Newcastle College is hoping to buck the region’s record high unemployment figures by helping people enrol on courses that could get them a career.
Specialist course advice will be available during enrolment held at the college’s Rye Hill campus, starting on Wednesday August 8 and running until Saturday September 1. The college’s new careers coach will also be visiting various locations around the region: including Newcastle city centre, Whitley Bay town centre, Tynemouth sea front, Gateshead MetroCentre, Manor Walks in Cramlington and a number of Morrison and Sainsbury supermarkets.
As well as course advice, enrolment advisors can also offer guidance on what help is available with finance, childcare and information about what specialist learning support can be accessed.
Carole Kitching, Deputy Principal at Newcastle College said: “There is no denying that times are tough for many young and older job seekers, but gaining relevant qualifications can really help to enhance career prospects. As enrolment for courses beginning in the new term start this week, now is the perfect time for people to think about taking positive action to help get the future they want.
“At Newcastle College we have the widest range of course choices anywhere in the north east offering traditional A levels and the International Baccalaureate as well as many specialist vocational courses, so whatever career someone has in mind we can help put them on the right track.”
Courses for 16-18 year olds at Newcastle College are free, and eligible young people can also access the college’s unique maintenance allowance, which offers £1,200 of financial support over two years. Full details can be found at www.newcastlecollege.co.uk/schoolleavers
In addition, eligible learners can also benefit from discounted travel and course equipment costs.
Many adult full-time and part-time courses are free as well as giving a real boost to people’s employment prospects.
Newcastle Sixth Form College due to open in 2013 will be the city’s first specialist facility. Students within Newcastle Sixth Form College will also have access to a comprehensive reward scheme, which offers a wide range of incentives and discounts.
For more information about studying at Newcastle College visit www.newcastlecollege.co.uk or call (0191) 200 4000
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Newcastle College has launched a new financial support scheme which will offer eligible students £1200, following the reduction of the Government Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).
The Newcastle College Maintenance Allowance (NCMA) is a new scheme introduced by the college for 16-18 year old full-time FE students starting from September 2011, who would have previously been eligible for EMA.
Students who meet the eligibility criteria will receive £1200 for the duration of their two year course. In addition students transferring from other colleges, who meet the criteria, will also be able to receive NCMA.
Student numbers will not be capped to ensure that all eligible students are supported throughout their full time FE course.
Newcastle College has been working to create an EMA replacement scheme which will help the students who need it most and provide valuable support for any costs associated with their study at the college. The college decided to launch the scheme before the end of the Government consultation to reassure existing and future students that they would not be disadvantaged in the reduction in Government funding.
Bev Robinson, Principal of Newcastle College, said:
“We have taken the decision to launch a financial scheme for 16-18 FE students, in addition to the current support offered through our Discretionary Learner Support Fund and Care to Learn scheme, which offers help with childcare costs. We also hope to be able to continue supporting eligible students with essential course costs in a range of vocational areas.
“This support provides real benefits and in many cases will help students to continue their education. We are committed to putting the needs of our learners first and would like to reassure students that support will be available to them after September, regardless of the outcome of the Government consultation.”
For more details on NCMA visit www.newcastlecollege.co.uk/NCMA or search for the Newcastle College Facebook page.
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