Posted on: 30/12/2021
Tasha Dalton-Winterton, Vice Principal at City College Peterborough and Principal at John Mansfield Campus, looks forward to continuing to work for the local community in 2022.
I cannot believe that 2021 at City College Peterborough has seen us still battling with COVID restrictions and guidance. Along with the rest of the country we have had to adapt our ways of working and embrace this new world.
It has not been easy with ever changing situations and always having to stay one step ahead to ensure that we can continue education and learning at our campuses.
With the majority of our education and skills provision returning to face-to-face learning in the latter half of 2021, this was not the case at the start of the year. Staff and tutors over Christmas (last year) were in a position of uncertainty, with the announcement coming in early January 2021 that we were entering another lockdown.
This resulted in the resurgence of online learning for the vast majority of the adult skills provision.
The John Mansfield Campus continued to support
young people with face-to-face learning where appropriate and individual best
interest decisions were made for the people we support who access our Day
City College Peterborough is a vast
and diverse community that serves local people, I'm so proud of the efforts
that staff made to ensure the all of our community was well supported and had
access so the information, advice and guidance that was needed to stay safe and
continue thriving in this unprecedented time.
Looking to the future and a time when COVID
restrictions become a thing of the past is difficult to imagine, but I'm sure
that day will come soon. We will continue working with local people to ensure
they have access to the skills and support they need to live their best lives.
Here at the college, we are constantly
reviewing our services and curriculum to ensure that we are supporting the
needs of the local community and economy. An example of this is our new and
exciting T-Level provision. T-Levels are courses that are designed to give
young people an opportunity to enter higher education or skilled jobs.
City College Peterborough is the
first and currently the only provider who be delivering these national
qualifications. Launched by the government, T-Levels are a two-year programme
that combine classroom study with a substantial industry placement. T-Levels
are the equivalent of an A-Level or BTEC qualification.
Delivering T-Levels is an exciting opportunity
for City College Peterborough and the young people who live in our
city. Aligning our curriculum with the new university, we can ensure that young
people have access to education and skills pathways, that create sustainable
futures not only for them but the economic growth of our city.
I am proud of the work that we do at City College Peterborough and I'm excited by the new challenges that lay ahead, not just for T-Levels, across our entire organisation.
Whilst these have been challenging times it is important that we grasp new opportunities with both hands and continue to work for our local community.
On behalf of the college, I would like to
wish everyone a safe and peaceful festive season and a happy new year.