New Principal pledges real work experience and high standards as Stoke Studio College gets set for take off
The first Principal of a groundbreaking new college in Stoke-on-Trent has pledged to give students real work experience.
This will include paid for work placements for young people, revealed Damian Hopkins, the newly appointed Principal of the Stoke Studio College.
Damian moves to the studio college – which opens in September -from Stoke on Trent College where he held the post of Director of Technology.
He said: “The Studio College is a brand new concept in 14-19 education in Stoke-on-Trent.
“It’s all about being able to learn and get qualifications which will get you work-ready. Local and national employers will be involved in the teaching and mentoring and this means that from the word go, students will be getting a menu that employers want. They’ll leave us with the skills and resilience to secure purposeful jobs, apprenticeships, or go on to further study.
“One of the big differences in the Studio College is that Post 16, we’ll be organising paid weekly work placements. And pre-16 students will do the equivalent of half a day a week on work placement.
“There’s a real shortage of people suitably qualified to do jobs such as site management and we know that employers are crying out for trained experts.
“We will be getting students involved in important big projects such as the Building Schools for the Future Programme and working with companies such as Kier and Wetherby on home refurbishment schemes.”
Enrolment is now underway for the Studio College which is based at CoRE, the new £11.4 million Centre of Refurbishment Excellence, Longton, and the Discovery Academy.
It is one of only 12 new “Studio Schools” which will open across the country in 2012.
Students will be expected to work towards GCSEs, BTecs and A levels alongside their hands on vocational studies.
Students can apply to the Studio College either for a start in Year 10 (at the age of 14) or after they leave secondary school at 16.