This year has been the most successful to date for the Skills Company’s Higher Skills Team, with a record number of graduates.
In the summer of 2016 we have been proud of the achievements of our 78 graduates who have completed a range of degree, foundation degree and teacher training courses. There have been successes in Business, Early Years and Childhood Studies, Education and Teacher Training. Nine of our graduates achieved first class honours degrees and many more achieved excellent grades for their coursework, lesson observations, final dissertations and projects
We are also very proud of the achievements of our Access to Higher Education students whose successes were celebrated at a recent awards event. These students came to us in October 2015 with very few formal qualifications or in some cases no qualifications at all. Many of our Access to Higher Education students have English as a second or even third language!
In 2016 our latest information is that over 45 of our Access students will be going to university in the coming weeks; some have chosen to stay with us to study on the degree courses which we offer in partnership with Staffordshire University and the University of Bolton.
Others have chosen to stay in Manchester – several are progressing to Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford while two of our successful Access students have achieved distinction grades to allow them to progress to the University of Manchester. Others have gone further afield, for example to universities in Cardiff, Teesside and Westminster and we wish them all every success.