We are the largest provider of further education in Stoke and North Staffordshire, with around 10,000 students each year on full-time and part-time study programmes, apprenticeships, professional qualifications and university-level courses.
We also help thousands of local people each year to gain the basic skills needed for work, be it English and maths, employability skills or specific work-related qualifications.
Our students routinely win awards in regional and national competitions (see our awards and successes page) and the challenge helps to unleash their talent and prepare them for the competitive world of employment.
The purpose of Stoke on Trent College is to provide young people and adults with the technical and personal skills they need to gain employment, to progress their careers and so to contribute to the City’s economic, social and cultural development. Our successful students will help to create a flourishing city.
We will do this by:
- Making ourselves a partner of choice for those employers, agencies and institutions that share our ambition for the transformation of Stoke on Trent
- Supplying the skills needed by local employers to grow their businesses, to employ more people, and to provide goods and services that are in demand nationally and internationally
- Building our curriculum around comprehensive pathways to employment, developed in conjunction with employers and allowing students to “step off” and “step on” at the most appropriate level
- Fostering a culture of high expectations throughout the college, in order to develop in our students the personal attitudes necessary to gain employment and to hold down jobs: ambition, reliability, integrity, adaptability
- Providing industry standard facilities, recognised by employers for their excellence and their suitability for employers’ training needs
Transforming lives through learning by:
- Educating young people in life and work skills
- Retraining adults for new or improved careers
- Delivering outstanding teaching, learning and assessment
- Ensure opportunities for all: widen participation and access for all.
- Maintain teaching, learning and assessment at the heart of everything we do; our most important pursuit.
- Commitment to excellence and continuous improvement: high standards and expectations of students, ourselves and colleagues; challenging, honest and rigorous self-evaluation; seeking and sharing best practice; developing solutions orientated attitudes.
- Respect and value all individuals: treat everyone with respect, dignity and courtesy; recognise everyone is unique; celebrate diversity; strive to meet individual needs; prioritise learners and promote a united staff culture.
- Behave honestly and with integrity: adopt an ethical and transparent approach to working with all users and stakeholders.