There’s so much choice in the education sector these days that it can sometimes seem difficult to know where to start.
We’re working hard to remedy the situation, by partnering with a number of other Telford schools and academies.
For example, the college has played a leading role in the launch of a new online portal called telford1619.com, which offers a one-stop-shop for locally-based education and training.
It brings together information on hundreds of learning opportunities, from A level and BTEC courses to apprenticeships, City & Guilds, and many other specialist programmes.
Users can search the database for learning opportunities in more than 60 subject areas, from art and aviation to computer science, engineering, politics, childcare, retail, and many more.
Telford College is one of six sites already promoting its courses, and the hope is that more will sign up very soon.
It can be daunting to try to pick your way through the offerings from different schools, academies and colleges, so we are delighted to support Telford 1619, which brings everything together in an easy-to-search format.
You simply choose the career you are looking to study, and the search engine does the rest.
And the message is clear . . . whatever your career dreams might be, there’s an opportunity to follow them right here in Telford. You don’t have to travel away from home, and rack up thousands of pounds of student debt.
The website also includes a careers advice section, which signposts people to services such as Telford Job Box, which offers mentors and employment support, and has links to the National Careers Service.
That’s not the only example of the college’s current partnership working. Our collaboration with the Learning Community Trust – which includes Hadley Learning Community, Ercall Wood and Charlton secondary schools – is also going from strength to strength.
We’re working together to create new curriculum pathways in key areas such as health, engineering, sport, and aviation; and helping to make the transition from school to further education a much smoother one.
We were delighted to welcome LCT staff to our campus earlier this month for a successful personal development day, which involved more than 900 tutors.
Not only does this collaborative approach allow us to discover more about each other’s organisations, it also helps us to develop a greater understanding of the local business sector, recruitment issues, and what we all have to do to equip Telford students with the skills to succeed.
And at the end of the day, that’s the most important objective of all…