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October 2009 Press Releases (29)

Insight into Public and Private Sector Procurement - Contract Tenders and Bids

Many of small 2012 contracts will go to small businesses throughout the UK, however a lot of small firms that are quite competent to do the work are just not capable of winning the contract due a a variety of reasons. Among the various reasons are the inability of most small firms and individuals to effectively prepare a response to a contract document.

To help resolve this ‘chicken & egg’ Tendering for Contracts Training of Cranleigh, Surrey, provide small to medium… Continue

Added by Lloyd Sewell on October 30, 2009 at 15:24 — No Comments

Bedford College on ITV News at Ten

Bedford College Principal, Ian Pryce, welcomed ITV News at Ten to Bedford College for filming of Leadership Lab in the College’s science lab in October.

Ian Pryce said:

“I am delighted that Bedford College has been home to ITV News at Ten’s Leadership Lab for almost 18 months.

It has given our media students the opportunity to get involved as runners for the ITV production team and gain experience of working to high… Continue

Added by Sue Gough on October 28, 2009 at 8:30 — No Comments

Triple celebration for Central Sussex College students!

October has been a month for celebrating achievement as Central Sussex College presented certificates to successful students from three of the faculties based at the Crawley campus.

The Faculty of Training Solutions was first to host their ceremony, which took place on Wednesday the 14th October in the College’s training restaurant, Le Cordon Vert. Four categories of award were presented at the ceremony; Diploma in Fashion Retail;… Continue

Added by Victoria Lockwood on October 27, 2009 at 13:38 — 1 Comment

Beating dyslexia for a better life

HE is hoping to go from Wikis to washers.

A Colchester man is defying dyslexia in an effort to provide a better life for his family.

Alan Young, 31, has worked at internet cafe Compuccino in Colchester for about five years but, with his second child born 10 months ago, he decided he needed a new career.

But for dyslexic Alan, who lives in Parson’s Heath with wife Paula, 10-month-old daughter Robyn and son Connor, 10, it was harder than it is for for… Continue

Added by Steven Smith on October 26, 2009 at 15:23 — No Comments

Wacky races to raise cash for Children in Need at Southampton City College

STAFF at Southampton City College will cast aside their normal smart attire on Friday, November 13 as they don fancy dress to raise money for Children in Need.

Around 20 members of staff will take part in the college’s own version of ‘Royal Ascot’ and run a relay race around the campus in wacky costumes. Other staff and students will place bets on who they think will win the race and all proceeds will go to charity. Anyone who bets on the winning team will be entered into a raffle to… Continue

Added by Laura Downton on October 26, 2009 at 15:21 — No Comments

esg Scores Hospitality Award Success with Sunderland AFC

An innovative partnership with a top Premier League club has been rewarded with a top regional business award for leading national training provider the Employability and Skills Group (esg).

Sunderland AFC and esg scored their first success of the season winning the Training Award at the annual Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards 2009, held at the Stadium of Light. The two organisations masterminded the club’s unique – and now award winning - Hospitality Academy, which helps… Continue

Added by Clive Purcell on October 22, 2009 at 16:24 — No Comments

Budding Southampton journalists land their first celebrity interview

ASPIRING journalists from Southampton got the chance to rub shoulders with a number of celebrities on Friday, October 16, as they interviewed TV presenter Claudia Winkleman on the set of her BBC TV show.

Four students from Southampton City College, who are studying a National Diploma in journalism, met the presenter and journalist on the set of It takes Two, Strictly Come Dancing’s spin-off show, to get their first taste of what it is like to interview a celebrity.…


Added by Laura Downton on October 22, 2009 at 8:25 — No Comments

Stourbridge College chooses FrontRange HEAT solution to improve Helpdesk response time and efficiency.

College hopes new technology will lead to Outstanding rating

London, 21 October 2009 – FrontRange Solutions, the developer of business software for mid-sized and distributed enterprises, today announced that Stourbridge College has chosen its HEAT helpdesk solution to improve the delivery of IT services to more than 10,000 students and staff.

Already voted best performing college in the Black Country based on an average point score per student, Stourbridge College… Continue

Added by Claire Booty on October 21, 2009 at 10:12 — No Comments

HE boom at Barnfield

Almost a third more students from Barnfield College, Luton entered higher education this year, according to new figures released by the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

A total of 246 Barnfield students progressed to local and national higher education courses this year.

This is an impressive increase of 32 per cent on last year and is the highest that Barnfield College, the largest college in Bedfordshire, has achieved since UCAS statistical reporting… Continue

Added by geoffrey howe on October 20, 2009 at 9:32 — No Comments

Farm Camp comes to Bicton College

Farm Manager Paul Redmore is set to become a children’s TV star.

Bicton College Home Farm in Devon is the location for CITV programme ‘Farm Camp’ to be screened each weekday at 5pm from Monday 19th October. The 10 part documentary series features 9 children aged between nine and twelve, as they embark on a unique adventure of discovery - swapping their city lives for country living to follow the real life story of just where their food comes… Continue

Added by Bicton College on October 20, 2009 at 9:12 — No Comments

Moodle expert, HowToMoodle, releases its top tips for Moodle use

Specialist training and consultancy firm, HowToMoodle, is making top tips in the use of the popular open source course management system available to users via its blog and Twitter account. There are around 30 million users from over 44,000 sites globally using Moodle. HowToMoodle was the first company in the world set up exclusively to offer training and "front end" Moodle consultancy.

Following on from the launch of HowToMoodle’s manuals: Course Creator Reference Manual for… Continue

Added by Catherine Dhanjal on October 19, 2009 at 13:00 — No Comments

Offstage Choices° - careers in theatre and live music

Offstage Choices° - careers in theatre and live music

Fifteen venues across the country open their doors to 13 & 14 year olds,

15th October until 2nd December 09, for The National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural Skills' first interactive Offstage Choices° careers events.

These events offer young people aged 13+ a taste of the job roles available behind the scenes and offstage in technical theatre and live music events.

Pupils from local… Continue

Added by Robert West on October 16, 2009 at 12:40 — No Comments

Central Sussex College welcomes Japanese delegates

Crawley Borough Council hosted a delegation of Civil Servants and Council Officials from the Osaka District of Japan on 6th October.

Crawley has developed strong links with Japan and is seen as a best practice centre for town centre management and regeneration projects.

The visitors were given a tour of the town centre and looked at the new projects aimed at re-using and rejuvenating empty retail units.

They were… Continue

Added by Victoria Lockwood on October 16, 2009 at 10:00 — No Comments

Online Students Outperform Peers in Mainstream Schools

Harrow, October 2009

For the sixth year in a row, the Nisai Virtual Academy has achieved examination results above the national average.

Students experiencing difficulties attending mainstream school or college have once again achieved outstanding results by accessing their education online at the Nisai Virtual Academy (NVA).

Of the grades awarded in 2009 to NVA students, who are unable to attend school for reasons such as illness, disability or behavioural or… Continue

Added by Simon Nadin on October 16, 2009 at 9:19 — No Comments

Competition - Fascinated by space? Want to know how it feels to run a football club or a national magazine?

Colleges Week 2009 is almost upon us. Taking place from the 9 - 15th November, the week long event is designed to celebrate the opportunities colleges create for individuals, businesses and Britain.

This year as part of the celebrations a nationwide competition is being launched called ‘I’m running the show’. The competition is calling on students to submit a video, up to 2 minutes, of what they would do if they were ‘running the show’ for a day. Students are invited to answer the… Continue

Added by Colleges Week on October 15, 2009 at 11:06 — No Comments

Dedicated Southampton City College employee named learner of the month by Enham

A DEDICATED Southampton City College employee has been commended by Hampshire charity, Enham.

Enham, which provides a number of services to help people with disabilities, has named Vijay Chopra as its 'Learner of the Month'. More than 30 people were nominated for the award in October alone but Vijay stood out because of the hard work he had put in.

The 26-year-old is taking part in Enham's Workstep programme, which assists those who are recovering from a long-term illness… Continue

Added by Laura Downton on October 14, 2009 at 10:26 — No Comments

Further Education providers and QDP welcome LSC’s latest decision on the National Learner Survey.

After listening to concerns raised by many further education providers, the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has allowed independent learner surveys to be run at the same time as their own National Learner Survey. This is great news for Quality Improvement professionals and the sector as a whole.

QDP who provides independent stakeholder feedback to hundreds of further education providers in the UK, including learner feedback, has supported its… Continue

Added by Sylvia Brown on October 13, 2009 at 19:48 — No Comments

More capital funding for training providers identifying gaps in e-learning provision

News from the Association of Learning Providers

The Government is encouraging work based learning providers to fill gaps in e-learning content where there is evidence of strong demand among employers’ workforces.

Major independent providers delivering apprenticeships and Train to Gain programmes can now bid for a share of £1 million capital funding made available for the new pilot e-learning content creation (ECC) programme by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and… Continue

Added by Aidan Relf on October 13, 2009 at 14:48 — No Comments

Masterclass in absence management from FirstCare and The College of North West London

FirstCare’s day one absence management programme is helping The College of North West London to reduce absence among its 900 strong workforce of teaching and support staff. From January 2008 to January 2009, absence was reduced from 4.61% to 3.39% using FirstCare’s highly cost effective service. This positive trend then continued downwards, reaching just 2.16% in July 2009.

In real terms this represents 351 fewer days lost to sickness and an average of half a day less sickness… Continue

Added by Yvette Worth on October 12, 2009 at 8:45 — No Comments

Ex Vestas workers find new skills at Southampton City College

A GROUP of former Vestas workers will be among the first to start a brand new course at Southampton City College on Monday, October 19. Five men who were made redundant from the wind power company met with the Minister for the South East, Jonathan Shaw MP, on Wednesday (October 7), ahead of starting City College’s new aluminium welding course, which is the first of its kind in the Solent region.

More than 20 former Vestas workers and two other students will be the first to take the… Continue

Added by Laura Downton on October 8, 2009 at 13:05 — No Comments

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