THE new principal of Kirklees College has started work. Marie Gilluley has worked in further education for 30 years, including the last five as principal of Bolton College.
She completed a degree in engineering and after university worked as a plant engineer in Co. Durham, where she was responsible for training apprentices.
Ms Gilluley took her first job in further education at Central Manchester College.
She said she was hoping to see students make the most of the apprenticeships on offer at Kirklees College.
She said: “There are so many choices for young people and their parents; it is a hard decision for them, so they need to have the right advice and guidance on the best route to take.
“The recent government focus on apprenticeships and vocational training is an area where Kirklees College can provide a wide range of programmes to support everyone’s employment goals.
“It is important we tackle the challenges for post-16 education and provide the best opportunities for our learners.
“There is a lot of great partnership working in place, particularly with a number of companies. I hope more will come on board.”