THE range of courses offered at Milton Keynes College has been expanded to help young people learn new skills and find a job.
Traditionally, the college has focused on a September intake but there has been a huge influx of enquiries for courses long after the September start date.
In response to this increasing demand and with unemployment rising among those aged under 24, the college has decided to open up new courses across all curriculum areas, starting in January 2012.
These will offer students vocational training for careers that are in high demand, such as the care professions, engineering, science, hospitality and creative arts and technologies.
There are also business and accountancy courses and even a course on enterprise and entrepreneurship for those who want to go it alone and learn how to set up their own business.
Marketing manager, Emma Thompson, said: “We realised there is now a bigger demand for young people wanting to start courses at the beginning of the year. Many had missed the September intake because they weren’t sure what to do and some had started jobs that they were simply unhappy in.
“We were concerned that having to wait until next September to start training would be demotivating, so we have decided to offer opportunities to a new intake in January.”
Chris Tomlin, head of Leadership and Business at Milton Keynes College, added: “Our strong relationships with local businesses have highlighted the importance of equipping young people of all ages, particularly those currently not in education, employment or training, with the right skills to give them a better chance in such a tough jobs market.
“This new January intake will provide a great opportunity for them to lay the foundations for a future career.”
For information on the full range of January courses call the college on 01908 684452.