Warrington Borough Council
The Council continues with strong partnership arrangements to address the impact of COVID-19 on learning and development and school improvement priorities to address the quality of education being delivered. This is part of our strategy for a comprehensive lifelong learning and increase in local skills in line with employer needs (Skills for Jobs White Paper January 2021).
Up to 20 different qualification types such as A ‘Levels, BTEC, Diploma, Certificate, Awards, Apprenticeships and now T-Levels are on offer. The new T-levels are being delivered at one College, the courses on offer are Childcare and Digital Studies and they are committed to ensuring students have at least 25% of their time in a quality work placement to ensure robust industry experience. The other College offers inclusive and varietal vocational education with a clear progression pathways from GCSEs and Functional Skills onto higher education programmes such as HNC/HND and higher apprenticeships. Warrington young people have access to over 500 individual courses to choose from, including an increase in the number of STEM related courses.
In relation to post 18 pathways opportunities providers have close links with employers and Universities. One college has exceptional Higher Education links for STEM pathways, and now has a regional offer in partnership with Oxford University. The other offers a wide range of 35 apprenticeships, the majority of which are with local employers in Warrington and proximal areas. This offer will be enhanced by our Health and Social care academy developing as part of our Town Deal programme.