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.

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Fourth Gold Safety Award Presented to College

Walsall College’s excellent approach to health and safety is set to be recognised in an awards scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The RoSPA Awards is celebrating 60 years of presenting highly-regarded and sought after accolades to businesses and organisations which have shown commitment to accident and ill-health prevention.

Through the scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

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Businesses from across Wolverhampton put learning opportunities firmly on the menu as part of the city’s inaugural skills dinner.

Stakeholders from across the city, including those from local industry, education, health and the voluntary sectors, joined forces at the annual dinner to discuss how to create a skilled workforce for the future.

They were joined by Chief Superintendent for Wolverhampton Police Jayne Meir, Councillor Barry Findlay, Mayor of Wolverhampton, and Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, at City of Wolverhampton College’s Academy Restaurant on September 27.

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College teams up with local business to help young people boost their employability skills

Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) has secured the support of Newcastle-based recruitment agency, Appointments Personnel, to offer students valuable employability tips and mentoring advice during their programme of study.

Higher education students studying the HNC/HND in Business and further education students studying the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Understanding Enterprise and Entrepreneurship will be attending masterclasses led by Directors of Appointments Personnel. These masterclasses will provide top-tips on writing and presenting an eye-catching CV, completing a complex job application form, preparing for that all important job interview and lots more.

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South Staffordshire College’s AgriSTEM Academy welcomes first learners


Liam Moylan, Site Manager from G F Tomlinson hands over the keys to the new AgriTech building to South Staffordshire College’s Director of Estates and Commercial Operations, Steve Grant

As the new academic year commences, South Staffordshire College are delighted to welcome the first learners through the door of their new Rodbaston based AgriSTEM Academy. The learners, who are working towards qualifications in motor vehicle maintenance and motorsport were welcomed to their new AgriTech building on Monday 12th September, after contractor G F Tomlinson formally handed the keys to phase one of the development to the College last week.

To celebrate the key milestone, staff from South Staffordshire College met with the team from G F Tomlinson, Mabers Architects, Armsons Surveyors and David Frost CBE, Chair of the Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership on Thursday 15th September to enjoy a tour of the outstanding new facility and mark what is a landmark moment for the College. There was also the opportunity to meet some of the learners who will be amongst the first to benefit from the wide range of facilities at the new Academy, including construction vehicle simulators, renewable energies workshops, automotive /hybrid engineering workshops and multi-occupation construction areas.
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Helen Awarded for her Dedication to Learner Voice


Walsall College Student Engagement Officer, Helen Griffiths with the 2016 individual Learner Voice Practitioner of the Year award

Walsall College Student Engagement Officer, Helen Griffiths has received the 2016 individual Learner Voice Practitioner of the Year, for her outstanding commitment to empowering learners to use their voice and make a real difference within the college.

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony, which took place in August and hosted by The Learner Voice Practitioners (LVP) Network.

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Salon owner tops up her beauty therapy skills at TCAT


Sukhvinder Kaur has returned to Telford College of Arts and Technology to top up her beauty therapy qualifications

Successful businesswoman Sukhvinder Kaur has returned to Telford College of Arts and Technology to top up her beauty therapy qualifications.

Sukhvinder, from Priorslee, was last at TCAT in the year 2000 for a Diploma in Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Body Massage and Indian Head Massage, but returned to broaden her qualifications on a level two NVQ programme.

She said: “I worked with adults with learning disabilities for 18 years, and I then decided to go self-employed.

“For the past 16 years I have worked as a salon owner and salon manager, providing hands-on therapy in reiki, body massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, manicures and pedicures.

“My current role is to be well organised in the operation and financial management of the Diva Beauty Salon at the Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Telford, and to make sure that all staff are meeting our standards.”

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