Advice from the Top

Principal and Chief Executive of Furness College Andrew Wren said:

As a college, it is so important to listen to our students’ individual aspirations to help them achieve their dream job.

We are committed to ensuring that young people have the broadest choice of courses when deciding to progress in their education as they work towards their career goals. We offer not only A Levels and BTECs but education right through to degree level across the Rating Lane and the Channelside campuses.

Current and forecasted labour market information is vital to enable important decision-making in careers and we go into schools to speak to students about the options that are best for them.

School leavers in Furness, South Lakes and Copeland are now facing a healthy choice of next steps with one of our partners BAE Systems taking on almost 350 apprentices locally in 2020.

Over the past few years, we have seen a steady intake across our campuses at Channelside and Rating Lane of students fresh out of school but a large increase in higher and degree apprenticeships where students gain qualifications whilst working in industry, which funds their courses. They study their degrees with us in a range of subjects here at Furness College.

This is an increasingly popular route for students who can earn while they learn and complete their education with no student loans.

However, we also have many students who choose to move away to Oxford, Cambridge and other top-tier universities where they gain a degree alongside learning valuable life skills that we hope they will one day return to share with local industry.

Our role is to support young people to make the right choice to suit their needs and, with the biggest range of qualifications in the county, we are very well-placed to do that.

Andrew Wren
Principal and Chief Executive


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