SEVEN students on Foundation level courses at Stafford College were travelling to Nuneaton today to compete in challenges designed to test the skills they have gained in vocational areas like beauty therapy and construction.
Young people who have a clear idea about what they want to do when they finish full-time education are increasingly choosing vocational qualifications. They believe that these courses provide the combination of work-related skills, practical experience and education which employers are seeking.
Vocational courses are offered at a range of levels up to degree in Stafford. The foundation courses showcased in this competition are designed to provide an introduction to specialist work subjects. Having gained in confidence and discovered a talent for the subject, many students boost their job prospects by progressing on to higher level qualifications.
The local students were taking part in the Footsteps to the Future competition, hosted by North Warwickshire and Hinckley College and held at its Nuneaton campus today. Contests showcase the benefit of job-ready training and enable the best foundation learners to test their expertise against others.
With everyone’s mind turning to the World Cup, the theme of the competition is Brazil.
Beauty Therapists Francesca Hagan, Caroline Wain and Sharnie Bromley were creating exciting make-up looks inspired by the flamboyance of Rio’s annual carnival. Brickwork students Jack Pearson-Warrell and Josh Stafford were demonstrating their skills by building a goal, while Liam Davidson and George Allen were using their carpentry knowledge to make a World Cup plaque.
“The students are really excited about the competition. I’m confident that they will do brilliantly and they are already winners, having been selected for the Stafford College team because of their excellent attendance record and the progress that they have made this year,” said course leader Sarah van den Broeke.