Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) is pleased to announce that it has secured funding for 16 students to be paid while they learn the skills to progress onto an apprenticeship programme. The Engineering Construction Scholarship Programme will be delivered in collaboration and with funding from the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB).
From September 2020, RuTC will offer 16 scholarships, eight in Engineering Design and Draughting as well eight scholarships for Project Control. The scholarship is a two year full time programme equipping learners with a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering. Once the learners have completed the scholarship they will be supported to progress onto year 3 of an Engineering apprenticeship programme in their chosen discipline.
Students applying for the programme will be asked to complete a 350 words essay, outlining why they are aspiring to pursue a career in engineering. ECITB developed the programme as a direct response to the expected fall in apprenticeships this year, stating that it is a great opportunity for employers to recruit a young person who had the training to enter an advanced stage of an apprenticeship or be recruited directly on site. During term time, apprentices will also be supported by an allowance of £140 per week.
Sheila Fraser Whyte, Executive Director for Business Development and Innovation at RuTC, said, “Richmond upon Thames College has been working with ECITB for over 10 years successfully delivering engineering apprenticeships, with achievement rates 10% above the national average. Our college works with a number of engineering employers including KBR, Jacobs, Worley, Wood, Fluor and most recently Skanska. The partnerships ensure that all our apprentices have the skills, knowledge and behaviours to succeed in their chosen jobs. We are excited about the new scholarship and the great opportunity that prospective learners have to earn while they learn during this unprecedented time.”
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On Thursday 13 August, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) reported its A Level results for 2020. The overall A Level pass rate was 99% and of the 16 A Level subjects offered at the college, 15 subjects achieved 100%. 68% of students gained A*-C grades, up nearly 3% from last year.
This year saw unprecedented circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic, with teaching and learning moving almost entirely to virtual remote access from 23 March onwards and for the first time exams were cancelled.
As in previous years, hundreds of our students are expected to be going on to university, including Russell Group universities.
Dr Jason Jones, Deputy Principal and CEO at RuTC, commented, “This year has been an exceptional and challenging year for our students as they quickly adapted to a new way of learning. We are so proud of our students and I am delighted with the results they have achieved.
“As in previous years, our 2020 A level results place us once again as one of the top-performing Further Education colleges and largest providers of A Level programmes in London. These results are a testament to the hard work and determination of our students, the support of their families and the dedication and commitment of our excellent staff, and I would like to thank everyone for their great efforts and consistently high standards.
“We wish all our students the best in achieving their ambitions in the future and are looking forward to welcoming our new ambitious students this September.”