City’s first Studio College

A new kind of college designed to equip young people for a range of careers in the construction industry will be officially opened by David Nicoll, Chief Executive of the Studio Schools Trust on Thursday (6 September).

Stoke Studio College for Construction and Building Excellence will receive its first intake of students as the new academic year begins this week.

Interest has been high with the college on course to meet its enrolment target of 90 students for the first term.

David Nicoll will visit the Stoke Studio College site at the Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE) at 12.30pm on Thursday.

He will meet students, staff and representatives from the Department for Education and key employer partners, Seddon, Wates and Keir.

The Studio College for Construction and Building Excellence is the first of its kind to open in North Staffordshire.

Sponsored by Stoke-on-Trent College, the Studio College will cater for 100 pupils aged from 14 to 16 and 200 aged between 16 and 19.

A feature of the Studio College is the strong emphasis on work placements which for older students will be paid.

Principal, Damian Hopkins, said:  “The opening of this Studio College marks a significant step forward for education in Stoke-on-Trent.

“The Minister will see how education and industry is coming together to provide young people with a bespoke education designed to inspire students and teach them the skills for working life.

“This is a completely new concept in education but interest has been high and we are hitting our enrolment targets.”

Councillor Alan Dutton, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for education, added: “It is absolutely vital our young people have the skills and experiences that employers want when leaving education. This college is a real shining example of the direct link between employers’ needs and the teaching curriculum. It is a model for the future.”

Mr Nicoll will arrive at CoRE in Chelson Street, Longton, at 12.30pm and will perform the official opening ceremony at 12.50pm.

Approval was recently granted to Stoke on Trent College to establish a second Studio College for Manufacturing and Design Engineering. It is expected to open at Stoke on Trent College’s Burslem campus and Haywood Engineering College, Burslem in September 2013.

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