HoW College students put their best foot forward

HoW College students put their best foot forwardPerforming Arts students from Heart of Worcestershire College put their best foot forward last week as they learnt some fancy footwork with 2Faced Dance Company.

Taking place at Artrix, Bromsgrove, the students, who are all currently studying performing arts at the College, attended a workshop run by the local dance company which saw them work on various routines including repetition work.

Speaking about the workshop Charlotte Jones, Performing Arts, Level 3 student, said:

“We’ve really enjoyed the workshop with 2Faced Dance. It’s been good to work on something different to normal and to understand the fitness and strength levels that are needed for this type of dance.”

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Coventry councillors take part in ‘wheelchair experience’ at Hereward College

Coventry councillors take part in ‘wheelchair experience’ at Hereward College1

Sheila Fleming (Principal) with student Jodie Mander and Councillor Richard Male

Local councillors joined Hereward students yesterday (Monday) to take part in a ‘wheelchair experience’ to get a taste of some of the frustrations and issues faced by young people with disabilities.

The students discussed some of the key areas which affect them and took Councillors Patricia Seamen, Pete Male and Richard Brown on a challenging tour around the grounds of the Tile Hill based college visiting all areas including the sports hall, therapies department, classrooms and residential accommodation.

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L-R: Dayna Donnelly (Learning Mentor); Councillor Richard Brown, Jordan Burns (sitting), Louise Evans, Joshua Grant, Jessica Wragg, Councillor Richard Male (sitting), Jade Green, Councillor Patricia Seamen, Jodie Mander (sitting), Nicholas Brennan, Sheila Fleming (Principal)

Sheila Fleming, Principal at Hereward College says:

“It is has been a fantastic opportunity for the councillors to find out more about the lives of the young people at Hereward and what we do to prepare them for the next stage of their lives.

They gained a real insight into a whole range of challenges our young people face on a daily basis in order to get the education and equality they deserve.”

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Local florist Claire named best in the UK at The Skills Show

Floristry Gold Medal

Claire with Dennis van Wonderen, British Florist Association Shows and Events Director, who presented her with the gold medal

A student from Moreton Morrell College has won Gold in the WorldSkills UK Skills Competition Finals at The Skills Show.

Claire Hammond, from Claverdon won the accolade after beating off stiff competition from all over the UK over three days of competition at The Skills Show, which took place from 19 to 21 November 2015 at the NEC Birmingham.

Claire secured a place in the WorldSkills UK Skills Competition Finals after coming first in the regional floristry heats which took place earlier this year – she was joined by fellow student Emily Deacon in the finals.

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Highly Rated College to Hold Open Day for Degree Courses

Walsall College, which was recently rated as 4th in the UK for Student Satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey, is inviting prospective students to come and find out about its affordable university level courses at its HI:ED Open Day on Thursday 3rd December 2015, from 4pm – 7pm.

Boasting a HI:ED achievement rate of 97% and a commendation from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education, the equivalent of Ofsted, Walsall College offers a range of HNC and HND courses in subjects ranging from Engineering to Hospitality Management, but since last September students have also been able to progress onto full honours degree courses.
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City of Wolverhampton College swept the board at an industry awards ceremony last night, with its marketing department scooping four awards including being named as team of the year.

The team picked up the accolades at the College Marketing Network’s annual FE First Awards, achieving gold in the Marketing Team of the Year category and receiving three silver awards for its PR campaign, communications campaign, and digital and social media campaign entries.
The team of five, headed up by marketing manager Emma Evans, is responsible for promoting the college through a wide range of activities, including advertising on buses, trams and billboards, engaging with current and potential students through social platforms such Facebook and Twitter, publicising student achievements, organising open days and keeping the website and course materials up-to-date.

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NSC Business Training at The Cannery

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Lucy Bowen, Apprenticeships Manager

North Shropshire College is expanding the number of apprenticeships available to local businesses. NSC provides training to apprentices at over 400 employers in Shropshire and beyond, small employers can claim £1500 for taking on and training an apprentice but time is limited at the grant is only available until December 2015. The team of assessors cover a wide geographical area and range of apprenticeship sectors. The team is now working out of a new centre at the Walford Campus of the College.

The Cannery is a fantastic building that was converted recently. It provides the team with a base for administrative work. They are also able to use the centre to hold specialist sessions for maths and English as well as legislative training. The Cannery is fully equipped with interactive white board, computers, and offices for discreet one to one meetings with learners.

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Lucy Bowen, Apprenticeships Manager

Lucy Bowen, Apprenticeships Manager commented, ‘We are really pleased to have the whole team under one roof at The Cannery. It is essential for us to meet regularly, share best practise, have training sessions and focus on meeting our strategic priorities.’

There is an Apprenticeships Open Evening taking place on Monday 30th November 4pm-8pm at both the Oswestry and the Walford Campus. If anyone is interested in starting an apprenticeship or if you are an employer and would like to find out more about taking on an apprentice, come along and find out more. There is no need to pre-book, just come along anytime between 4 and 8.

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Local business sponsors student photography exhibition

Local business sponsors student photography exhibition3Following the success of last year’s show, Visual Communication and Photography students at Royal Leamington Spa College are again showcasing their talents at an exhibition that seeks to demonstrate the vitality of the art form and promote interest in photography at the college.

The show, entitled “Warwickshire” gives students the chance to showcase their work and also be in the running for prizes donated by show sponsor, Cewe. The launch night is on Wednesday 9 December from 5pm.

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