Newbury College is challenging the approach to full-time, further education with a ground-breaking new programme that facilitates a link between school and work by creating an environment for undecided students to discover their potential.
The Achieve Programme is part of the College’s “Careers, not courses” initiative, an evolution of their sixth-form provision that provides young people with a career-focused education. It has been designed and developed in partnership with local employers, and one of the first programmes of its kind to be launched in the country.
Students enrolling on the Achieve Programme are being given the opportunity to combine valuable qualifications with meaningful work placement and the added support of a college job coach to enable them to progress to an apprenticeship or career in their chosen field.
The new programme complements the college’s already comprehensive range of full-time study programmes that cover a variety of technical subjects from carpentry, plumbing, and electrical installation to child care, hairdressing and music technology.
Vice Principal, Lee Hunt MBE, said: “At Newbury College, we have been building some fantastic relationships with local employers to shape our curriculum offer. We are delighted that so many employers are supporting this innovative programme and can see the value that it can bring to their businesses and the young people who have taken this opportunity to improve their employment prospects with us.”
Enrolment for the 2019/2020 academic year has already started, but the College wants young people to know that it is not too late to enrol. Special advice and guidance clinics have been set up at the College’s Monks Lane campus to provide support for anyone who still undecided or unsure about their options.
Lead Careers Adviser, Karen Taylor, said: “Making a decision about what you are going to do in the future can be a daunting experience at any time, least of all when you still studying for your GCSEs. We appreciate that some young people may have been reconsidering their year 12 options over the summer holidays and we want them to know that it is not too late to change their minds. We are happy to meet with any young person to discuss their options and help them to decide on the right path to the career they want.”
There is still time to enrol on a full-time study programme at Newbury College, the innovative new Achieve Programme or enquire about an apprenticeship with one of the College’s many industry partners.
Newbury College opened its doors to over a hundred young school leavers on Monday, providing a taste of college life and their future careers.
The annual event has become increasingly more popular, as the College embraces a new career-focussed curriculum, which is being led by local employers and aims to provide young people with the skills they need to succeed in their future employment.
Vice Principal, Lee Hunt MBE, said: “At Newbury College we believe in careers, not courses, and we have been building some fantastic relationships with local employers to shape our curriculum offer. We are delighted that so many young people share in our vision and have taken this opportunity to choose Newbury College to improve their employment prospects.”
The school leavers visiting this year’s event took part in a range of hands-on, career-related exercises, including graphic design workshops, electrical installation projects, performance car demonstrations from Think Ford and some innovative team building activities, before enjoying some fun in the summer sun with an inflatable bungee-run and a live performance by LongDayLateNight.
Newbury College has been laying the groundwork for the launch of new T Level qualifications, a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience that will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. These new qualifications will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.
While the official launch date for T Level qualifications is set for 2020, Newbury College is already making many of the changes ahead of time, allow students enrolling in September 2019 to benefit from studying a subject that is both engaging and worthwhile.
There is still time to apply for a full-time study programme at Newbury College or enquire about an apprenticeship with one of the College’s many industry partners.
Newbury College beauty and hairdressing students have cast a spell on audiences at their annual showcase evening with fantastic creations straight out of the pages of their favourite bedtime stories.
Each student designed and created a look – including hair, makeup and clothing – based on their interpretation of the theme. From family-friendly Disney-inspired princesses to creepy creatures from the twisted world of Tim Burton classics, the students pushed the standard even higher this year as prosthetics and LED lighting were used to enhance the daring designs.
When the models took to the catwalk, in front of a panel of industry experts from commercial salons and leading companies in the sector, including Lilly Hennah from CJ Beauty & Co, Jason Palmer from Jason Palmer Hairdressing and Ailsa Willis from Diva Pro Styling, the audience was enchanted.
The judges had such a tough time in choosing winners that for the time, they even announced some highly commended entrants in the list of finalists. Highly commended students included Charlotte Canning, Christine Caldaralo and Holly Hoskins for their interpretations of Steve the Alien, Rapunzel and Jack and the Beanstalk.
Overall winner, Joana Camacho, made a splash with her interpretation of Serefina, a dark mermaid from Jennifer Donnelly’s Deep Blue, and was closely followed by runner up, Lauren Harris, whose Narnia inspired Ice Queen gave the audience chills.
Other finalists included Lucy Oliver with her hair-raising take on Snow White’s Maleficent and Lydia Leighfield, whose Thumbelina was a big hit. Theona (Tee) Walmsley was awarded Best Mood Board for her creative preparation and exploration of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden.
Rachael Elsey, Curriculum Manager for Services, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who came along to support the event, including all the friends, family members and judges. Our annual showcase event is designed to allow the students’ imagination to flourish, and they certainly didn’t disappoint! Some of the creations were truly amazing, and we are very proud of what they achieved.”
Adults studying at Newbury College joined others from across the county at the annual West Berkshire Learner Achievement Awards, on the 7 June.
The West Berkshire Learner Achievement Awards celebrates the successes of adults learning in an array of study options, from apprenticeships and professional qualifications to health and wellbeing courses. The event is held as part of the Festival of Learning and aims to highlight the benefits of learning, celebrate the achievements of adults using learning to transform their lives and encourage lifelong learning.
As a proud sponsor of the event, Newbury College is also delighted to congratulate three of its students; Charlotte Little, winning the Outstanding Achievement Award, Christine Caldaralo, joint winner of the Determination Award, and Xenia Bellis, presented with the Inspiring Others Award. They have all worked incredibly hard and overcome diversity in their attainments.
A full list of winners and further details of the awards can be found on the West Berkshire Council website
If you are feeling inspired to take the next step in your learning journey, click here to find your next opportunity. Who knows you could be on the award list next year!
Charlotte Little - Outstanding Achievement Award
Newbury College Principal and Chief Executive, Iain Wolloff, presents Charlotte Little with her award for Outstanding Achievement
Christina Caldaralo (right) - Determination Award
Christina Caldaralo receives the Determination Award. This was jointly awarded to Karen Winter (pictured to the left)
Xenia Bellis - Inspiring Others Award
Xenia Bellis receives her Inspiring Others Award for her achievements and progression.
On Saturday 22 June guests are welcomed from near and far to join the D-Day 75th Anniversary Commemorative Convoy at Newbury College, for their final stop.
The convoy starts at 9.30 AM from MOD Southwick, near Fareham, Hampshire former D-Day Headquarters with 50 vehicles escorted by 25 motorcycle outriders of the Royal British Legion Riders Branch. The route will take them to former RAF Lasham home of the Lasham Gliding Society and onto Milestones Living History Museum in Basingstoke, arriving at approximately noon. Moving on through Kingsclere to Greenham Common, the convoy and guests will be greeted by the Poppy Parachute Team, who will drop on to the common at approximately 2.30 pm, symbolising the returning spirit of the men to the base from which they flew on D-Day. Weather dependent, a Historic Aircraft Flight Auster AOP Mk9 – XR244 (G-CICR) will be tracking the route above the convoy.
The journey is a recreation of General Eisenhower’s drive from D-Day Headquarters on the afternoon of 5 June 1944 when he visited men of the Parachute Infantry Regiments at Greenham Common hours before they were to drop into Occupied Europe. Patrick Kempe, one of the team of volunteers helping to organise the event said, “In this 75th Anniversary Year of D-Day it is right that we recognise the dedication and sacrifice of a generation and also take the opportunity to help today’s Armed Forces personnel through fundraising for the Royal British Legion. A huge thank you to the many organisations who have come forward to contribute both financially and practically to ensure we can present this historic event”.
Newbury College are privileged to host the final commemorations including, Arborfield Military Wives Choir, Army Cadet Force band and dancers, and the planting of a commemorative apple tree. Vice Principal, Lee Hunt (MBE) commented, “We are delighted to offer our campus to this momentous event. As a community college, it is important for us to reflect the recognition the event deserves.”
Guests are welcome to the College between 2 - 5pm to join in the commemorations, with convoy vehicles expected to arrive around 3:15pm. Entry is free and all proceeds raised on the day will be donated to the Royal British Legion. See the event on Facebook for more details.
Newbury College has been awarded £1.75m from the Local Growth Fund, towards the development of the University Centre Newbury (UCN). Additional funds for the £5.5m project will be drawn from the College and investment from supporting partners and will bring a state-of-the-art, digitally integrated, zero carbon, higher education facility to West Berkshire.
Research by the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (TVBLEP) and consultation with local employers across the region, identified critical skill shortages of employees with high-level skills, particularly in Digital Technologies, Engineering, Business & Finance, Health, Social Care & Education and Construction.
The UCN is supported by foundation partnerships with local businesses including Vodafone, Roc Technologies, Xtrac and Sovereign Housing and aims to address the needs of local employers and ensure training is relevant and specific, not only for new employees, but also to increase the opportunities to upskill existing staff and help businesses utilise their Apprenticeship Levy payments more effectively.
Director of Business & Partnerships, Dr Jo Houghton said, “We are delighted to have received the funding and support of the TVBLEP and excited that the Planning Application has been submitted. The University Centre Newbury brings a wealth of opportunity for businesses to meet their workforce requirements to engage and upskill in digital technologies, and provides a fantastic opportunity for students of all ages to achieve a higher level of training locally.”
Newbury College has already formed strong relationships with local businesses in the engineering sector, including AWE and Xtrac, enhanced by the opening of the Engineering Solutions Lab in 2017 and the subsequent strength of the Degree programmes in Engineering, which is already expanding to Postgraduate level from September 2019, in partnership with Buckinghamshire New University.
The “Careers not Courses” campaign, recently launched by Newbury College, marks an open conversation between business and education and designs a curriculum that meets the skills demand of the local community, building and equipping a digital-first workforce with a logical progression from further education into higher education (HE).
UCN provides a solution for the community that sees an expansion of the current HE provision enabling opportunities for young talent to remain in the area and study university-level qualifications alongside their chosen career.
Built to new zero-carbon standards, UCN will be environmentally sustainable. The Centre incorporates digital technologies that enable students the option to study flexibly such as, real-time remote classroom access and blended learning options. Labs will be equipped with the hardware and software that facilitate the delivery of key digital technology including big data, software development, cyber security and cloud computing.
Key partners including, Buckinghamshire New University, QA Ltd, and The Open University, have been specifically chosen for their expertise to support the delivery of a centre of excellence for the development of higher skills.
West Berkshire Council, the Rt Hon Richard Benyon MP, Kennet School and Park House School have also provided strong support for University Centre Newbury.
The first intake for the University Centre Newbury will be September 2020. To find out more about higher-level study options, visit www.newbury-college.ac.uk
7 May 2019 – Newbury, Berkshire - On Thursday 25 April, Newbury College invited a selection of businesses to attend the launch of its ‘Careers not Courses’ campaign, that begins to address skills gaps and dwindling talent pools by creating a forum for conversation and partnership opportunities. The initiative will be driving industrial placements and career opportunities to enable students to learn and develop the skills needed to be in demand.
Through recent consultation with local business, Newbury College has identified that 41% of businesses in the area are asking for better channels between business and education so that they can easily reach out, connect with and recruit young talent.
“Today’s discussion has opened the door between education and the employer.” Stated HR Consultant, Mark Dixon.
Lee Hunt (MBE), Vice Principal, Newbury College said “As an education provider we understand the importance of providing the right training for our students. It makes sense that we collaborate with the students’ future employers to create career-focused courses, teach the right skills and establish business partnerships to enable relevant work experience and career opportunities. These partnerships provides both better career prospects for our students and a valuable pool of young talent for business.”
Motor Vehicle Student, Phoebe commented, “Work experience is a valuable part of my course in developing the skills I need in the workplace”.
The event introduced College students and potential employers in an open discussion that specifically focused on developing the key soft-skills, such as communication, problem-solving and resilience, that 39% of businesses confirmed young recruits needed to develop.
Ella Barrington, Corse Concierge, commented, “Today’s format was great and has provided much more insight into the life of the College and students. It has left me enthused to learn more and participate in this journey.”
‘Careers not Courses’ is part of a long-term National Government project to launch a brand new, fully-funded vocational curriculum designed and delivered in tandem with industry professionals; the T-Levels. Newbury College offers a full range of business services including, T-Level placement, Work Experience, Apprenticeships and Training
If you are a student looking to gain the right skills to be in demand, join us at our next full-time open event on Tuesday 21 May between 16:00 – 20:00.
Newbury College set the stage for a glittering Prom Fair on Thursday 04 April, as school leavers across West Berkshire prepare for the biggest night of their social calendar.
The event, which was supported by Newbury Weekly News and Parkway Shopping, attracted some big name exhibitors from the worlds of fashion, fitness and more to the College's unique, indoor marquee.
School proms have become a cultural phenomenon in recent years, with preparations for the big night getting under way months in advance.
For those young people who were still undecided about what to wear or how to wear it, the Prom Fair was an excellent opportunity to get clued up in the latest trends from Parkway stores Monsoon, New Look and Topman; discover timeless classics with Isabel's Retro & Vintage Clothing and receive expert advice on hair and makeup styling from Andrea King, CJ Beauty & Co, Holly Heimsoth Beauty, Pin It Grip It and Simply Hairlicious, as well as live demonstrations by Hair and Beauty students from the College's own Intuition Salons.
Students from the Newbury College Performing Arts course, a new programme that runs in partnership with Kingsclere Performing Arts College, modelled a range of affordable looks, from classic suits and dresses, to more adventurous outfits for those who dare to make a statement.
Local dressmaker and Newbury College dressmaking tutor, Kim Broughton, was also on hand to offer prom-goers advice on tailoring and customisation.
Other exhibitors included Anytime Fitness, Cascade Events, Chequers Hotel, Dark Star Discos, Double Tree by Hilton, Regency Park Hotel, Infinity Roses, Lucy Booths, NightLights, Nuffield Health, Rosie’s Retro & Vintage Studio and Sweet Stories, all offering their services to help make the moment memorable.
Naomi Cripps, Marketing Manager for Newbury College, said: "This is the first time we have run an event like this and it was fantastic to receive the support of so many big brands and local businesses.
"It was an excellent opportunity for us to showcase the talents of our students, as well as our indoor marquee, which transforms the Sports Hall into a unique venue for weddings, parties and other celebrations.
"Newbury College is well-known for offering an exceptional range of opportunities for school leavers to continue their education through career-focussed courses and apprenticeships. The Prom Fair is just one more way we are supporting young people and local businesses in our community."
To find out more about the opportunities available to school leavers at Newbury College, hiring the indoor marquee or to book yourself in for a pre-prom treatment in one of the College's training salons, search Newbury College or visit the Monks Lane campus.
Newbury College held its annual Apprenticeship Awards as part of National Apprenticeship Week on Thursday 07 March. Organised to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), apprentices, employers and College staff came together to recognise the achievements, hard work and commitment of all those involved with its apprenticeship programme.
Host for the evening was Principal and Chief Executive, Iain Wolloff. “The awards ceremony is an opportunity to promote the value of apprenticeships as a fantastic route into many different careers,” explains Iain. “The variety of employers who attended the event demonstrates that apprenticeships provide a great way for businesses to nurture talent”.
The award winners on the night were:
- Best Apprentice in a Small Business – Jake Monger, Harveys Insolvency Service Ltd
- Best Apprentice in a Medium Business – Chloe Bowley, ESA Serviced Apartments Ltd
- Best Apprentice in a Large Business – Emily Swatton, UKAEA
- Best Assessor – Yvonne Pomeroy, Newbury College
- Best Workplace Mentor – Sarah Arnold, Strawberry Hill Medical Centre
- The Nick Carter Award for Outstanding Contribution – Chris Marrs, Xtrac
- Apprenticeship Development Award – Cliff Newcomb, Newbury College
Chloe Bowley, winner of Best Apprentice in a Medium Business, said: “I’m honoured to receive the award. It was not expected, but I couldn’t be happier that I was chosen. All the hard work I’ve put in is finally starting to pay off and it feels surreal that I’m weeks away from being signed off my apprenticeship completely, after a truly challenging 16 months.
“I couldn’t have done it without my work colleagues or my assessor, Yvonne. They have been a massive support for me and for that I’ll be forever grateful. I’m looking forward to signing a brand-new shiny contract (with esa), making many more memories!”
Newbury College holds monthly Apprenticeship Information Sessions, where candidates can find out more about the apprenticeship vacancies on offer. For organisations looking to take on an apprentice, the College has a long history of helping businesses run successful apprenticeship programmes. Read one of our case studies at www.newbury-college.ac.uk/apprenticeships or contact our Business Team on 01635 845229.