1518435169 <![CDATA[News]]> 2018-02-12T11:32:49Z Copyright (c) 2018, Lisa Price ExpressionEngine tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2018:02:12 <![CDATA[SCG students learn from renowned Chinese Imperial Costumes and Textiles lecturer]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2018:/6.19818 2018-02-12T11:01:00Z 2018-02-12T11:32:49Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk Art and Design students at Shrewsbury Colleges Group had the privilege of listening to a renowned Chinese Imperial Costumes and Textiles lecturer as part of their syllabus.

David Rosier, an accredited National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) lecturer, travelled from Scotland and gave up his free time to give Shrewsbury Colleges Group students a one-off learning experience. He worked in Asia for 25 years, during which time he took an interest in clothing of the Chinese court and created a collection of over 700 pieces.

The Wakeman Hall at the English Bridge Campus, was filled with textile artefacts and the lecture, ‘A Journey Through and Beyond the Imperial Wardrobe (Qing Dynasty 1644-1911)’, went through the extensive wardrobes that were owned by nobility and officials. The day was split into three lectures that would provide a detailed insight into the nature, purpose and symbolism of Chinese Imperial Court costume, with Mr Rosier focussing part of it on the Ladies of the Court - their robes, jewellery and notorious shoes that needed bound feet.

Seventy-five students from Art & Design and Fashion & Textiles attended the day that linked closely with their textile assignment.

David Rosier said: “I very much welcome any opportunity to provide an insight into the Chinese Imperial Court and the complex, and generally unknown system, of regulated court costume. This is particularly true with regard to students of textile art and design who are potentially seeking to bring a contemporary interpretation to these ancient symbols of Chinese culture.”

“I was pleased and gratified by the attention and interest the students maintained throughout the day and was very appreciative of the respect and care that everyone displayed towards the displayed items.”

Yvonne Bridgeland, Chairman of the Arts Society Shrewsbury, who helped to organise the event, said: “I was very impressed by the student’s quiet attention to Mr Rosier’s lectures, and I’m sure they gained inspiration for their new projects. I wish them luck with their future studies.

“The Arts Society Shrewsbury Young Arts team is very pleased to have this link with Shrewsbury Colleges Group and we look forward to working together in the future.”

For more information on A Levels, visit www.ssfc.ac.uk or call 01743 235491. For more information about vocational courses and Apprenticeships call 01743 342342.

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<![CDATA[Business students’ videos score big with Shrewsbury Town Football Club]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2018:/6.19795 2018-02-02T11:59:00Z 2018-02-02T12:06:06Z Miles Porton milesp@shrewsbury.ac.uk Business students from Shrewsbury Colleges Group presented videos to Shrewsbury Town Football Club officials last week, with the winners earning big rewards.

Small teams of the Level 3 Extended Diploma students had seven weeks to create a short video that encouraged younger fans to come to the games. These videos were then judged by teachers and management from Shrewsbury Town Football Club.

Three teams were commended overall with Dan Halstead, Brad Treloar and Andy Dean making up the winning team. Dan, 18, from Shrewsbury, said: “The video was fun to make and I think it’s the best project we’ve done this year. It involved a large local company and football, which is a sport that I enjoy. After getting the chance to visit the football grounds to take photos and videos, we were given the chance to work independently, however the tutors were on hand if we needed them.

“I chose to study at Shrewsbury Colleges Group because I liked the idea of being able to focus solely on Business. Once I’ve finished my course I hope to go to University.”

Their video featured key moments on the field such as goals of the season and crowd scenes. It also focused on highlighting the benefits of junior memberships such as Lenny the Lion Club, Mascots and volunteering.

A lot was at stake for the winning team, with the prize including match tickets for the hospitality suite and a meal. They will also be invited onto the pitch during half time to talk about the video they have created. The video will be shown across Shrewsbury Town Football Club’s internet platforms and during half-time.

Kerry Nichols, Partnership and Events Manager at Shrewsbury Town Football Club, said: “The videos were of a very high standard, you could clearly see that the students had worked hard on their projects. It was amazing to consider that these students are studying business and not a video production-based course. The winning team created a great video to encourage more young people to come to Shrewsbury Town games. This video will be shown at match half-time and we will push it on our social media channels to get the message out there. It is brilliant to work with Shrewsbury Colleges Group once again.”

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<![CDATA[Shrewsbury salon celebrates three years of success]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2018:/6.19791 2018-01-26T16:31:00Z 2018-01-26T16:34:36Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk The Evolve hair and beauty salon in Shrewsbury celebrated in style this week to commemorate their third year in business.

The professional salon, that is located on the London Road Campus of Shrewsbury Colleges Group, was celebrating another successful year with free goodie bags and live demonstrations for their regular customers.

Evolve has state-of-the-art equipment and facilities and features ten hair stations, four individual relaxing treatment rooms and two spa pedicure chairs. It was officially opened in November 2014 by former Mayor of Shrewsbury, Beverley Baker.

Not only was the night for birthday celebrations, but they used it to showcase their latest products and newest staff members. Evolve have introduced Affinage and Neal’s Yard Remedies in the New Year and all salon staff are excited to share these great products with their customers. Affinage is a premium hair care brand that is sold internationally with shampoos, conditioners, styling products, fashion colours, toners, permanent waves, specialist highlighting systems, bleaching powders and the world's most advanced hair colours. Neal’s Yard is an organic and natural health and beauty company that has pushed against the synthetic chemical approach. They believe in nature, honesty and transparency. Beauty Therapist Lucy Wilde, who started with the company in May last year after completing a Beauty Therapy course at Shrewsbury Colleges Group, is advocating the use of Neal’s Yard Remedies during her relaxing reflexology sessions.

Reflexology with Lucy is just one of the new ventures for Evolve, with a new Hair Stylist soon to be joining the team.

Erica Coppinger Williams, Salon Manager, said: “It is such an honour to be able to share this great milestone with our wonderful customers and the brilliant Evolve staff. Our fully qualified and experienced staff, great salon location and wide range of treatments all play a part in the successful three years we have had.”

“A big thank you to Jane Wilde Catering for supplying the canapes and we all thoroughly enjoyed the cakes and biscuits from Georgie’s Butterfly Bakery.”

For more information on Evolve treatments available and its services and to see the price list visit https://www.shrewsbury.ac.uk/evolve or call 01743 342422

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<![CDATA[Students awarded for thinking outside the box]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2018:/6.19790 2018-01-26T12:18:00Z 2018-01-26T12:20:06Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk The Fibonacci Awards took place at Shrewsbury Colleges Group last week, and yet again it showcased the inventive work that can be created when you combine Art and Maths.

For the past two years the vocational Art & Design department have put on a competition with a difference. Students from all subjects and all campuses are encouraged to take part in the Fibonacci Awards, which recognise the importance of Maths in creative subjects. The College hopes to raise learner confidence in addressing numeracy through a ‘Maths in Art’ project and competition.

Students are asked to look at three aspects when creating their pieces: recognise where maths naturally occurs, highlight that maths is vital in creative subjects and celebrate the successful use of ‘Maths in Art’.

Zoe Roberts, 17, from Shrewsbury, was awarded first place for her black and red jacket with 3D silver concertina sleeves. She said: “This was a fun challenge to take part in. My jacket was inspired by architecture after a trip we took to Birmingham. I embroidered my own photos onto the jacket and used a 3D print on the back.

“Studying Fashion and Textiles at Shrewsbury Colleges Group has taught me technical pattern cutting skills that really helped with the Maths element of this jacket and will continue to play a big part when I go to University to study Fashion Design.”

Margaret Jones came second with her photograph that used geometric shape and pattern and Georgia Hudson gained third place with drawing of a shell, where she was inspired by the golden spiral and used pointillism to add architecture. Seven other students were highly commended for the great work and effort that they put in for this competition: Amy Taylor, Kieran Fielding Jacobs, Niamh Hope, Fay Stamou, Destiny Steele, Abigail Warham and Madeline Turner.

John O’Connell, Art & Design Course Leader, said: “I'd like to congratulate not only the winners and the highly commended students but everyone who took part in our Fibonacci Award competition. It's imperative that all of our students understand the importance of mathematics and how it relates to Art & Design. This not only increases their subject understanding but improves their employability.”

For more information on A Levels, visit www.ssfc.ac.uk or call 01743 235491. For more information about vocational courses and Apprenticeships, visit www.shrewsbury.ac.uk or call 01743 342342.

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<![CDATA[GB hockey success for Shrewsbury student]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2018:/6.19565 2018-01-09T14:14:00Z 2018-01-09T14:20:01Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk Shrewsbury Colleges Group student, Megan Lockley, will fly the flag for Shropshire within the women’s Great Britain College Hockey team.

Two students from Shrewsbury Colleges Group travelled to Cannock at the start of December to take part in the final team trial for GB College Hockey and, after proving her ability, Megan got the honour of selection.

Megan, 17, from Market Drayton, studies Graphics, Maths and German at A level. She started playing hockey at the age of 10 and continued to excel within the sport during her time at Newport Girls School.

Megan said: “I can’t wait to begin playing with the women’s GB College Hockey Team. It was amazing to earn a place on the squad and I’m really looking forward to the tour we will do through the summer.

“There is a good variety of sports to play at Shrewsbury Colleges Group, with great coaches. Hockey is played in a mixed team, so it really built up my confidence playing against boys as well. After sixth form I will go on to study at a hockey-based university.”

Despite working hard and successfully reaching the trial stage, student Luis Parker, 16, from Telford, sustained an injury at the final stage and wasn’t able to show the coaches his full potential.

Ethan Tolhurst, Group Sport and Enrichment Co-ordinator, said: “This is brilliant news for Megan and I’m really proud of all the students who have trialled or play for the GB college hockey teams. Megan has worked hard to get to where she is and being a member of this squad will only help her excel further.

“Enrichment allows our students to try new things. The options at Shrewsbury Colleges Group not only include competitive sports like rugby, football, basketball, netball, rugby and hockey; but also dancing and rock climbing. Seeing the students take part in extracurricular activities that they enjoy, that can help them further their education and make new friends is so rewarding.”

Megan will be joining a fellow Shrewsbury Colleges Group student as a member of the GB College Teams – Andrew Speke, 18, studies Bricklaying and will be taking part in his second year on the men’s GB College Hockey Team.

Megan’s first match will be on January 21.

There has also been great news within women’s football, with Emily Morris, Sophie Barker and Ellie Allen making it onto the U18 county squad.

For more information on Shrewsbury College visit: shrewsbury.ac.uk or call 01743 342 332 For Shrewsbury Sixth Form College visit: ssfc.ac.uk or call 01743 235491. Or come to the Advice Event on 11 January at London Road, between 5- 7.

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<![CDATA[Ex-student supports business growth at Pure Telecom]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2017:/6.19556 2017-12-21T10:42:00Z 2017-12-21T11:03:58Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk Two new executives have been taken on at Pure Telecom as a result of its new ‘training academy’ programme; one of those being an ex-student of Shrewsbury Colleges Group.

The expanding company, based in Shrewsbury Business Park, has introduced the initiative in order to recruit the highest quality candidates to its team.

Applicants were invited to Pure’s offices for a day of assessments and interviews and as a result George Robinson and Alex Charmbury were offered roles as business development executives.

A graduate from the University of Central Lancashire, George (25), of Shrewsbury, was previously a sales account manager for NWF Fuels in Oswestry and area retail manager for Gulf Oil covering Wales and southwest England.

“I found the recruitment process to be excellent – you could sense from the outset that this company cares about the people it employs, which is always a positive sign for prospective employees, and I see this as a great opportunity to develop my career,” said George.

Alex Charmbury (20), who also lives in Shrewsbury, studied networking, computer systems and business intelligence at Shrewsbury College and has worked in retail since.

He commented: “I applied for the role at Pure Telecom as I saw it as an unmissable opportunity to work within a field that interests me. Customer service is very important to this company, which is always something I have always agreed with in every relevant position I have held. I am looking forward to joining the team here.”

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<![CDATA[New rugby course begins in the New Year]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2017:/6.19554 2017-12-20T10:54:00Z 2017-12-20T15:17:58Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk Shrewsbury Colleges Group is launching a new vocational rugby course at its London Road Campus for September 2018.

Rugby enthusiasts will have the opportunity to gain a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport that will be focused on the skills and coaching techniques of rugby. Students on the course will be taught how to coach all abilities, from young children to elite professionals.

During this two year course, students will learn the classic skills that are taught in Level 3 Sport, including anatomy, physiology, sports coaching and fitness training, alongside six hours of rugby training each week with experienced coaches, as well as having the opportunity to take part in national and regional competitions. There is also the chance to do work experience in local schools and rugby clubs. Opportunities for those who have gained this qualification include going on to a study a range of sports disciplines at a higher level or becoming a sports teacher or rugby coach.

Sports Teacher, Dale Smallman, who will be taking charge on this course has years of rugby expertise including 15 years teaching experience. He is also an ex-Royal Navy Physical Training Instructor with a wide range of coaching qualifications and is the current Director of Rugby at Bridgnorth RFC and the Worcester Warriors Developing Player Programme Manager for Shropshire. He said: “I really believe in harnessing the power of sport to engage with students, to ensure they reach their potential both academically and within their chosen sport. The Rugby Programme is hugely exciting and with the range of excellent work placements on offer, alongside the additional coaching and officiating qualifications, it will benefit rugby players and clubs in the region for years to come.”

Former Shrewsbury Colleges Group student, Alex Hearle 19, from Church Stretton, is now a professional rugby player for Worcester Warriors. Alex chose to attend the local Shropshire College rather than head off to a ruby-orientated one. He became an A* student at the College and was able to really focus on his skills, perfect his moves and get extensive one-on-one training within an amateur team so he could excel at the trials for a professional team.

Alex said: “College rugby was the best rugby I played. It was a relaxed game with the chance to play with no pressure, so my skills excelled and I gained confidence in my technique. It let me truly enjoy the game and I gained loads of friends.

“I think this new course is a brilliant idea. It’s a great opportunity for anybody who wants a career in rugby, whether you want to improve your knowledge and become professional, or want to enjoy the game from the side lines and coach.

For more information on Shrewsbury College visit: shrewsbury.ac.uk or call 01743 342 332 For Shrewsbury Sixth Form College visit: ssfc.ac.uk or call 01743 235491. Or come to the Advice Event on 11 January at London Road, between 5- 7.

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<![CDATA[College Childcare students arrange special visit from Santa for pre-schoolers]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2017:/6.19553 2017-12-19T16:35:00Z 2017-12-19T16:38:21Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk Childcare students from Shrewsbury Colleges Group welcomed the Little Explorers Pre-school for a Christmas party at the London Road Campus last week.

Twelve children aged between two and four attended the festive event. The students had arranged lots of activities including Christmas crafts, handmade story sacks, a snow machine and an exciting visit from Santa.

The Christmas collaboration between the College and pre-school was a good opportunity for students to see their resources being used in the indoor and outdoor environments that they had created for the little visitors. Some students even baked cakes and gingerbread for the children’s snack time.

Shelly Hurdley, Manager of Little Explorers Pre-School said: “It was amazing. The children had a wonderful time and it was very clear lots of hard work and preparation had gone into the morning. “

All of the effort goes towards achieving their qualification in Childcare, with students being observed for their planning, implementation of activities and interaction with children.

Childcare teacher, Sturcha Wynn, said: “A lot of planning went into this festive session, which is exactly what they would need to do when working in a real life childcare setting.

“The students arranged all the activities and created a very sensory experience for the children. We were delighted with the opportunity this gave the students to engage and interact with children and observe and share good practice.”

To complete the day, each child get to take home a present from Santa.

For more information about Childcare courses, or any other courses at Shrewsbury Colleges Group, please come to the Advice Event on 11 January at London Road, between 5- 7, visit the website www.shrewsbury.ac.uk or call Course Advice on 01743 342 332

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<![CDATA[Health & Social Care students help those less fortunate this festive season]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2017:/6.19539 2017-12-01T13:17:00Z 2017-12-01T14:15:06Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk Health & Social Care students from Shrewsbury Colleges Group are running a food bank to support two Shropshire homeless charities.

The London Road Campus based students have set up collection boxes at English Bridge, Welsh Bridge and their own campus reception until 14 December. There are a variety of things that students, staff and visitors can drop off to help those less fortunate, including: tea, coffee, hot chocolate, sugar, salt, pepper, peanut butter, squash, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, tinned meat, tinned vegetables and single duvets.

Sarah Davies, Health & Social Care Teacher, said: “The students have decided to collect food and essential items for individuals and homeless people in the local area. The organisations we are supporting offer our students valuable work experience, so as well as helping those who sleep on the streets, this is our way of saying thank you.

“I am very proud of the recent achievements of the Health &Social Care students and the great work they are doing within our community. It is such a brilliant course to teach and it is great to see the students progress into careers they love.”

The students have chosen to donate the items collected to Shrewsbury Ark and Maninplace in Telford. They picked these homeless charities to thank them and because even though Christmas is a time to spend with your family, there are those that don’t have that luxury.

The charitable work, will give students a fantastic a hands-on experience, something that is an important part of the Health & Social Care course.

Recently, the second year Level 3 Health &Social Care students were recognised for the efforts they had been putting in on work placement. Over 50 students did exceptionally well over the past two years, with some securing part-time employment and ongoing volunteer opportunities in their most recent placements. These were secured due to excellent performance and this was acknowledged with the College’s Placement Award. The 32 students who were graded ‘excellent’, by their employers, in six areas (overall performance, potential, attitude, time keeping, communication skills and use of initiative) were awarded a certificate by James Staniforth, Shrewsbury Colleges Group Principal.

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<![CDATA[Peter Tatchell comes to College for thought provoking talk]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2017:/6.19538 2017-11-30T15:27:00Z 2017-11-30T16:57:32Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk Human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell, marked the 1967 Sexual Offences Act 50 year anniversary with a talk to Shrewsbury Colleges Group students.

This year celebrates 50 years since the Sexual Offenses Act of 1967 got passed, a major piece of legislation that decriminalised many anti-homosexual laws. Peter Tatchell, who is best known for his work with LGBT social movements, came to speak to students about the history and implementation of the bill.

Mr Tatchell is a significant figure of history and is celebrating his 50th year as an activist. On November 29, in the Wakeman hall of English bridge Campus, students and staff of Shrewsbury Colleges Group had the exciting privilege of listening to his interesting discussion on the history of this act, the more recent acts and what it means for the future of the LGBT community.

He commented: “I was delighted to talk at the Shrewsbury Colleges Group on the 50 year battle for LGBT equality in the UK. I'm sure pupils were shocked to learn about the scale of homophobic discrimination and violence in the past, and that the criminalisation of homosexuality across the whole of the UK only ended four years ago. It is astonishing to think that gay men could face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment until 1967. We've made huge progress since then and I am proud to have been part of those changes."

Sian Squire, History teacher from English bridge Campus said: “Our A level History students have been studying changes in society over the last 100 years. One of the biggest changes in the C20 has been the increase of rights and recognition for LGBTIQ persons. As well as the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, in 2013 Britain passed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act which legalised same sex marriage. Same sex attraction has gone from being a criminal act to being accepted and even celebrated in Britain within 100 years. This has led to a massive change in attitudes and society over the last few decades.

“In the 1950s, an ex-headmaster from Shrewsbury, John Wolfenden was commissioned to write the Wolfenden Report. It made several recommendations which were eventually realised in the passing of the Sexual Offences Act in 1967. We invited Peter Tatchell to speak to students because his name has been synonymous internationally with lobbying for LGBTIQ rights for many years. He is able to motivate and enthuse our students; we’re really excited to have him visit.”

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<![CDATA[Students are ace volunteers for pro tennis tournament!]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2017:/6.19533 2017-11-28T11:27:00Z 2017-11-28T11:28:49Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk Students from Shrewsbury Colleges Group have spent their spare time volunteering for the AEGON Pro-Series Tennis Tournament.

At the beginning of the month The Shrewsbury Club hosted the AEGON Pro-Series Tennis Tournament for another year. This event has been supported by student volunteers from the Shrewsbury Colleges Group for the past 3 years and eager students jumped at the chance to do it again.

Volunteering programmes are run throughout the year at Shrewsbury Colleges Group. These extra-curricular opportunities are not only fun to get involved with, but can also help with student’s UCAS applications or CVs.

Students from all three campuses rolled up their sleeves and helped out on the days. Mollie Ann Grant, 20 and Will Hunter, 20 both from London Road Campus, worked as sound engineers and had the important task of providing music throughout the final. Lucy Phillips, 16 and Olivia Myers, 17, both from English Bridge and Welsh Bridge Campus, manned the coffee stand and served spectators and guests with barista style coffees. Finally, Tomos Harrison, 18, from English Bridge and Welsh Bridge Campus was able to capture all these spectacular volunteering moments with his photography skills.

However, students didn’t just help out on the day; a group of Carpentry students form London Road Campus made a timber frame tunnel that would be used for the players and officials to enter the court. This construction was requested by Dave Courteen, Managing Director of The Shrewsbury Club, who was very pleased with the final outcome.

The AEGON Pro-Series Tennis Tournament is where many players start their professional careers and in the past the likes of Heather Watson, Laura Robson and Johanna Konta have all played at The Shrewsbury Club. Each of the men’s and women’s tournaments attract around 1,000 people from all over UK and Europe to Shrewsbury. This year saw Anna-Lena Friedsam and Lesley Kerkhove in the final, with Anna lifting the trophy and a prize of £25,000.

Lorraine Burrage, Agency Project Co-Ordinator, said: “I am always really proud of all the students at Shrewsbury Colleges group who give up their free time to help at events like this. I would like to thank each and every one of them for working within their local community and proving to be great ambassadors for the college.”

For more information on Shrewsbury College visit: shrewsbury.ac.uk or call 01743 342 332 For Shrewsbury Sixth Form College visit: ssfc.ac.uk or call 01743 235491.

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<![CDATA[College apprentices win gold at skills competition]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2017:/6.19532 2017-11-27T11:02:00Z 2017-11-27T11:25:44Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk Two apprentices from Shrewsbury Colleges Group have been flying the flag for Shropshire and showing the rest of the UK how skilful this county is by bringing home two gold medals.

At WorldSkills UK competition last week Andrew Balmer, an Advanced Apprentice (Level 3) in Site Carpentry, won gold in the SkillBuild carpentry final and Marc Marshall, an Advanced Apprentice (Level 3) in Electrical Installation, won gold in the SkillElectric final.

Overall Shrewsbury Colleges Group came 9th in the competition, out of 119, and no other college got two golds.

SkillBuild and SkillElectric are the largest, multi-trade competitions in the UK and have been running for over 45 years. WorldSkills showcases the value of skills and raises the recognition of skilled professionals worldwide.

Both students competed against seven other opponents to be crowned champions. Winning gold gives entrants the honour of going to the WorldSkills final as part of Team UK – this will take place in Russia in 2019. Marc will perfect his skills over the next two years and focus on representing the UK on an international platform. Sadly, Andrew will be too old to compete in 2019, so he will focus on continuing his studies with Shrewsbury Colleges Group towards a Higher Apprenticeship studying a Higher National Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment NVQ in Site Supervision.

Andrew, aged 25, from Baschurch, works for JR Slee Building & Joinery Contractors based in Condover. The company are active supporters of Apprenticeships and have won a raft of awards including Apprentice of the Year from the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce and were a top 100 Apprenticeship Employer nationally in 2011.

Marc, aged 20 from Telford, works for DM Electrics in Telford, as part of Courtland Properties. Courtland Properties manages property development sites until completion working with all the construction trades.

Stuart Raine, Construction Curriculum Leader, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Andrew and Marc both won gold medals. I cannot praise the lads high enough for their commitment, motivation and passion to compete at this level. Since winning their regional finals in June, they have been training twice a week, fitting it in around full time work and college studies.

“It is a shame that Andrew will not fit into the age requirement for WorldSkills in 2019, but that does not detract from the truly remarkable achievement by these two talented and gifted students. This is a tremendous achievement for Andrew and Marc and winning two gold medals at a national final is a first for Construction”.

For more information on A Levels, visit www.ssfc.ac.uk or call 01743 235491. For more information about vocational courses and Apprenticeships, visit www.shrewsbury.ac.uk or call 01743 342342.

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<![CDATA[Performing Arts students give us a panto with a spin]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2017:/6.19531 2017-11-24T16:24:00Z 2017-11-24T16:26:47Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk It’s pantomime season and the Performing Arts students of Shrewsbury Colleges Group are putting on a show.

Students from London Road Campus will be putting a spin on the classic fairy-tale Cinderella to bring you Spinderella - a fun pantomime full of magic and sparkle. The original script is written by the College’s own Performing Arts teacher, Andy Pierce.

Cheer and boo as Spinderella, a young girl living in her late father’s record store with her evil step-mother and sisters, tries to keep her father’s legacy alive and stop the store falling into the wrong hands.

Spinderella is a quirky homage to traditional pantomime, with a very contemporary feel. Well -loved characters like the Fairy Godmother and Buttons share stage space with evil music mogul Rich Filthy, his spoilt daughter Paris Filthy and of course, the eponymous Spinderella herself. Mixing together rock, pop and musical theatre songs, dance numbers and great jokes – Spinderella is not to be missed.

Teacher Andy Pierce said: “This is a challenging run for the students, two weeks of matinee and evening shows mirrors the industry. Students will perform in the college theatre and take the show on tour to local schools. This really is real world experience and shows the students that tenacity, effort and stamina are just as important as their singing, dancing and acting skills.

“It’s a great chance for our students to perform and interact with the audience and promises to be a lot of fun for everyone! Our students have worked really hard on the show and we have some incredibly talented performers. It’s open to the public in the evenings so get into the Christmas spirit now and buy your tickets!”

The Level 3 students have been working hard in rehearsals and getting ready for their first performance this Monday (27 Nov) - taking it to the local schools in the afternoons and the college theatre in the evenings.

Performances will be taking place in the Performing Arts Theatre at the London Road Campus from Monday, 27 November to Friday, 1 December, and Monday 4 to Friday, 8 December, at 7.30pm. Tickets can be reserved by emailing boxoffice@shrewsbury.ac.uk

For more information on Shrewsbury College visit: shrewsbury.ac.uk or call 01743 342 332 For Shrewsbury Sixth Form College visit: ssfc.ac.uk or call 01743 235491.

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<![CDATA[100% job success rate for students]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2017:/6.19527 2017-11-22T10:01:00Z 2017-11-22T10:06:09Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk Beauty Therapies and Hospitality and Catering students who achieved their qualifications from Shrewsbury College, London Road Campus, in summer 2017; have excelled in their first steps after education.

The fifteen Level 3 students studying Beauty Therapy and Complementary Therapy, and the nine Level 3 students studying Professional Cookery have all acquired jobs in their fields and are on their way to a successful career doing what they love.

The successful students have achieved their new jobs in a variety of places; from one of the many suitable Shrewsbury businesses, to big ventures in London, to starting their own business.

Beauty Therapies students learn a wide range of treatments during their study time, including body massage, hot stones, anatomy and more. The on-site Hair and Beauty Training Academy gives students the chance to gain valuable experience by performing these treatments on clients.

Lucy Wilde, 21, who has gained a Level 3 Diploma in Complimentary Therapies, secured her job after a positive two week work placement. She is now a Beauty Therapist at Evolve Hair and Beauty Salon in Shrewsbury. Lucy said: “I loved my time at Shrewsbury College, it’s a great place to learn. My teachers Mel Poutney and Kelly Hodgkiss encouraged and inspired me every day and I’m so thankful to them for helping me find my perfect job. Mel had faith in me for my work placement with Evolve and that instilled a confidence in me that helped me perform my best to secure a job.

“In the future I would like to broaden my skills and become a versatile employee by training as a Hair Stylist. I would definitely study a Hairdressing apprenticeship at Shrewsbury College to get there.”

Professional Cookery students cover areas that include, kitchen skills, classic cuts and bakery. Plus the added benefit of being able to put their newly learnt skills into practise at Origins – the college restaurant that is open to the public and has an AA rosette highly commended. The food at Origins is prepared and served by students, giving them a good practising platform and real-life experience.

Abbi Lycett, 21, is a Chef de Partie at Tredwells, a Marcus Wareing restaurant in London’s West End. After studying at Shrewsbury College and gaining her Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery, Abbi wanted to go further afield and she successfully applied for a job in London. She commented: “I wouldn’t have got this job without everything I learnt at college, or the encouragement from Senior Chef Lecturer, Dan Gibbons. The way service is run and taught at Origins is just like the service in London restaurants.

“Going forward, I’m hoping to progress within the kitchen. I’ve already been promoted in the three months I’ve been there; so I’m excited to see what the future holds for me.”

Jackie Swan, Curriculum leader for both Beauty Therapies and Hospitality and Catering said: ““We are delighted that our last cohort of Level 3 Professional Chefs and beauty Therapy students have all gained employment as a result of studying with us at Shrewsbury College. Our students are trained to industry standards in our commercial salon and restaurant, which allows for them to develop and practice outstanding vocational and employability skills. I’m very proud of all the hard work put in by the students and teachers."

Aiming for more successfully employed students in summer 2018, Dan Gibbons, has set up two prestigious work placements for two of his students. Corbyn Gilham and Jack Kirby have been given the opportunity to go to Lainston House in Winchester and The Cliffe at Dinham in Ludlow. They will spend an alternating week in each, learning from the two very different, yet equally valuable environments.

For more information on courses at Shrewsbury Colleges Group visit: shrewsbury.ac.uk and ssfc.ac.uk or call 01743 342 332 and 01743 235491.

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<![CDATA[Charlotte and Jess secure work placement at local travel magazine]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2017:/6.19522 2017-11-16T14:21:00Z 2017-11-16T14:29:26Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk A local publishing company who specialise in the travel trade are supporting Shrewsbury Colleges Group by placing students from the Level Three Diploma in Travel & Tourism on work experience. Blueprint Travel Media, whose clients range from English Heritage and The National Trust for Scotland to West End theatre shows, stately homes and all types of visitor attractions, produce their own bespoke publications covering the UK and Europe, guides for The Tourism Society, Heritage Railway Association and AGTO as well as gourmet food guides and Original Shrewsbury’s town map and town guide.

Nick Bevan, Managing Director of Blueprint Travel Media said,  “It is a great opportunity for both parties. We have had an amazing year, growing rapidly, and it is fantastic to be able to help the college with the student's education experience. We work in a vibrant industry and the students we’ve met so far have a genuine enthusiasm for UK tourism. It is often a forgotten industry but it is the backbone of many livelihoods in communities – our town is no different with over £500 million being added to the local economy through tourism related activities.”

Jackie Swan, Curriculum Leader for Hospitality & Catering said, “It’s absolutely brilliant that two of our students have been offered placements with Blueprint Travel Media where they will get the opportunity to be involved with real projects in the tourism publishing industry. They went through a selection process and were given valuable feedback on both their CVs and their interview skills that will be invaluable when applying for future jobs. Last year the college organised 883 placements for students, which offer them invaluable experience that not only helps them decide what areas they would like to work in the future but also gives them a real insight into what working in industry is like. It opens up further experiences and Charlotte Taylor-Jones and Jessica Davenport-Sheridan will have a real advantage to help them move up that career ladder following their studies.”

Visit www.blueprintmedia.org.uk to find out more about Blueprint Travel Media or call 01743 231135 to see if they can help your business with print buying, distribution, bespoke design work or a sales campaign.

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