Apprenticeships are all over the news at the moment and as one of London’s biggest apprentice training providers, the College of North West London, is at the forefront of this new wave of education. But it’s not just apprenticeships they offer; they specialise in a wide range of vocational courses and are well equipped with specialist facilities to help students develop skills and build their careers. Whether you’re hoping to work in construction, health, media or any of the other 20 areas they focus on, you’ll find the perfect course to help you progress at the College of North West London.
Why study at CNWL?
As London’s skills college, our courses are designed to prepare you for success in your chosen career. Our rising pass rates show that learning in the classroom is good but it doesn’t stop there: our students also get the chance to develop skills to excel. This can be through preparing for a skills competition, learning in a professionally-equipped workshop, representing others or organising social activities.
We work hard to provide relevant, focussed learning for you. That is why 9 out of 10 of our students say they are happy with the College and they are kept interested in their classes (Independent UK-wide survey, QDP 2015).
CNWL run courses focused on careers and the skills you need to succeed. Our offer is based on around 20 vocational areas, reflecting important sectors of the London economy. These include construction and trades, care, business and accounting, computing, science, engineering, catering, salon services, media and automotive.
In construction, we are one of the biggest training providers in the region, with unrivalled facilities for training in specialisms such as welding, refrigeration, plumbing and mechanical engineering. We support over 1000 apprentices per year, and our training is highly regarded by employers across a wide area.
Our campuses in London
Our campuses in Wembley and Willesden are well located and popular with students from a wide area. The Wembley Campus is a one-minute walk from Wembley Park tube station (Jubilee and Metropolitan Line, Zone 4) and has views of Wembley Stadium. Also within a short walk are Wembley Arena and the London Designer Outlet, one of London’s newest and best shopping and leisure facilities, offering big-name shops, around 20 restaurants and bars, seasonal attractions such as ice skating, and a cinema.
The Willesden Campus is a five-minute walk from Dollis Hill station (Jubilee Line Zone 3). Both Campuses are also easy to reach by bus, road and rail.
Our campuses provide a welcoming environment for students, with a high standard of facilities across all our vocational subjects. Our construction and engineering provision offers highly specialised resources, with students travelling from a wide area to take advantage of our learning opportunities in refrigeration, electronics, plumbing and auto engineering for example.
Both campuses also provide learning centres with open access computers, books, journals and access to specialist online resources. There is a Starbucks café at each campus, as well as refectories offering hot and cold food.
Entering our students into competitions and challenges is important to our mission as a leading skills college. Our students have an excellent record of success, winning numerous medals, including 5 golds in computing and robotics, at recent Worldskills UK national finals. Our students have also won regional and national awards in hairdressing, carpentry, business and civil engineering within the past 2 years.
The College also hosts its own annual skills show, with over 1000 students and guests from local schools and the community taking part in vocational have-a-go challenges and heats for national competitions.
Soft Skills are things you can learn in and out of the classroom, like teamwork, helping others, project management, presentation and public speaking. At CNWL we don’t just help you pass your qualification, we give you the opportunities to develop the skills needed to succeed in a lifetime’s career. Through tutorials, student representation, organising sports and social activities, taking part in voluntary projects and with meaningful work experience, you gain the ‘soft skills’ that combine with knowledge from your course to make you highly employable.
Iuliana joined the College with a limited background of education in the UK. Improving her written English at the same time as studying Business, she thrived in the College environment and was Runner Up in the Pearson UK Student of the Year 2015, as well as leading the College team to success in a national entrepreneurship competition.
“I have always been interested in how different businesses operate and perform. This course has helped me develop my communication and teamwork skills. The teachers have been especially supportive and have motivated me to success in the classroom and the ‘Market Makers’ Entrepreneurship competition".
Sports and Social Events
From talent shows to cultural celebrations, and ‘boxercise’ to chess, the College runs a wide range of sports and other leisure activities open to all students.
Students don’t just take part in enrichment activities – they help organise and run them for themselves and others too. Our students were recently shortlisted for a national award for their voluntary work running sports for primary students and disabled young people.
Check out the College’s website here or watch this video for a full list of activities to get involved in!