The most successful college in Staffordshire is hosting an Agricultural Employer Forum to help shape the training needs of local businesses. The Land-Based Agricultural event, organised by South Staffordshire College, is being held at the College’s Rodbaston Hall on its Rodbaston Campus, on Thursday, 30th January, from 11.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m, is free of charge and includes a Ploughman’s lunch. The Forum will give local employers from land-based industry an opportunity to voice their views on current training needs but will also provide insight into their future needs, with round-the-table discussions between businesses and the College’s Curriculum and Workforce Development teams. Guests will also be able to discuss Apprenticeships, learn about courses, placements and how they can benefit their businesses. James Whybrow, Director of Workforce Development at South Staffordshire College, says “The College ensures that our learners are work ready, increasing their employability and giving them a competitive edge. The forums will provide a real opportunity for local businesses to give feedback on all aspects of training and skills shortages in the sector, enabling South Staffordshire College to further enhance and shape future courses to continue to fulfil the needs of employers.” Designed to develop good working relationships with local businesses and the community, the forum has been designed to ensure that local businesses have an opportunity to input into the delivery of the courses available at South Staffordshire College who have worked very closely with the local Chambers of Commerce and employers in the region to pull the forums together. Businesses attending the forum will also receive 40% discount off any NPTC Course. To find out more or to register, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01785 710565.
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Two journalism students based at the Lichfield Campus of South Staffordshire College have gained work experience opportunities with a communication agency as the result of a media relations project. Lauren Ferguson, age 17 from Heath Hayes and Chelsea Barber, age 16 from Tamworth, wrote winning draft press releases following a visit from Marketing Communications agency Tregartha Dinnie’s MD Lester Dinnie, in which they summarized the purpose and content of the visit in media release format. The initiative is just one of a series of real world commercial programmes that South Staffordshire College organizes with its commercial partners, designed to provide practical benefits to students and businesses alike. For example, students have previously worked on assignments providing marketing field research, consumer focus groups, engineering design concepts and creative treatments for advertising, through to pilot ads for television and viral channels. Head of Curriculum at Lichfield, Chris Hopkins, says the journalism students there are regular contributors to local press and the latest project will provide more in-depth work experience for the winning students. “Our aim is to give our students competitive advantage in the jobs market and provide employers with work-ready candidates who understand deadlines as well as professional quality of work” he comments. “There is no substitute for experience in a real commercial environment – it’s a factor that employers value above all else when they are choosing from a field of candidates.” Felicity Allen, Lecturer at South Staffordshire College, added “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students which will really help to develop their skills and gain valuable industry experience. Lauren and Chelsea are both hard working students and were eager to enter the competition. They felt that they learnt a lot from the visit and are ecstatic to find out that they had won the competition.” Now Lauren and Chelsea will be invited to spend time at the College’s agency working on both South Staffordshire College and other client media relations projects to gain further industry knowledge and expertise.
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An invited group of guests and VIPs, including Cannock Chase MP Aidan Burley, attended the final event in South Staffordshire College’s programme of activities to celebrate the formal re-opening of its Cannock Campus on Wednesday evening. The £6 million state-of-the-art site was described in the welcoming address by Chair of Governors Ray Faulkner as “truly inspiring” and this was a theme continued by Chief Executive Principal Graham Morley as he paid tribute to the various contributions of the Architects, Contractors, Site Team, Staff and Students. The celebratory nature of the evening was supported by a visual presentation delivered on the Campus’s impressive new video wall and as a surprise package, a ‘flashmob” of Performing Arts students gave a song and dance rendition of a number from their forthcoming production ‘All Shook Up’. VIP tours of the Campus’s new facilities then took in some of the highlights of the new resources available to students, which will deliver an outstanding ‘flagship’ seat of learning that bears comparison with any in the world. Learners can take advantage of dedicated areas around the Campus, including ‘My Space’, a community space/café where they can use iPhone, iPads and tablets to work, surf the net or just chill out. The striking new Atrium, where the event was hosted, is the main focal point featuring a glass roof and spiral staircase and leading directly to the ‘Immersive Learning Centre’ which offers students astonishing all round visual experiences to support the learning process. Aidan Burley performed the official ribbon-cutting ceremony, flanked by Chief Executive Principal Graham Morley and Chair of Governors Ray Faulkner. He paid tribute to the team at South Staffordshire College and welcomed the Campus opening as a major benefit for the learners of Cannock Chase. The Cannock Campus of South Staffordshire College is now actively promoting the new facilities to all those who want to further their education and their careers. Among a wide range of courses on offer currently the most popular are Motor Vehicle, Childcare, Construction, Hairdressing and ICT but full details are available from the College’s website on www.southstaffs.ac.uk.
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The Wedge Gallery is proud to present The 3rd Annual Staff Art Exhibition “Say what you see” The main focus of this exhibition is to demonstrate and share excellent practice between staff and learners across each campus of South Staffordshire College. Collaboration and full inclusion lie at the heart of the Wedge Gallery philosophy. This year’s group show brings together a wider mix of new art work including sculpture, drawing, installation, music, photography, collaboration, Textiles\fashion, Mixed media, illustrated poetry – from current practitioners and art tutors. A unique opportunity to present work to all our learners, demonstrating that we continue to develop our own practice and help inform the progression of our learners in Lichfield’s first and only purpose designed contemporary art space. Exhibition open to the public: 13th January – 7th February 2014. 10 am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday. *For further details and group bookings contact: Andy Nash t: 01543 301202 e: email@example.com e: firstname.lastname@example.org Wedge Gallery South Staffordshire College Lichfield Campus The Friary Lichfield Staffordshire WSI3 6QG
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South Staffordshire College is looking for volunteers to work at its Animal Zone on Rodbaston Campus at weekends and during the School holidays. Open to anyone aged 18 years plus, the College will provide an ideal opportunity to get hands-on experience of working with animals for those wishing to build a career in the sector or just looking for something different to do through the holidays. Anyone interested can attend one of the College’s Open Days on Saturday 1st February and Sunday 2nd February 2014, 11am – 3pm at the Animal Zone to see what being a volunteer really involves. Throughout the day, there will be drop in sessions to discuss the volunteer posts and visitors can complete application forms and find out more. Successful applicants will be working alongside South Staffordshire College’s Animal keepers, helping to deliver visitor education, working on building projects and many other jobs. If you are over 18, keen to learn more about the care and conservation of animals and are dedicated and reliable, why not come to an Open Day to find out more. You must also have your own transport, be available weekends and school holidays and complete a CRB disclosure application form. View more information here. If you have any questions about the roles or would like to apply, please contact David Riley, Animal Centre Manager, South Staffordshire College at email@example.com or compete your details below. All applications are subject to an interview prior to acceptance. The application deadline has now passed, thank you for your interest.
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South Staffordshire College is holding a series of Open Days, offering students and parents an opportunity to find out more about College life, meet tutors, listen to presentations and take tours to see the facilities at the most successful College in the county. The Open Day events will take place at Cannock Campus – The Green, Cannock Progress Centre, Tamworth, Lichfield and Rodbaston Campuses on Saturday, 11th January 2014 between 9 a.m and 1 p.m. Experienced staff and students will be on hand to give advice and discuss the positive support services available to learners with updates on the varied social activities which all campuses offer. Staff will also be able to discuss the new ‘A’ level courses available at the College. South Staffordshire College students are achieving outstanding results in regional and national competitions across a range of subjects. In the WorldSkills arena, students representing beauty, horticulture, accounting, cookery and floristry have competed at the top level and students from the College have represented Team UK at the international final of WorldSkills for two years running. The College has also launched an exciting new range of courses across its four campuses this month, working with partners such as world leader in smart technologies IBM. The courses offer a fast track for learners looking to gain a qualification by June and cover a wide range of subjects including Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Smart Technology, Baby Sitting and Parenting, Child Care and Development, Construction, Pathways to Progression, Outdoor Sport and Sports Turf Diploma. Working in partnership with some of the best and most reputable employers, including Francesco Group, Lichfield Garrick, Triumph, South Staffordshire College gives students the opportunity to gain professional experience and employability skills. In 2012 96% of the College’s students went on to further education, university, training or employment. It has also developed innovative business partnerships with global brand leaders such as Araldite, providing students with exciting projects to work on and combining learning with practical experience. South Staffordshire College continues to grow and expand its role as a major seat of learning in the West Midlands. Figures released by the Data Service revealed that the College was the most successful in Staffordshire for the third year running and this comes hot on the heels of the launch of the £3.5 million Foster Centre at Rodbaston Campus together with the recent opening of the £6million newly refurbished Cannock Campus, which welcomes students through its doors this month. With a wide range of industry related courses on offer, ‘A’ levels for those who prefer a more academic route 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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Taster courses at South Staffordshire College, Rodbaston Campus are primarily for year 10 and 11 students, who wish to experience a real taste of what life could be like as a student at Rodbaston Campus. Whatever you’re interest, a taster course can provide you with the opportunity to experience a variety of courses first hand. All subjects will include practical activities, so please wear suitable outdoor clothing and protective footwear. You may only choose one subject to experience per day and there is a charge of £12.50 per taster which must be paid in advance at time of booking. This charge covers any materials, transport and lunch per person, per day. A lunch will be provided and served within the Rodbaston Campus refectory. There are also vending machines that stock confectionery, crisps and drinks. See the event details here
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Enjoy a taste of life at your new South Staffordshire College, Cannock Campus! We’d like to invite you to join us for an exclusive preview of your new campus; you can also enjoy a host of festive activities and treats for all the family. Getting here is easy; the campus is next door to the bus station. Want to take some time out from your hectic Christmas shopping schedule? Take advantage of our gift wrapping service and short beauty treatments. Want to occupy the kids? With face painting, craft stalls and carol singers, we’ve got the festive season all wrapped up! You’ll also be able to see some of our talented students showcasing their skills and as our guest for the evening will be greeted with refreshments including mulled wine and mince pies. We look forward to seeing you there, on the 19th December 4.30-9pm at our Cannock Green Campus.
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South Staffordshire College is launching an exciting new range of courses across its four campuses in Cannock, Lichfield, Rodbaston and Tamworth in January 2014, working with partners such as world leader in smart technologies IBM. The courses offer a fast track for learners looking to gain a qualification by June and cover a wide range of subjects including Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Smart Technology, Baby Sitting and Parenting, Child Care and Development, Construction, Pathways to Progression, Outdoor Sport and Sports Turf Diploma. Deputy Principal of South Staffordshire College, Rob Boucherat, says the options, which are all available 4 days a week between 9.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m., offer a route to higher qualifications, getting into a job or even starting your own business. “We are delighted with the range and quality of new courses that will be available at South Staffordshire College in 2014, especially since these are being delivered with the involvement of such renowned business partners as IBM and European Finalists Cannock Hockey Club. The College will be one of the first in the Country to offer the new IBM SMART Technology Diploma at our newly transformed Cannock campus. This course has been developed in partnership with technology giant IBM to give learners the skills that large employers like IBM need in the Technology sector. Alternatively, students can enrol on the Academy for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and get the skills needed to start their own business and be their own boss. At Tamworth we are offering new full time courses in child development and care as well as baby sitting and parenting alongside our very popular pathways to progression courses, which offer practical learning experiences, which develop skills and identify career paths to enter the world of employment. If sitting behind a desk is not a preferred option, learners could start a Multi-Skills Construction course at our Rodbaston campus and get the practical skills that are in high demand. At our workshops they will learn in a realistic environment to help them hit the ground running in a job. For those of a sporting nature, the College is also offering a new Outdoor Sports Certificate at Rodbaston set in over 180 hectares of beautiful Staffordshire countryside.” Cailean Hargrave, IBM’s UK Education Lead, is equally enthusiastic about the programme. ”IBM is proud to work with leading education providers like South Staffordshire College to deliver the skills that industry needs and the Smarter Technology Diploma is a great example of how pioneering companies like IBM can make a real difference working in partnership.” In partnership with Cannock Hockey Club, the College is starting a new Sports Turf Diploma at Chase Park, Cannock. Students will learn the skills needed to maintain professional sports surfaces with access to the cricket pitches and synthetic pitches of this internationally renowned hockey and cricket club. Commenting on the partnership a spokesman from Cannock Hockey Club said, “Chase Park are delighted to collaborate with South Staffordshire College to create the best sporting provision in the further education sector. Cannock Hockey Club is one of the most successful hockey clubs in English history having won 8 English Premier League Title, and being European Finalists on 3 occasions. The club has a history of producing world-class players, with many that have represented their country and competed in the Olympic Games. We are very proud to collaborate with this superb college to transform sports education.” South Staffordshire College is keen to stress that for students aged between 16 and 18 all these courses are available with no tuition fees. Applicants aged 19 and over are subject to fees. Enquirers will find they can apply for courses in just 25 seconds to sign up for a six-month course that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. All details are available here or by calling 0300 456 2424.
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Hodson Ford at Penkridge and South Staffordshire College have concluded an agreement which will provide a liveried Toyota Aygo for use at the Rodbaston Campus. The vehicle is being made available on preferential terms, with all maintenance costs and tax paid by the dealership. In addition, Hodson Ford is offering staff and students across all campuses some special concessions which will return funds to the College. Gerard Proudman, Land-Based Industry Liaison Manager for South Staffordshire College, who is based at the Rodbaston Campus close to the dealership, says the arrangement will be highly beneficial for the learners. “We will be using the car for our work in checking out work placements and when students are onsite it will be invaluable in carrying out the necessary risk assessments and, of course, in doing the students’ own work assessments. We are delighted to have agreed these arrangements with Hodson Ford and our thanks go to Tony Jackson, Dealer Principal at Hodson Ford.”
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