College Launches New Football Scholarship with Local Club

College Launches New Football Scholarship with Local Club

L-R Mark Howard (Sport Development Manager at Walsall College), Rayna Crawford-Jones (Curriculum Manager for Sport at Walsall College), Stephen Cooke (Pelsall Villa FC First Team Coach), Robert Rochelle (Pelsall Villa FC Commercial Manager) and Darren Phillips (Pelsall Villa FC Chairman)

Walsall College has teamed up with Pelsall Villa Football Club to launch a new football scholarship for students starting in September 2017.

As part of the scholarship, students will study on a Sport programme at the ofsted outstanding college and work towards achieving a recognised qualification. Students can start on a Level 2 programme and progress all the way to HNC Level 4.

Alongside their course, students will train at Pelsall Villa’s football ground three times a week and play in the competitive Midland Junior floodlit league.

Curriculum Manager for Sport at Walsall College, Rayna Crawford-Jones said: “We are very excited about this new partnership as it is a further development of our Sport curriculum and increases the opportunities available to students in support of their career goals.”

Mark Howard, Sport Development manager at Walsall College commented: “This is a fantastic chance for skilled and talented footballers to play in a high standard of football and gain a recognised qualification.”

Pelsall Villa Co-Chairman, Mark Bentley, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for both parties to have an influence on the academic and sporting futures of the students within the local area. We are honoured to be partnering Walsall College in this exciting new venture.”

Trials are being held for anyone interested in applying for the scholarship on Thursday 29th June, between 4pm – 5pm at Pelsall Villa’s ground on Walsall Road.

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Students celebrate success at regional competitions

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UK SkillBuild – Joe Northall

A group of Shrewsbury College students have been successfully placed as the top talent in the region in a variety of Construction Trades.

Six students, studying either Bricklaying, Site Carpentry, Electrical Installation or Plumbing at Shrewsbury College, recently took part in the regional stage of the UK SkillBuild competition – with five students coming out top with three first places, a second place and a third place.

SkillBuild is the UK’s biggest and longest running competition looking for construction skill and talent that’s built to last. The competition, which has been running for over 45 years, sees the best in construction talent compete against each other to be crowned the SkillBuild winner in their chosen trade.

Joe Northall, aged 23 from Chirk, who has been an apprentice bricklayer at Shingler Homes for under a year, fought off the extremely talented individuals to win first place in the UK SkillBuild in Bricklaying. Joe said: “I’m really pleased to win the regional finals, I wasn’t expecting to win but this is a really great achievement and I’m grateful my work has been recognised.”

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A hairdressing tutor at City of Wolverhampton College is celebrating after gaining an internationally recognised industry qualification.

Zoe Feledziak, aged 28, a tutor at the college’s hair training academy in the city centre, has become a Wella Master Colour Expert after completing an intense professional training programme.

The indepth course – which Zoe completed over a two-year period, during which she also had a baby – covers all aspects of hair colouring including the science of hair, chemistry of colour, psychology and emotion of colouring, and legal considerations.

Zoe, who did her hairdressing apprenticeship training at the college in 2006 and has been a tutor there since 2013, said; “This programme is something I’ve wanted to do since I became a hairdresser and, as a tutor, it’s even more important to me as if I’m at the top of my game then my students will be too.

“I’ve enthused about what I’ve learnt on the course so much that some of my current students have said that they’d like to do the same qualification in a few years time, which is a great aspiration to have so early in their careers.”

Zoe’s success means that there are now three Wella Master Colour Experts working at the college’s training academy as salon manager Graham Thompson and hairdressing tutor Jo Fitzpatrick also have the acclaimed qualification.

As well as training the next generation of hairdressers Zoe and Graham are also stylists in the salon and appointments with them can be booked by calling the hair training academy on 01902 821321.

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National Barber Award for Shropshire Student

National Barber Award for Shropshire Student

Barber of the Year – (L-R Chris Foster, BBA Director; James Roberts and Lynda Whitehorn from VTCT)

A Shrewsbury College student scoops first place at National barbering competition.

James Roberts, 16 from Bridgnorth got through to the finals of The British Barbers’ Association, National Student Barber of the Year 2017 last month, after stiff competition from other students across the UK.

Following a photographic competition, which had over 380 entries from colleges and training providers throughout the UK, covering three categories: Hair Cut and Finish; Facial Hair Design; and Precision Hair Cut and Finish – the final competition was judged by top industry experts Gary Machin, Chris Foster and Erik Lander.

James, who studies Level 2 Barbering at Shrewsbury College, was then revealed to win first place in the area of Hair Cut and Finish at the competition.

He said: “When they didn’t call my name out for 2nd or 3rd I was very worried I hadn’t been placed especially as the people who I was up against were very talented. When they called my name for 1st I was very happy I had won.”

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Residential Provision at North Shropshire College Recognised as ‘Good’ by Ofsted

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Caradoc Halls of Residence at Walford Campus

Residential accommodation at the Walford Campus of North Shropshire College (NSC) has recently been inspected by Ofsted and has been awarded with a full grade two, ‘Good’ outcome.

Judgement areas included; overall experiences and progress of young people, how well young people are helped and protected and the effectiveness of leaders and managers. The college scored ‘good’ for all areas.

The report highlights many positive aspects, one quote is as follows, ‘A key strength of the service is the residential managers and staff team. Its members are passionate, driven and always influenced by the learner’s voice. They are excellent role models to learners, and their relationships positively influence the ethos and values of the residential provision.’

Sara Shelston is Assistant Principal for Quality and Student Services says, ‘We are very pleased with the outcome, the Ofsted report formalises the great experiences,  education and services our learners receive as well as validating all the hard work of the residential team and managers’.

Living on campus can be a huge life changing experience for some of the students. The residential team work hard to fully support students with all aspects of the College life whilst at Walford Campus. The report goes on to recognise, ‘Residential learners achieve good education outcomes, they are higher than for day learners. This is supported by the residential staff team that has high aspirations and expectations of them.’

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WHAT:  Students are erecting 400 metres of fencing around a horse enclosure at the Black Country Living Museum

WHEN:  Wednesday 28 June 9.45am – midday

WHERE:  Black Country Living Museum

CONTACT:  Tutor Lyndon on 07814 669709

Students from City of Wolverhampton College are digging in to create a huge animal enclosure at one of the region’s leading tourist attractions.

The group of 16 brickwork students have volunteered to erect more than 400 meters of fencing at the Black Country Living Museum as part of a paddock for horses.

Over the next four months the students will undertake a wide variety of jobs in the design and construction of the horse enclosure, including painting, staining and woodwork. Continue reading

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Francesca Wainwright

Talented students at City of Wolverhampton College have unveiled their finest works of art at their end of year show.

The exhibition, showcasing a range of work from Art, Design and photography courses is now on at Wolverhampton Art Gallery until July 2.

The show features a selection of art work, including fine art, textiles, fashion, graphic design, 3D sculpture and a range of photography by both full and part-time students.

At a private viewing on Wednesday night, Art and Design student Francesca Wainwright was named Student of the Year for her dedication and willingness to try new techniques.

The 28-year-old, who is now moving on to study textiles at Birmingham City University, said: “I came to the college with just GCSEs and it’s great that people have seen something in me and given me the confidence to continue. I now have a direction in life – I know it’s a cliché but the course has been life changing.”

Curriculum Manager Michael Dixon said: “We are absolutely delighted to have our exhibition at the art gallery. We have never had an exhibition here before and we hope it’s the first of many.

“This is our first year of delivering University of the Arts London courses and it’s been a tremendous success. UAL is very well recognised within the arts sector and these students have a superb name to put down on their CVs.”

Events Manager Mark Blackstock said: “This gallery is owned for the people of Wolverhampton so I am really pleased these young people have had the opportunity to exhibit here. I’m sure all these talented students have fantastic careers ahead of them.”

Anyone interested in enrolling onto a creative course in September can find out more by calling the college on 01902 836000.

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