Students receiving their GCSE results today will be able to receive advice on study programmes from Kettering Borough Training.
Advice is on hand today until 5pm in the Kettering Council offices in Bowling Green Road.
Kettering Borough Training’s study programme is designed to give anyone aged 16 to 18 the opportunity to develop working skills required for apprenticeships or further study, regardless of previous qualifications, in a supportive and friendly learning environment.
The programme is an alternative to college or sixth form, providing students with an excellent opportunity to study qualifications in work skills, business administration, health and social care and entry level up to Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English if the student has not achieved a grade C or above at GCSE level.
Key aims are to ensure students reach and achieve their goals with an individualised programme tailored to their needs.
Learners will benefit from enrichment activities such as: health and wellbeing sessions, British values, enterprise skills and more, while developing their ICT skills by using an online portfolio system.
The programme consists of 24 weeks training in total, combining core training and work experience, but this can vary depending on the student’s main objective.
During the academic year there will be three intakes with the first intake in September:
Intake 1: 12/09/2016
Intake 2: 09/01/2017
Intake 3: 08/05/2017
Former study programme student Elizabeth Garland said: “The study programme has helped me improve my confidence and to get an apprenticeship through my work experience.
“It has been relaxing and helpful, I have got to know people in the same situation, I’ve not had to try to fit in I’ve just fit it the smaller size of the programme suited me.”
Liz Wade, interim head of commercial development at Kettering Council said: “The study programme is an excellent place for students to go who may have disengaged from education.
“Qualifications the programme provides offers wonderful opportunities and will help many young people achieve great things.”
Kettering Council deputy leader Cllr Lloyd Bunday said: “Kettering Borough Training offers a fantastic programme and has enabled many students to thrive in a safe, friendly and helpful environment with a variety of qualifications to study and accomplish.”