The Bournemouth & Poole College is encouraging adults who are considering a career change, or looking to gain further qualifications to attend its New Year, Fresh Start event on Thursday January 12 from 3:30pm.
Attendees will have access to expert careers advice from many curriculum areas, and The College will also be taking applications for full-time and part-time courses, and apprenticeships starting in January or early 2017.
Google Search analysis from earlier this year shows a significant peak in people searching ‘courses for adults’ in January 2016. More than 18,200 individuals searched the net for adult learner options, compared to June 2016 which saw a drop to 14,390 people exploring their career options.
Sharon Mackett, Head of Commercial Delivery from The Bournemouth & Poole College, said:‘‘It is never too late to learn a new skill or qualification, and The College advocates the message that everyone has a right to an education.  If you are thinking of taking the step to further your career by returning to education, now is the time to do it. There are so many options available to those who wish to gain a new qualification at The College, whether you want to study full-time, part-time or earn on the job with an apprenticeship.′′
Apprenticeships are now becoming a valuable and popular option for adult learners. Fred Pope Engineering has seen the benefit of taking on adult apprentices.

Managing Director, Fred Pope, said:‘‘We choose to take on apprentices as they add a new dimension to the business, allowing us to increase our skills and grow as a company. I also get a sense of giving something back to the community; apprenticeships are a well-rounded approach to recruitment and training.’’
Alex Baines, 27, Fred Pope Engineering apprentice, said:‘‘An apprenticeship gradually eases you into the work place and enables you to learn while you earn. Engineering seemed like the obvious career path for me, as engineering is involved with so many aspects of our everyday life.’’

Alex’s hard work during his apprenticeship has paid off and he was recently awarded the college’s engineering achievement cup.
If you would like to find out more about the New Year, Fresh Start event please visitwww.thecollege.co.uk/fresh-startor go to http://www.thecollege.co.uk/adult-skills for more information about adult skills courses at The Bournemouth & Poole College.

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