Students from King’s Lynn Academy (KLA) have begun a new Health and Social Care (Pathway to Nursing) course at the College of West Anglia.
The pupils study at the college one afternoon per week and at the end of two years gain a qualification.
Many of the students will continue studying health and social care at the college before moving on to university or a higher apprenticeship, as a step towards a career in nursing.
Jasmine de Sousa Veiga hopes to train to become a paediatric nurse. She said: “My grandparents died of cancer and it made me want to help care for other people in the future.”
Another KLA student, Summa Bygrave, said: “I am really enjoying studying in an adult environment at the college. I am continuously inspired by my mum, who is currently training in adult nursing.
“I want to become a mental health nurse to help people and give everyone another chance at living happy lives.”
The course is the result of a collaboration between the college, KLA and the town’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Deputy chief nurse at the QEH, Edmund Tabay, said: “It was truly inspiring to meet the KLA learners and hear about their future career aspirations.
“The fact they can live and train locally in order to reach their career goals is fantastic.”
College principal David Pomfret said he was delighted to open the course to KLA students, adding: “Not only is it fantastic for them to learn new skills, but the collaboration between the college, KLA and QEH will enable us to offer a locally-taught and clear education pathway to becoming registered nurses, firstly through the new course, further study on a level 3 qualification, and finally, a higher apprenticeship through our new CWA School of Nursing, set to begin next year.”