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We are delighted to announce that the student governor for the 17-18 academic year is Hazel Cassel.

The role of the student governor is to ensure that the students have a voice on the corporation board and also to chair the student council. 

Hazel is on the first year of her Level 3 Child Care course and attends College three days a week (Tue, Wed and Fri) and a work placement in Thatcham for the other two. Hazel previously attended Newbury College as a Public Service student a few years ago and has returned to retrain so that she can go on to university and become a family support worker.

Already a student ambassador with responsibility for anti-bullying, Hazel is keen and enthusiastic about her new role. Her particular passion is student mental health and well-being, and she hopes that she can help promote awareness of these matters at board level.

Students can contact Hazel on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Teachers Sandrine Martinelli, of the Lycée Le Gué á Tresmes near Paris, and Florian Von Helden, from the Julius-Wegeler-Schule in Koblenz, were visiting Newbury College as part of an International Study Programme to find out about British education.

During her visit Sandrine mentioned that one of her former Catering and Hospitality students was now working at the locally renowned restaurant and cookery school, The Woodspeen. Today, we invited André Marchand to join Sandrine and Florian for lunch in our very own training restaurant. 

When asked about his visit, André said that the food was very good and that he was impressed with the setup of the training kitchen. The Catering and Hospitality team at Newbury College are now hoping to extend their international relations by exploring the possibility of exchange visits for students.

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If you are thinking about your options after year 11, why not attend our Open Event on Tuesday 07 November between 4-8pm? Newbury College is opening its doors and inviting prospective students and their parents to come and explore; speak to staff members, take part in activities, tour the facilities and submit an application for next September. Pick up a copy of our new prospectus.

Current students will be on hand, as will the impartial information, advice and guidance team to offer help to those who are unsure about what to do next.

Test your reaction skills on a Batak, solve a crime in our science lab, see the potter’s wheel in action or have your nails painted and hair put up.

Adults looking for development opportunities can come and discuss the professional and community learning courses available during the year.

Entry could not be easier, simply register your place here.

Over 40 businesses took part in the West Berkshire Work and Careers Fair at Newbury College on Wednesday 11 October. The event provided an opportunity for organisations to network and showcase their employment opportunities to the students and wider West Berkshire community. 60% of surveyed visitors said they would be applying for the jobs that were on offer at the event.

As well as seeing the exhibitors, visitors were able to obtain advice on apprenticeships, tips for successful job hunting and attend 1-2-1 CV workshops.

Participating organisations included Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, Metro Bank, West Berkshire Council, Adviza, Priors Court, Dawnus Construction, and many more.

Commenting on the event, Ben Bealing, Senior Candidate Management Specialist, Amberjack, said: “We had a great afternoon networking and meeting new people. The event provided a great opportunity for us to share our brand with the emerging talent of Newbury.”

Adéle Kelly, PA to FD/HR Coordinator, David Wilson Homes, said: “The event allowed us to connect with the local community and encourage people to consider roles within the construction industry.”

Almost 40% of registered visitors said they were looking for full-time job opportunities, whilst almost 20% came to find out more about apprenticeships. Approximately 60 children from local secondary schools attended with their parents to evaluate future career options.

“We were very pleased to see so many parents bring their children to the event after school,” said Anne Murdoch, Newbury College Principal and CEO. “We hope it gave them inspiration for the future and that it will help them make choices about what they want to do when they leave school. Anyone seeking further careers advice is welcome to book an appointment with our impartial Information, Advice and Guidance team. We’d like to extend our thanks to all of the organisations involved in making the event a success.”

The event was supported by Elevate West Berkshire, helping 16-24 year-olds gain the skills they need for employment, and West Berkshire Council. Additional sponsorship came from Local Buzz, The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Newbury Weekly News.

Students at Newbury College showed their support for World Mental Health Day today by writing positive words of encouragement for each other on specially designed t-shirts. According to the NHS, as many as one in four people are affected by a mental illness in the UK. The ‘positivi-T’ t-shirts, which are on display at the College, are a thought-provoking way for the students to openly discuss and share issues surrounding mental health.

College Sport Maker, Louise Neil, said: “We were delighted by the fact that so many students came forward and wanted to get involved, as it is not always easy for students to openly share their feelings on this subject. We also distributed the NHS’s Little Book of Sunshine – a book offering tips to help young people cope with stress.”

Tutorial Programme Manager, Steve Greenwood, said: “Working with the students on World Mental Health Day is the start of a concerted campaign to highlight and improve the wellbeing of our students. Here at the College we are fortunate enough to have our own counselling service and a highly experienced team of pastoral tutors. The event helps to raise the profile of mental health at College and highlights the hugely important role that students and education professionals have in providing support and solutions.”

Local youth counselling service ‘Time to Talk’ was also present at the event and provided display materials. World Mental Health Day was promoted locally by West Berkshire Council and its Emotional Health Academy. The event was used to obtain feedback to improve services locally.

Dr Anne Murdoch, Principal and CEO of Newbury College, was a guest on The Breeze Radio station’s Round at Sir John’s programme on Sunday 8th October. Every Sunday morning at 10:30am, Sir John speaks to influential people in the Reading area. On the programme Anne discusses her life in education and talks about what Newbury College can offer students.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Are you looking for your next job or considering a change of career? Do you need help with interview techniques and updating your CV? Are you considering an apprenticeship?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then come along to the West Berkshire Work and Careers Fair to find out more. Hosted at Newbury College, Monks Lane on Wed 11 October between 1-6pm, the event can put you in touch with approximately 40 local companies looking for new employees to join their team. Exhibiting organisations include Amberjack, Bluegrasscoms, David Wilson Homes, Debenhams, Priors Court, Sovereign Housing, TK Maxx, West Berkshire Council and many more.

For those seeking advice and tips on how to improve their job prospects, Adviza is running workshops covering interview techniques, presentation skills and CV writing throughout the event. Newbury College’s apprenticeship team will be on hand to discuss how an apprenticeship can kick start your career and its current vacancy opportunities.

The event is supported by Elevate West Berkshire, helping 16-24 year-olds gain the skills they need for employment.

Secondary schools are welcome to bring students from year 10 upwards to help them gain inspiration for future job paths. All visitors are encouraged to sign up for the event in advance via the event web page, or visit West Berkshire Work and Careers Fair website for more details.

 

On the evening of Tuesday 05 September students from Newbury College gathered together with family and friends to celebrate their academic achievements at the College’s annual Graduation and Award Ceremony. Guest of honour was BBC antiques expert and local businessman, Thomas Plant.

The event is held for students graduating from Level 4 courses and above, and for those who have worked exceptionally hard on further education courses (up to Level 3). Students were invited on stage to accept their certificates and awards from the College Principal and Chief Executive, Dr Anne Murdoch, the guest of honour and representatives from local organisations who helped sponsor the event.

Speaking about the evening, Dr Anne Murdoch said: “It is always an honour for us to come together and celebrate the achievements of our students. This year the event took place in an indoor marquee in our Sports Hall which added to the sense of occasion.

“We were very grateful to Thomas and his wise words of encouragement to our students. He told them not to be afraid of starting at the bottom and working up – that way by the time they reach the top they would have experienced all they need to know to make a success of their career. We hope he inspired the students to be as passionate about their careers as he so obviously is about his own.”

Winners of special awards were as follows: George Collins – Outstanding Higher Education Mechanical Engineer Elliot Taylor – Outstanding Higher Education Electrical and Electronic Engineer Karen Welton – Outstanding Higher Education Learner Award Hamish Hearn – Tony Allen Award for High Achievement in further education.

Other guests in attendance included Cllr Ellen Crumly, Mayor of Thatcham, Cllr David Fenn, Mayor of Newbury, Cllr Quinten Webb, Chair of West Berkshire Council and members of Newbury College’s governing body.

Sponsoring companies included: AWE, Bluebird Care, Castle School, Corn Exchange Newbury, David Lloyd Clubs, Debenhams Parkway, Euro Car Parts, Heart, Jason Palmer Hairdressing, Jewson, Monkey Business, MWS Media, Newbury Weekly News, Parkway Shopping, Resonates, Taylor Shaw, The Living Rainforest, Vineyard, West Berkshire Council and Xtrac.

To view all of the photos from the event click here.

West Berkshire Skills and Enterprise Partnership invites local businesses and organisations to take part in this year’s West Berkshire Work and Careers Fair taking place on Wednesday 11 October, from 1-6pm, at Newbury College’s Monks Lane Campus.

Following the success of the event in 2016, which attracted over 55 exhibitors from different industry sectors and 500 visitors, it is now regarded as one of the largest of its kind staged locally. This year’s event is supported by Elevate West Berkshire, helping 16-24 year olds gain the skills they need for employment. 

“The event is a great way for businesses looking to recruit locally to attract the talent they need,” explains Dawn Ray, the event organiser. “Additional activities such as advice on CV content and writing job applications, ensures that the event receives a wide variety of visitors, many of whom are looking for work, evaluating options for alternative careers in the local area, or are young people gathering inspiration about future career paths,” continues Dawn.

Exhibitors have space for a table top and pop-up stand, many of which are free depending on the space required, with larger stands attracting a nominal fee.

Anyone interested in either exhibiting or supporting the event in any way should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the event website for more information.

Avoid the queues on the day, register your attendance here.

A growing number of students are entering university with BTECs, according to an article in today's Guardian.

Acceptance of those with BTECs and a combination of BTECs and A levels is increasing rapidly and the proportion has almost doubled in the last eight years.

The article praises the qualifications, saying "The BTEC curriculum is considerably freer and more flexible than the tight syllabus and marking schemes of A-levels. In the University of Bedfordshire’s experience, BTec students show great strength in idea generation, independent learning and creativity, in ways that are atypical among A-level students."

Newbury College offers a wide range of BTEC qualifications for school leavers in subjects including Animale Care, Art and Design, Business, Computing, Engineering, Health and Social Care, Media Production, Music Technology, Public Services, Sport and more.

An increasing number of students on BTEC programmes at Newbury College also have the opportunity to progress to HNC and HND qualifications as an excellent alternative to university.

Free drop-in Advice Clinics are being held at our Monks Lane campus today (17 August 2017) and on GCSE Results Day (24 August 2017) to support young people make the right choices about further education, higher education, apprenticeships or finding employment.