THE number of teenagers deciding to continue studies rather than hunt for a job is increasing, claims a Wearside college.
Sunderland College says its enrolment numbers are up five per cent on last year.
Both A-level and vocational courses are proving popular amongst the city’s young people.
The college’s acting principal Nigel Harrett said teenagers realise they now need good qualifications to become employed.
“Young people are recognising the importance of an education in helping secure jobs in the future.
“Whether they’re choosing to study A-levels or vocational courses, we’ve seen a noticeable increase in enrolments for this academic year.”
Earlier this summer, Sunderland College reported record pass rates for its A-levels.
Its students achieved an overall pass rate of 99 per cent, the fourth consecutive year the college has achieved this.
Nigel said: “This year’s pass rates were exceptionally high and of course this success has attracted more A-level students to the college.
“Our vocational courses are proving popular too.
“We’ve got strong links with local businesses which helps our students secure apprenticeships and go on to full-time employment when they’ve finished their course.”
One student aware of the need for education is Josh Colarossi, from Horden, East Durham.
He recently enrolled on the college’s Peter Jones’ Enterprise Academy business course.
“I’ve always been interested in business and I hope to run my own in the future,” said the 18-year-old.
“I was looking for a course that wasn’t just about learning the principles, but one that gave me practical experience too.
“I’ve only been studying for three weeks but already I’ve learnt so much more than I did last year when I was a finance apprentice, or in previous business courses I’ve taken.
“One of the best things is that at the end of the year-long course I’ll come out with a qualification which is the equivalent of two A-levels.
“It means I can effectively fast track my way to university and I already know what I want to do.
“I’m planning on going to Sunderland University to study business and enterprise management.”
People still have time to join the college this academic year.
Anyone interesting in finding out what courses are on offer, or how to enrol should visit the website www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk, or call 511 6000.