Leeds City College rolls out apprenticeship academy for GCSE students

Further education colleges across the UK will be able to take on pupils from the age of 14 after they have finished year nine at school and before they begin GCSEs, it has been reported. Leeds City College is one of the first to champion this initiative and has just opened the Leeds 14+ Apprenticeship Academy for young people.

The academy will see students in years 10 and 11 combining five core GCSEs with vocational qualifications such as digital media and hospitality.

Leeds City College principal, Peter Roberts, said: “We work very closely with schools in the city and because of this, together, we have been able to identify those pupils who would benefit from an apprenticeship-style education. The approach will mean we can give pupils the skills they need for a specific area but also give them employability skills needed for the world of work.”