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Cheshire College Partner With Science Specialists To Fast Track Learners To The Next Level

The only Further Education college in Cheshire selected by the Government to offer the latest qualification for 16-19-year-old is fast tracking learners to the next level with a new employer partnership to provide a learning experience like never before. 

From September 2021, Cheshire College will be offering T Levels, a new two-year qualification which comprises of 20% on-the-job experience, and have partnered with elemental analysis specialists Pennine Analytical Laboratories to give Science T Level learners vital experience in the sector. 

During the College’s Science T Level programme learners will complete an extended work placement of at least 45 days to gain important industry experience and further develop the skills needed to progress on to a related higher-level Apprenticeship, Degree course or into employment within Laboratory Services.

Ruth Szolkowska, Vice Principal of Innovation, Curriculum & Quality at Cheshire College, said: “It’s such an exciting time to be a learner and the chance to study T Levels at Cheshire College provides young people with a fantastic opportunity to thrive in their chosen subject whilst learning what a real career in the industry they’re hoping to join is truly like.

“We’re thrilled to have partnered with Pennine Analytical Laboratories as one of our official T Level placement providers. Their extensive experience within the industry will be invaluable to our learners as they develop the knowledge, attitude and practical know how to thrive in a laboratory setting.”

Ajax Yhap, Quality Manager of Pennine Analytical Laboratories, commented: “Pennine Analytical Laboratories is delighted to come on board as one of Cheshire College’s T Level placement providers. We truly recognise the value of work placements for learners and understanding how hard they can be to come by in the scientific sector we were only too happy to get involved. 

“Being able to provide T Level learners with this extended work placement will give them a great insight into the commercial world of analytical chemistry. We are a small but growing company and, of course, they will be fully embedded as part of the team helping us get customers’ results out on time. We’re really looking forward to meeting a bright and motivated learner come September!”

During their placement with Pennine Analytical Laboratories, learners will gain hands-on experience allowing them to put the skills and knowledge they’ve learnt in the classroom into practice. This will include the principles of good scientific and clinical practice, scientific methodology and experimental techniques.

Science T Level learners will gain a nationally recognised certificate upon successful completion of their two-year programme, which can lead them to progress into roles such as Biochemists, Research Scientists or Laboratory Scientists. 

Pennine Analytical Laboratories are one of many employers Cheshire College has partnered with as official placement providers as part of their new provision, which will also see the ‘Good’ rated College offer T Levels in Construction, Digital, Health, and Education & Childcare. 

If you would like to know more about studying T Levels at Cheshire College click here.   

If you would like to know more about T Level industry placements, please email workexperience@ccsw.ac.uk or call 01270 654654 (Crewe Campus) / 01244 656555 (Ellesmere Port and Chester Campuses). 

Cheshire College A Level Learners Secure University Offers at Oxford and Keele

Learners at Cheshire College have secured offers to study Medicine and Science at two of the country’s top universities. Currently completing A Levels at the College’s Crewe Campus, two second year learners have both received offers from prestigious universities after impressing at interview and being predicted top grades.  

Receiving an offer to study Medicine at the University of Keele is 17-year-old Kate Stanier, whilst 17-year-old Natalie Turner has secured an offer from the University of Oxford’s Exeter College to study Earth Science. 

A Level Learner, Kate Stanier

Aspiring to become a Consultant, Kate who is in her final months of studying A Level Biology, Chemistry & Sociology, received her offer to study Medicine after a lengthy interview process which saw her impress the panel so much they reduced the grades she requires to enrol onto the undergraduate degree programme.  
 
With applications to study Medicine up by 21% this year, making it even more competitive to secure places, Kate has continued to work hard and stay motivated with the support of the College’s Tutors and Support Staff.  

Kate commented: “Keele has always been my first choice, so to receive the email from UCAS confirming the offer after my interview was a huge relief and made all the hard work worth it. The support I received from the College’s University Admissions team and my Personal Development Tutor was amazing, from writing my personal statement to doing mock interviews, nothing was ever too much trouble and they were always happy to help.” 

Natalie Turner has received an offer from the University of Oxford

With a lifelong passion about climate change and the science behind it, Biology, Chemistry and Maths A Level learner Natalie secured her place to study Earth Science at the University of Oxford and hopes to make a real difference in the future.  

Natalie commented: “I was over the moon to receive my offer from Oxford – studying Earth Science can open so many opportunities within the science industry and I’m hoping I may be able to travel too. Throughout my time at College, I’ve received fantastic support from everyone and have loved being able to develop my independence to prepare me for university life.”  

Natalie is also part of Cheshire College’s unique Scholars Programme which is delivered by a specialist Oxbridge Team and provides 20 learners with the knowledge and skills required when applying to university.  
 
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 outstanding subject-specialists in university-standard facilities. In 2019/20 A Level learners at Cheshire College achieved an overall pass rate of 98.5%. 

Sarah Bradley, Assistant Director of A Levels at Cheshire College, said: “We are absolutely delighted Kate and Natalie have secured offers from their first choice universities. Both have worked extremely hard to get to this stage and their achievements are testament to the dedication and commitment they have put into their studies over the past 18 months.  

“At Cheshire College we are extremely passionate about not only providing our learners with the academic knowledge required to progress onto higher education but supporting them in their personal development too, empowering them with the skills needed to confidently and successfully attend university interviews.”  

Cheshire College offers over 30 different A Levels at its Crewe Campus

To learn more about at Cheshire College visit ccsw.ac.uk and register for the College’s next Virtual Open Day which will be taking place on Monday 26 April. Attendees will be able to chat to subject specialists, find out more about courses and facilities, get guidance on applications, funding and travel, as well as take part in a live question and answer session designed to give a flavour of College life… there has never been a better time to ‘Get In, Stand Out’. 

Cheshire College learners stayed logged on during lockdown

The ‘One Million Laptops programme’ announced in December 2020, guaranteed over one million devices would reach schools, colleges and councils, helping ensure learners have access to high-quality remote education if they need it. 

Over 400 laptops have been distributed to Cheshire College learners, helping teaching, learning and assessment to be carried out remotely over the last 12-months. 

Dhesi, Principal and CEO at Cheshire College, said: “No learner should miss out as a result of the disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. That is why it has remained our priority to equip learners with the resources they need to succeed. The delivery of laptops from Government funded schemes, has enabled us to provide every learner at our College, who would have otherwise been digitally excluded, with a device to access remote learning.  

“This has ensured all learners have the same opportunities as each other to access work and stay in touch with their tutors and peers. Learners who received devices from the College have been extremely grateful and have demonstrated their eagerness to learn through high engagement via our virtual learning platforms.”  

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “This access to digital devices is a welcome step forward for college learners. It means they will be able to engage fully in their learning as a result, receiving the high-quality education they deserve at all times. It is vital that our learners are able to progress in their education as they should.”

Following the Government’s ‘Roadmap out of lockdown’, Cheshire College began to welcome all learners back to their three Campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester last month and the laptops have continued to support teaching to ensure the College is able to provide the very best learning experience.

Having implemented a number of protective measures at the start of the academic year, including one-way systems, social distancing, thermal imaging cameras, face coverings and hand sanitising stations, the College has now also introduced asymptomatic testing at all Campuses to ensure face-to-face teaching can be conducted as safely as possible. 

To learn more about studying at Cheshire College – South & West register for the College’s next Virtual Open Day which will be taking place on Monday 26 April. Attendees will be able to chat to subject specialists, find out more about courses and facilities, get guidance on applications, funding and travel, as well as take part in a live question and answer session designed to give a flavour of College life… there has never been a better time to ‘Get In, Stand Out’.

Crewe MP visits Cheshire College as new courses launched to help adults retrain, gaining in-demand skills, for FREE!

£2.5 billion is being invested in the National Skills Fund by the Government to help adults across the UK gain the valuable knowledge required by employers to enter key sectors.  In response Cheshire’s largest further education provider, Cheshire College, has launched a range of fully-funded flexible study programmes.

To celebrate the introduction of the National Skills Fund and the extensive courses made available by Cheshire College, MP for Crewe and Nantwich Dr Kieran Mullan met with local learners and employers at the College’s Crewe Campus.  He heard first-hand how the National Skills Fund will directly benefit them. 

Supporting the economic recovery, as well as enhancing the supply of skills employers increasingly require in such a competitive landscape, the National Skills Fund has been designed for adults who are looking to achieve their first full Level 3 Qualification.  This is part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, a long-term commitment to remove the age constraints and financial barriers for adults accessing education.  

Rated Good by Ofsted, Cheshire College has specifically selected courses which will meet the skill requirements across the region and boost job prospects within the Construction, Health, Digital, Business and Engineering sectors.  Available across all of the College’s Campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester, the courses comprise of varying lengths and delivery methods ensuring adults, regardless of their circumstances or current commitments, are able to easily access the study programmes. 

Jasbir Dhesi, Principal and CEO of Cheshire College, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer these fully-funded study programmes for adults and have carefully selected qualifications in key sectors across Cheshire and Warrington, which we know address the skills employers require and also offer good prospects for those seeking employment or looking to progress within their current roles. 

“As well as providing Construction, Health and Engineering qualifications as part of our National Skills Fund offer, we also appreciate the importance and need for adults to enhance their Digital skills and are offering programmes in this area too, as well as supporting new business start-ups to access the knowledge needed to grow their enterprises.”

As part of Dr Kieran Mullan’s visit to Cheshire College, he met with learners who are progressing onto Level 3 study programmes made possible by the National Skills Fund and also took part in a round table discussion with employers, the College works with to hear how the National Skills Fund will provide them with opportunities to upskill their current and future workforces for free. 

Commenting on his visit, Dr Kieran Mullan said: “It was really great to hear first-hand from people studying at the College how the new funding for free courses is going to make a direct difference to them. Many of them had already taken that brave step to start getting qualifications after having been in the workplace for a long time – this will help them to go even further. 

“It takes courage and belief in yourself to try something new. I would encourage everyone to look at the courses on offer and see if there is an opportunity for you and your family. Learning doesn’t and shouldn’t finish when you walk out of the school gates for the last time, no matter how long ago that was. There are skills shortages across our economy and if you can help fill them it helps you, it helps our economy and it helps our whole country to build back better.”

Any adults aged 24 and over who wants to achieve their first full Level 3 Qualification, which is equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or two full A Levels, will be able to access the College’s fully-funded courses.

To find out more about Cheshire College’s National Skills Fund offer click here, email info@ccsw.ac.uk or call: 01270 654654/01244 656555.

Cheshire and Warrington colleges build construction’s digital future with grant from the Local Enterprise Partnership

Further Education Colleges in Cheshire and Warrington have received a £260,000 grant from the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to help implement the digital skills in construction project. The grant will support the development of Advanced Construction Training (ACT) across Cheshire and Warrington, with the main hub situated at Warrington & Vale Royal College’s Warrington campus and spokes at Cheshire College – South & West, Macclesfield College, Reaseheath College and UTC Warrington. 

Partner colleges, the UTC Warrington and employers will work together to develop, commercialise and promote digital technologies and skills training for the construction industry. The ACT project will support the practical and commercial challenges faced by construction companies and support them to adopt digital and automated/ robotic construction techniques such as augmented and virtual reality, digital scanning of land and mass production through digital routers. In doing this, the project will assist the industry to build high-quality, smart, green, and efficient building infrastructures, faster, cheaper, and more sustainable than ever before.

New specialist equipment will enable the partner colleges to develop into sub-regional ‘centres of excellence’ for advanced construction that meets employers and the LEP’s stated ambition to raise levels of productivity and innovation to compete at the highest level. In addition to the partner colleges, the specialist equipment will be accessible to employers, other training providers and schools across Cheshire and Warrington and the sub-region.

Dhesi, Principal and CEO at Cheshire College – South & West, said: “Innovation is at the heart of our ambitions and our collaboration with partner colleges and employers allows us to deliver bespoke digital and STEM-related training in order to support Industry 4.0 developments, ultimately supporting growth in the construction, nuclear and allied industries and meeting the need for digitally-skilled structural engineers and surveyors.”

Clare Hayward, chair of the Cheshire and Warrington LEP, said: “By improving access to digital skills training we are helping to create employment opportunities for local people and supporting businesses by addressing key skills gaps.  ACT is one of four Cheshire College – South & West projects to receive backing, bringing the total we have invested to £5 million – this investment will positively impact individuals, businesses and therefore the region.” 

To find out more about Advanced Construction Training at Cheshire College – South & West, click here.

College Welcomes Learners Back to Campus as Another Successful Term Draws to a Close

Over the past two weeks Cheshire College has welcomed thousands of learners back to their three Campuses culminating what has been a different, but extremely successful term for the region’s largest provider of post-16 education. 

With Campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester, the College reopened to all learners on a phased approach from Monday 8 March and has seamlessly transitioned from remote learning to a blended delivery model whilst maintaining high levels of safety throughout.   

Having implemented a number of protective measures at the start of the academic year, including one-way systems, social distancing, thermal imaging cameras, face coverings and hand sanitising stations, the College has now also introduced asymptomatic testing at all Campuses to ensure face-to-face teaching can be conducted as safely as possible. 

During the ten-day period from Monday 8 March to Friday 19 March which saw all learners attend College at least once, 10,000 Lateral Flow Device Tests were conducted with the support of over 100 volunteers at 74 testing stations in 19 centres across the College’s three Campuses. 

Dhesi, Principal and CEO of Cheshire College, said: “I am extremely proud of both our learners and staff who have all played their part in contributing to what has been a smooth transition back to Campus. The care, compassion and understanding shown by everyone has allowed us to maintain high levels of safety across our Campuses and it’s been absolutely delightful welcoming learners back to College.

“Whilst Term Two started differently to how we envisaged it, it has nevertheless been a huge success across the board and through our strengthened virtual learning environments we have achieved some fantastic things as a College. Learners and staff have shown tremendous resilience and adaptability and it’s been brilliant to celebrate another term of fantastic academic achievements.”

Since January 2021 learners have been taught from some of the best in the business with virtual demonstrations, gained work placements with prestigious universities, attended world leading conferences, achieved brilliant success in external examinations and have secured higher education offers at a range of universities including Oxford. 

Staff and learners from across the College have also taken the opportunity to come together virtually during Term Two – from taking part in AoC (Association of Colleges) Sport’s Lunar Challenge to support their health and wellbeing to attending one of the most anticipated events in Cheshire College’s calendar, the Apprenticeship Awards which coincided with National Apprenticeship Week in February.

To learn more about at Cheshire College visit ccsw.ac.uk and register for the College’s next Virtual Open Day which will be taking place on Monday 26 April. Attendees will be able to chat to subject specialists, find out more about courses and facilities, get guidance on applications, funding and travel, as well as take part in a live question and answer session designed to give a flavour of College life… there has never been a better time to ‘Get In, Stand Out’.

Cheshire College support local adults in unlocking their potential

Cheshire College has launched a range of part-time courses with flexible delivery to support local adults get ahead in their career and fulfil their potential. Designed specifically to meet the needs of workplace requirements, the part-time courses aim to update learners’ knowledge and enhance their skillsets. 

With a focus on trying to make it as easy as possible for people to reach their goals with study that fits around their lifestyle, the College has introduced blended delivery models for adult learners to choose a study style that suits them, including face-to-face learning, remote learning or a mixture of both.  
 
Learners can choose to enrol on an array of courses as part of Cheshire College’s part-time study provision which spans across a range of departments including Business, Construction, Engineering, IT, Fitness, Health and Beauty. 
 
The College, who recently announced a new five-year project ‘The Digital Hub – Stream’ which involves facilitating access to technology within the local community, has also designed a brand new fast-track course in Digital, Maths and English for adult learners to refresh their knowledge in these highly desired skill areas. The nine-week intensive course will develop learners’ confidence and upon completion they will gain three different widely recognised qualifications to support them back into employment, with progression in their current role or on to higher-level study. 

Neil Borg-Olivier, Assistant Principal – Curriculum at Cheshire College, commented: “In the fast-paced, ever-changing world we live in developing new skills and updating your knowledge is key to continued success and here at Cheshire College we want to support adults within our local communities in achieving this.   
 
“We know the past 12 months have been difficult for lots of people with the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic felt by many and this year we have focussed our attention on developing part-time courses that are relevant within the workplace, so people are able to stand out from the competition with up-to-date skills and knowledge taught by the very best in industry.”  
 
Many of the qualifications Cheshire College offer could also be part-funded or even free, depending on individuals’ circumstances. The College can also help support adults wishing to study some of their courses with the Advanced Learner Loan.  
 
Enrolment onto one of the College’s part-time course programmes has never been simpler with the introduction of online applications to make it as easy as possible for learners to get started.  
 
If you would like to know more about part-time courses at Cheshire College visit www.ccsw.ac.uk/upcoming-part-time-courses/.  

Cheshire College Learner Gets Ahead Of The Game With Degree Apprenticeship

Cheshire College offers a rich and engaging Higher Education experience for those looking to advance their studies and for one learner, completing a Degree Apprenticeship with the region’s largest provider of post-16 education has been the perfect opportunity to learn and earn. 

Third year Apprentice James Millington had a desire to start working straight after completing his A Levels and with the opportunity to gain higher level qualifications at the same time, which would stand him in good stead to progress within the motor industry, he joined Cheshire College as a Higher Education learner.  

James Millington, Degree Apprentice of the Year, Cheshire College – South & West Apprenticeship Awards 2020

James has achieved a Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) and is now currently working towards a top-up degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Working with Bentley Motors in their Powertrain Engineering department, since starting his Apprenticeship James has achieved a Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) both to distinction level and is now currently working towards a top-up degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.  

Commenting on his Higher Education experience James said: “I have learnt so much since starting my Apprenticeship and continue to do so every day. Completing my HNC and HND in two years allowed me to further develop my understanding of specialist sector knowledge which has proved to be a strong foundation for the new learning I have embarked upon this year.  

“Whilst studying, I’ve also been able to work in many areas within Bentley and build a strong contact network who have helped me develop the skills and tools I will need for my future career in the industry. Completing my Degree Apprenticeship with Cheshire College has come with so many added benefits to help me progress from full-time education into the world of work.” 

Tom Russell, Early Careers Lead at Bentley Motors, commented: “James has proved himself to be a real asset to Bentley during his Degree Apprenticeship so far. Through his qualifications and on the job learning he has been able to deliver real impact to tasks and deliverables, and has even led a number of projects himself. He is a fine example of why apprenticeships are so valuable to businesses and individuals, delivering real work experiences interwoven with high level academic study.” 

Cheshire College provide a wide range of industry-relevant courses within their Higher Education undergraduate study programme from Business and Construction to Engineering and Education, and work alongside their university partners to offer a range of Foundation Degrees, Top-Up Degrees and full Degree qualifications too. 
 
Claire Barton, Dean of Higher Education at Cheshire College, said: “Higher Education at Cheshire College provides fantastic opportunities for so many different learners, whether they are joining us having just completed their Level 3 qualifications, are returning to education as mature learners or looking to develop knowledge already gained out in industry. James’ experience is a fantastic example of how our learners can successfully progress through the various stages of undergraduate study with us whilst working at the same time. 

“All our study programmes ensure learners can reach their full potential alongside commitments outside of College with a strong focus on offering industry-relevant courses alongside flexible timetabling and support facilities.” 

Higher Education at Cheshire College offers high-quality teaching from industry and academic professionals at a lower tuition fee with smaller class sizes to ensure learners are able to get the most out of their studies and achieve the qualification they’ve always dreamed of. 

There’s never been a better time to Stay Near, Go Far. To find out more about Higher Education at Cheshire College visit ccsw.ac.uk.  

Ex-pottery worker Jane swaps plate painting for plate spinning

In just five short years, Jane has dramatically changed her career path from a plate painter at a pottery firm to that of Company Secretary and Legal Director at Newcastle-under-Lyme based business consultancy Strategi Solutions.

Jane, who lives in Stoke-on-Trent, says that returning to college was a daunting prospect at first but has turned out to be the best thing she has ever done.

She enrolled at Cheshire College – South & West in September 2016 and has spent the last four years combining study towards AAT Accountancy qualifications with her job at Staffordshire-based business consultancy Strategi Solutions, successfully passing her Level 4 AAT qualification in December 2020.

Jane Oliver, Legal Director, Strategi Solutions

Jane said, “I was extremely nervous on the first day. I didn’t know what to expect as I’d never been to college before. I thought I would be the oldest in the class and didn’t know if I would be able to keep up. However, it was a very mixed group and the person I sat with on the first day is the same person I sat with up until the end of the course in December.”

Jane, who has two daughters and two grandsons, says that combining work with study has been a challenge, especially during the pandemic.

“I was fortunate that my girls were adults so I could do revision at home. Then in March, lockdown happened, so we moved from classroom to Zoom. I’m not going to lie it was hard, looking at numbers all day and revision at night, but I got through it. I didn’t give up, even though it was tempting! I’d come so far and there’s no better feeling than when you get a pass result.”

Reflecting on her career path, Jane says that after finishing Sixth Form College she spent much of her time ‘falling’ from one dead-end job to another.

“I married young so having a mortgage to pay and mouths to feed were the drivers – all I wanted was a job for life but think they’re an urban myth in my case. I’ve always has a confidence issue, so I took what came available until it ended and then looked for something else.”

Things took a turn for the better for Jane when she joined Strategi as Office Manager in May 2016, one of just three staff at the time working with company founder and CEO Wendy Dean.

“Wendy saw something in me I didn’t. At that time, she was extremely excited about the company she was giving up her job to start. She was so infectious and when she offered me the chance to join her, I took a leap of faith and went for it. In May 2016, I sat at my new desk thinking that this was a career not just another job to pay the bills.”

Jane has since been promoted to Finance Manager at Strategi and says that learning new skills has given her more confidence and enabled her to grow in her role with the company.

“What I’ve learnt at college has helped so much in my day-to-day job and gives me more confidence in what I do. I’ve come a long way, but I still have a long way to go. I’m truly fortunate that I’m in a great company that gives me the tools and support to grow.”

Since completing her AAT course, Jane says she has caught the learning bug and is keen to keep growing and improving her skills.

“Every day is a learning day! Strategi never stands still and as it grows it means I will grow with it, so for me my career will be a natural progression and there’s still plenty to learn here. We have some excellent trainers in-house so now I have a bit more time, I’ll be jumping on their courses.”

Looking to the future, Jane says she is excited for what the future holds.

“To have seen Strategi grow from three people in a tiny office to the company it is today has been a wonderful experience. The team is an amazing group of incredibly talented individuals and I hope that some of their magic will rub off on me. We have some rising stars in the business, so I’ll have a front row seat in watching them grow and hopefully helping them along the way.”

Wendy Dean, CEO at Strategi said, “We strongly believe that skills development and training are vital to business growth. We want all our employees to be the best they can be, and Jane’s inspirational story just goes to show that when it comes to learning and improving, the sky’s the limit!”

“Without Jane, Strategi would not be what it is today. She has been instrumental in our growth as a team, the purchase of our very own building and has always been the glue that holds us together. To say I was proud of her would be an understatement.”

For more information about Strategi, visit www.strategisolutions.co.uk

Future Proofing Your Career In… Sport, Protective Services and Travel & Tourism | #NCW2021

All of Cheshire College’s study programmes throughout Sport, Protective Services and Travel & Tourism have been specially designed to prepare you for your chosen career. 

With a mix of theory and practical learning involved across all areas, you can rest assured our enthusiastic team of tutors with vast amounts of industry experience can equip you with the skills and confidence you need to progress into vibrant, exciting careers such as…

Sport 

  • Fitness Instructor - £30,680pa 
  • Natural and Social Science Professional n.e.c. - £40,123.19pa 

Protective Services 

  • Local Government Administrative Occupations - £26,873.60pa 

Travel & Tourism 

  • Travel Agent - £19,364.80pa
  • Leisure and Travel Service Occupations n.e.c. - £20,425.59pa 

Did you know we also offer A Level Alternatives too?

  • Physical Education

What skills do I need to Future Proof My Career in Sport, Protective Services or Travel & Tourism? 

Whilst our expert tutors have specialist subject knowledge within their different departments, they all have these five soft skills that employers look for no matter what sector you’re looking to join…

Communication
Communication is vital in any job but especially in careers in Sport, Protective Services and Travel & Tourism. You might need to use your communication skills to explain an exercise to a client as a Personal Trainer, give a talk on fire safety as a Fire Fighter or deliver a presentation all your resort as a Resort Rep.

Leadership
Leadership is all about taking charge and getting the task done. Working within the Protective Services, you will have to give commands as an Armed Forces Officer or take charge at a crime scene as a Police Officer. With roles in Sport, you might manage an exercise class or take the lead on developing a programme of study as a PE Teacher. In the travel industry as Cabin Crew, you might have to take charge and issue instructions in the event of an emergency or when boarding a plane. In all of these roles, the public will look to you to take charge and issue instructions.

Handling Pressure
Handling pressure is all about staying calm in difficult situations or being able to manage a busy workload with lots of different deadlines and pressures. In the sport industry as a Coach, you might be under pressure supporting an athlete to prepare for an upcoming event. In the travel industry you need to stay calm whilst dealing with complaining customers and with roles within the Protective Services you will have to stay calm when dealing with emergency situations.

Patience
With every role in these industries you are likely to be dealing with people so you will need to stay patient. You need to speak to people calmly, politely and in an appropriate way to help them to see your point and to do what you need them to do. 

Attention To Detail
Attention to detail is all about spotting errors and making sure every detail is correct. Working within the Protective Services you need to make sure you follow instructions precisely and are where you need to be at the right time. In the travel industry working on an airline check-in desk you need to check passports and make sure luggage is booked on to the right plane. Whilst in the sports industry, you need to check health readings or that an exercise is being performed correctly to prevent illness or injury.

Trips and events

We enhance learners’ educational experiences throughout their study programmes through a range of trips and visits to help support them to develop even more new skills, knowledge and behaviours!

  • Team building activities 
  • Residentials across the world and in the UK
  • Guest speakers 

To find out more about the College’s career services or to book an appointment with a member of the team, email careers@ccsw.ac.uk or call 01270 654653 (Crewe Campus) / 01244 656200 Chester and Ellesmere Port Campuses).