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In the run up to Global Enterprise Week, Newbury College students took part in locally run programmes to inspire students to explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

Students took part in Champions of Enterprise, a two day programme run in partnership with the Education Business Partnership on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 November. Students spent the days reviewing and analysing possible business ventures with the support of local entrepreneurs before judges decided which business to invest in.

Skills Project Mentor Sian Ellis, who organised the event said, “We are grateful to all those who have helped make this event a success for our students. It has been a fantastic opportunity for them to put their enterprise skills into practice, supported by the knowledge and experience of local businesses”.

College students also participated in Thames Valley Tech Week, a programme run by ConnectTVT, which saw three different Colleges host events over the course of the week. Newbury College hosted an event on Thursday 12 November, where teams of students competed against one another to create and present a business proposal with the help of business experts.

The winning team of Champions Enterprise made up of two Business students, an IT student and an Art Student, will progress to the finals of the competition challenging local schools for the winning place at The Regency Park Hotel on Tuesday 8 December. While judges of the Thames Valley Tech event were so impressed with the innovative products the teams had come up with, three of the four teams were presented
with £300 from sponsors Telefonica to progress their idea further over the next 6 months with the programme.

The events were hosted in order to enhance students’ enterprise skills and give them an insight into how a business is set up and run; and the factors that makes businesses successful.

Global Entrepreneurship Week runs each November and is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. This year the event is ran from Monday 16 November – Sunday 22 November.

Newbury College GCSE student Barnaby Lister has recently become a Young Ambassador for Variety, the Children’s Charity. On his first birthday Barnaby was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that affects movement and coordination. Variety has provided support for Barnaby through the donation of an expensive light-weight wheelchair to help ease mobility.

As an ambassador for the charity, Barnaby will help to promote the work of the organisation. The charity recently created a short promotional video about ‘a day in the life’ of Barnaby in which they visited the College’s Monks Lane campus to film. The video was used at the fifth Variety “the PROPS” breakfast to raise awareness of what the charity does; an event in which it raised over £60,000 in the space of an hour and a half. The video can be found on the charity’s website

Speaking of becoming an ambassador Barnaby said, “It’s a great honour and I’m really looking forward to representing the organisation at future events. I chose to come to Newbury College so that I could further my education with a range of different subjects. At College I have more freedom to do what I want to do and that helps me learn better”.

Inaugurated in 1949, Variety, the Children’s Charity, is one of the UK’s oldest charities founded especially for children and young people. The charity improves the lives of young people by providing practical help such as Sunshine Coaches, wheelchairs, specialist equipment and memorable childhood experiences which allow them independence, freedom and dignity to make the most of their childhood.

Newbury College will be opening its doors to the public at its first Open Evening of the academic year on Tuesday 10 November 4pm – 8pm. Whether you wish to further your education with a vocational course, take your GCSEs or A Levels, start an HE qualification or develop your career with a part time course Newbury College can help you decide.

Visitors to the College will be able to meet with course tutors and take part in a range of interactive activities from receiving a complimentary manicure to vegetable carving and photo-shop techniques. Current students will be on hand on the night to discuss their experiences with the College and to take visitors on tours of the state of the art facilities which will include the motor vehicle, engineering and plumbing workshops; computing and media suites; hair-dressing and beauty salons; art workshops; animal care unit; professional kitchen; training restaurant and sports hall.

For those interested in an Apprenticeship there will be talks to de-mystify apprenticeships and explain the benefits of on-the-job training, at 5pm and 7pm, while those interested in working at the College can discover the opportunities available in recruitment sessions running at 6pm and 7pm.

The event will also see the launch of the College’s new Full Time Prospectus which details the wide range of courses on offer for next year including, GCSE and A Level courses, vocational courses, traineeships, apprenticeship and Higher Education options.

For more information about the Open Evening, or for any other queries please call 01635 845000

Newbury College is one of three Berkshire institutions selected to become ‘solutions labs’ which are designed to raise the quality and profile of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills across the Thames Valley in and respond to the needs of the local economy.

Investment for the Solutions Lab comes as a result of a successful bid from Newbury College to the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund and will focus exclusively on creating resources for fusion, mechanical and electrical engineering that are currently unavailable within Berkshire colleges.

Dr Anne Murdoch OBE, Principal of Newbury College says: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this support from the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, via the Growth Deal, for our proposed Solutions Lab. This new facility will be a great addition for local employers who, along with Newbury College students, will use the Lab to research and develop products for their own industries.

The Solutions Lab will have very high-specification machinery which will help Newbury College research, design and manufacture components for a variety of local innovators. This facility is a great complement to Newbury College’s existing high-quality facilities which our students − who are the workforce of the future – can use to good effect.”

More details about the Growth Deal can be found on the Thames Valley LEP website.

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AWE has proudly welcomed 42 apprentices to their organisation, which is providing exciting career opportunities for scientists and engineers.

Of the 42, four are female apprentices steadily adding to the female population studying under the apprenticeship programme. This is good news for the gender diversity of the organisation and further demonstrates AWE’s support to the WISE (Women In Science and
Engineering) initiative in addressing the skills shortage in the UK in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

AWE is also a member of the 5% Club where organisations pledge to commit 5% of a company's workforce to apprenticeships, student or graduate training programmes.

AWE currently achieves 5.4% which shows how they are supporting young people into employment and equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to have successful careers.

AWE Skills Academy Manager, Marcus Hutchings, said: “It’s always exciting to welcome our new apprentices. It’s a culmination of many months’ work with contributions and support from across the organisation. Our apprenticeships ensure we have a continuous pipeline for highly competent, nuclear specific skills into the business.”

The apprentices will receive training in one of five chosen technical disciplines and come from the Tadley, Basingstoke, Newbury and Reading areas and as far as Oxford – representing AWE’s strong links with the local and wider community.

AWE’s nationally recognised apprenticeship is a three-year advanced programme. The apprentices will undertake a level three technical certificate and National Vocational Qualification as well as pursue other qualifications. They will also spend one year in the Skills Academy and two years doing on-site placements.

The application process for the 2016 intake will start in November 2015.

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Newbury College is now offering the new Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) to people working within, or hoping to work in the construction industry.

The new programme meets all of the latest requirements set out by CSCS for the 'Labourer' green card (formerly known as the Construction Site Operative).

CSCS is the leading skills certification scheme within the UK construction industry and provides proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out.

With most principal contractors and major house builders requiring construction workers on their sites to hold a valid CSCS card, this is an important scheme for anyone working in the industry.

Community Learning Manager for Newbury College, Sarah Hughes, said, “We are delighted to be able to run this programme to enable people in the construction industry in and around West Berkshire to benefit from the scheme and allow them to take advantage of the employment opportunities associated with it.”

Newbury College will be holding one-day sessions on the first Thursday of every month, beginning with Thursday 1st October 2015. A slightly more detailed two day programme aimed at jobseekers and those looking for employment in the construction industry is also

Both programmes will allow candidates to take their on-screen CSCS tests at the College’s Monks Lane campus and will also include the required CITB Site Safety Plus, Health and Safety Awareness (HSA) training.

For more information or to book your place on either programme please call 01635 845000.

Newbury College is running a series of events to de-mystify apprenticeships, and help employers, prospective apprentices and their parents better understand the benefits of this type of training.

On Tuesday 13th October, the College is offering a free breakfast briefing for organisations who might be interested in employing apprentices. Entitled ‘Apprenticeships Explained: what’s in it for the employer’, the session will look at the myths and realities of recruiting apprentices and will include success stories from local employers. To book a place call 01635 845229 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Martin Russell, Senior Business Executive at Newbury College said: “We work with leading national employers through to local businesses to support apprenticeships from Accounting to Childcare and Engineering to Motor Vehicle. An apprenticeship is a comprehensive training programme of huge benefit to employer and employee”.

Later in the month, on 21st October Newbury College is holding one of its monthly ‘Apprenticeship Information Sessions’ for young people to hear about Apprenticeship programmes and the job vacancies available. Parents are welcome to attend.

Sue Garmonsway, Workplace Learning Manager at the College said “Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 or over, whether they are just leaving school, have been working for several years, or are seeking to start a new career. Places can be booked by calling 01635 845299.

Attention all students using the 103 Bus Service. Funding for the service from Greenham Business Park has ended and students will no longer be able to ride the bus for free.

This route will still operate and call at Newbury College, however a ticket must now be purchased.

Under 19 - £1.20 Single / £1.50 Return
Over 19 - £1.80 Single / £3.00 Return

This does NOT affect the Newbury College shuttle bus which operates between Newbury Train Station and the College before 9am. For more information on help with travel costs and the FREE shuttle service, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We still have places available on a whole range of full and part time courses, as well as some excellent apprenticeship opportunities.

Order or download one of our free course guides now to find out more about full time courses including Animal Care, Art, Beauty, Business, Care, Catering, Constructing, Engineering, Hairdressing, Media, Motor Vehicle, Music Technology, Sport, GCSEs & A Levels, and more.

Out part time guide offers a huge choice of professional, vocational and leisure courses for adult learners including Accountancy, Art & Crafts, Ballroom Dancing, Beauty, Computer Skills, Construction, Counselling, Engineering, Health & Safety, Management Workshops, Teacher Training, Apprenticeships, and more.

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With nearly seventy years’ experience of preparing students for the world of work and higher education, Newbury College certainly has the expertise to prepare students for their future careers. The College is offering a range of new courses starting from September 2015, including vocational courses, apprenticeships, GCSEs and A Levels through to part time professional, higher education and leisure courses. It is still not too late to enrol.

Throughout the summer the College will be open every day from Monday to Friday to provide information and advice on educational options available.

Newbury College Principal, Dr Anne Murdoch said, “We are delighted to be able to offer such a wide range of programmes. The College is committed to delivering the highest standard of education and training programmes to business and the local community and we continue to invest in new facilities to help our students achieve the best results”.

The College offers apprenticeships, working with hundreds of employers from a variety of industries including Childcare, Business, Customer Service, IT, Motor vehicle, Electrical and Electronics and Engineering. Apprenticeships are a great way to start a career through a recognised qualification whilst at the same time gaining real work and experience.

With investment in state-of-the-art facilities including an animal care centre, nail bar, construction and plumbing workshops, sports hall, new Engineering research and development centre and training restaurant − the College can help young people and those of all ages to experience and achieve. There is always a wide choice of subjects available including: Art, Beauty, Business Studies, Child Care, Engineering, IT, Music Technology, and Sport and a growing number of GCSEs and A Levels.