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Posted: 28/01/14

Skills Minister sees bksb in action

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock MP has seen first-hand how college subsidiary group bksb has helped millions of people around the world to improve their English, maths and ICT skills.

Mr Hancock (second right) hears more about bksb from John Suanders, Harvinder Atwal and Andrew Craske

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock MP has seen first-hand how college subsidiary group bksb has helped millions of people around the world to improve their English, maths and ICT skills.

Mr Hancock paid a visit to bksb’s stand at the Bett Show 2014 – the world’s leading learning technology exhibition, held at Excel London from 22-25 January, 2014.

With more than 400 speakers, over 700 exhibitors and around 30,000 visitors, he was one of many high-profile people to attend the annual event – which this year celebrated its 30th birthday – with other notable visitors including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Sir Bob Geldof and Education Secretary Michael Gove MP.

Mr Hancock was greeted at the bksb stand by managing director Harvinder Atwal and chair of the board John Saunders. He commented on the importance he places on identifying individual skills gaps and expressed his delight that bksb not only supplies interactive, self-marking assessments and resources to identify gaps, but also helps improve learners’ Functional Skills through eLearning.

The Skills Minister was then given a demonstration of how the bksb solutions work by business development manager Andrew Craske. Andrew guided Mr Hancock through the bksbLIVE platform and explained that a new GCSE diagnostic assessment had recently been launched to meet increasing demand. Mr Hancock was pleased that the bksb range contains clear progression routes, giving learners aspirations for achievement.

Managing director Harvinder Atwal was delighted the Skills Minister chose to visit bksb’s stand just a few months after he visited parent company West Nottinghamshire College.

She said: “It was a great honour for bksb that Matthew Hancock MP chose to visit our stand out of over 700 exhibitors at Bett 2014. This reflects our status as one of the leading suppliers of education solutions in the UK.

“His enthusiasm and passion for learning through technology was evident; he expressed a sincere interest in the bksb skills development solutions and the positive impact they are having on millions of individuals every day.

“At bksb, we share his vision for a nation of individuals empowered by better skills.”
For more information on bksb visit http://www.bksb.co.uk/home/