Education and employment go hand-in-hand at Telford College.

Telford College | Principal and chief executive Graham Guest with the new Telford College brand identity | LAST COPYRIGHT SHROPSHIRE STAR JAMIE RICKETTS 06/10/2017We’ve reshaped our curriculum to meet the needs of the local business community, working in partnership with some of the area’s biggest companies.

Huge investment in university-standard facilities at our Haybridge campus means we offer courses which pave the way for careers in more than 70 different industries.

For example, we have expanded our engineering and construction programmes to help tackle a skills shortage.

And we have invested £750,000 in a new virtual and augmented reality suite which makes us one of the leading colleges in the country for developing skills in this exciting and dynamic hi-tech sector.

But cutting-edge technology is no good unless students are also equipped with the basics, and that’s why we are proud to see our maths and English results improving year-on-year.

One of our major innovations is the launch of our 7th Form – the first of its kind, blending traditional A level courses with direct links not just to universities, but crucially to industry mentors from local companies.

It means students get to hear first-hand from the people who have been there and done it, and understand the type of person they need to be to make it in their chosen career.

Having been a lecturer myself during more than three decades working in education, I know the importance of delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning, and motivating students to be the best they can possibly be.

And having run my own business too, I’m equally aware of the value of giving students the sort of practical, relevant skills which remain constantly in step with the needs of the local economy.

There have never been so many opportunities for students, and I am honoured at having the opportunity to lead Telford College’s committed and experienced team during these dynamic and changing times.

We want to be the college for everyone in this community: whether you’re a school leaver looking to go to university or start a career, an adult developing their skills, or a business wanting to grow.

Graham Guest, principal and CEO