Still looking for your ‘Bright Future’?

Many young people aged 16-18 years will have now made their choices for what they will study and where they will go next week.

However, for those who haven’t, don’t panic!

Ms Capper MBE CEO and Principal of Stoke on Trent College said “We have placed many young people already this week however it’s never too late. If you are undecided or have been away on holiday and are looking for a place, colleges are still there to advise and support and you can still start your course in September.

Not sure what you want to do yet? Come along to our dedicated careers and enterprise hub at Stoke on Trent College, Cauldon Campus by the park and we can chat with you about your interests and the best courses for you. We also have staff on hand at our Burslem Campus on Moorland Road. If you are worried you can’t afford it talk to our financial support team at the College – we also offer up to £1500 financial support for transport, meals and equipment costs, subject to criteria, and FREE breakfast for all learners.

All your friends signed up and you didn’t get the grades? At Stoke on Trent College, we have a team who is dedicated to getting you back on track and getting you started on the future you want.  If you need help with GCSE English and Maths, we have re-sit courses and can help fill in the gaps in your knowledge and skills. We can also provide extra tuition.

Bella Dawson joined us last year on a Level 2 Hair and Beauty course and took resits in her English and Maths GCSEs.  With the support of the College, she has now passed both examinations and is looking forward to continuing her studies in Hair and Beauty.

Bella Dawson, Stoke on Trent College student.

Not happy with what you have chosen? There is still time to change and move to a different place or course. Stoke on Trent College has invested over £38m in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and we have a wide range of vocational, technical and professional routes from Entry to Level 4. This includes our Technology and Engineering Hub, Construction and Built Environment Hub, IT, Robotics, Digital and Creative Hub and Health and Social Care Hub.

Wish you had found an Apprenticeship? Stoke on Trent College has apprenticeship vacancies that can be found on our website, or better still come and talk to us. Come and see us at our Burslem Campus and we can advise and support you on this route to your career. Apprentices receive a weekly wage as well as training and we may just have the right one for you. Current live vacancies include Customer Service roles, Healthcare Assistants, Heating Engineers, Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Pharmacy, Business Admin, Barbering and CNC Machining.

Regardless of your choice of career, we have the right course for you at Stoke on Trent College, whether it’s Business & Law, Sport, IT, Applied Science, Hair & Beauty, Engineering, Art & Design or Catering. We even have places on our Uniformed and Public Services courses if you wanted to explore that as your chosen career route.

Keep in mind these simple top tips so that you can make the best decision for yourself.

Don’t panic: Even if you didn’t get what you hoped for you should take some time to acknowledge all your hard work to get this far and feel good about completing this stage in your life.

Be ambitious: Stop and think about what you want to do next. Don’t let the current context of Covid dampen your ambition, things will change for the better. Ask yourself, what will help you achieve your career goals? Is it a course or do you need to gain work experience or develop a specific skill?

Be realistic: Long-term things will hopefully go back to normal, but in the short term it’s about looking for your best options to move forward – use this time to reflect on what you really want to do, build useful, transferable skills, ask for work placements as well as a course so you are in a prime position to get a foot in the door.

Think outside the box: Continuing in a traditional education setting might work for some people but for others, more vocational or technical practical and hands-on training would suit them better. Now is a great time to think about an apprenticeship or traineeship as the government has allocated additional resources to these schemes.

Talk to someone: Find the right person to talk to about your next move – it could be a parent or carer, a teacher at your school, or staff at a further education provider, like Stoke on Trent College. Talking things through will help you to decide what the best option is for you.

Always remember that nothing can stop you from getting where you want to be. You have what it takes to aspire, achieve and progress.

Lucy Capewell is just one of the learners now signed up for September on a Level 3 Media Production course.  Lucy said: “I wasn’t 100% sure what course I wanted to choose, but with the help from the College I am so happy I have now found the course I want and I am excited about getting stuck in, learning new skills and meeting new friends. Everyone has been so nice to me here.”

Stoke on Tent College also works with adult learners and we have courses available all year round in a range of short community and commercial courses including English for Speakers of Other Languages, English, Maths, Construction, Hair and Beauty, Hospitality and Catering and a whole host more – see our website and prospectus for more details.

Contact us at Stoke on Trent College on 01782 208208.

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September 5, 2022 9:15 am