Outstanding openings to work

Monday 18 May 2015

A packed hall at The Mansion House, Old Warden Park saw

14 -16-year-olds collecting awards for their work with Bedford/Shuttleworth College.

From upper or secondary schools across Bedford Borough and Central Beds, the young people had opted to gain some real work experience in construction, hair and beauty, motor vehicle and animal care. All work took place in the encouraging environment of the FE College, which is among the best in the UK.

14+ Senior Manager Hugh Rea said: “I would like to thank the students, and their families, for rising to the challenge of a college adult environment, where employability skills are learned. We are delighted that a number of 16-year-olds are now going on to work-place apprenticeships or full-time study in related courses at the college.”

Students of the Year were Lara Daly, who attended the animal care course at Shuttleworth College and Emma Hall who attended Hairdressing at Bedford College. Both were presented with trophies.

All students were given certificates of achievement and special awards were made to individuals from each of the course who had made a real contribution.

Bedford College is Ofsted Outstanding for its work with 14-16 year olds and is involved with a number of schools in the county. It sponsors the 14+ UTC Central Beds in Houghton Regis and in September 2016 is opening the BedfordTech where 13+ children can develop technology skills.

Bedford College also helped to secure the £25 Million Bedford Academy investment for Bedford and to set up the Bedford Free School which is now full with 500 students aged 11 – 16 years.

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