Plans to provide additional career options for the local community has been announced which would see a new A-Level centre created on Asfordby Road in a new partnership between the Mowbray Education Trust and SMB College group.
The focus of the provision is to provide accessible combinations of A-Levels with technical qualifications that fit career specific pathways. The centre will be based at the College’s town centre location, the Melton Campus, and will enable students to explore innovative combinations of A-Levels with an additional offering at the Brooksby or Melton sites, from September 2022.
Christine Stansfield, Executive Headteacher at John Ferneley College and CEO of the Mowbray Education Trust, said: “So many students leave Melton in order to pursue post-16 study. Our aim is to create a route for these students, so that they can continue their study locally, if they choose to. We want to complement the existing local offer by creating an option for students to pursue career-led qualification combinations with high quality pastoral and careers support for our young people who have had a really difficult last two academic years.”
The centre would be based at the Melton site in Asfordby Road. Photo: NEMM.
The investment comes as part of the SMB College Group commitment to the recovery of the local economy from the pandemic, with the strategic intention to shape new innovations for Melton Mowbray and the surrounding areas. The plans will support recovery and growth by enabling the development of a talent-rich pool of skilled young people for the future.
Principal and Chief Executive of SMB College Group, Dawn Whitemore added: “Pushing the boundaries of what is possible with academic and technical combinations is an exciting prospect for the local community. The knowledge, skills and behaviours we are looking to enable will improve students’ future prospects to pursue higher level qualifications either at a University or as an Apprentice as the ‘line of sight’ to employment is a key driver for this new provision”.
The Melton Campus A-Level Centre will be open from September 2022. Year 11 students will be invited to Open Events in the Autumn term, where they will be able to hear more about the impressive opportunities this new provision will bring.
SMB College Group is a vocational college in Leicestershire, comprising of three campuses: Brooksby, Melton and Stephenson in Coalville.