New course delivers employment results

The first student enrolled on a new internship opportunity at Stockton Sixth Form College has successfully secured full-time employment within just 6 weeks.

Chris Ainslie, 18, from Stockton, enrolled on the internship in November 2015, after initially starting a GCSE programme of study. A former pupil of Northfield School, he was offered the chance to continue studying towards his English and maths qualifications, combined with working in the college’s domestic function.

Keen to do well in his hands-on role, Chris soon became a valued member of the team and impressed with his punctuality, hard work and commitment. Soon after returning from the Christmas break, Chris was offered the chance to work for the domestic firm KGB Cleaning and Support Services, as a paid Domestic Assistant.

Chris said: “Stockton Sixth Form College has really stuck by me. I struggled initially returning to the classroom full-time and wanted an opportunity to get some hands on experience. The internship was a great start to my time in work whilst still receiving the support of my teachers.

“I feel extremely lucky to have a paid job opportunity after just 6 weeks.”

Rachel Angus, Vice Principal at Stockton Sixth Form College, said: “Over recent months we have broadened our curriculum to include ‘alternative’ offers of education to those perhaps not suited to a full-time classroom environment.

“These internship opportunities are a great way of enhancing students’ core skills in important subjects whilst giving them the chance to shine in a work setting.

“Chris has done exceptionally well and we are delighted our first intern has achieved such success.”