Whether you’re looking to continue full time education in September, start a new career or just to pick up a new skill this new year, there are plenty of courses to look at.
Both South Staffordshire College and Stafford College offer a whole range of options to start the next chapter in your life. We spoke to Clare Chick from Stafford College:
“We had an open evening in November and we were inundated with enquiries. In terms of full time courses, the most overwhelmingly popular were:
- Music technology
- Interactive media
“All of these courses start in September but it’s around this time of year that young people need to start thinking of what to do when they leave school. These young people who come to our open days are very clued up – they understand the job prospects of each course and they’re very focused on where they want to go. So our students have gone on to university and then to amazing jobs after studying here.
“We also offer foundation degree courses. Countryside management is a lovely course with a lot of practical training in places like Trentham and Cannock Chase.
“There are some part time courses staring in January, including Sports Massage, Accounting, Fitness Instructing and Computerised Accounts.
“Additionally, we have plenty of leisure courses which usually consist of evening classes for those just looking to learn a new skill. Indian cookery is always a popular choice, as is belly dancing. But there is something for everyone – from making your own prom dress, to Portuguese, and if you were inspired by the Great British Bake Off we have a an artisan bread and scones and a pastry and patisserie course.
“Lastly, we offer apprenticeships for people already in work placements. An apprenticeship is essentially a paid placement with an employer but also with some integrated college learning. This is ideal for young people leaving year 11 and don’t want to stay in full time education and want to start earning straight away. You do need to be on a placement to be eligible for an apprenticeship, but the college can help you find one.”
For more information on the courses available in Stafford College click here.
South Staffordshire College offer courses at their Cannock campus, for those closer to that area or those willing to travel. At present, the most popular courses to look at are:
- Motor Vehicle
All of these courses have January starts and take a very practical, vocational approach to learning.
For those interested in working in agricultural, construction and animal based industries may want to look at the Rodbaston campus of South Staffordshire College. Set in 160 hectares of rural Staffordshire, it is rooted in tradition but with modern practices and state of the art equipment. The most popular courses to study here are:
- Animal Care
- SLDD (Learners with Learning Difficulties & Disabilities)
- Equine (Horse Care)
For more information on the courses available in Cannock and Rodbaston click here.
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