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Industry Experts Inspire Future Generations Thanks To Cheshire College’s NEW Lecturer Development Programme

Employing over 200 academic staff across its three Campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester, Cheshire College has a passion for empowering individuals to thrive in the workplace and has launched a programme to provide support and training for new lecturers joining, including the opportunity to complete recognised teaching qualifications.

Industry professionals make up over half of Cheshire College’s current teaching staff and bring with them a wealth of specialist sector knowledge to enhance learners’ understanding and skills, with many still working within the business or running their own to keep up-to-date with the latest innovations. 

Cheshire College’s new Lecturer Development Programme has a dedicated range of support and development opportunities for industry experts joining their academic team with no prior teaching experience or qualifications, including the chance to complete a Level 4 Certificate in Education & Training before progressing on to a Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training.

Silke Novak, Lecturer in Construction joined the College after 11 years of experience in industry which included working as an Electrical Building Services Engineering and also studying for a Master’s in Engineering. She completed her PGCE whilst teaching learners on full-time programmes and said: “Being able to join the College as a lecturer whilst continuing to complete my qualifications on the same site was extremely convenient and meant I was able to draw on my classroom experiences when completing my qualification and vice versa. 

“I had a fantastic mentor during this time within the department who supported me with my teaching and completing my qualification, and I’m so glad I made the move from industry into education to inspire the next generation of construction workers.” 

Available to all lecturers and assessors joining from industry as well as those with prior experience, as Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) or trainee teachers, Cheshire College’s Lecturer Development Programme also includes an assigned curriculum mentor and regular 1-2-1 support from the Quality team. 

Ruth Szolkowska, Vice Principal of Innovation, Curriculum & Quality, said: “I’m delighted to announce the launch our new Lecturer Development Programme which will provide academic staff joining us with a range of help and support to ensure they feel comfortable within their role and can confidently provide learners with an outstanding experience.

“We’re committed to ensuring our staff are happy and enjoy their work, and alongside the Lecturer Development Programme we provide a structured induction, annual performance development reviews and excellent CPD opportunities all in a safe, fulfilling, team-centred working environment at one of our state-of-the-art Campuses.” 

As the largest provider of post-16 education in the region, the College’s world-class facilities are the result of a £140m investment in the latest technology and real work environments. Home to 11,000 learners and 1,000 Apprentices, Cheshire College is passionate about driving economic growth through the development of future e-focused skills and work with over 500 employers, industries and organisations to achieve this.

With a variety of lecturing vacancies currently live, ranging from health, science and engineering to education, art and design, Cheshire College welcomes applications from all sections of the community with different teaching experience. To find out more about the College’s range of vacancies, click here.  

Cheshire College Assistant Principal Sets Off On 1,900 Mile Cycle Challenge In Support of MS Society

An Assistant Principal at Cheshire’s largest Further Education college has embarked on a charity cycle challenge that will push him to the limits as he attempts to become one of the very few people to complete Land’s End to John O’Groats and back again within 18 days, whilst raising vital funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS Society).

Mark Parsons, Assistant Principal of Curriculum at Cheshire College, set off on the 1,900 mile cycle ride today (Friday 16th July) with an aim to complete the full route in 18 days and raise £6,000 for the MS Society in the process. 

Commenting on this epic challenge, Mark said: “The average time to complete one length of Land’s End to John O’Groats cycling is 14 days and I’m attempting to get there and back again in just 18 days. I know this ride will test me physically and mentally at every level, but it doesn’t compare to what individuals who live with Multiple Sclerosis and their loved ones have to endure day-in-day-out.

“I have been training for this day for over a year now, gradually increasing the length and incline each time I get out on the bike, and I can’t believe it’s now here. The backing I have received over the past 12 months from companies who have donated food, drink, clothing and equipment to help me has been overwhelming, not to mention the support from staff and learners at Cheshire College.”

Learners at Cheshire College’s three Campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester have all been supporting Mark’s efforts by hosting a range of fundraising events to help him reach his £6,000 target.

A former professional chef, Mark began his career in restaurant kitchens working alongside world-renowned chefs such as Gary Rhodes before making the move into education 15 years later as a Hospitality lecturer, and still has connections in industry with Michelin-Starred Celebrity Chef, Tom Kerridge, reaching out on social media to send him well wishes for the challenge.  

Every academic year Cheshire College get involved in a wide range of events to support charities they’re passionate about and that help some of the most vulnerable people in society and have fundraised for the likes of NSPCC, Cancer Research and Guide Dogs UK alongside the MS Society. The College has also recently signed up in support of the national ‘Good for ME, Good for FE’ campaign, which will create a sustainable programme of community action across the UK and generate £1m of social value with strands such as ‘Foodbank Friday’, the development of corporate and charitable partnerships, and the encouragement of staff volunteering within and outside college communities.  

Cheshire College will be keeping their social media channels up to date with the latest news on Mark’s ride throughout the 18-day challenge. To donate quickly, safely and securely to the MS Society, click here to visit Mark’s JustGiving page. 

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Cheshire College Set to Upskill Local People after £100m Investment Into Vauxhall

The region’s largest provider of post-16 education, Cheshire College will be delivering the upskilling and reskilling of local people after a £100m investment was made by Stellantis into Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant, which will see it transform into the UK’s first manufacturing site dedicated to electric vans and cars.

The investment was announced on Tuesday 6 July at a press conference attended by UK Government, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng and Vauxhall Motors Managing Director, Paul Willcox.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson also recorded a video message, which was played during the conference hailing the announcement as a ‘huge vote of confidence for Ellesmere Port’. 

With an ethos set around inspiring and engaging young learners and adults with the latest innovations and technologies, Cheshire College will be delivering courses designed to upskill and reskill current and new Vauxhall employees in the future of the motor vehicle industry, which will see no new diesel and petrol cars sold in the UK from 2030. 

Dhesi, Principal and CEO of Cheshire College, said: “This is a fantastic boost for both the town and people of Ellesmere Port and here at Cheshire College we’re extremely proud to be a part of this. The automotive industry is embarking on a really exciting journey as the country begins to shift to environmentally friendly electric vehicles and I’m delighted we will be working with Vauxhall to deliver the all-important training required to support this. 

“We’re looking forward to continuing our partnership with Vauxhall and will be using the very best cutting-edge technology to deliver the high-quality training needed to ensure more and more of the job opportunities that become available go to people in the local area.”

Cheshire College currently supports apprentices working with Vauxhall and the education provider has played a vital role in safeguarding a sustainable future for the town, having consistently supported Stellantis’ plans alongside the UK Government, Cheshire West and Chester Council and the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership. 

“I particularly want to thank our highly skilled, dedicated workforce for their patience and contribution.  Thanks also to Cheshire College for their assistance in providing training for our teams.  Producing battery electric vehicles here will support clean, safe and affordable mobility for all. Since 1903 Vauxhall has manufactured vehicles in Britain and we will continue to do so”, said Mark Noble, Vauxhall Ellesmere Port Plant Director.

Cheshire College Learner Beats Off Thousands To Secure Prestigious Degree Apprenticeship

Over 1,000 young people from across the country applied to study a Degree Apprenticeship at Europe’s leading telecommunications company and with just three position available, an A Level learner at Cheshire College has fought off tough competition to secure her place.  

17-year-old Oriana Paraschiv, who studies A Level Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics at Cheshire College’s Crewe Campus, applied for Vodafone’s Software Engineering Apprenticeship at the end of 2020 and after a rigorous interview process spanning over four months she received the call to say she had been successful.   

An extremely high-achiever at the College, Oriana impressed the Vodafone team with her technical know-how and ability, so much so that she has secured an unconditional offer and will be relocating over 150 miles down south to take the next step in her career journey when the apprenticeship starts in September.  

Commenting on her success, Oriana said: “I’m really proud of myself and what I have achieved. The interview process was tough and involved written essays and video calls before a six-hour virtual interview which included group activities, individual problem solving tasks and a technical interview, but it was all worth it to secure the role. I was so happy when I was told I’d been successful and can’t wait to get started.  

“In order to get a permanent job in the software industry you need a lot of experience and whilst I did apply for university too, this degree apprenticeship will provide me with the opportunity to get hands on experience whilst studying for a degree too!” 

As Cheshire’s largest provider of post-16 education, the College offers over 30 different A Level subjects for learners to choose from, which are taught by subject-specialists in university-standard facilities. With a fantastic support team to help the transition from high school to College, learners are able to experience a more independent way of studying and learning. 

Sarah Bradley, Assistant Director of A Levels at Cheshire College, said: “We are extremely proud Oriana has secured such a prestigious Degree Apprenticeship with Vodafone. She has worked so hard both inside and outside of College to ensure she has the skills and knowledge to achieve her dreams of becoming a Software Engineer, often completing extra reading and research at home to complement her in-class learning.     

“At Cheshire College we ensure all our learners are provided with the information they need to make informed decisions about the progression routes available to them after successful completion of their course and we’re seeing a fantastic increase in the number of learners going on to study Degree Apprenticeships.” 

As part of the wide range of study programmes Cheshire College deliver for young people and adults, they provide a comprehensive Higher Education undergraduate study programme and work alongside their university partners to offer a range of Foundation Degrees, Top-Up Degrees, Full Degrees and Degree Apprenticeships across subjects such as Education, Business, Visual Arts, Construction and Engineering. 

To find out more about A Levels or Higher Education at Cheshire College visit www.ccsw.ac.uk – there’s never been a better time to Get In, Stand Out.  

Cheshire College Learner’s Artwork Goes Global

Nurturing talent and empowering people to achieve their full potential is at the heart of Cheshire College’s ethos and for one young A Level learner set a class task, it has seen her creative work selected for international exhibition.  

First-year A Level Graphic Communication learners at Cheshire College’s Crewe Campus were set a challenge by tutors to submit work to Red Collage Perú’s open call ‘The Burnout Society’, which has seen numerous learners’ work shared for 24-hours with one learner being selected to feature in the full virtual exhibition.  

Learner Rosie Payne’s art was selected to feature in Red Collage Perú’s exhibition after standing out to the panel and fulfilling the chosen brief of ‘Big Data’, which she made accessible to a global audience by cleverly incorporating binary code which is recognised and understood across the world.  

Commenting on her selection in the exhibition, 19-year-old Rosie from Northwich said: “I was so surprised when I received the email to say that my work had been selected to feature within Red Collage Perú’s exhibition on Instagram. I am really proud to have been picked as all the other art that has been chosen alongside my work is incredible and I feel very fortunate to have been selected. 

“My tutors have been absolutely great and the support they have given to us all this year has been incredible. They have gone above and beyond to create tasks and projects that are accessible and I am always learning something new. No two lessons are ever the same which has allowed me to really develop my skills and knowledge within graphic design.” 

Having never attempted collaging before, this task stretched and challenged Rosie and her fellow learner’s skills, allowing them to embrace their creativity and put other techniques they have learnt in the classroom into practice for a live brief.  

Zoe Charlesworth-Simpson, Lecturer in Visual Arts at Cheshire College, commented: “I am delighted Rosie and our other learners’ work has been recognised on such a global scale. This was the first time many of them had submitted work externally and for them to selected amongst nearly 400 other entries is brilliant.  

“Design is all about problem solving and finding design solutions and at Cheshire College we ensure the work learners complete build on their skills sets ready for them to go out into industry. Since the start of the academic year, learners have been set a series of challenges from photography and typography to print making and interior design to allow them the freedom to explore the different mediums and discover their specialism. It’s been fantastic to see their creativity blossom and Red Collage Perú’s open call has really boosted their confidence, giving them courage in their convictions.” 

Sharing and showcasing work forms a big part of learner’s journey at Cheshire College, with events and end of year shows regularly organised to celebrate the hard work of learners and this year is no different with an open call for Visual Arts learners to submit work to the end of year show currently underway. The End of Year show is live now and can be accessed on Instagram via @vpa_at_ccsw.  

Cheshire College launch Virtual Primary and Secondary College for over 3,000 local pupils

For the second year running, Cheshire College have recently launched their much-loved Virtual Primary and Secondary School programme, designed to extend learning opportunities, raise aspirations and assist in supporting with the transition for young people at these key milestone points.

For the past 26 years, Cheshire College have delivered an engaging and inclusive programme to support the transition for young people from Primary School to Secondary School and Secondary School to Further Education. Despite Coronavirus changing the way in which we learn, socialise, work and play, the College has responded to ensure its Primary and Secondary College programmes still reach and support young people. 

Across the region, the Primary College programme engages a staggering 1,600 Year 5/6 pupils, from 50 primary schools and the Secondary College programme attracts over 1,800 Year 10 pupils from more than 14 secondary schools. In addition, each year around 15 local employers and organisations are involved in supporting a varied and engaging programme of activities.

Passionate about bringing coding to life in the classroom, Barclays Code Playground have been involved with Primary College for the past four years. Kevin Garner, Head of Code Playground, said: “Here at Code Playground we’re proud to be involved with Primary College. Moving from Primary to Secondary school can be a difficult time and these events really help the young people to get to grips with the change in a positive way. As well as preparing for secondary school, the participants also have the chance learn some news skills and have a bit of fun in the process. Can’t wait for next year already!”

Although Primary and Secondary College has not taken place on Campuses as it would normally, the College is determined to support young people in the area at a critical time when they need it most. The virtual alternative will be accessible to all local feeder schools and is designed to support young people whether in the classroom, or as part of their home learning packages.

Rachel Thomas, Assistant Head Teacher at Blacon High School, commented: “We have been attending Cheshire College’s Secondary College programme since the event began and it is one of the best post-16 transition experiences of the year. It is so well planned; it is pitched perfectly to the pupils and offers a real insight into the College and the courses available. It is an extremely valued event for all of us at Blacon High School.”

Helen Nellist, Deputy Principal and Deputy CEO at Cheshire College, said: “The idea of bringing together a wide range of departments and employers, to deliver talks and activities as part of events throughout the academic year, stretches the boundaries of raising aspirations. It is vital that we encourage young people to think about their futures, as it gives purpose to their learning and enables them to develop the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career of their choosing.

“It is a pleasure that we can work in partnership with local schools to empower young people and ensure nothing stops them from reaching their goals.”

To help monitor and improve further events, schools are also in with a chance of winning a range of prizes, including ice cream for the entire class, by telling the College about their experience. 

For more information, please contact the Schools Partnerships team by emailing schools@ccsw.ac.uk

Cheshire College has a range of study courses available, including full-time vocational courses, A Levels, T Levels, Apprenticeships and Higher Education Course. To find out more about Cheshire College, click here – there’s never been a better time to ‘Get In, Stand Out’. 

Cheshire College Become A Huawei ICT Academy

Learners at the region’s largest further education college now have access to the very latest technology advancements as Cheshire College partners with worldwide telecoms company Huawei to become an official Huawei ICT Academy.  

The global programme, now in its eighth year, allows partner education institutes to deliver training on Huawei’s state-of-the-art technology, providing learners with tangible industry recognised certifications and digital skills to support them in fulfilling their full potential and boosting their job prospects after College.  

Working with over 500 employers, Cheshire College values the importance of building strong relationships with employers in industry. The partnership with Huawei has come at a pinnacle time for Cheshire College with the launch of T Levels, the government’s new next level qualification which has seen the College selected as the only further education provider in Cheshire to offer a T Level in Digital Production, Design & Development from September 2021.  

Thanks to the new partnership, learners will be able to enhance the valuable digital knowledge required by employers as they enrol on a range of introductory and certification courses, which cover the latest developments in technology such as cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, 5G and security.  

Neil Borg-Olivier, Assistant Principal of Curriculum at Cheshire College, said: “We’re delighted we have been able to come on board as the latest Huawei ICT Academy. It’s a fantastic opportunity, not only for our Digital and IT learners and tutors, but for all at the College to have access to the latest industry information to enrich and enhance their digital skillsets.” 

As the largest privately owned telecommunication company in the world, 53% of Huawei’s directly employed staff work on research and development and as new technology areas are established by their team, courses in these areas will be directly uploaded to the Academy’s portal providing learners and staff with access to the very latest information in real time. 

The College will also be taking part in a virtual work experience pilot project this summer with the academy to deliver blended placements for young people to get a wider understanding of working life in industry and expand their network.  

Director for Huawei ICT Academy Programme, Western Europe, Pallavi Malhotra, commented:  

“The Huawei ICT Academy partnership makes Cheshire College a first choice facility for learners who are looking to carve a career in the STEM field by offering a globally recognised Digital & IT industry sector certification. As part of this programme, students can gain access to the latest learning resources with the most up-to-date technological developments, while teachers can also enhance their professional development.” 

With an increased demand for Digital skills across the country, tutors at Cheshire College have developed their Digital T Level programme in collaboration with employers and businesses for learners to confidently meet the needs of industry and be prepared for work.  

Providing the knowledge and experience needed to open the door to highly skilled employment, an Apprenticeship or higher-level study, T Levels are equivalent to three A Levels and have been designed to help young people develop the knowledge, attitude and practical skills to thrive in the workplace.  

To find out more about studying T Levels at Cheshire College visit www.ccsw.ac.uk – there’s never been a better time to #GetInStandOut.   

To find out more about the Huawei ICT Academy visit https://e.huawei.com/en/talent/#/ict-academy/home

30 Learners Crowned Cheshire College Champions in End of Year Celebrations

With over 12,000 young people studying at Cheshire’s largest Further Education College, 30 learners have been crowned Cheshire College Champions after being carefully selected by a panel of judges for their range of academic and personal achievements over the past year. 

An opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the exceptional commitment and resilience learners have demonstrated in what has been a challenging year, staff at Cheshire College were asked to nominate their Cheshire College Champions before a judging panel came together to carefully consider all submissions and select just 30 learners.  

The 30 learners crowned Cheshire College Champions span the College’s three Campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester and all study a variety of courses including full-time courses and A Levels.  

Dhesi, Principal & CEO at Cheshire College, commented: “It’s been fantastic celebrating the range of successes our learners have achieved this year through Cheshire College Champions and I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to present our winners with their awards and presents. Having sat on the panel of judges to read through all the nominations and ultimately select our final Cheshire College Champions, I can say that all 30 learners and those nominated too should be immensely proud of themselves.  

“So much positive work has taken place this year whilst we’ve been on Campus, as well as working remotely during lockdown, and I feel privileged to be the Principal of a College where we have adapted and pushed forward together during such a challenging year.” 

Throughout last week (WC 14th June), the 30 Cheshire College Champions were surprised during their lessons by members of the College’s leadership team who presented them with certificates and gift boxes which included specially branded Cheshire College Champion Cadbury’s Dairy Milk bars and Love2Shop vouchers.  

Ella Swindley, former pupil at Brine Leas School, was one of four A Level learners named as a Cheshire College Champion. Aspiring to become an Illustrator, Ella was nominated as a Champion by her tutors for outstanding work and commitment to supporting her peers. Ella said: “This doesn’t feel real! I have loved every moment of my College experience, especially getting to design my own comic book this year. All staff are really supportive and have helped me secure a Degree Apprenticeship within the creative industry.” 

Ella Swindley, A Levels, Crewe 
Josh Cilbery, Public Services, Ellesmere Port

One learner, Josh Clibery, who studied at The Whitby High School before applying to the College’s Ellesmere Port Campus, commented: “I am so proud of myself! It feels amazing to be presented with this award!”, after being presented with his award by Assistant Director, Gareth Edwards. Josh joined the Public Services course to chase his dream of securing a job with the RAF. Josh continued: “I love the range of different activities and opportunities available to me and my tutors have been really inspiring, which really motivated me to strive for success.” 

Photography learner at the College’s Chester Campus, Louis Major, joined the College in September 2020 after completing his GCSEs at Upton-by-Chester High School. Louis commented: “I honestly have no words, I am over the moon to be crowned one of the 30 Champions. My time studying at the College has been great, I have made so many new friends and the mature environment has given me the freedom to enhance my skills. I would like to be a Freelance Photographer in the future, so I am making the most of every lesson before the term ends.” 

Louis Major, Art & Design Practice (Photography), Chester 

The full list of Cheshire College Champions include:   

  • Tavonga Muviyi, Applied Science, Chester 
  • Louis Major, Art & Design Practice (Photography), Chester 
  • Annabel Clayton, Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair, Chester 
  • Fernanda, ESOL, Chester 
  • Ella Swindley, A Levels, Crewe 
  • Jessica Palin, A Levels, Crewe 
  • Matilda Miller, A Levels, Crewe 
  • Thomas Morris, A Levels, Crewe 
  • Aubrey Tew Weaver, Art & Design (Photography), Crewe 
  • Olga Kubalewska, Business, Crewe 
  • Eleisha Perry, Business, Crewe 
  • Catalin Burlacu, Construction, Crewe 
  • Benjamin Gibbons, Creative Media Practice (Games), Crewe 
  • Catarina Sequeira Sarmento, ESOL, Crewe 
  • Michael Swales, Information & Creative Technology, Crewe 
  • Daniel Moore, Information Technology, Crewe 
  • Samuel Taylor, Performing Arts (Acting), Crewe 
  • Conan Leech, Professional Cookery, Crewe 
  • Dominik Nowak, Sports, Crewe 
  • Rebecca Corcoran, Childcare & Education, Ellesmere Port 
  • Mason Kelbrick, Electrical Installation, Ellesmere Port 
  • Folashade Stockton, Engineering, Ellesmere Port 
  • Hannah Littler, Health & Social Care, Ellesmere Port 
  • Alex Cottam, Performing Arts (Production), Ellesmere Port 
  • Harold Joy, Plumbing, Ellesmere Port 
  • Josh Cilbery, Public Services, Ellesmere Port 
  • Amy-Jayne Clarke, Skills for Living & Work, Ellesmere Port 
  • Aaron Cotter, Sport, Fitness & Personal Training, Ellesmere Port 
  • Thomas Edwards, Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair & Media Make-up, Ellesmere Port 
  • Sian Hamilton, Travel & Tourism, Ellesmere Port 

With an understanding that everyone has different ways of learning Cheshire College has a range of study courses available to suit individuals’ learning styles, including full-time vocational courses, A Levels, T Levels, Apprenticeships and Higher Education Course. To find out more about Cheshire College, visit www.ccsw.ac.uk – there’s never been a better time to ‘Get In, Stand Out’.  

ITV’s This Morning Comes Calling for Cheshire College Learner

A learner at Cheshire’s largest Further Education College has featured on national television and regional radio to discuss the impact having a guide dog has made since losing his sight. Part-time learner at Cheshire College, Scott Bailey, featured on ITV’s This Morning and BBC Radio Stoke to talk about how his life has transformed since being matched with his guide dog, including going back into education to retrain. 

Scott started to lose his sight five years ago after being diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes, and was registered blind just three years later in 2019. Scott matched with his guide dog Milo in 2020 and, despite a delay in being partnered due to COVID-19, Milo has made all the difference to Scott and his family’s life, supporting him to get his independence back. 

Previously a dairy farmer, Scott wanted to get back into work and joined Cheshire College’s Crewe Campus earlier this year to gain new skills that will help him achieve his dream of becoming a Counsellor and helping others who are experiencing sight loss due to diabetes.  

Scott, 32-years-old, from Crewe said: “I knew I wanted to get back into education to retrain and having spoken to Cheshire College’s support team, who helped me choose the right course to get started, I’m really looking forward to this next chapter in my life. I’m currently completing an ECDL IT Bridging Course which has eased me back into education and have saved a space on the Level 2 Counselling course for next September. 

“The College has gone above and beyond for me since I joined in March. I really didn’t expect them to do so much for me, they’ve been really accommodating and have gone the extra mile to make sure both me and Milo are comfortable – Milo even has his own bed in the IT suite!”

Milo in class

As part of the additional learner support offered by Cheshire College, Scott has regular contact with the College’s Inclusive Learning Advisor for Sensory who is his first port-of-call for any questions or queries and is also partnered with a Learner Mentor who provides in-class support. 

Chris Baggs, Director of Learning & Learner Services at Cheshire College, commented: “Inclusivity and making education accessible to all is hugely important to us here at Cheshire College and I’m extremely proud of the high-quality support we have in place to help learners succeed, develop and progress. Our Learner Services team are all specialist co-ordinators and have a vast amount of experience in providing personalised and tailored additional learner support.  

“Scott is a great example of how the team is able to support learners at all levels, whether school leavers or adults, to achieve their potential and succeed in their goals, and I’m delighted he is having such a positive experience with us.”

To ensure learners enjoy their time and have the best possible experience, Cheshire College has a range of support areas to offer them help, advice and guidance before, during and after successful completion of their course. From the Learning Support Team and Personal Development Tutors to the Bursary & Transport and Careers Teams, Cheshire College ensures all young people and adults are able to make the most out of learner life. 

To find out more visit www.ccsw.ac.uk – there’s never been a better time to #GetInStandOut. 

Meet the T Level Team

We’re so excited for our all-new T Level courses to start in September and can’t wait for our learners to be able to get stuck in. 

Over the past couple of months our Tutors have been busy getting everything ready for your arrival and are really looking forward to working with you to enhance your knowledge and skills, preparing you for the next step in your career whether you plan to go straight into employment, go on to further study or complete a Higher Apprenticeship.  

We caught up with them to ask those all important questions we know you’ve been eager to find out. So, without further ado, it’s time to meet some of the team!  

Construction

Meet Ashraf, a Lecturer in Electrical Installation at our Ellesmere Port and Crewe Campuses. With over 20 years’ experience working as an Electrician, Ashraf runs his own business alongside lecturing, which allows him to keep up-to-date with the latest goings on in the industry and feed this back to learners. 

What can learners expect when joining your T Level course?
“Our team of experts, many of whom still work in industry, will provide you with all the information you need to help you secure employment or go on to further education. We use different methods of teaching to make sure you have the best learning experience, so expect lots of practical learning alongside theory.” 

What state-of-the-art equipment will be used? 
“You will have access to the very latest, top-of-the-range industry-standard equipment that you would expect to find when out on jobs.” 

What would be your top tip for learners joining your T Level course in September? 
“My advice would be to take ownership of your qualification. You’re chasing your own dream, so chase it and make it work for you. Our job is to help turn your dream into reality.”  


Digital

This is Pami, a Lecturer in Computing & IT at our Ellesmere Port Campus. Specialising in digital graphics, Pami has extensive experience within the creative industry and has worked within education for over 19 years.  

What can learners expect when joining your T Level course? 
“With industry placements being the backbone of our T Level qualification, the experience you gain putting into practice what you have learned in the classroom with me will be priceless. Combining classroom theory and practical learning, you will be able to draw on your knowledge and skills.” 

What state-of-the-art equipment will be used? 
“You will have access to the most up-to-date industry-standard equipment, in terms of both hardware and software. Think virtual reality headsets, robotics and 3D printers!” 

What would be your top tip for learners joining your T Level course in September? 
“Look into online resources that give you useful hints and tips for networking and building relationships.” 


Education & Childcare

Sian joined Cheshire College as a Lecturer in Health & Social Care in April 2019, having worked in a range of industry settings, from supporting families to engaging with services and writing material on health and wellbeing.  

What can learners expect when joining your T Level course? 
“Expect to be challenged on a daily basis! You’ll meet like-minded people and through creative and dynamic teaching, in a supportive environment, you’ll have the opportunity to learn subject-specific knowledge in the specialism you have selected.”

What state-of-the-art equipment will be used? 
“You’ll have access to a range of industry-standard technology which reflects the professional requirements of the course as well as automation which will help simulate medical procedures!” 

What would be your top tip for learners joining your T Level course in September? 
“Do some research on your chosen profession so you have a clear focus on what you want to achieve and why. Then, create a goal board and get motivated!” 


Health & Science

Meet Lucy, a Chemistry Lecturer at our Crewe Campus who has worked at Cheshire College for four years teaching on our A Level and Applied Science courses.  

What can learners expect when joining your T Level course? 
“You’ll study a range of science topics as part of your T Level course, covering Chemistry, Biology and Physics and get the opportunity to develop your research and project skills.”

What state-of-the-art equipment will be used? 
“Our fantastic science labs boast amazing equipment that will enable you to improve your practical skills.” 

What would be your top tip for learners joining your T Level course in September? 
“Recap your GCSE science before joining in September and come along ready to enjoy your time at College!” 

To find out more about T Levels click here.