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Taster Days

Taster days provide you with a fantastic opportunity to find out more about our courses and are an excellent way to help you make a more informed decision about your future.

In 2023, our taster days will be running during February half-term, from Monday 20th to Wednesday 22nd. Our taster sessions are for both school leavers and adults who are looking to start a full-time course with us in September 2023.

Book your place below!

Whatever your interests, a taster day can provide you with the opportunity to experience a variety of courses first hand.

Throughout our taster days you will explore the campus, find out about the courses you are interested in, get involved with fun activities and meet the tutors. If you are not sure of which path to take, why not choose a different session on another day at another and compare the two!

All subjects will include practical activities, so please make sure you wear suitable clothing and footwear.

The booking form is now live for February half-term! Book your / your child’s place below!

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February Taster Days – Information

 

  • Rodbaston College – taster sessions

    Rodbaston College, Rodbaston Drive, Penkridge, Staffordshire, ST19 5PH

    🚜 Agriculture – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    A very practical day that will offer participants a wide variety of tasks including tractor maintenance, tractor driving and working with farm livestock. You must bring along appropriate footwear/clothing such as wellington boots and overalls. Book here.

    🐒 Animal Care – Monday 20th February and Tuesday 21st February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    Activities involving animal health, feeding, behaviour and handling.  You must bring along appropriate footwear/clothing such as wellington boots and overalls, please tie long hair back and remove all jewellery and piercings. Book here for Monday and here for Tuesday.

    🌳 Arboriculture – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    See if you have a head for heights as you have a go at tree climbing with a rope and harness, there is also time to look at the basics chainsaw maintenance and safety. Book here.

    👷‍♂️ Construction – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    Enjoy a very practical and exciting ‘hands on’ day where you will get the opportunity to experience some of the construction trades we have on offer. The day will include bricklaying and carpentry. You must wear suitable clothing such as boots and overalls. Book here.

    🐛 Countryside – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    A very practical ‘hands on’ day experiencing a wide variety of practical tasks that will include pond dipping, surveying the wildlife on the college estate and building homes for animals and insects. Participants should wear wellies, waterproof, warm clothes and be prepared for a proper environmental experience! Book here.

    🐎 Equine – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    After a tour of all the equine facilities at Rodbaston College you will get the chance to understand the depth of knowledge studying an equine qualification with us can provide the extensive range of careers available.    It is advisable to wear suitable equine clothing (jodhpurs, boots etc, where possible) to ensure that you have everything you need for your day, as expected of an equine student. Book here.

    🌱 Horticulture – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    This is a great opportunity to experience life on our college’s busy horticultural unit. Participants will be able to hone their landscaping skills by laying slabs and building walls, and will have the opportunity to attempt some propagation in the glasshouse by taking cuttings, sowing seeds and maintaining plants. Sturdy footwear and working clothes should be worn. Book here.

    👨‍🔧 Motor Vehicle – Tuesday 21st February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    Enjoy a fun packed day inside the state-of-the-art motor vehicle workshop where you will work under the bonnet of real cars doing maintenance on the engine, brakes, steering and exhaust. Book here.

    🚿 Plumbing – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    Enjoy a very practical and exciting hands on day where you will get the opportunity to experience some of the activities a plumber would undertake in our state of the art training facility. Book here.

    👣 Routes to College – Wednesday 22nd February 2023 (10am-2.30pm)
    Are you thinking about progressing to college? Are you worried the class sizes may be too big, the work too fast paced or would prefer a more supportive environment? During your ‘Routes To’ taster you will be able to join in with the college environment in a smaller supportive group where we focus on teamwork activities, developing your confidence, as well giving you the opportunity to try lots of different things to see what interests you and what you enjoy. Book now.

    🩺 Vet Nursing – Tuesday 21st February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    This day will provide you with an insight into the veterinary nursing profession. You will get a feel for the daily life of a small animal veterinary nurse through a tour of the unit which will introduce you to both the theory and practical skills required to pursue a career in this exciting sector. Book now.

  • Tamworth College – taster sessions

    Tamworth College, Croft Street, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 8AE

    💄 Beauty – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    An opportunity to see practical hand and nail treatments demonstrated by tutors. You will then get to try this skill for yourself. Book here.

    📈 Business – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    Experience the world of business and entrepreneurship. You will create your own product and with the help of experienced tutors develop a marketing plan. Book here.

    💻 Computing & Emerging Technologies – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    This taster will give you a flavour of our digital and IT courses by exploring opportunities within the digital economy as well as exploring how digital innovation is changing the way we work (and play). The day will provide you with practical opportunities to demonstrate your skills in areas such as networking, coding and web design. Book here.

    👷‍♂️ Construction (TORC College) – Tuesday 21st February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    Enjoy a very practical and exciting ‘hands on’ day where you will get the opportunity to experience some of the construction trades we have on offer. The day will include bricklaying and carpentry. You must wear suitable clothing such as boots and overalls. TORC’s address is Silver Link Road, Glascote Heath, Tamworth, B77 2HJ. Book here.

    👶 Early Years – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    An opportunity to experience what it is like to be an Early Years practitioner by taking part in a range of hands on activities that support children’s development. You’ll get to meet the team, and explore the job roles available. Book here.

    ⚡ Electrical – Tuesday 21st February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    Experience the world of electricians in the state-of-the-art electrical workshop where you will have the opportunity to work with cable systems, tools and testing real electrical circuits. Safety boots and overalls will be required for safety reasons inside the workshop area. Book here.

    👨‍🏭 Engineering – Tuesday 21st February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    Experience virtual welding, CAD (Computer Aided Design), manual machining and CNC machining in the state-of-the-art engineering facilities at Tamworth College. Boots and overalls will be required for safety reasons. Book here.

    💇‍♀️ Hairdressing – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    An opportunity to see practical hair styling skills including plaiting and braiding demonstrated by tutors and then practice this skill yourself. Book here.

    👩‍⚕️ Health & Social Care – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    You will have the opportunity to take part in a range of fun practical activities for the caring industry from healthy eating to beating the bugs! Book here.

    👨‍🍳 Hospitality & Catering – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    An action-packed day working with professionally trained chefs, to learn how to make fresh bread and how we can turn this into a delicious pizza that you will be able to take home with you. Book here.

    👨‍🔧 Motor Vehicle – Tuesday 21st February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    Enjoy a fun packed day inside the state-of-the-art motor vehicle workshop where you will work under the bonnet of real cars doing maintenance on the engine, brakes, steering and exhaust. Book here.

    👮‍♂️ Public Services – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    An action-packed day of team building and investigating a simulated crime scene, managing a major incident/disaster, using walkie talkie radios to manage the incident. Book here.

    👣 Routes to College – Wednesday 22nd February 2023 (10am-2.30pm)
    Are you thinking about progressing to college? Are you worried the class sizes may be too big, the work too fast paced or would prefer a more supportive environment? During your ‘Routes To’ taster you will be able to join in with the college environment in a smaller supportive group where we focus on teamwork activities, developing your confidence, as well giving you the opportunity to try lots of different things to see what interests you and what you enjoy. Book here.

    🏃‍♂️ Sport – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    An opportunity to work on fitness equipment with the sport team in our gym and partake in field sport. Book now.

    🛫 Travel & Tourism – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    Have a go at real life cabin crew demonstrations using the safety equipment used on board. Make a cabin announcement to board your flight and ensure your passengers are safe before you take off. Book now.

  • Lichfield College – taster sessions

    Lichfield College, The Friary, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6QG

    👩‍🎨 Art & Design – Tuesday 21st February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    Learn about our creative arts subjects and get a taste of some creative craft in our ceramics room by working with clay alongside other arts practice. Book here.

    📈 Business and Finance – Tuesday 21st February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    Are you interested in a career in finance? Our taster day will give you an insight into the skills you need to be successful. Come and meet the team and have a go at the basic activities of accounting. Book here.

    🎮 Esports – Tuesday 21st February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    Come along and experience the world of Esports! Explore your favourite teams and test your skills in a mini tournament and find out about the wider employability aspects of what an Esports direction can take you. Book here.

    👗 Fashion – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    Get a snapshot of life at college’s fashion department, where you will get the chance to demonstrate your skills in fashion through exploring fashion styling. You’ll take part in a self-styled photoshoot, where you will get to know what to look at for developing your own fashion portfolio. Book here.

    🎮 Games Production – Tuesday 21st February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    The UK is at the forefront of driving digital games market, especially through the spread of social, massive multiplayer online (MMO) and mobile games, and is now the largest growth area in the creative industries. This taster will give you an understanding of the three course pathways we run at the college, which are Games Production, Art for Games and Animation, and Games Programming & Technologies. Book here.

    🎥 Media – Tuesday 21st February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    Work in our TV and film studio operating cameras and bring ideas to life within our film and TV workshop. Book here.

    💻 Multimedia (L1 Vocational Course) – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    Our L1 Vocational Multimedia course is a great springboard qualification for those looking to go onto L2 Music Tech / Media / Games or Performance in the future. You’ll get to explore some of the multi-media apps and programmes used by our students to make their projects come to life. Book here.

    🎸 Music Technology & Performance – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    You will get a chance to explore the music departments recording studio where you will play and record a tune on a drum kit as well as mix a range of audio projects in our MAC labs. You will also get a chance to interact with emerging technologies that include new webcam samplers and band performances. Book here.

    🎭 Performing Arts – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    Join us in our acting and dance workshop where you will be taking part with some of our own students in a performance. Book here.

    📸 Photography – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    Get a snapshot of life at colleges photography department where you will get the chance to demonstrate your digital photography skills with a studio shoot and get to know what to look for in developing your own photography portfolio. Book here.

    👣 Routes to College – Wednesday 22nd February 2023 (10am-2.30pm)
    Are you thinking about progressing to college? Are you worried the class sizes may be too big, the work too fast paced or would prefer a more supportive environment? During your ‘Routes To’ taster you will be able to join in with the college environment in a smaller supportive group where we focus on teamwork activities, developing your confidence, as well giving you the opportunity to try lots of different things to see what interests you and what you enjoy. Book here.

  • Cannock College – taster sessions

    Cannock College, The Green, Cannock, WS11 1UE

    💻 Computing & Emerging Technologies – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    This taster will give you a flavour of our digital and IT courses by exploring opportunities within the digital economy as well as exploring how digital innovation is changing the way we work (and play). The day will provide you with practical opportunities to demonstrate your skills in areas such as networking, coding and web design. Book here.

    👶 Early Years – Tuesday 21st February 2022 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    An opportunity to experience what it is like to be an Early Years practitioner by taking part in a range of hands on activities that support children’s development. You’ll get to meet the team, and explore the job roles available. Book here.

    ⚡ Electrical Installation – Tuesday 21st February 2022 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    Experience a career as an electrician in the state-of-the-art electrical workshop where you will have the opportunity to work with cable systems, tools and test real electrical circuits. Safety boots and overalls will be required for safety reasons inside the workshop area. Book here.

    👨‍🏭 Engineering – Monday 20th February 2023 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    Experience CAD (Computer Aided Design), manual machining and CNC machining in the state-of-the-art engineering facilities at Cannock College. Boots and overalls will be required for safety reasons. Book here.

    👩‍⚕️ Health & Social Care – Tuesday 21st February 2022 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    You will have the opportunity to take part in a range of fun practical activities for the caring industry from healthy eating to beating the bugs! Book here.

    👮‍♂️ Public Services – Tuesday 21st February 2022 (9.30am-3.30pm)
    An action-packed day of team building and investigating a simulated crime scene, managing a major incident/disaster, using walkie talkie radios to manage the incident. Book here.

    👣 Routes to College – Wednesday 22nd February 2023 (10am-2.30pm)
    Are you thinking about progressing to college? Are you worried the class sizes may be too big, the work too fast paced or would prefer a more supportive environment? During your ‘Routes To’ taster you will be able to join in with the college environment in a smaller supportive group where we focus on teamwork activities, developing your confidence, as well giving you the opportunity to try lots of different things to see what interests you and what you enjoy. You can then progress into that area the following year and start your career journey. Book here.

  • Cannock College – virtual tour

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  • Lichfield College – virtual tour

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  • Rodbaston College – virtual tour

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  • Tamworth College – virtual tour

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  • Torc College – virtual tour

    Take a look at the facilities you will have access to during your taster day.

  • Cannock College – virtual tour

    Take a look at the facilities you will have access to during your taster day.

  • Lichfield College – virtual tour

    Take a look at the facilities you will have access to during your taster day.

  • Rodbaston College – virtual tour

    Take a look at the facilities you will have access to during your taster day.

  • Tamworth College – virtual tour

    Take a look at the facilities you will have access to during your taster day.

  • Torc College – virtual tour

    Take a look at the facilities you will have access to during your taster day.