THE Secretary of State for Education visited a top Somerset college to learn about opportunities for young people in engineering and agriculture. 

Damian Hinds, Member of Parliament for East Hampshire, explored the facilities of Bridgwater and Taunton College today (April 10). 

During his visited, he toured around the different centres at the college's Cannington campus, including the Agricultural Centre, the Construction Skills and Innovation Centre, and the National College for Nuclear. 

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MP Damian Hinds talking with some of the agriculture students. 

The minister spoke with students about the important issues facing the farming and engineering industries. 

"It's been great to be here at the college this morning to see such a leading example of further education on the three different sites with the agricultural, the construction and the nuclear industry skills as well as the general courses that are available.

"It has been great to meet some of the students, some of the apprentices, and the very inspiring staff and the leaders here and to find out about what makes their success. 

"I think it is really important to get out around the country. To look at the leading examples, the best practice examples that we have throughout the education system. The amazing people that run it that inspire our young people and our not-so-young people. 

"Today looking at skills for the future in some of those key industries has been really interesting."