Discover Something Different at City College

30 October 2017 | College News

Young people are being given the opportunity to turn a hobby into a career at City College Plymouth.

Aimed at those aged 14-16 years old, the Junior Academies offer young people the opportunity to explore their hobby or interest in a supported environment and to enhance their skills. The four after school programmes run over a number of weeks and explore what it’s like to work in the automotive, construction, hospitality and catering, and hair and beauty industries.

Mad about cars? Students in years 10 and 11 are invited to jump start a career in automotive at the Junior Academy and discover the ins and outs of how cars work. The six-week programme encourages attendees to take a look under the hood of the automotive industry in the College’s industry-standard facilities. Each week the students will get the opportunity to tinker away and discover breaking systems, the inner workings of engines, steering and suspension, and wheels and tyres.

Budding brickies and passionate plumbers are encouraged to pave a new career path with the Junior Construction Club. This six-week programme allows prospective students to get down and dusty in the plastering workshops; throw on some overalls, pick up a paint brush and be the Picasso of painting and decorating; become a plumber and master the waterworks; or stack the two-by-four’s and think outside the box. Young people are welcome to explore each workshop and build on an interest in construction.

Young chefs can learn how to cook with confidence at the Junior Chef Academy. Over the course of nine weeks the students will don aprons, roll up their sleeves and get a taste for College life. Working with professional chef lecturers in state-of-the-art training kitchens, attendees will get a real flavour for working with food; creating mouth-watering dishes to take home for all the family.

Contour a career in hair and beauty at the College’s Hair and Beauty Junior Academy. This nine-week course offers 14-16 year olds the chance to grab the grips and try out creative hair styling, or polish up on some nail art skills. They will also get expert make-up tutorials and the chance to speak to the trained technicians about ‘making it’ in the beauty industry. 

“The Academies are a great way for young people to start developing their skills and learn more about working in an industry they are interested in,” said Jo Williams, Youth Liaison Officer at City College. “Those attending will be hands-on from the very first session. They will hear from our experienced lecturers who will share their knowledge so that each individual leaves with a clear idea of what it is really like to work in their chosen sector.

“The Junior Academies engage young people and encourage them to consider different career paths. We want them to have their eyes opened to all the opportunities on offer to help them make the right choices after their GCSEs. These after school programmes are always very successful and many young people come back time and time again – some have even gone on to study full-time at the College, turning their hobby into a career.”  

To find out more or to book a place on one of the Academies visit or call 01752 305300. Alternatively, the College is holding an Open Day on Saturday 4 November, between 10.00am to 1.00pm at Kings Road – talk to lecturers, tour the facilities and get free and impartial advice.

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