|Sir George Sweeney was educated in
Knowsley at Prescot Boys Grammar and the
University of Hull , where he was awarded a BA in
History and Politics and an MA in Politics.
of Knowsley Community College, he has worked in
further education since 1967, holding posts at
College of Technology (1967-70);
College, Middlesbrough (1970-73);
Trafford College (1973-75);
Cheshire College (1975-78);
Trafford College 1978-83;
College of Technology (1983-89), where he
was Vice Principal.
held representative positions in teachers'
associations and was nominated by the then ATTI
to serve the Joint Matriculation Board (JMB),
which subsequently merged to form the NEA. He has
also acted as an Assistant Examiner for A level
with the JMB/NEA and as a Moderator for the
Business Education Council (BEC).
He was appointed to his present post in January
1990 following the merger of two colleges to form
Knowsley Community College . He has represented
Merseyside colleges on a number of forums
associated with the European Objective 1
programme, including the Programme Monitoring
Committee and the working group responsible for
drafting the second Single Programming Document
for 2000-6. He was a member of the Further
Education Funding Councils (FEFC) Kennedy
Committee, which produced 'Learning Works'.
He was appointed a Council Member of the FEFC in
1997 and the New Deal Task Force in 1999, and was
subsequently appointed to membership of the
National Employment Panel. He is a member of the
Advisory Group on Citizenship for 16-19 year olds
in Education & Training and of various bodies
locally including the Council of the Liverpool
Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).
Knowsley Community College gained a National
Training Award for its Army Preparation Course.
It was designated Accredited College status in
1999 and also Beacon College status the same
year. The college has a large Work Based Learning
Programme, together with a substantial New Deal
provision. Knowsley was one of the first
authorities to be subjected to an Area Inspection
in 2000 and arising out of that George has been
heavily involved in the development of the
Knowsley 14-19 Collegiate. This is one of the
pathfinder projects identified in 14-19:
Opportunity & Excellence.
He was appointed to membership of the Learning
& Skills Council at its foundation, and is a
member of the Appointments Committee and Capital
Committee. He has chaired the work of the
Bureaucracy Task Force, which produced
Trust in the Future. Work on a second
report concerned with providers other than
colleges is currently in hand. He was also
appointed to Greater Merseyside Learning &
Skills Council and is a member of its Young
People's Committee. He joined the Board of FENTO
(Further Education National Training
Organisation) in 2001 and was appointed Chair.
More recently, following his appointment to the
Board of Ufi/learndirect, he is working with
other partners on the proposal to create a new
Lifelong Learning Sector Skills Council.
George was acting Principal at The Sheffield
College from January to July 2000 and was
responsible, together with Terry Melia, for
drafting the Report and subsequent Recovery Plan.
Married with two daughters, he was awarded a
Knighthood in 2000 Queen's Birthday Honours.