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OCR is delighted to report that the UK’s first two Career Colleges for 14-19 year olds have been given the green light to open their doors to students in September 2014.
Following an intensive approval process, the Career Colleges Trust has granted licences for Oldham College in Greater Manchester to open, specialising in Creative and Digital Arts and for Hugh Baird College in Bootle, Liverpool to open, focussing on the Hospitality and Catering Industry.
Established by employers and Further Education colleges, Career Colleges will provide learners with accelerated, vocationally-focused programmes of study where they will specialise in subjects linked directly to sectors with exceptional job prospects. The Colleges will be staffed by expert teachers and supported by employers.
Chairman of the Career Colleges Trust, Luke Johnson, said:
“The Career Colleges at Oldham and Hugh Baird represent very different industries – Catering & Hospitality and Digital & Creative Arts. Not only does this indicate the diverse nature of our new, innovative educational concept but it highlights the differing employer/industry needs in various areas. Career Colleges are, quite rightly, led by employer-demand.
“This project has come a long way in a short amount of time. I look forward to working with these pioneering Colleges further and indeed expanding the project further so more young people and businesses can benefit.”
A further seven Colleges including Birmingham Metropolitan College and City of Oxford College are working towards approval and hope to open in 2015.
OCR is proud to be a trustee of Career Colleges. OCR’s Director of Skills and Employment, Charlotte Bosworth, commented:
“We welcome the pioneering Career Colleges initiative and are delighted to hear that the first two Colleges will be opening in September. We share a common vision with Careers Colleges; to work with employers to prepare young people for the world of work. We look forward to seeing more Colleges open as the scheme grows and increases the range and choice of opportunities open to 14-19 year olds across the UK.”
Visit the website for more information about Career Colleges.