Gainsborough: College urging school-leavers to secure their September places

Gainsborough College.
Gainsborough College.

There’s still time to enrol for September!

That’s the message to GCSE students aged 16 or over and anyone considering returning to education to brush up on their existing skills or learn new ones.

Gainsborough College is inviting prospective students of all ages to look round the state-of-the-art facilities at the campus on Acland Street and find out about the range of courses available tomorrow (Friday).

“Every year over 200 school-leavers choose to study a vocational course at Gainsborough College,” said centre manager Elaine Johnson.

“As well as coming to college full-time, however, school leavers can also undertake work-based learning such as an apprenticeship or study or train part-time as long as they have a job or are volunteering for more than 20 hours per week.”

“We have a huge range of qualifications and subjects from beauty therapy to brickwork so we really do have something to suit everyone.”

And of course education is free for most people until the age of 18 so there’s never been a better time to learn.”

For the first time, 16-18 year olds who are eligible for free school meals will also be entitled to free college meals from September.

They will also be able to apply for financial help to pay for things like clothing, books and other equipment which they need as part of their course.

Gainsborough College is part of The Lincoln College Group and to help make studying at its campuses even more affordable the group has earmarked over £600,000 to help students cover their transport costs.

This is in addition to the free buses which run between Gainsborough and Lincoln.

“Choosing which path to take after you’ve finished your GCSEs or returning to education after a break is a really important decision which could affect the rest of your life so it’s vital that you consider all available options,” added Mrs Johnson.

“Even if you think you know what you want to do it’s still worth coming to see us at college and talking to a member of staff as there’s still plenty of time to enrol before the new term starts in September.”