NSC Walford students return from New Zealand

NSC Students getting a practical quad bike lesson

NSC Students getting a practical quad bike lesson

Eleven agricultural students and two staff members from North Shropshire College’s (NSC) Walford Campus have recently returned from a study tour in New Zealand, the students were hosted by the Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre and were given an insight into agriculture in New Zealand.

The visit lasted two weeks and included lessons and cultural visits, there was a focus on developing practical skills such as quad bike driving, using chainsaws, fencing and butchery. The students put the new skills into use on farms under the supervision of staff from Taratahi and experienced farmers, they mainly worked on sheep farms being that New Zealand has a record breaking sheep to person ratio and lamb is one of New Zealand’s main exports.

The students on the quayside in Napier. Left to Right: Tom Bouston, James Smith, Adam Young, Lizzie Swancott, James Ruell, Will Nixon, Sophie Lewis, Charles Wainwright and Richard Westwood.

The students on the quayside in Napier. Left to Right: Tom Bouston, James Smith, Adam Young, Lizzie Swancott, James Ruell, Will Nixon, Sophie Lewis, Charles Wainwright and Richard Westwood.

The group were accommodated at Taratahi College’s Masterton Campus in Waiarapa Taratahi. The Taratahi Agricultural College owns or manages on behalf of partners over 50,000 sheep, cattle and deer as well as over 2,500 dairy cows. The College was set up in 1919 to train servicemen returning from the First World War, and used again to train returning servicemen. In 1951, the Trustees decided to carry out extensive improvements and enlarged the activities of the farm to provide training for young people between the ages of 16 – 20 years. For a long time it was known as the Wairarapa Cadet Training Farm and changed its name in the early 1980s to Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre.

A lot of work was done with New Zealand’s famous export, the sheep

A lot of work was done with New Zealand’s famous export, the sheep

One of the accompanying members of NSC staff, Chloe Bird commented, ‘We had an amazing time in New Zealand; we visited many dairy and stock farms and stayed on an isolated sheep station on the edge of the coast. The white water rafting along the Mohaka River was one of the highlights of the trip, giving the students the opportunity to see amazing tranquil scenery. We travelled over some of the most amazing (and hair raising) places. We travelled from Rimutaka Range to the capital city of Wellington and saw the geothermal activity around Lake Taupo and Rotarua with its bubbling, steaming sulphur holes in the middle of town, it was a fantastic experience!’

NSC student, Charles Wainright, surveying the very impressive scenery

NSC student, Charles Wainright, surveying the very impressive scenery

There is still time to apply for qualifications in Agriculture! For more information, please call the College Admissions Department on 01691 688080 or email admissions@nsc.ac.uk, you can also apply online at www.nsc.ac.uk.

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Students steer their way to success

Jamie, Jonathan & Ed

Jamie, Jonathan & Ed

Congratulations to Heart of Worcestershire College’s Level 3 Motorcycle students, Jamie Brewer and Jonathan Chadwick, who have both secured full time jobs with Ed Cosker Superbikes Ltd as motorcycle technicians.

Looking for a change of gear the Herefordshire based company approached the College to recruit an enthusiastic student looking for their first steps into the motorcycle industry.

Students steer their way to success 2Initially looking to recruit one applicant, the company were impressed by both students at interview and decided take them both under their wing(mirror).

Speaking about the students Company Director, Ed Cosker, said:

“Although they have only recently started, Jonathan and Jamie have both proved to be passionate and capable technicians who learn quickly and are open to new ideas. Ed Cosker Superbikes Ltd would not hesitate in recommending Heart of Worcester College as a great source for recruitment for the motorcycle industry.”

Jamie commented:

“I really enjoy my role within the company. I get to work with top of the range motorcycles and the latest technology.”

Students steer their way to success 3Jonathan added:

“I look forward to the opportunities within the main dealership and becoming a valuable member of the team with MV Agusta training.”

We recommend they get their helmets ready because they appear to be speeding into a successful future.

For more information about our Motorcycle courses please visit www.howcollege.ac.uk

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HoW College gives leaners ‘access’ to a bright future

HoW College gives leaners ‘access’ to a bright future  6Students at the Heart of Worcestershire College are celebrating today after successfully completing their Access to HE courses.

The students, who have all been studying the yearlong course, marked the occasion with a special certificate presentation recognising their hard-work and dedication. This year has also seen the College’s pass rate reach 84%, 15% above the national average.

HoW College gives leaners ‘access’ to a bright future 1Speaking about the student’s success Andy Price, Curriculum Manager, said:

“Congratulations to both the students and the staff. I am sure some of you thought that this would be an easy qualification but have instead found it challenging, especially alongside work and family commitments. However, despite this, you have seized the opportunity to embark on a new career, one which you are committed to and which will be extremely rewarding.”

HoW College gives leaners ‘access’ to a bright future 2 HoW College gives leaners ‘access’ to a bright future 3Whether you’re 19 or 55 and whatever your level of ability our Access to HE courses provide learners with the academic knowledge and study skills needed to succeed in Higher Education environment. Learners can choose to specialise in Health Studies, Science, Humanities/Social Science or Social Science and starting this September the Science diploma will also contain many aspects of Forensic Science; a must for any budding CSI fans.

There are still places available for courses starting in September with interviews taking place in August. For more information about Access to HE at HoW College please visit www.howcollege.ac.uk

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New skills programme for stylists is a success

A new training programme designed to support skills development in the hairdressing industry is receiving the thumbs up from industry professionals.

The Certificate in Advancement of Hairdressing and Professional Salon Skills has been developed by City of Wolverhampton College, in conjunction with hairdressing employers, to help new stylists learn skills that are required within the workplace.

The college has just run its second twelve week programme, with all 10 delegates, who are former apprenticeship graduates, passing with flying colours – three with distinctions. The programme received outstanding feedback from both delegates and their employers, with an average satisfaction rating of 9.7 out of 10.

Delegates attended the college’s Hair Academy at Telford one day per week for 12 weeks, to be trained by hairdressing professionals from prestigious salons such as Zaks in Wolverhampton, Chapters in Bromsgrove and ND Hair in Tettenhall.

Inspirational training techniques, adopted throughout the course, ensured that delegates gained current industry skills and knowledge to develop their commercial skills and perform highly in their roles as stylists.

Susan Edwards, from Hair by Martin Paul, said “Jake and Laura have had the most amazing 12 weeks learning new skills and techniques, and have come back to the salon with so much enthusiasm and passed on their knowledge to fellow stylists and juniors. This has been one of the best courses that I have ever sent my staff on!”

Tracey Gillespie, from Honeycomb Hair & Beauty, said “I am very impressed by Mandy’s increased confidence and progress. In salon, she has experimented more and created good work. I think this course was just what she needed to progress.”

Sue Cole, who manages work based learning in Hairdressing at the college, said: I am absolutely thrilled at how well the course has gone and how the students have increased both their hairdressing and business skills. Some of the course members even commented that they were “gutted the course had finished”!

“This programme is a great example of how the hairdressing industry can benefit from innovative partnership working between hairdressing employers and the college.

“Employers are delighted with the incredibly positive impact on both the delegates themselves and the salon as a whole.”

Places are still available on the next course, which commences in September. For more information and to book a place call John Langham or Sue Cole on 01902 837122.

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College celebrates its fairtrade status

College celebrates its fairtrade statusStaff and students at City of Wolverhampton are celebrating after the college achieved Fairtrade status for its commitment to helping farmers in poorer countries get a better deal.

The college has been awarded Fairtrade Status in recognition of the wide range of products used and sold across the campuses.

In awarding the status, Fairtrade officers praised the college’s “brilliant work” over the last few years in increasing Fairtrade sales and hosting regular campaigns.

The college has introduced Fairtrade food into all of its canteens, shops and café areas and organised a number of events including a talk by Palestinian olive farmer Mohammad Rsheid, an active member of the Palestine Fair Trade Association.

Student Projects Officer Lucy Bennett said: “Over the last few years we have worked hard to integrate Fairtrade into all areas of college life and we are delighted to achieve this accolade.”

In order for a college to gain fair-trade status it must meet five goals, including making sure Fairtrade products are available for sale in all campus shops, using Fairtrade products at meetings, setting up a Fairtrade steering group, raising awareness of Fairtrade and passing a Fairtrade policy statement.

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Beauty therapists look forward to a new life at sea

Three young beauty therapists trained at Buxton & Leek College are looking forward to travelling the world while they work after landing jobs on cruise ships.

Megan Smith, 18, from Derby, Sophie Swift, 21, from Buxton and Harriett Green, 20, from Tissington, Ashbourne, all trained at the famous Dome in Buxton and have been offered posts with Steiner, the spa operator for luxury cruise lines including P and O, Princess and Cunard.

All three girls will be working as massage therapists after being selected through a day-long interview session, including a demonstration of their skills, at a recruitment event held at Bolton College. They were encouraged to apply to Steiner after representatives visited the college’s Buxton campus to talk about opportunities at sea.

Megan, who starts her training in London in October, said: “We won’t know which ship we will be on or where we will be going until a few days before we set sail and our contracts will be for nine months.

“I am really excited about the opportunity because I’ve always been keen on travel and have been on cruise holidays with my family to both the Caribbean and Norway. This way I get to see more of the world while doing a job I love.”

Sophie said: “I know that I will miss home but I am very much looking forward to working onboard a big ship. I would love to go to America and I am looking forward to building on the training I’ve already had at The Dome in Buxton.”

Haley Mantell, the girls’ tutor at Buxton & Leek College, said: “Both students and staff have worked hard all year in preparation for this opportunity for the students, as a team we try our best to ensure students are prepared for interviews and have the skills required to be professional when working in the  industry. As a team we are extremely proud of Megan, Harriet and Sophie and wish them all the best on their chosen career path.”

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College produce is top of the class for Fera at Claridge’s

Horticulture students Amber and Tom with Simon and Dan (L-R Simon Rogan, Dan Cox, Amber Winship, Tom Smith)

Horticulture students Amber and Tom with Simon and Dan (L-R Simon Rogan, Dan Cox, Amber Winship, Tom Smith)

Diners at one of London’s top restaurants are feasting on edible flowers, microveg and microleaves grown by students at Pershore College.

The college has been working with multi-Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Simon Rogan to supply his London restaurant Fera at Claridge’s with a wide range of high quality edible crops.

The students and staff, led by Commercial Manager John Farmer, currently grow around 20 different varieties of seasonal microveg (such as beetroot, radishes and carrots), leaves (such as chard and kale) and edible flowers for Fera at Claridge’s, which has been awarded a prestigious Michelin star.

Simon, who also runs the two Michelin-starred L’Enclume, has featured on BBC shows Restaurant Wars and the Great British Menu. He visited the college recently with his executive chef, Dan Cox, to see the production, meet the students and also gave a talk about his search for perfect ingredients.

Simon said, “We have our own farm in Cartmel, but were looking for space further south, so when we heard about Pershore College and its heritage, it seemed ideal. It’s a traditional growing area and has amazing soil so it suited us well. As chefs, we’re always searching for more ingredients, more quality, so we want to inspire new growers as much as possible.”

Dan said, “With our growers we demand preciseness, and are always searching for new ideas and produce which is why we started the partnership with Pershore College. As chefs we need great produce but it’s very hard to find.

“We came down, saw the site and were amazed by the facilities at the college. We kept the growing small scale to start off with which but we’re now looking to expand. It’s a fantastic relationship.”

Angela Joyce, Group Principal and CEO of Warwickshire College Group said, “We were delighted to welcome Simon and Dan to the college for their talk about our ‘growing partnership’. To be supplying produce for Fera at Claridge’s is fantastic for the college and especially for our students and staff – it’s a real testament to their horticultural expertise.

“The partnership also enhances our students’ experience, as they get to see the entire production journey of the crops from field to fork and learn about the quality demanded by a Michelin-starred restaurant.”

Pershore College offers a wide range of horticulture courses. For more information go to www.warwickshire.ac.uk/pershore or call 0300 456 0049.

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