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Liam Bateman, CTO and co-founder of Silverchip (right)

The Manchester College Deliver with Digital Partnership

The Manchester College is pleased to announce a new partnership with app and software development agency, Silverchip, to develop and deliver vocational digital skills courses.

The partnership will see Silverchip offer work placements to College students, providing them with the opportunity to gain invaluable, relevant industry experience.

Lisa O’Loughlin, Principal The Manchester College said: “As we strive to enhance our vocational education provision, partnerships with industry employers are critical to our goals. They play an integral role in ensuring that, after completing one of our courses, students have all the skills that they will need to enable them to secure employment.

It goes without saying that we’re looking forward to collaborating with Silverchip to offer our students unparalleled learning experiences in the digital sector.

Additionally, Silverchip will set live, industry-standard briefs for the College’s digital students, offer student mentoring and sit on the College’s Industry Advisory Board.

Commenting on the partnership Carol Whitworth, Assistant Principal at The Manchester College said: “We are delighted that the team at Silverchip have recognised the value of our approach and have agreed to support the College in our delivery of vocational digital courses.

With the digital sector continuing to grow rapidly, the demand for highly skilled professionals will only increase, meaning it offers a wide variety of exciting and rewarding career paths for our students to consider.

Liam Bateman, CTO and co-founder of Silverchip, said: “I passionately believe that young people today need to be shown as many options as possible to achieve great things in their career, not just focusing on the traditional routes such as University. The Manchester College really impressed me and I’m so proud of this partnership. The College’s focus on highly relevant, careers based vocational courses, such as T Levels, is highly synergistic with our own beliefs and values and this presented a natural opportunity for collaboration.

We are really looking forward to helping set young people up for a fantastic career in the digital sector and can’t wait to work with the students

Silverchip will also help to design and develop the College’s Digital T Level, a new two-year technical programme for young people aged 16-19, that will be offered from September 2021.

Those students who elect to study a T Level will benefit from combined classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement of approximately 45 days where they will build the knowledge, experience and technical industry skills needed for their future career.

Find out about the Creative and Digital Media courses at The Manchester College and apply to start in January.