Telford College officially unveils its new ‘7th Form’

Published: October 23, 2017

Telford College has officially launched its ground-breaking new ‘7th Form’, created to address the gap between education and business.
More than 1,500 people attended the college’s open event at the Haybridge Road campus last night, when principal Graham Guest outlined the college’s unique new vision.
Prospective students got a taste of some of the new courses which are being offered as part of the merger between Telford College of Arts and Technology, and New College Telford.
The new 7th Form blends the A level offerings of a traditional sixth form with direct links to universities and mentors from local businesses, to give students viable careers destinations.
Alongside the traditional A level and combined vocational courses, the 7th Form will also offer 10 distinct career routes in leading industries, including childcare, computing, engineering, health and social care, sport, law and politics.
“Students who enrol at our 7th Form will have the confidence of knowing that leading employers and UK universities have worked with us to shape their study programme, giving the best possible start to their career,” said Mr Guest.
“It is vital that young people make the right choice about where they want to go – otherwise, it can be a very expensive mistake.
“Our open event was an opportunity to talk to employers from construction to healthcare, manufacturing and electronics, demonstrating the way our courses link directly to a career.”
He added: “Traditional sixth form colleges put the emphasis on qualifications – the new 7th Form instead focuses on the skills which employers tell us they need and the career opportunities students can move into.
“This will address skills gaps in industries, open students’ minds up to new sectors and give them a clear and stress-free choice of what to study after their GCSEs.”
The 7th Form will be located to Telford College’s Haybridge Road campus as part of a ¬£2.5 million-plus investment in learning facilities, including the latest virtual and augmented reality headsets.
Among the demonstrations at last night’s open event was cookery at the college’s on-site Orange Tree restaurant, drill displays from the public services team, and a showcase of work done by music and performing arts students.
Mr Guest said: “The 7th Form really will be a bridge between education and careers through our university and employer partners.
“Bringing it over to the Haybridge Road site will give students the chance to benefit from the ¬£15 million which has been spent on industry-standard training equipment and university-standard facilities over the past few years.”
A second open event is planned at Haybridge Road on November 21, from 5pm to 7.30pm. For more details, see www.defineyourfuture.co.uk

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