Back to college: Preparing for September

We are looking forward to welcoming students back to on-site teaching from September, and have implemented a range of safety measures and procedures ahead of the new academic year in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Returning and new students will receive a detailed guide to refer to before term starts, as well as a link to frequently asked questions, which you can also find here

But it’s not all about the potential health impact of Covid-19. We have also offered out support to anyone who has found themselves unemployed during this time or is now seeking a career change. There are a number of free short courses available to jobseekers, including bookkeeping, construction, graphic design and health & social care, combined with support to write a CV, apply for jobs and prepare for interviews. The College has pledged to support at least 1,000 people to launch their new career.

For those individuals considering or keen to progress a career in accountancy, our new partnership with award-winning Mindful Education will offer a more flexible way of studying, allowing students to fit their course around work and life commitments. All AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) courses will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face sessions and remote classes, which consist of video lectures and questions to check understanding. 

For others, this might be the time to return to full-time education. Our creative degrees are now validated by the prestigious University of the Arts London, meaning students will benefit from a high quality learning experience, without the London commute. Places are still available on a range of art & design, performing arts and music degree-level courses starting this September, in addition to general engineering, motorsport engineering and PGCEs.

For students that left school this year and are not sure what to do in September, there is still time to explore options at the MET. There are places available on a range of full-time courses, including business, construction and trades, health and social care, and UAL accredited creative arts qualifications.

There has been good news for employers who are considering taking on an apprentice. The government has introduced a new payment for organisations hiring an apprentice over the age of 18 between now and 31 January 2021. For each apprentice under the age of 25, this payment is £2,000 and for those over 25, it is £1,500. This is in addition to the £1,000 already on offer for 16-18 year-old apprentices. We offer a wide variety of Apprenticeship Standards and will help organisations to recruit new apprentices.

The College has also welcomed a new interim CEO, Andy Green, for the start of the new academic year. Andy has been appointed on secondment from Chichester College Group. He has a long history with the MET and the city of Brighton having held a number of teaching, Director and Vice Principal roles at what was then City College between 1996 and 2010.

Andy joined Chichester College as Deputy Principal in 2010 and was subsequently appointed Executive Principal and Deputy CEO where he led the College to achieve two consecutive Outstanding Ofsted inspections and was part of the team that increased the turnover of the Group to over £60m.

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