With Runshaw being one of only 50 colleges running the Government’s new T Level pathway next year, it’s been wonderful to see how our current work placement students are having great success already!

Level 3 IT & Computing Year 1 student James Harris initially did a short work placement with the Technical Services Team at NHS Lancashire Teaching Hospital in Preston when he was a pupil at Balshaw’s, and being so impressive, Saeed Umar ( Head of Technical Services ) was pleased to offer him a 45 day industry placement when he later approached them as a college student.

Since joining the Technical Services Team in November, James has undertaken various roles within the department and quickly progressed from answering service desk calls to fixing and installing equipment across the entire hospital. James was without question a shining star at his placement – he worked double the number of placement days required and often stayed late, even volunteering over Christmas! As a token of appreciation for all his hard work, the Deputy Chief Exec, Paul Havey, presented James with a certificate of recognition for his valuable contribution and dedication to supporting the Technical Services Team.

On the back of James’s great success, the partnership between Runshaw College and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals has grown even stronger and Saeed Umar has kindly offered to take two more students in his department in the next academic year, whilst Head of T Levels, Stephen Musa, said, “ We are over the moon that James has been given this opportunity and from his hard work he has successfully gained an apprenticeship. We are also immensely proud of the relationship we have developed with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and Saeed and his team. This is a prime example of the impact T levels will have on future students at Runshaw college. James also recently won Industry Placement Student of the Year and was presented with his award at our prestigious Vocational Awards evening by Principal Simon Partington.