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Get More From Your IT Procurement – Jamie E Smith

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 14:38

Jamie E Smith, Director – Strategy & Infrastructure, from South Staffordshire College, speaks about the challenges faced by South Staffordshire College, and how KnowledgeBus has helped the procurement journey and future aspirations. – See more at: www.knowledgebus-it.co.uk.

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Ex-South Staffordshire College Student Liam Mcalinden Scores Wolves’ Winner in Title Challenge

Mon, 14/04/2014 - 10:01

Liam McAlinden, one of no fewer than eight Wolves Academy players to make the first team squad at high-flying Wolves, hit the winning goal and his first in the league in the table-toppers’ recent game at MK Dons, after coming on as a substitute. “It was amazing”, he said “and to do it in front of 9000 travelling Wolves supporters as the winning goal, I couldn’t have picked a better day.” Despite receiving congratulations from his team mates and the adulation of the Wolves’ travelling army of fans, which had turned much of Milton Keynes into a sea of black and yellow, Liam still has his feet very much on the ground in terms of his future career. In this respect he is much like the other young alumni who have benefited from South Staffordshire College’s work with the Wolves Academy. A group of dedicated lecturers working under the supervision of Jamie Chapman has been delivering a mix of academic teaching, coaching skills and nutritional advice, in support of the club’s own nutritionist working towards the young footballers gaining a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sport. Liam says he is now hoping to get as much game time in for Wolves or to go out on loan for more experience and pays tribute to the Academy set up as a vital part of his progress. “They help us pass our scholarships, which is a massive part of our development and growing up – they put a lot of time and effort into helping us get the best grades we possibly can. Other academy lads like Jack Price, Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Zeli Ismail have all played a big part in what the first team have achieved this year and we’re currently sitting 6 points clear at the top of League 1.” Nick Loftus is the Education and Welfare Officer based at Wolves Compton Park Training Ground and oversees the Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence NVQ programme. “We first approached Jamie and his colleagues at South Staffordshire College some five seasons ago,” he says “and the collaboration with them has had a real impact on the progress of these young footballers to first team standard.” Liam’s advice to other budding young footballers shows a mix of ambition and maturity which is a tribute to his coaches and mentors. “Try your hardest and give everything you can because it will be worth it in the long run – but also make sure you enjoy your football.”

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Public Services Students Excel at RAF Cosford

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 14:08

Public Services students from South Staffordshire College are making sure they equip themselves well for their chosen careers. The students, studying at the College’s Cannock Campus, have undertaken a series of educational visits during the year to gain insights into successful careers. As part of their course unit, a group of 20 Public Service students visited RAF Cosford to take part in a Disaster Management exercise, focused around a table top scenario involving a plane crash. The students took on the role of numerous agencies such as the Police, Fire, Ambulance, Mountain Rescue, Flight Operations, Media & Communications, Personnel and Contingency Planning. They were tasked with dealing with the aftermath, finding out the location of the pilot and aircraft, ensuring medical supplies reached them, deploying the correct resources and evacuating the public. The incident was constantly developing and students received different bulletins of information during the day. They had to radio through locations and information using the radio systems and called upon the skills they had learnt on their course involving teamwork, leadership and communication in order to complete the task. The students excelled on the exercise and RAF staff involved were very impressed with the maturity and focus they showed during the day. Squadron Leader George Paton, RAF Outreach Manager, said “This was a thoroughly engaging day where the students from South Staffordshire College were put through their paces. The exercise was designed to extract teamwork, leadership and above all, good communication skills at all levels. The students were highly motivated, embraced the sense of occasion and worked extremely hard to achieve the aim. I would like to commend their maturity, understanding and enthusiasm on the day – they were certainly a credit to the college.” Melanie Wilkes, Teaching and Learning Innovator, HE Coordinator and Lead IQA at South Staffordshire College, summed up the visit. “It was an excellent opportunity for students to gain a greater understanding of the roles of the services when attending a major incident. They were assessed while taking part in the incident and also able to investigate the many career opportunities available to them in the RAF. The students really enjoyed the day and it was superbly organised by the RAF staff.”

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The Skills Show Experience South Staffordshire College Leads Second Regional Event

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 14:06

South Staffordshire College is hosting a second careers event aimed at providing careers guidance to the next generation of skilled young people, Supported By the European Social Fund and the National Careers Service. The College, working with fellow Premier Skills Show Sponsors Burton College and South Derbyshire College, is organising an event to showcase the vast array of options available, with a mix of information points, Have-A-Go activities as well as opportunities for visitors to “Ask the Employer”. The Skills Show Experience, which takes place on Wednesday, 9th April at Drayton Manor, Tamworth, is one of a series of events being delivered throughout England as part of The Skills Show Experience, which aim to raise aspirations across a spectrum of opportunities in further education, skills and Apprenticeships. The Skills Show Experience is a nationwide programme of over 220 events throughout the year extending the impact of The Skills Show and inspiring over 200,000 young people across the country. Funded by the European Social Fund and the National Careers Service and supported by Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Education Trust, private training providers, and local employers, South Staffordshire College is one of the local Premier College Skills Show sponsors providing the perfect opportunity for 14 – 25 year olds to develop new skills and discover their career ambitions. South Staffordshire College will be co-hosting a series of Have-a-Go activities throughout the day, alongside other Premier College Skills Show sponsors, providing hands-on experience across a wide range of curricula, including Health & Social Care, Child Care, Sport, Catering, Beauty, Animal Care, Plant Propagation, Floristry, Media and Music. In conjunction with the National Careers Service, South Staffordshire College’s Workforce Development team will also be on hand to advise on Apprenticeship opportunities and visitors will also be able to engage with employers exhibiting at the event, including the Army, the Police, John Lewis, Boots, Next and Toyota, as well as receiving impartial careers advice. With over 600 visitors already booked, it is well worth reserving your place. To book a place at this Skills Show Experience event, Drayton Manor from 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 9th April, just email helen.pettit@southstaffs.ac.uk.

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South Staffordshire College Students Provide a Helping Hand For Huntercombe Hospital Stafford

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 14:01

Students from South Staffordshire College are putting their energies to good use by undertaking ground maintenance works at a local hospital. The ten students, based at the College’s Rodbaston Campus, are carrying out various maintenance jobs in the grounds of Huntercombe Hospital, Stafford, including pruning, cutting and planting as well as the general upkeep of the planted areas and walkways. They spend one morning a week at the hospital and are enjoying the opportunity to make a positive impact on the appearance of the gardens. There are also plans for the students to undertake long-term projects within the hospital’s grounds, such as landscaping, construction of seating areas, and creating garden plots. The students are on Pathways to Progression course, aimed at helping them to gain the necessary skills to progress onto the next level course within South Staffordshire College or into employment and come from Wolverhampton, Willenhall, Rugeley, Lichfield, Shropshire, Walsall, Stoke-on-Trent and Kingstanding. Huntercombe Hospital is a child and adolescent mental health service for young people aged 12 to 18 years of age, providing a full educational service for those wishing to continue their studies whilst in hospital Mark Edwards, Registered Manager for Huntercombe Stafford, said, “We are delighted to partner with South Staffordshire College and the students’ work has already enhanced the hospital’s grounds, which is appreciated immensely by patients, visitors and staff.” Diane Hodson-Walker, Quality Coordinator – SLDD & NEET. RTC Progression Coach at South Staffordshire College is overseeing the project and is very impressed with the results of her students’ hard work. “The students have taken real ownership of this project and taken great pride in their efforts so far. They have received a lot of positive comments from hospital staff and those visiting”.

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College Tortoises on the Move

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 13:59

Thanks to the generosity of local and national building supplies companies, the Leopard tortoises at South Staffordshire College’s Animal Zone have packed their bags and moved into their new purpose built pad. Project costs were kept to a minimum, with materials supplied free of charge. Sand was supplied by Tarmac, cement from Lafarge, wall ties and other metalwork from Simpson Strong-tie, facia and rainwater guttering from Swish Building Products, clay tiles from Marley Eternit, UPVC door and frame from Wilmot Dixon/ Aynsley Doors. Building work on the new home was started by young Construction Apprentices from the Rugeley area and completed by Construction students from South Staffordshire College’s Tamworth Campus, with the support of College lecturers and under the supervision of Construction Technician Andy Ecclestone. The project was supported by Entrust, School Improvement Services: STEM to help facilitate the education industry links. As inmates Miranda, Samantha, Grumpy, Trouble and Dot originate from the Seychelles, Madagascar or Ecuador they like to be warm and the new accommodation will make it much easier to supply all of their needs into the future.  Leopard tortoises can live to a ripe old age and they are now looking forward to a long, cosy and happy life in their new home, built to modern standards. Animal Management students studying at South Staffordshire College’s Rodbaston Campus are involved in the day-to-day care of over 750 animals housed at the Animal Zone, providing them with a unique opportunity to work with some very interesting animals, not only enhancing their learning but also helping them to gain employment in the highly competitive field of animal management. Visitors are welcome to pop along to see the tortoises and other animals at the Animal Zone on the College’s Rodbaston Campus, near Penkridge. Maps are available on the South Staffordshire College website www.southstaffs.ac.uk.  The Visitor Centre is open at weekends and during school holidays.

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South Staffordshire College Hosts Ormiston Horizon Academy Visit

Tue, 01/04/2014 - 14:02

South Staffordshire College’s Rodbaston Campus has played host to a visit by students from Ormiston Horizon Academy as part of their Curriculum Enrichment Day. The Year 8 students are in the process of choosing their options for further education and, living in a rural community, many are interested in the land-based sector. So it seemed an ideal opportunity for them to visit the College’s Rodbaston Campus, dedicated to land-based studies, to spend the day looking at activities based around Fisheries, Animal Care, Equine, Horticulture and Agriculture. The students were able to watch and learn about animals, interacting with the lambs, horses and cows and even witnessed a sheep giving birth, with the assistance of the College’s Farm Manager Jon Giles. They also visited the on-site zoo, where they observed lemurs, turtles, rabbits, monkeys, lizards, fish and birds and the College’s commercial fishery. Ormiston Horizon Academy student Holly Saxon spoke for all her classmates when she said “It was a really fun experience to see all the different types of animals and habitats. It was amazing and a really nice day out.” Gerard Proudman, South Staffordshire College’s Land-based Industry Liaison Manager commented “It was a pleasure to host the students from Ormiston Horizon Academy. I hope we have showed them what Rodbaston Campus have to offer and that their visit will help them with decisions on their study options to get the grades required for the courses they choose.”

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South Staffordshire College Continues Sponsorship of County Show

Tue, 25/03/2014 - 13:53

South Staffordshire College will be returning to the Staffordshire County Show as main sponsor again this year with two sites; its main stand featuring a range of Have-a-Go activities and the hugely popular ‘animal experience’ with its mix of cuddlies and creepy-crawlies. Chief Executive Principal Graham Morley says the County Show is one of its flagship events to promote the college. “As the most successful College in the area it’s quite natural that we should partner with the show, which attracts huge crowds every year. It’s a fine showcase for our range of courses and enables us to engage with potential students and their families. We always get into the spirit of the event with fun activities that also act as a window on our curriculum and our teaching quality.” South Staffordshire College provides a vibrant and welcoming environment for thousands of full-time and part-time students, on its campuses at Cannock, Lichfield, Tamworth and Rodbaston, the latter specialising in a range of construction, land and animal based courses including agriculture, animal care and equestrian pursuits. Those particularly interested in the rural economy will find a huge choice of courses at the 180-hectare Rodbaston site and the public can enjoy a visit to many of the facilities there including Hair Salons, Restaurants, the Equestrian Centre and the renowned Animal Zone. Visitors to the show will be able to ask about the range of careers and courses available and get a taste of the ‘animal experience’ into the bargain. Animal Centre Manager David Riley and his team will be at the show with a delightful collection of cuddly and not-so-cuddly creatures including calves, rabbits and mice along with rats, ferrets and even some creepy crawlies. There will also be lots of fun ‘Have-a-Go’ opportunities which dip into some of the skills on offer at the College such as plant propagation and flower arranging together with creative activities for all the family such as face-painting and glitter tattoos.

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South Staffordshire College – Cannock Campus Now Open on Saturday

Tue, 18/03/2014 - 16:01

The most successful College in Staffordshire is opening its doors to the public from Saturday 22nd March 2014 from 9am to 1pm and is inviting the public to take part in a brand new range of recreational, community and family courses. From the 22nd March, the new Cannock campus at the Green will be open every Saturday morning offering a wide range of activities and courses to allow you to learn with the family, find out about our range of provision or try one of our taster sessions. There is something on offer for all the family, with taster sessions including: Family Nifty Nail Art – All the family can learn a new skill and try out tips for nail designs that really sparkle. Snap Shot Photography – Learn some tips on how to take the best photos for that next holiday or family occasion. Family Fun Sugar craft – For fans of the “Great British Bake Off”, this fun relaxed course covers sugar craft and cake decorating skills to create delicious and visually exciting treats. Aromatherapy – Learn about the uses and benefits of essential oils and how to use them safely and effectively for health and well-being. Family Holiday Spanish – With the holiday season on its way this short course will help you learn some Spanish phrases together so the whole family can enjoy their holiday.   There will also be a range of short first step courses on offer to help people boost their career prospects, or pursue their ideal job. With our exciting range of courses, you can improve your IT Skills, or take the first step to becoming a Legal or a Medical Secretary. If you want to spend time relaxing during shopping, come and spend some time in our modern café, where you can enjoy great tea and coffee, cakes and hot and cold snacks. With free Wi-Fi, and a range of special offers, including a hot drink and a cake for just £1.50 or a meal deal for just £3.00, there’s no better place to relax with friends. For those of you who want to know more about our full range of courses and progression options, our expert staff will also be on hand to offer information, advice and guidance. Just drop into speak to any of our team on Saturday 22nd March and take the first steps towards changing your life with South Staffordshire College. For more information please contact The Community Education team on 01827 304337.

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South Staffordshire College Wins Rethink Mental Health Project with Augmented Reality Proposal

Fri, 14/03/2014 - 10:24

A South Staffordshire College team led by Chief of Technology Enabled Learning Stephen Wileman has won a bid for Jisc (formerly the Joint Information Systems Committee) funding to work on an Augmented Reality (AR) programme in collaboration with the mental health charity Rethink. Jisc is the UK’s expert organisation on digital technologies for education and research and the decision to award funding to South Staffordshire College is further recognition of the burgeoning reputation that the College has established in this field. AR is a system that allows empowered mobile devices to generate video simply by pointing them at images such as posters. In the project with Rethink, which directly supports almost 60,000 people across England to get through mental illness crises and live independently, it will be used to promote greater awareness of the issues involved in a way that is accessible and comfortable to both staff and learners. As Stephen Wileman puts it “We recognised that well trained staff are essential but with the use of AR we can go beyond that to raise awareness levels among learners too. AR posters will signpost where students can go next to find information and help and we have also negotiated the opportunity to make use of the Rethink resources from its website and YouTube channel.” South Staffordshire College has been recognised as a ‘Healthy FE’ establishment for its commitment to promoting the health and wellbeing of both learners and staff. Trudie McGuinness, Director of Learner Journey and designated Child Protection Officer at the College, sums up what winning the bid means. “This project means a lot to the College and to Rethink. We are wholeheartedly committed to its success and would like to thank Jisc for putting its faith in South Staffordshire College with its decision to fund the programme.”

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Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt Visits South Staffordshire College

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 16:42

The important role that South Staffordshire College plays in the education and career prospects of the area’s learners was underlined when Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt paid a visit to the Tamworth Campus recently. Commenting on the experience at the Ofsted ‘Good’ rated College Mr Hunt said it had been “an excellent opportunity to meet ambitious students at a really exciting campus, focused on getting young people into jobs in Tamworth and the West Midlands.” The visit included a welcome from College Chair of Governors Ray Faulkner, along with Chief Executive Principal Graham Morley, followed by a whistle-stop tour of the campus main buildings, led by Head of Curriculum for Tamworth Campus, Judy Corrall. The programme included time in the Hair & Beauty salon, where the Shadow Education Secretary was able to see the facilities and meet some of the students in a department which has established a strong reputation up to and including WorldSkills competitions. After taking tea in South Staffordshire College’s own Perrycroft restaurant, where learners had prepared some gifts of cakes made on the premises, the Shadow Education Secretary then held an unscripted question and answer session where learners asked a series of searching questions about a range of issues likely to affect their future. Chief Executive Principal Graham Morley thanked Mr Hunt and his group which included Carol Dean, the Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Tamworth and the Shadow Secretary for Education concluded with his impressions of the visit to South Staffordshire College by saying “From construction to engineering and catering to hair and beauty, this is a driven and impressively-led College delivery the skills and aptitude the jobs market needs.”

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Spring arrivals at South Staffordshire College

Mon, 10/03/2014 - 16:44

South Staffordshire College has enjoyed an excellent start to the lambing season, with the arrival of its first lambs at the College’s Farm on Rodbaston Campus last weekend. The farm is home to 300 sheep and the newborns herald the beginning of what is expected to be a very busy time at the farm, with 220 expectant mothers producing 400 lambs over the next 3 – 4 weeks. Level 1, 2 and 3 Agricultural students will be providing 24-hour care to the new mums and their offspring, in what is one of the busiest times in the farm’s calendar, gaining knowledge and expertise to help them in their future careers. The College is holding two Lambing Weekends at the Animal Zone, on 22nd/23rd March and 29th/30th March, and visitors will be able to help bottle feed the new arrivals. And the attractions don’t stop there. The farm will also showcase a herd pedigree Hereford suckler cows who have begun calving and the housed cattle will be on show, alongside the 1000 animals normally on view at the College’s own zoo. It is always a very popular weekend with staff and students keen to share their new skills with the public. Rodbaston Farm Manager, Jon Giles, is looking forward to welcoming families again this year, saying “The experience gained by the Farm staff and students is important in the welfare and care of the animals and we all look forward to the lambing weekends. It’s always very rewarding to see how much pleasure children and adults alike get through the close interaction with the farm animals and all the hard work behind the scenes is worth it to see their faces.” The Animal Zone is open from 10.00am – 5.00pm and has lambing sessions during the day running at 10.30, 11.30 and 12.30 in the morning and 2pm, 3pm and 4pm in the afternoon. Although the Animal Zone does welcome visitors on the day, these events are extremely busy so to guarantee your place please ring 01785 710560 at the weekends between 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m until 4 p.m. to prebook. Visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk/visitorcentre for further details.

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Leonardo Da Vinci Programme supports South Staffordshire College

Tue, 04/03/2014 - 16:47

South Staffordshire College, in collaboration with European Training Services (ETS), is sending Public Services students to Sofia, Bulgaria in March to undertake 2 weeks work placement. ETS applies for funding from the Leonardo da Vinci Project, which supports European work placements for graduates and school leavers and hosts over 400 trainees every year. The Leonardo da Vinci Project is funded by the European Community’s Lifelong Learning programme and facilitates student exchanges both from and into European destinations, providing them with hands-on experience in a different EU member state to enrich their vocation in the UK. The Public Services students from South Staffordshire College’s Tamworth Campus will go on to become future customs officials, immigration officials, policemen and firemen, to name but a few professions. The training they will receive, run by the Bulgarian Institute of Labour & Social Research, will provide them with a unique insight into issues such as governance, citizenship, immigration and the impact of terrorism and conflict on a pan-European level. The students are being prepared for their trip with twenty hours of language training, resilience training, pre-departure cultural induction and a tailored employability training, which will enable them to use the experience to maximise their chance of employability post training. Helen Pettit, Student Engagement Co-ordinator at South Staffordshire College, is leading the project for the College and is anticipating a successful trip. She commented, “South Staffordshire College puts students at the heart of everything we do and our mission is to provide them with the best route to academic excellence and career development. It is imperative that young people receive great teaching and learning opportunities to equip them for a successful future, allowing them to enter the workplace and continue to learn from industry experts within their chosen field.”

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South Staffordshire College And Mercato Solutions Event Offers A Route To Better I.T. Procedure

Tue, 04/03/2014 - 16:45

South Staffordshire College is playing a leading role in helping businesses in Staffordshire get best value from their IT procurement. The College, which has established a reputation as one of the UK’s most technically advanced learning environments, is joining forces with Mercato Solutions, an award-winning provider of Business Process Transformation through its knowledgeBus IT Edition procurement platform, to present a free one-day seminar entitled “Get more from your IT procurement”. The event will be held at Rodbaston Hall within the College Campus on 2nd April with all senior executives in Purchasing, IT and Business Development being afforded a cordial welcome by Jamie Smith, South Staffordshire College’s Director of Strategy and Infrastructure. Mr Smith will share a platform with Al Nagar, Head of Benchmarking at Mercato Solutions, to demonstrate the measurable business benefits available through insightful IT procurement. “I will be reviewing our journey from the challenges we faced, why we selected our preferred solution and how we achieved strategic savings in weeks,” said Jamie Smith. “The prime objective is to target spending on consumables and from our own experience we can demonstrate significant savings, to the point where we now pay no more than a 3% premium over channel prices.” To find out more about the seminar visit www.knowledgebus-it.co.uk/events or for more information call 0121 605 2050. Please note it is essential to pre-register to avoid disappointment.

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Fire Hoses Donated to Rodbaston Animal Zone

Tue, 25/02/2014 - 16:51

Lemurs at South Staffordshire College’s Animal Zone will benefit from a donation of redundant fire hoses by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. The 50 flat hosepipes will be used to make swings and climbing frames for the animals housed at the Rodbaston-based Animal Zone and are ideal for this purpose as they are tough, easy to clean and will enrich the lives of many of the animals. With a mission to improve the lives of everyone in Staffordshire, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is dedicated to making the County a safer place to live and is certainly playing a major role in enhancing the lives of the animals at the Animal Zone with their generous donation. As a gesture of thanks, South Staffordshire College’s Animal Centre Manager, David Riley, invited Rob Barber, Director of Response at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, to visit the Animal Zone to receive a certificate of adoption for three of the College’s Ruffed Lemurs. Drucilla, Haja and Hery, all female lemurs, have been at the Animal Zone for over 3 years and are very popular with visitors. They were very excited to host Rob during his visit, where he received the official adoption certificate from Vicky Kirkman, Senior Primate Keeper. A plaque acknowledging the fire hose donation will also be on display in the lemur compound. Rob Barber accepted the certificate from Vicky, saying “We are 100 per cent supportive of ‘green’ initiatives and, as part of our commitment to this cause we have formed a partnership with South Staffordshire College to recycle old, unwanted lengths of hose at Rodbaston’s Animal Zone. The 50 flat hoses would otherwise have been waste material but instead will be installed in animal enclosures and used as swings and perches. We are happy to help the College and this donation will mean they can spend funds on other essential items. We are also delighted to welcome the adopted lemurs into the fire service family.” Thanking Rob for the generous donation, David Riley added, “South Staffordshire College is always delighted to receive donations that will enhance the welfare of its animal collection. The hosepipes will provide the animals with a chance to have fun whilst getting plenty of exercise, which is a key part of their daily routine. I am sure visitors to the Animal Zone will enjoy watching them use the new equipment.”

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Find Out About Life At The Most Technology Enabled College in the Area

Wed, 19/02/2014 - 16:52

South Staffordshire College is holding an Open Day on Tuesday, 4th March to showcase it’s recently refurbished Cannock Campus. The most successful College in Staffordshire, and recently described as the most digitally enabled Further Education site in the UK, students and parents will have an opportunity to find out more about College life, meet tutors, listen to presentations and take tours of the new Campus. Impressive new facilities include one of the world’s first 4D Immersive Learning Spaces to be used in a learning environment, a collaboration lab, interactive bounce pads with touch screen tablets, a state-of-the-art Mac Suite and Study Centre and an internet café, where students can use iPads, iPhone and tablets to surf the net, work, or just chill out. 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.   South Staffordshire College works in partnership with some of the best and most reputable employers, including Francesco Group, Lichfield Garrick, Triumph giving students the opportunity to gain professional experience and employability skills. The College 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. The Cannock Campus and the technology inside have certainly brought a ‘wow’ factor to teaching and learning and the technology is having a significant impact, particularly in practical subjects, making for engaged and interested learners. The learners particularly appreciate being encouraged to use their Smartphones instead of being told to put them away!” Be a part of South Staffordshire College’s success story – come along between 6pm and 8 pm to see for yourself what it’s like to study in a unique learning environment.

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South Staffordshire College Continues to Impress with Innovations in Digital Technology

Mon, 17/02/2014 - 16:58

Hard on the heels of the launch of its refurbished Cannock Campus, described at the most digitally enabled FE site in the UK, South Staffordshire College has been recognised by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) in its Digital Practitioners Awards. The College was a finalist in the organisation’s Team of the Year for 2013, and received an award which recognises “the achievements of adult learning practitioners who have shown outstanding commitment to using technology to improve adult learning.” The NIACE scheme is supported by JISC (formerly known as the Joint Information Systems Committee), which for more than 20 years has been encouraging the adoption and use of digital technologies with UK teaching, learning and research. Jamie E Smith, Director of Strategy and Infrastructure at South Staffordshire College, says that recognition in the NIACE awards is further evidence of the groundbreaking work that the College undertakes. “South Staffordshire College is striving to be in the vanguard of developments for technology-enabled learning that inspires, engages and prepares our learners for the world of work or further education. This award is a testament to the quality of work we undertake and the world-class talents of our staff.”

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South Staffordshire College Volunteer Day Supports Local Charity St.Giles Hospice

Thu, 13/02/2014 - 17:02

Staff from South Staffordshire College have pulled out all the stops to support a local hospice. Twenty staff from the College’s Workforce Development and Management Information Systems teams spent National Volunteer Day at St Giles Hospice, Lichfield, undertaking various tasks from painting and decorating to providing patients with beauty treatments. The College’s Chair of Governors, Ray Faulkner, played an important role making up fundraising packs in the office, whilst Workforce Development Operations Manager John Renshaw set about designing a new night entrance to make sure when patients arrive late at night it is a much more pleasing experience, with plans being implemented over the next 6 months by full time College learners. Hair and Beauty Assessors from the College enjoyed painting patients’ nails during their visit, while Catering Assessors cooked food in the hospice kitchens in preparation for the Christmas party. The South Staffordshire College team also included Chief Executive Principal Graham Morley, who set a good example by rolling up his sleeves and getting involved in painting the office of Hospice’s Chief Executive, which hadn’t seen a refresh for many years. The team then went on to paint one of the training rooms. South Staffordshire College has a long standing relationship with St Giles Hospice which has developed significantly over the last twelve months and focuses very much on raising the awareness of Health and Social Care and especially End of Life Care. James Whybrow, Director of Workforce Development, sums up the relationships between South Staffordshire College and St Giles Hospice. “Despite being from different professions, the Hospice and the College share a number of core common values that we both passionately believe and follow throughout each part of our organisations. Volunteering Day was just one example of how, by working together, we can continue to have significant contributions and impact locally.” Peter Holliday, Group Chief Executive of St Giles Hospice, said: “The support we received from South Staffordshire College on the day was greatly appreciated by both patients and staff and a huge thank you goes to the 20 volunteers who gave up their time to help us. On a wider level, community-based programmes such as this do so much to promote awareness of the work we do, and play a hugely important role in our provision of specialist care for local people living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.”

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The Skills Show Experience, South Staffordshire College Leads Regional Event

Wed, 12/02/2014 - 17:12

SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE COLLEGE LEADS REGIONAL EVENT Supported by the European Social Fund and the National Careers Service South Staffordshire College is organising an event aimed at providing careers guidance on a full range of post education and training options to the next generation of skilled young people. The South Staffordshire College event, which takes place on Thursday, 27th February at the Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford, is one of a series of events being delivered throughout England as part of The Skills Show Experience, which aim to raise aspirations across a spectrum of opportunities in further education, skills and Apprenticeships. The Skills Show Experience is a nationwide programme of over 220 events throughout the year extending the impact of The Skills Show and inspiring over 200,000 young people across the country. Funded by the European Social Fund and the National Careers Service and supported by Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Education Trust, private training providers, and local employers, South Staffordshire College is one of the local Premier College Skills Show sponsors providing the perfect opportunity for 14 – 25 year olds to develop new skills and discover their career ambitions. South Staffordshire College will be co-hosting a series of Have-a-Go activities throughout the day, alongside other Premier College Skills Show sponsors, providing hands-on experience across a wide range of curricula, including Art & Design, Media, Performing Arts, Floristry, Music Production Technology, Catering & Hospitality, Hairdressing, Sports & Leisure, Beauty Therapy, Childcare, Public Service, Applied Science, Health & Social Care and Travel & Tourism. In conjunction with the National Careers Service, South Staffordshire College’s Workforce Development team will also be on hand to advise on Apprenticeship opportunities and visitors will also be able to engage with employers exhibiting at the event, including the Army, Toyota, the NHS and Staffordshire County Council as well as receiving impartial careers advice. To book a place at this Skills Show Experience event, Staffordshire County Showground from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, 27th February just email helen.pettit@southstaffs.ac.uk.

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