Skills Centre partnership is set to boost skills in the borough

GABLE Hall School’s Skills Centre moved a step closer to reality recently as South Essex College committed to delivering a range of qualifications to pupils when the building opens this autumn.

The £3 million development will see tutors from South Essex College delivering qualifications to 14 – 16 year olds in vocational subjects such as motor vehicle, construction and engineering.

Representatives from South Essex College and Gable Hall School signed a Service Level of Agreement document sealing the partnership working between the organisations before the College’s Acting Principal, John Hayles, and Vice Principal, Wendy Barnes, joined pupils on a tour of the construction site of the Skills Centre.

Dr Sophina Asong, Headteacher of Gable Hall School, said: “This partnership is a very welcome development for all young people in Stanford and Corringham. It makes possible an enriched skills and qualifications offer which further strengthens the ability of the three Academies in the North East of Thurrock (Gable Hall, St Clere’s and Hassenbrook) to provide a richer and more inclusive, work relevant curriculum.”
Vice Principal Curriculum at South Essex College, Wendy Barnes, added: “This is an exciting partnership which will open up the capacity to really boost skills in the borough. School pupils from across Thurrock will have the unique opportunity to study hands-on, practical courses with vocational experts from South Essex College in a brand-new facility.”

Subjects are studied alongside compulsory GCSEs of maths and English. On completion of the Level 1 qualifications pupils will be able to enroll on a relevant progression course at the College.

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