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It is humbling, and hugely rewarding, to witness the achievement of our students at Telford College.

 

For example, take our inspirational group of higher education students who, in many instances, juggle employment and busy family lives with their quest to learn new skills.

 

A few days ago, we gathered to celebrate our 2019 graduates across a range of courses including business, engineering, music, health and social care, early years services, and supporting children in primary education.

 

Many of them combined their studies with full-time jobs, childcare and family responsibilities, and were supported by our tutors in overcoming other significant personal obstacles.

 

Not only are their stories incredibly inspirational, but they also serve as a reminder that you don’t need to rack up thousands of pounds of student debt, or travel many miles away from Shropshire, to achieve a degree.

 

One of the benefits of the merger between TCAT and New College Telford last year is that it has allowed us to create a complete one-stop-shop for all forms and levels of academic and vocational learning – full-time, part-time, apprenticeships, and much more.

Students celebrate at their graduation; guest speaker Heather Noble with Adele Mayhew; all smiles for Sarah-Louise Taylor from Shifnal; Julie Hellowell-Jones; Abigail Allen.
Students celebrate at their graduation

Our higher education programmes can be topped up into a fully-fledged BA honours degree with a further year of study – and that is what many members of our class of 2019 have now gone on to do.

 

There are many different reasons why people sign up to these courses. For some, it’s a chance to further their qualifications to increase earning potential, while for others it’s a chance to retrain for a totally new career direction.

 

As a result, our courses attract people from widely differing ages and backgrounds, benefiting from smaller class sizes and the support of the University Centre Telford at Southwater.

 

It was fantastic to hear so many of this year’s graduates speak in glowing terms about the support they received from our tutors, using words like ‘absolutely amazing’ and ‘great at making you realise what you can achieve’.

 

Julie Hellowell-Jones, who works at Ercall Wood Academy, said: “I left Telford College not only with a foundation degree, but also with new friends and a new career path.”

 

The message is clear – it’s never too late to learn, and you don’t need to travel outside Telford to follow your career dreams.”

 

Graham Guest | Principal and CEO | September 2019