Runshaw College recently welcomed Councillor Jayne Rear, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, onto the campus to find out more about vocational and technical education at Runshaw with a focus on T Levels.
Councillor Jayne Rear had the opportunity to meet with Matt Barr, Assistant Principal for Vocational Education, to discuss the T Levels on offer at Runshaw and hear about some of the success stories of our first cohort who completed in the summer of 2022 who have progressed into higher education or full-time skilled employment relating to their chosen career path.
Cllr Jayne Rear and Matt Barr discussed how T Levels can help meet skills needs across the region and how Runshaw College works in close partnership with many employers across different sectors to co-create the curriculum and to offer extended industry placements to ensure the students have the best opportunities to development the knowledge, skills, behaviours and competencies needed to be successful and progress into positive destinations.
Cllr Jayne Rear, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, said, “T Levels are widening the opportunities available to more young people in Lancashire and giving them skills that are in high demand by employers. It was a pleasure to visit Runshaw College and meet students now on their T Level journey. Thank you to all the staff at Runshaw who have worked so hard to deliver this new qualification so successfully. The expansion of T Levels elsewhere in the county to a whole new range of subjects will mean that these opportunities are available to even more young people.”
Cllr Jayne Rear also had the opportunity to tour the campus and learn more about the exciting developments that are currently taking place to ensure our T Level students in Health, Digital, Engineering and Civil Engineering have access to excellent industry standard facilities and simulated work environments. This included a tour of the recently redeveloped Patterdale building that now holds our Digital T Level curriculum, as well as Buttermere which is due to open very soon, where Engineering and Civil Engineering will be based. As well as hearing of future plans around Tyndale to redesign our Health department.
It was great to have the opportunity to meet with Cllr Jayne Rear who can discuss T Levels and the work Runshaw College are doing in more detail when she meets with employers and school leaders across the county as part of her role. Cllr Rear is looking forward to visiting again in the spring to tour Buttermere and hear more about our current T Level students.