Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) celebrated their many successes and achievements as one of the UK’s leading colleges recently at a gala dinner to mark their 70th anniversary. Special guests from across the region including former students and principals, employers, local dignitaries and charities joined proud staff and governors for a spectacular meal in the College’s restaurant, expertly prepared by hospitality students.
Thanking guests including Maria Miller MP and Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Councillor Clive Sanders for their support, Principal Anthony Bravo said: “The College has come a long way in the last 70 years during which time we have proudly offered our learners the skills they need to succeed in the future. We are now ranked as one of the top colleges in the UK with a record for impressive results and a reputation as one of the very best colleges in the country for Apprenticeships. Our premises are steeped in history but we also have our eye very much on the future with our latest flagship facility, the multi-million pound, Future Skills Centre which recently opened in Bordon. I’m excited to see what the next 70 years hold."
The four course dinner would not have looked out of place in any fine dining restaurant and with the highest of culinary skills on display the young chefs received considerable praise from the guests. It wasn’t just the hospitality department in the spotlight with the College’s Art students also showcasing their talents creating beautiful table decorations and a spectacular 70th anniversary display.
Commenting on the College’s contribution to the local community Maria Miller MP said: “BCoT has made an enormous contribution to Basingstoke over the last 70 years and has supported thousands of young people to get the educational qualifications they need for their futures. It was a great privilege to be asked to the event and to speak about the work of the College."
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Leader Cllr Clive Sanders was equally enthusiastic saying: “We are lucky to have had such a forward-thinking organisation serving our area for 70 years. BCoT opens up a broad range of opportunities for our residents, giving young people the right start on their future careers and supporting lifelong learning.”