Developing the next generation of key workers

The current Coronavirus pandemic has shone a spotlight on the nations’ key workers, including those in the Protective Services who have played pivotal roles over the past 12 months to ensure communities are able to stay safe. In doing so, they have inspired young people to follow in their footsteps and Cheshire College can help them achieve their dreams of gaining rewarding roles within the sector with their Protective Services programmes. 

As the region’s largest provider of post-16 education, Cheshire College offers a range of courses designed specifically to equip learners with the skills and knowledge required to enter many Protective Services’ careers. 

Delivered by highly qualified tutors with vast experience within the different industries, Cheshire College’s Protective Service courses support learners in their next steps, developing their transferable skills and providing them with the confidence to attain their goals.

Emilie Knowles, Public Services BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 learner, commented: “Before I started my courses, I couldn’t find my place in this world, I wasn’t really doing much with my life, I tried a few courses in other places but I just didn’t find any of them interesting. I spoke with a staff member at the College and told them what my interests were and they helped point me in the right direct on the Level 2 and 3 Public Services courses. 

“I also managed to get my GCSE Maths and English whilst studying at the College which has secured me a place at Glyndwr University studying Professional Policing. I am so happy with what the College has helped me achieve and I can’t wait to see what the future looks like.”

There are numerous benefits to starting a career in the Protective Services and current learners at Cheshire College enjoy that they are able to make a difference in an environment which is driven by quality of service, alongside the flexibility, stability and atmosphere. 

Gareth Edwards, Assistant Director of Protective Services, said: “It’s been fantastic to see those in the Protective Services really inspiring our next generation of key workers and I’m delighted that here at Cheshire College, we’re able to support learners to transition into such fulfilling careers with our programmes.

“Not only do our learners develop their understanding of the various services during their studies with us, we also prepare them for life in their respective services too with training from organisations such as the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and the Ministry of Defence.” 

Cheshire College offer a variety of full-time courses across their Crewe and Ellesmere Port Campuses including Level 2, Level 3 and Higher National Certificate (HNC) learning programmes which have all seen previous alumni go on to secure roles within the armed forces, police service, fire and rescue service, and NHS ambulance service.

To learn more about studying Protective Services at Cheshire College – South & West register for the College’s next Virtual Open Day which will be taking place on Monday 8 March. 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’.