Proffesional courses launched

Those looking to get ahead in their career are being urged to consider a range of courses now available to individuals in Staffordshire.

More than 250 professional job-related qualifications are being delivered by Stoke on Trent College that will enable people to gain further skills, allowing them to climb the career ladder. They include University-level courses, distance learning courses and flexible learning opportunities.

The announcement has been made as part of Adult Learners Week (June 15 – 19), a national campaign which aims to highlight the benefits of adult learning and celebration of lifelong learning.

Starting from September 2015, courses on offer include management and accounts, first aid and safety including NEBOSH industry qualifications, teacher training and teaching assistants, Access to Higher Education, as well as Microsoft backed IT courses thanks to the college’s Microsoft IT Academy status.

Stoke on Trent College is also an approved Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), the UK’s largest management body, which allows individuals to gain a full ILM qualification in Team Building, Retail and Quality Management, Leadership and Motivation, as well as Communication and Data Analysis.

Qualifications from the Chartered Management Institute from (CMI) are also delivered by the college in their Approved Study Centre, offering a range of first line management courses, recognised nationally by employers.

Mark Whittaker, Director of Marketing and Admissions at Stoke on Trent College, said: “Today, college isn’t just about school leavers. There is a whole host of opportunities for adults who want to develop professionally.

“Last year alone we welcomed 12,000 adults who joined us to take that next step, whether that was into management, to kick-start a new venture or to help them get back into work again.

“We would urge anyone looking to take that next step to contact us or pick up a copy of our new Adult Learning Guide.”

Thanks to government funding, free tuition is available for a number of the courses on offer, subject to criteria. There is also an Advanced Learning Loan from the government available on selected courses to those over 24 years of age, which is only paid back once the individual is earning over £21,000 a year.

Anyone wishing to find out more should visit www.stokecollege.ac.uk/adultskills or call 01782 603634.

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