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School leavers- unleash your talent with College

August 18, 2014

School leavers receiving their GCSE results this week are being reminded that it is not too late to enrol onto a course or Apprenticeship at West Cheshire College.

Due to the new legal requirement, raising of the participation age, young people who have just left high school now have to stay in education or training until they are 18 years old.

The College offers a wide range of qualifications including BTECs, A Levels and Apprenticeships in a variety of courses from business and sport to retail and engineering.

Young people who are undecided on their next step or looking for an alternative to staying on at school, still have the opportunity to enrol onto a course or start an Apprenticeship with the College.

Kayley Spence, 20, from Whitchurch, studied forensic science at the College and had just completed her first year studying the subject at Glyndwr University in Wrexham.

She said: “The course at West Cheshire College was fantastic and I learnt a lot from it.

“The tutors were amazing and not only supported me with my work, but also with my application to university. They also helped me sort out my student finance so it made the process a lot more straightforward for me.

“The course covered some of the same subjects that form part of my degree course so it has given me a head start at university.”

Michael Crotty, 23, from Wallasey, completed a four year Apprenticeship through the College with leading glass manufacturer Quinn Glass and has gone onto secure a permanent job with the company as a Maintenance Engineer.

 He said: “The Apprenticeship was great as  you get to combine hands-on work  experience with theory work at the same  time.

 “I have a lot of friends who are at university  and I feel like I’m in a better position than  them thanks to the Apprenticeship.

 "My Apprenticeship included supporting  Engineers as they did routine maintenance  and resolved any problems with machines.  I’m delighted that I have secured a  permanent role at Quinn Glass.”

Nigel Davies, Principal and Chief Executive of West Cheshire College, said: “We have a high level of students who progress to university, higher education courses within the College and permanent employment with us when they complete their course.

“Our courses are designed to give our students the best route to kick start their career or progress in their education and we provide support to each college leaver to help them achieve their next steps.

“Many of our tutors have worked in the industry before so can provide first hand advice and training for working in the industry and our facilities reflect real working environments to provide students with relevant work experience.”

The College offers full-time courses and Apprenticeships and in a wide range of sectors including art and design, performing arts, sports, public services, media, science, hair and beauty, construction, childcare, business, travel and tourism, engineering, health and social care, hospitality and catering, IT, retail and vehicle maintenance.

Students studying at the College will benefit from state-of-the-art science labs, engineering and technology facilities, industry-standard media facilities and creative spaces – all designed to enhance the learning experience.

Plus, there are a range of fantastic student services such as Costa outlets, restaurants, The John Prescott Theatre, shops, gym, chill out areas and a hair salon and beauty spa.

West Cheshire College’s Ellesmere Port Campus is open from 9am-4pm on Thursday 21st August for young people to have a look around our facilities, talk to our impartial advice and guidance team and staff from curriculum areas. 

For further information about courses and Apprenticeships at West Cheshire College, call the College hotline on 01244 656555 or visit www.west-cheshire.ac.uk.

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