Business leaders from the Dorset Chamber toured state-of-the-art facilities on a special visit to the Bournemouth and Poole College.
The delegation of Platinum Business Partners was given a behind the scenes look at the Lansdowne campus before a three-course lunch in the college’s fine dining restaurant Escoffier.
Ian Girling, who is Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) chief executive, stressed the importance of apprenticeships and building links between business and education.
He said: “This was a superb visit which really shone a light on the superb facilities which lie behind the college’s historic façade at Lansdowne.
“The Dorset Chamber is committed to building links between business and education, especially through its Young Chamber Programme, so we will be looking at more of these kind of visits.
“We were very impressed by the delicious lunch cooked and served immaculately by the students and wish to thank the College for its very generous hospitality.”
The College’s executive director of resources Ken Roberts led the tour, which included hairdressing and beauty salons, library, gym and vocational facilities.
Vice-principal finance and commercial development Michael Johnson, who spoke at the lunch, said: “Thousands of our students enter the local workforce every year, so it is vital that The College has the strongest possible links with businesses.
“We were delighted to welcome our fellow Platinum Business Partners from the Dorset Chamber for a very successful event.”
The Chamber, which is Dorset’s leading business support organisation, organised the visit as one of its special events for its Platinum Business Partners.
Dorset Chamber, the county’s voice of business, has 29 Business Partners in its top tier of membership – including The College.
The College, which provides further education – including apprenticeships and A levels – for more than 11,000 people aged 16 to 18, has had £28 million invested in modern, state-of-the-art facilities.
It also has a campus in North Road and at The Fulcrum in Poole. Dedicated centres have been launched for marine technology, financial services, care innovation and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), helping to fill skill gaps within industry.
The Escoffier Restaurant is open for lunch to the public from Tuesday to Friday and for dinner Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during term time only.