Back to school blues? Is it time to choose something different?

14 September 2018 | College News

With the school term underway, many children are suffering from the ‘back to school blues’. For most this is a perfectly natural reaction to the end of summer freedoms and a return to the classroom, but what about those who have genuinely lost their enthusiasm for education?

It’s a real issue for parents who are looking for something different which could reignite that spark and turn their child’s learning from a boring chore into a dream career.

Mike Jones, Employability and Enterprise Manager at City College Plymouth explains: “September really is a month of change for those returning to school. A few weeks into the term and some are thriving in the academic setting but, for many, it’s just not for them and they risk becoming disillusioned with education entirely.

“Our Careers team at the College see many young people who have a passion for one subject and wish they could focus all their efforts in that area, others simply want a change from the traditional classroom environment, and a great number want to change because they thrive on a more ‘hands-on’ approach to learning. And the good news is there are other options out there that will let these young people achieve their full potential.”

Rated ‘good’ with outstanding features by Ofsted and awarded the TEF Gold award for their higher education provision, City College Plymouth is the region’s top performing college. They cater for a wide range of subject specialisms – including engineering, hair and beauty, catering and science – from entry level and BTECs (A Level equivalents) right up to university-level degrees and Apprenticeships. Thanks to their strong work experience opportunities and community spirit, they are also rated first in the country for both student and employer satisfaction.

One student who highly rates their College experience is Sam Weeks who is studying for his Level 3 Diploma in Motortech. He said: “The best thing about being a student here is being able to do something I really enjoy. I’ve always loved working on cars and the automotive course has let me combine my passion with learning.”

Jessica Cruiks, is taking the ‘earn while you learn’ approach with a painting and decorating Apprenticeship. She said: “Learning on the job means I have had the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience in a range of work environments. This has really tested my skills, boosted my confidence and made me realise ‘I can do it’!”

The team at City College Plymouth can offer free impartial careers advice and guidance to young people who are reconsidering their education options.

The College is enrolling now for a wide range of subjects. Drop in to a course information and enrolment session every Wednesday in September from 4.30pm – 6.30pm at Kings Road or call 01752 305300 to find out what City College Plymouth can offer you.

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