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Help for pupils to plan their future

Help is at hand for secondary school students in Swansea as they plan the next stage of their education or vocational training.


The Swansea Skills Partnership is a group of key educators from in and around the city who are committed to providing vocational and academic pathways for secondary aged pupils.

They have joined together to create the My Choice website - - so that all school leavers in the city have the opportunity to search and apply for the courses that are most relevant to them.

It also includes help and advice for those students who need it.

Chair of the partnership and Director of Education in Swansea, Helen Morgan-Rees, said: "During these uncertain times the key message to Swansea pupils is that we will help and advise you with your ambitions for the future.

"You may be feeling worried and anxious about what happens next but your choices are still there and we will do all we can to support you so that you can get where you want to be."

Through the My Choice website year 11 learners can access a prospectus, open evening dates, application forms and further information from all opportunities in the local area.

This includes all seven Sixth Forms at Swansea's schools, Gower College Swansea, Neath Port Talbot Group, Coleg Sir Gar and locally based training providers.

Careers Wales has supported the website with links to apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities. My Choice is available in all schools to support the transition process of pupils.

Nick Brazil, Deputy Principal at Gower College said: "Due to the pandemic, decisions about what educational journey to take have become even more important.

"For many pupils and learners the transition to post 16 or higher education is a big step full of exciting opportunities but also some uncertainties of whether you are taking the right course or pathway for your future.

Mark Dacey, Principal and CEO Neath Port Talbot Group of Colleges, said: "Centre Determined Grades awarded in schools will be accepted as entry onto College courses but I would reassure students that there will always be an option available so I would emphasise not to worry about forthcoming results.

"Applications are open now to apply for courses in September and starting the process now will lead to an online discussion with a subject specialist to provide expert advice and guidance regarding course choice and options available for all routes whether they are academic, vocational or apprenticeships.

Both of Swansea's universities are members of the partnership and they are ready to support students looking to go on to higher education.

Anna Brychan, Director at the Centre for Career Learning and Leadership, at the University of Wales Trinity St David, said: "UWTSD is working with our partners to ensure that students are not disadvantaged by the difficulties created by the current coronavirus crisis.

"We wish to reassure students that we are here to provide support and guidance to enable students to make the right decision for their future academic or professional career."

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