Principal and CEO of Cheshire College – South & West, Dhesi, has officially been awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) Honour by His Majesty King Charles III for services to education.
The Investiture ceremony, held on the 29th November at Windsor Castle, took place after Jasbir Dhesi (known as Dhesi) was named in The Late Queen’s Birthday Honours List during the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.
The honour was awarded to Dhesi in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the education sector. In his almost three decades of service within the sector, across North Wales and Cheshire, Dhesi has been a champion of Education and skills, working with employers and partners to support economic growth and development within the region and its surrounding areas.
On receiving the honour, Dhesi, said: “I am truly humbled to receive this honour. I once again would like to thank the colleagues I have worked, and continue to work, alongside of, and the leaders, friends and family that inspired and mentored me in my career. I have been given amazing opportunities and support, in essence a reflection of what Further Education is all about.
“Looking ahead at how much more myself and the team around me can achieve, we have so many exciting plans for the future. I want to look back and be able to say: “Wow we really achieved a lot for our students, communities, employers and the region.””
Joining Yale College, Wrexham in 1992, Dhesi rose to the position of Principal 19 years later. Eventually leaving to become the new Principal/CEO of South Cheshire College, having led Yale College into a merger with Deeside College to create Coleg Cambria. In 2017, he led on a second successful merger of South Cheshire College and West Cheshire College, forming what is now known as Cheshire College – South & West; the largest Further Education provider in the region offering exciting opportunities to 11,000 learners and 11,000 apprentices.
With a total investment of £165m to date, Cheshire College continues to invest in the latest technology and bespoke training facilities that provide learners with real work environments and aspirational goals in a range of curriculum areas including A Levels, Full-time courses, Apprenticeships, Part-time courses for adults and Higher Education.
A member of the Employers’ Skills and Education Board of Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Dhesi represents all Cheshire and Warrington colleges and training providers, whilst also being an active member on the Crewe Town Investment Board, Chair of North Wales Science Board, a Director of Cheshire Commonwealth Association and Trustee of Shavington Academy.