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Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Visits Students at South Staffordshire College

Tue, 13/01/2015 - 13:10

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Visits Students at South Staffordshire College South Staffordshire College is once again the location of choice for opposition and Government Ministers engaging with the FE sector. The latest visitor from Westminster was the Rt Hon Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, who met with staff and students at the Cannock Progress Centre on Thursday 8th January. Mr Balls was particularly keen to meet with students, including apprentices, and see examples of their work in the Motor Vehicle, Construction and Carpentry industries. Welcomed by Deputy Principal Rob Boucherat, the Shadow Chancellor enjoyed a tour of the Progress Centre’s purpose built facilities, including the construction tent, painting and decorating studio and motor vehicle workshop.                 Students had the opportunity to demonstrate their work to the Shadow Chancellor and also encouraged him to have a go at various trades including tiling and painting. Amy Walker, Motorsport and Motor Vehicle Co-ordinator and Lecturer, explained to Mr Balls: “Our practical courses give students real life responsibilities to prepare them for the working world. They will apply the skills and experience they gain here in the workshops to their chosen industry throughout their career.” Mr Balls asked students how they would like to progress in their careers and where they would see themselves in the future. Kieran Sinn, aged 16 from Hednesford said: “I would either like to have my own business, or teach the next generation of students at South Staffordshire College.”               The event follows on from last month’s visit from Stephen Twigg MP, Labour MP for Liverpool West Derby, following an invitation from Trudie McGuinness, Director of Learner Journey at South Staffordshire College. Trudie says: “We were delighted to host the Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, and Janos Toth, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Cannock Chase. Both engaged really well with our students and were great sports at trying their hand at tiling and painting and decorating.” “Our visitors were both keen to find out about the different study routes and how we work with employers to ensure that we equip our students with the very best career opportunities after college. Students and staff alike thoroughly enjoyed the visit.” The College is holding an open event, at all campuses, on the 24th January between 10am and 2pm where anyone in the community can come along and see what’s on offer.

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2015 Taster Days at South Staffordshire College

Mon, 12/01/2015 - 16:54

Running in February and available to book now, our Taster Courses are for year 10 and 11 students who want to experience a taste of what life is like as a student @southstaffs. Whatever your interests or career ambitions, a taster course will provide you with the opportunity to try your hand at an exciting range of activities, from Construction and Animal Care, to Adventure Sports and Performing Arts (plus many more). Mon 16th February 2015 – All Campuses Tue 17th February 2015 – Rodbaston, Cannock, Lichfield & TORC Wed 18th February 2015 – Rodbaston, Tamworth, Lichfield & TORC To find out more, download the leaflets below, or call 0300 456 2424 to book your place.

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Open Day at South Staffordshire College

Fri, 09/01/2015 - 14:21

South Staffordshire College campuses will be open to prospective students and the community for an Open Day on Saturday 24th January. All five of the campuses including Tamworth, Cannock, Lichfield, TORC and Rodbaston will be open from 10am until 2pm. Visitors will be able to speak to expert tutors and find out what life is like in industries such as Technology, Business, Construction, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care, Land-based subjects and many more. It’s a great opportunity to find out more about life at the college, including information on trips and wider social activities including sports events and more. The South Staffordshire College Team are also on hand to provide information on finance, applications and support available. Animal Management Student, Ryan Eddowes says: “South Staffordshire College is a great College for education and an amazing place to learn and study what you’re passionate about.” As well as finding out about courses starting in September, the college is offering the chance to start full-time courses this January. With a wide range of inspiring courses on offer and Apprenticeships for those who want to learn whilst in employment, there is something for everyone at South Staffordshire College. Open Days offer a relaxed and friendly environment in which to find out more. To find out more, visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk, or call 0300 456 2424

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Adult and Community Courses Starting This January at South Staffordshire College

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 16:08

South Staffordshire College has launched a set of new inspiring community courses providing opportunities to try something new in 2015. The guide features a wide range of courses taking place during the spring and summer, including health, fitness and dance, computing and technology, horticulture and floristry, languages, photography, beauty, and many more. For anyone needing to enhance their employability potential and upgrade their skills for the workplace a range of accessible courses are also on offer. Many courses and workshops are free to people receiving jobseeker’s allowance and other benefits and delivered at numerous times and locations. Principal and Chief Executive of South Staffordshire College, Graham Morley, says: “It’s always fun to learn something new. Whether you want to improve your career prospects or learn a new skill, get in touch and let us do the rest.” To request a copy of the new guide visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk, or call 0300 456 2424 for more information.

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South Staffordshire College Lays Foundations for the Future with Redrow

Mon, 05/01/2015 - 11:58

South Staffordshire College has launched a new construction course to provide one of the UK’s leading residential property developers with trainees who have the skills to become site managers of the future. The College has partnered with NHBC to re-launch Redrow Homes’ trainee site assistant programme, which provides participants with formal qualifications and is the first scheme of its kind to be backed by NHBC (National House-Building Council). The FTSE 250 housebuilder and South Staffordshire College have created a new course that combines classroom learning and practical, ‘on the job’ experience. Delivered in-house by Redrow, the first intake of 24 students has started the programme. Each will now work towards a BTEC Level 3 in Construction & the Built Environment, developed by South Staffordshire College, and a NVQ Level 3 in Contracting, developed alongside NHBC.             A range of candidates has been promoted onto the course including apprentices, labourers and forklift drivers. John Renshaw, Apprenticeships Manager at South Staffordshire College, said: “As an organisation we work with lots of private and different public sector organisations to train and up-skill their work forces but this is the first time we’ve created a course of this kind for an employee in the construction industry. Working with Redrow, our aim is to provide the knowledge and professional qualifications site assistants need to do their job, as well as the skills to motivate a team and boost morale on site.” Karen Jones, HR director for Redrow Homes, said: “This programme has been developed with our partners to provide site workers with the skills, knowledge and attributes to eventually supervise their own building sites. It’s a springboard towards management, giving our most promising employees the opportunity to grow with our rapidly changing business and put down solid foundations for a successful career.” The participants will combine their learning, done on block release, with working on site at one of over 100 Redrow developments in England and Wales.

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FASHION SKILLS CAN GO TO YOUR HEAD

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 16:28

South Staffordshire College Fashion student Megan Brookes age 17 from Tamworth has had her work featured for Tworld photographic studios in Weeford, Lichfield. Megan’s work, a stunning white fascinator, has become the showpiece for the college, and now Tworld Studios has added its professional styling and photography to Megan’s outstanding fashion design and will use the resulting images on its website and other advertising material.  South Staffordshire College will also be highlighting the work with a poster size print prominently displayed at Lichfield Campus.   Hayley Brooks is Course Leader in Fashion & Textiles at the College.  “We’re proud of all the students’ efforts and Megan’s success has capped an enjoyable and fruitful collaboration between our photography and design courses.  It has also enabled us to forge another close relationship with a respected local employer and we look forward to working with Tworld on a regular basis in future.” Following Megan’s successful shoot, a second creative collaboration at the Lichfield Campus of South Staffordshire College saw Fashion and Photography students team up to produce a shoot entitled ‘Winter Wonderland’.  Collaborations between creative industry courses are highly encouraged at the college and the work of students celebrated. For more information about courses within the creative industries, please refer to www.southstaffs.ac.uk.

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Make 2015 your best year yet!

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 15:33

  Why wait until September to start a course? We’ve got a wide range of full time and part time courses starting this January in a variety of subject areas. As well as full and part time courses we offer apprenticeship roles in a variety of industries. You can apply online in 25 seconds, call our enquiries team on 0300 456 2424 or email us at enquiries@southstaffs.ac.uk View a list of all our courses here: http://www.southstaffs.ac.uk/courses/

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SHADOW JUSTICE MINISTER AT SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE COLLEGE

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 11:51

South Staffordshire College continues to be the area’s first choice for government and opposition MPs intent on communicating with the FE/HE sector. The latest visitor from Westminster’s ranks was Stephen Twigg MP, Labour MP for Liverpool West Derby, following an invitation from Trudie McGuinness, Director of Learner Journey at South Staffordshire College. In addition to being a former president of the National Union of Students he has also been Shadow Secretary of State for Education. Mr Twigg was particularly keen to speak to the students and apprentices at the College’s Cannock Campus about the importance of its contribution in helping young people into employment. He received a warm welcome from Graham Morley, Chief Executive Principal at South Staffordshire College and enjoyed a tour of the newly refurbished Campus, which included the 4D immersive learning space, an interactive creative space created through LED lighting, giant projection and surround sound. Mr Twigg was given a presentation by Steve Wileman, E-Learning Manager, on how the College engages learners through the layout of the immersive learning room, Augmented Reality (AR) and tablet devices.  Students also used the opportunity to ask Mr Twigg questions in a Q & A session in the 4D room, which suitably set the scene with images of the House of Lords, on why voting was so important, given the party’s recent commitment to votes at 16 and on how he first become involved in politics. Trudie McGuiness said the visit was a great success. “At South Staffordshire College, we work hard to empower our learners and we see it as one of our duties to engage them in all aspects of citizenship, including politics, society and voting. We are delighted that Stephen Twigg MP was able to come and along and debate with our learners why voting matters. Over half of those aged 16-19 have confirmed that if they were able to vote at 16, they would.”

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SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE COLLEGE AND STOKE-ON-TRENT CITY COUNCIL CONTINUE SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 11:49

South Staffordshire College’s Workforce Development team has celebrated another successful partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, providing 25 of its staff with work-based diplomas in Horticulture.   The employees, who achieved Level Two and Level Three qualifications, are responsible for maintaining and enhancing the city’s public spaces, parks and crematoriums. They will use their newly honed skills to improve the appearance of Stoke-on-Trent, supporting the Mandate for Change by making the city more attractive to visitors, businesses and investors.   A celebratory event took place at South Staffordshire College’s Rodbaston Hall, where Council staff received their NVQ certificates recognising their achievements from the College’s Chief Executive Principal Graham Morley.     South Staffordshire College has worked with Stoke-on-Trent City Council since January 2009 and to date has completed 5 groups of Level 2 and 4 groups of Level 3 Horticulture through Apprenticeships.   John Renshaw, Apprenticeship Manager at South Staffordshire College, said  “The success, dedication and commitment from both the learners and relevant staff over the past 6 years has been fantastic and the staff at the College have thoroughly enjoyed teaching, assessing and up-skilling these learners.”   Michelle Tinsley, Business Operations Manager at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, commented “I would like to thank all the staff at South Staffordshire College for their hard work in delivering the NVQ courses over the years. They have been a great success and our staff have gained so much from them.”

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GOLD AWARD FOR SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE COLLEGE

Tue, 02/12/2014 - 12:09

South Staffordshire College has been recognised for its work in training the bookkeepers of the future with a Gold Centre award from the International Association of Book-keepers (IAB). At the “Top Centre Awards” ceremony held at the House of Commons recently South Staffordshire College’s Course Tutor for Business Studies and Accounts, Donna Abrahams and Debbie Ross, Bookkeeping Tutor, received the award from Malcolm Trotter, Chief Executive of the IAB. Donna and Debbie were responsible for overseeing the success of the students and proudly accepted the award, saying “It is a pleasure to receive the award on behalf of the College demonstrating our continued high standards. We appreciate how much hard work the learners have put in to enable us as a College to be recognised in such a manner and are proud to be part of their team spirit of working together”. The College has been an IAB accredited centre for 12 years and was commended for its high performance, based on an overall assessment of pass rates over an extended period of time and across a range of IAB qualifications. Malcolm Trotter acknowledged the winners, saying “As an organisation the IAB are committed to promoting the highest standards of competence and excellence among bookkeepers, a body of professionals who play a key role in the day-to-day management and financial health of businesses of all sizes.  Our accredited centres play a crucial part in our work and those that have received Gold Awards have demonstrated consistently strong results over a long period of time.  I congratulate them all.”

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SPORTS STUDENTS VISIT HOME OF ENGLISH FOOTBALL

Mon, 01/12/2014 - 14:33

A group of Sports students from South Staffordshire College has been treated to a guided tour of Wembley Football stadium as part of the curriculum. The visit was organised by UCFB Wembley – a university campus based at Wembley stadium, and included a tour of the ground, campus and workshops.  The 35 students, accompanied by three members of staff, also enjoyed a Careers in Sport workshop, personal statement writing and had an opportunity to talk to students studying at UCFB. Jamie Chapman, Quality Coordinator for Sport at South Staffordshire College, said  “The trip provided the students with an excellent opportunity to see the splendid University facilities and give them motivational ideas towards future career prospects.” South Staffordshire College’s Tamworth and Cannock Campuses offer Diploma and fast track courses in Fitness Instructing, Personal Trainer, Sports & Exercise Science and Sport, preparing students for a range of jobs in the sports, exercise and fitness industries. Football training sessions are run by FA qualified coaches, with opportunities for students to go on stadium tours and taster days at the UK’s biggest clubs.  The College also runs its own football academy, where students play against other colleges across the country and were runners-up in one of the British Colleges of Sport leagues in 2013. South Staffordshire College’s Sports Lecturer, Helen Condron, accompanied the students to Wembley.  She said it was a very interesting day that was useful for the learners considering University after completing college. Charlotte Penwright, studying Sports and Exercise Science at the College’s Cannock Campus, enjoyed the visit, saying  “It was great meeting the UCFB students and having the opportunity to discuss what the university is like. The facilities were really good and I’m now seriously considering going to the campus next year to study.” Jack Stafford, also studying Sports and Exercise Science, reflected “I really enjoyed the visit to the Wembley Campus, it has given me some ideas of what career options are open to me after finishing college.”

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APPEAL FOR GARDEN VOLUNTEERS TO TEND COUNTRY ESTATE

Mon, 01/12/2014 - 11:36

The Horticulture Department at South Staffordshire College is encouraging anyone interested in gardening, especially retirees or those looking for hands-on work experience, to become a volunteer at the 180 hectare Rodbaston Campus estate grounds. Sarah Davies, Head Gardener, said the team is looking for people with a keen interest to work in the gardens and grounds of a large-scale estate all year round, providing a valuable experience to both enthusiastic amateurs and those wishing to pursue a career in horticulture. Volunteers can expect to work on ground maintenance, pruning, watering, weeding, digging garden beds, planting a variety of flowers and shrubs, potting-on, propagation, seeding, mowing lawns and landscape construction. They will also have an opportunity to work in the formal gardens, the arboretum and walled garden, a variety of vegetable plots, an area of themed landscape sections and large scale glasshouses. Sarah says the volunteers will receive expert advice from the South Staffordshire College Estates team and can go on to acquire accredited NPTC certification if they desire, at a discounted price. “We will provide on-the-job training as part of the volunteer experience, including training on the use of hedge cutters, mowers and strimmers, with certificates available to take away. We would love to see people come along for however long they can spare but ideally we would ask for a minimum of 5 hours a day between 9 am and 4.30 pm. It is open to anyone 18+ – everybody is welcome and encouraged to participate, whatever their level of experience or ability.” The Volunteer programme is ideal for those looking to return to work, offering a gentle path back to employment in beautiful, stress-free surroundings. “We also want to encourage people to come along, as working in green spaces is a proven tonic, together with the camaraderie of working with new friends in an open air environment,” Sarah continued. Kevin Hart is a shining example of what South Staffordshire College’s Volunteer programme did for him. After 32 years Kevin was made redundant and decided on a career change, enrolling in an evening RHS course in Horticulture at Rodbaston Campus before signing up as a volunteer. He said “As a volunteer the hours and days are completely flexible, the gardens staff and other volunteers were really friendly and within 6 months I was offered three opportunities for paid employment.  If I had not been a volunteer I would probably have never known of these opportunities. For anyone looking for employment or a change of career volunteering is definitely a route to consider.” Transport is available to and from the Rodbaston Campus during term time and will be free to volunteers provided there are spaces on the buses. Volunteers will have a 30 minute induction talk covering Health & Safety, manual handling and fire procedures and lunch is provided for all those that work five hours a day. Steel toe cap boots must be worn at all times, together with waterproof, warm clothing for colder spells and a free DBS check is carried out by the College to protect vulnerable learners. South Staffordshire College’s Rodbaston Campus specialises in providing further and higher education courses for many land-based activities such as Agriculture and Gardening. For further information please contact Sarah Davies at Rodbaston Campus on 07917 073324.

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“Life’s for Learning” brochure earns South Staffordshire College print publication award

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 11:29

South Staffordshire College has won a Silver award at the annual College Marketing Network FE First Awards, an event showcasing the excellent and imaginative work that is being achieved by Further Education colleges across the UK. The College won the award in the Print Publication category for its excellent ‘Life’s for Learning’ brochure which features courses in Creative, Floristry & Horticulture, Hairdressing & Beauty, Health Fitness & Dance, IT, Languages, Professions and English & Maths, is proving popular and successful in attracting new learners. The College Marketing Network awards are recognised as the most influential in the FE community and took place as the climax of a two-day national conference at the Hilton Hotel, Bracknell earlier this week. Marketing Officer at South Staffordshire College, Katie Hall, says the team is delighted to scoop the Silver Award. “This publication is an outstanding piece of design and includes a huge amount of information for adult and community based learners about the wide range of courses we have to offer. It looks great and most importantly of all, it inspires the community to continue learning and try something new.” The College will be launching the Spring/Summer edition of the Adult and Community prospectus next month which details hundreds of new community courses starting in January 2015. Visit http://www.southstaffs.ac.uk/about-us/prospectusrequest/ to request your very own  copy of the publication!    

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South Staffordshire College switch on for Newlife

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 10:31

Students at South Staffordshire College have been busy raising money for a much-loved local charity. The College has a strong reputation for organising events to benefit the community, raising monies for various local charities throughout the year. In its latest fundraiser five students from Rodbaston Campus sold jewellery, crafts and knitwear on the Newlife Foundation stall at the Cannock Christmas Lights switch-on event. The Supported Learners with Disabilities students are on a Socialisation and Communications course and working towards independent living. Newlife Events Manager Phillipa Gregory said, “We are very grateful to these volunteers for helping us raise vital funds to provide specialist equipment for disabled and terminally ill children. Newlife supports hundreds of families each year through a range of equipment provision services and our volunteers are key to our success in transforming lives around the UK.” South Staffordshire College Lecturer of Art & Vocational Studies, Georgena D’Onofrio, co-ordinated the event and was delighted to announce that £291.02 had been raised by the students. “I am absolutely over the moon with how well they have done. Three years ago, these vulnerable learners wouldn’t have had the motor skills or confidence to talk to another student in their group, let alone mainstream students at the college. Today they approached a member of the public, handed them a Newlife leaflet and explained what the leaflet said with great poise. This was definitely the highlight of my career to date.”

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You don’t have to go to university to gain a degree

Tue, 25/11/2014 - 09:47

On average graduates earn a substantial amount more over their working lives than non-graduates but as South Staffordshire College’s new HE Prospectus says “You Don’t Have To Go To University To Gain a Degree”. South Staffordshire College HE students enjoy a wide choice of part-time and full-time courses to help them reach their full potential, from Business Studies to Science & Construction.  With Campuses at Tamworth, Lichfield, Rodbaston and Cannock, students can live at home, saving on travel and living costs and easing financial pressures whilst staying in touch with family and friends. The new HE Prospectus signposts routes to successful, well-paid careers, highlighting an exciting range of courses available in September 2015.  These include Foundation degrees in Music & Production Technology, Photography & Event Management and Equine Behaviour, Training & Performance, and a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science with Animal Behaviour.  Adding to a portfolio which already includes Foundation degrees in Early Childhood Studies and a BSc (Hons) in Film & Television Production, this makes South Staffordshire College, recently confirmed for the third year running as the County’s most successful college, an enticing prospect for local learners. With tuition fees at South Staffordshire College up to £2000 lower than most universities, studying locally is the more affordable option, and with a variety of flexible study options including part-time courses, students can fit their studies around existing work and family commitments. For those that want to study at HE level, but without the required qualifications, there is a range of Access to HE courses which can be completed in just one year, offering routes into degree courses.   Subjects include Health, for those interested in careers in Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Science; Social Science & Humanities leading to a career in Social Work, Teaching and Law, and ITC for students seeking employment in Web Development, Systems Development and Technical Support and many more. South Staffordshire College’s HE achievement rates stand at 96%, with students going on to successful careers in major organisations such as the BBC, ITV and the RSPCA. Learners such as Luke Fitzgerald from Hereford typify just how successful South Staffordshire College HE students are. Luke achieved a Foundation Degree and BSc (Hons) Film & Television Production at the College’s Lichfield Campus before gaining an internship at the National Design Academy.  Luke has since taken up a permanent position as head of their Film Production Unit.             He commented, “The practical experience gained during my award proved to be very attractive to future employers. The course benefits from having its very own commercial production company ‘Armoris Media’, which enhanced my learning experience as I was able to work on and deliver media productions for real business clients.” The UCAS deadline for full time applications is 15th January 2015 so it’s a great time to apply – request your copy here!

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South Staffordshire College success at the UK’s largest skills and career event at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

Thu, 20/11/2014 - 11:58

As Premier Sponsors of The Skills Show, South Staffordshire College students used this opportunity to share their skills and ambitions, receiving advice and guidance about a world of career opportunities             The event attracted hundreds of exhibitors and featured many ‘Have-a-Go’ activities to enable visitors to try new skills. Alongside other Premier Colleges, South Staffordshire College showcased a huge range of vocational courses, including Creative Media, where visitors had the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of being a TV Presenter and recreating a live TV production.             Visitors were also able to try their hand at practical tasks such as Motor Vehicle Technology and Hair & Beauty. Graham Morley, Chief Executive Principal of South Staffordshire College, says: “Now, more than ever, parents and young people have important decisions to make about the future. We provide an essential gateway between the world  of education and the skills required by the commercial world” To find out more about opportunities and courses at South Staffordshire College, visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk or email enquiries@southstaffs.ac.uk

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CATHEDRAL HOSTS GRADUATION CEREMONY IN STYLE

Thu, 20/11/2014 - 10:51

South Staffordshire College’s Higher Education students have graduated in the surroundings of the magnificent Lichfield Cathedral, marking the successful conclusion of their studies.   Lichfield’s famous landmark hosted the Graduation ceremony for the seventh year running, providing a fitting backdrop and making the evening a most memorable experience for all. Special guest speaker Michael Fabricant MP, Member of Parliament for Lichfield, gave an inspirational and motivational speech to the audience before joining the College’s Chief Executive Principal, Graham Morley to present each graduating learner with their scroll.    To mark the special occasion, Floristry students from the College’s Rodbaston Campus created some impressive floral pieces to decorate the cathedral and received high praise from both dignitaries and graduating students alike.    Graham Morley congratulated the students on their achievements. “Graduation is a celebration of the efforts of both our students and the teaching staff.  At South Staffordshire College we strive to prepare people for the world of work, to give them the edge when applying for jobs in a competitive employment market and the skills they need to meet the demands of prospective employers.”    

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ART STUDENT MAKES SOME NOISE

Fri, 14/11/2014 - 09:33

A student from South Staffordshire College has received recognition in a national festival to celebrate the next generation of the UK’s creative talent. James Fellows, aged 17, is studying for his Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at South Staffordshire College’s Lichfield Campus. His entry in the Illustration category at the Noise Festival won him recognition as Artist of the Week in June 2014. Noise is a charity that has supported over 18,000 emerging artists and is recognised as a platform to showcase the next generation of creative talent. Following his success, James was invited by renowned cartoonist, illustrator and designer Gerarld Scarfe to join an online webinar and was also handpicked by him as Curator’s Choice. Mr Scarfe also commented on James’ winning pieces of work: “A very good caricaturist. Exceptional work for his age. He is able to handle all media, pen and ink, water colour. I like the way he is really trying to say something about the characters. Not just using a cypher. An obvious use for his work would be magazines and newspapers.”   As part of his prize, James went to the House of Commons to meet Gerald Scarfe (CBE) and the winners of the other categories; including fine art, comedy, photography, music, architecture and many more. On his visit, he said: “We spent the afternoon with Gerald Scarfe and he told us all about his experience in the art world, including working for Disney, the Royal Ballet, the BBC, and a vast number of magazines and newspapers. He also gave us valuable advice on establishing ourselves as illustrators and artists.”   The South Staffordshire College’s Lichfield Campus where James studies is home to The Wedge Gallery, one of the most influential in the area, which showcases original works by both established and new artists. It also offers students at the College a unique opportunity to gain experience in presenting, organising and managing exhibitions in addition to providing a public forum for their work. John Hayward, Foundation Course Leader at South Staffordshire College is not surprised by James’s success.  “It’s a delight to have James on the course because he is so highly motivated and talented. He has maturity above his years and the potential to excel in his chosen field. Winning a national competition in Art is a clear recognition of his talent. The Foundation course is an opportunity for James not only to widen his experience of creative practice across a number of disciplines but also to develop his chosen area of specialism in preparation for higher education.”

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SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE COLLEGE CHIEF EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL ENCOURAGES VISITORS TO THE SKILLS SHOW

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:18

Graham Morley, Chief Executive Principal of South Staffordshire College, is encouraging parents of all teenagers in the area to visit the UK’s largest skills and careers event later this week. The College is a member of Premier Colleges, Premier Sponsors of The Skills Show, the nation’s largest free-to-attend skills and careers event taking place at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) from 13-15 November 2014. “I would strongly recommend this event to parents and young people considering their future career options”, he said. “Not only does it provide a unique opportunity for young people to get advice and information on that vital next step but it’s also a massive showcase for students, including our own from South Staffordshire College, to demonstrate the skills, enthusiasm and motivation that appeal to employers and fire the ambition of budding young entrepreneurs.” The event attracts hundreds of exhibitors and features many ‘Have-a-Go’ activities to enable visitors to try new skills. Alongside other Premier Colleges, South Staffordshire College will be showcasing its range of vocational courses, for example giving visitors the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the practical skills required as a TV Presenter. Visitors will be able to undertake a series of practical tasks in order to recreate a live TV news production. In addition to the activities on the South Staffordshire College stand, the Skills Show has a comprehensive ‘Have a Go’ programme and the College is also taking part in collaborative sessions to encourage people to try their hand at practical tasks such as Motor Vehicle Technology and Hair & Beauty. Graham Morley continues, “Now, more than ever, parents and young people have important decisions to make about the future. We, and others like us, bridge the worlds of education and work. With the Skills Show right on our doorstep at the NEC, this is too good an opportunity to miss.” Come to the Show, come and see us in Hall 1. You can register on line at www.theskillsshow.com  or just turn up on the day.

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YOUR CHANCE TO ‘LIVE IT’ AT SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE COLLEGE

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:44

South Staffordshire College – the most successful college in the area – is launching its latest Course Guide at a series of Open Evenings across its campuses in Tamworth, Lichfield, Rodbaston, Cannock, later this month (November). Entitled ‘The Book’, the guide offers students advice on how they can ‘Live It’ by fulfilling their ambitions in a wide choice of career paths. South Staffordshire College provides the inspiration behind life-changing academic and career choices with the means to make those ambitions real.  The Open Evening at the Torc Professional and Technical Centre, Tamworth is on Monday, 24th November 2014, from 6pm to 8pm, and offers students and parents an opportunity to find out more about the Electrical Engineering, Brickwork, Carpentry, Health & Social Care and Hair & Beauty courses. It will be a fun affair, with ‘Have a Go’ activities on offer for everyone to enjoy.  These include nail techniques for budding Beauty Therapists, connecting and fitting a 3-pin plug top for Electricians and demonstrations on using tenon saws and battery operated screwdrivers for those interested in Construction & Carpentry.  Health & Social Care students will take part in discussions on the importance of healthy meals and make plates to represent the nutritional content while Fashion students enjoy a fashion illustration and discover more about course content.  Information will also be available on under 25s Apprenticeships. The Torc Professional and Technical Centre forms part of South Staffordshire College’s manufacturing and engineering skills hub which also includes an automotive centre at the College’s Tamworth Campus. The Centre has undergone a full refurbishment thanks to a £1million investment by the County Council and £1million from the local enterprise partnership and will now provide a steady stream of work-ready candidates for employment. It’s not too late to sign up for a wide variety of academic and industry-recognised courses, both full and part-time, and with Government figures confirming a success rate of 89% among 16 – 18 year olds at South Staffordshire College, you can make the smart choice and be a part of that success…and you can sign up on-line in just 25 seconds! With a wide range of industry related courses on offer and Apprenticeships for those who want to learn whilst in employment, there is something for everyone at South Staffordshire College.  Open Days offer a relaxed and friendly environment in which to find out more.

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