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Gordon meets up with Blackpool and Fylde College team at national Skills Show

Gordon has once again been at the annual Skills Show in Birmingham, where a Blackpool built racing car, which can reach speeds of up to 200mph, was the star of the show.Skills_Show_4.jpg

He met with the team from Illuminate Training Solutions (ITS), who are part of the Blackpool and The Fylde College family at the Skills Show 2016. They were meeting with people of all ages to discuss future career options.

The main attraction at the ITS stand was the sleek TBR Speed 12, based on the Blackpool-built TVR Cerbera, which Gordon got to see at first hand. The vehicle was on loan from Helical Technology - a Lytham company with which the College is working to provide training and apprenticeships.

Gordon, who is Labour's Shadow Skills Minister said: "As well as all the usual enthusiasm of the Skills Show, it was great to see Blackpool and The Fylde College and Illuminate Training Solutions' name up in lights at the event. It was also great to see the TVR model car on display as an example of our long history of showing excellence in this area.

"I hope this will encourage many people, particularly those from Blackpool, into following up opportunities to advance their careers through the College."

Dawn Leak, Director of Employer Responsiveness for Illuminate Training Solutions, added: "The Skills Show is an event we attend each year as it is a fabulous opportunity to showcase what the College can offer for those thinking about future career options through apprenticeships.

"We’d like to thank Helical Technology for loaning us such an amazing car, which was made by skilled engineers in Lancashire, and we look forward to working with them to provide the training and skills for a workforce who can continue building such wonderful vehicles."

The Skills Show was attended by thousands of young people from across the UK, as well as older candidates exploring a potential career change. You can hear a short clip from Gordon explaining why the Skills Show is so important by clicking here .

Gordon is pictured with Cheryl Dunn, Vice Principal HE & Student Enhancement at Blackpool and Fylde College



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