Prime Minister’s college visit sees students rise to the occasion

Hopwood Hall College students jumped at the opportunity to show off their skills when a special visitor came to campus – Boris Johnson.

The Prime Minister – along with Member of Parliament for Heywood and Middleton, Chris Clarkson – stopped by the college’s Middleton Campus on Thursday.

The two guests were greeted by staff and students before heading over to the state-of-the-art Technology Centre.

At 6,500sq-metres, it’s here where learners complete courses such as Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction.

Those who were in lesssons at the time were able to demonstrate just what they’re capable of to the leader of the country – who also rolled up his sleeves to get involved.

Clearly impressed by the amazing skillsets around him, the PM posed for selfies with learners before further exploring the facilities. 

He ventured into workshops that are used by people studying everything from T-Levels and BTECs to part-time courses and Higher Education.

Afterwards the Prime Minister made his way over to the college’s wildlife enclosures.

He then got to see some of the exotic creatures cared for by those who study Animal Management at Hopwood.

This includes the likes of flamingos and wallabies.

Julia Heap, Principal and CEO of Hopwood Hall College and University Centre, said: 

“We’re delighted that our students had the opportunity to show the Prime Minister just how much talent we have in our community.

“It really was a unique experience for all those learners who work so hard to perfect their craft in our Technology Centre.

“They clearly caught the PM’s attention – and he had every reason to be impressed by what he witnessed!”


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