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Higher education, employment and gap year evening

Worcester Sixth Form College opened its doors to families and students across the city when it played host to a successful higher education, employment and gap year evening.

Over 450 people attended the event which provided visitors with the opportunity to chat with representatives of 34 universities, nine local employers and training providers, and two gap year organisations.

MP Robin Walker was in attendance to give guests an insight into the importance of apprenticeships while advisers from the College’s own Student Services department were on hand to answer questions about careers. There was also financial advice available from representatives of the University of Worcester.

In addition, two former Worcester Sixth Form College students who are current apprentices with leading housing and care provider, Sanctuary Group, one of Worcester’s leading employers, told of their experiences of apprenticeships.

They spoke to guests about the value of following an apprenticeship programme and the support they have received in their careers to date. Sanctuary operates a thriving apprenticeship scheme which is helping many young people access long-term employment.

Robin Walker, MP said: "It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm that students and parents alike showed for exploring the opportunities for further study, work experience and apprenticeships, and in particular I was pleased to see that our talk on apprenticeships was oversubscribed.

“My job was made very easy by the excellent ambassadors for apprenticeships from Sanctuary who gave a great account of why the scheme had worked for them. Alongside university, apprenticeships are a growing part of the offering for people leaving sixth form and seeking to take their qualifications to the next level. There are more than ever before, across more sectors and higher levels of qualification and the Government is seeking to expand from 2 million to 3 million apprenticeships in the next five years so the range of opportunities continues to grow."

Amanda Gonsalves, Sanctuary’s Group Director – HR, commented: “In today’s competitive job market, it is important young people are aware of all the education and employment options available to them when considering their future careers so we were delighted to support this event and help promote the value of schemes such as our apprenticeship programme.”
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Worcester Sixth Form College student excels at the Worcester News!

Eleanor Prince, a second year student at Worcester Sixth Form College, recently spent two days with the Worcester News and was thought of so highly that all the articles she wrote were published! While the Student Services department at the College offers extensive support for students arranging work placements, Eleanor opted to make the arrangement herself to develop her ability to communicate with a professional business in a formal way.

Eleanor, who is in her second year at the College and is studying Graphics, Media Studies and English Language and Literature, explains that she was located in an office with the Editors and Reporters and was asked to write up press releases and follow up on leads. She was also able to go into the city and interview members of the public for her stories.

In only two days, Eleanor wrote three press articles which the Editors thought were good enough to publish! The first of the articles focused on Eleanor running in the ‘Race for Life’ event further to her own battle with cancer, the second was based on a programme for a local church and the third about the debate about voting at the age of 16.

Eleanor says of her experience: “The experience taught me how to write in a professional style and how to communicate with the public to find local stories.” She adds: “I was told that the stories I produced were of a standard that would be expected of a journalist and illustrated a natural news sense. They were happy to publish all three articles and I have been offered a further placement!”

Once she has finished her exams, Eleanor plans to study Creative and Professional Writing at university and is set on a career in writing.
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