As the only Further Education College in Cheshire selected by the government to offer T Levels, a new two-year qualification for learners aged 16-19 years, Cheshire College have started delivering their new courses this week, in a range of industries including Construction, Digital, Science and Health, and Education and Childcare.
Equivalent to three A Levels and comprising of 20% on-the-job work experience, T Levels have been designed with employers to help young people develop the knowledge, attitude and practical skills to thrive in the workplace and for one learner at Cheshire College, starting on the new course will take them one step closer to achieving their dream job.
18-year-old Serah Sharpes, joined Cheshire College in September 2020 to study Level 2 Engineering and having successfully completed the diploma has decided to progress on to the T Level in Building Services Engineering for Construction.
Commenting on her decision to opt for a T Level, she said: “I wanted to complete the T Level course as it’s the most subject-specific course I can study to secure a place at university to study Constructional Engineering. I’d love to become a Structural Engineer and completing a longer work placement as part of the course will definitely help me achieve this goal and set me apart from others.”
At the heart of each T Level programme is an extended work placement of at least 45 days which will provide learners with the important industry experience they need to further develop their skills and progress on to a higher-level apprenticeship, degree course or into employment.
Serah continued: “I’m really looking forward to starting my T Level course, building on my current engineering knowledge and ultimately getting one step closer to my end goal.”
Ruth Szolkowska, Vice Principal of Innovation, Curriculum & Quality at Cheshire College, said: “We’re so excited to deliver our new T Level courses this year. Developing the study programmes has been two years in the making, which has seen our committed team of tutors dedicate hours of planning and preparation to ensure the course content is informative, engaging and ultimately equips learners with the skills and knowledge to succeed in their careers.”
To follow in Serah’s footsteps and join her on a T Level course this September, attend one of Cheshire College’s on Campus enrolment sessions taking place 9am-4pm Monday-Friday.