FORMER MP Chris White has taken on a new voluntary role as president of the Warwickshire College Group.
The former Warwick and Leamington MP is the college’s first president and will work to build relationships with potential partners and raise the group’s profile.
Mr White said: “I am honoured and excited to have been appointed WCG’s first president.
“I have worked closely with the group for a number of years now and seen how its importance in the region has grown. I have also attended apprenticeship graduation events and am convinced this approach to securing the skills our region needs is here to stay and is going to grow.
“I hope to help bring WCG together with other key players in the region to work together profitably and positively.”
The group runs seven colleges across the county, including Leamington, Rugby and Moreton Morrell.
Group principal Angela Joyce described Mr White’s appointment as a coup for the college.
She said: “Further education and skills provision is experiencing significant change and while it is welcome that this government expects much more from further education colleges, it means that there is increased expectation to ensure our colleges are successful.
“We want to ensure we are nurturing our connections with local and regional businesses so that they see us as the go to partner for any initiative around skills development for their workforce.
“The president role is designed to help WCG achieve its ambitions and we are delighted Chris White will now become the first president.
“He has a strong career history and as the previous MPhas an extensive network locally, regionally and nationally. He will be an excellent ambassador.”