Praise for college as city business chief wins award
Former City of Bath College student Peter France, who since leaving the college has risen to become chief executive of Bath-based engineering giant Rotork, has received a prestigious award.
Mr France was presented with an Association of Colleges (AoC) Gold Award at the House of Commons. Staff and students from the college were present at the awards ceremony, which is held each year to recognise Further Education alumni and to acknowledge the role that colleges play in the careers of the winners.
Mr France was nominated by the college where he studied an apprenticeship in electrical and electronic engineering between 1984 and 1989. As soon as he left the college he joined Rotork as an inside sales engineer and began his steady ascent through the company.
In 2008 he was promoted to group chief executive of Rotork, which has around 2,500 employees worldwide and is represented in 89 countries.
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On receiving his award, Mr France said: "The combination of practical work experience and academic study provided a fantastic foundation for my working life. It is an educational model that works and one that this country should be very proud of. I will always be grateful for the time I spent at City of Bath College."
To highlight the role Further Education plays for today's students, the AoC runs a 'mini me' campaign alongside the Gold Awards. The nominating colleges each select a current student who shows promise in a similar field to their Gold Award winner.
Ryan Carr, 16, was selected by City of Bath College and before the ceremony was treated to a 'behind the scenes' tour of Rotork's Brassmill Lane headquarters.
Ryan said: "It was great to meet Peter and find out more about the industry as well as getting some useful advice on what I need to do to have a successful career in engineering.
"Peter has also offered me a one-week work placement at Rotork which is a fantastic opportunity for me and something I'm really looking forward to."