Rotherham College recently attended a careers event organised by St Bernard’s Catholic High School, with staff from curriculum areas including Hair and Beauty, Animal Care, Childcare and Media and Photography inspiring the next generation of learners.
The bustling event saw pupils from all school years, as well as The Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham Cllr Jenny Andrews and Cllr Jeanette Mallindor, attend and have the chance to ask the College’s industry-experienced tutors questions about the available courses and the careers that studying at Rotherham College can lead to.
Clare Earnshaw and Peter Jalowiczor, who represented the Additional Learning Support (ALS) team of the College spoke with the Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham. The ALS team specialise in providing support for learners with higher needs.
Clare said: “The Mayor was interested in what we do in Additional Learning Support, she was drawn to some of the assistive technology that we’ve brought with us, the enlarged calculator that we might use with somebody with a visual impairment, and was interested in the social skills programmes that we offer to learners with social communication needs.”
Peter added: “I’m a support tutor so I help out in different classrooms and The Mayor was interested to hear more about a typical day for a support tutor and the help and assistance we offer our learners.”
Rotherham College Curriculum Manager for Animal Care Will Sibley was on-hand at the event showcasing a range of small animals including an African snail, a trio of guinea pigs and a tarantula called Rosie.
Will said: “Studying animal care opens up a wide variety of career pathways. That can include everything from working in animal interactions, attractions, conservation, research scientists, veterinary nurses, animal technician and zookeeper, anything working with a collection of animals.”
RNN Training Recruitment Executive Danny Blachford attended the event and provided information on the wide range of apprenticeships available at Rotherham College.
Danny said: “We’re here today to speak to pupils from each year and talk to them about apprenticeships. We’re giving them advice on how to best develop their careers going forward.
“Apprenticeships are a great way to develop a career, you’re learning on the job from experienced people and that has real appeal for many people.
“Apprentices also earn a wage, which I think motivates many young people!”