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14-16 College graduates progress towards future careers


Having had a head start on their vocational options, Hugh Baird 14-16 College graduates will be among the latest crop of new further education students joining induction days next week at Hugh Baird College.

Hugh Baird’s 14-16 College offers pupils the opportunity to transfer from school to college to complete Years 10 and 11. They are able to study a vocational pathway linked to their future career plans, alongside core GCSEs including maths, English and science. They study in smaller classes, with access to outstanding industry standard facilities like construction and engineering workshops, commercial kitchens and restaurants, a modern performance space and a real aircraft cabin.

For sixteen year old Katie Reynolds, the 14-16 College enabled her to lay the foundations for her dream of becoming an architect. As well as GCSE English, maths and science, she has been able to study towards a Level 2 qualification in Construction meaning that, this September, she has progressed to the Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment at Hugh Baird College.

Another 14-16 College graduate is putting the excellent customer service skills he’s learned on the Hospitality pathway to good use. Josh Doyle, from Maghull, is joining the popular Air Cabin Crew course at Hugh Baird College. A former Deyes High pupil, Josh has been a proactive ambassador for the 14-16 College representing them at open days and events. He has added to his work experience through the Summer break too, with hospitality work at Liverpool Football Club and working with people with disabilities/learning difficulties at a Southport based charity.

As well as those progressing to further education from the 14-16 College, a number of pupils have also progressed to apprenticeships at companies such as Clifton House Nurseries and Carillion.

Bootle teenager, Sam May, is another 14-16 College pupil progressing towards his dream career. Sam begins the Diploma in Professional Cookery course with the L20 Hotel School, which is run in partnership with Career College.

Delighted with the progress their son has made at the 14-16 College, Sam’s parents said:

The difference made to Sam as a person has been invaluable. He has grown so much in self-belief, confidence and ability. Compared to his starting school, where he was expected to fail in most areas, his grades have reflected on the staff support. He is a much happier young man and it is lovely to see his engagement with his peers and staff members as this has always been an issue for him in the past.

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