Henley College Coventry Success

Life Skills student, Sam Morris, performed in the Channel 4 drama series No Offence

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Life skills student, Sam Morris, performed in the Channel 4 crime drama series “No Offence.” Sam, 30, won a supporting role in Paul Abbott’s eight-part drama. The controversial cop show from the creators of Shameless is set in Manchester and follows a group of crime fighters hunting down a serial killer.

The budding actress became involved after the show’s adviser, Richard Hayhow, saw her on stage with Ego Performance Company in Coventry. She said: “It was a new experience to try and the highlight was meeting Will Mellor, who plays DC Spike Tanner. I couldn’t believe it.”

Hairdressing apprentice Dayle Savage won the Paul Todd Competition

Apprenticeship success

Henley College has the highest overall success rate for 16-18 year old apprenticeships of all the 28 West Midlands FE colleges. Hairdressing apprentice Dayle Savage won the annual Paul Todd Competition held at Henley College. She said: “I love doing my apprenticeship. I am a hands-on learner, and the apprenticeship has given me more confidence. I was very excited when I not only won the Level 3 Avant Garde category, but the overall award as well! I texted my boss as I was so shocked and the trophy is now on display in the front of the Retreat Hair Salon in Ball Hill, Coventry.

Principal Ray Goy receives the award from Beth Gardner, chief executive of Fair Train

Fair Train Award

With the advent of 16-18 “Study Programmes” employability skills have assumed even greater prominence in the curriculum. High quality work experience is invaluable in developing these skills. In recognition of its work in this area, Henley College received the silver award from “Fair Train” and Principal Ray Goy accepted it from Beth Gardner, chief executive of Fair Train.

James Turner chose a career in the Household Cavalry

Student success

James Turner joined Henley College from Foxford School. He started on a Level 2 Uniformed Services course and then progressed to Level 3 and has passed the first phase to go into the Household Cavalry Blues and Royals. “I decided to combine my love of horses with a career in the Household Cavalry,” said James. “Whilst at college James took part in its Enterprise and Employability Week and had a mock interview with a local employer. He said: “The tips I learnt from the mock interview taught me to speak up about what I am passionate about and be confident and make the most of my abilities. My tutors were always supportive and there for advice.”

Omar Sharif won a national award – Young Achiever of the Year

Young Achiever of the Year

Henley College’s Prince’s Trust learner Omar Sharif won a national award – Young Achiever of the Year – after turning his life around. His friend died from a knife crime and Omar realised his life of gang crime had to change. He moved to Coventry with his wife, and enrolled on a Prince’s Trust team at Henley College hoping it would open some doors – and it did!

Omar developed strong motivational skills, landed sessional work as a motivational coach and started getting fit. He now works at a youth charity and has qualified as a personal trainer.

Happy to be supporting his family and inspiring others, he one day hopes to launch his own fitness motivation business. Omar is also a Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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