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The Corporation

Posted: 24/11/11

High-profile business leaders to visit college

Vision West Notts is preparing to welcome two high-profile business leaders who are staging fact-finding missions at the college.

On Friday 2 December it will welcome Michael Davis, chief executive of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), following an invitation by principal and chief executive Asha Khemka OBE to visit the college.

Mr Davis will hear how Vision West Notts supports businesses across the country to up-skill their workforce, and ways in which it promotes innovation and entrepreneurialism. 

Mrs Khemka and college bosses will also explain its work with employers and role in serving local communities.

Then, on Monday 5 December, Lord Dilijit Rana of Belfast will spend time touring the college’s new creative arts centre at its Derby Road campus in Mansfield and its Construction and Logistics Skills Academy in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

He will also learn about ‘bksb’ – a college subsidiary that has grown to become the UK’s leading developer of assessment software for maths, English and ICT skills.

Lord Rana is president of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry and has a particular interest in promoting business links.  He was awarded an MBE in 1996 for his contribution to the economic regeneration of Belfast through the development of hotels, restaurants, fashion shops and modern office accommodation.  In 2004 he was created a life peer as Baron Rana of Malone in the County of Antrim.

Mrs Khemka OBE said: “It will be a privilege to welcome such distinguished and influential guests and inform them how the college is not only contributing to the UK education and skills agenda but, through its work with employers, is boosting economic prosperity.

“Securing visitors of this calibre is further proof of the college’s voice in the world of education, skills and business.”