifications ranging from foundation Level 1 qualifications, to Level 3 A-Levels and equivalent, to apprenticeship provision. It also trains Royal Engineers in many trade skills as part of a highly successful joint venture.
Amongst the numerous modern facilities at the college are animal handling labs, hair and beauty salons, music production suites and construction workrooms, all purpose-built to suit the needs of students. Mark was especially pleased to see metalwork students participating in renovating installations from the Medway Queen.
Mark also welcomed the news that Mid Kent College would be limiting fees to the order of £5,700 for their University of Kent accredited degree-level courses, rather than the £9,000 which most universities are now set to charge, even though Mark voted against the rise in Parliament.
Mark said of the college:
“Regeneration goes hand in hand with investment into higher and further education locally, which has long been a cross-party priority in Medway. By investing in our young people locally, we are not only investing in their future prospects but investing in the Medway economy.
I was very pleased to be invited to view the wonderful facilities at Mid Kent College and was very impressed with the quality of what is on offer there for our young people and the wider community.”