Dr Lis Smith joined Preston’s College in January 2011 as Principal and Chief Executive following a career in education, skills and employment with the Northwest Development Agency and Higher Education. Having started life as a research and development chemist, it provided the grounding for engaging with industry and public sector to understand their needs and deliver to this, something that is fundamental to the College and its demand-led agenda through being responsive to learners’ and businesses’ needs.
Preston’s College has a rich history with firm foundations in providing technical education and skills for its community. The College takes great pride in supporting its learners to achieve the qualifications and outcomes they need, alongside the technical skills, knowledge and experience that employers are looking for. In short, the College’s mission is to help make learners ‘the most employable’ and to thrive in their chosen career.
Recognised by Ofsted as a Good college, over 90% of 16-18 year old full-time learners progress on to further study, an apprenticeship or employment. The College offers a wide sector-based technical and professional offer at all levels, including 14-16, 16-18, adult, apprenticeship and Higher Education provision.