Oldham College now has new specialist facilities in Finance and Professional Services, Digital and Creative, Health and Social Care, Early Years Education, Construction and Retail and Commercial. Each of these areas includes a very strong apprenticeship and classroom option. They all have strong employer partnerships. And results at Level 3 (A level equivalent) compares well with the best in Greater Manchester. We also have University Campus Oldham with a unique array of degree and degree level opportunities in all the Technical and Professional pathways.
We want Oldham school leavers to have a different set of choices. Vocational education is not just an extension of school. It is a completely different kind of learning, clearly focused on work, taught by industry experts, supported by specialist facilities, and having options to progress to the highest levels of expertise. We want to make this easier to understand, so that young people – and parents and teachers who advise them – can make better choices. Some will continue with the route they have been introduced to at school and do A Levels, but for an increasing number, it will be #Notmoreschool, and the choice of 15 new Technical and Professional Pathways.