A selection of our ESOL students were delighted to discover that the Queen herself has responded to the letters they sent over Christmas.
The idea to contact the Queen came into effect following a lesson on her role and the system of the monarchy in the UK and to give learners the chance to practice their English, ESOL lecturer, James Fu suggested that they write letters to Her Majesty to ask about her daily routine, work life and much more.
A few weeks later, when the learners received the unexpected response, they were over the moon. James said: “The learners are thrilled to have received a reply from the Queen, so much so, they have shared their correspondences with friends and families from across the world through social media. The letters from Buckingham Palace are a source of great pride and will be cherished throughout their lives.”
ESOL’s Assistant Faculty Head, Harinder Chane added: “the students are so pleased and I think it’s a real cause for celebration. Well done to James for getting the students involved.”
To find out more on our ESOL courses, please click here.
Jessica Robinson from Hockley, Birmingham has turned a school memory into a successful business.
An ex South and City College student, Jessica progressed to the University of Wolverhampton to complete a joint honours degree in Media and Creative Writing. She supported herself with various sales roles during her time at university and carried on working in this field upon graduating.
Around four years ago Jessica started thinking about setting up her own business. ‘I remembered a time at school when Muslim girls wanted to take part in swimming lessons but didn’t feel comfortable wearing swim suits because they were too revealing. They would wear leggings and t-shirts with the swim suit, even though the clothing wasn’t suitable for swimming. I designed a body suit suitable for swimming and my business grew from there.’ Jessica explained.
Shorso, the brand that Jessica singlehandedly created, is now stocked by House of Fraser, independent shops in Birmingham and London as well as supplied directly to schools. The swimwear has also been featured on the popular ITV show, This Morning.
At the age of 26, Jessica’s business now stocks over 80 different lines and she has big plans for the future: ‘I want to continue to grow the product range as well as the network of stockists. My dream is for my brand to be recognised across the country as a leader in modest fashion.’
As a successful businesswoman Jessica is keen to give back to the community. She has made contact with her old college and university to share her experience with other students. ‘There are two messages that I want to give to Fashion students today. First of all, don’t be scared – it is affordable to set up your own business from scratch. I started with £3,000, it gave me all the essentials for my start-up such as my website and product prototypes. My other message is that the business world is probably tougher than you think – there are barriers in your way everywhere and the competition is strong. However, with the right attitude and determination, you can succeed.’
To find out more about Fashion courses at South and City College Birmingham, you can attend our forthcoming open day on Saturday 28th January from 10am to 1pm. To find out more, visit http://www.sccb.ac.uk/courses/fashion-textiles
Sir Doug Ellis OBE has been an incredible support for students at South & City College Birmingham over the past few years and with the launch of his 'Entrepreneurship Academy' at the Digbeth Campus on 30th November his legacy of incredible achievements in business and sport will continue to have an impact on our young people over many years to come - the 'Academy' will serve as a lasting testimony and inspiration through all of our students’ future career pathways.
Sir Doug became 'Honorary President' of the College's InBusiness Network 5 years ago and since then he has been extremely generous in his support for student led activities - particularly those that have inspired our young people to show an entrepreneurial spirit.
Sir Doug un-veiled a commemorative brass plaque in the Digbeth Campus 'Microsoft Lounge' in front of an audience of business and media students - along with senior managers and Principal Mike Hopkins.
Sir Doug has helped South and City College create incredible links with businesses from across our region and through the launch of the 'Sir Doug Ellis OBE Entrepreneurship Academy' the college is now developing platforms for students that will include many activities including 'Entrepreneur 'surgeries' – where industry leaders will visit college campuses to offer advice and inspiration to students.
The college welcomes these exciting activities and the support of Sir Doug Ellis OBE. Steve Dourass, Business and Community Manager at South & City College said “'Sir Doug has been an incredible role model in business all of his life and to have his name attached to our 'Entrepreneurship Academy' adds real credibility to our aspirations for South and City College students’ futures.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester visited South and City College Bordesley Green campus on Wednesday 23rd November 2016, showing his support for ‘All 4 Youth & Community’ charity based in Birmingham.
The Duke accompanied by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Birmingham, included a tour of the sporting facilities at the campus and meeting with Mohammed Zafran founder of ‘All 4 Youth & Community’. In addition, The Duke also had the opportunity to speak to some Sport and Public Service students at South and City College Birmingham who have come into education as a direct result of the academy.
A winner of multitude of awards including British Empire Medal (BEM), Queen’s Honours List and Pride of Birmingham award 2014, Mohammed Zafran started the project six years ago when his brother in law was killed in a knife crime. Mohammed, who works at South and City College as a Community Officer and runs the project in his spare time, said: “We are thrilled to receive The Duke of Gloucester and have enjoyed showing The Duke the great work the charity has done in the local area in providing opportunities for youth to get back into education via sporting initiatives. South and City College have fully supported the charity from the start. We welcome The Duke’s support on further growing the charity and providing even more opportunities for young people from across the country.”
Mike Hopkins, Principal at South and City College, commented: “We are delighted to have welcomed His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester to South and City College Birmingham and was a fantastic experience for students some of whom had never met a member of the Royal Family. Our aim is to support as many young people into education and opening up as many opportunities as possible. We look forward to continuing working with the charity on new projects helping even more people back into education.”
All 4 Youth & Community provides youth with the opportunity to get back into education via sporting initiatives. To find out more about our range of courses starting September 2017, please visit www.SCCB.ac.uk/courses
October saw the careers team hold their annual Higher Education fairs at Bournville, Hall Green, Bordesley Green and Digbeth campuses in which over 1000 students attended independently to explore opportunities.
The South and City College and Bournville Higher Education stands were promoted by our Admissions, Higher Education tutors and Careers teams. There seemed to be a high demand of students enquiring into the HND route into gaining a full degree. This was an ideal opportunity for us to promote our Higher Education courses and explain that they are offered at a much lower tuition fee charge of £5500 per annum compared to other HE providers who can charge up to a staggering £9250.00 per annum.
Some of the other Higher Education Providers at the event included, Birmingham City University, Birmingham University, Aston, Coventry and Aberystwyth. In total 20 Higher Education providers attended and gave advice and guidance around course choices, entry requirements, facilities and various other opportunities within Higher Education.
The event received positive feedback from both students and exhibitors and those who were unsure about higher education were able to make suitable choices, enabling students to make informed decisions about their careers paths, many of which didn’t know they could study towards a degree at the college.
Staff at the event commented on the maturity and good behaviour of our students and how they came well prepared with their questions regarding university life and their future goals.
Many students spoke about how they didn’t know they could study towards a degree here at the college while expressing “it’s much cheaper”, while others stated: “I didn’t know university was for me but now I look at differently.”
For more information on our higher education, please click here.
On 12 November a new Plant Training School was opened at Bordesley Green by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.
The new plant school will deliver nationally accredited qualifications for both new operatives and for operators who need their cards renewed. The college will be able to train operators in wide range of plant from large excavators to mini plant and dumper trucks.
Principal, Mike Hopkins said: "This will be a fantastic facility for Birmingham and will provide the specialist training and skills that are so needed for the construction industry locally. It will also open up a lot of scope for local people to train for jobs.”
The college is already working with the Birmingham City Council/CITB Joint Investment Construction Project delivering construction training including plant to unemployed individuals, supporting them into the construction industry.
Sue White, Senior Employment and Skills Officer from Birmingham City Council Employment and Skills Team said "We are delighted that our partnership with South and City College has been instrumental in delivering work related qualifications to Birmingham's unemployed residents and that we are the first project to use these excellent facilities with 28 candidates undertaking plant training between now and Christmas.
For more information on the plant training courses, please call 0121 702 1093 or come along to our Open Evening on 24 November 4-7pm.
Leading international manufacturer and distributor of body armour, SafeGuard Clothing have provided South and City College Birmingham with a sample bulletproof vest.
The vest was donated to Public Services students at the college to enable practical experience with military level bulletproof clothing in order to help them prepare for their professional careers.
The generous donation will allow students to get first-hand, practical experience with police, military and security level equipment, as well as extra skills to take with them into their careers upon graduating.
South and City College’s course tutor, Richard Marconi said: “donations such as this one are incredible. Thanks to SafeGuard Clothing, our students can gain practical experience and get to know bulletproof equipment before embarking on their professional careers.”
SafeGuard have operated internationally for over 10 years, providing over 5000 bespoke bulletproof vests to hundreds of police, security and military companies across the globe every year. Thomas Bowman from SafeGuard said: “We want students across the UK to value the importance of bulletproof and protective clothing. These vests save lives and are an essential part of any public services profession.”
SafeGuard Clothing stock a wide variety of bullet and stab proof vests for both covert and overt usage. With distribution points across the world, they are a rapidly expanding protective vest provider, for more information on the company, please click here.
Now is the perfect time to do so. Research shows that apprentices have a positive impact on businesses by improving productivity, customer relations and the motivation of staff and that’s why leading companies now see apprenticeships as a central part of their recruitment and training strategy. What makes apprenticeships even more attractive is that Government funding is available to help you train apprentices to your working standards and in the way you want them to excel.
Through training in the workplace and college, apprentices complete their studies by working towards a qualification that is specific to your industry and can range from entry to higher degree levels, making apprenticeships suitable for all, from junior staff to senior managers, regardless of age and occupation. And more importantly an apprentice can either be a new recruit or an existing member of staff who has had a change of role or a promotion and needs training and development.
South and City College Birmingham will help you ensure you have the skilled workforce needed for the future and by combining learning and training through a mixture of on and off the job training, your apprentices will develop the skills and knowledge your business needs.
Abdul Mozzamdar, apprenticeship manager for Kier Partnership Homes, leading property, residential construction and services group said: “Kier Partnership Homes have been recruiting apprentices for many years now. As a company, we recognise that we have an aging workforce and we will have a skill shortage if we do not start bringing in new blood into the company.
“South and City College are very proactive in recommending good candidates from their fulltime diploma courses to filling any vacancies we may have here in the Birmingham area as well as identifying other young people who may be suitable. The college sends me CVs, arranges interviews and even organise a room for me at the college to conduct the interviews.
“I would definitely recommend taking on apprentices, it gives you the chance to mould young men and women into your company ethos on top of breeding loyalty and commitment amongst your apprentices.”
At South and City College Birmingham, we have a business services team ready to provide recruitment and training services to employers throughout the Midlands. Not only do we provide solutions for injecting new talent into your business, we will identify and respond to the specific needs of your business and offer endless support throughout your apprentices training.
Director of Business Services at South and City College Birmingham, Teresa Addinell said: “Here at South and City College, we are passionate about meeting the needs of our thriving business community and providing opportunities for local communities.
“That’s why we are so successful in finding and filling Apprenticeship vacancies and offering training and development courses as well as workshops that are industry relevant. We believe that any investment businesses make in their people must be beneficial and we are delighted with the feedback we get from our clients about our services and the positive impact Apprentices have made to their business in terms of commitment, motivation and even bottom line measures such as productivity and customer satisfaction.”
For more information, please call 0121 477 1400.
Want to become an apprentice? Join us for our Apprenticeship Open Evening on Thursday, 10 November from 4pm-7pm at our Digbeth Campus. Click here to register.
The higher education graduation ceremony took place on 21 September at the college’s Digbeth Campus with special guest the Lord Mayor of Birmingham and Alumni speakers, Erin Howell and Dennis Seaton.
The auditorium was filled with tutors, friends, families and graduates who created the most wonderful atmosphere with pride and smiles all round.
Deputy Principal, Sardul Dhesi carrying in the Mace opened the ceremony, with Principal Mike Hopkins taking to the podium to welcome guests and congratulate students: “you have shown what you are capable of and what you can achieve and you should be very proud.”
The Lord Mayor continued the speeches and said "life has taught me that there is no limit to what you can achieve if you put your mind to it, if you are determined and work hard to achieve your goals."
As the names of the graduands were called out, they formed a procession stepping up into the spotlight to shake the hands of the Lord Mayor Councillor Carl Rice, Mike Hopkins and Chair of Corporation, Clive Henderson.
Inspirational speeches were made from Alumni students, Erin Howell and Musical Youth’s Dennis Seaton who left a powerful message to students while sending his praises to the college, he said “from the moment I came here, I had the best time. As soon as you walk through the door, you’re welcomed by everyone – I want you all to remember where it started.”
The ceremony concluded with the Chair of Corporation, Clive Henderson expressing how proud he is of the Higher Education programme at South and City College and wishes the graduates every success in their future careers.
The evening was supported by a fantastic solo performance by HND student, Shannon McLoughlin.
To view the Graduations photos, visit our Facebook page.
- The entrant must refer one or more friends by tagging them to the competition post on the official South and City College Birmingham Facebook page.
- Entry is open to residents of the UK, you do not need to be a college student to enter.
- The tagged friends must enrol no later than on .
- To qualify for the competition, the tagged friend must still be an enrolled student at the time of the prize draw.
- The winner will be drawn at random from all entries who meet the terms and conditions on .
- The winner will be notified via Facebook on . Reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner. If the winner cannot be contacted, or is unable to comply with these terms and conditions, the College reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant drawn at random.
- The voucher must be collected from the College in person. The winner is responsible for travel expenses incurred in collecting the voucher. The voucher may be posted but the winner will be responsible for postage costs.
- The entrant(s) must be aged 16 or over. Proof of identity and age may be required.
- Use of a false name or address will result in disqualification.
- All entries must be made directly by the person entering the competition.
- The entrant can refer more than one friend, each entry will be entered into the competition separately.
- No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost, delayed or corrupted, or due to computer error in transit.
- The prize is as stated, not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.
- In the event of a prize being unavailable, the College reserves the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.
- The winner agrees to the use of their name, photograph and disclosure of area of residence and will co-operate with any other reasonable requests by the College relating to any post-winning publicity.
You can find the Facebook post here.
Neighbours came together with the help of South and City College Birmingham apprentices to surprise a three-year-old cancer patient and her family with a £60,000 home makeover.
Emily Cassidy and mother-of-three Lucy, 27, travelled to Jacksonville, Florida, in June so that the youngster could undergo a potentially life-saving course of proton beam therapy. While they were away, neighbours, students, and local businesses came together to tear out the kitchen, scrub away grime and eventually transform the family’s dilapidated terrace house in Stretchford, Birmingham into a clean, spacious home where Emily can continue her recovery.
Lucy said: “the renovations are a dream come true, the work is a real testament of good old community spirit.”
Emily was just a toddler when she was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a tumour behind her eye. She underwent an operation to remove the aggressive cancer in March but doctors discovered the disease had spread and she started chemotherapy.
The NHS later granted funding for Emily to travel to the US for proton beam therapy, which kills cancerous cells while minimising damage to surrounding tissue, making the side effects less gruelling than those of other conventional treatments.
During Emily’s treatment, Georgie Moseley, 32, of Help Harry Help Others was busy leading the ambitious project to transform the home.
Ms Moseley, who lost her son Harry to cancer in 2011, launched a Facebook appeal after visiting the run-down property earlier this year. She said: “Emily’s constantly at hospital, her life’s been turned upside down, they should all be coming home to a tranquil place where they can just be a family.”
Her call for help received an overwhelming response from businesses across the region who pulled together to meet the family’s needs.
Lucy was told that some work would be carried out while she was away but she would have never dreamed it was going to be on this scale. She explained: “all I was expecting was for them to fix the roof and do a bit of re-plastering. It is like a show home – I feel like I have a completely new house.
“The kitchen had been nothing more than a dining room with a cooker and I had been forced to do the washing-up in the bath after the sink broke five years ago.”
The SCCB apprentices worked on the project with local suppliers and contractors to transform Emily’s bedroom into a space fit for a princess, a complete rewiring and plumbing as well as giving the home a new extension and roof.
To view the full article, visit The Daily Mail.
Higher education courses don't have to be studied at a university. At South & City College Birmingham we have a range of higher education level courses including Higher National Diplomas (HNDs), Higher National Certificates (HNCs), Foundation Degrees and even full Honours degrees.
Our courses are run in partnership with well established universities such as Birmingham City University and Newman University and are highly regarded by employers.The benefits of studying your higher education course with us:
- Lower tuition costs
- Smaller class sizes
- Stay close to home
- A dedicated HE centre
By choosing to study a higher education qualification you will benefit from being able to study locally in smaller class sizes than at a university, possibly at a lower cost. You can also study flexibly, on a part-time basis. The good news is that you will still be able to progress onto a full degree programme in the second or final year at university. All of our higher education courses are here.
We hold open days throughout the year when you can come along to find out more about the courses you are interested in, meet the lecturers and see our facilities. Click here to see our open days.
Along with our college open days Birmingham City University are offering open days where you'll be able to go and ask questions about courses we run in partnership with Birmingham City University. You can visit their open days page, just click here.
The college is part of the National Collaborative Outreach scheme
As part of any review process the college have been given recommendations in areas that can work to improve
To view the college's action plan please download the PDF listed below.
To view the QAA's full review please visit their website here: QAA Review
Higher Education Student Graduation Ceremony
Annual Higher Education Student Graduation Ceremony
The Annual Higher Education Student Graduation Ceremony, will be held at the Digbeth Campus on Wednesday 21st September 2016.
16:00 – Arrival and registration of Graduands for gowning and formal photographs
18:00 – Arrival of guests
18:15 – Students seated for the Ceremony
18:45 – Guests seated for the Ceremony
19:00 – Commencement of the Ceremony
Talented young design engineer James Owen has won a major accolade after being recognised as one of the industry’s future leaders.
He was highly commended for the national, Alfred Manly Management Award which celebrates the achievements of young engineers who are judged to be capable of progressing to a senior role within the sector.
James, who completed his higher level apprenticeship with Birmingham building services provider, J S Wright last year concluded his Environment (Building Services Engineering) course at SCCB with a double grade Distinction Merit and went on to achieve his BTEC Higher National Certificate in Building Services Engineering with a Merit. Having gained qualifications at the highest level, James continued to voluntary guide and mentor younger engineers.
The 23-year-old from Solihull was singled out by his panel for his “experience, maturity and obvious passion for the industry” and went on to receive his certificate from BBC TV Presenter, Gavin Hewitt in the presence of Margaret Manly of the Alfred Manly Trust at the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) annual general meeting.
Paul Millington, J S Wright Associate Director and Leader of the J S Wright Academy, said: "James is an inspiration not only to our younger engineers but also to all those across the building services industry and thoroughly deserves his success."As well as continuing to develop his engineering knowledge and management skills, he is always willing to encourage and guide the next generation of building services engineers."
The full article can be found here.
Mike Hopkins, Principal of South and City College Birmingham, will take over as Interim Principal at Bournville College on Monday, 1 August. The news follows the recent announcement of a merger between South and City College Birmingham and Bournville College, as an outcome of the Birmingham and Solihull Further Education Area Review.
Mike will take over from Michele Sutton CBE, who has been an Interim Principal of Bournville College since January 2014, in preparation for the merger of two colleges later in the year. He will retain his role at South and City College Birmingham.
Mike said: "This is an exciting development for Birmingham and will secure the future of Bournville College which will remain at the state of the art campus in Longbridge and continue operating under the current brand. The merger will take two very good colleges and create an excellent one. As we go into the future, we will be able to develop our curriculum, offering our students more choice and progression opportunities. Excellent financial and organisational stability will allow increased investment in facilities and resources, both physical and teaching, ultimately resulting in a better learning experience for our students."
Mike started in FE in 1993 as Director of Corporate Services and Clerk to the Corporation at what was then South Birmingham College, with a turnover of less than £10 million. He was responsible for bringing about a merger with City College in 2012 to what is now South and City College Birmingham. After the merger with Bournville College, the turnover will be over £73 million.
A consultation on the merger was held between March and April this year. The merger is expected to be formally approved by the Government during 2016/17 academic year.
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