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Newbury College has demonstrated its commitment to high performance through good people management by receiving a silver accreditation against the Investors in People Standard. Only 10% of organisations who apply for the standard achieve the prestigious silver accreditation.

Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results.

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said; “Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to success. Newbury College should be extremely proud of its achievement.”

Cathy Wright, Head of HR at Newbury College, said: “Since our bronze accreditation last time, we’ve worked really hard to address the areas of development needed for us to improve. We are thrilled with this result, which would not be possible without the continuing support of our dedicated and enthusiastic employees, who really make Newbury College a fantastic place to study and work.”

Click here for more information about Investors in People. Click here to find out more about what it’s like to work at Newbury College.

Newbury College today announced the launch of its new holiday club for students with high needs. Based in its well-equipped and specially adapted Ormande Centre, Newbury College is now extending its provision to provide activities over the holiday periods.

Newbury College Team Leader, Louise Campbell, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer holiday club places to both new and existing students. We realise how hard it is for our students to have such long gaps in-between terms and this can be very unsettling. We also understand how tricky it can be to find a suitable provision for young people during the holidays with staff who understand their needs and have a high level of knowledge and experience.”

The first holiday club will run over the February half term (13-15 February) and spaces are still available. The club will also run during Easter, May half term and the summer holidays. The cost for shared support is £55 per day per person, the cost for 1:1 or 2:1 support is £15 per hour per support person. Transport may be available for some students.

To discuss the holiday club in more detail or to book a place, please call Louise Campbell on 01635 845000 for more information.

Last term, students in our art department worked with renowned art suppliers, Daler-Rowney. The students were commissioned to create work based on a theme of ‘deconstruct/reconstruct’, working with subject matters relating to tools, music and collections.

The students attended a series of workshops and explored a variety of media, techniques and processes, producing a range of artwork and samples. These were sent off to Daler-Rowney for evaluation and three students were selected for awards.

The winners were Evelyn Pritchett (Level 2 student), Maddy Hunt (Subsidiary Diploma student) and Thomas Ebsworth (Extended Diploma student). All were awarded a collection of Daler-Rowney art materials.

Course leader, Sarah Whittam, said: “The students responded very well to the brief, creating some stunning artwork. All the students were commended by the Daler-Rowney team for their hard work, commenting that it was a hard decision to select the winners.”

Daler-Rowney will select a few winning pieces to feature on their 2017 promotional catalogue and this will be confirmed soon. Click here to see more photos.

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The project was part funded by Thames Valley Berkshire LEP through Local Growth Funds

Peter Read, Chairman of Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), today officially opened Newbury College’s brand new Engineering Solutions Lab. The new facility, fitted with leading technology, will enable the College’s engineering apprentices to research, design and develop components for their employers, whilst also benefitting students on full-time engineering programmes.

Part of the investment for the project came from a successful bid to Thames Valley Berkshire LEP for Local Growth Funds. The College received £333,333 from the LEP; the total cost of the facility was £1 million. The new facility will help address the needs of the local economy by raising the quality and profile of the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) provision in the area.

The Lab is comprised of two zones. The first contains electronic and electrical equipment, including CNC milling and turning machines, 3D printers and scanners and a 3D laser etching machine, to help design and develop innovative industry-approved engineering projects. The second zone is a fully functioning Computer Aided Design (CAD) area fitted out with design and drawing software packages such as AutoCAD and Inventor, and CNC software to connect to the machines in the other room.

Commenting on the new facility, Peter Read, Chairman of Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, said: “I am delighted to open the new Engineering Solutions Lab at Newbury College today. Our Growth Deal set out to grow the STEM skills base in Berkshire, and this project is an excellent example of this being put into action.

“Whilst employers continue to place strong emphasis on STEM skills, the number of young people entering the workforce with these skills remains below demand. As a high proportion of businesses in the Thames Valley Berkshire (TVB) economy are knowledge-intensive and therefore require a continuing flow of STEM talent, it is vital that significant steps are taken to ensure the economic potential of TVB is not restricted by labour supply issues. The opening of the Engineering Solutions Lab today is a definite step in the right direction.”

Dr Anne Murdoch, Principal and Chief Executive of Newbury College, added: “We are grateful to everyone who joined us today for our opening ceremony, especially to Peter Read who performed the official unveiling. As well as providing career progression and business development opportunities to our apprentices and their employers, our new facility also gives full-time students on engineering courses the chance to develop their STEM skills and gain experience working with leading technology.

“Organisations already making use of the new facility include Blatchford, Progressive Technology, Williams F1 and Xtrac, and we encourage other local employers to also make use of the facility by getting in touch with us.”

Newbury College provides a range of further education engineering courses including Level 2 Computer Aided Design, Electrical Installation and Engineering, and Level 3 Electrical Installation and Engineering. Higher education courses include Electrical and Electronic Engineering HNC and HND Diplomas, Mechanical Engineering HNC and HND Diplomas. Click here for more information on the engineering courses available at Newbury College. For more images visit our Facebook page.

Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, a division of Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC, is one of the UK’s leading contract hire and fleet management companies. Its history of providing funding for cars, HGVs and specialist vehicles spans over 30 years. Operating in a competitive, dynamic market, Hitachi Capital understands that its success is dependent on its employees and has continuously invested in its workforce to ensure customers get the expertise they need.

Embracing apprenticeships

Hitachi Capital uses a Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship Scheme to help train and nurture new employees. The company, currently on its second scheme, employs 11 young people based across its two offices in Newbury and Trowbridge.

Read the full case study here.



Announced in 2015, the apprenticeship levy aims to fund three million new apprentices by 2020 and the new funding system will begin in May 2017.

Newbury College will offer levy-compliant apprenticeship training and work with employers to ensure they achieve maximum results, offering help and advice to all employers – both levy and non-levy payers.

Employers with a payroll bill of more than £3 million will pay the levy. If you are a levy payer it is important that you calculate your levy spend and ensure you take full advantage of this opportunity. Newbury College can work with you to identify your skills requirements and develop a programme to suit your business needs. In many cases those companies with existing programmes will need to expand them in order to recoup their levy. Now is the right time to begin this planning to maximise the potential for your business.

Employers not paying the levy will continue to make a contribution [typically 10%] to the cost of apprenticeship training, payable directly to the provider and the government will pay the rest (up to the maximum amount of government funding available for that apprenticeship).  Newbury College can work with you to identify your skills requirements and develop a programme to best suit your business needs.

Find out more at our next Business Breakfast

If you want to know more about the Apprenticeship Levy and how it will affect your business, come along to our Business Breakfast on 21 Feb or contact a member of the Business Team on 01635 845229 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Last week students from Level 3 Music Technology went on an educational visit to Hogan Music’s professional recording studio in Newbury.

Newbury College lecturer Matt Foster, who organised the visit, said: “The students were given a practical demonstration of several industry-standard stereo microphone techniques. This was followed by a mix breakdown session where they had the chance to listen to different techniques used when mixing modern rock tracks.”

“It was an excellent opportunity for them to spend some time learning in a pro recording studio and it builds on the supportive relationship the College has developed with Hogan Music over the last couple of years. We can’t thank them enough for their time.”

Click here for more information about the professional recording studio at Hogan Music in Newbury.

If you are considering a career in the music industry, find out more about our Music Technology courses at our open evening on Wednesday 8 February, 4-8pm.

Motivational speakers form just one facet of Newbury College’s student enrichment programme and last week, students on higher education and Level 3 programmes had the opportunity to meet Penny Mallory.

Penny became the first woman in the world to compete in World Rally Car. With over 20 years’ experience in sporting and business success, Penny shared her unusual, yet inspiring story. Penny has coached elite athletes and is also an accomplished keynote speaker, event host and TV presenter. She is the perfect embodiment of what can be achieved with will, determination, focus and commitment.

Course leader, Julian Bellmont, said: “Penny was an inspiration to my students – some of whom could relate to her story. It made them realise that there are no boundaries to what they can do. We feel privileged that Penny visited us three times in one week to reach a variety of students and are very grateful to her for giving up her time.”

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BBC Breakfast’s sports presenter, Mike Bushell, was guest of honour last night at Newbury College’s graduation and award ceremony. The event celebrated the achievements of students completing higher education courses (level 4 and above) and rewarded some of its exceptional further education students.

Students were invited on stage to accept their certificates and awards from Mike Bushell and Newbury College Principal and Chief Executive, Anne Murdoch and representatives from many local organisations who helped sponsor the event.

“Our event enables students to celebrate their successes and achievements with their family and friends and each year we invite a special guest speaker,” explains Anne.

“Mike spoke about his career and how he got started in journalism, he also explained how the educational experience can be enhanced by trying a range of different activities and how this can often open up new career avenues and possibilities. He also talked about how sport and education go hand and hand, highlighting that it’s never too late to try something new.”

Other guests in attendance included Ellen Crumly, Town Mayor of Thatcham, Quinten Webb, Chair of West Berkshire Council, Shaun Wood, Hungerford Town Council, and members of Newbury College’s governing body.

Sponsoring companies included: AWE, Bluebird Care, Busy Bees, Conservatree, Corn Exchange Newbury, David Lloyd Clubs, Heart, Hitachi Capital, IED, Jewson, M&B Hair & Beauty Supplies, Midguard, MWS Media, Parkway, Resonates, Salon Services, The Castle School, The Living Rainforest, The Vineyard and West Berkshire Council.

Click here to view the photographs from the event.


On Saturday 19 November, Newbury College played host to Thatcham Rotary’s Young Chef Competition.

This national competition is open to young people aged 17 years and under. Contestants must create a healthy meal for two people for no more than £15. Everyone who takes part has the opportunity to experience what it’s like working in a commercial kitchen. As part of their entry, contestants must also be able to show the judges their work sheets and costings. The winners of each of the regional heats are put through to a national final.

The winner was Harry Hutchins from Trinity School.

Commenting on the standard of the entries, judge and Newbury College catering tutor, Malcolm Baggott, said: “The contestants used some advanced skills to produce their menus, including the filleting of fish and removing meat from the bone, and under the tight time constraints of the competition, this was an impressive achievement. The food was presented to a professional standard and it was very apparent that the contestants had plenty of practise beforehand.”

Sheila Ellison, Thatcham Rotary, said: “We are very grateful to Newbury College for once again hosting our competition and for giving the entrants a taste of what it’s like to be a professional caterer. It was clear that all those taking part (including their families) enjoyed the experience thoroughly.”

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