WCG awarded The Planet Mark™ for third year as college group cuts annual carbon footprint by 4%

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WCG staff, students and the Planet Mark team

Planet Mark-certified Warwickshire College Group (WCG) sets up ‘green team’ as major education provider reports further cut in annual carbon footprint.

Planet Mark-certified Warwickshire College Group (WCG) sets up ‘green team’ as major education provider reports further cut in annual carbon footprint.

WCG, one of the largest further and higher education providers in the Midlands, has been awarded The Planet Mark™ in recognition of its commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability. The college group reported a  3.7% cut in its total carbon footprint in the year ending July 2016. The certification marks the third consecutive year WCG has retained The Planet Mark™; over that period the college group has managed to slash its carbon footprint by 25%.

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Former Sport Student “tackles” new challenges as College’s Personal Tutor

former-sport-student-tackles-new-challenges-as-colleges-personal-tutorFormer student, Joe Frampton, returns to Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW College) as a Personal Tutor.

Joe successfully completed his BTEC Extended Diploma in Coaching and Development and left HoW College in 2011. Progressing on to university, to study a Sports Development and Coaching BA (Hons) Degree, he has made it full circle securing a full-time job as a Personal Tutor in Sport and Engineering.

Talking about his time at the College, Joe said:

“I didn’t have outstanding results at school but my motivation to study and be successful really kicked in at college, mainly due to the staff. At HoW College students are given the tools to study independently with choices of when and what they want to study. The students gain transferrable skills which they will use throughout their lives and I would thoroughly recommend studying here to anyone.” Continue reading

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TV CHEF DAMIAN WAWRZYNIAK TO BRING NATIONAL FOOD TOUR TO SHREWSBURY COLLEGE

tv-chef-damian-wawrzyniak-to-bring-national-food-tour-to-shrewsbury-college1TV chef and ambassador for Polish cuisine in Great Britain, Damian Wawrzyniak will bring his Polish Feast – as served up in Jamie Oliver’s FIFTEEN – to Shrewsbury next month. The chef, who is making waves with his unique culinary style and passion for Polish food, will be cooking at Origins Restaurant at Shrewsbury College on 12 March.

It will be the second in a series of seven dates across the UK following the first stop at The Belle in Bassingbourn on 25th Feb and will bring family style dishes and delicious Polish treats to diners across the country.

Brimming with flavour and fusing old traditions with modern tastes, the Polish Feast will sweep from north to south, east to west after its Bassingbourn debut, with Chef Wawrzyniak and a bounty of dishes blazing a trail for Polish cuisine – diners can expect rustic sharing platters, to be enjoyed family style, with starters, entrees, deserts and of course, vodka.

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Leading photographer launches WCG lecture series

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Renowned British photographer Martin Parr will be delivering the WCG inaugural lecture at Royal Leamington Spa College on Monday 13 March.

This lecture, entitled ‘Photobiography’, is the first of a WCG lecture series to enhance WCG’s higher education provision, presenting the opportunity for scholarly activity and to promote engagement with the community.

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GEN-UP ON EARNING AND LEARNING AT COLLEGE OPEN EVENING

Young people due to leave school in the summer can find out how to get paid while they learn at an open evening at City of Wolverhampton College next month.  

The college’s three main campuses – Paget Road in Compton, Wellington Road in Bilston and Metro One in the city centre – will be open on Wednesday 8 March, 4pm-7pm, for people to get information on combining earning and learning on an apprenticeship scheme as well as details of full-time courses starting in September. Continue reading

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Pershore College launches agri-tech revolution with LEP funding

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L-R, Professor Roy Kennedy, agri-tech programme lead at Pershore College, Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire LEP and Sharon Bell, Pershore College Director

Pershore College will be leading the way in agri-tech with the support of £500,000 from Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Agri-tech is the use of technology in agriculture and horticulture with the aim of improving yield, efficiency and profitability. The £500,000 investment from Worcestershire LEP, through the Government’s Growth Deal, enables WCG to launch a groundbreaking initiative with an Agri-tech STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) centre based at Pershore College.

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Student theatre production is a family affair

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L-R Jamie-Jodie Shanks, Adele Clarke, Megan Davies, Mirie-Marie Shanks, Nikita-Nina Shanks & Lorie-Lanie Shanks

Rugby College performing arts students – including four sisters – are staging a production of family drama The House of Bernarda Alba this March.

The play is the first production by Spitfire Youth Theatre. The company is made up of foundation degree performing arts students at the college including sisters Jamie-Jodie, Lorie-Lanie, Mirie-Marie and Nikita-Nina Shanks, as well as Megan Davies and Adele Clarke. Guest performers Evita Butkute and Leonie Maguire who are on the Level 3 Performing Arts course at the college, complete the cast.

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