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Principal Phil Sayles leads College Tour

Wednesday 6 February 2019

On Friday 25th January, Principal Phil Sayles and Deputy Principal Liz Ridley, welcomed some guests on a tour of the College Campus.

Chairman of Selby District Council Cllr David Buckle accompanied by Susan Buckle, joined Mayor of Goole Cllr Richard Walker, Mayor of Snaith & Cowick Cllr Richard Lyons, and the Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council Cllr Margaret Chadwick and Chad Chadwick to visit different areas of the college, and met with several subject lecturers to discuss the courses available at Selby College.

The tour began in the Innovation building. The group met with Graeme Woodhall, the Subject Area Manager for Engineering. Graeme explained that the building was sponsored by Doosan Babcock, a specialist in the delivery of engineering, aftermarket and upgrade services to the energy sector. Graeme led a tour of the workshops, demonstrating the use of different machinery, the group also observed students in the workshop and learnt about different engineering techniques – including 3D printing and the future of these machines.

The group then walked across to the neighbouring Renaissance Building and observed a class of Art & Design students. The students each discussed their individual work, how long each creation had taken and the inspiration behind each piece. They also visited the College's impressive photography studio and met with the Subject Area Manager Paul Belshaw, and discussed the excellent photography facilities available at Selby College.

Following this, the tour visited the Aspiration Building. Lecturer Shaun Hallsworth and Subject Area Manager Andy Wiggins demonstrated the different materials used within their Construction classes, and how each machine offers valuable skills for trade careers such as electricians or plumbers. They also learnt the how safety measurements are essential in the workshop and explained the processes they currently use.

The final subject tour took place in the Sixth Form Academy building. Our visitors met with Alex, an ICT student with a passion for creating computer games. They watched as he showcased his recent work. He explained the time and work that’s needed to build a game, presenting where he was at after a week’s work and what he hoped to achieve in the future.

To conclude the tour, the guests enjoyed a meal in the College on-site restaurant, which was served by Hospitality & Catering students. The restaurant is regularly booked out by visitors from Selby and the surrounding villages. It provides delicious three-course meals on Thursday and Friday lunchtimes, and special themed evening meals.