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As part of a project for his Foundation Diploma in Art, creative student Angelo Wadge-Berrospi filled a small room on The Bridge at Newbury College full of blue balloons on Thursday 03 May 2012.

Angelo, 21, said "I've been mostly focusing on photography and 2D work this year so it was exciting to experiment with a contemporary installation like this and see people's reactions."

The contemporary art installation was visible from The Street, the College's main thoroughfare and was inspired by Martin Creed's "Half the air in a given space".

The Foundation Dimploma in Art students will be exhibiting work at Newbury Town Hall this Saturday (05 May 2012) between 10 - 4pm, under the name 'Chapter 2'. They will be showing work created on the course so far and everyone is welcome.

Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions (HCVS), in collaboration with Newbury College, is set to change the perception of apprenticeships with the development of its brand new apprenticeship programme, which complements its highly successful graduate scheme.

Hitachi Capital approached Newbury College as one of the leading education providers in West Berkshire to help develop a truly unique offer, which not only provides an apprenticeship qualification but also gives individuals the opportunity to develop a career within the organisation.

Chris Tarry, interim head of customer services and leader of Hitachi Capital's current graduate programme comments, "The scheme is in place to offer individuals a real chance to boost their prospects. We are focused on investing in the future and by offering the applicant's invaluable training; we are working towards best practice in the workplace. By setting up the apprenticeship scheme, we aim to support our local community and also ensure that the candidates get the opportunity to build the skills required to deliver excellent results."

The new recruits will gain experience within a number of different departments, providing them with training across the board and a competitive salary. Hitachi Capital is offering the local community an opportunity to enter the working world without the necessity of a degree. With the rising costs of higher education, this is something that those with A-Level qualifications can consider as a competitive alternative to going to University that will kick-start their careers.

Pat Frith, sales and account manager for Newbury College, comments, "We are pleased to be working in partnership with Hitachi Capital in this apprenticeship scheme and fully support them in offering young people in Newbury a vocational approach to developing a professional career, rather than undertaking a University degree. We have been working closely with Hitachi Capital to develop the programme and are impressed with their level of commitment to tailoring training to ensure that it attracts and develops high performing stars for the future."

Six individuals will be chosen to embark on a two-year customer service based programme where they will gain a Level 3 qualification as well as supported development within the company. Hitachi Capital is opening up this programme to those who do not hold a degree, but are drawn to a professional environment. Applications open in March, with candidates being selected in April. Please click the link to apply: http://www.hitachicapitalvehiclesolutions.co.uk/careers/

To find out more about Apprenticeship Schemes that Newbury College can provide please contact Pat Frith on 01635 845000

Both Teams WebOn Thursday 22 March 2012, Newbury College's new Sports Hall hosted its first charity basketball match, a close but a well fought battle against Newbury Sound (The Breeze Newbury from 2 April 2012).

Both teams stayed relatively equally for the first two quarters, drawing 24 - 24 at half time, however an energetic push from Newbury Sound's ex-professional player Steve Tolloczko gave the "Feel good station" the lead.

All was not lost as last minute addition to the team, Dennis Davis, scored an impressive 3-point basket in the 4th quarter along with a flurry of points coming in from Matt Hall, Liam Hume, Mellanie Parehwa and Henry Johnson.

The game ended with a tiny 8 point difference at 54 - 46 to the away team and after the match News Journalist Emily Tolloczko said "We'd like to thank Newbury College for inviting us to take part in this charity challenge. We've had a great time, and are delighted to have raised money for Sport Relief. The Newbury College team demonstrated fantastic sportsmanship and made us feel very welcome, it's been a pleasure to be involved."

Reading Rockets Coach Mark Halewood was also on hand to offer tips to both teams and commented on the promising level of talent displayed by the students. Mark will be running after College sessions every Thursday after the Easter holidays for anyone that wants to get involved (see noticeboard in the Street for details).

Spectators, who watched from the viewing gallery on the mezzanine, and players alike had a really enjoyable time with the main highlight being the £150 (to date) raised for Sport Relief 2012. Our thanks to everyone for giving up their time and/or money for this event.

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work-careers-fairOver forty five leading businesses and organisations attended a Work and Careers Fair at Newbury College on Wed March 28th and it was the biggest of its kind ever to be staged in West Berkshire. The organizations that were present represented a wide range of sectors; many were familiar high street names including new comers to the area, Harrods Distribution and John Lewis, alongside two of the largest employers in the region, the AWE and Vodafone.

Last November, some very insightful research was conducted amongst young people aged 16-18 who were studying in West Berkshire, as to their perception of the skills that were considered of most value by employers. This survey was constructed following two sets of comparable research amongst employers on the subject of "employability skills", by the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) at a national level and at a local level the Berkshire Education Business Partnership Organisation. From these studies seven sets of skills were presented to local young people, who ranked them in order of importance:

1. Self Management

2. Communication and Literacy

3. Team Working

4. Business and Customer Awareness

5. Problem Solving

6. Application of IT

7. Application of Numeracy

When compared to the employers feedback there was a consensus that self management and communications skills are key, there was a concern from employers that amongst young people communications styles are too highly influenced by social media and texting, resulting in people struggling with basic skills required to write a good CV and covering letter. Equally and perhaps more importantly, employers see numeracy skills as being at the top of their list of preferred skills.

These young people were also asked what local employers could do to help them get the skills they'd need when they start work. The resultant feedback included CV practice and interview tips as well as the opportunity to talk with employers both at their place of study and at local careers fairs.

With the budget recently having revealed very little in the way of short term improvement for unemployment levels, the West Berks Work and Careers Fair, couldn't have been timelier. Dawn Ray who organised the fair on behalf of the West Berks Skills and Enterprise Partnership, said, "The event unquestionably helped to address many of the points raised by this research. By meeting employers in person and through a full programme of workshops throughout the day, the event helped visitors to find out what businesses are demanding in terms of the right skills to meet the needs of today's economy and how to perform better in this challenging job market".

Ofsted-webStaff, Governors and Learners at Newbury College are reaping the rewards of all their hard work after fantastic praise from its Ofsted inspection, which has awarded the whole College a rating of 'Good'.

This judgment represents the best Ofsted report in the College's recent history and confirms the consistently high value which the College adds to all learners. Out of a total of 22 categories looking at the College's overall effectiveness, achievement and standards, personal development and well-being of students, capacity to improve, the quality of provision, and leadership and management, the College received 19 'good' judgments and a considerable number of 'Outstanding' comments were made about specific areas. These areas included; the results for many 16-18 year learner areas, Working with Businesses, Working in Partnerships, provision for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities and the support from Governors.

Anne Murdoch, College Principal is thrilled and said, "I am truly delighted that, following a full Ofsted inspection, we are now able to confirm that Newbury College is 'Good' overall. The report also confirms the hard work and commitment of everyone to ensure that all learners at the College get a good deal. Ofsted confirmed that Newbury College fosters a learning environment of trust, confidence and respect. In addition, Learners highly value the arrangement for providing information, advice, guidance and support. These are indeed accolades which everyone involved in the work of the College deserve".

The report noted that over the past four years outcomes for learners have improved significantly. Learners get their qualifications at rates which are good and in some cases, such as Level 2 results for younger learners, the results are outstanding. An extensive, well-developed range of vocational

programmes enables learners to enhance their employability prospects or move on to Higher Education or training and Programmes for Apprentices are good and completed in a pleasingly prompt way.

A testament to the work of all staff is the progress made by the College. The report confirms Newbury College is in the top 5% nationally in the value it adds to its learners during their course of study; a position it has held for two years.

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. Their aim is to raise aspirations and contribute to the long term achievement of ambitious standards and better life chances.

For more information about Newbury College and the range full and part time January 2010 start courses available, please contact Learner Services and Information on 01635 845000 .

Staff and learners at Newbury College raised money for Children in Need as they held a ‘Fancy Dress Friday’ event with fun and frolic fundraising activities and sales.

Last Friday 18 November 2011 Newbury College embarked on a mission to raise as much money as they could for Children in Need. Each curriculum area donned a fund raising activity to entice people to make a donation to the charity. The Beauty and Creative Arts students teamed up to offer a ‘Pro Photo Portrait and Makeover’ where with a donation people had a makeover followed by a photo shoot session provided. Catering students provided a ‘Pound-Burgers and Dogs’ lunch to feed the hungry crowds with freshly prepared and cooked hamburgers and hot dogs for £1. Art and Design students put on a fancy dress cake sale where they had themed their baked goods with Pudsey bear faces on them. There was also a children in need raffle along with one student carrying out hand drawn portraits for a donation.

Shaun Daubney, Students Communication Officer at Newbury College was impressed by the whole College’s efforts and said “The learners and staff were more than willing to participate in arranging events and activities to raise funds for such a worthy cause. Each year the College’s activities and participation for the fundraising never fails to disappoint. This year the whole College, staff and learners, really came together to produce some fantastic activities and produce to raise as much as they could”

Motor Vehicle Students were invited to two days of Formula 1 (F1) fun with famous F1 racer Jérôme DAmbrosio at Quantel.

The events began with the delivery of a F1 racing simulator and an actual Marussia Virgin Racing Formula 1 car to Quantel. The car took pride of place in Quantel’s newly refurbished factory alongside the simulator, which was hooked up to a large screen TV so all could watch each other’s racing efforts. Over the two days an intense competition developed with all on the F1 simulator, with staff, customers and Newbury College students making a donation to Children in Need to get behind the wheel. Timings were posted on a Top Gear style leader board and the top three racers received Marussia Virgin Racing prizes from Jérôme himself.

Ray Cross CEO of Quantel said, “We’ve had a great year as sponsors of the Marussia Virgin Racing team and it’s fantastic to round it out with an event that brings Quantel and Marussia Virgin Racing together for a good cause.”

Quantel is a technology company that internationally specialises in broadcast and post production. As an official partner of Marussia Virgin Racing, Quantel arranged the two days of Formula 1 fun for staff on 17th and 18th November to raise money for Children in Need with the only visitors to their event being Newbury College’s students and Quantel customers.

Students and visitors had the chance to ask any questions to Jérôme on his F1 experiences that may help fuel their ambition within the motor vehicle industry. They also got to meet Jérôme, giving them a glimpse of where a career in the motor industry could perhaps take them one day. Overall the two day fundraiser at Quantel was a huge success raising over £1700 for BBC Children in Need.

Newbury College offers 100s of full and part time course from Motor Vehicle to Beauty. There is also a wide range of January Start courses, so it’s still not too late to enrol! For more information please visit our website at www.newbury-college.ac.uk or call us on 01635 845000.

Newbury College held its annual Further Education Awards Evening recently where full time, further education students received recognition for their hard work and achievements from the College and local businesses.

The evening, was attended by a number of local companies who sponsored awards, including; Apple Print, Buck & Hickman, M & B Hair, E J Business Consultants, Viatcress and Donnington Valley Vineyard.

Anne Murdoch, Newbury College Principal hosted the evening and was delighted that so many local employers continued to sponsor and join the awards programme this year said, “The FE awards evening is a wonderful way for our Learners to celebrate their successes with family, friends and their teachers and it is always a great occasion. Our congratulations go out to everyone that received a prize. This year as in previous years we are particularly grateful to all the employers and local businesses that sponsored the individual awards. Their generosity this year really helped to make this an occasion for all the prize winners to remember.”

The awards ceremony is a major showcase for the vital role that Newbury College plays in helping to provide individuals and businesses with the high-quality education, vocational and training opportunities that will help achieve growth and prosperity. By offering a diverse, accessible, local and affordable route to study the College remains a top choice for people of all ages across Newbury and beyond.

Newbury College delivers a range of full time and part time course with 100s to chose from. The courses cover many different career paths with different levels of study for all learners. There are also full and part time courses starting in January 2012 so it is still not too late to enrol! For a copy of our new Full Time prospectus log onto www.newbury-college.ac.uk or call us on 01635 845 000.

Move over Gordon, step aside Jamie, the best young culinary talent in Berkshire is preparing to go head-to-head in the FutureChef 2011 local finals, due to take place at Newbury College on 13th December.

Young people from schools around Berkshire are taking part in the contest, which is the second stage of a nationwide culinary programme helping young people aged between 12-16 learn to cook, organised by Springboard UK. The College’s excellent teaching kitchens have been selected as the setting for the Future Chef competition. Within the competition each contestant will receive mentoring, encouragement and assistance from a local well-known chef through the competition.

Annmarie Farr, Lecturer for Catering at Newbury College, says, “The Future Chef competition is a great opportunity for young people to get a taste of life in the catering industry and receive specialist support from industry professionals. Many young people respect the likes of nearby restaurant owners Heston Blumenthal and Marco Pierre White, but don’t consider cooking as a career option. We hope this competition may inspire some participants to pursue cooking as a profession. We’re proud to host the local finals at Newbury College to showcase the facilities that our vocational catering students enjoy whilst training here with us.”

Participants will devise, prepare and cook a hot main course and a hot or cold dessert for two with a budget of just £6. They must also provide full costing detail for the meal and then face an expert judging panel. Teachers, parents and guests from participating schools are expected to attend the College to cheer on contestants.

More than 7000 competitors from 600 schools from across the country participated in FutureChef 2010 to find the cream of aspiring young chefs. The competition was introduced 11 years ago by Brian Turner CBE, Chairman of FutureChef, and has seen involvement from most of the country’s leading chefs.

If you’re interested in finding out more information please visit the FutureChef website www.springboard.net or telephone 020 7395 9482 for more details. For more information on the catering courses available at Newbury College or to find out more about any of our 100s of full or part time courses please visit www.newbury-college.ac.uk or call 01635 845000

Newbury College held its annual Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday 13 December 2011 to celebrate the success of learners who achieved Higher Education qualifications at Level 4 and above. The College was delighted that, Neil Cater, Centre Manager at the new Parkway Shopping Centre in Newbury, was the guest speaker at the ceremony and presented the graduates with Newbury College graduating certificates.

The evening was attended by College staff and Governors as well as a host of VIPs, including the Deputy Mayor of Newbury, Chief Executive of West Berkshire Council and Newbury Colleges Chair of Corporation Nick Carter, Councilor Peter Argyle, Geoff Knappett and many more. Graduates from a variety of courses including Computing, Accounting, Engineering, Teacher Training, Marketing, Quality Assurance and Management will graduate in front of their family and friends. There were also Army Instructors from Dennison Barracks celebrating their graduation success at the ceremony, although they were wearing their Newbury College graduation gowns they were also proudly wearing their Army uniforms displaying their magnificent collection of badges on their chest.

Anne Murdoch, Newbury College Principal said “The Newbury College Graduation is a wonderful celebration of the achievements of our hardworking students and staff. This year, the Graduation celebrates news of our outstanding higher education inspection report which is a great achievement for all those involved at the College. The Graduation event is an opportunity not only for family and friends to recognise the achievements of all the College Graduates but also for special awards to be given to recognise the outstanding achievements of some students who graduated this year. We are very grateful to Neil Carter, Parkway Centre Manager for presenting the certificates and awards.”

 

Newbury College’s Higher Education Department has been awarded this year with a result of ‘Confidence’ by the Integrated Quality and Enhancement Review. The result ‘Confidence’ is the highest level of rating that a Higher Education provider can be awarded with. Newbury College is very proud of their Higher Education department and the level of quality their Learners receive; this is also reflected in the Graduation Ceremony celebrations.

This year three students were presented with awards to recognise their exceptional commitment and achievement: the ‘AWE award’ for ‘Most Improved Higher Mechanical Learner’, the ‘AWE Most Improved Higher Electronics Learner’ and the Newbury College, ‘Outstanding Learner Award’.

The Students dressed in academic robes, appropriate to their course and others will wore the Newbury College hood colours, which were designed for the College by the specialist gown company, Ede and Ravenscroft. After the Ceremony, graduates and guests enjoyed a celebration with a buffet and drinks reception. Neil Carter is the Centre Manager at the Parkway shopping centre, which is a new and exciting 475,000 sq ft shopping destination and residential scheme that has been built in the heart of Newbury town centre. Neil brings over 17 years of retail experience to the role, following four years as General Manager at County Mall Shopping Centre in Crawley and prior to this, Neil held a number of retail management positions at Debenhams and Marks & Spencer.

For further information about Newbury College’s Higher Education and professional development courses please call Learner Services on 01635 845000 or visit www.newbury-college.ac.uk