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Hartlepool College of Further Education

A whole new level of education and training opportunities for Hartlepool, Teesside and County Durham.

Bigger choices. Better chances.


Open Events 2011 - 2012 See back cover for dates

Hartlepool College of Further Education

Your chance to find out more.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and look for updates on Open Events. Hartlepool College offers a huge range of courses and our Open Events are a great way to find out what you will learn and the superb facilities we have to learn in. The College offers courses at many levels in areas including:

Welcome to the new Hartlepool College Six years and £53 million in the making, the new Hartlepool College stands on the site of our traditional campus on Stockton Street, in the very heart of the town centre. More spacious, brighter, greener and more advanced than our previous building, the new College has been designed with a huge amount of input from students, industry and business partners to provide the very best resources for education, training, business and lifestyle. This document is intended to give you a taste of the new Hartlepool College and to offer you an invitation to come along and find out much more.

Contacting Hartlepool College 01429 295111 enquiries@hartlepoolfe.ac.uk Or you can find us online by searching for “Hartlepool College” or “HCFE”

A Levels Accounting Aerospace Engineering Applied Business Art & Design Automotive Engineering Beauty Therapy Building Services Engineering Business Administration Business Studies Brickwork Carpentry & Joinery Catering & Hospitality Construction Civil Engineering Early Years Electrical Engineering Electrical Installation

Environmental Technologies Fabrication & Welding Forensic Science GCSEs Hairdressing Health & Social Care Information Technology Manufacturing Engineering Mechanical Engineering Medical Science Multimedia Painting & Decorating Plastering Plumbing Public Services Sport Travel & Tourism & Many More

Official website: www.hartlepoolfe.ac.uk


Energy Matters

Apprenticeships - A Training Choice That Works

The nature of energy technology is constantly evolving and improving, with intelligent and eco-friendly systems redefining the skills needed to work in the sector on a regular basis. Hartlepool College works closely with the energy industry to ensure that the skills we deliver and the hardware we use are those used in the sector.

Hartlepool College is the largest supplier of Apprenticeships in the Tees Valley and County Durham, with over 500 regionwide. For an individual an Apprenticeship isn’t just a job, it’s the first step towards a long-term career or career change. Many businesses across Britain have benefited so far from training an apprentice. Apprenticeships focus on the whole working spectrum, not just individual skills. Apprentices learn through a combination of ’on and off the job’ education and training. On the job you will work alongside other employees and the rest you learn from the College specialists.

Award-winning Apprenticeships The open-air Environmental Technologies Learning Terrace ensures that resources such as wind energy equipment and photovoltaic cells can be used exactly where intended - under the elements.

We have the Skills (Academies) Arguably any college or training provider can introduce an academy, but not many can truly call themselves a National Skills Academy. NSA accreditation isn’t easy to get: it takes hard work, investment and a dedication to delivering the best possible training in the best possible environment. Some places have one, maybe two. Hartlepool College has four, including the only Environmental Technologies Academy in the North East, which is one of only fourteen nationally. As a major hub for National Skills Academies, the logos to the right are a guarantee of excellence applies to training and education.

Hartlepool College does not necessarily mean Hartlepool companies. To become the largest Apprenticeship provider in the Tees Valley and Co. Durham means that the College works with hundreds of regional companies in many sectors including health, sport, business and law, horticulture, IT, hospitality, catering, beauty therapy, hairdressing and travel and tourism. Locally the support for Apprenticeship training is as strong as ever with Vela Group (formally Hartlepool Housing and Tristar Homes), Hartlepool Borough Council and the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust confirming nearly 100 apprenticeships receiving thousands of applications. A substantial part of the Apprenticeship offer is in engineering and construction and longtime partner companies such as Heerema, Stadium Group, Wilton Group, Gus Robinson, Huntsman Tioxide and Yuill Homes are being

joined every week by high-quality companies keen to engage with Hartlepool College. Darchem Engineering, Pearson Harper, United Biscuits, ThyssenKrupp Tallent and Caterpillar [Peterlee] have all joined the Hartlepool College Apprenticeship family in the last 12 months. The College recently joined Caterpillar [Peterlee] when it was presented with its National Apprenticeship Award having won the North East Large Employer of the Year winner. Assistant Principal, Steve Wallis, comments “We were delighted for Caterpillar [Peterlee] it was a great success to win this highly competitive award. It is a superb company with a real commitment to world class skills training.”


Join the Club (or even use one) with our Sports Academies The College started sports academies in 2009 with basketball and football, and later added rugby to the list. Any student under the age of 19 and studying on a full-time course at HCFE can trial for an academy team, and successful athletes will benefit from 11 hours of high class coaching and performance in their sport as well as accessing support to fulfil their potential both as an athlete and a student. The scheme has proved massively popular, and now Hartlepool College has added a Golf Academy to its list in partnership with Seaton Carew Golf Club, which provides access to its course, clubhouse and, most important, expertise. For more information and eligibity requirements contact Shaun Hope on shope@hartlepoolfe.ac.uk.

RAF Leeming Facilities that are fit for purpose Aerospace Engineering The Aircraft Engineering programme is one of the most popular and well-equipped in the area, with a hangar (pictured above) holding two Jet Provosts, a Gazelle helicopter and an engine from a Boeing 747. Links with Babcock Defence Services, RAF Leeming, Rolls-Royce and Airbus Industrie in Toulouse provide vital “real world� experience and knowledge, something that benefits students enormously. Hartlepool College Aerospace students showcased at the London Worldskills event in October. This international Olympic-style competition brings together the most talented young people from around the world to compete in skills-based competitions, ranging from accountancy to computer design to construction, and Hartlepool College is one of only a handful nationally to be invited to stage a demonstration, using interactive technology to simulate operations out of RAF Leeming (see right).

Hartlepool College Aerospace students make frequent and highly privileged visits to RAF Leeming to work with Babcock Defence Services and 100 Sqdn RAF on the live operation of Hawk fast jets, where they are trusted to perform maintenance, testing and flightline operations on these incredible aircraft, best known as the plane of choice of the Red Arrows.

It has been many years since Hartlepool College had its own on-site gym facility, but the new building afforded us the chance to correct that - and in style. We now have a state-of-the-art Fitness Suite as part of our Luminary Centre, rivalling the best facilities in the area - and it’s available to the public too.


Open Events 2011/2012 Saturday 5th November Thursday 8th December Thursday 23rd February Saturday 24th March

10am - 2pm 4pm - 8pm 4pm - 8pm 10am - 2pm

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