Higher Education a Step to Bridging the Skills Gap

31 January 2017 | Access to HE & GCSEs, College News

Higher Education - Jonathon Brooks

With Brexit on the horizon, Britain is likely to face a ‘brain drain’ of EU citizens – a large number of skilled professionals plan to leave the country when the UK exits the EU, meaning now, more than ever, there is a need for trained workers to bridge the gap. This will potentially open up a plethora of opportunities for those wanting to return to work, change careers or improve prospects in a current role.

Access to Higher Education courses are a great first step for those with specific career goals in mind, and offer a route for people who have not been in education for some time. Courses are designed to be practical and relevant, with progression onto a Foundation Degree or the first year of an Honours Degree at university.

As well as Access to Higher Education courses, City College offers more than 20 Foundation Degrees in subjects ranging from accounting and audio, to science and sport. The two-year degree-level courses are the equivalent of studying the first two years of an Honours Degree at university.

Jonathon Brooks studied a Foundation Degree in Forensic Science at the College, and used his qualification as a stepping stone to university and employment.

“The College offered me the option to explore all avenues and aspects of forensic science.  The modules on the course were very broad and offered many stimulating topics of study; this allowed me to discover what I found particularly interesting.

“The passion of the lecturers was without a doubt a key memory for me. They are very dedicated to the students and always helped those that struggled with any aspect of the course. Studying at the College just strengthened the knowledge that I wanted a career in this field, and gave me the skills and confidence to go on to complete an Honours Degree.”

Jonathon then applied for a PhD position at Leicester University, skipping the traditional route of a Master’s Degree. He is currently undertaking research into revolutionising the training of police cadaver dogs.

Kat Jones, Head of Higher Education at City College, said: “Returning to education or changing career paths later in life can be a scary prospect. However, if you are unhappy in your current role or wanting to progress but lack the necessary qualifications, City College offers a wide range of higher education options. Access to Higher Education courses and Foundation Degrees are a fantastic pathway to gaining an Honours Degree and can help anyone take that next step in their career.”

To find out more about Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, the College is hosting an Open Day on Saturday 29 April, 10.00am to 1.00pm, at Kings Road. To find out more, please visit our events page or call 01752 305300.

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