MAT taster

More than 350 students from schools within the Midland Academies Trust have tried their hands at a range of technical and professional skills as part of a showcase hosted by North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College.

The students, all currently in Year 11 at the George Eliot School, the Nuneaton Academy and Hartshill School in Nuneaton, and Heath Lane Academy in Earl Shilton, were given the chance to try their hand skills including floristry, make-up artistry, motor vehicle air brushing, computer-aided design, media, performing arts and construction as part of a special career taster event at the College’s campuses in Nuneaton, Hinckley and Harrowbrook on Friday 1 March.

Anita Ladva-Cheung, marketing and admissions manager, explained: “We were delighted to welcome the students from the Midland Academies Trust to this special event. At this time of year, some students already have a clear idea of what they want to do after they have taken their GCSEs and are confidently on track to secure the grades they need. Others may be unsure of the right route to take. An event like this can help them to make up their minds because there really is no substitute for seeing the College at first hand.

“It is also a good opportunity to remind students about alternative options such as apprenticeships which suit young people who would rather start work immediately. Not everyone is aware that colleges are in touch with hundreds of local employers and can provide access to many exciting job opportunities. Further education provides an excellent springboard into worthwhile careers and our study programmes equip students with everything they need to thrive and succeed.”

Hartshill School student, Victoria Daffen enjoyed trying out plaiting and twisting skills as part of a hairdressing taster session and has already made her mind to enrol at the College in September. Cody-Jean Leslie from George Eliot School, who played dodgeball as part of a sport course taster, said that she had really enjoyed it and would definitely join the College later in the year.

Mitchel Askills from Nuneaton Academy said, “I had a go at taking out and replacing spark plugs in a car engine. I am going to apply to study either motor vehicle engineering or uniformed services. I will probably choose a motor vehicle course as I really enjoyed today.”

Shayla Hurst from Heath Lane Academy learned sign language for children as part of a childcare course taster, and also tried floristry, where she made a bracelet decorated with flowers. Shayla said that she is looking forward to enrolling at the College and is keen to work in a nursery when she completes her qualifications.

Finley Roddie from the George Eliot School tried out some motor vehicle air brushing which he enjoyed, but he is also considering a career in construction. Jade Mercer-Humphries from Hartshill School has an ambition to become a freelance make-up artist and told us that she plans to review her day in college on her YouTube channel. Jade said that she was looking forward to starting the make-up artistry course in September and had high hopes for the future.

Executive principal at the Midland Academies Trust, Ros McMullen said, “We’re grateful to North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College for hosting our entire Year 11 cohort at this event. College visits are really valuable to our students because it helps to inspire them with ideas for exciting career options. They don’t always appreciate the range of technical and professional routes that are available to them and bite-size tasters like these are ideal to expose them to as many ideas as possible.”

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College is opening its doors to the wider community at open events between 5pm – 8pm on:

  •             Tuesday 5 March (Hinckley campus)
  •             Wednesday 6 March (Nuneaton campus)
  •            Tuesday 12 March (Wigston campus).

At the events, young people can:

  • Find out how they can earn and learn with an apprenticeship
  • Take a campus tour and see the facilities
  • Talk to tutors and students to get a feel for college life
  • Get impartial advice on careers and next steps.

Click here for details on what’s on offer at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, and how to register for the next open event.