A Blackpool college is “trailblazing” a new way to educate and train young people.
Blackpool Sixth Form College is one of only eight schools and colleges in the country to be selected to run the TechBacc (Technical Baccalaureate) programme this year.
The programme is considered to be the future of post-16 education, combining a major vocational component, based around BTEC Level Three Diplomas, with enhancement of students maths skills and extensive work experience.
The sixth form on Blackpool Old Road was chosen by the Department for Education this summer to be a “trailblazer” for the programme.
TechBacc co-ordinator at Blackpool Sixth, Helen Holmes the programme will open up excellent career opportunities.
She added: “Students will demonstrate their best in achieving real-life technical skills that will equip them to apply for technician roles, higher apprenticeships and university.”
Now 48 students are undertaking courses in creative media, engineering and IT.
Abbie Jemson, 16, from Poulton, who has started the TechBacc specialising in creative media, said: “Each subject in the programme is tailored to a ‘real-life’ scenarios.”
Engineering TechBacc student, Dave Ramadan, 16, from Normoss, added: “This course will be a really good talking point when I’m interviewed by employers in the future.”