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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Key time for learners

THE month of June, for many young people, is often associated with the final push to revise for examinations and to ensure that coursework is complete before looking forward to a well earned rest from education.

It can also provide an opportunity for school leavers, 17 and 18-year-olds to consider their progression options for the following year. Schools, colleges and the Connexions service will have worked tirelessly to ensure that young people have the information, advice and guidance that they require to make informed choices much earlier in the year but there is still time to make well considered decisions about study and training options.

There are also plenty of opportunities for adults to update their skills and qualifications as we recently publicised during the Adult Learners Week. As always with adults the focus is on providing the skills that will make people more employable is such a competitive environment for jobs. As we move into an uncertain and potentially expensive era for higher education, this year provides the final opportunity for adults to start foundation degrees and degrees before the increase in fees that will take place in 2012.

For the year beginning in September there is the additional excitement of knowing that from early in 2012, students at Furness College will be moving into some of the best new education and training facilities in the country.

The main new £41m build will be up and running during the next academic year and will provide fantastic new facilities, that will enhance the educational and social experience for all students. Having recently walked around the new building for the first time, I was taken aback by the scale of the building and what it will provide for Barrow and the Furness area.

The most prominent developments will be the salon and spa area for Hair and Beauty, the restaurant and kitchen area for Catering and Hospitality, the industry standard garage facilities for Motor Vehicle Engineering and the purpose build university centre on the top floor of the new building. There will also be brand new workshops for engineering and construction that will allow students’ work to be visibly showcased rather than hidden away at the back of the campus.

One of the problems that we have always had at the college is the availability of social space for students to enjoy any spare time and to participate in informal learning.

The new build will have two cafes, an outdoor terrace at first floor level, dedicated learning resource hubs and numerous breakout spaces throughout the building. In addition there will be a street space that joins the diverse areas of the college and provide a single space covering all four floors.

If you are undecided about your future education, you want to enhance your job opportunities or you just want your education to benefit from the new college build visit the Furness College website www.furness.ac.uk or call 01229 825017 for information all of our courses.

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