@coventrycollege – A bumper number of new courses are being launched at Coventry’s leading further education provider as part of wider efforts to help the region’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
A minimum of 12 courses will be open to students from September 2021 – which include new healthcare, business and performing arts-related courses to reflect rising student demand.
Three of the new courses expected to be popular following the pandemic include the Level 3 Technical certificate in Health & Social care, Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health, and Level 3 Certificate Understanding Principles of Dementia Care. These three courses allow for flexible study, and are also backed by the Government’s National Skills Fund, entitling most adult learners to free study.
The College’s new premium Level 3 Diploma in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship – which is targeted at school leavers – is also preparing for a swathe of interest from entrepreneurial hopefuls ahead of the new academic year.
Paul Starkey is the Director of Creative and Service Industries at Coventry College and outlined the reasons behind the new healthcare-related courses.
He said: “We know from our close links to industry that there is a need for more health and social care staff, as well as a need for existing professionals looking to up-skill.
“More people have expressed an interest in working within the health and social care sector after being inspired by the important role that healthcare professionals have played during the pandemic, and our new year-long Level 3 Health & Social Care course will play a key role in meeting this demand.
“We are also anticipating that as we move out of the pandemic there is going to be a real need to address the region’s growing need to combat mental health, and we are targeting this six-month course at workers who are already in employment – particularly in healthcare and education settings – to help them support others in the workplace.
“We all know a loved one or friend who has been affected by dementia, and so we are launching a course in this area to prepare those wishing to pursue a healthcare career within this area.”
Another area key to the country’s long-term recovery is the business community, and Donna Mason, Curriculum Manager for Business at Coventry College, revealed the importance of the new two-year Level 3 Diploma in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship course.
She added: “Around 99.9 per cent of British businesses are SMEs, which will have an important role to play in helping the economy to recover over the coming months, and this course has an equally crucial role to play in bringing through the personnel to keep these businesses going in the longer run.
“The course will take into account the long-term impacts that the Coronavirus pandemic has had on the business community, so there will be a strong focus on providing students with the digital skills to operate online.
“The two-years is a mixture of exams and coursework, which will include giving students the chance to push themselves by trying out mock scenarios of running their own business.
“We have more than 300 business students at the College, and as it’s one of the most popular departments, we would urge those interested in securing a place to contact us as soon as possible.”