SCHOOL LEAVERS on Teesside have the opportunity to step on the path to high quality careers.
Enrolment is now open for those who choose to take advantage of the expert teaching across Teesside’s largest selection of employer-linked courses, available at Ofsted-rated Good Middlesbrough College.
This year’s A Level student cohort celebrated another stellar set of results – giving the college an overall pass rate of 99 per cent, with 82 per cent achieving A*-C grades.
And BTEC students also had cause to celebrate with 83 per cent achieving a distinction grade and more than ever before reaching triple distinctions.
Here are four students who think Middlesbrough College was a step in the right direction for them.
Hannah’s electrified her skillset
Hannah Cotton, a former All Saints Academy pupil, stepped into Middlesbrough College where she’s been working towards her dream career in engineering.
The Level 3 Electrical Engineering student said: "The teachers are fantastic and you can never ask too many questions.
"Following this course, I'm either going to progress onto university or a degree level apprenticeship – I feel like the course is really prepping me for the next step. I've also managed to secure work experience which is giving me further experience!”
Learning to land careers
The college’s links with major Teesside employers such as Suez, Tees Components and CF Fertilisers, among many others, mean students benefit from employer-tailored skills learning and work placement opportunities.
What’s more, students coming to college in the autumn will benefit from a £20m investment into the campus, featuring a new Digital Centre, Higher Education Centre and ‘campus heart’ – a new welcome area packed with amenities for students.
Charlotte’s on track for paramedic career and Mia makes the most of college life
Charlotte Worthy aced her Level 3 Health and Social Care qualification and is now off to university as the next step on her way to becoming a parademic – her dream job.
She said: “It’s always been my ambition. Being the first port of a call in a crisis, being there to help people in an emergency, that’s what I’ve always wanted to do."
“Middlesbrough College has been such a good experience overall. The teachers have worked so hard under difficult circumstances, and I’ve learnt so much from them. I was nervous about online learning at first but found I actually enjoyed being able to focus and reach out to my tutors when I needed to.”
Meanwhile fellow Health and Social Care student Mia O’Kane is progressing into her second year.
She said: “I love studying here, I have loved making new friends and my tutors are very supportive. I don’t know what I want to do next but the support services at the college are fantastic and I’m looking forward to using them to help me gain a better understanding of the different careers I might enjoy.”
A caring college
There’s a whole range of measures at Middlesbrough College to make sure students are supported and empowered – from the dedicated counselling team to welfare officers and childcare and travel support.
Financial support is also available via the college’s expert team who can help identify funding available.
And MC CLICK – the college’s device loan programme – means no student will go without the digital tools they need to maximise their learning.
Denis’ success means medicine is the next step
Denis Rraku relocated to Middlesbrough from Greece just before taking his GCSEs – and his hard work and determination since has helped him achieve an A in biology, B in maths and a C in chemistry.
Inspired by his father’s career in the industry, Denis is set to study a Foundation Degree in Medicine at Lancaster University and hopes to use his love of science to help others.
He said: “I’ve loved living and studying in Middlesbrough.
“I was fluent in English when we came here but the tutors here at the college have really supported me, especially through the pandemic."
“I’m hoping to follow in my father’s footsteps and make him, and my whole family, very proud.”
To speak to the friendly Middlesbrough College team about your options – whether you’ve got a career in mind or you’re looking for inspiration – call 01643 333366 or email email@example.com.