A Cracking New Start

Tue, 08 January 2013

Students looking to accelerate towards a brighter future and come up smelling of roses are being urged to look no further than Ofsted-praised South Tyneside College.

A range of full-time courses - from motor repair and vehicle technology to hairdressing, horticulture and floristry - start next month as part of the college’s commitment to offering a curriculum that suits the needs of employers and employees, post-16 learners and budding entrepreneurs.

And just weeks after the government education watchdog graded the college ‘good’ - making it the only one in Tyne and Wear with rising academic standards – education chiefs say there has never been a better time to enroll.

A range of motor vehicle courses are set to kick off at the college’s King’s Court Centre, Jarrow following a boost to the department with five new cars added to the stock levels.

City and Guilds 3902 entry level 3 diploma, City and Guilds 4291-11 level 1 diploma in accident body repair, and City and Guilds 4291-21 level 1 diploma in accident paint repair all get underway.

Running alongside are Btec extended certificate and Btec 1st diploma, both in vehicle technology as well as plans to introduce new courses for motorcycle maintenance, bicycle maintenance and owner maintenance classes.

For those looking for something tasty to get their teeth into level 1 catering is on offer, whilst those wanting to turn heads can start VRQ/level 1 hairdressing courses.

A number of other Btec courses including applied science at levels 1 to 3, applied horticulture level 2, and applied floristry at levels 1 and 3 are expected to attract huge interest.

And those looking for a life on the ocean waves can take an introduction into the marine industry at the college’s world-famous and highly-praised Marine School.

The centre has undergone a high-tech multi-million pound refurbishment and upgrade, continuing its tradition of being a global-leader in marine training.

Lecturers are also looking for recruits for the pre-cadetship to marine industries courses at level 2 and level 3.

A Prince’s Trust programme runs for 12 weeks, between January 21 to May 3, with the onus on personal development and working in partnership with the trust as part of a team.

Students will take part in a five-day team building residential in the Lake District which in the past has included kayaking, high rope courses and other fun activities, along with community projects and team challenges.

It also includes work placement, with those passing receiving a City and Guilds level 1 personal development and contributing to the community qualification.

A series of ‘STEP into’ courses, designed to encourage entrepreneurs to shine and help the unemployed get into work are set to give real job experience and the chance to develop a range of transferable skills, with students creating micro-businesses which they will run as if they had set up for real.
Courses are floristry, maths and English, counselling, education and training, horticulture, IT skills, adult social care, business administration and customer service, hairdressing, hospitality, retail, welding, and CV writing.

The new initiative means that in just 60 hours of instruction over six weeks, students gain the hands-on skills and acumen needed to turn business dreams into reality and can test a profession – and try their hand at running a business – to see if it fits their career aspirations, in a risk-free environment.

Learners can progress on to full courses if the business element is not for them, or receive help from experts at Tedco business centre if still keen to set up as self-employed.

Talent finder courses aim to help improve teamwork, build confidence and enhance skills.

Finally, the college is currently developing a Services to School, Progression and Transition Programme for post 16 learners looking to move into vocational study or apprenticeships – full details of the programme will launch early in the New Year.

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