Salon owner tops up her beauty therapy skills at TCAT


Sukhvinder Kaur has returned to Telford College of Arts and Technology to top up her beauty therapy qualifications

Successful businesswoman Sukhvinder Kaur has returned to Telford College of Arts and Technology to top up her beauty therapy qualifications.

Sukhvinder, from Priorslee, was last at TCAT in the year 2000 for a Diploma in Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Body Massage and Indian Head Massage, but returned to broaden her qualifications on a level two NVQ programme.

She said: “I worked with adults with learning disabilities for 18 years, and I then decided to go self-employed.

“For the past 16 years I have worked as a salon owner and salon manager, providing hands-on therapy in reiki, body massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, manicures and pedicures.

“My current role is to be well organised in the operation and financial management of the Diva Beauty Salon at the Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Telford, and to make sure that all staff are meeting our standards.”

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TCAT helps Jodie to follow her nursing dreams


Jodie Shaw with TCAT principal Jo Lomax at the college’s Celebration of Achievement ceremony

Jodie Shaw has spent more than a decade caring for her mother, who had a stroke when her daughter was just 10 years old.

The 21-year-old, from Woodside, watched how nurses looked after her mother when she had to be admitted to hospital – and said it inspired her to become an adult nurse.

The dream is on the way to becoming a reality, after Jodie completed a BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at Telford College of Arts and Technology, earning a place at Keele University.

It has not been an easy journey. Jodie initially failed to achieve the A Level grades required for higher education, and once she finally got a place at TCAT, she worked 30 hours a week at McDonald’s to support her through college.

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Supporters of the Save our Apprenticeships campaign meeting at the Houses of Parliament

Stratford-upon-Avon College has been fighting to nullify the impact of national proposed changes to apprenticeship funding at a national event held at the Houses of Parliament.

Stevie Edmund-Jones, Head of Employer Engagement at the College, attended FE Week’s launch of the Save our Apprenticeships Campaign on Wednesday 14 September. The event was held in response to the latest update on apprenticeship funding due to be implemented from April 2017.

Hosted by Shadow Minister for FE and HE Gordon Marsden and chaired by FE Week, the event panel was manned by Member of Parliament for Tottenham David Lammy MP, current Shadow Minister (Defence) Kate Hollern MP, and Minister of State for Education Robert Halfon. Mr Lammy has recently sent a letter with over 50 MP signatures to the government to protest these funding rate cuts.

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L-R: Kyla Horton, age 17, Sam Jones and Scott Adams from Exotic Zoo, Evaldas Slusnys, age 19.

Students came face to face with snakes, bugs and lizards as their classrooms were transformed into a tropical jungle for the day.

The art & design and photography students got their creative juices flowing when they were visited by Telford’s Exotic Zoo.

Around 85 budding artists and photographers were involved in drawing and capturing images of the creepy critters as part of projects based on a cabinet of curiosities and a children’s book of A-Z.

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Proactive Education’s (left to right) Samantha Fitzgerald, Jane Trevellick and Nick Brosnan

Stratford-upon-Avon College’s latest partnership is set to ensure outstanding employment opportunities as well as advice and guidance are available to all learners.

The College is now working in partnership with Proactive Education to secure rewarding work experience placements for all full-time students and collaborate with employers to source apprenticeship opportunities.

Samantha Fitzgerald, Jane Trevellick and Nick Brosnan and from Proactive Education are based in the College Job Pod three days a week.  They will run a drop-in service every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, offering future skills and employment advice to all learners and sharing the vital work-readiness skills sought after by employers.

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Alexander’s zen-inspired bench installed at college


Alexander and John (shaking hands) with other furniture crafts students

A new bench designed and built by a student at Royal Leamington Spa College has recently been installed in the college grounds.

Furniture crafts students from the college were challenged by Director of Estates, John Vickery, to come up with a design concept for the bench around the theme of ‘serenity’. The project gave the students the chance to work on a ‘real life’ design brief and come up with a model of their design before presenting their ideas.

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A ‘quality’ role for globe-trotting TCAT apprentice


Sean Yapp at Hoshizaki Europe Ltd in Telford

Less than two years ago, Shropshire teenager Sean Yapp was living and studying on the other side of the world.

Now he’s back in his home county, and looking forward to a great career with one of Telford’s big-name international businesses.

Sean, 18, from Randlay, moved out to Australia with his family shortly after completing his GCSEs at Abraham Darby School.

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