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City College wins 'College of the Year' gold

The Staffordshire institution scooped gold for 'College of the Year' in the UK National Industrial Cadets Awards

Posted by Julian Owen | March 28, 2018 | Events

The UK National Industrial Cadets Awards saw Burslem-based City College awarded gold for ‘College of the Year’. 

The prestigious title was handed to College representatives by HRH Prince Charles for the pioneering Pre-Apprenticeships Learning Programme, which has seen a 100% success rate with its Industrial Cadets accreditation. The programme was developed to support students in various work experience placements to effectively manage their transition onto apprenticeships. 

City College - until recently known as Haywood Sixth Form Academy - developed a partnership with the Industrial Cadets three years ago, with an aim to enhance its Pre-Apprenticeship Learning Programme. 

Carl Ward, CEO of the City Learning Trust and President of Association of School and College Leaders, said: “The College has been able to offer the Gold Level Industrial Cadet Award accreditation as an achievement benchmark and part of its commitment to youth social action through #IWill and Step up to Serve. The use of Industrial Cadets to enrich our programmes has been a key component of this commitment and has meant that students can use the Industrial Cadet Award on their CVs as a quality mark for the placement hours they have undertaken.” 

“The Pre-Apprenticeship Learning Programme gives students the opportunity to try out different business experiences for a substantial amount of time."

The Pre-Apprenticeship Learning Programme includes two days at City College and three days per week in a work experience placement, following a four-week programme designed by businesses for businesses. 

Carl added: “The Pre-Apprenticeship Learning Programme gives students the opportunity to try out different business experiences for a substantial amount of time, informs them about what they want or don't want from a career, and builds confidence in their own practical abilities. It allows students time and freedom to make the right choices that lead to the right decisions in a supportive and caring environment.” 

The college is currently upscaling its Pre-Apprenticeship Programme due to demand from students in other secondary schools in the area. It now has plans to use the Industrial Cadets Accreditation for an A-Level enrichment programme. This will include elements of volunteering and will aid in the College’s plans to develop the new T-level qualification, an initiative the Government has invited City College to lead. This will support students of STEM subjects who want to go to university or undertake an apprenticeship. 

For more information visit www.citycollege.coop.

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