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2 APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK Full-time barber, Mike, is enjoying a highly successful barbering career thanks to the Level 2 Barbering Diploma at Preston College. Having previously undertaken a BA (Hons) Acting, before working as an actor for a number of years, a moment in the barber’s chair and a longing for a career change, led Mike to an enrolment event at Preston College in 2018. After speaking to tutor Julie, Mike left the event to consider his options but credits the information he received and a ‘Hollywood moment’ in the car park, as providing the catalyst he needed to turn around, walk back into the college and enrol. Joining the course for two days per week in September 2018, having never picked up a pair of scissors to cut hair in his life, Mike was quickly learning a variety of techniques and basic skills that would set him up for future success. Taught by experienced barber and tutor Julie, who Mike describes as a ‘phenomenal lady’, all learners on the course were encouraged to secure work experience, to supplement their in-class learning. Supported by Julie, Mike approached No.77, The Gentry Barbers in Leyland and was given the opportunity to work alongside highly experienced barbers for one day per week. Once secured, Julie arranged for this experience to become an official work placement, as a bolt-on to the Level 2 Diploma. As an adult learner, Mike juggled his course, work placement opportunity and other paid employment as a DJ to allow him to learn from experienced barbers whilst on placement, advancing and elevating his skills and putting taught theory and newly learnt knowledge into practice. Upon successful completion of his Level 2 Diploma and having impressed the team greatly, Mike secured a full-time position at The Gentry and now works as a self-employed barber with a busy and varied client list of his own. Using not only the practical skills he learnt at college to further his career, Mike has also brought new ideas and innovations to the barber’s shop, using business skills taught as part of the Level 2 programme. In agreement with his colleagues, and with a thorough understanding of his client base, Mike expanded the beard care offer at The Gentry, introducing three levels of package, including a one hour gold package – so popular the barbers recently undertook fifteen in one week! “As an adult, I was really quite apprehensive about returning to college but at no point did I ever feel out of place, not once. Preston College has a good thing going on, there is a real community feel and the course was structured in such a way that the more you put in, the more you got out, which I loved! As an adult learner, you are very much on your own journey. The ex-learners that were brought in to do demonstrations and speak to us about their journeys provided real inspiration and for me, it worked! “Completing the Level 2 Barbering course and progressing into industry has allowed me to do things I just couldn’t do before. I can afford to make plans and the standard of living I now have is amazing compared to before. I have been able to buy a property and I have welcomed a baby girl into the world. The course at Preston College and the opportunities it presented and opened up really have changed my life.” LEVEL 2 BARBERING DIPLOMA MEET MIKE
APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK 3 BARBERING, BEAUTY 12 & HAIRDRESSING BUSINESS 14 CHILDCARE, TEACHING 18 & ASSESSING CONSTRUCTION 21 COUNSELLING 26 ENGINEERING & WELDING 30 ESOL & TESOL 38 HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE 32 ICT 17 MATHS & ENGLISH 40 SHORT COURSES 28 (CREATIVE CRAFTS) PERFORMANCE, 34 PRODUCTION & VISUAL ARTS SCIENCE 36 CITB GRANT 42 APPLICATION SUPPORT HEALTH, SOCIAL CARE 43 & EDUCATION SHORT COURSES (CPD) SECTOR BASED 44 WORK ACADEMIES FIND YOUR COURSE
4 APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK WHY PRESTON COLLEGE? PRESTON COLLEGE REALLY DO OFFER THE MOST FOR ADULT LEARNERS, WITH RECENT SUCCESS STORIES HIGHLIGHTING HOW COURSES, TUTORS AND INDUSTRY STANDARD FACILITIES HAVE SUPPORTED INDIVIDUALS TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS. HERE ARE JUST A FEW HIGHLIGHTS: Mum of three Lianne, decided to pursue a career in a subject she has always been passionate about, enrolling onto the Level 1 Vehicle Systems Maintenance course in 2018. Lianne quickly impressed staff at Preston College and was offered a Curriculum Support Technician role, one day per week, which she undertook alongside her studies. Progressing through the levels and enjoying her role immensely, Lianne now works four days per week and is in the final stages of studying for her Level 3 Diploma. Having spent over 20 years successfully working in the joinery trade, Eddy joined the course hoping to teach the next generation of learners his skills. Crediting the course with providing engaging lesson ideas, behaviour management techniques and a better understanding of how to set varying levels of work, Eddy had the opportunity to work with a range of different people from diverse backgrounds. Now enjoying a better understanding of how to present and engage, Eddy secured employment with Lancashire County Council in the Probation Team, where he works with individuals on a 1-2-1 basis, engaging them in learning through the teaching of basic joinery skills. VEHICLE SYSTEMS MAINTENANCE LEVEL 1 MIG WELDING LEVEL 1 VEHICLE INSPECTION LEVEL 2 AUTO & MOBILE ELECTRICAL PRINCIPLES LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA After being made redundant from employment within the upholstery industry, Anne-Marie took the opportunity to learn new IT skills. Keen to use her change of circumstances to progress, Anne-Marie felt that the Level 2 IT course would provide the refresh and enhancement that she needed. Already benefiting from detailed teaching at a pace which has made it easier to settle in and learn, tutor Paul provides ample opportunities to ask questions and practice, with AnneMarie looking forward to learning much more as the course progresses. EDCL LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE ANNE-MARIE EDUCATION AND TRAINING LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE LIANNE EDDY
5 APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK I am delighted that you are considering joining us at Preston College. Whether you are looking to learn a new skill, re-skill, or are keen to advance an already established career role with additional professional qualifications, our variety of daytime, evening and parttime study options offer the flexibility to fit around current home and work commitments. We truly believe, as many of our adult learners demonstrate, that it is never too late to learn. Our sector specialist staff and industry inspired facilities make the college an exciting and enjoyable place to be, whether upskilling, retraining or studying essential skills to prepare for entry or re-entry into the world of work. On the campus, you will find a host of purpose built facilities including our recently extended Construction Skills Centre accommodating our new architecture suite, functional science laboratories and hair, barbering and beauty facilities that offer real work environments. Our curriculum is both diverse and progressive, as we continually innovate to not only meet customer demand, but to provide qualifications that allow our learners to succeed in their industry of choice. We are proud to be supporting the ‘Constructing Low Carbon Lancashire’ initiative, playing an integral role in increasing the skillset of construction related businesses and employees across Lancashire, helping to ensure that they can benefit from the move to low carbon technologies and production methods. The ‘Free Courses for Jobs’ scheme provides further opportunities to study with us at Level 3 free of charge*, whilst our increased short courses offer provides valuable CPD opportunities for those working across an array of sectors. In addition, our breadth of essential skills courses in ICT, maths and English allow us to offer Functional Skills, GCSE and a range of ICT qualifications, which support skills development and meet employer needs. We have built a fantastic reputation for developing confident, skilled adults across a range of sectors, allowing you to enter, progress and excel in your chosen career. Enrolling now for courses starting in 2023, we look forward to welcoming you to Preston College. Simon Nixon Interim Principal and Chief Executive *T&Cs apply A WARM TO PRESTON COLLEGE WELCOME
6 APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK AS A LEARNER AT PRESTON COLLEGE YOU WILL BE SUPPORTED THROUGHOUT YOUR LEARNING BY A HIGHLY EXPERIENCED TEAM OF TUTORS AND SUPPORT STAFF. THE TUTORS TEACHING YOU WILL HAVE INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE AND ARE DEDICATED TO MAKING YOU THE MOST EMPLOYABLE YOU CAN BE. IF YOU NEED ANY HELP WITH YOUR COURSE, THE TEACHING STAFF WILL BE YOUR FIRST POINT OF CONTACT. THEY WILL BE ABLE TO SUPPORT YOU WITH ASSIGNMENTS, COURSEWORK AND ANY QUERIES OR QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE ABOUT THE PROGRAMME. Your tutors will also be able to advise you on the range of careers open to you when you finish your course as well as progression opportunities here at Preston College. SUPPORT & FACILITIES LEARNING ZONE Our Learning Zone Team are always on hand to help you access the resources, services and support needed to develop your own independent study and research skills. Offering a huge range of workshops, supporting you in developing Harvard referencing, assignment writing and critical analysis, the Learning Zone is situated near the main reception. The Learning Zone also has group and individual study rooms for those working on group activities and presentations, alongside areas reserved exclusively for those adults studying on Higher Education courses with us. Preston College adopts an inclusive approach to learning, offering high quality teaching to all, which takes into account individual requirements. Reasonable adjustments are embedded within the classroom, to ensure that those learners with an identified need can fully access the curriculum and the associated assessment processes. It is recognised that some learners may also need additional support and this will be provided by the Curriculum and Learner Support Team. The focus of support is to remove barriers to learning and develop strategies. Naturally, support needs differ from individual to individual, including those with EHCPs and may include the provision of exam access arrangements, assistive technology, learning support coaches/assistants and communication support workers. To talk through your potential support needs with a member of the team, please call: 01772 225328 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org SEND (SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITY) SUPPORT TEAM
7 APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK FACILITIES We have a range of outstanding facilities across all of our courses, including a newly renovated Construction Skills Centre, 100 seat theatre and state-of-the-art iSTEM Centre – home to an array of course specific facilities, including purpose built engineering workshops, subsonic wind tunnels and fully equipped science laboratories. The wider campus also has the added benefit of an on-site fitness centre, barbering and beauty salons, all of which are available to learners, at heavily discounted prices! STUDENT SERVICES Our Student Services team are available to support all of our adult learners through the provision of a wealth of information on a variety of topics, including financial support, welfare advice, benefits advice, counselling and mental health support, safeguarding and bursary information. The Student Services team are accessible to all learners and once you are on the campus, can be found in the Main Building. If you would like to speak to a member of the Student Services team prior to starting your course, you can contact them by telephone or email. Call: 01772 225656 or email: email@example.com QUALIFIED CAREERS ADVISERS If you require more in-depth careers advice, our expert advisers are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and able to provide comprehensive, independent careers advice and guidance. Their aim is to empower you to make your own career and learning choices by providing you with the information, advice and guidance you need to make an informed decision about your next steps.
8 DO YOU WORK? DO YOU THINK FREE COURSES ARE UNAVAILABLE TO YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE EMPLOYED? THINK AGAIN! LOW WAGE ENTITLEMENT If you are employed and earning an annual gross salary of £18,525 or less you may be eligible to study a variety of Level 1 and full Level 2 courses, for FREE! This is based on your own income, so your partner’s income does not count towards this figure. FINANCIAL SUPPORT PACKAGES Depending upon your individual circumstances, our speciaist team of advisers can help you to access a wide range of funding to pay for the cost of tuition, equipment, kit, travel expenses and even childcare. Our advisers will work with you to determine all available funding, as rules and guidance can be complex and entitlement varies from person to person, as it is based upon individual circumstances. ADVANCED LEARNER LOANS If you are aged over 19 and wish to study a Level 3 course, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of the course tuition fees. Loans are available on a wide range of courses and you will not have to pay anything back until you are earning over £27,295 a year. INSTALMENTS If your chosen course costs £150 or more, you can choose to pay in instalments by direct debit. To pay by instalments, your payments must be a minimum of £25 per month and there must be at least three direct debt payments and a maximum of twelve. Your first payment will be made when you enrol, with further payments made on the first day of the month. OTHER OPTIONS If you wish, you can pay by cash*, card or personal cheque. If your employer is paying your fees, we can organise for them to receive an invoice. When you come to enrol, please bring evidence with you that your employer has agreed to pay. *Cash is limited to a maximum of £500. FUNDING YOUR COURSE FUNDING YOUR EDUCATION COULD BE FAR EASIER THAN YOU THINK! APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK
9 FREE LEVEL 3 COURSES SEPTEMBER 2020 SAW THE PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCE THE LIFETIME SKILLS GUARANTEE, MEANING FROM APRIL 2021 ANY ADULT AGED 19 AND OVER, LIVING IN THE LANCASHIRE REGION AND MEETING ELIGIBLE CRITERIA HAS BEEN ABLE TO STUDY THEIR FIRST LEVEL 3 QUALIFICATION WITH US, FREE OF CHARGE. Part of a wider £2.5 billion investment, which aims to support immediate economic recovery and future skills needs, by boosting the supply of skills that employers require, ‘Free Courses for Jobs’ allows us to offer a range of courses to any adult meeting the criteria below. The courses on offer include: If you or one of your employees is able to evidence that they: Are aged 19+ Live in Lancashire Do NOT currently hold a full, Level 3 qualification (or higher) if employed and earning over £18,525 Do hold a full Level 3 qualification (or higher) but are currently unemployed and in receipt of a qualifying state benefit, or are employed and earning under £18,525 All of the above courses will be FREE to study! (Note – only one Level 3 programme from the list above can be chosen per person.) PAINTING AND DECORATING – LEVEL 3 NVQ PLASTERING – LEVEL 3 NVQ BRICKLAYING (TROWEL OCCUPATIONS) – LEVEL 3 NVQ SITE CARPENTRY – LEVEL 3 NVQ LIGHT VEHICLE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR – LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA WELDING – LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA BOOKKEEPING – LEVEL 3 ADVANCED CERTIFICATE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE – LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE ENGINEERING – LEVEL 3 NATIONAL DIPLOMA COUNSELLING – LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE WALL AND FLOOR TILING – LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA
10 LEARNER LIFE LEARNER LIFE AT PRESTON COLLEGE EXTENDS WELL BEYOND YOUR COURSE. As well as developing the right skills and knowledge for success in your chosen career, we will support you in ensuring you get the most out of your time with us. This could be through valuable work experience opportunities or participation in a range of enrichment activities, such as The Student Council or Learner Voice groups. You may also have the opportunity to participate in a range of course related trips and visits, opportunities to work on live briefs and projects for employers and receive real industry insight from a range of engaging guest speakers. You will have access to a wide range of leisure facilities here at Preston College, including a heavily discounted Starbucks coffee shop and a fully functioning gym, squash court and sports centre, should you wish to join. In addition, if you are looking for a completely new look for less, why not book into the on-site hair, beauty and barbering salons, where learners on hair, barbering and beauty courses offer a variety of treatments under the careful supervision of highly experienced tutors. In addition to on-site benefits, as a learner you will be able to register with UniDays and Student Beans, providing full access to the very latest free and exclusive student discounts and deals!
11 BROWSE THROUGH OUR GUIDE AND WHEN YOU FIND A COURSE THAT YOU LIKE, IT COULDN’T BE EASIER TO ENROL WITH US! There is no need to wait, we are accepting applications and enrolling right now, so be quick, as there are limited places available on each course! To enrol you will need to: You will receive an offer of a place after stage 2, however, we cannot hold places. Your place is only secured once you complete the five step enrolment process above. ENROL EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT! HOW TO APPLY & ENROL APPLY TO US BY VISITING: www.preston.ac.uk/apply UNDERTAKE AN INTERVIEW/ASSESSMENT RECEIVE FUNDING ADVICE AND APPLY FOR A BURSARY (IF APPLICABLE) SEE THE SEND TEAM (IF APPLICABLE) ENROL! APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK
APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK 12 FROM OPENING YOUR OWN SALON, TO WORKING IN FILM AND TV, OR GAINING EMPLOYMENT ABOARD SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST LUXURIOUS CRUISE SHIPS, THE WEALTH OF OPPORTUNITIES IN THE BARBERING, BEAUTY AND HAIRDRESSING SECTORS ARE VAST AND HUGELY VARIED. Housed in purpose built salons, the Barbering, Beauty and Hairdressing department at Preston College provides learners with access to live clients, real salon environments and industry experienced tutors, who have spent years perfecting their trades. For those looking to start out, we offer both Introductory Diplomas and Level 2 Certificates, with progression right up to specialist courses, including cutting skills and photographic make-up. As an adult Barbering, Beauty and Hairdressing learner at Preston College, you will have the opportunity to work in our on-site barber shop and Elements hair salon, practising on live clients under the supervision of industry experienced tutors. Enhancement opportunities are also available by way of local and national industry competitions. BARBERING, BEAUTY & HAIRDRESSING
13 APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK BARBERING, BEAUTY & HAIRDRESSING START END DAY/S TIME/S Introduction to Hair & Beauty - Level 1 Diploma Jan 23 Jul 23 Mon & 9.15am - 4.20pm & Tues 9.15am - 12.30pm Barbering - Level 2 Certificate Jan 23 Jul 23 Wed 6.00pm - 9.00pm Manicure and Pedicure - Level 2 Certificate Feb 23 Jun 23 Wed 6.00pm - 9.00pm Nail Technology - Level 2 Certificate Feb 23 Jun 23 Wed 6.00pm - 9.00pm Photographic Make-Up - Level 2 Award Jan 23 May 23 Tues 6.00pm - 9.00pm Following the traditional education route, Ruby progressed onto university, to study a demanding degree in Social Work, after completing her Level 3 in Art and Design at Preston College. Upon graduating, she successfully progressed into a role working with adults with additional needs but the birth of her daughter left Ruby seeking a more creative career. Exploring her options, Ruby joined the Level 2 Hairdressing course in September 2018, before progressing onto Level 3 in September 2019. Throughout her time on the two courses Ruby undertook work experience, which provided invaluable insight into the world of both hairdressing and barbering, encouraging her to continue her studies as a learner on the Level 2 Barbering course. A finalist in the Concept Hair 2021 barbering competition, Ruby now works part-time as a fully qualified barber at an established Barber Shop in Preston. BARBERING, BEAUTY & HAIRDRESSING LEVEL 2 BARBERING MEET RUBY
APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK 14 WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS OR DEVELOP VALUABLE TRANSFERABLE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE, A VERSATILE BUSINESS QUALIFICATION CAN HELP TO KICK START A VARIETY OF CAREERS OR PROGRESS AN ALREADY ESTABLISHED ONE. Offering a variety of courses, from AAT accredited Accounting qualifications to nationally recognised, ILM accredited Leadership and Management programmes, Preston College is also able to offer courses designed specifically for those hoping to work in a self-employed capacity. Our Management and Accounting courses provide opportunities to acquire key skills for business, exploring everything from accounting and project management to immersive leadership, strategy and branding, whilst the Digital Skills courses provide additional opportunities to develop spreadsheet formulation and digital communication skills. BUSINESS
15 APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK I am enjoying completing the ILM programme for my own continued professional development. The course has given me an insight into the importance and impact that effective leadership and management has within the workplace. I have found it interesting to take part in class discussions where we have collectively applied the assignment theory to real life work scenarios. Having a mix of people from different industries on the course has provided many different viewpoints and enriched our debates. It has also been beneficial to learn more about team working strategies and I believe this will improve my own work practices. I would highly recommend the course, not only is the qualification recognised by employers, but the information covered in the syllabus is relevant to improving the real workplace - and that must be a good thing! ILM LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT LEVEL 3 BUSINESS BUSINESS & ACCOUNTING START END DAY/S TIME/S Leadership and Management ILM Leadership and Management - Level 2 Certificate Various Wed 6.00pm - 9.00pm ILM Leadership and Management - Level 3 Certificate Various Wed 6.00pm - 9.00pm ILM Leadership and Management - Level 5 Certificate Various Wed 6.00pm - 9.00pm AAT Accounting AAT Accounting - Level 2 Foundation Certificate Aug 22 Jan 23 Distance Learning (Distance Learning) AAT Accounting - Level 3 Advanced Diploma TBC TBC Wed 9.15am - 4.15pm or Tues & Wed 6.00pm - 9.00pm AAT Accounting - Level 3 Advanced Diploma Aug 22 Jan 23 Distance Learning (Distance Learning) AAT Accounting - Level 4 Professional Diploma TBC TBC Mon 9.15am - 4.15pm SAGE Bookkeeping - Level 1 Award Jan 23 Mar 23 Mon or Wed 1.10pm - 4.20pm or 6.00pm - 9.00pm SAGE Bookeeping - Level 2 TBC TBC Mon or Wed 1.10pm - 4.20pm or 6.00pm - 9.00pm AAT Bookkeeping - Level 2 Enhanced Certificate Jan 23 Jul 23 Mon or Tues 9.15am - 12.25pm or 6.00pm - 9.00pm Bookkeeping - Level 3 Certificate Jan 23 Jun 23 Wed 9.15am - 12.25pm Business Start Up - Level 2 Certificate Jan 23 Apr 23 Wed 6.00pm - 9.00pm Business Start Up - Level 2 Certificate Apr 23 Jul 23 Wed 6.00pm - 9.00pm MEET ANNA
16 APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK If you feel that you need to improve your maths, English and ICT skills, to help with business development, we can support you with those qualifications too! BUSINESS QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE SELF-EMPLOYED DO YOU OWN YOUR OWN BUSINESS OR ARE YOU THINKING OF BECOMING YOUR OWN BOSS IN 2023? NEW 2023! FOR New for this academic year and ideal if you already hold some ideas as to what your business may look like in the future, the Creating a Business Start-Up – Level 2 Certificate explores four key modules: INITIAL BUSINESS SET UP MARKETING LAW & FINANCE BUSINESS PLANNING
17 APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK ICT QUALIFICATIONS ARE BECOMING INCREASINGLY ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR EVERYDAY LIFE AND ARE OFTEN EXPECTED BY A RANGE OF EMPLOYERS ACROSS A HOST OF INDUSTRY SECTORS. FROM TEAMS AND ZOOM MEETINGS TO ADVANCED SPREADSHEET DATA MANIPULATION AND PHOTOGRAPH EDITING, THERE IS MUCH MORE TO IT THAN BASIC WORD PROCESSING. At Preston College we are proud to offer a variety of qualifications for all levels of ICT abilities. Absolute ICT & COMPUTING ICT & COMPUTING beginners will find Entry Level Digital Skills not only provide the skills and knowledge needed to undertake essential IT tasks confidently, but do so in a supportive learning environment with groups of likeminded individuals and vast levels of tutor support. All of our ICT qualifications require an assessment prior to enrolment to determine the right level of study for each applicant. An assessment will be arranged when an application is submitted and must be undertaken before an enrolment is processed. ICT & COMPUTING START END DAY/S TIME/S Introduction to Essential IT Jan 23 Feb 23 Fri 9.15am - 12.25pm Essential Digital Skills - Entry Level 3 Award Jan 23 Apr 23 Wed 9.15am - 12.25pm Essential Digital Skills - Level 1 Award Jan 23 Apr 23 Thurs 9.15am - 12.25pm ICT Level 1 Jan 23 Apr 23 Wed 6.00pm - 9.00pm ICT Level 2 Jan 23 Apr 23 Mon 9.15am - 12.25pm ICT Level 2 Jan 23 Apr 23 Tues 6.00pm - 9.00pm The courses are offered at various points throughout the year, with flexible study options to fit around home and work commitments. If you live in Lancashire but don’t currently hold an ICT qualification, our Entry 3 and Level 1 Digital Skills courses will be available to you, free of charge! To find out more, contact Asma on: 01772 225510 or email: ANakhuda@preston.ac.uk BASIC DIGITAL SKILLS FREE
APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK CHILDCARE, TEACHING & ASSESSING PRESTON COLLEGE OFFERS A VARIETY OF COURSES FOR THOSE HOPING TO PURSUE A CAREER IN CHILDCARE, TEACHING AND ASSESSING. WITH A DIVERSE RANGE OF ROLES AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, FLEXIBLE PROSPECTS PRESENT THEMSELVES IN SCHOOLS, WHERE SUPPORTING TEACHING AND LEARNING QUALIFICATIONS PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK AS IN-CLASS SUPPORT, TYPICALLY WORKING ON A TERM-TIME ONLY BASIS. Regardless of your chosen programme, you can expect to be taught through practical workshops, specialist speakers and classroom activities that go hand-in-hand with teaching support and teaching practice. Whether you are looking for a term-time only support position or wish to teach the next generation within your subject specialism, Preston College can support you in achieving your career goals. 18
19 APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK CHILDCARE, TEACHING & ASSESSING START END DAY/S TIME/S Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools - Level 2 Certificate Jan 23 Dec 23 Mon 9.15am - 12.25pm Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools - Level 3 Diploma Jan 23 Dec 23 Tues 9.15am - 2.40pm Education and Teaching - Level 3 Award Jan 23 Mar 23 Wed 5.00pm - 9.00pm Education and Teaching - Level 3 Award Apr 23 Jul 23 Wed 5.00pm - 9.00pm Having spent time as a carer for her parents, the tragic death of both her mum and dad prompted Lisa to consider her own future, as she began to explore study options at local colleges. Making the decision to return to college in 2015, Lisa enrolled on the Level 1 Caring for Children course at Preston College. Describing this decision as a ‘mid-life crisis’ and never really imagining that she would work with children, enjoying the course immensely, Lisa decided to progress her studies, continuing onto the Level 2 Children and Young People’s Workforce. As part of this one year programme Lisa undertook a voluntary placement at Cottam Nursery and impressed the team so much, she was offered a full-time position with the nursery. Upon successful completion of her Level 2 qualification, Lisa commenced employment at the nursery and was able to progress onto the Level 3 Early Years Educator course. Having worked at the nursery for five years, Lisa is now training to be a SENDCO and has recently been promoted to Deputy Manager! CHILDCARE, TEACHING & ASSESSING CHILDCARE LEVEL 1, 2 AND 3 MEET LISA
20 APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK Eddy joined the Level 3 Education and Training course after spending over 20 years successfully working in the joinery trade. Hoping to teach the next generation of learners his skills, and having previously undertaken work in an Alternative Provision Provider, Eddy joined the programme in September 2021, where he enjoyed learning new skills, sharing ideas and working with peers from a range of industry sectors. Crediting the course with providing engaging lesson ideas, behaviour management techniques and a better understanding of how to set varying levels of work, Eddy had the opportunity to work with a range of different people from diverse backgrounds and industry sectors. Now enjoying a better understanding of how to present and engage following successful completion of the course, Eddy secured employment with Lancashire County Council in the Probation Team, where he works with individuals on a 1-2-1 basis, engaging them in learning through the teaching of basic joinery skills. CHILDCARE, TEACHING & ASSESSING START END DAY/S TIME/S TAQA - Understanding the Principles and Practices of Various 9.30am - 4.00pm Assessment – Level 3 (Unit 301) TAQA - Assessing Occupational Competence in the Various 9.30am - 4.00pm Work Environment – Level 3 (Unit 302) TAQA - Assessing Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Various 9.30am - 4.00pm Understanding – Level 3 (Unit 303) TAQA - Understanding Principles/Practices of Internally Various 9.30am - 4.00pm Assuring Quality of Assessment – Level 4 (Unit 401) TAQA - Internally Assuring the Quality of Various 9.30am - 4.00pm Assessment – Level 4 (Unit 402) TAQA - Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Various 9.30am - 4.00pm Assessment Processes – Level 4 (Unit 403) TAQA - Understanding Principles/ Practices of Internally Various 9.30am - 4.00pm Assuring Quality of Assessment – Level 4 (Unit 401) TAQA - Internally Assuring the Quality of Various 9.30am - 4.00pm Assessment – Level 4 (Unit 402) TAQA - Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Various 9.30am - 4.00pm Assessment Processes – Level 4 (Unit 403) MEET EDDY EDUCATION AND TRAINING LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE
APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IS ESSENTIAL FOR OUR LOCAL ECONOMY AND HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A PRIORITY SECTOR FOR LANCASHIRE. CURRENTLY THERE IS A HUGE SKILLS SHORTAGE IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY WITH THE INDUSTRY BEING PLACED IN THE TOP FIVE SECTORS REQUIRING EMPLOYEES, DUE TO SECTOR GROWTH, FROM 2018-2028. Right on our doorstep the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal is investing more than £434million, creating 20,000 new jobs and building 17,000 new homes to improve the county. Construction companies across Lancashire continue to seek highly skilled people to fill a range of in demand roles. Over the past couple of years we have seen a boom in construction applications at Preston College, with additional classes and female only multiskills courses added to meet both demand and customer feedback. Our selection of Level 1 courses are ideal for those looking to develop their DIY skills further or study the basics of a trade alongside a full-time job, as well as those looking to take their first steps into a complete career change. For those already working in the sector, we are able to offer an array of Level 3, 4, 6 and 7 NVQs. These higher level NVQs offer both onthe-job assessments and opportunities, upon successful completion, to apply for prestigious black and gold CSCS cards. 21 CONSTRUCTION
22 APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK Terry worked in the plastering trade for 36 years, successfully owning his own business for most of that time. Following an accident, Terry planned to progress his career into the Health and Safety field, so initially came to Preston College to join a relevant course. Following a discussion with a careers adviser, Terry decided to share his knowledge and skills with the next generation of plasterers instead, enrolling on the Certificate in Education – a qualification which would allow him to practise as a professional tutor. Successfully completing the course, Terry now teaches all levels of plastering learners here at Preston College, transferring his 36 years of industry knowledge and experience to those he teaches. PLASTERING TUTOR Preston College is able to support you in applying for CITB funding, to enhance and retain the skills of your current workforce, as you maximise your opportunities to access CITB grants, resulting in free, higher level training. • An exclusive fund for micro and small construction businesses • Funding which covers the cost of short duration training and qualifications, including Health and Safety and Leadership and Management The amount of grant available is determined by the size of your organisation: 100 - 149 employed staff – up to £15,000 150 - 199 employed staff – up to £20,000 200 - 250 employed staff – up to £25,000 Our team, who have successfully worked with a variety of other organisations, will take the hassle out of the application process, working with you from the FREE initial consultation to submission stage. CITB SKILLS & TRAINING FUND To find out more, contact Mark Taylor on: MTaylor2@preston.ac.uk or call: 01772 225628 MEET TERRY
23 APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK CONSTRUCTION CONSTRUCTION START END DAY/S TIME/S Bricklaying - Level 1 Certificate Mar 23 Jul 23 Wed 6.00pm - 9.00pm Carpentry and Joinery - Level 1 Certificate Mar 23 Jul 23 Wed 6.00pm - 9.00pm Carpentry and Joinery - Level 1 Diploma Oct 22 Jul 23 Tues & Thurs 6.00pm - 9.00pm CSCS Intensive Nov 22 Nov 22 Mon & Tues 9.00am - 5.00pm CSCS Intensive Mar 23 Mar 23 Mon & Tues 9.00am - 5.00pm CSCS Intensive Jun 23 Jun 23 Mon & Tues 9.00am - 5.00pm Female Construction Multiskills - Level 1 Certificate Mar 23 Jul 23 Thurs 6.00pm - 9.00pm Construction Multiskills - Level 1 Certificate Mar 23 Jul 23 Wed 6.00pm - 9.00pm Painting & Decorating - Level 1 Certificate Feb 23 Jul 23 Tues 6.00pm - 9.00pm Painting & Decorating - Level 3 NVQ VARIOUS VARIOUS VARIOUS VARIOUS Plastering - Level 1 Certificate Feb 23 Jul 23 Mon 6.00pm - 9.00pm Plastering - Level 3 NVQ VARIOUS VARIOUS VARIOUS VARIOUS Plumbing - Level 1 Diploma Feb 23 Jul 23 Tues & Thurs 6.00pm - 9.00pm Plumbing - Level 3 NVQ VARIOUS VARIOUS VARIOUS VARIOUS Wall and Floor Tiling - Level 1 Certificate Mar 23 Jul 23 Wed 6.00pm - 9.00pm Occupational Work Supervision - Level 3 NVQ VARIOUS VARIOUS VARIOUS VARIOUS Site Supervision - Level 4 NVQ VARIOUS VARIOUS VARIOUS VARIOUS Operations Management - Level 6 NVQ VARIOUS VARIOUS VARIOUS VARIOUS Operations Management - Level 7 NVQ VARIOUS VARIOUS VARIOUS VARIOUS Sue joined the female multiskills course in February 2022, hoping to gain an overview of a range of trade skills, to allow her to confidently renovate her home. Keen to learn the basics, Sue has already gained knowledge in joinery, plastering and tiling, with a natural passion for joinery becoming evident. Crediting the course with demonstrating how to use a range of tools properly and how not to be afraid of them, the female only programme had particular appeal to Sue, as she felt that the class would all have similar goals and objectives. Hoping to use her newly learnt skills to convert her own garage, Sue already has plans to move onto either the Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery course or the Level 2 Multiskills course. Commenting, she said, “The course really is better than I expected. Having undertaken practical courses before I anticipated having to wait around for tutor support but this class has two members of teaching staff and as we all have the same goals, we all help each other out, which means I am progressing much quicker than I expected.” FEMALE CONSTRUCTION MULTISKILLS LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATE MEET SUSAN
24 APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK MAKING OUR LEARNERS THE With ambitions of studying on a Personal Training programme, Adrian, who is a national bodybuilding champion in his home country of Romania, joined the Entry 2 ESOL programme at Preston College in September 2021 to develop his written and spoken English skills. Having travelled globally as a body building competitor, Adrian was keen to undertake a classroom/gym based fitness programme rather than an online course and began to search for appropriate study. Realising that set levels of English were required, to ensure successful completion of the written parts of the fitness programme, Adrian decided to join the Entry 2 ESOL course at Preston College to develop his English abilities. He is hopeful that the course will provide a stepping stone onto a Personal Training programme and ultimately, his dream career. ESOL Working in the Construction trade as a general builder, James saw the demand for qualified plasterers growing and having seen plasterers at work regularly, he decided that it was a trade he would like to pursue. Researching his options, James discovered the Level 1 Plastering course at Preston College and upon discovering that it was an evening class, he decided to enrol, studying the qualification alongside his day job. Keen to progress onto the Level 2 Diploma upon successful completion of this course, James credits tutor Terry with bringing the subject to life through very practical, hands on teaching, all studied in purpose built plastering bays within the newly renovated Construction Skills Centre. PLASTERING LEVEL 1 ADRIAN JAMES Working in a Health and Safety capacity, but without any formal qualifications, Adriana joined the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety in 2016, completing the course with achievement of merit. Continuing her learning in 2019, enrolling onto the Occupational Health and Safety Practice Level 5 NVQ Diploma, Adriana’s learning switched to online study in early 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Studying at home, alongside working full-time and raising two children was a challenge but Adriana describes tutor Mary as ‘extremely supportive’ and felt that the encouragement received from the wider college was also outstanding. Evidencing each module with a portfolio and project, Adriana now works as Regional Health and Safety Officer, implementing her learning from the course into her day-to-day activities. OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY PRACTICE - LEVEL 5 NVQ DIPLOMA ADRIANA
25 APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK MOST EMPLOYABLE! After seeing a friend post photographs from an earlier female multiskills course on social media, Laura decided to look into the course in more detail and applied in February 2022. Having never undertaken any practical construction before, or been given the opportunity to do so, she felt that the course provided the chance to gain the life skills that she wished she already had. With plans to move to Australia in late 2022, as part of a working holiday, Laura feels that the basic skills she is learning in carpentry and joinery, plastering, plumbing and tiling, alongside the increased confidence in tool selection and use, will provide the first steps to potential employment opportunities overseas. FEMALE CONSTRUCTION MULTISKILLS LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATE AAT ACCOUNTING I was quite apprehensive about starting the Level 2 AAT Accounting course as it had been 10 years since I completed my degree. I also wasn’t sure how I would cope with the exams due to anxiety. My tutor Kaye was, however, outstanding. She helped me to achieve so much more than I expected and I successfully passed the course with a distinction grade. I have since progressed onto the AAT Accounting Level 3 Advanced Diploma. I am hoping to start my own bookkeeping business later this year, using the skills and knowledge I have acquired during my time at Preston College. It just goes to show what you can accomplish with hard work and excellent teaching, even during a global pandemic! ENGLISH FUNCTIONAL Working as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant for almost eight years, Sue’s employer was keen to support her development by encouraging her to upskill and become a registered Veterinary Nurse. Applying for a Veterinary Nursing course at a local college, Sue was advised that she would need maths and English at grade 4 (previously a grade C) or above to enrol. Having achieved a grade D in English at school, Sue began searching for classroom based English courses and saw the Functional Skills qualifications offered at Preston College. After attending an assessment, Sue enrolled on the Level 1 Functional Skills course, where she achieved 100%. Progressing onto Level 2 and fast tracking to the assessment, Sue studied three key areas of English: understanding written text, written pieces and speaking. Upon successful completion of her Level 2 course, Sue successfully applied for the Veterinary Nurse qualification and began her studies in September 2022. Continuing to work for her current employer, Sue will study as a Veterinary Nurse Apprentice, allowing her to continue working in her current role with attendance at college just one day per week. Commenting on her time on the English programmes at Preston College she said: “My tutor, Tammara, was a great teacher, she did everything to support the whole class to successfully pass their qualifications. I really enjoyed the courses and regularly updated my employer with my learning as I found the skills I was developing invaluable for both my current role and future work, too.” SUSAN SKILLS LEVEL 2 & LEVEL 3 JENNIFER LAURA
APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK 26 COUNSELLORS PLAY A CRUCIAL ROLE IN IMPROVING THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF OUR SOCIETY. WORKING IN CONFIDENTIAL SETTINGS, COUNSELLORS WORK WITH A VARIETY OF PEOPLE ACROSS A RANGE OF OFTEN CHALLENGING AND COMPLEX ISSUES. ENSURING PRACTITIONERS HAVE THE SELF-REFLECTION AND RESILIENCE TO SUPPORT PEOPLE AS THEY WORK THROUGH THESE ISSUES IS A COMMON THREAD THROUGHOUT ALL OF THE COUNSELLING COURSES AT PRESTON COLLEGE, FROM LEVEL 2 TO BSC (HONS). Counselling services can be found in a variety of settings including schools, universities, colleges, GP surgeries, hospitals, in the workplace, addiction agencies, disability support groups and private practice. Sometimes counsellors will have dual roles, meaning counselling can often be a second career for many. For those looking to change career, you will begin your studies at Level 2 with opportunities, upon successful completion, to progress onto Level 3, Level 4 and degree level programmes. COUNSELLING
27 APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK After spending years in customer service and sales roles, David felt like he was yet to find his dream career path. Often told he had the qualities of a Counsellor, David decided to undertake a Level 2 Counselling qualification at the University of Central Lancashire. Successfully completing this in mid-2016 and enjoying the course immensely, David joined the Level 3 Counselling Skills course at Preston College. Keen to progress a successful career in the sector, David joined the Foundation Degree in Person Centered Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2017 and upon successful completion, set up his private Counselling practice. With ambitions of achieving a full BSc, David joined the BSc (Hons) Person Centered Counselling COUNSELLING and Psychotherapy degree in 2020, completing his dissertation during the first national Covid-19 lockdown. Securing employment in a School Counsellor role, with a multiple school focus, David built his private practice business whilst supporting young people in the Preston area within an educational setting. Keen to find employment closer to home and having enjoyed his time as a learner at Preston College, David applied for a part-time counselling position here at Preston College and now works three days per week at the College supporting young people. He also continues to grow his private practice business, where his focus is on adult counselling. COUNSELLING START END DAY/S TIME/S Counselling Skills - Level 2 Certificate Jan 23 Mar 23 Mon & Tues 9.15am - 4.20pm + 1 hour remote on Tues from 9.15am Counselling Skills - Level 2 Certificate Apr 23 Jun 23 Mon & Tues 9.15am - 4.20pm + 1 hour remote on Tues from 9.15am Counselling Concepts - Level 2 Award Jan 23 Mar 23 Thurs 6.00pm - 9.00pm Counselling Concepts - Level 2 Award Apr 23 Jun 23 Thurs 6.00pm - 9.00pm Counselling Skills - Level 3 Certificate Jan 23 Jun 23 Wed 5.00pm - 9.00pm COUNSELLING LEVEL 2 TO BSC (HONS) MEET DAVID
APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK 28 CREATIVE CRAFTS (SHORT COURSES) WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW VENTURE, A NEW HOBBY OR SIMPLY WISH TO MEET NEW PEOPLE, OUR VAST RANGE OF CREATIVE CRAFT COURSES OFFER SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. FROM PAINTING WITH WATERCOLOURS TO DRESS DESIGN, SEWING SKILLS AND POTTERY, WE OFFER BOTH DAY TIME AND EVENING OPTIONS ON MOST OF OUR COURSES. MANY LEARNERS COME BACK TO PROGRESS ONTO THE NEXT LEVEL OR ONTO A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SUBJECT TO DEVELOP FURTHER SKILLS! With record numbers of people baking during the Covid-19 national lockdowns and that shortage of flour we will never forget, Northerners lead the way when it comes to turning a passion for baking into a business, with the most independently owned bakeries situated in the North West of England. All of the creative craft courses on offer at Preston College provide the perfect introduction to a new subject and are ideal for both hobbyists and those looking to gain additional skills in a particular subject specialism.
29 APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK With a desire to learn how to make clothing that fitted well, Christine joined the Sewing Skills course at Preston College, learning how to create garments from commercial patterns. Keen to take her skills and knowledge further, Christine joined the Cutting and Fitting – Dress Design programme, a course which allows learners to create clothing that fits their own measurements. Beginning with the creation of a toile, before adapting it to make a block, successful completion of the course will allow Christine to confidently make a range of garments from an adapted pattern. Learning from tutor Jennifer, who Christine describes as both fantastic and inspirational, Christine is enjoying the programme, where she has made friends for life. CREATIVE CRAFTS (SHORT COURSES) CREATIVE CRAFTS (SHORT COURSES) START END DAY/S TIME/S Creative Art Jan 23 Mar 23 Thurs 7.00pm - 9.00pm Creative Art Apr 23 Jun 23 Thurs 7.00pm - 9.00pm Introduction to Creative Writing Jan 23 Mar 23 Tues 6.00pm - 8.30pm Introduction to Creative Writing May 23 Jun 23 Tues 6.00pm - 8.30pm Cutting and Fitting - Dress Design Jan 23 Mar 23 Mon 10.00am - 12.00pm Cutting and Fitting - Dress Design Apr 23 Jun 23 Mon 10.00am - 12.00pm Pottery Jan 23 Mar 23 Wed 1.00pm - 4.00pm Pottery Apr 23 Jun 23 Fri 1.00pm - 4.00pm Pottery Apr 23 Jun 23 Wed 9.30am - 12.30pm Pottery Apr 23 Jun 23 Wed 1.00pm - 4.00pm Sewing Skills Jan 23 Mar 23 Thurs 7.00pm - 9.00pm Sewing Skills Jan 23 Mar 23 Thurs 10.00am - 12.00pm Sewing Skills Apr 23 Jun 23 Thurs 7.00pm - 9.00pm Sewing Skills Apr 23 Jun 23 Thurs 10.00am - 12.00pm Holiday Spanish Jan 23 Mar 23 Wed 6.30pm - 8.30pm Watercolours and Painting Jan 23 Mar 23 Mon 7.00pm - 9.00pm Watercolours and Painting Jan 23 Mar 23 Fri 10.00am - 12.00pm Watercolours and Painting Apr 23 Jun 23 Fri 10.00am - 12.00pm Watercolours and Painting Apr 23 Jun 23 Mon 7.00pm - 9.00pm SEWING SKILLS CUTTING & FITTING – DRESS DESIGN MEET CHRISTINE
30 ENGINEERING, MOTORCYCLE AND WELDING COURSES AT PRESTON COLLEGE ARE HOUSED IN THE IMPRESSIVE iSTEM CENTRE, A MULTI-MILLION POUND, PURPOSE BUILT FACILITY OFFERING A DYNAMIC LEARNING ENVIRONMENT. ISTEM IS HOME TO ADVANCED MANUFACTURING WORKSHOPS, A SUBSONIC WIND TUNNEL, 3D PRINTERS AND PURPOSE BUILT WELDING BAYS, ALL DESIGNED TO HELP YOU FORMULATE IDEAS, TEST BRIEFS AND PRESENT FINDINGS. Engineering continues to be a highly sought after profession, with engineers and technicians amongst some of the most in-demand positions in the world. Here at Preston College we offer the Level 1 Certificate in Engineering Craft Skills, a range of Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 welding qualifications and a brand new Level 1 Certificate in Motorcycle Maintenance and Operations. If you are keen to study at Level 3, the Fabrication and Welding Skills Level 3 Certificate could be available to you free of charge, under the ‘Free Courses for Jobs’ scheme. See page 9 for further details. ENGINEERING & WELDING
31 APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK ENGINEERING & WELDING ENGINEERING & WELDING START END DAY/S TIME/S Engineering Engineering Craft Skills - Level 1 Certificate Feb 23 Jul 23 Mon 6.00pm - 9.00pm IOSH Managing Safely VARIOUS VARIOUS Fri 10.00am - 4.00pm Understanding Climate Change & Environmental Feb 23 May 23 Tues 6.00pm - 9.00pm Awareness - Level 2 Certificate Motorcycle Maintenance and Operations - Level 1 Certificate Jan 23 Feb 23 Tues 6.00pm - 9.00pm NEBOSH - Level 3 General Certificate Jan 23 April 23 Fri 9.15am - 4.15pm Welding Welding - Level 1 Award Jan 23 Mar 23 Tues 6.00pm - 9.00pm Welding - Level 1 Award Jan 23 Mar 23 Wed 6.00pm - 9.00pm Welding - Level 1 Award Intensive Mar 23 Mar 23 Mon - Fri 10.00am - 4.00pm Welding - Level 1 Award Intensive Jul 23 Jul 23 Mon - Fri 10.00am - 4.00pm Welding - Level 1 Award Apr 23 Jul 23 Tues 6.00pm - 9.00pm Welding - Level 1 Award Apr 23 Jul 23 Wed 6.00pm - 9.00pm Welding Skills - Level 2 Certificate TBC TBC TBC 6.00pm - 9.00pm Fabrication & Welding Skills - Level 3 Certificate Apr 23 Apr 24 Mon & Tues 6.00pm - 9.00pm “I am currently an Aircraft Engineer in the Royal Air Force (RAF). After 22 years in the RAF, I am now in my transition period – learning new skills to enable me to transition into work once I leave. “I have a lot of transferable skills and professional qualifications from my time as an Engineer, but I have never gained a qualification in welding. I wanted to do the course for both personal and professional development and to allow me to progress into different employment.” Once Nathan has completed his Level 1 MIG welding qualification, he will move onto the TIG welding course and then eventually progress onto Level 2. Keen to move into the wind farm industry, the welding qualifications, alongside Nathan’s previous experience, will support a smooth career transition. WELDING LEVEL 1 AWARD MEET NATHAN
APPLY NOW: WWW.PRESTON.AC.UK 32 THE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE SECTOR IS THE SECOND LARGEST EMPLOYING SECTOR IN THE LANCASHIRE REGION WITH 8,860 ADDITIONAL PEOPLE REQUIRED IN THE SECTOR BY 2028. THE CARING PROFESSION IN PARTICULAR IS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING A SKILLS SHORTAGE OF 13% AND THE NHS ALONE HAS OVER 566 JOB VACANCIES IN THE REGION. With endless opportunities and a variety of roles available, those looking to begin a career will find introductory courses, such as Health and Social Care Level 1 Certificate an ideal introduction into careers in the sector. Progression opportunities at Level 2 and Level 3 are available upon successful completion. Those looking for CPD opportunities may wish to consider bespoke, additional learning by way of a series of short, professional programmes designed exclusively for those in the Health, Social Care and Education sectors. See page 43 for further details. We are also proud of our highly successful and extremely popular Access to Higher Education programmes, with pathways in Allied Healthcare starting this January. Regardless of your chosen programme, you can expect to be taught through a mixture of classroom based learning, practical workshops, specialist speakers and practical tasks, coupled with industry insight from highly experienced tutors. HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE PRESTON COLLEGE IS DELIGHTED TO BE ABLE TO OFFER A WIDE RANGE OF SHORT, PROFESSIONAL CPD COURSES FOR THOSE WORKING OR CONSIDERING WORKING IN THE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE SECTOR. FULL DETAILS CAN BE FOUND ON PAGE 43, WITH A RANGE OF START DATES AND STUDY OPTIONS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.