Successful hairdressing scheme on hunt for budding stylists!

One of the country’s largest hairdressing training schemes is on the hunt for budding stylists to join its programme.

City of Wolverhampton College, which works with more than 270 salons to help train staff, currently has a number of hairdressing apprenticeship vacancies across the region.

A total of 25 apprenticeship vacancies are currently available, including those with award winning hairdressers Royston Blythe and Ashley Gamble.

The successful applicants will not only gain their NVQ in hairdressing but also earn a wage and gain experience by working alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills in a salon.

The apprentices will work four to five days a week in the salon, and attend one of the college’s three state-of-the-art training salons in Wolverhampton, Telford or Worcester once a week to learn new techniques and attend theory lessons.

Director of Employment Skills & Commercial Delivery Georgina Parker said: “We run an incredibly successful hairdressing apprenticeship scheme, which was praised for its high standard by Ofsted inspectors recently, and currently train more than 300 apprentices who are working in salons.

“The programme is a great way to get into the industry and for the majority of salons it is their chosen way of recruiting new staff – and with many of our former apprentices now owning their own salons and picking up awards for their work it really does give your career a flying start!”

To find out more about apprenticeship vacancies with the college ring 01902 837163 or visit

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HoW College student powers her way to European Championships

European Championships 1Heart of Worcestershire College student Kelly Phasey is preparing to lift her way to glory after qualifying to represent Great Britain at the European Power Lifting Championships.
Kelly, who is currently studying on the HND Sport Programme at the College and already holds the title of British Equipped Champion 2015, will head to Chemitz, Germany next month, with Team GB, where she will compete for the title of European Champion.
Speaking about the event Kelly said:

European Championships 2“Having only been competing in this sport for just over 18 months, I’m delighted that I’ve been crowned British Champion in my weight category, this was my first Equipped British Powerlifting Competition, the support from family, friends and work colleagues have been amazing”

“I’m both excited and nervous about the up and coming European Open Championships, In Chemnitz, Germany, its an absolute dream come true and an honour for any athlete to have the opportunity to represent their country and I shall continue to work hard in the next few weeks to ensure I’m in the best possible position I can be to perform at my best on competition day. It just shows that hard work and determination really do pay off if you set your mind on something”

European Championships 3Currently the Great Britain Powerlifting Federation is unable to offer funding to athletes that represent Great Britain, meaning that those selected are self-funding athletes.
Kelly added:

European Championships 4“I had to raise £500 for this particular trip to Germany, which covers flights and accommodation. Thankfully I work in the fitness industry, so was able to utilise the facilities at both gyms that I work at to carry out my sponsored events. The 1st event was standing on a box for 12 hours at Physique Fitness, Droitwich, 2nd event was cycling 100 miles on a static bike at LivingWell Health Club, Bromsgrove, this took 7 hours and 45 minutes, the support at both facilities and the online donations at have been absolutely fantastic. Off the back of these I have secured my first sponsorship with Partridges Butchers of Bromsgrove”

The College wishes Kelly all the best for her upcoming event. For more information about our Sport courses please visit

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Picture Perfect Masterclass for Students

HE Photography students with Freelance photographer, Gurvir Johal.

HE Photography students with Freelance photographer, Gurvir Johal.

An award winning photographer visited Walsall College on Wednesday 15th April to deliver a professional masterclass to HE Photography students.

Freelance photographer, Gurvir Johal who has received national and international awards for his work, including a prestigious Loupe award, gave students an insight into how to set up and run a successful photography business.

He shared his portfolio of work with students, which included some of his award winning collections and also gave advice and answered questions on a number of topics including pricing strategy, marketing, networking and tips on how to stand out in a competitive industry.

Photography Lecturer at Walsall College, Natalie Ball commented: “This was a great opportunity for students to find out about one of the career options available to them once they’ve achieved their degrees.

“The students were very inspired by Gurvir and gained some valuable advice that they can apply to their own futures.”

Level 6 Photography student, Kristofor Green said: “I’ve always found the prospect of setting up my own business a little daunting but speaking to someone who has done it so successfully, has given me a lot more confidence. It’s something I now may consider.”

Following the masterclass, Gurvir has invited all the students to apply for volunteer placements where they will get the chance to assist him at forthcoming events he has been booked to photograph.

“This would be a fantastic chance for students to gain real life experience of working in the industry and develop their skills further,” added Natalie.

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Law Students Cross-Examine Justice Minister

L-R – Law student Shannen Quinn, Douglas Hansen Luke (Walsall North PPC), Chris Grayling (Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice),  Sue Arnold (Walsall South PPC) and Law student Ayesha Shaikh.

L-R – Law student Shannen Quinn, Douglas Hansen Luke (Walsall North PPC), Chris Grayling (Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice), Sue Arnold (Walsall South PPC) and Law student Ayesha Shaikh.

Government Minister, Chris Grayling, visited Walsall College on Wednesday 15th April and spoke to Law students about their career ambitions.

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice visited the £64m Wisemore Campus, where he was given a tour of the state-of-the-art vocational training facilities which equip students with the skills and knowledge to give them a head start in the workplace or prepare them for university.

Chris Grayling, commented: “It was very inspiring to talk to young people who are passionate about cementing a career in law and also hear about the college’s vocational routes and partnerships with local firms that help students succeed and achieve their career goals in this area.

“It is clear to see why Walsall College was rated outstanding; it has a strong focus and commitment in supporting students to achieve beyond their potential.”

Head of Curriculum for Business and Computing at Walsall College, Jeremy Bridgman, said: “We are delighted that our students had the opportunity to meet Chris and gain a first-hand insight into the governing of the UK legal system and the career options available to them.”

Students also had the chance to question the minister about key topics affecting UK law and the justice system.

During his visit Chris also visited the ‘Fair Vote for All’ event, held at the college, which was designed to encourage more students to take an interest in politics and register to vote ahead of the election in May.

The event, which took place in the Wisemore Campus atrium, was also attended by local parliamentary candidates representing some of the main parties including Labour, the Liberal Democrats, Conservative, the Green Party and UKIP.

Hundreds of students attended the fairground themed event, which included a photo booth and free candy floss and popcorn, and quizzed the candidates on their parties’ manifestos.

Walsall College’s Director of Student Journey, June Morrow commented: “This event was one of a number we are holding in the run up to the election. To help educate students on the impact of their vote and the difference they can make to society.

“This is the first time that some students have ever engaged in politics, so events are as wide ranging and informative as possible.  They provide unbiased information on each of the party’s policies to help students arrive at their own decisions.

“We believe passionately that young people need to be fully informed and excited about politics so that they will vote and take responsibility for shaping the future of their country.”

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Red Cross Young Carers pamper day at Shrewsbury College

Red Cross Young Carers pamper day 1A group of Red Cross Young Carers from across Shropshire enjoyed a well-deserved pamper session at Shrewsbury College’s Evolve Academy.

The group of girls were invited into the hair and beauty department where they spent the morning in the salons receiving a variety of beauty treatments, from manicures to massages.

The Red Cross Young Carers project was established in 2000 within Shropshire to support young people aged 5-19 who have a caring responsibility for a family member.

It is estimated there are more than 900 young cares in Shropshire and the aim of the project is to give them the opportunity to enjoy a variety of fun activities and take a well-deserved break from the stresses of everyday life. It also provides the chance for people to spend time with other carers who are in similar situations.

Young carer, Freya Rickman

Young carer, Freya Rickman

Shrewsbury College supports the young carers project and through its enrichment programme has organised a variety of activities, including its annual Young Carers Christmas party.

Phil Castle, Progression Specialist at the College, said: “This is such worthwhile cause and the College is extremely happy to support the young carers across the county who are often overlooked, but who are true heroes. Our partnership with the Red Cross also gives our students the opportunity to take part in additional activities and fundraising events.
“The pamper-day was a great success and we’re looking forward to the next Young Carers event, which we hope will be a sport activity for the boys and girls.”

Young carer, Tia Patterson-Barratt

Young carer, Tia Patterson-Barratt

Rowan Ellson-Arias, Red Cross Young Carers Co-ordinator, said: “Thanks so much to Phil Castle, the beauty team and all involved in welcoming our young carers to Shrewsbury College. The group of girls had a well-deserved morning off their usual caring responsibilities and were whisked away to a nicer place of manicures, facials and makeovers.

“These girls are a truly deserving group of young people. For the majority of their time they dedicate themselves to supporting the person in their family that they help care for.”

One of the main principles underpinning the British Red Cross Young Carers project is that young carers are young people first, and ought to have the same opportunities, fun and prospects as others of the same age and Shrewsbury College continues to help make this possible.

For more information about Shropshire Young Carers, visit for more information about Hair & Beauty courses at Shrewsbury College, visit

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Students from Shrewsbury College boost their employability skills during Barclays’ Prepare for work week

Students from Shrewsbury College boost their employability skills during Barclays’ Prepare for work weekStudents from Shrewsbury College have been taking part in Prepare for Work Week, a new programme designed to help 100,000 further education college students across the UK maximise their chances of securing and maintaining employment.

The free programme, developed by the National Skills Academy for Financial Services and supported by Barclays as part of their commitment to 5 Million Young Futures, offers participating colleges free resources and a variety of support, including the assistance of Barclays employee volunteers, to help them deliver employability-focused activities to their students during the Spring term of 2015.

The programme also touches on financial aspects of employment and raises awareness of entrepreneurship and self-employment. Through the Prepare for Work programme, students have been learning about key skills that employers have identified as lacking in candidates. Sessions have focused on topics including CVs and interviews as well as identifying and demonstrating personal strengths during the recruitment process.

Laure Jeffrey, Employability Leader at the College, said: “We are delighted to be taking part in Prepare for Work. It’s a great initiative, which allows us to deliver high quality employability-themed activities in a way that creates a real buzz in the College and maximises student learning. The programme helps students to develop key skills which are critical to their future success.

“A main focus of the week is our Jobs Fair, on Thursday, 16 April, from 10am – 1pm. The students have been working with Jobcentre Plus to arrange the event, where over 45 local employers with current job vacancies are attending. Students from across the College can use this opportunity to see what jobs are currently available. The event is also open to members of the public, so we welcome anyone not currently in employment, or looking for a career change, advice on progressions routes or who wants to enrol on to a course, to come along. ”

Chris Hearn, Head of Education, at Barclays Corporate said: “As a long-term supporter of the Further Education sector, we’re proud to be working with the National Skills Academy to offer Prepare for Work as part of our larger commitment to build the enterprise, employability and financial skills of the next generation through 5 Million Young Futures.”
The College received a grant of £2400 to deliver the project.

For more information about progression routes and course advice at Shrewsbury College, please visit or call 01743 342411

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Get your future prepared at college events

With GCSE exams just around the corner, it’s time to get your future prepared, so Warwickshire College Group’s six colleges are opening their doors to prospective students at a series of open events and talk and tours over the next two weeks.

The events are for students of all ages, at all study levels, whether you are leaving school or looking for an apprenticeship, part-time or higher education course. You can book online at  – or just drop in during the times listed below:

  • Rugby College Open Event – Wednesday 22 April 5.30-8pm
  • Royal Leamington Spa College Open Event  – Thursday 23 April, 5.30-8pm
  • Warwick Trident College Talk and Tour – Tuesday 28 April, 5.30-6.30pm
  • Henley-in-Arden College Talk and Tour – Tuesday 28 April, 5.30-6.30pm
  • Moreton Morrell College Talk and Tour – Wednesday 29 April, 5.30-6.30pm
  • Pershore College Talk and Tour – Wednesday 29 April, 5.30-6.30pm

With hundreds of subjects, study options and apprenticeships available, Warwickshire College Group offers one of the broadest ranges of opportunities in the area and these events give you the chance to get the information you need to decide which course is right for you.

You can talk to current students and tutors, view our facilities and find out more about college life.  Also on hand will be our friendly, impartial student advisers – trained to the highest Matrix quality standard – who can offer you free, confidential advice on careers and opportunities available.

For more information call 0300 456 0049 or go to

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