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Newbury College students recently became the champions of the West Berkshire Finals of Champions of Enterprise. A programme run in partnership with the Education Business Partnership.

Champions of Enterprise enabled the student teams to compete against one another in a two day programme which saw them reviewing and analysing possible business ventures with the support of local entrepreneurs before judges decided which business to invest in. The winning team made up of Business Students Ollie Hicks and Joshua Carter, IT student Daniel Hicks and Art & Design student Ashleigh Cook went on to compete against schools at the local finals at The Regency Park Hotel on Tuesday 8 December.

Course Leader for Business Studies Peter Doyle who helped organise the programme said, “Thank you to the Education Business Partnership for organising the event. It’s been a fantastic way to introduce the students to the business world, which they have all learnt a lot during the programme. The students put a lot of time and effort into their business idea and are delighted to have won”.

At the end of the night Amanda Richards, CEO of EPB West Berkshire said, “One of the students here this afternoon not only felt she had learnt so much more about presenting creative ideas and team work but as a 2nd year art student, she also found herself learning about the language of business”.

The event was 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.

Newbury College students catered for Porsche Reading’s recent showcase event in which they invited past and present owners of their vehicles to take part in a fun and interactive evening, which included a question and answer session with Porsche racing drivers and 'a question of sport' game.

The catering students created a variety of canapes which they served along with drinks to staff and guests at the event.

Newbury College offers full and part time courses and apprenticeships in catering. Jobs in this area range from those preparing food, cooking, serving food and drink, welcoming guests and housekeeping behind the scenes.

Curriculum Manager for Services Rachael Elsey said, “Thank you to Porsche for inviting us to cater their prestigious event. The students thoroughly enjoyed catering the evening. Opportunities like this provide our students with valuable experience within the catering industry.”

For members of the public who would like to try the catering students’ food, the College Training Restaurant is open for general bookings, providing diners with the opportunity to sample the excellent dishes created. With menus varying throughout the year, there is always something new and exciting being served, from hearty soups to decadent desserts. Enjoy a two course meal for £7.95 or a three course meal including coffee for £10.95.

Alternatively for businesses needing catering for events, the College catering students are always looking for new ventures to take part in. For more information call the College on 01635 845000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Newbury College held its annual Higher Education Graduation and Further Education Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 8 December to celebrate the success of its students. The College was delighted that former Newbury College student, and Chief Executive Officer of insurance market Lloyd’s of London, Inga Beale, attended as the guest speaker.

Inga Beale talked about how her career has progressed since studying Business Studies at the old Newbury College site in the 1980s. The evening was a celebration of students who have achieved Higher Education qualifications, Level 4 and above, and Further Education learners who received awards to recognise their hard work and dedication to their courses.

The Graduation Ceremony was attended by governors and VIPS guests including: the Mayor of Newbury Councillor Howard Bairstow; the Mayoress of Newbury Councillor Jo Day; the Mayor of Thatcham Councillor Shelia Ellison; and West Berkshire Council Chairman Peter Argyle.

Dr Anne Murdoch OBE, Newbury College Principal said “The Newbury College HE Graduation and FE Awards Ceremony is a celebration of the achievements of our hardworking students and staff and an opportunity for their family and friends to recognise the successes of individuals. We a grateful to all employers who sponsored the FE awards for their commitment to supporting the College and for their generous
donations. This year was particularly special as we welcomed back Inga Beale, former Newbury College student and CEO of Lloyd’s as our guest speaker who presented certificates and awards to Graduates”.

Higher Education students from courses including Computing, Engineering and Teacher Training graduated this year. The Further Education Awards are sponsored by local employers including, Apple Print & Creative, City Motor Holdings, David Lloyd Leisure, David Wilson Homes Euro Car Parts, Fiona Crutchley, Hogan Music, Kaizen Systems, M&B Beauty and Hair Supplies, Priory Thornford Park Hospital, Roc Technologies, Salon Services, The Breeze, The Castle School, The Corn Exchange, The Vineyard Group, West Berkshire Council and Wickes Newbury.

After the retirement of long-standing governor Tony Allen, this year the College name the Newbury College Learner of the Year Award in his name. The ‘Tony Allen Award for High Achievement’ was awarded to Luke Admans.

Following the ceremony, graduates, award winners and guests were treated to a drinks reception and canapé refreshments handmade by the College’s catering students.

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As part of Road Safety Week, Royal Berkshire Fire Brigade Blue Watch visited Newbury College to demonstrate to students how they emergency extract victims of road traffic accidents.

Blue Watch attended the College on Tuesday 24 November where they gave a Q&A session and interactive demonstration to Level 2 Motor Vehicle students who were able to take part in dismantling a car in order to get the victim out. The following day Blue Watch repeated the exercise under timed conditions, and staff and students were invited to attend. A willing volunteer in protective clothing was placed in the driver’s seat, and was successfully freed.

Motor Vehicle Course Leader at Newbury College Alistair Napier said, “The College recognises the need to work with young adults with regards to road safety and are thrilled to be working with the Royal Berkshire Fire Brigade. On behalf of Newbury College we would like to extend our sincere thanks to RBFS Blue Watch for organising and staging the event”.

The event was in addition to students visiting the Drive Safe Stay Alive roadshow.

Newbury College will be holding its annual Higher Education Graduation and Further Education Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 8 December to celebrate the success of its students. The College is delighted that former Newbury College student, and Chief Executive Officer of insurance market Lloyd’s of London, Inga Beale, will be the guest speaker at the event.

Inga Beale will speak about how her career has progressed since studying Business Studies at the old Newbury College site in the 1980s. The evening is a celebration of students who have achieved Higher Education qualifications, Level 4 and above, and Further Education learners who will receive awards to recognise their hard work and dedication to their courses.

The Graduation Ceremony will be attended by local mayors, governors, parents and employer sponsors; joining the students to congratulate them on their achievements. Dr Anne Murdoch OBE, Newbury College Principal said, “The Graduation and Further Education Awards are a celebration of the achievements of our hard-working students and staff across a wide range of courses. The event gives an opportunity for family and friends to recognise the successes of individuals and for the College and employers to present special awards that recognise the outstanding achievements of some of the students this year. We are particularly grateful to Inga Beale for agreeing to present the certificates and awards on this occasion and are looking forward to showing her the new College site.”

Higher Education students from courses including Accounting, Computing, Engineering, Management, and Teacher Training will graduate this year. The Further Education Awards are sponsored by local employers including, Apple Print & Creative, City Motor Holdings, David Lloyd Leisure, David Wilson Homes, Euro Car Parts, Fiona Crutchley, Hogan Music, Kaizen Systems, M&B Beauty and Hair Supplies, Priory Thornford Park Hospital, Roc Technologies, Salon Services, The Breeze, The Castle School, The Corn Exchange, The Vineyard Group, West Berkshire Council and Wickes Newbury.

Following the ceremony, graduates, award winners and guests will be treated to a drinks reception and canapé refreshments all handmade by the College’s catering students.

Public Service students at Newbury College recently attended Royals Marines Browndown Camp in Hampshire, where they spent the day taking part in activities including: fitness tests, physical training, laser shooting, climbing towers and attending a talk on roles within the Royal Marines (including the Royal Marines Band).

The event was run by the Royal Marines Visibility Team, whose role is to communicate what the Royal Marines do, and provide taster sessions for those that may be interested in joining the forces. It highlights to students what would be expected of them, and also the roles available within the Royal Marines and Royal Navy.

Public Services Course Leader at Newbury College Neil Metcalfe, who organised the trip said, “The students thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to find out about the role of the Royal Marines in today’s Armed Forces and to look at the variety of job roles on offer. The students experienced some physical training and were able to speak to staff on a one-to-one basis to find out about the selection process and training for positions they were interested in”.

This is the first year that female students have been invited to take part in the event, as previously the Royal Marines were a male only force. It was also the first year that the Royal Marines Band were present and described their role in both peace and conflict.

The Corps of Royal Marines is the UK’s amphibious light infantry force, forming part of the Naval Service, along with the Royal Navy.

AWE has launched its annual apprenticeship recruitment campaign targeting school leavers and college students, to become the next generation of engineers.

Applications for the award winning AWE apprenticeship programme open today and are available via the AWE website www.awe.co.uk/careers, with a start date in September 2016.

Newbury College is one of a number of local providers supporting the AWE apprenticeship campaign who have had a number of students successfully complete the programme and go on to become successful engineers.

AWE's nationally recognised Skills Academy will see Apprentices work on site to achieve an NVQ qualification combined with day release to College to achieve a Level 3 Technical Certificate.

Applications for AWE Engineering Apprenticeships are invited in the following areas:

Geoff Druce, Head of Learning and development at AWE, comments "The AWE Apprenticeships are an excellent chance for  young people with an interest in engineering to gain real workplace experience in the engineering industry whilst gaining a work based qualification, and earning at the same time. At the end of their training, the Apprentices will be fully qualified engineers with highly successful and well paid careers ahead of them."

AWE is holding an open day for school leavers and college students to find out more about the AWE apprenticeship programme and to speak to apprentices and instructors on Tuesday 1st December, 3pm-8pm at Tadley Library, Mulfords Hill.

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 www.variety.org.uk

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