This academic year has presented students with many challenges who have had to adapt to online learning. Now we have reached the end of the Summer Term, our upper sixth students have had to make some very important decisions about their future.
Some may choose to go on to university, straight into employment, or even an apprenticeship. To help make their decision, students attend various careers workshops, take part in work experience, or carry out an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
An EPQ is an additional qualifcation to help students develop and demonstrate their project management skills and provides opportunities for extended writing, both of which are highly valued for progression to higher education and employment.
Aaron Wilks, upper sixth student, decided to take part in an EPQ despite the circumstances presented by the pandemic. The title of his project was ‘Mercedes-Benz – The Technology Behind The Cars’. Following the completion of the project and the end of the academic year, Aaron contacted the college with the great news that he has successfully secured an apprenticeship with Mercedes-Benz.
Maria Reyes, one of Aaron’s teachers who supported him during his EPQ said, ‘I’m so proud of Aaron and delighted that the project has helped him secure an apprenticeship. I look forward to seeing him develop in his career.’
Donna Hollick, programme lead for Business and Industry Services said, ‘Aaron is the perfect example as to why we encourage students to take part in an EPQ – it can present so many opportunities and prepare you for work. Congratulations Aaron!’