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Students get the skills to progress

Students from across EKC Group’s family of colleges celebrated their successes on vocational results day. Across the Group’s colleges in Broadstairs, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Sheppey, some 5,421 qualifications were achieved by its students who will now look to progress into further training, or their chosen career pathway.

The qualifications have rarely been celebrated in the same way traditional academic qualifications are, but this year there’s a greater emphasis on the delivery of technical and vocational skills than ever before, with the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, saying that ‘technical education had played second fiddle’ for too long.

He said: “As the first education secretary to personally take charge of further education and skills, I’m going to make sure that those people who opt to take a technical or vocational qualification are given the proper recognition for their hard work. Technical and vocational educational has played second fiddle to traditional academic options for too long.

Students from Broadstairs College, Canterbury College, Dover Technical College, Folkestone College and Sheppey College are all now excited by the prospect of progressing, either into their chosen career, or onto further training. More than 4,500 of those picking up their results from an EKC Group college is between 16 and 18-years-old. 

Jake Miles studied Applied Science at Canterbury College. Jack achieved three starred distinctions, and will now be taking up a place at the University of Kent to study a foundation degree in Physics and Astronomy. He said: “Canterbury College was the best place to study Science and I have loved my time here. I’m excited for university where I’m looking to progress into astrophysics and space science.”

Group Principal and Chief Executive for EKC Group Graham Razey said: “It’s always amazing to see our students succeed in their aspirations to develop the skills they need to move into their chosen career pathways. All of the work we do at EKC Group’s colleges is centred on helping get our students work ready, so they’re able to get the skills they need to move seamlessly into employment.

“I’d like to say a huge congratulations to all of the students who picked up their results, and wish them the best of luck as they move onto their next step, whether that’s their career or further education.”