Editor’s Choice: “University not the best route for all” – tell the class of 2018.

It is that time of the year again – nervous teenagers awaiting ‘O’ and ‘A’ level results and, for some, no doubt, initial disappointment at missing out on that anticipated university place.

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Call me old fashioned, but I think it is important we remind the class of 2018 that other, exciting, further education / training options exist which can lead to equally successful and lucrative careers as the university ‘route’. A university education is not the best or most appropriate option for everyone.

This country needs a return to the days when it created and made things on a huge scale; when training to become a skilled craftsman / tradesman / engineer etc., earned real respect within our communities whilst providing young people with opportunities to ‘earn while you learn’.

Modern apprenticeships and industry-specific training courses can provide direct ‘routes’ into full-time employment offering high earnings potential; the benefits of which should not be underestimated. The range of training options is diverse.

For example, Macclesfield College is launching a new Tailoring Academy and ABC Level-5 diploma in Bespoke Tailoring.

(Pic) Combining the heritage of tailoring training with key production skills and cutting practices, this specialist qualification will be delivered by renowned master tailor, Brita Hirsch, who has 30 years’ experience of bespoke tailoring and textile engineering, working with the most discerning of customers.

The course has been designed in collaboration with Saville Row Bespoke Association as an alternative to traditional tailoring apprenticeships and will provide students with excellent grounding in all areas of the craft of bespoke tailoring.

And, if more evidence is required, please look at the achievements to-date of ‘Apprentice of the Year’, Ryan Kenny (Page 39 in this issue).

In the meantime, have a wonderful August in Cheshire.


David Johnson

Group Editor

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