Here at Stoke on Trent College we are committed to our philosophy of a real education, which means giving every student the support needed for success.  We work closely with parents and guardians every step of the way, from the time your young person is thinking of applying to the day they get their qualification and find the ideal job or go to university.

Stoke on Trent College provides a unique combination of skills to all our students to ensure work-readiness when they complete their course.

Naturally, each student learns specific skills for the workplace through the vocational qualification they study, be it a construction trade, engineering, IT or catering qualification. They will also continue to develop their English and maths skills as part of their learning; English and maths qualifications are vital for getting a job and increase earning potential.

In addition to this they’ll also develop general employability skills, so that whatever sector they choose to work in, they’ll be equipped with skills that make them employable – skills like communication and numeracy, familiarity with IT, CV writing and interview skills.

Finally, what sets our students apart is that we help them to understand and develop the attributes and mind-sets that we know employers are looking for – reliability and honesty, respect for others, punctuality and meeting deadlines, amongst others. Students work with our Job Shop team to develop these ‘unwritten’ attributes which help them to stand out from the crowd in the employment market.

The Job Shop team work with students to help them find part-time work during their course and full-time work afterwards, so that their college experience is one that genuinely puts them on the road to a future career. A Work Ready+ card is awarded to all students who meet the criteria for work readiness.

All students will undertake work experience as part of their Study Programme. This enables them to apply the knowledge and skills gained on their course in a real work environment, giving practical, hands-on experience. It gives students the opportunity to show employers that they are keen to progress and enhances CVs for future employment. The Work Experience Officers and Coordinator at the College will help and guide all students with their placement and liaise with potential employers.  If you wish, you can contact your son/daughters Work Experience Officer directly;

Diane Hutchinson                    (Construction, BES, Engineering & Motor Vehicle)

07741291240 or Diane.hutchinson@stokecoll.ac.uk

Leanne Kael          (Sport, Public Services, Applied Science, Travel & Tourism, Child, Health & Social Care)

07786114084 or Leanne.martin@stokecoll.ac.uk

Vicky Lavender     (Hair, Beauty, Hospitality, Business, IT, Media, Perf. & Prod Arts, Music, Art & Design)

07786113870 or Victoria.lavender@stokecoll.ac.uk

 

Or if you wish, you can contact the Work Experience Coordinator, Neil Hamilton on;

07786113915 or Neil.hamilton@stokecoll.ac.uk

Whilst we feel giving students the freedom to be individuals is very important, we offer a full range of support facilities to each and every student. These range from personal tutors and a careers service through to learning support and financial assistance.

In addition, there are lots of activities during the induction process, all designed to help them meet new people and quickly settle into Stoke on Trent College life.

We want to work alongside you throughout your child’s studies. We organise parents’ evenings, operate a report system and work with parents on a one-to-one basis if any problems should arise.

Course tuition is free for 16 to 18 year olds. Payment may be required for course materials and other items but this will be explained. Financial support may be available to help with these costs.

For people aged 19+, please refer to the website or contact us for the latest information.

Call 01782 603604 or email studentassistance@stokecoll.ac.uk

Students are expected to supplement class time with additional individual or group study. Most students study in the Learning Resource Centres and Libraries, which have a comprehensive range of learning materials.

Of course, being a student isn’t all about studying. There are some great times to be had too! We offer a range of activities to support student development and the Students’ Union also offers a lively social scene.

Many Level 3 college courses are recognised as equivalent to 3 A-Levels and are accepted by universities as an alternative entry route. In some cases, a specialist Level 3 vocational qualification may even be preferred by a university. You will need to look at each university’s prospectus individually to see what each one requires for entry onto a degree programme.

Even if your son/daughter won’t be studying a Level 3 course straight away, they can progress onto these at a later date.

The Admissions Team is available at any time to give advice to young people and their parents on the range of options available.

Once your child has applied for a course at the College, they will be invited in for an informal course discussion. This is so that we can ensure that they have applied for the right course. It also gives students a chance to meet the tutor, ask any questions and get more detailed information about the course. Parents are welcome to attend.

We will never discriminate against anyone and welcome applications from people with a disability, learning difficulty or additional needs. We have progress coaches, student mentors and learning support assistants or can provide support in exams or specialist equipment to give the support students need.

Please contact the Learning Support Team on 01782 603563 or visit us anytime.

For an informal chat call us on 01782 603747.

Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to. Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience – and that they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam).

Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends — personal information includes their messenger ID, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family or friends. If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it. Remind them that anyone may be looking at their images and one day a future employer could!

If your child receives spam/junk email & texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them. It’s not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain — it could be a virus, or worse — an inappropriate image or film. Help your child to understand that some people lie online and therefore it’s better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with and strangers without an adult they trust.

Always keep communication open for a child to know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.

Teach young people how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.

Websites:

www.ceop.gov.uk

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

www.getnetwise.org

www.safeguardingchildren.stoke.gov.uk

www.parentsprotect.co.uk

www.upsideonline.co.uk

It is compulsory for all 16-18yr olds in education who do not yet have a Grade A*-C in English and Maths to continue to study English and maths. This is important to prepare students for progression onto higher levels of qualifications (including university), progression onto an Apprenticeship and into employment. English and maths qualifications are vital for getting a job and increase earning potential.

If your son/daughter starts college in September without A*-C grades in English and Maths, they will be studying either GCSE or functional skills depending on their grades from school.

If your son/daughter started college in September with A*-C grades then they will be completing the Advancing and Applying Maths and English (AAME) project to further develop their skills.

The details of the appropriate course and class will be arranged during enrolment and will be on the timetable. All learners MUST attend these classes for their place at college to be funded.