Every learner makes their own special journey

Every learner makes their own special journey

L-R Rosemarie Sellers, Rowena Bennett and Chloe Bird

Success cannot always be measured by the results at the end of a course, that often is an accumulation of a series of events during the learner’s journey. Obstacles and challenge have to be overcome; fears have to be faced and motivation by coaches and tutors keep the learner on track to reach their destination.


None more so than for young North Shropshire College (NSC) Apprentice, Rowena Bennett, now in her second year within the employability and community education department. Rowena began her journey some three years ago as a student on the Resilience Programme where personal development played a fundamental part in building the confidence of learners. During this time, Rowena also undertook valuable work experience within the Marketing Department at the College. She recalls, ‘I really enjoyed the placement at NSC and I then moved to an internship at Severnside Housing.’


Following on from the internship, Rowena wanted to gain employment as an apprentice or in a junior role. Despite physical challenges and disappointments after unsuccessful job interviews, owing to Rowena not having the necessary experience, she seized the opportunity to apply for an apprenticeship in business administration within the College and has never looked back.  Continue reading

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North Shropshire College leads the way with construction scheme

North Shropshire College leads the way with construction scheme

CSCS Students Leslie Howell and Michelle Brydie, with Rosmarie Sellers Community Education Tutor at NSC.

In line with Philip Hammond’s budget statement recently, as well as the Government’s commitment to the construction industry, North Shropshire College (NSC) has been leading the way in providing those who are unemployed with job opportunities through the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) which is delivered in conjunction with Wem, Shrewsbury and Oswestry Job Centres.


A CSCS card is essential in the Construction industry, as heavy fines can be incurred if personnel are employed without one, but the overall cost of the card can be a huge barrier for those with little income or savings.  By attending a two week intensive employability programme, those who are referred by their local Job Centre will be able to study at NSC’s Oswestry Campus and Wem Learning Centre, undertaking a refresher in several key employability skills as job seeking and interview skills. In addition to these valuable skills, attendees will also be able to take mock tests to put their learning into practice prior to taking the final CSCS test. A CSCS card gained through the scheme will remain valid for five years.


NSC has provided the expertise that has helped hundreds of candidates to successfully complete the programme over the past few years, and many of them have gone on to join a workforce that is involved in a diverse range of building projects throughout the county including the construction of the Newtown Bypass and other housing developments throughout Shropshire. Continue reading

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Hereward College adds two more national businesses to its supported internship programme

Hereward College in Coventry has partnered with the Holiday Inn Kenilworth and Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) who will offer year-long work placements to enable young people with disabilities to gain experience in the world of work.

As a college for young people with disabilities and additional needs, Hereward provides its learners with a varied curriculum that focuses on skills for independent living and employment.

The two companies will be offering supported internships across a range of areas within their organisations with a view to enabling young people to gain meaningful work experience and employment.

David Myskow, General Manager at Holiday Inn said:

“We’ve been working with Hereward College for many years offering work experience opportunities for the students and are delighted to take this to the next level through supported internships.

“There are a number of areas of work at Holiday Inn where we have skills gaps, and I firmly believe in tailoring roles to suit individuals – with the ultimate aim of offering permanent positions.” Continue reading

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Walsall College students put on a festive show

Walsall College students put on a festive showLevel 2 and 3 Acting students performed a series of Christmas songs by Slade, Wham, Band Aid, Mariah Carey, Michael Buble and Wizzard.

Dance students at Level 3 choreographed a routine to the music from 2004 fantasy drama, Polar Express, and performed another dance to a fitness inspired 80s mix.

Students attended workshop sessions for six weeks prior to the event to rehearse for their songs and routines, and to ensure their performances were to a high standard.  Christine Taylor, Curriculum Manager for Performance Arts at Walsall College, said: “The students gave a brilliant performance and their hard work really paid off.

“Giving students the opportunity to prepare and rehearse for a public performance gives them an insight into what a career as a performer is like. It enables them to use their creativity to a set brief and to hone their skills and confidence.

As a college, we utilise opportunities to tie work experience with good causes. Not only was this Christmas party a good way for students to develop their skills, but to also give back to their community by providing entertainment to cancer patients and their families, and to give them something special this Christmas.

“The feedback from Walsall Healthcare’s cancer patients have been very positive and we are all very proud of the professionalism our students have shown.”

Walsall College offer a BTEC First Diploma in Performing Arts and a Level 3 Diploma in Dance and Acting. To find out more, take a look at our V6 Couse Guide, which can be picked up from either of the college’s campuses or downloaded online.

For more information about enrolling on a course at Walsall College, please call 01922 657000.

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Walsall College’s volunteering programme has a brand makeover

Walsall College_s volunteering programme has a brand makeover

David Parkins with his logo design

Previously named ‘The Extra Mile’, Walsall College’s volunteering programme was re-branded to further promote voluntary work opportunities both within and outside the college.  The programme’s new name ‘Give and Take’ was initiated by Gail Houghton, Student Engagement Co-Ordinator at Walsall College.

Gail and Helen Griffiths, the college’s Student Engagement Officer, asked Graphic Design tutors to advertise the brand design opportunity to their students. More than 10 students volunteered their time to design a logo for the programme to a tight two-week timescale.

David Parkins, a Level 5 HND Top-Up degree in Graphic Design, met the deadline and presented a design that fitted the brief closely.  He said: “I felt I should take the volunteering opportunity, as a way of doing more in my spare time to develop my portfolio through developmental projects such as Walsall College’s volunteering re-brand.

I felt a project like this was a good way to give back to my community, whilst reaping the employability-related benefits of the experience, which is what Give and Take is all about.”

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England Head Coach delighted as Walsall College receives free Futsal starter pack

Walsall College, are all geared up to start playing Futsal after receiving a free starter pack – news that has delighted Michael Skubala, England Futsal Head Coach.

The pack contains a set of Futsal goals, balls, disc`s and bibs, which will help the College deliver Futsal sessions for students, staff and members of the community.

The starter packs are designed to adapt existing sports halls, playgrounds and other hard surface facilities to make them Futsal-ready. The packs came courtesy of a £300,000 Futsal scheme, which is funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation.

Futsal is a five-a-side game, normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey-sized goals and a size four ball with a reduced bounce. The exciting, fast-paced game is played across the world and is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA.

Regarded as an important and growing game, it is hoped that the provision of equipment and courses will lead to the development of more Futsal players, leagues, competitions and facilities across the country.

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Warwickshire College student honoured at British Woodworking Federation Awards

Warwickshire College student honoured at British Woodworking Federation Awards

Matt Brown with his award.

An up-and-coming talent of the UK’s woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry has won ‘Trainee of the Year’ at the prestigious British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards.

Matt Brown, 35 years old, Royal Leamington Spa College (WCG Group), was recognised for his outstanding achievements, commitment and personal development, beating two other hopefuls shortlisted in the category.

The BWF Awards honour the UK’s very best businesses and individuals within the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry; an industry worth £3.8 billion to the UK economy.

Jamie Ward, Curriculum Leader Furniture Crafts at Royal Leamington Spa College, said: “Matt has now completed his City of Guilds Level 1 and 2 Furniture Making and Wood Machining. During the last two years he has consistently pushed himself and stretched his skills, to become the fine craftsman that he is today.”

Furniture Crafts at Royal Leamington Spa College offers City and Guilds Furniture making and wood machining qualifications Level 1,2 and 3. Skills covered include, hand woodworking skills such as cutting joints by hand or planing, dovetailing, veneering, finishing, laminating, designing and technical drawing. During the courses, the students make various items including a wall cabinet with dovetailed drawers, a mirror frame and a live project, for example a bench. Continue reading

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