Full Time Learners Aged 16-18 Years - Destinations (2016-17 Year-End)
We gather information on the destination of our completing learners each year via tutors and phone survey conducted a few
months after completion of their programme of study. The above charts show the headline destination data for all learners aged
16-18 years completing their studies in 2016/17, followed by an analysis by level on the opposing page.
Overall the survey reported that 2,979 (96%) completing learners progressed to a positive destination; Higher Education
(university), education, training or employment. A positive progression rate is seen at all levels: level 1 - 95.2%, level 2 - 96.9%,
level 3 - 95.8%. This continues a three year trend of positive outcomes for our learners.
From level 3, 472 learners (33.2%) progressed directly into Higher Education and 426 (29.9%) progressed into employment. This
represents a drop in learners choosing to go onto Higher Education. This drop is offset almost entirely by learners progressing
onto an Apprenticeship programmes (often at advanced level in the first instance), which has doubled compared to the previous
year. Almost half of learners (47.6%) progressing to employment do this through an Apprenticeship. Suggesting that learners may be
more attracted to work than Higher Education, potentially because of the costs. Our commitment is to continue to develop a local
cost effective route through Higher Education to support more learners to achieve a degree.
At lower levels the bulk of learners continued in education. This is due to many learners arriving at college with less than five
GCSEs grade C or above who followed preparatory qualifications as a stepping stone to level 3 and beyond.
Destinations by diversity type
An analysis of destinations by diversity type shows that the overall positive destination rate is
broadly the same for all groups. This year we have seen a slight dip in positive outcomes for
black learners, which has not been seen in previous years, linked to few learners progressing to
Higher Education. The college is committed to encouraging more of our learners to continue on
to higher studies and is working with universities through the National Collaborative Outreach
Project (NCOP) on a wide range of initiatives to drive this.
Impact on Regional Skills and the Regional Economy
STEM in the curriculum - trend analysis
The local economy relies on a workforce with high level skills in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and especially in
Mathematics). The chart shows the percentage of qualifications completed by learners aged 16-18 years that were in STEM related
subjects. In 2016/17, 1,672 (46%) of our young people followed STEM programmes of study. This represents a good percentage of
our learners, showing our continued focus on ensuring we develop curriculum to meet the needs of these important sectors. We
expect this to grow in the coming year and attract a wider group of learners to STEM subjects as we open our new facility, Dudley
Progression to advanced level - trend analysis
As detailed earlier, in total 96.9% of completing level 2 learners progressed to a positive destination, either education or
employment. 73.9% of learners continued on with training, the majority with us. As detailed in the graph, 47% of all of the college’s
level 2 learners progressed directly into level 3 provision. This progression rate has increased since 2011/12 and is identical to the
previous year. This indicates that the completion of a level 2 programme is effective in supporting immediate progress to advanced
level skills training and that a growing number of level 2 learners choose this option. The college clearly plays an important role
locally in progressing learners to advanced level skills programmes which are required to support the regional economy.