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South & City College Birmingham - PurnellMichelin starred chef Glynn Purnell has taken on three apprentices from South & City College following his search for just one to work with him in his award winning kitchens.

Eight students aged between 17 and 24 years old from South & City College Birmingham have graduated from their Introduction to Cookery Course which was launched in partnership with chef Glynn Purnell in September last year.

Glynn Purnell approached the college back in early 2012 with his desire to launch his search for a culinary star of the future across the Midlands, with the ultimate prize of one or two students being offered a 12 month apprenticeship placement within the Purnell's brand.

Glynn, who was once an apprentice himself shocked everyone at the final awards presentation by announcing that he would be taking three apprentices to work within his businesses based in Birmingham.

He was so impressed with the level of commitment and skill from the young chefs that he went one step further to support the remaining students, working closely with other catering establishments across the city to secure them interviews for jobs, apprenticeships or work experience placements.

The college and Glynn worked with York's Café and Bakery, Opus Restaurant, Lasan Group, The Warehouse Café and internally at the college to secure interview opportunities for the students.

Glynn Purnell said: "Both myself and the other establishments involved in this project have been really impressed by the enthusiasm and determination each student has shown, both on the college course and on their work placements.

"All of the students have progressed quickly, showing a passion for the industry while gaining new skills to set them up in their careers. It has been extremely difficult for me to choose just one student, which is why I ended up with three apprentices.

"We are fortunate to have such fantastic links with other employers in the city and I am so pleased that we have managed to generate opportunities for the remaining students that didn't make it into Purnell's.

"Importantly, we want to make sure all of these kids have a great start in the industry and we have all pledged to give them continued support as employers, mentors and through the fantastic team at South & City College Birmingham."

The students underwent a cookery course at South & City College's Bordesley Green Campus, gaining invaluable hands-on practical cookery skills alongside the theoretical knowledge needed to get ahead in their culinary careers. Each student was given the opportunity to spend a day at the chef's award winning Purnell's restaurant in Birmingham, which was recently ranked seventeenth best restaurant in the UK. They also worked with the new team at Purnell's Bistro and were treated to opportunities to visit the BBC Good Food Show to see what goes on behind the scenes.

Mike Hopkins, Principal of South & City College added: "I am delighted that three of our students have been offered apprenticeship placements with Glynn at his restaurants, but also that the whole group now have excellent opportunities to further their careers at restaurants across Birmingham.

"At the college, we believe in giving students the hands-on skills they need to get jobs, and this programme has really shown that the sky is the limit."

Student, Kayleigh Allen said: "I was so shocked when I found out I had been chosen as one of the Purnell's Apprentices, especially because I was up against stiff competition from the other students.

"I am really looking forward to getting settled into the team, learning new skills and having a career in the industry. The opportunity to work with Glynn as his apprentice was unimaginable last year.

"The next 12 months will change my life forever and I welcome the challenge. I am so excited about the future and being able to follow my dream of becoming a chef."

South & City College Birmingham StudentsSouth and City College Birmingham students* have gained the highest success rates in 2010/11 than at any other college in Birmingham, results have confirmed.

The National Success Rates Tables, published by The Data Service on 8 January 2013 show in 2010/11 86.6 per cent of students at the college – which was then known as South Birmingham College - were successful, putting the college ahead of the national average of 81.4% and other FE and Sixth Form colleges.

Great success rates were also achieved by adult learners on full time courses, who achieved 83.7% success, 16-18 year olds on Level 1 courses with 85.3% and students on Level 3 courses with 83.1%.

Mike Hopkins, Principal of the college said: "We are delighted with the results. We work hard to ensure we provide learners with the very best education so they can leave with the skills, qualifications and experience they need to get the job and careers they want.

"We believe everyone should have the opportunity to an excellent education, whether they come to us with good grades or not. This is what makes our results so impressive – many students arrive with no qualifications and leave with some of the best in the region.

"We are continually striving to improve. Now we have merged and are South and City College, we have more resources and opportunities available to us and we will see our success rates continue to rise."

*These results were achieved by South Birmingham College, which became South and City College Birmingham following a merge with City College Birmingham in August 2012.

CIMThe marketing team at South and City College Birmingham have been shortlisted for two prestigious marketing awards.

The ten-strong team are in with a chance of winning awards in two categories in the Chartered Institute of Marketing's Marketing Excellence Awards.

Their work for their summer campaign 'The Only Way is Birmingham/South and City College Birmingham' caught the judges attention in the Not for Profit category; and their hard work, team effort and resilience for their work during the college merge earlier this year earned them a place in the Marketing Team of the Year category.

The awards are the 'Oscars' of the marketing world, and celebrate achievement across a variety of sectors. The college is up against the likes of the NHS Blood and Transplant in partnership with Red Consultancy, the British Red Cross in partnership with Force-7 and ChannelFlip in the Not for Profit category and M&C Saatchi on behalf of the Olympic Delivery Authority/TfL and The Met Office for Team of the Year.

Mark Knight, Director of Marketing said: "We are delighted to be shortlisted for these awards.

"We are up against some really tough competition, but even being shortlisted is a huge honour and is tribute to my team who have created some great work during a very challenging time."

These award nominations follow the marketing team's recent success at the FE First Awards where they won Best Communications Campaign 2012 and received a silver award in Digital Marketing Campaign 2012 for their The Only Way is Birmingham campaign during the summer.

glynnStudents and local business in Birmingham have had the opportunity to hear first hand from the Bank of England about the state of our economy.

At an event to celebrate a new partnership between South and City College Birmingham and The National Skills Academy for Financial Services (NSAFS), the Bank of England's Deputy Agent for the Midlands and Oxfordshire, Glynn Jones, spoke about the economic outlook.

Talking to businesses from a wide range of sectors in Birmingham, along with accounting and business students from the college, he discussed the regional economy in light of recent macro economic developments, gross domestic product (GDP) decline, inflation and interest rates. The students and businesses then had time to put their questions to him.

The college is working with The National Skills Academy for Financial Services to help identify the needs of the finance sector within the region and to work together to develop solutions. The college can offer a range of support, including training and development solutions, recruitment, induction and skills development and more.

Kaussar Bashir, Assistant Director of Business at the college said: "We are delighted to be working closely with The National Skills Academy for Financial Services and the finance sector in general more closely. This event will be the first of many where we engage with local businesses and the sector and we honoured that The Bank of England came to speak to business and our students."

Desna Mcall, Associate - Provider Engagement from The National Skills Academy for Financial Services said: "The NSAFS are delighted to welcome South and City College Birmingham as a provider partner. We know the college is committed to delivering a high quality service to employers, a key expectation of Academy providers. We will be supporting them to develop programmes to suit the needs of local employers and the community across the three strategic areas that employers within the financial services sector have identified as critical to their business: enhancing financial capability and money management skills amongst young people, working with employers to help them attract and develop the workforce of the future, and offering in house training for staff currently employed in the sector."

Sir Doug Ellis OBE partners with SCCBSir Doug Ellis OBE has set up a foundation in partnership with South and City College Birmingham providing funding to support disadvantaged young people in the city.

The Sir Doug Ellis Foundation Fund aims to support at least twenty young people to continue their education and gain employment through apprenticeships. The foundation is the overarching fund and it will support the bursary programme, and the apprenticeship awards to celebrate progress.

South & City College Birmingham Careers AdvicesNew research reveals school teachers and parents are struggling to give appropriate careers guidance-

South and City College Birmingham is calling on young people and parents to contact them for guidance on today's job market and to find out more about the different routes into work available to their children. The recommendation comes as new, independent research by the Association of Colleges released to mark Colleges Week (11-18 November), finds that school teachers and parents admit they are struggling to give the right advice to prepare young people for the world of work (1).

National-Express-and-SCCBNational Express has donated a coach to South and City College Birmingham to mark the launch of a new partnership agreement between the two organisations. The Mercedes coach will be used by the college to take students on trips around the UK and further afar.

The two organisations have led the regeneration of the Digbeth area with their respective investments in the new coach station and the extensive college campus. As close neighbours, they have been working together for several years to provide education, employment and training opportunities for the community.

wssSouth and City College Birmingham has signed up to support the UK's biggest skills and careers event - The Skills Show. The college is part of twelve of the region's leading further education institutions that have been announced as Official FE Sponsors of The Skills Show, taking place from 15-17 November 2012 at the NEC Birmingham.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:15

Students Feel the Heat in the Kitchen

Students Feel the Heat in the Kitchen at South & City College BirminghamStudents from South and City College Birmingham have been feeling the heat in the kitchen in a bid to wow Michelin starred Chef Glynn Purnell.

Eleven young people are currently on an Introduction to Cookery course at the college which is being run in partnership with Glynn to help him find two apprentices. Each student is given the opportunity to spend a day at the chef's award winning Purnell's restaurant in Birmingham, which was recently ranked seventeenth best restaurant in the UK. They will be working with him and his team on lunch and dinner service, learning the ropes and hoping to make a positive impression doing everything from stirring risotto to pureeing celeriac.

careersOver 100 young people from the Handsworth area of Birmingham met inspirational local role models at a careers event to help them get the information, skills and motivation needed for a bright future.

The event, organised by South and City College Birmingham and Birmingham City Council's Handsworth and Lozells Community Team was held at the college's Handsworth Campus and was open to local schools, the college's own students and young people from organisations within the local community.

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