An elephant sanctuary in Thailand, the fashion houses of Milan, a rural village in the foothills of the Himalayas and the bustling market stalls of Cambodia – these are just some of the experiences awaiting students enrolling with Nottingham College this September.
The College has been awarded funding through the Government Turing Scheme, for the second year running, offering life-changing experiences to college students, taking their learning to a new level and providing exposure to new cultures, experiences and environments.
Placements have been confirmed for animal science students to take a once in a lifetime trip to Thailand to work directly with elephants and other animals in a dedicated sanctuary in the north of the country. In Nepal, our science students will trek to a rural setting to learn about local ecology, the environmental challenges facing local people and use their knowledge of organic chemistry and plant science in discovering more about the eco-system of their remote part of the world.
In Cambodia, our Art and Fashion students will tour local creative arts centres and deliver a range of community engagement projects using the universal language of creativity. Students in Art and Fashion courses will also get the chance to visit Italy’s fashion capital Milan to work in local fashion houses and with clothing manufacturers. Another trip to Milan is being reserved for Media and Graphics students who will explore the creative industries in this vibrant and ultra-fashionable Italian city.
In another region of Italy, our A Level students will be given the chance to work directly with children and young people in various schools to develop their communication and research skills as well as deepen their theoretical knowledge in various A Level subjects.
Finally, our Business students will head off to the Netherlands to take up roles in a college covering business, marketing and administration before venturing out to explore opportunities in some of the country’s small start-up businesses.
The Covid pandemic had a significant impact on young peoples’ education opportunities. Two years of restrictions on sporting competitions, national and overseas trips, social contact with classmates, plus the removal of end of year exams means that for many, their educational experience has been fraught. Last year the college was able to offer a range of exciting trips, still with some restrictions. However, this year, hundreds of students can once again experience the full force of a college education and these trips represent a whole new outlook for our students. Trips like this can be truly life-changing and for some of our students, will offer their first overseas travel. They are educational experiences like no other and we’re looking forward to taking our students on this new journey of self-discovery!Janet Smith — Principal and CEO of Nottingham College
The Turing Scheme is the UK’s global programme for studying, working and living abroad, offering once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for personal and professional development for students.Colleges and Universities must bid for funding through the scheme, delivered by the Department for Education and Capita. Nottingham College was awarded £258,922 in 2021 – 22 and took students overseas to Nepal, Thailand, Berlin, Amsterdam and Italy. This latest round sees £281,859 being invested in experiences for FE students of the college in which more than 110 young people will experience a trip of a lifetime; one which will equip them with the life skills that go above and beyond what they are learning as part of their qualification.
Applications are expected to open for the various trips from after half-term into November.
My favourite memory from Thailand was being able to have fun with the kids and teach them new things. From this experience I have learnt that we shouldn’t take things for granted as other people have less than we do and they are grateful for it. To summarise, this trip was the best trip I have ever had yet it was really fun and educational.Helena Gomez — Nottingham College student
If this is something you’re interested in, book a place at our next open evenings