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Coventry College sees spike in applications by jobseekers looking to upskill

Catherine Vonledebur 17th Sep, 2020 Updated: 17th Sep, 2020

COVENTRY College has seen surge in applicants with more than 700 extra course entries from adult jobseekers looking to upskill this September.

The increase in applications has partly been sparked by people looking to retrain after being made redundant due to Covid-19, in addition to admissions by 16-18 year olds.

Coventry South MP Zarah Sultana visited the college’s Swanswell Street campus during an extended two-week enrolment period to see first hand how the city’s further education provider is gearing up to support learners during the pandemic.

Zarah spent an afternoon meeting with Principal and CEO, Carol Thomas and college students to get their views on how government can further support the further education (FE) sector. She also took a tour of the College’s architecture, plastering and motor vehicle facilities.

Carol said: “As our enrollment figures show, FE institutions such as Coventry College have a vital role to play now more than ever in helping thousands of redundant workers to get back on their feet alongside developing the aspirations of school leavers, and it was brilliant to be given the chance to talk with Zarah about this.

“We are seeing a rise in the number of people coming to the college because they want to develop new skills so they can change career, and a sharp rise in demand from people wanting to develop English as their second language by joining one of our ESOL courses – which we think is partly down to other ESOL resources in the city winding down as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are also seeing increasing interest across business, engineering, construction and health and social care courses to name just a few.

“The overarching message from both staff and students during the visit was that more funding is needed to support FE colleges and students as we ramp up our efforts to support as many learners as possible. This includes funding for resources, as well as helping students with the associated costs of studying, such as travel and childcare, as well as wider access to mental health support that is already in place.

“We would like to thank Zarah for taking the time to come and talk to us and her willingness to support our cause, and we look forward to working with her in the future.”

Zarah Sultana said: “It was great to visit Coventry College and to meet their fantastic students and teachers. Further education is vital to developing the skills and interests of school leavers and adult learners here in Coventry.

“After years of funding cuts to our education system, I am determined to fight for more resources for Coventry College and for all our schools and universities. That means more funding for everything from state-of-the-art teaching facilities, to mental health services for students. We should be investing in our schools and colleges to give everyone the best possible education.”

Any prospective students seeking to enrol with Coventry College should take a look at their Last Minute Places campaign.

The college offers a range of courses for all levels from school leavers to part-time students, adults,  or those wishing to enrol on a distance learning or Higher Education qualification. Courses range from engineering to business, childcare to performing arts, media, sport, public services and hair and beauty.

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