Entry Level and Health and Social Care students take a break from serving their hungry customers to pose alongside College staff

Students from diverse curriculum groups at Stratford-upon-Avon College have collaborated to put their event organisation skills to the test by hosting a fund-raising coffee morning.

Entry Level Groups from Foundation Learning worked alongside Health and Social Care students to organise, promote and run a Macmillan Coffee Morning, inviting staff and students from across the College to purchase a selection of delicious cakes, biscuits, tea and coffee. At the end of a hard afternoon’s work, the students were thrilled to discover they had raised £125.07 for the charity.

An event such as this is hugely beneficial not only to the charity concerned, but also  to learners’ development because it helps students gain employability skills and social skills for life.

Commenting on the success of the morning, Level 3 Health and Social Care student Shauna Jones, 16 from Alcester said “We’ve been concentrating on the presentation of the event, making sure the cakes are perfectly laid out so our customers want to buy as many as possible! Working with the Entry Level students has been great. By helping some of the students with lower ability levels, I’ve gained extra experience as part of my own learning so we’re all benefiting.”

Foundation Learning lecturer Teena Appleby said “We’re so pleased with how hard the students are working and how well the two classes of learners have rallied together. They’re very excited about the event. We’ve been looking at how to market and promote events, buying resources as well as how to deliver effective customer care. An event like this is really good to help prepare students to communicate with potential employers and deal with members of the public.”

For more information on any of Stratford-upon-Avon College’s courses, please visit or call the College on 01789 266245.

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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