Col­lege event ap­peals to stu­dents with a sense of ad­ven­ture

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MAC­CLES­FIELD Col­lege is hold­ing an event to pro­mote a range of aero­space cour­ses to stu­dents who want to study some­thing unique.

It is the only fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion provider to of­fer full time aero­nau­ti­cal cour­ses, which staff say are in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar amongst young peo­ple.

The col­lege has a spe­cial­ist en­gi­neer­ing cen­tre of aero­space tech­nol­ogy, and close re­la­tion­ships with global com­pa­nies such as Siemens, where pre­vi­ous stu­dents have gone on to work.

They have pass rates at over 70 per cent for full time aero­nau­ti­cal en­gi­neer­ing and gen­eral en­gi­neer­ing at 96 per cent.

There is a full-size air­craft on site, which stu­dents get to work on when un­der­tak­ing prac­ti­cal ac­tiv­ity.

It is the only col­lege within Greater Manch­ester which can of­fer this hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence to stu­dents who want a ca­reer in aero­space or en­gi­neer­ing.

The ma­jor­ity of stu­dents who en­rol on the cour­ses are male, with the ra­tio at 25/1, how­ever it is hoped the open day will pique the in­ter­est of more fe­male stu­dents.

Course Leader, Nic Bur­ton, would love more girls to en­rol. She said: “We would like more girls on the course, the girls we do have on the course work very hard and have the right at­ti­tude. This is a hard course and we pride our­selves in de­liv­er­ing the best results, giv­ing stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to go out and get a great ca­reer.”

To get a place on the aero­space BTEC course, stu­dents need 5 GCSE’s, A-B, which is sim­i­lar to the re­quire­ments for study­ing A-Lev­els.

Miss Bur­ton said it is ad­van­ta­geous if a stu­dent has an in­ter­est in math­e­mat­ics. She said: “An in­ter­est in maths will make things eas­ier as there is a lot of the­o­ret­i­cal work. When you un­der­stand the the­ory, it makes prac­ti­cal work a lot eas­ier.”

The course is 85pc the­ory and 15pc prac­ti­cal work and Miss Bur­ton said stu­dents en­joy get­ting hands-on with the air­craft, and this is prob­a­bly their favourite part of the course.

Suc­cess­ful stu­dents have gone on to land jobs at Siemens, Bent­ley Mo­tors and AstroZenica, tak­ing their hands-on learn­ing tech­nique to the work place.

The col­lege Ap­pren­tice­ship Ca­reers and In­for­ma­tion event is on Thurs­day 9th March, from 2pm – 7pm, where any­one look­ing for an ap­pren­tice­ship will be able to get ad­vice from ex­perts at the col­lege and top in­dus­try em­ploy­ers.

The even runs to sup­port Na­tional Ap­pren­tice­ship Week, where stu­dents and em­ploy­ers come to­gether to cel­e­brate suc­cesses.

You can find out more about the aero­space cour­ses at www. mac­cles­field.ac.uk.

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