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Students soak up work experience

SUMMERTIME marks the start of a host of work experience opportunities at the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College.

As part of the unique Stoke6th Graduate Programme all students are encouraged to take every opportunity to gain experience in employment to equip them with the broad range of skills they need to progress in their career.

Among them is Adam Hughes, from Hanley, a former sixth form student now studying at Durham University, who is one of eight students who have returned to the college itself this summer to gain experience.

He said: “I studied A-Levels in music, theatre studies, English literature and history here at the college, and I’ve just finished my second year at Durham University studying for a music degree.

“I’m based within the marketing department because it’s an area I’m interested in potentially going into, as marketing is a big part of the arts industry and it’s good to learn how it works within an organisation.

“It’s also lovely to come back and see people you know, and I’ve also assisted as an Accelerated Learning Coach here as well.”

In fact, Adam is so committed to picking up skills to help with his career, that he won the national University Student Employee Of The Year Award this summer after raising a staggering £40,000 for his university music department.

“That happened because I worked as a fundraiser in the Alumni office which involved calling former students and convincing them to make cash pledges to the university.

“I focused particularly on the music school and raised more than had ever been raised before.

“The key was confidence really as you were cold calling, and it’s also important to pick a cause which means something to you. I think people picked up on my passion for the department, as it’s an amazing place based right opposite the cathedral.”

Adam is just one of many sixth form college students taking part in exciting work experience placements this summer including:

Joshua Shaw, who has plans to go into medicine and is spending two days working in the discharge unit at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Toni Bailey, who is spending the summer working as a camp team lead at the YHA.

Matthew Stacey, who would like to pursue a career in law, who is working at the Citizens Advice Bureau over the summer.

Molly Durbar-Worrell, who is carrying out work experience at Hopedale House in Leek for children with emotional and behavioural issues.

Kirsty Lamb, who is working in Alderley Edge at the David Lewis Centre which supports people with learning disabilities, epilepsy and autism as she is interested in going in speech therapy.

Sixth Form College Principal Paul Mangnall, said: “This is why we created our unique Stoke6th Graduate programme, to ensure that of our students leave us with the skills and mind-set for sustainable future employment.

“Throughout their studies here we encourage them to develop life skills which will allow them to be successful in a competitive higher education and employment market through a broad range of experiences.”

For more information about the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College call the college direct on 01782 848736 or log on to

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