In front of their proud parents and carers the hard work of 78 Year 11 students from 21 secondary schools in Hampshire was recognised recently at the annual End of Year Presentation for the 14 – 16 Programme.

For two years the students have attended Sparsholt College one day a week studying Level 1 and Level 2 courses in Agriculture, Animal Care, Equine, Fisheries Management, Motor Vehicle and Welding Practice.  Each student received a Certificate of Attendance, and a number also received Certificates of Achievement and Certificates of Improvement for those whose tutors felt had achieved and improved the most over the two years.

Tim Jackson, College Principal said “This is the kind of experience that the British Chambers of Commerce are so encouraging of in terms of helping to prepare young people for their careers in employment.  During their time on the 14-16 programme, they have had to work and communicate in teams, use their initiative, problem solve and apply skills in a real working context.  The experience is one that they have all clearly enjoyed and the same time, prepared them well for their occupations.”

Robin Taylor-Milton, Assistant Head of Faculty said “It is fantastic to see all these young people being awarded their certificates.  They have worked very hard for these over two years on the course, and it is great to see that many of them are continuing on to full-time courses and apprenticeships at Sparsholt College next year.”

The 14-16 programme offers young people who are still at school, the opportunity to experience vocational training.  These Level 1 and Level 2 courses are studied alongside GCSEs and combine theoretical and practical elements.