Telford College is inviting people to visit its pioneering new 7th Form building when it stages its launch event next week.
Haybridge campus will be open from 5pm to 7.30pm on October 17, with tutors and student ambassadors on hand to discuss a wide range of full and part-time courses.
There will also be interactive activities, universities and employers to talk about progression and industries, as well as tours around the facilities – where a new virtual and augmented reality suite is taking shape.
“It’s an opportunity for people to learn about our new programme, from entry level courses through to apprenticeships and higher education programmes, and to see our university-level facilities,” explained principal Graham Guest.
“You don’t have to choose between academic achievement and career success after school – you can have both at our new 7th Form centre, blending A levels with careers and work experience, supported by mentors from local businesses.”
They include Neale Dayus from Telford-based finance company ReAssure Limited, who said: “We’ll spend an hour once a week running exercises such as mock interviews and industry-based projects.
“We’re seeing the students have some absolutely fantastic ideas that are good enough to be taken straight into business.”
The open event comes during a UK-wide ‘love our colleges’ campaign, which is part of National Colleges Week, showcasing the achievements of students, and the staff who make it possible at further education colleges.
Gill Hamer, Marches LEP director, said: “The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership is pleased to support National Colleges Week and to recognise and endorse the crucial work Telford College is doing to deliver the vital skills and talent that our businesses need to grow and prosper.”
Telford College will also be promoting its newly-released 2019/20 course guide at the open event.
It showcases the latest range of vocational and academic courses, including university-level courses and apprenticeships, which all prepare learners for careers in more than 80 different industries.
Vocational courses include accounting and business, art and design, automotive, electrical and engineering, as well as caring, construction, creative media, hair and beauty, music, hospitality and catering, public services, and sport & fitness.
There are also more than 25 A level course choices available on a series of career-focused pathways at the 7th Form.
“At Telford College, you don’t have to choose between academic achievement and career success after you leave school,” said Mr Guest.
“You can have the best of both worlds at our 7th Form – a new concept that builds on our academic brilliance, with industry knowledge and skills that shape your longer-term career goals.”
More than 91% of Telford College’s learners were offered their first-choice university place this year, and over 3,150 of the college’s students have started their careers after completing their studies in 2018.