College visit for BBC presenter Steph McGovern

BBC Breakfast and Watchdog presenter Steph McGovern will take a tour of science, engineering, maths and technology facilities during a visit to Stoke on Trent College’s Burslem Campus on 26th March 2019.

Steph is a former engineer who has worked in various journalism and presenting roles since completing a degree in Science Communication and Policy with University College London.

During her visit to Stoke on Trent College, she will meet students and staff to find out more about the college’s work on a local engineering, energy and technology projects – including two on-site eco houses, the Urban Heat Academy and the Technology Hub, where the college teaches specialisms in renewable pneumatics and hydraulics.

Steph will also find out more about the College’s plans to help local people gain the relevant IT and digital skills for the future economy, with a new Huawei Academy at the Cauldon Campus.

Speaking about the visit, Stoke on Trent College Principal and CEO, Denise Brown, comments: “We’re very grateful to Steph for taking the time to come and find out what the College is doing to encourage people of all ages into skilled, technical and professional careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

This work is very important, because it will help local and national employers who are facing skills shortages – who need new people coming into these professions. There are fantastic career opportunities for school leavers and local people to aspire to, and we’re here to ensure they can achieve those aspirations.

Steph is a respected broadcaster and journalist on programmes such as BBC Breakfast and Watchdog, as well as a passionate advocate for further education. We are looking forward to hosting her visit.”

The visit comes as the College prepares to host a full day of science and engineering activities in conjunction with TV presenter Jason Bradbury, at a STEM event for local school and college students on 15th May. The event aims to inspire more young people to aim for a career in science, engineering, maths and technology.

Stoke on Trent College offers A-levels, vocational and technical qualifications, apprenticeships and higher education to people of all ages across Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire and Cheshire. For more information visit www.stokecoll.ac.uk

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