It was smiles all round as Skills Minister Matthew Hancock visited a West Midland college.

He toured the £77m Central Campus at Sandwell College, in West Bromwich, and met dental nursing apprentices.

He visited on Friday, May 3, and heard from representatives from Bhandal Dental Practice which is developing a new, employer-led apprenticeship with the college.

Mr Hancock also presented trophies to winners of the college enterprise society Piggy Bank Micro Business Challenge — a competition for eight new student start-ups run for four weeks.

“It’s great to be able to reward and recognise the initiative and enterprise on display in Sandwell College’s Piggy Bank Challenge. It’s this originality that proves what is on offer linking further education to enterprise,” he said.

College principal Val Bailey said: “We are very pleased to welcome the minister, to show him the state-of-the-art facilities on offer at Central Campus and in particular how we are developing employer-led apprenticeship programmes to meet evolving demand.”

Featured image caption: Sandwell College dental nursing apprentices Danniella Wyatt, 20, and Charlotte Rae, 22, brush up on their skills with tutor Janyne Rogers and Skills Minister Matthew Hancock

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