Walsall College launches new adult courses

Walsall College offers courses to help adults get back into workFrom part-time programmes to distance learning and continuous professional development courses, Walsall College have even more courses that adult learners can fit around family and work commitments.

Courses are available in a range of subjects including, Bookkeeping, Film and Video Production Engineering, Motor vehicle and Children & Young People.

For those looking to start a career in bookkeeping, Walsall College offers an AAT Level 1 Access Award in Bookkeeping. Students can then progress onto an ATT Level Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping, which can be completed either online or on campus.

Walsall College are also offering introductory courses in film and video production, TIG Welding and MIG Welding.  New evening courses in vehicle safety have been added to the Motor vehicle course list, including Level 2 MOT Testing Award, Level 3 MOT Test Centre Management, and Basic Car Maintenance for Females.

There are also new distance learning courses for those who would like to work with children and young people, which can be completed online free of charge. These include NCFE Level 2 certificate courses in Managing Behaviour that Challenges, Children and Young People, Mental Health, and Dyslexia and Other Specific Learning Difficulties.  Continue reading

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North Shropshire College presents cheque to local charity

North Shropshire College presents cheque to local charity

NSC Christmas team organisers; Vicky Brayne, Beverly Parry, Corrina Cadman, Tony Evans and Sarah Easthope presenting a cheque to Bryony Pickering from CHALK CIC

North Shropshire College (NSC) recently made a donation to the not for profit social enterprise CHALK CIC, funded by proceeds from their staff Christmas Meal. A dedicated team of organisers put together a Christmas Raffle, and a Quiz was organised by Tony Evans, Receptionist and Invigilator at the College.


CHALK, based in Leg Street, Oswestry, stocks re-upholstered and upcycled furniture as well as collectables, textiles, and gifts, and relies on a network of dedicated volunteers to run social projects to help tackle isolation and poverty. The organisation also works in partnership with the printing, coatings and finishing’s company Liquid Paint Factory, as well as the Hermon Chapel Arts Centre based on Chapel Street in Oswestry.  The final total donated from both of the College events was £220.


Vicky Brayne, Quality Officer at NSC (pictured left) commented, “We are delighted to be supporting such a great cause. It is great to give something back to the community which has shown great support for the College, and we hope that our donation will help Chalk to continue with its fabulous work in the town and surrounding areas, supporting those less fortunate over the festive period. ”


For more information about events at NSC, as well as our new Part-Time prospectus for courses January – March 2018, please visit www.nsc.ac.uk or call 01691 688000.

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College assessor shortlisted for prestigious sector award

Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG) are celebrating the success of Assessor, Colin Alaimo, who has been announced as a finalist in the prestigious TES FE Awards, in the ‘Assessor of the Year’ category.

TES, formerly known as the Times Educational Supplement, is a leading world-wide teaching publication which was launched in the UK over 100 years ago.  The annual TES FE Awards celebrate and reward the dedication and expertise of the people and teams who continue to make a significant contribution to improving the skill levels of young people and adult learners.

Responsible for supporting engineering apprentices in the workplace and in their off the job training, Colin was recognised as a finalist in the ‘Assessor of the Year’ category after being nominated for his outstanding contribution and excellent student achievement rates.

Jane Tunnicliff, Group Head of Employer Engagement and Training, who nominated Colin for the award, said: “Staff, employers and apprentices all speak highly of Colin who is an outstanding assessor and a fantastic ambassador for the College.  His dedication and enthusiasm shows in the success of his apprentices, who have gained 100% achievement for the last two academic years.”  Continue reading

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North Shropshire College train teachers for Further Education

North Shropshire College (NSC) is offering an introductory course to anyone who would like to work and teach in the post 16 education sector. The BTEC Level 3 Award in Education and Training is a fantastic stepping stone into teaching for those who have no previous teaching experience, as well as those who are already working in the education sector who would like to gain an officially recognised qualification. The course replaces the former Preparation for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector Award (PTLLS).


Jill Cawthray, Senior Tutor and Course Leader at NSC comments, ‘The BTEC Certificate allows students to explore and gain the necessary skills for teaching in a supportive environment. Students who have previously completed the course come from a variety of backgrounds including Dancing Instructors, vocational assessors and those who are thinking of teaching in the future. Past learners have particularly enjoyed the practical elements including the micro-teach activity and have all learnt collaboratively by sharing ideas and experiences. If you already have a vocational skill in any subject area for example Motor Mechanics and would like to get into teaching, this course would be a fantastic place to start’.


The course is due to start on the 9th January at the Oswestry Campus and will run consecutively on Tuesday Evenings, 6pm-9pm for 12 weeks. For more information on the BTEC Level 3 Award in Education and Training or to apply for the course starting in January, please visit the website at www.nsc.ac.uk or call reception on 01691 688000.


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North Shropshire College students enjoy Arla visit

North Shropshire College students enjoy Arla visit

Tammy Huxley talking to maths and English students about Arla Foods during their assessment activity at NSC

North Shropshire College (NSC) maths and English students recently enjoyed a visit from local dairy products manufacturer Arla Foods, who successfully demonstrated the importance of maths and English skills in the workplace. The company, which produces well-known brands such as Skyr and Anchor, has a large packing facility based not far from the College on the Maesbury Road Industrial Estate in Oswestry.


Tammy Huxley, Training and Development Manager at Arla Foods Oswestry, gave presentations to the students which taught them more about Arla and how the company operates, including the importance placed on English and maths skills at the company. As part of the workshops, the students were given a mock assessment task. They had the challenge of building a tower out of Marshmallows and Spaghetti, utilising their maths and English skills to work as a team and find the cheapest way of building their towers.


Jo White, Business Development Manager at NSC, organised the visit as part of the College’s commitment to business and employer engagement and comments, “It was great to have been able to take the opportunity to invite Tammy to the College. The sessions were thoroughly enjoyed and engaged with by the students who were able to see how important maths and English skills are, not only in employment but in everyday life as well. I would like to thank Tammy for visiting us, and hope that we can provide further opportunities like this for our students in the future.”

For more information about maths and English courses, as well as our range of Full and Part-Time courses starting in 2018, please visit our website at www.nsc.ac.uk or call our Admissions Team on 01691 688080.


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Award success for City of Wolverhampton College Apprentice

A former apprentice at City of Wolverhampton College is celebrating after winning a Black Country Chamber of Commerce Award.

Libbie Doyle, aged 25, who now works as a creative learning assistant at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, won the award for Young Person or Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by intu, Merry Hill, at a ceremony last month.

As part of her apprenticeship, Libbie combined working for the theatre with studying for a Level 2 diploma in creative arts and was assessed in the workplace by a member of college staff every fortnight throughout her training.

Libbie, from Wombourne, who was offered a job at the theatre after completing her qualification, said: “I chose an apprenticeship as I wanted to learn on-the-job rather than in a classroom and I was able to study modules that would be most beneficial to me in my role, such as office administration and the safeguarding of young people.

“To be put forward for the Black Country Chamber Award was a one-in-a-million chance and to win felt amazing as there are so many hardworking young people out there.” Continue reading

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North Shropshire College students experience festive fun in London

North Shropshire College students experience festive fun in London

NSC Students and Staff at the Warner Bros Studio Tours, The Making of Harry Potter.

North Shropshire College (NSC) recently took students from the Academic and Professional Studies Department on an educational visit to London. The trip, which was available to many areas including Science, Business and Art students, included visits to the world renowned Natural History Museum and also the Science Museum. The students had the opportunity to begin their Christmas shopping in the famous Oxford and Regent Streets of Central London, and even visited Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park and the Christmas Markets on Leicester Square.


As a festive end of the trip to London and to the winter term, the students were delighted to be taken to the Warner Bro’s Studio Tour, The Making of Harry Potter in Watford. This was a highlight of the trip for the majority of the students and also the staff who were lucky enough to attend the trip.


Shôn Prebble, Programme Leader for Creative, Digital and Science Studies at the College, and also lead for the London trip comments, “The students have been preparing for the trip since they started in September and we are so pleased they thoroughly enjoyed the educational and fun experience. The Harry Potter tour was fantastic and there were many fans on the trip including myself so this was a real treat and great way to finish the term.”


Dannie Smart, Level 3 Applied Science student at NSC who came on the trip adds, “Seeing the sights of London, the Natural History Museum and especially Harry Potter was incredible. It is fantastic that going to College gives students the opportunities to visit places they may not go to otherwise. I really enjoy studying at NSC and this has been a highlight of my time here.”


For more information on courses at NSC, or to apply for September 2018, please visit the website at www.nsc.ac.uk or call admissions on 01691 688080.

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