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Skills Minister, Nick Boles MP, praises City Lit during visit

Story added 22nd Jan 2015

Minister of State for Skills and Equalities, Nick Boles MP, visiting a lipreading class (left); and pictured with City Lit Principal Mark Malcomson (right).

Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills and Equalities at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, visited City Lit on 20 January to meet students and staff, and praised the college for “leading by example”.

The Skills Minister said: “With such a wide range of up to the minute courses and increasing student numbers, City Lit is leading by example.”

During a tour of the college, the Minister met students from animation, lipreading and drama classes, commenting, “I am delighted to see the great work City Lit is doing and to congratulate staff and learners on their Outstanding rating from Ofsted. Adult Education colleges like City Lit have a vital role to play in delivering workforce skills and supporting people from all walks of life into learning.”

Based in Covent Garden, City Lit offers over 5,000 short and part-time courses to over 30,000 Londoners from across the capital, including courses in art and design, writing, languages, computing, and performing arts, along with more specialist areas such as their internationally recognised expertise in Deaf education and Speech Therapy. 

City Lit - London's largest college for adults - is unique in the UK for developing half of its income from student fee payers, which enables it to cross-subsidise vital parts of its provision such as education for deaf adults, people with learning difficulties and education programmes in the community. 

The Minister added: “This Government has worked hard to free colleges from bureaucracy and enable them to be more responsive to both learners and employers.”

City Lit Principal Mark Malcomson, joined the Minister on his tour of the college, and said: “It’s great that Nick has had the opportunity to see the breadth of courses we offer. Students come from all walks of life to learn something new and to improve their wellbeing and skills. Students told him how City Lit has improved their job prospects and given them a sense of community. It was inspiring to see a Minister so engaged in what we do and taking time to speak to and learn more about our students.”

Mr Boles also met with Dame Moira Gibb, Chair of City Lit’s Board of Governors, during his visit.