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Government names Hartlepool College of Further Education top for North East apprenticeships once again

Hartlepool College of Further Education has been named the number one apprenticeship provider in the North East once again.The Government's National Achievement Rate table placed the College in the number one spot for all General Further Education Colleges in the North East, ensuring Hartlepool kept its Top 10 status nationally for the seventh year running.With an Ofsted ‘outstanding' grade for apprenticeships to support the recent Department for Education results, the league placing came as no surprise to Darren Hankey, Principal and Chief Executive of Hartlepool College of Further Education.He said: "We are extremely proud of our apprenticeship achievement rates."It is really pleasing to have a successful year but what is more pleasing is to see that success sustained over many years, a feat that is not achieved alone."We are grateful to the wonderful business partners we work with that create these fantastic apprenticeship opportunities."In addition to the being ranked number one college in the North East for apprenticeships, Hartlepool College of FE scored high in several other measures with Level 3 apprenticeships ranked first nationally for timely achievement.Gary Riches, Head of Employer Services at the College, commented: "The majority of our apprenticeship provision is delivered at Level 3 and in sectors such as Engineering, Manufacturing, Construction and Business Management services."We are fortunate to work with such great companies that really invest in their staff, this makes a real positive impact and contributes to our continued success."Hartlepool College of Further Education currently trains over 800 apprentices working in over 350 local, regional and national organisations.The apprenticeship provision at the College ranges in level and duration from 12-month Level 2 qualifications to higher and degree apprenticeships.At its most recent apprenticeship open event, the College attracted hundreds of potential apprentices to meet with over 80 business partners, ranging from small to medium enterprises to international giants such as Caterpillar, Unipres and Gestampt Tallent.Further emphasising the attraction to high quality apprenticeship opportunities.Gary added: "We are witnessing a real growth in apprenticeship with more employers committing to develop their own skilled workforce. "More and more people, of all ages, are attracted to the many benefits of an apprenticeship programme and we believe that with our track record of outstanding achievement rates and vast experience of apprenticeships we can really help employers and apprentices succeed."Hartlepool College was recently shortlisted for both the UK Apprenticeship Award and Further Education College of the Year at the Educate North Awards 2019.

Top colleges join forces to support the future generation of engineers

TWO of the North East’s top colleges have joined forces to provide a pioneering course aimed at nurturing the region's top engineering students. Hartlepool College of Further Education and English Martyrs Sixth Form College have produced a programme to provide the ultimate learning experience for engineering students.The course will be a mix of high-level academic learning, mixed with quality hands-on training and experience working with some of the best engineering institutions in the North East.Darren Hankey, Principal of Hartlepool College, said: "We are thrilled to be working in close partnership with English Martyrs Sixth Form. “The project aims to develop a unique offering which will see some of the best aspiring engineers in the town have the opportunity to receive the country's best technical knowledge."When the project begins, students will be able to study for an A level in maths in one of the best sixth form colleges in the region and undertake working placements with leading companies in the industry.  Darren continued: "This is a great opportunity for learners to gain the highest academic and vocational qualification alongside real experience on an industry placement.“I truly believe there is no better offer for students wanting to become engineers in this region.”In a current table created by the Department of Education, Hartlepool College of Further Education was listed as the number one apprenticeship provider in the North of England and is presently shortlisted for both the UK Apprenticeship Award and Further Education College of the Year at the Educate North Awards 2019. Stephen Hammond, Headteacher of English Martyrs, said: “This is a great partnership that brings together two of the town’s best colleges and utilises each of our specialties. Mathematics from English Martyrs and Hartlepool College of Further Education’s specialty in engineering."The initial partnership programme in engineering will be limited to 15 learners. These learners will need to meet the high academic expectations alongside entry tests and an initial interview before being successfully selected. Stephen continued: “We’ll be starting with a specific suite of courses which will allow students to blend academic and vocational qualifications which, at the moment, is a big gap in the market and can open many doors for students.“This is just the start of our partnership and we will continue to look for opportunities to work together to provide excellent learning to the students within the town. We want to create a greater breadth of choice and opportunity for all learners in Hartlepool.“Working in partnership with Hartlepool College of FE allows us to open up and combine our offerings so that students get the best of both when learning with us.” Darren concluded: “The academic achievement of pupils at English Martyrs is exceptionally high, as is the award-winning vocational achievements of students at Hartlepool College of FE. “This means that as a team we can provide our learners with an exceptional learning environment.”  

Hartlepool College showcases apprenticeship power during National Apprenticeship Week #NAW2019

Apprenticeship power is being put on show at an event looking to inspire apprentices of all ages.   

Unskilled adults from disadvantaged areas less likely to access training

Unskilled adults from disadvantaged areas are less likely to undertake training compared to those with already high skilled or high paid jobs, according to a report conducted by the Government’s Social Mobility Commission. According to the report the poorest adults with the lowest qualifications are the least likely to access adult training – despite being the group who would potentially benefit the greatest.Darren Hankey, Principal of Hartlepool College of Further Education, who have a number of courses aimed at adults who need basic English and maths, said:

Hartlepool College Students Celebrate first ever Wings Ceremony

Students at Hartlepool College of Further Education have come together to celebrate the College’s first ever ‘Wings’ ceremony. Fifteen of the College’s Travel and Tourism and Aviation students took to the stage to collect their ‘Wings’ meaning they now have everything they need to enter into a career in the aviation industry. Nicola Bird, Lecturer in Travel, Tourism and Aviation, said: “We’re so proud to be launching the first evening of our ‘Wings’ ceremony and we intend this to become a great tradition.“For the students its great recognition of their hard work and it’s fantastic for the College as it’s actually the first year we’ve offered this qualification alongside the full Level 3 qualification.“The qualification these students have received, is recognised by the airline industry. Once on their CV, this gives them an excellent opportunity when applying for an array of jobs."The combined qualifications can lead to jobs in Airports such as ground staff for Airlines such as cabin crew, Travel Agents, Tour operators, Transport providers, Hotels, Events and Tourism.  Nicola continued: “It’s such a fantastic experience to celebrate the new fuselage and cabin which was built inside the College only last year. “Students get the Travel and Tourism qualification and the Cabin Crew qualification encompassed all in one. Meaning our students leave us with all of the skills necessary to do well in any aspect of the Travel and Tourism and Aviation industries.”  Alisha Glass, 18, an Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism and Aviation student, said: “By getting our ‘Wings’ tonight it shows our achievements and all of the things we’ve been fortunate enough to learn. “By studying this course, it gives us an extra qualification to add to our achievements, and it will help us to get a job in industry. “It highlights the extra work we’ve undertaken and for me, how much I actually enjoyed my time.“I’m now in the process of applying for university. I would love a full-time job but in the mean time I want to continue my education. “Earning a degree would be even better for me so, university is the natural progression for me.” Dave Richardson, Ground Operations Duty Manager for Jet 2 at Newcastle Airport, said: “We’ve been collaborating with Hartlepool College of Further Education over the last year to familiarise their students with who Jet 2 is and what the company does in the region. “We’ve also worked previously with universities in Newcastle and Sunderland by offering placements to students who have then gone on to be cabin crew with us. “We realised that we wanted to replicate that with Colleges in the region. “The one thing I have realised since beginning our collaboration with Hartlepool College of FE is the standard of the facilities here, the professionalism of the staff is superb, and the enthusiasm and maturity of the students is outstanding.” Danielle Johnson, Account Manager at the Northern Council for Further Education said: “NCFE wrote this qualification which Hartlepool College of Further Education is delivering and that’s why I was kindly invited to the ‘Wing’ ceremony. “It’s the first time the College has ever undertaken this qualification so it’s quite an exciting time really.“NCFE is proud to work in partnership with Hartlepool College of FE and we are really excited to be part of their latest travel and tourism venture.“Our qualifications are aimed at learners that have a vocational aspect to them and we offer a range of Travel and Tourism qualifications which allow learners to progress onto higher education or into employment. “I’m blown away by the learning environments in the College. I think they have the best facility in the North East and the fuselage gives a true to life indication of what life in a cabin is like so fantastic for employability and real-life skills.”

Former RAF engineer begins new journey with Hartlepool College of Further Education

A mum is aiming for the skies after returning to the classroom to qualify as an aerospace engineer.  

Hartlepool is One Town that Can Improve Adult Literacy and Numeracy

A new campaign has been launched to improve adult literacy and numeracy rates across Hartlepool which lag behind the national averages. 

Hartlepool students celebrate at first ever graduation ceremony

Hartlepool College of Further Education has celebrated the graduation of its higher education students at its first ever graduation day. 

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