It’s great to be back: Open event is a big success

Published: October 18, 2021

Telford College’s first face-to-face open event since the Covid lockdowns began has been declared a great success.

Hundreds of potential students visited the Haybridge campus, with their families, to explore the university-standard facilities and find out more about upcoming courses.

Ross Beighton-Butler

Ross Beighton-Butler was providing one-to-one careers advice

A survey showed that 95% of those who attended the event rated it as either good or excellent, with more than nine out of 10 people saying they would be likely to refer others to Telford College as a result.

Student ambassadors from the college’s A level centre, the 7th Form, joined staff to speak about the wide-ranging curriculum, and there were taster events laid on across all corners of the campus.

 Rhian Williams | Idsall

7. Rhian Williams of Idsall School in Shifnal exploring the campus

Graphics tablets and student work was on display in the creative hub, music practice rooms and studios were opened up for students to show off their work, and the health and early years team showcased the college’s hospital and childcare room.

The sport and public uniformed services department also led tours of the gym and other facilities, and representatives from the Army were also on site to deliver careers advice.

In the catering department, there was cake decorating and sugar crafting in progress, while the business department set up a test to see if visitors could taste the difference between a real or own-brand Colin The Caterpillar cake.

Gary Pitchford | Bricklaying

5. Bricklaying lecturer Gary Pitchford, talking to Madeley Academy student Jamie-Lee Knight

There were also practical demonstrations in the construction, automotive, and hair & beauty departments, while the apprenticeships team was on hand to explain the range of current opportunities.

Graham Guest, Telford College principal and chief executive, said: “This was our first in-person open event on campus for nearly two years, and it was a great success.

“Bringing it back was a big decision which we certainly didn’t take lightly, but the feedback received from potential students and their parents has been fantastic.

“The atmosphere was welcoming, and the college felt busy, but safe. Potential new students were buzzing with excitement to explore the campus and discuss course options with the staff.

“It was great to see us getting back to some kind of normality; the event has already generated dozens of new applications. All in all, I’d describe it as a job well done.”