Franklin Sixth Form College is, first and foremost, a college for our community. In 2018 OFSTED recognised the college as ‘embedded within its local community and creating an environment in which young people thrive’. Our students go on to do great things, and we are delighted that Franklin students are more likely to gain good university degrees and more likely to be successful in securing employment than other sixth form college students nationally.
Our skills and effort goes in to supporting young people to make the transition from school to adulthood and to secure their future success. This means we provide a broad curriculum tailored to the needs of young people, taught by staff who are specialists in their subject area and supported by a whole college which is focused on the phase of a young person’s life that spans leaving school to entering the world of higher education or work.
The Centre for Professional Development (CfPD) is a joint initiative between Franklin College and John Leggott College in Scunthorpe and key stakeholders to improve the life chances of our young people and support the economic development of our communities. The Colleges have extensive travel to learn catchments because of their reputation for academic excellence and student support which secures positive progression.
Both colleges are located in Northern Lincolnshire with a collective full time student cohort at 16-19 year old encompassed by the CfPD is 3400 with approximately 1500 learners each year matriculating at level 3 and progressing to degrees or higher level apprenticeships. We have the Region’s widest range of level three qualifications, alongside the greatest success in re-engaging students who did not achieve English and Maths at GCSE at school. 7 out of 10 will achieve these essential qualifications in 12 months.
In terms of progression, the scale of the operation is huge, we support the development of the regions strongest talent to become the engineers, doctors, nurses, social workers, programmers, logistics specialists, teachers of the future. Collectively we are The University of Lincoln’s largest provider – over 130 students in 2020, the largest provider of trainee Medical Professionals in the Region - 30 doctors, dentists, pharmacists and vets and over 90 nurses in 2020, we have the Region’s largest number of degree engineers - 45 in 2020 and the Colleges support the largest Russel Group and Oxbridge progression numbers in the Region (157 and 6 respectively in 2020).
One of the key reasons for this success is the Centre for Professional Development. Partners from education, local government, LEP and employers support the simple rationale; to ensure that these talented and motivated young people are made fully aware of the local opportunities for them, so that they can be OUR future skilled professionals.
Employer engagement is comprehensive, tailored to individual business scale and needs, giving them access to the strongest and largest talent pool of young people in the Region and supporting this access through bespoke activities. Through working lunch programmes, mentoring, placements and internships, businesses work with, support and engage learners, and so support progression on to them as employers. The model has been hugely beneficial to many organisations including Pepperell’s and Wilkin Chapman legal firms. Both have invested in former students. Wilkin Chapman credit this as one of the key reasons their business grew from a £5 million to £20 million revenue business over the last few years.
Put simply, if you are looking for your highly qualified, highly motivated and skilled future workforce, the Centre for Professional Development is the answer.