From the mills and mines of yesteryear the world of work has changed beyond all recognition as technology transforms industry. With drastic change comes a whole new set of skills which future generations will rely on in the world of work. Across the Wigan Borough there are many places offering training in these cutting-edge industries.
Named Sixth Form College of the Year at the 2017 TES FE Awards, Winstanley College is a beacon for learning. Young people from across the region come to study at the college and part of its appeal is its dedication to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) which is one of the major growth industries in the coming years. Winstanley is also renowned for its performing arts department with its alumni going on to perform on stage and screen.
With industry leading technology in a range of fields from beauty and art to building and mechanics, Wigan and Leigh College has so much to offer the next generation of workers.
The Pagefield Centre has recently undergone a £1.4m development with new top of the range facilities including a new thermodynamic and fluid mechanic laboratory. And through the University Centre at the college there is the opportunity to get degrees in a range of subjects including teaching, engineering and construction to name just a few.
St John Rigby College offers many of the traditional A-Level and vocational courses you would expect at many colleges.
However, it also has specialist courses including football and rugby coaching and training and many courses offer work placements within industry to make sure students have practical experience in the world of work. It also boasts state-of-the-art science labs and computer suites.
The Deanery moved into a new building this year offering pupils top facilities to study in. The Deanery sixth form is open to pupils who may or may not have attended the school. Students are supported to move on in their educational and career choices in a range of ways – from university to high-tech apprenticeships with industry leaders in a range of subjects including finance and defence.
This sixth form boasts facilities including a sports hall which has undergone a £50k revamp, a recording studio with industry standard technology and offers a range of A-Levels and vocational courses in a supportive atmosphere.