College offers £1k ‘guarantee’ that every student will progress into work or study

The TES is reporting that a college has launched a “guarantee” that every student will progress into work or further study – and promised to pay them £1,000 if they don’t.

The offer by North Hertfordshire College is for 16-18 students, and states that they will all progress into a job, apprenticeship or further learning on completion of their study programme.

If students have not progressed to one of these six months after they complete their programme, the college will give them £1,000.

However the guarantee comes with strings attached: students will be expected to consistently attend classes, successfully complete their main qualification and abide by the college’s code of conduct.

Deputy principal Kit Davies said: “The guarantee reflects our confidence in the programmes that we offer and the support that we provide for our students as they complete their studies and think about their next steps…”

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We had a report last year of a university in Scotland considering something similar (did it ever happen?) but what do you think of the idea here?

It could be seen as a gimmick, or PR tool, but might it also help motivate the students to engage more fully with their studies?

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