Graduates dial up a BT career

Stoke on Trent college graduates dial up a BT career

Students from Stoke on Trent College are on the right lines for a successful career after graduating from Higher Education courses.

Around 100 college students officially graduated from Foundation degree courses at a ceremony at Trentham Gardens.

The students have studied on Foundation degree courses hosted by Stoke on Trent College in partnership with Staffordshire University in a range of subjects including Early Childhood Studies, Construction, Digital Media Production (Photography), Complementary Therapies, Information Technology and much more.

Phil James from the college said a number of the graduates were students who are employed by British Telecom and based at the BT Training Centre in Yarnfield, Staffordshire.

“The degree-level courses hosted at Stoke on Trent College are vocational in nature. That is really important because we are turning out students who have been equipped with qualifications specifically designed to help them in the world of work.”

More than half of the BT graduates have completed IT for Business Foundation degrees, while other graduates have specialised in Telecoms or a Customer Service Foundation degree.

Daniel Thomas is now planning to further his studies while working full time in data engineering at BT.

He said: “I have completed a three-year Foundation degree as part of my Apprenticeship with BT. I have built up a great knowledge of IT, particularly networking and programming.

“The experience I have gained in problem solving and critical thinking is very useful for my work.”

Jason Turrell is also now working full time for BT after completing a Foundation degree as part of his Apprenticeship.

“The course was developed with BT so all the content was relevant to my job and will serve as a base for all future learning and development,” he said.

The Stoke on Trent College students have joined hundreds of Staffordshire University students graduating in a week of special ceremonies held at Trentham Gardens.

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