Are You Aware Of The Facts Surrounding Your Child’s Future?

Do you have children aged 14-16? If you do, the chances are you’ve been peppered with information from schools, sixth forms, and colleges about their next step in education – where to go, what subjects to do, what qualification type to take – the list goes on but not everyone is aware of their options.

A couple of years ago, the government started phasing in a new education initiative called Raising the Participation Age (RPA). RPA, now fully operational, means that young people have to stay in education or training in some form or another until they are 18.

Now don’t think that this means your child has to stay at school, far from it as the opportunities are endless! They could come to The Sheffield College to continue their studies on a vocational course or pursue the route of A-Levels. Or, if they’re ready for the world of work, they can do a Traineeship or Apprenticeship with us and train on the job instead.

Advances in technology have seen new jobs created and old ones evolving, but it also means that young people are learning skills for jobs that might not be on the labour market yet. You’ll want to make sure that there is a progression route – we work hard to make sure our courses are meeting the demands of the local workforce of the future. Employability is key to every course that we offer.

With that in mind, it’s more important than ever to make the best decision about what and where to study backed up with facts and figures so you know it’ll be a success.

Whilst this might feel like a lot of information, don’t worry about it as we like to make things as simple as possible for you and your child.

If your child enrols on a full-time course with us, we guarantee they will have an Apprenticeship, a job offer or an offer of a place on a higher education course at the College or university, or a progression route to one of them upon completion. Not bad, eh?!

We’ve also established our own recruitment agency, Job Connect, to help students into work, and will work even more closely with businesses to deliver that guarantee and help Sheffield meet regional skills challenges.

If you would like to find out more information about The Sheffield College or what RPA will mean for your son/daughter, why not pop along to one of our Open Days in April (14th, 18th, and 19th). If you can’t make it, pop over to or give us a call on 0114 260 2600.


4 responses to “Are You Aware Of The Facts Surrounding Your Child’s Future?”

  1. catherine jones says :

    Is this just for students that live there?


  2. Phil D says :

    Great. So why does my daughters school want £34.00 for an afternoon visit on a ” medical tour “to the college. It can not be transport as it is only 6 miles away from the school .

    When you consider a full day to the Manchester museums will only cost £12.50 so the majority of the £34.00 must be a charge made by the college. If you want year 10’s to consider coming when they finally leave school a tour / taster afternoon should be free .


    • danbeale92 says :

      Hi Phil, our tasters of all subjects and tours at the College are free. If you would like to send us some details, I will get one of our Learner Recruitment Team to give you a ring to arrange something? Many Thanks


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