Chloe Whitmore

An apprentice from City of Wolverhampton College has proved she is a cut above after making it through to the finals of a national hairdressing competition.

Chloe Whitmore, a hairdressing apprentice at The Courtyard in Evesham, triumphed in the National Hair Federation’s Incredibles competition.

The 19-year-old impressed judges with her pastel mood board, inspired by this season’s hair and fashion trends.

She will now join other finalists from across the country at the Inspiration Day at HOB Academy, where multi-award-winning stylist Akin Konizi will demonstrate on a model and give an inspirational talk on his dedication and passion for the hair industry.

Chloe said: “I was shocked to get through to the finals because I didn’t expect it. It’s amazing and it’s given me more confidence so I can put myself forward for more competitions now.”

The National Hair Federation’s Incredibles competition, now in its third year, aims to recognise and inspire industry talent.

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Pillar gave Ben strength to change his life

Pillar gave Ben strength to change his life

Ben Powis

Teenager Ben Powis felt down and out, suffering anxiety and depression with no hopes, drive, dreams or aspirations for the future. He was fast heading down a slippery slope to nowhere.

Turn the clock forward and the 19-year-old now tells a completely different story. He has a job, money in his pocket, is brimming with confidence and is looking forward to his future with a great deal of optimism. 

Ben’s life transformed thanks to the support of the Prince’s Trust’s Personal Development Programme delivered by City of Wolverhampton College and he is a glowing example of the type of person who could benefit from a 12-week course covering things like CV writing, improving life skills, team building exercises and fundraising activities.

Before his life-changing experience, the teenager was studying for a career in agriculture and admits he brought a lot of his problems on himself.

“I admit I was a bit mouthy, I didn’t make life easy for myself so people started to give it back,” explained Ben, a Severnside Housing tenant, who lives with his family in Shrewsbury. “I then had a few issues with bullying which brought on anxiety and depression.

“I wouldn’t get out of bed until 4pm, claimed Employment Support Allowance and then I was signed off sick too. I wasn’t doing anything with my life – I felt like a down and out.” Continue reading

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Youngsters from a Palfrey school are enjoying summer in their playground, after it was renovated by students from City of Wolverhampton College.

The group of students, who are all on a 12 week Prince’s Trust self development programme, spent a fortnight sprucing up the grounds at Palfrey Infant School.

The 9-strong team relocated trees, laid bark, planted flowers donated benches and gave everything a lick of paint as part of their project.

They raised over £500 for the project by bag packing in a local supermarket, organising a raffle and holding a sponsored silence. Pupils at the school raised an additional £172 through a non uniform day.

Team Leader William Jones said: “The team have worked really hard on the project over the last few weeks and have created a wonderful, colourful area that will be used and enjoyed by the 300 pupils at the school.” Continue reading

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Students awarded for overcoming adversity

Students awarded for overcoming adversity

Star Awards 2017 (L-R Colin Sharp, Vice President of Rotary Club Shrewsbury Severn, Donald Thompson, President and Benjamin Speck)

The Shrewsbury Colleges Group Equality & Diversity Committee has recognised students who have overcome adversity for the fourth year running through the ‘Star Awards’.

Adversity takes many forms and the Awards were open to any student (including Higher Education) or apprentices across the Group, who has faced a difficult or unpleasant situation this year and has overcome obstacles and risen to challenges life has presented.

This year’s Star Awards event has been generously sponsored by Rotary Club Shrewsbury Severn. Kerry Ferguson, Rotary Club member, attended the selection panel along with Governor Christina Gore and members of the E&D Committee. Together, they had the difficult task of selecting an overall winner from a strong list of nominations. Everyone involved was overwhelmed with the determination, drive and courage of the students nominated and would like to thank those who took the time to make the nominations.

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FOOTBALLING ACADEMY LAUNCHED FOR YOUNG TALENTA football academy to help train the next generation of sporting talent has kicked off at City of Wolverhampton College.

Wolves and Wolverhampton College Academy, which is being run at the college’s Wellington Road campus in partnership with Wolves Community Trust, aims to help youngsters considering a career in the coaching industry make their first steps in to the sector.

The Wolves Community Trust endorsed course will see students have access to the Wolves training ground at Compton Park, with lessons delivered by a Wolves Community Trust UEFA B qualified coach.

They will pick up a Level 3 Diploma in sport while gaining skills in sports coaching, fitness training and sports psychology, picking up FA badges and competing in a national football league.

Curriculum Manager Dan Clarke said: “This is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to pursue a career in sport to work alongside professionals and gain a first-class experience of coaching while also picking up the qualifications they need to move forward.

Jonathan Warburton, Education Development Officer at Wolves Community Trust, added: “Wolves Community Trust are delighted to be working with the City of Wolverhampton College in providing unique sporting experiences for their students.

“This is a great way for the young people in Wolverhampton to access a sports specific course that will give them the opportunity to study and play football under the Wolves banner.”

 For more information about studying sport at the college ring 01902 836000.

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Silver Success for HoW College

Celebrations are in order at Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW College) as they are awarded a rating of Silver for the newly introduced Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The TEF has been introduced by the Government for 2017 and beyond and aims to recognise and reward excellent teaching and learning in higher education.

The statement of findings from the TEF panel highlighted the excellent outcomes achieved by students at HoW College, noting the very high proportion of students who progress into employment or further study.

The panel also highlighted the College’s highly effective approach to retention through the use of pastoral and academic support, with students commenting on the facilitative ethos that encourages a return to education after a substantial period of absence, as well as a course design that offer high-quality employment-related assessment and extracurricular activities that enable students to reach their full potential and acquire knowledge, skills and attributes that are valued by employers.

The award rating also recognises the College’s strategic assessment practices that centre on reflective improvement, encouraging peer and tutor partnerships to actively stimulate students to engage and commit to their studies, as well as the College’s good quality digital and physical resources that meet students’ needs and an institutional culture that facilitates excellent teaching and encourages the sharing of good practice across the College. Continue reading

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College Music students remember former Charlatan’s drummer Jon Brookes at special awards ceremony

College Music students remember former Charlatan_s drummer Jon Brookes at special awards ceremony

The Jon Brookes Award for Endeavour Award – L-R Coco Brookes, Deborah Hill-Brookes and Oliver Davies

Music Technology students at Shrewsbury College were rewarded for their efforts at their annual awards ceremony this week – with one scooping the main accolade, named after former Charlatans’ drummer, Jon Brookes.

The Jon Brookes Award for Endeavour was established after Mr Brookes, former drummer with world-renowned British Indie band The Charlatans, became affiliated with the College when he helped to launch its Roland Academy for Music in 2009.

Over the years he held student workshops focused on both drumming and working in the music industry as a whole, which included impressive personal demonstrations as well as giving students the opportunity to play alongside him to famous tracks by his band.

In late 2013, Jon passed away from a brain tumour – but his legacy through the College lives on. Deborah Hill-Brookes, Jon’s wife presented the award in honour of her husband with the help from one of their three children, Coco Brookes.

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