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July 2011 Press Releases (60)

Students are South Africa bound to take their skills to children

Classmates at a south Wales college are preparing to spend their summer break caring for children with HIV and aids, having raised £1500 each to travel to a South African children’s centre.


The Coleg Morgannwg students, who have just completed a course in children’s care, learning and…


Added by Aled Gamble on July 29, 2011 at 15:11 — No Comments

Backstage festival experience shows students a career in music rocks!

A group of music students from South Essex College, one of the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural 20 Founder Colleges, recently went backstage at one of the country’s biggest summer festivals, Latitude.

Five students got to go behind the scenes and see what goes into creating a… Continue

Added by Dean Newman on July 29, 2011 at 14:43 — No Comments

Largest provider of HE in FE breaks the mould with Foundation Degree Awarding Powers

NCG, the country’s largest provider of HE in an FE college, has been awarded Foundation Degree Awarding Powers.


This represents a major breakthrough for the Further Education sector and puts colleges on a similar footing to universities, which have monopolised the degree awarding market up to now.


NCG offers more than 85 Foundation Degrees and Honours Degrees in a wide range of subjects and has a successful track record of providing learners with fantastic…


Added by Nichola Taylor on July 29, 2011 at 12:59 — No Comments

Lambeth College achieves Matrix Standard Accreditation for Information, Advice and Guidance Services

Lambeth College is celebrating after being awarded the Matrix Standard, a nationally recognised quality mark for organisations delivering information, advice and guidance services.

The College has a dedicated, trained team of Course Advisers who offer guidance on training options for all clients who are considering coming to college or for those who want to progress from college onto further study or employment.

Staff from the Course Advice Team are thrilled to achieve…


Added by Maria Duffy on July 28, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments

ncn secures National Skills Academy status


Added by Nicola Grimshaw on July 28, 2011 at 11:58 — No Comments

Brand-new teaching resources for AS-Level English Literature

The latest teaching resource published for the AS-Level English Literature course is from Boardworks, an Oxford-based publisher whose software is used in over 85% of UK secondary schools.

With interactive games, clarifying animations, useful audio clips, printable worksheets and inspiring artwork, Boardworks AS-Level English Literature is the only resource on the market to digitally bring the course to life.

Structured around the current AQA A and B specifications,…


Added by Boardworks on July 28, 2011 at 8:53 — No Comments

Training to be Queen at SERC

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown that UK retail sales fell 1.4% in May, this, coupled with the rise in the cost of raw materials such as cotton has increased the competitive nature of the retail industry. 


Northern Ireland’s first retail skills shop has just been…


Added by South Eastern Regional College on July 28, 2011 at 8:11 — No Comments

Green skills training a boost for business



A North East college is helping local businesses to become more competitive by equipping them with the latest green skills after tailoring an apprenticeship programme.


Plumbing apprentices completing the final elements of their qualification at Gateshead College were able to top-up their skills with a further certificate in renewable technologies.


Gateshead College…


Added by Jo Baron on July 27, 2011 at 11:15 — No Comments

Yakkety-Yak, Don’t Talk Back: The secret to solving problems

Rhea Zakich, a young mother from Garden Grove, California, was unable to speak for several months after her doctor found…


Added by LSN_Learning on July 27, 2011 at 9:07 — No Comments

Christchurch resident ‘goes green’ after switching careers and setting up own company

IT might have seemed that Andrew McMullen had everything he could want out of his career: a good salary, excellent pension plan, company car and job security.


But it wasn’t enough. The father of three from Christchurch was bored.


He’d reached as far as he could go with his role as a high-powered export manager. It was…


Added by Lisa Barry on July 26, 2011 at 16:14 — No Comments

Companies could grow from eco-boom, says Southampton training firm

CONSTRUCTION companies in Hampshire could benefit from growing demand for  eco-friendly energy, according to training provider, New Career Skills.


The firm, which trains people for careers as plumbers, electricians and in renewables and microgeneration, says that Government feed in tariffs and the upcoming ‘Green Deal’ have created huge consumer demand for renewable energy technologies such as solar PV…


Added by Lisa Barry on July 26, 2011 at 16:12 — No Comments

“Be the Best” - Michael proves he really is

He’s only 26 but in six years Michael Slabber has left his family, moved to a new country, undergone extensive training to join 

the Army, served in Afghanistan, trained in Kenya, qualified for a new career and set up his own business in London. 


From the front line to the home front, the former British Army soldier has found retraining as an electrician and setting up his own business…


Added by Lisa Barry on July 26, 2011 at 16:04 — No Comments

Engineering students gain insight to Bombardier


Engineering students from South Eastern Regional College (SERC), recently welcomed Bombardier Aerospace employee Howard McIlwaine to the College where he delivered an insightful careers seminar.  One of Northern Ireland’s top companies Bombardier is a worldwide leader in aerospace…


Added by South Eastern Regional College on July 26, 2011 at 10:00 — No Comments

Mental Toughness for improving learner retention and success

Student drop out and the resultant loss of funding continues to impact adversely on colleges’ ability to manage their budgets. Research into why students drop out shows that learners are more likely to withdraw if they.


  • believe that they not have been placed in the most appropriate course;
  • applied to college late; have difficulty making friends and/or settling in at the beginning of their course;
  • are less (compared with their peers) satisfied with the…

Added by LSN_Learning on July 22, 2011 at 9:14 — 1 Comment

The College of North West London saves £10K on materials using Skills2Learn virtual reality software



The School of Construction at The College of North West London trains 2000 adults and 16-19 year-olds in trades such as plumbing, carpentry, brickwork and plastering -  attracting learners throughout London and as far afield as Brighton in Sussex.


Working under the guidance of Cengage Learning (www.cengage.co.uk), global publishers of vocational…


Added by Livewire PR on July 21, 2011 at 11:57 — No Comments

Latest Dance Fitness Craze, Zumba Hits Salford City College


Latin-inspired dance-fitness craze classes come to Salford.


Classes are now available at Salford City College’s Walkden Sixth Form Centre and other venues in the area for people to take part in the latest craze to hit fitness enthusiasts across the…


Added by Salford City College on July 21, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

Triple triumph for ncn students



Added by Nicola Grimshaw on July 21, 2011 at 8:50 — No Comments

Ofsted confirms City College’s outstanding qualities

A newly published Ofsted report of City College Brighton and Hove,…


Added by Brian Bell on July 20, 2011 at 15:25 — No Comments

Cardiff and Vale College announce first Principal and Chair of Governors

In August 2011 Barry College and Coleg Glan Hafren merge to create Cardiff and Vale College one of the largest and most exciting further education (FE) colleges in the country. As this date approaches, the College has announced the identity of the first Principal and Chair of Governors.  To…


Added by Chris Baker on July 20, 2011 at 15:22 — No Comments

Yes, but what has the News of the World got to do with running my business?

I expect that everyone has been ‘enjoying’ to a greater or lesser extent the goings on around the News of the World. I know I have. It allows us all to indulge in a typically British bout of self-righteousness, and what’s not to like about that? But in all of this, has anyone other than those directly involved stopped to ask – what’s this really got to do with me?


Because if you haven’t asked yourself this question, and you do run a business, you…


Added by LSN_Learning on July 20, 2011 at 13:50 — No Comments

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