A LOCAL MP visited Northern College last week alongside a government minister to discuss ways they can support the institution.

Miriam Cates, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, welcomed the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, Alex Burghart, to the college which is based at Wentworth Castle.

It’s one of just two providers of residential adult education in the country, offering a variety of courses to residents aged 19 and over.

Ms Cates said: “It was moving to talk to students who told us how studying at Northern College is having a transformative effect on their lives, and it was great to hear how many go on to find jobs and further training that they once thought were out of reach.

“The beautiful setting and supportive atmosphere of Northern College is a key part of its success, alongside the inspirational leadership team led by principal Yultan Mellor.

“Principal Mellor and I discussed with Minister Burghart ways in which the government can continue to support the college financially.

“The government has some ambitious plans for adult education and Northern College is in a brilliant position to deliver skills and training both locally and nationally.”