STUDENTS from Bay House sixth form college have reaped the rewards of their labour after completing studies on a 14-16 programme.
The course gives pupils real vocational training while they are still studying for their GCSEs in preparation for life after school.
Bay House students were among 78 students from 21 schools across Hampshire who were on the two-year course.
Pupils would travel to Sparsholt College, in Winchester, one day a week to learn skills in agriculture, animal care, equine, fisheries management, motor vehicle and welding practice.
At the end of the two years every student would receive a certificate of attendance.
Tutors also presented students who had made significant improvement throughout their studies with a separate award.
College principal Tim Jackson said the experience would give all the students who had completed the course a good grounding going into a work environment.
Mr Jackson said: ‘This is the kind of experience that the British Chambers of Commerce are encouraging in terms of helping to prepare young people for their careers.
‘During their time on the programme they have had to work and communicate in teams, use their initiative, problem solve and apply skills in a real working context.
‘The experience is one that they have all clearly enjoyed and, at the same time, prepared them well for their future occupations.’
Parents, friends and carers were in attendance as each student collected their certificates.
The programme is part of a scheme to make sure that young people have more real-world experience when going into their first job.
Assistant head of faculty, Robin Taylor-Milton, said: ‘They have worked very hard for these over two years on the course.
‘It is great to see that many of them are continuing on to full-time courses and apprenticeships.
‘It is fantastic to see all these young people being awarded.’