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Education opportunities for the New Year in Leek

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

By Leah Cassady

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If you’ve been considering a career change for the New Year or would like to learn a new skill then getting back into education may be for you. There is plenty of choice at the Leek campus of Buxton and Leek College so we’ve looked into what’s on offer.

Buxton and Leek College have many courses starting in spring 2014. With a variety of part time, day and evening courses there’s something to suit everybody.

Part time courses at Leek include an Award in Stone Therapy at level 3 which costs £175 for the eight week course and is taught on Monday evenings, a Nail Art CPD at level 2 which is also taught on Monday evenings but costs just £58 lasting six weeks and a Functional Skills English for Adults course which takes place on Wednesday evenings for 10 weeks which is free.

They have also expanded their range of recreational courses for people aged 19 or over so if you’re looking to learn a new skill or even just meet new people then it’s a great way to do both. Some of the learning for leisure courses held at Leek cover topics such as arts and crafts, computing, languages, photography, beauty, fitness and even gardening. All held in a relaxed and informal environment where you can learn at your own pace, plus they don’t even involve exams!

A full list of all recreational courses, including those at the Buxton campus, can be found by clicking here.

The college also provide apprenticeships if you would prefer to learn whilst working, combining both knowledge and experience. Apprenticeships are for anyone with no age restrictions, but if you’re under 24 the cost can often be covered by government funding and your employer.

Some of the apprenticeship choices include:

  • Administration
  • Beauty
  • Business
  • Carpentry and joinery
  • Childhood studies
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Hairdressing
  • Health and social care
  • IT, software, web and telecoms professionals

For more courses and information about apprenticeships please visit www.blc.ac.uk/apprenticeships.

The Leek campus has also recently undergone a refurbishment with the brand new £1.9 million engineering and construction centre first opening its doors in November. Phase two of this regeneration project will create a large new building for the new Leek School of Art providing specially designed learning and studio spaces for all art disciplines.

College Principal Len Tildsley said: “It’s a very exciting time to be a student at Buxton & Leek College. We are seeing the results of the first phase of a £7 million investment in the Leek campus by the Skills Funding Agency and the University of Derby.

“It is vital that Buxton and Leek College has the facilities to support the education and skills-training needs of the people and employers of the area. The community deserves the very best facilities and opportunities that it is possible to provide and the College deserves a campus to match the quality of its teachers and the success of its students.”

To read about what students at Buxton & Leek College have to say about their experience click here or for more information call 0800 0740099 or visit www.blc.ac.uk. You can also Follow Buxton and Leek College on Twitter: @BuxtonLeek or Like their Facebook page: facebook.com/buxtonleek.

To learn more about training and education in Tamworth click here or for education in Lichfield click here.

For information on apprenticeships in Nuneaton click here or for education opportunities in Sutton Coldfield then click here.

If you'd like to find out more about what further education is on offer in Stafford and Cannock click here or for hairdressing opportunities in Stafford click here.

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