1526638680 <![CDATA[News]]> 2018-05-18T10:22:04Z Copyright (c) 2018, Lisa Price ExpressionEngine tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2018:05:18 <![CDATA[Aspiring students invited to get ahead with a degree at Shrewsbury Colleges Group]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2018:/6.19997 2018-05-18T10:18:00Z 2018-05-18T10:22:04Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk This September, a new round of degree-level courses will begin at Shrewsbury Colleges Group, which has been successfully teaching higher education (HE) courses for over 20 years.

Among the full and part-time courses on offer are a Foundation Degree in Sports and Physical Education, HNC in Performing Arts, 13 engineering and construction degrees including a Foundation Degree in Mechanical Technology, as well as Business and Management courses, Counselling, Early Years and Teaching.

Mike Jones, 30, from Shrewsbury, graduated from the Level 4 Foundation Degree in Sports and Physical Education last summer and then did a one-year top up to a full BSc in Coaching and Physical Education at Staffordshire University, the College’s partner university. He is expecting a first when he graduates this July. Mike, who is now working at Thomas Telford School will embark on his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) this September.

Mike said: “Before I started the course, I was playing professional ice hockey for various teams in Europe and the UK. I wanted to settle down and when I did the HE course at Shrewsbury College I was working at Bridgnorth Endowed School as a cover teacher and fit my studies around my job.

“I did a lot of research on what course to do because I really wanted to continue to be able to work while I studied, so the Foundation Degree at Shrewsbury College was perfect for me and I could continue to earn and save money on fees. I really enjoyed it and there was a good mix of ages, and the teaching was great, all the tutors were really helpful. I would definitely recommend it.”

HE & Education Lead, Helen Fellows, said: “We have over 20 years’ experience in teaching higher level courses including sport and our inspiring and motivational lecturers really push to get the best out of students. We have industry-standard and extensive facilities and classrooms and offer work experience as well as trips abroad with other HE students from across different subjects. This year the group visited Milan.

“In terms of Sport, our impressive facilities include a Sports Centre with sports halls, gym, 12 outdoor football pitches and an athletics track. Our 3G Football Pitch is a state-of-the-art, third generation floodlit pitch. It is a competition-standard and FA (Football Association) approved 11 v 11 pitch. The pitch also features American Football goal posts.

“We’ve spent £15m on the campus over the last few years improving facilities and in September 2018 the new HE Centre will open at our London Road Campus, which will provide a teaching, learning and social space dedicated to HE students.

“We’ve developed strong industry links with all our HE courses, both locally and nationally. With sport our links include Shrewsbury Town Football Club (we are their official education partners) as well as links with national health and leisure companies such as the Mosaic Group.

“Students like Mike go on to top up their degrees at universities including Staffordshire and Worcester and to careers locally and nationally in teaching, physio, sports therapy and nutrition as well as setting up their own businesses in areas including personal training.”

For more information about HE courses visit www.shrewsbury.ac.uk/higher_education or call 01743 342342.

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<![CDATA[Students get ready to take audiences back to the 80s]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2018:/6.19992 2018-05-15T09:32:00Z 2018-05-15T09:39:19Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk You will be transported back in time when Shrewsbury Colleges Group students put on their spectacular performance of Back to the 80s next month.

Following on from their success of a four-night show at Theatre Severn last year with Footloose; Performing Arts students from London Road Campus will be hitting the stage again with Back to the 80s. First year, second year and HE students will all be joining together in this totally awesome musical.

The story follows 30-something Corey Palmer’s flashback to his senior year at William Ocean High School. We see a group of young adults negotiating love, heartbreak, friendship and loneliness as they get ready to complete their time at school. Young Corey Palmer, Michael Feldman, the school bully disguised as a heartthrob and Feargal McFerrin III, the technology geek are all running for class president. Mix that with trying to get the girl of your dreams to notice you and you have the perfect high school comedy musical. This show is full of big hair, big laughs and even bigger hits such as: Video Killed the Radio Star, Kids in America and You Give Love a Bad Name – it will not disappoint.

Thea Hughes, 20, from Newtown and studying a HNC in Performing Arts said: “It’s so exciting performing at Theatre Severn. I have been in previous shows, but it’s just as thrilling each time we start rehearsals. Performing in a theatre of this size gives us great real-world experience.”

“Studying at the college was a no brainer for me. They had the best course on offer and even though I lived far away, the bus routes were so easy and convenient.”

Abbey Parton, 17, from Telford and studying Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts said: “The HQPA end-of-year performance is what finalised my decision to come to Shrewsbury Colleges Group. I saw A Night at the Musicals two years ago and loved it. So it is amazing to now be in the performance.

“Back to the 80s is a feel-good show with all the best hits from that era. There are a variety of great character stories to follow and it’s full of fun!”

The show will take place over three days in Theatre Severn’s Walker Theatre, 7-9 June at 7.30pm and a matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday 9 June. Tickets cost £15 each. To book, call 01743 281281 or visit www.theatresevern.co.uk

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[Construction recruitment event to tackle a growing gap in the industry]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2018:/6.19937 2018-04-18T09:53:00Z 2018-04-18T11:19:57Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk To help address the labour shortages in the construction industries, a special collaborative event is being held at Shrewsbury Colleges Group to give school leavers, students, and the general public a chance to find out about the exciting careers on offer.

Britain’s shortage of surveyors, bricklayers and other construction workers is holding back building work just at the time when the country needs more houses and infrastructure, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

The organisation says that almost two-thirds of surveyors said a lack of skilled workers is a key factor limiting building activity.

Trevor Oakley, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), advisor for the Marches said: “Construction is one of the UK’s fastest growing industries and thanks to the range of projects going on at any one time – it’s also one of the most challenging and exciting to work in. Despite political and economic uncertainties UK construction will grow between, 2018-22. Infrastructure and housing will be the biggest growth-drivers. There is now a national focus on the skills and employment challenges facing the construction sector and the country. According to the latest Construction Skills Network report construction output is expected to grow by 1.3% over the next five years, with 158,000 jobs to be created.

“The range of construction projects in the Marches area, including the new Telford footbridge, student accommodation in Shrewsbury, infrastructure work and housebuilding, means there are many job opportunities in the region. There are also lots of exciting opportunities for careers to help secure the future of the industry in the Marches area.

“Careers range from trades through to design and technical roles and offer numerous benefits for businesses. Employers registered with us can, for example, tailor training to suit their company and also benefit from grants of up to £10,250 for Apprenticeships plus other funding opportunities.

“With older construction workers retiring it is important we have young people to replace them. There’s a lot of work in the pipeline so now is a good time to consider a construction career – there’s a huge range of roles available for people - not just working on site. To discover over 180 different careers in construction, visit www.goconstruct.org.”

Corinne Brown, Business Development Manager at Business Solutions, part of Shrewsbury Colleges Group, which has links with over 600 Shropshire businesses, said: “There are many ways people can get into construction and the industry welcomes everyone from newcomers to people with some experience to career changers and military leavers.

“For many construction jobs you will be able to show your skills and gain or extend your qualifications while working in the industry. Next year, nearly 10,000 people are expected to leave the industry, compared with little more than 2,500 who will join so there has never been a better time to consider it as a career.”

The Careers in Construction event is being held in partnership between Shrewsbury Colleges Group, Shropshire Council, the Job Centre Plus and the CITB. It will be held in the Electrical Plumbing and Gas Centre at the London Road campus from 1-3pm on May 3. School leavers, college students, military leavers and the general public are all invited to attend and speak to a range of employers about the opportunities on offer. To register to attend the event visit: www.shrews.co/careercon

Louise Johnson, Shropshire employer lead for Jobcentre Plus, said “This is an exciting opportunity to work in partnership with Shropshire Council, CITB, Shrewsbury Colleges Group and local construction employers.

“It is an amazing chance for our customers to have an insight in to all the different career choices in this buoyant sector.”

Companies wanting more information about the May 3 event should contact Ruth Blackhurst at Shrewsbury Colleges Group on events@shrewsbury.ac.uk

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<![CDATA[Over 150 people pass their MOT Course at Shrewsbury College in 12 months]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2018:/6.19929 2018-04-04T09:19:00Z 2018-04-04T09:32:40Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk More than 150 people from across the region have now passed one of the three MOT courses run by Shrewsbury Colleges Group at its London Road Campus, including 23 from Furrows Group which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year.

The three courses on offer (MOT Testers Class 4 and 7, MOT Centre Managers and Annual Updates), which started just 12 months ago have proved so popular with the industry, that extra courses have had to be put on and additional specialist staff trained to deliver them.

Curriculum Leader for Mechanical, Electrical/Electronic and Automotive Engineering, Andrew Lee, said: “We have been blown away by the success of these courses. We were expecting this number over several years, not just the first 12 months, it’s been a phenomenal take up. We’ve seen people travelling from as far Stoke, Worcester, Hereford, Wrexham, the West Midlands and Mid Wales to do the courses. We are now also offering MOT Testers at Class 3 and 5 due to requests from the industry, as well as a short Level 3 Vehicle Inspection Course for those who work within the industry and don’t hold the required qualification to become an MOT Tester.

“The success of the courses has also increased our Apprenticeships in the area by 300% because of the good relationships we have been forging with a number of garages. We now work with almost all the leading franchises in the area as well lots of independent garages as well.”

Apprenticeships on offer in Motor Vehicle include; Light Vehicle Service and Repair, Fast Fit/Inspection, Land Based and the new Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician. Additional short courses in Air Conditioning (F gas) and Hybrid vehicles have also been developed to support the industry.

The 150th student to pass the MOT testing course was Ryan Davies, a mechanic with the Furrows Group, which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year.

Ryan, 23, from Minsterley, passed the MOT Testers course in February, said: “It’s great that there is a training provider so close to where I live and work so that I can fit this essential training in easily. I can’t continue to do my job without passing important updates like this. The course was well run and I will be able to do it next year when I need to!”

Phil Davies, Service Manager at Furrows, said: “We have put 23 of our mechanics through either the MOT Testers or Annual Update courses this year. It’s a very well run course and essential for my staff to pass it in order to be able to safely test people’s vehicles. I need to know I can send them somewhere I trust and ensure they will come away knowing everything they need to for the coming year.”

More information and dates for the courses on offer can be found on the Part -Time Motor Vehicle section of the College’s website.

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[Students hone their Homer knowledge at Classics talk]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2018:/6.19919 2018-03-29T14:17:00Z 2018-03-29T14:47:13Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk Shrewsbury Colleges Group hosted students from across the region for talks about the Ancient World by one of Britain’s most respected Classicists.

Students studying A Level Classical Civilisation from five different colleges in the Hereford, Shropshire and North Wales region were invited by Shrewsbury Colleges Group to their London Road Campus to hear from Professor Edith Hall and a successful ex-student – Will Coles The students were treated to a full day of knowledgeable talks and an authentic Roman buffet made by the on-site professional restaurant, Origins.

Edith Hall, a Professor of Classics at Kings College, London, spoke about the Gods in Homeric Epic. She has written more than 20 books, broadcasts frequently on TV and radio and works with the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. She is currently visiting schools and colleges as part of her project “Advocating Classical Education,” which aims to promote the teaching of Classical Education - particularly in state schools. As part of this project, Professor Hall has spoken to many influential organisations, including the House of Lords, to show that a study of the Ancient World is still vital and relevant in 2018. She said: “It was a joy to speak to so many students from Shropshire and the local regions.”

Another speaker was sixth form’s former Classical Civilisation A Level student, Will Coles, who spoke about the changing image of Emperor Augustus and the advantage of studying Ancient World subjects at a higher level. He is currently doing his PhD in Classics at Royal Holloway University and since leaving college, Will has gained a Bachelors in Ancient History, a Masters in Classics, he has won the Andrew Leno memorial prize for Ancient History, the Driver Prize, the Bedford Scholarship and is due to address the Classical Association conference this year.

Will said: “I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t studied A Level Classical Civilisation at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College. It opened up an important area of history and culture, which students are sadly not often exposed to earlier in their education. It was a privilege to speak to students from a number of institutions across Shropshire and Herefordshire, particularly my alma mater. I hope many others will be inspired to follow my route and enter the ongoing academic debates surrounding the ancient world.”

Sian Squire, Classical Civilisation teacher, said: “It was brilliant that Edith and Will came to talk to our students and it was great that other colleges chose to join us. I commend Professor Hall on her enthusiasm to speak to our students, shown by her travelling from London after doing a BBC Radio 4 broadcast in the morning and then travelling back to London after speaking for two hours in Clayton Hall. It was also great to see Will and Shrewsbury College Group is so proud of what he has achieved since gaining his A Levels.

“It is great to be able to give students this opportunity by putting on these types of talks. They gain so much knowledge and it’s good for them to hear information from another point of view.”

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

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<![CDATA[Travel & Tourism students single-handedly organise overseas trips]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2018:/6.19917 2018-03-29T11:08:00Z 2018-04-03T07:20:57Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk The A Level Travel & Tourism students from Welsh Bridge Campus at Shrewsbury Colleges Group spent eight months organising three amazing, overseas trips for their peers.

As part of their syllabus, students organised four-day trips to Berlin for German students, Rome for Photography students and Paris for Business students, with around 40 pupils in each class. To choose the three teams behind each trip, they used the ‘Belbin Behavioural Test’, which consists of a series of questions to match you with your perfect team members.

Each team was allowed to pick which subject they wanted to work with and which European city they wanted to visit. Hotels, flights and itinerary were all organised by the Travel & Tourism students, with this project giving them responsibility and teaching them organisational skills.

Katie Nicholls, 17, from Telford, Adele Botha, 17, from Llanidloes and Emma Herbert, 17 from Shrewsbury organised the trip to Berlin for students studying German. They planned lots of educational activities once they were there like, trips to museums, the Berlin Wall and Fernsehturm (the Television Tower). To practise their language skills, the German students bought tickets, ordered food and navigated round the city using only German. Katie said: “There was a lot of pressure to get this right. It was part of our course, you didn’t want to let down the rest of your team and you had a whole class of students relying on you. But, once you were there it was amazing. I really enjoyed it and am looking into a career in the travel industry.”

Guy Patrick, 17, Riley Pritchard, 18, Lucy Thomas, 17 and Fran Kay, 17, all from Shrewsbury organised the trip to Rome for Photography students. There was a pop-up photography exhibition on whilst they were there and copious amounts of Italian landmarks to snap, including the Vatican and Colosseum. Fran said: “It was intense, but you could relax once you were there. The project gives you life skills – we had to speak to lots of people and companies to get things organised.”

Gemma Poston, 18 and Mia Ellis-Morgan, 18 both from Shrewsbury and Grace Walker, 18 from Telford, organised the trip to Paris for students studying Business. Students attended a business conference at Disneyland Paris and then got to explore the magical park. Mia said: “This project could be stressful at times, but it taught you organisation and people skills. It also brought us a lot closer together as a team and helped us make friends. The Business teachers were so pleased with the trip they have decided that they want to do it every year.”

Maria Richards, Travel & Tourism teacher, said: “This was an incredibly complex task for the students. Each team organised a foreign trip, all of which have been hugely successful. Everything, from what time to meet at the airport, to booking seats on flights and ensuring travel to and from the landmarks they visited were all perfectly timed. They chose challenging projects and have learned skills such as business planning, time management, interpersonal skills and contingency planning. Many intend to seek a career linked to the tourism industry and this experience was indicative of what it would be like. They have been a pleasure to work with, they did really well and I am enormously proud.”

Meanwhile, at the London Road campus, Level 3 diploma Travel & Tourism students put on an Industry Networking Breakfast to build relationships with local businesses. Seven students used this opportunity to let business owners know what they are capable of in the hope of opening up doors for work experience placements.

The breakfast was held in the campus’s commercial Origins Restaurant with companies like Shropshire Festivals and Stan’s Cycles taking part. Students informed the guests of the work experience they had done so far and Charlie Griffiths, 18, from Bishops Castle shared her success story of when her two week work placement at Castle Hotel, turned into a full-time job.

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[Students are sure to shake up Shrewsbury with their Elvis musical]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2018:/6.19879 2018-03-20T10:47:00Z 2018-03-20T10:49:44Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk Shrewsbury Colleges Group students will dazzle audiences for three nights as they perform the hip-swivelling musical comedy, All Shook Up.

Students from all three campuses have been working hard at rehearsals to get ready for their performance at Wakeman Hall next week. The musical, which is narrated using a catalogue of Elvis Presley songs, will be performed from March 20 to 22 (Tues to Thurs).

The technical support and scoring will also be provided by the students, with 14 of them making up the live orchestra. One current student and two former students will also be helping with the sound and lighting, and Performing Arts Student, Olivia Stone, from Shrewsbury, is taking on the mammoth task of stage manager, memorising every cue and line to make sure the performances run smoothly. 

All Shook Up is a 1950s twist on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. It tells the story of the love and laughter that ensues for a small town girl and her fellow townsfolk when a motorcycle-riding, hip-thrusting, guitar-playing stud drives into town. Throughout the musical 24 classic Elvis Presley songs including ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘Don’t Be Cruel’, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ and of course the title tune form the backbone of this love and laughter filled story. The singing, dancing and performing from students is sure to create the perfect evening for all the family.

Andy Pierce, Performing Arts Teacher, said: “This is a classic story told with familiar tunes and an evening full of brilliant entertainment. The students have worked really hard for the past few months. Each role is important and they have all done so well. Olivia should definitely look at stage management as a career path.”

A Level student Will Witt, 17, from Shifnal, who is playing Dennis, one of the lead roles, said: “I’m really enjoying everything so far and can’t wait to perform for the public. It is a great cast and team working together. There is a professional atmosphere, which sets you up for what it would be like in the West End. Taking part in the drama performance at College builds your confidence and helps with your personal statement or CV later on.”

The performances will be at the English Bridge Campus from 20-22 March at 7.30 pm. Adult tickets are £8 and it’s £5 for a concession, which you can buy at http://shrews.co/boxoffice

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. Or come to the Advice Event on 22 March at London Road, between 5- 7.

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<![CDATA[BBC Sport Producer kicks off Careers Month at Shrewsbury Colleges Group]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2018:/6.19878 2018-03-20T09:51:00Z 2018-04-10T09:53:07Z Miles Porton milesp@shrewsbury.ac.uk National Careers Week may be over, but at Shrewsbury Colleges Group it is still very much in full swing.

Careers week has become Careers Month at the three college campuses, with a plethora of speakers lined up to talk to students throughout March.

Over the next few weeks a variety of speakers from a huge range of Shropshire and regional businesses across many sectors will be visiting the English Bridge, Welsh Bridge and London Road Campuses. Representatives will be speaking to students from all subjects about their experiences and giving helpful tips on how the students can progress in their chosen fields. Companies will include Hanson Recruitment, Shropshire Festivals, The Mytton and Mermaid Hotel and Shropshire Star.

It all kicked off on Tuesday this week when successful BBC Sports Producer, Helen Murray, visited Clayton Hall at the London Road Campus. Helen Murray reached out to the College and volunteered to do a talk to the students. She started her career at BBC Radio Shropshire and jumped at the chance to help local school leavers. She has even signed up for next year’s career week already.

Speaking on the day, she said: “I am thrilled to be at Shrewsbury Colleges Group. I hope that my talk has inspired the students and has shown them that with hard work you can achieve your dreams. I studied at my local sixth form in Wales and we never had the opportunity to hear from someone from a large company like this.

“My tips for students thinking about a role in journalism is to work hard, get loads of work experience and be patient.”

Karen Hayward, Agency Manager, said: “We always receive great feedback from our students about this event. They really value the opportunity to hear from successful people who are working in the industries they hope to go into. Shrewsbury Colleges Group is committed to providing impartial careers guidance to our students, and we have a year-round careers programme which includes face to face guidance, work experience and volunteering opportunities and extensive input from our valued network of employers.    

“We work closely with a lot of local businesses and we value our partnerships and the support they give to the College and our students. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our guest speakers and those involved in the event - and we are sure our students have taken away some invaluable information.”

For more information on A Levels, visit www.ssfc.ac.uk or call 01743 235491 and for more information about vocational courses and Apprenticeships, call 01743 342342. Or come to the Advice Event on 22 March at London Road, between 5-7pm.

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<![CDATA[Brickwork students get hands-on at iconic Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2018:/6.19866 2018-03-09T09:48:00Z 2018-03-09T10:26:08Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk Shrewsbury Colleges Group students have become the first to gain hands-on experience of traditional construction methods, as part of a National Lottery-funded programme to plug England's heritage skills gap, using 18th Century Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings as a site for hands-on learning.

 On Thursday 8 March, 12 Level 1 and 2 Brickwork students spent the morning at the Flaxmill Maltings site learning  to make the ‘great’ bricks  that were used in the construction of the iconic Grade I listed Main Mill - the world’s first iron-framed building and forerunner of modern day skyscrapers, which was built in 1797.

Northcot Brick, specialist traditional brick manufacturers, have been making by hand 30,000 of the special sized bricks needed to restore the Main Mill.  Today they passed on their expert knowledge, demonstrating traditional hand-throwing methods.  The students were then able to get hands-on and make their own bricks.  Some of the bricks the students produced will be included in a time capsule, to be placed within the Main Mill later this year. 

The session is part of Historic England’s Heritage Skills programme, supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation which offers a number of training opportunities, work-based placements and continuing professional development opportunities for construction trainees, students, contractors, craftspeople and professionals. The programme is being made possible under the wider £20.7 million National Lottery refurbishment of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings.

Kate Gunthorpe, Senior Building Surveyor at Historic England said: “One of the biggest challenges to the future preservation and maintenance of our built heritage is the shortage of craftspeople and gaps in skills needed for traditional construction techniques and materials.  This programme aims to teach these in ways that will attract young people to rewarding careers in heritage and construction, which are so vital in ensuring England’s historic buildings can be restored and maintained for future generations to enjoy.”

Stuart Raine, Construction Trades Curriculum Leader at Shrewsbury Colleges Group said: “This brick making session was a unique opportunity for our students to learn a new skill, which could help to broaden their future employment opportunities. There is a national shortage of bricklayers and by working with companies and projects like the Flaxmill Maltings restoration,  Shrewsbury Colleges Group can inspire students to enter the construction trades, bringing great opportunities to the community.  This trip was a chance for them to see and feel part of the exciting developments taking place right on their doorstep.”

Alan Mosley, Chairman of the Friends of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings said: “It’s fantastic to see students local to the Flaxmill Maltings learning how to make these unique bricks today, and benefiting directly from the restoration project and skills programme.  The bricks, which are approximately one third larger than standard sized bricks, tell part of the history as they were used for construction during a period when the number of bricks used in new buildings were taxed to raise funds for wars in the American Colonies, and using larger bricks was a method used to reduce the amount of bricks required, and consequently the amount of tax which would be charged.”

Michael Brown, Managing Director of Northcot Brick said: “We are proud to be working with Historic England in the restoration of a project of such historical and regional significance.  As a company we are committed to using our traditional brick-making expertise to help preserve our nation’s architectural heritage for future generations and to helping young people learn about and appreciate the value of genuine craftsmanship.” 

The Heritage Skills programme also includes hard-​hat tours for heritage, construction, colleges and universities and local interest groups, giving behind-the-scenes access to the works in progress and learning from the expert craftspeople working on the project.

For more information about the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings please visit www.historicengland.org.uk/ /get-involved/visit/shrewsbury-flax-mill/  

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. Or come to the Advice Event on 22 March at London Road, between 5- 7.

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<![CDATA[Music Teacher addresses shortfall of women in the industry]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2018:/6.19865 2018-03-08T10:03:00Z 2018-03-08T11:37:37Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk A Music Technology Teacher at Shrewsbury Colleges Group has spoken out about how women are changing the face of engineering and producing in time for International Women’s Day. (WED 8 MARCH).

Beth McGowan, who teaches at the London Road campus, has been interviewed by NPR, an American media organisation based in L.A, which delivers breaking and national world news across a range of sectors, including the music industry.

The article was published at the end of February and in it, author Lily Moayeri, talks about the lack of female engineers and producers in music. Beth, and other women working in the music industry, were interviewed about their own experiences of how they got into the industry and struggles they have had. It draws on a 2012 BBC News report which highlighted the low numbers of female students in production and engineering, citing a ratio of one female student to 10 male students. But things are turning around with Beth now teaching 13 females – the most she has ever had on her courses. A third of the students in their first year of their Music Tech course are female and in her HND in Music Production course more than 50% are women.

Beth said: “I believe it is becoming the norm to have women working in music production and that is why we have these numbers. When I was at the height of my sound engineering career, in the 90s, there were less than five women working in my role and I very rarely worked with them. It raised eyebrows in the male dominated studios when I turned up.

“I have been a teacher for 10 years now. I started 24 years ago as a self-employed sound engineer and worked at all sorts of events from huge live shows to one-on-one studio sessions. The women that I now teach have greater opportunities than I did and I’m so pleased for them.”

When Beth was earning her degree in the '90s, she was the only woman in her program studying live sound. She was a television sound engineer and worked for a range of successful bands on their live tours. Since beginning teaching, she's seen the impact of her presence in the classroom on her female students.

She said: “Purely by being a female teacher and because I've actually been out there and done it, is attracting more females to our course.

"I have a lot of female students who want to be sound engineers now, whereas before they took my course, they weren't really sure what they wanted to do in the industry.

"Women have to be better than their male counterparts from the outset. I feel I have to prepare them for the reality of that.”

Beth says that during her time in the industry, she has seen conditions improve for women — but that some problems still remain. In 1990, when she decided she wanted to do her degree with an eye toward working in live sound, she was told it wasn't really a job for girls.

"It's less about girls being comfortable in that environment, it's more about guys getting used to having a girl there and adapting their behaviour. But these days’ people are more aware. When I was first starting out, I had to ignore all the comments about women. You had to let it go or you'd be seen as making a big deal out of it, whereas today you have to stand up to it,” she added.

HND Music Technology student, Anna Davies-Jones, 22, from Oswestry, said: “I chose to study HND Music Technology at Shrewsbury Colleges Group because of the brilliant resources and Beth’s teaching. It’s also great doing a higher education course closer to home because I am familiar with my surroundings and have all my family and friends nearby. I am hoping to go to Salford University afterwards, or get an Apprenticeship at Media City with the BBC. I am aware that there are less women in the music production industry, but I know I have the ability to succeed. I’m excited for females in the music industry because things are changing.”

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. Or come to the Advice Event on 22 March at London Road, between 5- 7.

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<![CDATA[College students cook up a storm in Wales]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2018:/6.19852 2018-03-05T15:12:00Z 2018-03-05T15:17:44Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk Hospitality and Catering students from Shrewsbury Colleges Group London Road Campus smashed it at the Welsh International Culinary Championship last month bringing home 21 medals.

The students travelled to Llandrillo College in north Wales, to compete in the three day annual championships that take place every February. There were 16 other colleges involved and 34 competitions to take part in, from smoothie making to table laying.

It was the largest team of students that Shrewsbury Colleges Group has ever taken to the championships and they came away with a whopping 21 medals and three awards. The accolades weren’t just for the students, with one of the college teachers coming away with a bronze medal himself. These were all presented at a meal and ceremony at Llandudno Bay Hotel on the last day of the championships.

Ellie Butler, 16, from Bridgnorth, won a gold medal and claimed the very prestigious Eric Bruce award for best junior. She said: “I competed in a knife skills and street food competition. For the street food round I created a spicy Korean pork dish with rice and courgette noodles. The championships are fun to be involved in. We’re used to cooking in the professional kitchens at College with only our teachers and classmates watching, but here we had a bigger crowd and that was a good confidence builder.

“I really enjoy the course at London Road Campus and aim to be a Chef once I’ve completed it.”

Daniel Gibbons, Head Chef Lecturer, said: “We are very proud of all our students and everything they achieved at the Welsh International Culinary Championships. They showed focus, dedication and hard-work; all the perfect attributes to succeed in the hospitality and catering industry.

“This competition gives our students some great training and is an excellent opportunity to rub shoulders with other colleges. The whole event gives the students a real confidence boost and we look forward to competing again next year.”

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. Or come to the Advice Event on 22 March at London Road, between 5- 7.

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<![CDATA[Students get stuck into volunteering week]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2018:/6.19845 2018-02-27T14:13:00Z 2018-02-27T14:43:25Z Lisa Price lisap@shrewsbury.ac.uk As part of National Student Volunteering Week las week Shrewsbury Colleges Group students, from all three campuses, have been busy volunteering this academic year.

Student Volunteering Week is in its 17th year and gives students in further and higher education the opportunity to give something back. Volunteering not only helps the beneficiaries, but also improves student’s wellbeing, develops their employability and contributes positivity on and off campus.

This good deeds have seen Shrewsbury Colleges Group students volunteering at a variety of events and places. For the fifth time students have helped out at the Pro- Series Tennis Men’s final at The Shrewsbury Club, clocking up over 200 hours between them. The Shrewsbury Club hosts the Pro-Series Event twice a year and is always keen to get students involved. Most students took up the position of Marshall while HND Music Technology students volunteered their services as sound engineers. Carpentry students from the London Road Campus designed and constructed a tunnel for the players, officials and ball boys and girls to enter the courts through.

Lorraine Burrage, Agency Project Co-Ordinator, said: “It is always a great day with a fantastic atmosphere and one where students can watch an exciting final and meet the players who may one day be a Wimbledon finalist.”

Ten A Level students worked with local solicitors Lanyon Bowdler on their award winning Debate Ed programme. They visited students at Prestfelde School, Meole Brace School and The Priory School to deliver 10 workshops about the art of debating and the advantages it can bring to your life and career.

Health & Social Care students have some exciting opportunities lined up to start soon, including volunteering at The Dementia Café at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals and Sophie Canning, 17 from Shrewsbury, has been offered a place volunteering at Severndale Academy as a Peer Mentor with more students keen to sign up.

Students will once again be volunteering as ‘My Guides’ at the See Hear Event in May which is organised in association with Guide Dogs for the Blind, and throughout the year a collection of college students will continue as Student Ambassadors, who have volunteered to help out at events and charity fundraisers hosted by the College and have proved to be very worthy role models.

Lorraine added: “It’s great to see so many students getting involved in volunteering as part of their time at College, but also independently and recognising the valuable evidence it can provide when applying for jobs and universities in the future.

“Shrewsbury Colleges Group is also signed up to VInspired which is a national organisation that recognises student’s achievements in volunteering. Through our College portal, students can record the hours they contribute to volunteering within their community, reflect on the experience and earn certificates to celebrate their achievements, which is also celebrated at our end of year award ceremony.”

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[Students learn from renowned Chinese textiles lecturer]]> tag:shrewsbury.ac.uk,2018:/6.19818 2018-02-12T11:01:00Z 2018-02-27T14:44:40Z 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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