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GCSE success for County Training students

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Wendy Hayes (left), Chloe Jones (right).

Shropshire Council’s County Training, the largest private training provider in Shropshire, has achieved its first year of GCSE results. As a response to the Government strategy to improve post-16 numeracy and literacy, the training provider began delivering GCSE maths in September 2014.

County Training is proud to announce that they have a pass rate of 61% of students gaining A* – C.

Wendy Hayes, GCSE maths tutor at County Training, commented:

“Hard work pays off and it is great to see this reflected in the results this year.”

A GCSE at grade C or above is a valuable qualification, and is often a minimum requirement of job opportunities locally. County Training’s GCSE provision is aimed at candidates aged 16 and over who want to upgrade their current results to a C or above, but also for adults, both unemployed and in employment, who are looking to consolidate and refresh their skills.

GCSE maths student, Chloe Jones, commented:

“‘I am so pleased to have gained a C in GCSE maths with County Training. It’s a great addition to what I have already achieved with County Training, an apprenticeship, a full time job and now this. I’m really glad I got the opportunity to retake my GCSE maths and get the result I wanted.”

Ann Hartley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, encouraged local people to take up this opportunity:

“Congratulations to all of the learners; this has been a great opportunity for our community to gain a qualification which many will believe they only get the chance to complete at school.”

Enrolment for County Training’s GCSE courses, starting in September 2015, is now open. Candidates can choose to complete either one or both subjects. Funding is available from the Skills Funding Agency or the Education Funding Agency, depending on candidate eligibility.

County Training’s English and maths Curriculum Manager, Craig Birch, commented:

“We’re absolutely delighted with the results the learners have obtained this year. Candidates achieving a GCSE in English or maths will be more confident in work and at home, allowing them to develop valuable skills and increase their potential to progress to higher level learning.”

GCSE taster sessions are available to those who would like to find out more about the courses. The taster sessions are running on Wednesday 26 August 2015 in Ludlow, Tuesday 1 September 2015 in Shrewsbury and Wednesday 2 September 2015 in Telford. 

County Training also offers training and apprenticeships in the following areas: brewing, business and administration, childcare, education, computer-aided design (CAD), customer service, hair and barbering, health and social care, horse management, hospitality and catering, IT, motor vehicles, management, nail services, and warehouse and storage, as well as a wide range of recreational part time courses at The Gateway Education & Arts Centre in Shrewsbury.

In February 2015 County Training secured a ‘good’ Grade 2 in its Ofsted report, with outstanding grading awarded for health and social care, safeguarding and leadership and management, placing it as a leading training provider in Shropshire.

For more information, to register your interest or book to attend a taster session please contact County Training on 0345 678 9023 or email countytraining@shropshire.gov.uk.