Businesses urged to support The Studio School in Southampton

Helen Mason

Helen Mason

First published in Education Salisbury Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter

BUSINESSES in the Solent region are being urged to support a brand new school which has been developed in partnership with port, cruise and marine companies.

The Studio School, sponsored by City College Southampton , will give 300 students, aged 14-19, the chance to gain mainstream qualifications in a way that also gives them a genuine taste of the worlds of business and industry.

Major employers, including Associated British Ports (ABP), Meachers Global Logistics, GE Aviation, Southampton City Council and Southampton University Hospitals Trust are among those to have signed up to support the bid to open the school.

Speaking at a Business Solent briefing at the boat show, Helen Mason from Southampton City College, where the new academy school will be based from September 2013, said it would focus on employability.

“Our able and motivated students will spend time in the workplace, studying all year round and for longer days.

“Our focus will be the marine and cruise specialisms to meet the job opportunities of the next five to ten years,” she said.

She added City College had forged good links with businesses already and Business Solent had offered “outstanding support” by introducing more business leaders.

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8:26am Fri 28 Sep 12

FoysCornerBoy says...

Could the government consider introduction of a 'vocational baccalaureate' by building on this excellent initiative at Southampton City college?

This would provide a choice for many young people as they approach adulthood are not attracted to an academic qualification and a rounded vocational course - supported by the relevant skills sectors - could provide a creditable alternative.

I would also like to see the emergence of technical universities (polytechnics, if you like) similar to those in the Netherlands and Germany.
Could the government consider introduction of a 'vocational baccalaureate' by building on this excellent initiative at Southampton City college? This would provide a choice for many young people as they approach adulthood are not attracted to an academic qualification and a rounded vocational course - supported by the relevant skills sectors - could provide a creditable alternative. I would also like to see the emergence of technical universities (polytechnics, if you like) similar to those in the Netherlands and Germany. FoysCornerBoy
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