What is a Career College?

Career Colleges have carefully designed programmes, which incorporate core academic elements with highly practical vocational and technical education. This education is designed to equip young people with the skills to enter a career in a particular industry.
In short, the curriculum of each Career College is designed by employers, for employment. Students get involved in industry projects and develop enterprise and communication skills, to prepare them for work and life.

Career Colleges are unique and innovative – they have:

  1. Curriculums designed by employers, for employment. Students get involved in industry projects and develop enterprise and communication skills, to prepare them for work and life.
  2. Carefully designed study programmes, which incorporate core academic elements with highly practical vocational and technical education.
  3. Excellent progression pathways including higher level apprenticeships, University and indeed, fulfilling employment.
  4. Specialist vocational subject/s, which are linked to regional and national labour market needs and therefore many job opportunities
  5. Employers partners who are involved with both the design and delivery of each Career College’s innovative curriculum
  6. Extended business hours for students, to mirror the world of work
  7. Career College Boards which are accountable to the governing body of the FE College/learning provider/ constitution
  8. A minimum of 40% of board members of the Career College, who are local/regional employers for the relevant sector
  9. Extended business hours for all students, to mirror the world of work

The overarching aim of a Career College is to ensure that young people are equipped with the necessary skills and hands-on experience to take the next step to a successful career.