Students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull had the unique opportunity of having dozens of universities and training providers visit them all at once this week, as the annual Higher Education & Higher Apprenticeships Fair took place.
One of the biggest such events of its type in the country, the Fair saw 65 universities and 11 apprenticeship and training providers in attendance, 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. The usual timetable was suspended and students spent the afternoon 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, City Year Birmingham, Couch Perry Wilkes, EY, Hogarths, KPMG, the Ministry of Justice, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, QA Apprenticeships, Severn Trent and Work Pays Apprenticeships. 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.
In 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 Teaching, Computing and IT, Art & Design, Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Mathematics and talks on writing the best Personal Statements for their UCAS applications.
Emma Hurst, Careers Co-ordinator at the College, said:
“We have been holding a Higher Education and Higher Apprenticeship Fair for a number of years and we are proud to say it is one of the biggest such events in the country. It’s a fantastic 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. The students will be making applications in the autumn, so this event helps them to start thinking about what they want to do. We are grateful to all the universities, training providers and employers for giving up their time to join us.”
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.
6 July 2018