Performing Arts Students from South Staffordshire College have stars in their eyes following their recent performances of “See How they Run” and “Tick, Tick, Boom!” at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre. The performances, which took place on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th March are the result of months of hard work by the students and staff alike, and have received much acclaim, having been attended by critics from both “Love Midlands Theatre” and “Remotegoat”. “Sitting, watching the BTEC Performing Arts students was rewarding” say ‘Love Midlands Theatre’. “It was as if I’d had the opportunity to look through a window into the future and watch the emerging talent in the Midlands.” See How They Run: Remotegoat gave ‘Tick, Tick, Boom” an impressive 4 star review and said “South Staffordshire College Performing Arts Department has a well deserved reputation for producing high quality productions, and their latest production did nothing to harm this. Laurie Asher’s assured directing and choreography, and Mark Bayliss’s musical direction gave this performance a slick production value, whilst also using the main characters and the general ensemble to their best advantage.” Tick Tick Boom: Feedback from other audience members and via social media has also been extremely positive. “Fantastic night watching Tick Tick Boom” says one spectator. “Such talented student s – first class performance from all. Loved the dialogue and the songs sung wonderfully. Full of warmth and humour! Magical!” Naturally, the students and staff are delighted that their performances have been so well received and Performing Arts Course Leader Laurie Asher says “I’m extremely proud of the students. They have worked very hard to deliver two fantastic shows and I’d like to thank them all for their commitment and enthusiasm. We’re delighted that the shows have been so well received. I’d also like to extend huge thanks to those who support our department by buying tickets for our shows. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to continue to produce such high quality productions. All of the profits generated are reinvested back into our department, so that we can continue to provide our learners with such fantastic performance opportunities.” The Performing Arts Department at South Staffordshire College continues to go from strength to strength and in the past year, has seen student numbers double. This success, coupled with an increasing demand in the local community, has led to the launch of a new Foundation Degree in Musical Theatre. This course, along with the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre), gives those who dream of treading the boards in the West End, or being a star on the big screen the perfect grounding for a career in this highly competitive industry. If you’d like to see the students in action, the next production by South Staffordshire College BTEC Level 3 Students is “Merrily We Roll Along” which runs on 23rd and 24th June at the Lichfield Garrick. Written by Stephen Sondheim, who also wrote ‘Into the woods’ and ‘Sweeny Todd’, and with rehearsals now well underway, this performance is shaping up to be another roaring success. If you can’t wait that long, Greasepaint Productions – South Staffordshire College’s in-house production company for the Foundation Degree in Musical Theatre, will also be staging ” Hot Mikado” the hit jazz / swing musical adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic operetta ‘The Mikado’. Also taking place at the Lichfield Garrick, this show will run from Wednesday 27th – Saturday 30th May 2015. Tickets for both of these shows are available now from the Lichfield Garrick Box Office. Call 01543 412121 or visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com to get yours now! If you want to find out more about studying Performing Arts at South Staffordshire College, visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk/performing-arts/ where you can apply online in just 25 seconds.
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The Employer Engagement team at South Staffordshire College are working with the Staffordshire Police Force by providing tailor made practical training packages to help them develop the necessary skills to handle cattle, sheep, pigs and reptiles. The workshops, which were delivered last week by expert staff from the College’s Rodbaston Campus were designed to help equip participants with the knowledge and expertise needed to deliver a part of their job that they have previously not received formal training in. John Renshaw, Manager of the Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement Team at South Staffordshire College says “When people think about the responsibilities of the Police Force, they seldom think about the need for them to effectively and safely handle animals, yet when serving rural communities, this is a very real part of their job. We’re thrilled to be working alongside the Staffordshire Force to help provide expert, bespoke training that specifically responds to their needs.” The training has been extremely well received by those who have taken part, with 100% of participants who provided feedback saying the session was useful and informative. Other comments include: “The most useful course I have attended in 27 years!” “Absolutely fantastic day. Extremely useful and thoroughly enjoyable. I’m looking forward to coming back!” In addition to the Police Force, the Team at South Staffordshire College work alongside over 500 businesses per year providing bespoke training packages designed to upskill staff, boost productivity and increase profits. All training is delivered by Industry experts and offered with flexible delivery methods that meet the needs of the individual business. Serving a range of industry sectors from Veterinary and Animal Care to Agriculture and Horticulture, if you would like to find out more about how your business could benefit visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk/employers/ or call 01785 710529
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The staff and children at South Staffordshire College’s Little Learners Nursery are celebrating the success of a recent Ofsted inspection giving them a ‘Good’ rating. The Nursery, based on the College’s Cannock Campus, received impressive grades and confirmed how well the Early Years provision is meeting the needs of the range of children who attend. The Inspectors reported that “Staff skilfully support children’s learning and provide good quality teaching and experiences based around children’s interests. This results in children actively learning through their play and gaining the skills required in preparation for school.” The report also shows that staff and children enjoy relationships that are warm, close and supportive and that the individual needs of each child are met. Staff are commended for their relationships with parents and carers to ensure that children are kept safe and enjoy a personalised learning experience. Following the inspection, staff are understandably proud, with Little Learners Nursery Manager Kelly O’Grady saying “We are thrilled with the inspection outcome which clearly shows that the staff are experienced and work well together to ensure high quality care for all our children.” In addition to providing a vital childcare resource for both students and staff with children and the wider public, Little Learners Nursery also provides a perfect learning environment for those students who are studying for qualifications in Childcare. Looking for childcare? The Nursery, which caters for children from Birth to School age and offers Free Nursery Education Funding for 2 , 3 and 4 year olds, currently has spaces available at both the Cannock and Tamworth campuses. To find out more call 01543 438 737 (Cannock) or 01827 304 342 (Tamworth) or visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk/nurseries Want to study childcare? South Staffordshire College offer a range of exciting courses at both FE and HE level. Find out more, or apply online in just 25 seconds by visiting www.southstaffs.ac.uk/courses/childcare/
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According to Lantra, Britain’s equine industry has a combined economic impact of £7 billion and demand for highly qualified and skilled workers continues to increase. In response to this demand, South Staffordshire College have recently bolstered their Higher Education provision by launching a new Foundation Degree in Equine Behaviour, Training and Performance in conjunction with the University of Wolverhampton. A key growth area within the equestrian industry, the course embraces the knowledge required for a career in the equitation science industry. Students will study a wide range of modules including Advances in Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation, Equitation Science performance, Animal welfare and ethics and many more. Delivered at South Staffordshire College’s 180 hectare rural estate, students will be taught by equine industry professionals and have access to some of the finest learning facilities at the onsite Rodbaston Equestrian centre, which is recognised as one of the best and most well-resourced specialist equine centres in the UK. What’s more, with options to study either full or part time, learners can tailor their education to fit in with other commitments. Sharon Bedlow, Higher Education Manager at South Staffordshire College says: “We’re delighted to be offering this exciting new course in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton. The demand for skilled workers in the equestrian industry, combined with our outstanding facilities, and highly experienced staff, means we’re the ideal place to study.” For those with an interest in pursuing a career in related fields such as Animal Care, South Staffordshire College also offer related Higher Education courses including a Foundation Degree in Animal Science and Behaviour, and a brand new BSc (Hons) in Animal Science with Animal Behaviour, which is launching this September. Run in conjunction with Staffordshire University, these courses are ideal for those who want to pursue a career in the £1 billion UK Animal Care Industry, The success rates of South Staffordshire College’s Animal Care courses are impressive and previous learners have progressed to work for a number of prestigious businesses, including West Midlands Safari Park, Drayton Manor Park, the RSPCA and the Dogs Trust. To find out more about these courses, including information on how to apply, visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk where you can download the latest Higher Education prospectus.
Art and Media students from South Staffordshire College have their creative juices flowing, having recently returned from a 4 day cultural trip to Paris. The Trip, which took place from 10th – 13th March, provided Learners studying courses including Creative Media, Film, TV and journalism and Art and Design pathways including photography, graphics and fashion, with the opportunity to experience, first hand, a range of cultural excursions. Highlights included a city river cruise and trips to the Louvre and Pompidou Art Galleries, where they enjoyed a mix of classical and contemporary art work. Some students even had the opportunity to meet Parisian artists in residence in their working studios at a central art house. For those interested in fast-paced action, the trip also included the chance to explore the Studios at the Disney Parks and enjoy a range of behind the scenes tours. Learners also visited the ‘Moteurs Stunt Show’ where they learned about the ‘tricks of the trade’ when filming awe inspiring action sequences, including nail biting stunts, car chases and pyrotechnics. Of course, no trip to Paris would be complete without a trip to one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the Eiffel Tower! Chris Hopkins, Head of Curriculum at South Staffordshire College says “The trip to Paris was an exciting experience that provided our learners with some truly breathtaking memories as well as an insight into various creative careers. That they have come home so excited is fantastic. I’m sure the trip will provide them with inspiration for their studies for a long time to come.” South Staffordshire College offer a range of courses in creative subjects including Film and TV, Art and Design and many more. To find out more, or apply online in just 25 seconds, visit: www.southstaffs.ac.uk or call 0300 456 2424
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One of South Staffordshire College’s digital entrepreneurs and resident ‘creative wizard’ has single-handedly launched an exciting new game on the Google Play Store. Entitled ‘Dinky Racing’, the game is a simple to play retro style racing game, inspired by classic games like Super Sprint and Micro Machines. Launched only a few days ago, the game, which is available as both a free download (lite version) and full 24 track version, is already proving to be a big hit with a 5 star rating! The brains behind the game, Senior Web Design Engineer Neil King, says “Back in the 80′s there were lots of ‘bedroom coders’ making money from writing computer games, then it became big business and the little guys didn’t get a look in. Now independent developers are making big money again with apps that have very low development costs so can be sold at such low prices that the big companies would lose money if they tried to compete. I like that. It opens up a whole host of new opportunities for aspiring IT entrepreneurs.” Jamie Smith, Director of Strategy and Infrastructure at South Staffordshire College agrees. “Software development has gone full circle in a truly fantastic way. I view it as a bit of a Renaissance of the industry. In recent times, some of the biggest success stories come not from huge corporations but by smaller groups of coders who work together collaboratively to produce some simply stunning results. Take Minecraft as an example. A game developed by just a few independent developers has fast become a multi-billion pound success story.” Neil’s enthusiasm is clear and when asked about the reasons for his success and what advice he’d give to other aspiring young developers, Neil says: “A successful career in IT or games development doesn’t have to mean big corporate offices in the US. There is no reason why someone sitting in their bedroom in Cannock can’t achieve just as positive a result. All you need is a blend of creative, unique ideas and the technical capabilities to actually bring them to life. I have always had a huge interest in digital development, and began my career by studying IT at the Cannock Campus of what is now South Staffordshire College. My qualification was the first real step into the career of my dreams, and I’m still just as passionate now as I was then.” If you want to follow in Neil’s footsteps, why not check out the range of IT courses on offer from South Staffordshire College by visiting: http://www.southstaffs.ac.uk/courses/information-technology/ Applications are still being accepted for this September and you can apply online in just 25 seconds! Play ‘Dinky Racing’ for yourself… The Full version is available to purchase here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.worldbydesign.dinkyracingfull The FREE version with 6 tracks to try is available here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.worldbydesign.dinkyracingfree
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Following a successful submission, the Horticulture Department at South Staffordshire College’s Rodbaston Campus are celebrating after being invited to take part in the ‘Beautiful Borders’ Exhibit at the BBC’s Gardener’s World Live from 11th – 14th June 2015. The event, which features the Royal Horticultural Society’s flower show, will be held at the Birmingham NEC and is a fantastic opportunity for Students and Staff at South Staffordshire College to demonstrate their creativity and talent to a range of high profile industry experts and the wider visiting public. To secure their position at the event, South Staffordshire College learners were asked to submit their design ideas, perspective drawings and an exhibit description for an inspiring border that reflects the theme of ‘Industrial Heritage of the West Midlands’. Having impressed the Gardener’s World Team, the result of their hard work has paid off. Sarah Davies, Head Gardener at South Staffordshire College says: “The staff and students are absolutely delighted to have this opportunity. Needless to say, it’s a great chance for them to showcase their work at one of the most prestigious events in the horticultural calendar. We don’t want to give away the details of our design too soon, but needless to say, after all of the planning and hard work that the students have put in, we’re confident it’s going to be a real showstopper. The design, which is inspired by the melting pot that was once Birmingham’s brass industry, will hopefully set visitors imaginations alight.” Second Year, Level 3 Horticulture Student Amy Harper has been a key driving force behind the project. Her demonstrable commitment follows on from the success of an exhibition for which she was responsible last year at Tatton Park Flower Show, for which she was awarded a Royal Horticultural Society Commendation. To find out more about the show, or to find information about booking tickets, visit www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com To find out more about studying Horticulture at South Staffordshire college visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk/courses/horticulture/ or call 0300 456 2424
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Level 2 Business Students and overseas learners from South Staffordshire College have raised an impressive £365.55 for Charity ‘Newlife’ following a jewellery sale. Newlife, foundation for disabled children, were thrilled with the donation and have contacted the students in question to tell them how their gift has helped improve the life of a disabled child by providing him with a specialist buggy. The charity said “Every day, we are receiving applications from families who are struggling to get the equipment they need. Without your help, and the help of our supporters, more children would suffer. Supporting Newlife really does change lives, so thank you again…” South Staffordshire College Business Tutor Kim Langdell said “This is the second year that our students have raised money for Newlife. We’re delighted to have been able to help make a difference to the lives of children with a disability and their families. As well as being a fantastic way to help a worthwhile charity, the jewellery sale was also a great opportunity for our business learners to have a ‘real world’ chance to enhance their learning and contribute to their visual merchandising and project management units.” In addition to Charity fundraisers, Business learners at South Staffordshire College, take part in a huge range of activities throughout the year that contribute to their studies, including conducting research projects for National Businesses and attending workshops with guest speakers from businesses such as Alton Towers. To find out more about studying business at South Staffordshire college visit: http://www.southstaffs.ac.uk/courses/business-management/ or call 0300 456 2424
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South Staffordshire College Apprentice Megan Boards will be celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2015 in style having won an award at the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Apprenticeship Recognition Awards 2015. Megan, who is an apprentice at Lichfield District Council and whose training is provided by the team at South Staffordshire College, fought off stiff competition to become 1 of just 12 winning Apprentices, thanks to her outstanding positive approach, flexibility and ability. According to her employers, Megan’s nomination was earned due to her “exceptional attitude to her work. She has become a confident problem solver with strong interpersonal skills and is considered a ‘go-to’ person of choice by customers, colleagues and other employees”. To celebrate her success, Megan was invited to a presentation event on Thursday 5th March at the Kingston Centre, Stafford, where she was presented with her award by Ken Stepney, Chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership, Enterprise and Skills Group. John Renshaw, Manager of Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement at South Staffordshire College said “We’re delighted for Megan, it’s great to see the hard work of our Apprentices paying off. It’s a credit, not only to Megan, but also to the hardworking training staff here at the College who are so committed to helping young people take the first steps into employment.” Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for people to gain valuable work experience alongside a salary and recognised qualifications. To find out more about the range of Apprenticeships opportunities at South Staffordshire college visit: http://www.southstaffs.ac.uk/apprentice-vacancies/ or call the Apprenticeships Team on 01785 710529.
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South Staffordshire College will be hosting a series of events to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week next week. Current students at the College will be invited to information events to find out how they can progress on to an Apprenticeship and gain professional skills early on in their career. An Apprenticeship information event will also be held in Stafford town centre on Tuesday 10th March, from 10am – 4pm. Staff at the event will be on hand to provide information about the range of current Apprenticeship vacancies on offer, as well as information on how to apply. Current Apprenticeship vacancies include opportunities in Business, Health and Social Care, ICT, Horticulture and many more. Apprenticeship and Employer Engagement Manager, John Renshaw, says: ‘We’re looking forward to getting involved in National Apprenticeship Week this year. We are attending local schools and visiting town centres with a team of experts on hand to answer any questions about Apprenticeships.’ ‘At our events during the week, current Apprentices will also be available to talk to young people about their experiences and provide information about how Apprenticeships can advance careers.’ The college will also be meeting with employers across the region during the week to provide information about the benefits of hiring an Apprentice. Peter Davis, Director at Stafford Tiles and Flooring, praises the College’s Apprenticeship programme: ‘We are delighted with our Apprentice’s successes this year. The transformation he has undergone this past year is amazing and he is an integral part of our team. It proves that the national apprenticeship scheme can be a fantastic success for both company and apprentice.’ To find out more about the range of Apprenticeships opportunities at South Staffordshire college visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk/apprentice-vacancies/ or call the Apprenticeships Team on 01785 710529.
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Top reasons to start an Apprenticeship: Your training is paid for by the Government and your employer – meaning zero cost to you! You will receive at least 20 days holiday a year, plus 8 bank holidays. Just like any other student, you will be entitled to hundreds of discounts with an NUS -Extra Card! Discounts include: Topshop, Spotify, Amazon, New Look, Jack Wills and many more. You don’t need to wait until September to get started – we take on Apprentices all year round! With an increasing number of employers welcoming apprentices, there are more opportunities than ever to get inside some of the most exciting and innovative companies in the country! Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study, it’s a great way to earn while you learn. As an apprentice you’ll: Work alongside experienced staff Gain job-specific skills Earn a wage and get holiday pay Study towards a related qualification An apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be: Intermediate – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes Advanced – equivalent to 2 A level passes Higher – can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree Did you know… Did you know that an apprentice earns, on average, over £100,000 more throughout their lifetime than other employees? Did you know since 2010, there have been over 2 million apprenticeship starts in England? Did you know over 90% of our apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship? Did you know in 2014 the most popular apprenticeship was health and social care? We currently offer apprenticeships in: Accountancy* Agriculture Animal care Business Administration Bricklaying Carpentry Customer Service Engineering Equine Health and Social Care Hairdressing Horticulture IT professionals Logistics and Warehousing Management Multi-Occupations Construction Painting and Decorating Plumbing Team Leading Veterinary Nursing Trees and timber Wall and Floor Tiling *You must have held a position in Accountancy for a minimum of 12 months to qualify.
Para Olympian Dressage rider Lee Pearson, holder of 34 medal’s from the European, Olympic and World Para Games, was at the Rodbaston Equestrian Centre to hold training sessions for riders on Thursday 19th February. Lee also trains Emily Murdoch, a student at South Staffordshire College on the NCFE employability course and the level 3 Extended diploma in Equine. Emily also keeps her horses here at Rodbaston’s DIY as the facilities ensure she can train all year round. Emily is a Grade 3 Para rider and has recently been selected to go for FEI grading in Deville in April. Lee has such a strong belief in Emily that he is supporting her and financing the trip to the grading himself. The grading will enable Emily to compete internationally, and highlights her as a 2016 hopeful for the Para Equestrian Olympics in Rio. Emily is also the 2014 summer Grade 3 restricted champion, has qualified for the winter championships and also competes her horse successfully in able bodied dressage competitions at medium level. Lee will be returning to hold another clinic in April and also in the meantime Emily will continue to train with him on a regular basis. We wish her very good luck. For more information on Equine courses at South Staffordshire College, visit: http://www.southstaffs.ac.uk/courses/equine/ Or to visit our Rodbaston Equestrian Centre website, visit: http://www.rodbastonequine.com
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New Building Opening at South Staffordshire College South Staffordshire College will be opening a dedicated building to provide specialist education, care and employment services to young people with disabilities or learning difficulties in Staffordshire. Students who attend the campus will have access to personalised study programmes in the safe and secure setting of the Rodbaston Campus. The new development will include facilities for students with complex needs, including classrooms, a skills kitchen, chill-out zone, ICT room and drama area. Courses at the campus will cover a range of content including mobility, communications, speech and language therapy, as well as personal, social and health education. Students will get work experience and qualifications in academic and vocational subjects including: Animal and Equine Care, Business Administration, Catering & Hospitality, Construction, Customer Service, Horticulture, Maths, English and ICT. Chief Executive Principal of South Staffordshire College, Graham Morley, says: ‘The new building will be an important and welcome addition to the South Staffordshire College family. It will allow us to widen our provision for people needing to access suitable education and training in Staffordshire.’ For more information about the development and courses at South Staffordshire College, call 0300 456 2424 or visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk
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The Animal Zone, based on the Rodbaston Campus at South Staffordshire College, will be providing the public with the opportunity to meet the new spring lambs next month. The Meet the Spring Lambs events will take place for two consecutive weekends, starting 21st and 22nd March. The event is always popular so early booking is recommended. Visitors to the event will be able to hold and bottle feed the new arrivals, as well as see the rest of the animals on site. The Animal Zone is home to around 750 types of animals, including meerkats, monkeys, reptiles, companion animals and exotics. Supervisor of the Animal Zone and Visitor Centre, Julie Burdett says: ‘We all look forward to the lambing weekends! It’s very rewarding to see how much excitement children and adults alike get through the close interaction with the farm animals.’ For more information visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk/animal-zone or call 01785 710560 to book.
Childcare students from South Staffordshire College, Cannock Campus, organised and ran fundraising events to raise money for Caudwell Children’s Charity. A representative from the Caudwell Children’s Charity recently visited the college to speak to students about the charity and the impact they make on the local area. The presentation inspired students to raise money for the cause. Harriet Shaw, a Childcare student from Featherstone, was so impressed by the work of the charity; she now volunteers there and offers practical help. £154.07 was raised for the charity that supports children who have a disability, as well as their families across the UK. The money was raised within the college, through cake sales, a sponsored silence and other games and prizes. Sharon Penzer, Childcare Lecturer, says “I’m so proud of my learners and their passion for supporting children with disabilities.” To find out more about the College’s Open Events and courses, call 0300 456 2424 or visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk
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South Staffordshire College will be holding a Careers Event at their new Torc Campus in Tamworth on Friday 13th February. Students from six local Tamworth High Schools, including Landau Forte, Tamworth Enterprise College and Wilnecote High School will be attending the College to find out more about post 16 courses and the different career paths on offer to them. It is expected that over 140 students will be attending the event. As part of the event, students will select taster sessions on courses which match their interests and goals. The aim of the sessions is to provide students with an insight into college life, and see what opportunities are available in their local area. Local businesses will also attend to answer student’s questions on how to access the industry and what future opportunities are available. Karen Burley, Head of the Torc Campus, says: ‘We hope students will find the event valuable when it comes to making decisions about their future. As a college, we aim to ensure students are aware of all options available to them, including Apprenticeship routes and Higher Education.’ To find out more about the College’s Open Events and courses, call 0300 456 2424 or visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk
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Fifty five Animal Care students from South Staffordshire College recently took part in a sponsored 10km walk around Penkridge to raise money for Midlands Air Ambulance. The students raised a total of £664.50 and recently presented a cheque to Jo Bailey from the Midlands Air Ambulance. Jo also held a presentation with students which informed them further about the service and the impact they make. Students chose to raise money for Midlands Air Ambulance following conversations in lessons about how valuable the service is, especially in rural areas, such as Staffordshire. Curriculum Team Leader, Gill Collins, commented: ‘This was probably the furthest a lot of our students had walked in one session! They were a credit to the College and made an enormous effort in raising money for Midlands Air Ambulance. I’m really proud of their achievement”. To find out more about the College’s Open Events and courses, call 0300 456 2424 or visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk
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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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.
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