28th June 2018
MP Gareth Snell: ‘A valuable way to get pupils into the workplace’
Stoke-on-Trent Central, MP Gareth Snell, talks about the work that two colleges in the area do…
As MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, I take great pride in the incredible work of our local schools, sixth forms, colleges and universities.
Education is our greatest tool in improving social mobility and giving young people the opportunities to make the most of their talents.
I recently visited two of our smaller colleges, Regent College in Shelton New Road, Hanley, and Strathmore College in Hem Heath. Both are doing a fantastic job in providing a college education to students with more complex needs.
Both colleges boast fantastic facilities full of innovative learning opportunities across a broad curriculum delivered by passionate and dedicated staff members.
Yet however impressive the facilities and curriculum are, it is the pupils that offer the greatest insight into why both colleges enjoy excellent reputations.
The pupils really enjoy the tailored learning programmes that not only help them with their academic progress but also assist them in gaining the confidence they need to tackle everyday activities.
Whether it’s learning how to catch the right bus, cooking a meal from scratch or building up personal confidence, both Regent and Strathmore Colleges are helping these pupils gain the independence that many of them thought they would never have.
They are changing the lives of pupils by giving them that much-needed
They are also following personalised learning plans to help pupils break through barriers that have traditionally stopped them moving forward.
One of the key aspects of both colleges is their link to local businesses and the opportunities this affords pupils in gaining experience in the world of work.
Giving pupils hands-on experience in the workplace is invaluable to them and ensures that they are leaving college with a well-rounded knowledge of the working world. These placements are often successful and lead to further opportunities to enter internships or paid employment.
Both colleges have good relationships with companies such as Premier Inn, the Co-op and Staffordshire University who have had the foresight to see the difference these young people can make in their workplace with some additional support and time.
These young people are the best of us and they deserve the opportunity to get on with their lives and be able to take advantage of the opportunities that it presents them.
I hope any local businesses reading this column might consider picking up the phone and getting in touch with both colleges to see if they can form a link to them.
Not only will they be potentially gaining a hard-working intern or future employee, but they will be part of breaking down the barriers to work that have previously prevented some young people getting into the workplace.