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Bright Future for 14-16 Students

06 October 2014

Several Motor Vehicle students from our Work Related Learning Scheme (formerly Young Apprenticeships) for 14-16 year olds have been offered full Apprenticeships by the employers they had work placements with.

The scheme gives 14-16 year olds the opportunity to gain a nationally-recognised vocational qualification worth four A*-C grade GCSEs and extensive work experience opportunities alongside the National Curriculum.

The students from Easthampstead Park School in Bracknell, St. Crispin’s School and The Forest School in Wokingham and The Bulmershe School in Reading, spend two whole days out of school. One day is always spent at college learning a variety of different practical and classroom based tasks and skills. The second day is spent on work experience after an initial term-long programme of employment skills at college.

As part of the first year group required to stay in learning for longer as part of the Government’s Raising the Participation Age (RPA) Initiative, securing the next step in their education through these full-time Apprenticeships was important for all the students involved.


Brandon Thorpe, Service Manager at Jemca Toyota Reading, who was one of the employers involved, was delighted with the way the scheme had worked for them and for the student placed with them, Alex Dodd from The Forest School in Wokingham:

“Alex has improved his skills as a young technician and has also developed as a person - his confidence has grown and he is part of the team. Alex has impressed us so much that we have decided to employ him as a full time apprentice. We are looking forward to him joining us later this year.”

Hayley Vardy, 14-16 Vocational Programmes Assistant at the college, who arranged the placements said:

“The students are delighted that they have been offered a job; there is never a guarantee that employers will take the students on after the work placement, but this year has been particularly good, well done to all those concerned”.

College Principal & CEO, Campbell Christie, CBE added:

“I was really pleased to see the successful completion of the 2 year Work Related Learning Scheme for the current cohort of students on their Motor Vehicle Studies course. All have been offered full Apprenticeships with their placement employers – a real success in these difficult economic times!

“Our thanks go to the employers who have supported these students: Jemca Toyota Bracknell, Jemca Toyota Reading, Hicks MOT Woodley, BMW Reading, Fenn Motor Works Reading, Mel’s Motors Bracknell and Lancaster Landrover Reading.”

To find out more about the Work Related Learning Scheme or one of our other 14-16 programmes visit or call 01344 766600.

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