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Harrow College launches TechBac construction course

Harrow College is pleased to announce that it has been chosen to become a City & Guilds TechBac pioneer centre.

The TechBac programme of study aims to support young people in developing the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

Students aged between 14- to 16-years-old, and who are interested in construction, are being offered the opportunity to enrol on the Construction TechBac from September 2014.

The new curriculum will provide learners with a professional pathway to their chosen career and give them the opportunity to achieve the technical qualifications and skills they need to progress.

TechBac courses, which have been developed and endorsed by industry, will carry UCAS accreditation which will allow students to progress to higher education.

Thomas Brosnan, Skills Centre lecturer at Harrow College said: “Harrow College is really excited to be a TechBac pioneer centre. Offering this qualification to our 14- to16-year-olds really does expand our provision in the locality enabling young people to succeed and develop their skills further within the construction industry making them a more rounded and employable individual."

Kirstie Donnelly, UK managing director at City & Guilds added: “We are delighted to be working with Harrow College to deliver the TechBac. City & Guilds has long believed that young people are not getting enough opportunities to interact with employers, making them ill equipped for the world of work and leaving businesses without the right talent to succeed.

“Furthermore, the education system is hooked on academia, breaking the natural links that exist between education and employment and leaving some young people without the means to succeed. The TechBac will rebuild those bridges to employment and give ambitious young people the chance to embark on a curriculum that will allow them to progress to wherever they want to go.”

• For more information on TechBac visit their website.

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