Principal Graham’s monthly article: May

It doesn’t matter whether you want to be an astronaut, accountant, construction worker or computer genius – you won’t get very far without basic English and maths skills.


They are the foundation for pretty much every modern-day career, opening up the widest possible range of job opportunities, and higher-level education choices.


This is why we are so proud to have once again climbed up the national league table of top-performers on the back of our latest English and maths GCSE results for young people and adults.


Telford College now sits in fourth place for GCSE English, and fifth place for GCSE maths, in the latest national achievement rates tables for general further education colleges.


We are also the number one general FE college for both English and maths GCSE passes within a 50-mile radius of our Haybridge campus.


Currently, we have more than 2,000 students studying functional skills or GCSE English and maths – and over a quarter of these are adults.


It’s a crucial part of what we do, and is why we are holding an Adult English and maths open evening at the college on May 21, from 4pm to 6pm, to advise how more adults can achieve these important qualifications or improve existing grades.


The importance of these qualifications cannot be over-stressed. It is estimated that workers with correct English and maths grades can improve their earning potential by as much as £80,000 over the course of their careers.

Our most recent set of English and maths GCSE results comfortably out-performed the national average, with 99% of students recording passes under the new 9-1 grading system, which has replaced the A*-G ratings for all GCSEs.

There has never been more choice on offer to young people in Shropshire, but English and maths qualifications remain an essential ingredient for many of the employability skills they need for a successful career.

One of our latest innovations at Telford College is the launch of a new range of aviation engineering courses and new Shropshire ‘aviation academy’, working with various partners including the Aviation Skills Partnership, RAF Cosford, Ryanair and Marshal Aerospace.

We are currently looking to recruit 100 students for the first intake in September, and are already receiving applications from all over the West Midlands.

So if you like the sound of an engineering career which could see you jetting off around the world, working with some of our best known airlines, get in quick . . . and make sure that you have your GCSE English and maths qualifications in place!


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