HE & Apprenticeships

Higher Education FairStudents at The Sixth Form College, Solihull got a head start with their Higher Education choices this week, as the annual Higher Education & Higher Apprenticeships Fair took place, with 80 institutions in attendance.

One of the biggest such events of its type in the country, the Fair saw university, apprenticeship and training providers setting up with stalls in the Sports Hall and Dance Studio. Among the institutions present were prestigious universities such as the Universities of Bath, Cambridge, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Warwick and York. Local HE providers were also there including Aston, Birmingham, Birmingham City, Coventry, Newman and Wolverhampton Universities. Students spent the morning walking around the hall to pick up prospectuses and talking to representatives from these universities.

Other organisations represented were employers offering local higher level apprenticeship opportunities as an alternative option to university. Among these organisations were Arup, BMW, Grant Thornton, Jaguar Land Rover, KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and The Phoenix Group. Some had ex-College students on their stands, who were able to talk to current students about why sponsored degree programmes and apprenticeship programmes are a good alternative to university.

Apprenticeship opportunitiesIn addition, a host of expert speakers came into College for a seminar programme, with experts in a wide range of fields of study and careers present to talk to the students. Among the subjects of these seminars were Biomedical Science, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law, Teaching, Nursing, Psychology, IT and much more. Students could also find out more about Apprenticeship options and writing Personal Statements.

There was also an opportunity for students to learn more about Gap Year projects, with Project Trust at the event to talk about volunteering abroad.

Emma Hurst, Careers Co-ordinator at the College, said:

“Our students are fortunate to have so many Higher Education and Higher Apprenticeship providers at one event. It’s a great opportunity for our first year students to start thinking about what they want to do after College. There are many routes open to them and this event is about opening students’ eyes to those opportunities. We are grateful to all the universities, training providers and employers for giving up their time to be there.”

Last year more than 800 students progressed onto Higher Education from the College; indeed The Sixth Form College, Solihull is the largest provider of undergraduate students in the region.

29 June 2017