Welcome to Barnet and Southgate College
David Byrne Principal and Chief Executive I am delighted that you are considering joining our increasingly large community of talented and successful students. Last year over 86% of all students achieved their learning goals with Barnet and Southgate College and I am proud of each and every one of those successes. We’re one of the largest colleges in London with over 14,000 students, delivering more than twenty subjects across three main campuses. Joining us means being part of a large and vibrant community of learning that will benefit you as you prepare for employment or university. Our diverse environment offers an excellent opportunity to meet a broader range of people, and a larger college brings with it bigger and better facilities with state-ofthe-art campuses, one of which only opened in September 2016. How happy have you been with the careers advice you’ve received so far? According to Ofsted three quarters of schools fail to provide impartial careers advice, so it’s possible that you’re looking at this guide not knowing how valuable the right pathway and qualification will be for your future job security. Here at Barnet and Southgate College we’re offering courses and careers advice that produce economically valuable skills. Many young people aren’t fully aware of the breadth of jobs and careers that are even available within
London and surrounding areas and that’s why I’m proud to say that we link the majority of our 1,500 courses to a specific career pathway or academic/university route. We want to help you achieve your goals; whether that’s getting the right job or apprenticeship or going onto higher education. Integral to this is giving you the correct careers support via our onsite careers advisors, student support services, mentors, an exclusive partnership with the REED jobs service and our online ‘Career Coach’ toolkit (see pages 8-9 for more information). Whether you’re looking for a course to progress onto university, a specific job or an apprenticeship, what’s paramount to us is being in step with the needs of our local economy and working closely with our strategic partners to adapt the content of our curriculum to ensure it’s relevant to employers and university progression. In addition to this, creating a parity of esteem between academic and vocational training is a priority for us, addressing the continuing mismatch between existing skills being taught and the skills employers are demanding for jobs in the future. In line with this, we’re excited to announce an exclusive partnership with the Centre of Excellence for Telehealth and Assisted Living at Buckinghamshire New University, which will see us become the London Hub for Telecare and Assisted Living Technologies’ training. Plus we are unveiling a new dentistry qualification and dental apprencticeship. These inititiatives will ensure that their students receive industry specific skills and training, leading to the right job. Deconstructing perceptions around vocational industries and stereotypical roles, working closely with local employers, economists and employment advisors are all vital components to our continued success. I believe that here at Barnet and Southgate College you can be proud of your chosen vocational qualification.
As part of our approach we analyse the jobs market across all relevant industry sectors; actively filling any local skills gaps that may be developing with the appropriate courses and subsequently the trained students for the job. We offer a broad range of full and part time courses in: A Levels, foundation degrees, technical and professional qualifications, vocational training, work skills training, apprenticeships across a range of levels plus education and employment pathways for people with learning difficulties and disabilities. Employability and enterprise are at the core of what the College is all about and as part of this we seek out relevant partnerships and work with organisations such as the Peter Jones Academy. Work placements and industry experience are integral to most courses across all departments and it’s this vital experience that gives our students the competitive edge when looking for a job, securing a place at their chosen university, or having the inspiration to re-train at college for a new career. The UK economy needs an adaptable, vocationally inspired and technically skilled workforce. We do all that we can to prepare students for jobs and employment - some which may not even exist yet. At Barnet and Southgate College we will expand your horizons and help you align your talent and skills with the variety of jobs that are out there, plus you’ll be joining a friendly, supportive and successful college. Be part of our story. I look forward to meeting you.
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