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Parents alert!
Tuesday 2nd March, 2010

If you’re a parent of someone aged between 14 and 19, then there are two diary dates to make a note of.

Council officers in the 14-19 development team have organised two events to enable parents to become aware of new learning opportunities available in their children’s schools. The first is at Wigan Skills Shop in the Grand Arcade on Thursday March 26 from 6 to 8pm, and there's a second event at Leigh Library on Saturday 27 March from 10 to 12 noon.

The diplomas are flagship government qualifications delivered by schools, colleges and work based providers and are offered alongside traditional GCSEs. In the borough there are currently five diplomas to choose from with four more due in the next school year.

Cllr Susan Loudon, the cabinet’s champion for education, says: “Parents, please come along to one of the two events this month. There are so many opportunities for young people today that it can be a bewildering choice to find what’s right for you. Experts and friendly advice are on hand to guide parents and pupils.”

Currently on offer are diplomas in:
  • IT

  • Hair and Beauty studies

  • Environmental and land-based

  • Hospitality

  • Creative and Media

Confirmed for autumn 2010 are these additional diploma courses:
  • Society, Health and Development

  • Sport and Active Leisure

  • Business, Administration and Finance

  • Construction and the Built Environment

Parents and pupils can find more online at wiganprospectus.net where news, events and advice are available. There are also opportunities for young people to get an apprenticeship where they can earn as they learn, gaining practical skills from the workplace. More on apprenticeships can be found at apprenticeships.org.uk.

The council’s 14-19 team say further events are planned with the Connexions advice service. They are keen to see parents at the two upcoming events this month.

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