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Birmingham Bull Ring Bull South & City College BirminghamStudents at South and City College have given Birmingham's iconic bull a tennis makeover (Saturday 11 May).

The makeover is to get into the spirit of the upcoming Aegon Classic women's tennis tournament taking place in Birmingham at the Edgbaston Priory Club from the 9 - 16 June.

Three of the colleges HND Fashion students were tasked with this exciting project to
mark the 'one-month to go' countdown until the start of the prestigious all-female tennis tournament.

Dressed ready to hit the courts, the students worked over three weeks to create the Bull's first-ever tennis outfit, made up of a t-shirt, shorts, a sweatband and a tennis racket.

Eileen Simons, Assistant Director of Fashion at South & City College Birmingham, explained: "The project has been a tremendous challenge for our students and is a great achievement, broadening and diversifying their skills and knowledge of the eclectic nature of the industry; one day a catwalk and the next day a bull.

"The tennis racket frame has been created by a local metal work company and finished by our three HND students; Leigh-Anne Rogers, Natalie Segelov and Minna Watson. All of the fabric in the outfit has been sourced locally from the world famous Rag Market in Birmingham."

Tim Walley, General Manager at Bullring, added: "The bull is an iconic landmark for the city and has sported a number of outfits over the past few years, which have all been very popular with our visitors. I've no doubt that today's new outfit is sure to be a hit with our customers."

Georgie Moseley, chairman and founder of Help Harry Help Others, the Aegon Classic's and South and City College's nominated charity, also came along to help celebrate the dressing of the Bull.

Skills Build at South & City College Birmingham Construction CentreSouth and City College Birmingham will host the West Midlands heat of SkillBuild 2013 – the UK's largest multi-trade competition for construction trainees and apprentices.

On 25 April, 75 young competitors representing colleges from across the region will compete against one another at our construction centre in Bordesley Green, in trades such as carpentry, bricklaying, wall and floor tiling, painting and decorating and plastering with the hope of being crowned the best in their trade.

15 of our own students will be competing on the day to get a place in the national final, which takes place later this year. The students have been taking part in a number of internal competitions to prepare for the big day and are looking forward to competing with students from other colleges.

The annual competition is part of CITB, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board's ongoing work to bring new blood into the construction industry.

We have been chosen to host the West Midlands heat, which is one of 15 regional heats taking place across the UK, because of our excellent construction training facilities at our Bordesley Green Campus, our expertise in the construction field and our enthusiasm for the competition.

Bob Howlett, Director of Construction at the college said: "We are very pleased the regional heat of the SkillBuild 2013 competition will be hosted at our purpose built construction campus in Bordesley Green for the second year in a row. The centre is the largest of its kind in the region and is an excellent space not only for this competition, but for our students who study a whole range of construction skills here. I wish all the competitors, but especially our own, the best in the competition!"

Regional Delivery Manager for CITB in the West Midlands, Mick O'Flynn commented; "SkillBuild is a real highlight of the construction training landscape, giving talented young construction trainees a chance to shine and demonstrating the opportunities that learning a trade can offer, so deciding on colleges to host the competition is a big decision. We're very excited to be working with South and City College Birmingham and know that this year's West Midlands heat will be very special."

Keep watch for more information on how our students got on in the competition.

South & City College Birmingham - St Patricks Day 2013Come along to South and City College's Digbeth Campus to celebrate St Patrick's Day. The college will be open to everyone, for entertainment and food and drink. Bring the family to watch the world famous parade, taste some traditional Irish food and listen to some Irish music.

Sunday 17 March
Digbeth Campus
Open 10am – 5pm
Families Welcome
Free Entry

We have two excellent acts playing in our fully fitted auditorium of the ground floor of our Digbeth Campus.

1:30pm – Niamh and Joe

Niamh and Joe are HND music students with a love of Irish Folk music. They'll be playing a great selection of popular Irish tunes and their own music.

2:45pm – The Father Teds

This famous 5-piece band will be getting the party going with their Irish pop and rock music.


For more information about the day see click here pdf
St Patrick's Day Menu pdf

apprenticeshipsSouth and City College currently have over 100 apprenticeship vacancies waiting to be filled, and are holding a range of events during National Apprenticeship Week to help young people in Birmingham take advantage of these opportunities.

There are currently over 12,000* unemployed 18-24 year olds in Birmingham, and a general belief that there are no jobs for these young people. However, South and City College have secured over 100 vacancies from employers who are looking to take on an apprentice including roles such as care assistants, business administrators and catering assistants, and more vacancies are coming in each day.

To help fill these apprenticeship vacancies and to encourage young people in Birmingham to consider apprenticeships, the college is holding a host of activities during National Apprenticeship Week [Monday 11-15 March].

Events include an open evening on Thursday 14 March where young people can get a 'Passport to Apprenticeship Success' in five simple steps. Leading local companies such as Asda, National Express, Bloomer Heaven Accountants and Manpower will give young people who are considering an apprenticeship help to write a winning CV, advice on interview techniques and even tips on how to dress for success. Fashion experts from George at Asda will be showcasing great value interview outfits available in their stores for under £40.

The event is open to everyone to drop in on Thursday, 4pm – 7pm at a number of the college's campuses: Digbeth, Hall Green, Bordesley Green and Tyseley.

Other events during the week include the college working in partnership with Barnardos to match long term unemployed young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with current apprenticeship vacancies.

Contractors working on the New Street Station Development will be finding out how they can support local apprentices and will be attending an 'Apprenticeship Surgery' hosted by the college and National Apprenticeship Service staff.

There will also be an awards ceremony with Sir Doug Ellis OBE to celebrate the success of apprenticeships. Over a 100 employers and young apprentices are planning to attend and represent all sectors of the business community.

Mike Hopkins, Principal of South and City College said: "Apprenticeships are an excellent way for young people to get a job, whilst also gaining recognised qualifications. At the college we have a wide range of apprenticeships from construction, media, care, hairdressing and more.

"We hear so often in the media that there are no jobs out there for young people, so we think it is really important that when there are vacancies that these young people hear about them and are given as much help and support they need to get them. We have organised a range of events to help young people find out more about apprenticeships, get the help and guidance they need to be successful and hopefully make a small dent in the number of young people currently unemployed in Birmingham."

The week long diary of events is part of the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week, and amongst hundreds of events and activities taking place across England. The week, which is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals and businesses.

The over-arching theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2013 is "Apprenticeships Deliver". This year it is about showcasing the achievements and benefits Apprenticeships deliver for both apprentices and their employers and utilising their experiences to positively inform and persuade others to get involved.

South & City College Birmingham Apprenticeship SuccessSouth and City College Birmingham have celebrated the success of apprenticeships and work placements with employers and young people at an awards ceremony [Monday 11 March] as part of National Apprenticeship Week [11-15 March].

Michelin starred chef Glynn Purnell, who offered two young budding cooks apprenticeships in his restaurants has been awarded Apprenticeship Employer of the Year, and the highly anticipated Apprentice of the Year award went to Jack Hindley, an advanced apprentice in Business Administration.

Jack, who is employed at Kier Partnership Homes is now studying towards a foundation degree in Site Management, received the accolade due to his commitment and outstanding performance

Sir Doug Ellis OBE, who is a patron of the college also presented awards. Tudor Rose Refurbishments were awarded a Bursary Award for their work in offering both placements and apprenticeships to young people.

Sir Doug also awarded apprentice Jordan Powell with the Sir Doug Ellis OBE Endeavour Award. Jordan completed an intermediate apprenticeship in Painting and Decorating and is now employed by Tudor Rose Refurbishments. She is now working towards her Painting and Decorating Advanced Apprenticeship at the college.

Other awards were given to Thomas Vale Construction as Placement Provider of the Year for offering high quality placements on the refurbishment of the Council House in Birmingham, and to Arvinder Singh as Placement Student of the Year. Level 3 media games development student Arvinder took a two week work placement during the summer at architectural and planning company Tyler Parkes Partnership. The company were so impressed with Arvinder's work in producing 2D and 3D drawings, that they have now employed him part time whilst he completes his level 3 qualification at the college.

Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Glynn Purnell said: "All of the students shortlisted onto the course showed great skill and determination to succeed, which made it difficult to decide on the final apprentices. Poppy and Tom have demonstrated a high level of skill and ambition which impressed me from the outset, with their dedication to learning new skills, getting stuck into working in a busy kitchen, asking questions and going that extra mile."

"Taking on an apprentice can be a gamble but they have shown me that there are young people out there who want to achieve their ambitions and goals. I am looking forward to the next 12 months with the apprentices to watch how they grow into their roles within the business."

Mike Hopkins, Principal of South and City College added: "These awards are to celebrate the success that our students have had in their work placements and apprenticeships, and to thank

the employers that make it possible. At the college we believe in helping young people get the skills and qualifications they need to get ahead, but we also understand the importance of work experience when they come to look for a job. We try to make sure every student has had the opportunity to get real hands on work experience so they have the best chance of getting a great job when they leave the college."

The event was held at the college's Hall Green Campus on Monday 11th March. It was part of the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week, and is amongst hundreds of events and activities taking place across England. The week, which is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals and businesses.

The over-arching theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2013 is "Apprenticeships Deliver". This year it is about showcasing the achievements and benefits Apprenticeships deliver for both apprentices and their employers and utilising their experiences to positively inform and persuade others to get involved.

The college will be holding and open event on Thursday 14 March 2013 for those interested in becoming an apprentice. The 'Passport to Apprenticeship Success' event will see local employers such as Bloomer Heaven Accountants and Manpower giving young people who are considering an apprenticeship help to write a winning CV, advice on interview techniques and even tips on how to dress for success. Fashion experts from George at Asda will be showcasing great value interview outfits available in their stores for under £40.

The event is open to everyone to drop in on Thursday, 4pm – 7pm at a number of the college's campuses; Digbeth, Hall Green, Bordesley Green and Tyseley.

South & City College - Catering SuccessA South and City College catering student has competed in a national culinary competition and was awarded a certificate of merit for his work.

Dharmendra Chauhan, studying Professional Cookery level 2 at the college's Hall Green Campus competed against other talented chefs at The Hospitality Show at the NEC in January.

The Gram Masterclass competition was open to cooks of all ages and abilities. Competitors had to prepare, cook and present two main course dishes suitable for a Gastro Pub environment within a 30 minute time limit.

Dharmendra served up a Pan Fried Fillet of Salmon with Crackling, Boudin (sausage) of Salmon and Chervil, Tomato, Cucumber and Olive Salad with a Sour Cream Wasabi Dressing and a Tomato and a Butter Reduction Sauce.

The competition was an open-class event, so Dharm was up against other cooks of all ages and abilities. It was judged by chefs, as well as a hygiene officer who observed the competitors for food hygiene practices alongside their culinary skills.

Dharmendra got his dish out in the allotted time and was rewarded with a Certificate of Merit for his efforts. He was also presented with an award for displaying excellent hygiene standards whilst cooking.

Dharmendra said:

"I am very pleased to have received this award, and will keep practising my skills and enter more competitions."

Thursday, 14 February 2013 15:27

Women’s enterprise hub opens in Birmingham

South & City College Birmingham - Women's Enterprise HubAn exciting new venture has been opened today [Thursday 14 February] to help women in Birmingham get in to business.

The Women's Enterprise Hub, a partnership between Birmingham City Council and South and City College, will provide support and training for women who want to enter, or who are already in business.

The hub, opened by Leader of the Council Sir Albert Bore, aims to stimulate the development of new businesses and address the under-representation of women who own their own business. Although the hub is there to support all women, there is a particular focus on helping those from minority ethnic backgrounds including Bangladeshi and Pakistani women.

This phase one of the Women's Enterprise Hub is based at South and City College's Fusion Centre in Digbeth, and provides courses in fashion and clothing alongside business skills aiming to build a high-end women's textile industry in Birmingham. There is also access to a range of partner services including workshops, advice and guidance, and support to pre-start up, start ups and existing businesses looking to develop and grow.

Women will be able to work their way from basic courses in fashion and clothing with English language support, up to higher qualifications in Asian couture – gaining the skills needed to design and create high-end Asian fashion pieces. Business and marketing skills will form a part of the courses enabling the students to take their fashion skills and turn them into an enterprise.

This aspiration was set out by the Leader of the Council's Policy Statement in June 2012. A planning group which included representatives from women in business have been working on the feasibility of the project. Phase two of the Women's Enterprise Hub (subject to funding and location) is expected to open in early 2014 in Sparkhill and will build on phase one.

Sir Albert Bore said: "Improving women's skills and employment opportunities can transform a family's living standards. This enterprise hub is about giving women equal access to economic and productive resources which will really help redress the under-representation of women in business".

Mike Hopkins, Principal of South and City College said: "There is an untapped potential for local Birmingham women to provide high-end Asian clothing for sale, as at the moment most of this comes from abroad. We have therefore worked to create courses that will not only give local women excellent skills in this area, but also the ability to turn these skills into successful business ventures and create a new specialist local industry.

"The new Women's Enterprise Hub based at our Fusion Centre in Digbeth is a brand new, women-only space where those interested in starting their own fashion business can learn from experienced tutors, and receive help and support to realise their ambitions."

Councillor Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs and Skills, said; "Supporting women to start their own businesses is a major step forward in addressing unemployment, particularly among young women. I attended a number of workshops in the setting up of this project and have been really impressed with the enthusiasm and vision of those involved. This enterprise hub will help stimulate growth and improve the skills and qualifications of women in Birmingham."

Friday, 01 February 2013 08:54

Toyota Sponsors College Race Team

South & City College Birmingham - ToyotaToyota World Birmingham has agreed to sponsor South & City College's Race Team in 2013.

To kick off the new sponsorship Toyota have provided the race team with a new racing vehicle - a Corolla T Sport named TWB1.

Along with the race car, Toyota will also provide the budding motor sport students with support during race events.

The college race team is made up of tutors and students who compete in professional races at major circuits throughout the UK. Students get hands-on experience of the motor sport industry, developing cars for racing, maintaining the cars and working on the track and in the pit lane during races.

Sir Doug Ellis OBE, the Honorary President of the college's networking club InBusiness attended an event to hand over the car from Toyota World Birmingham to the college motor sport tutors and students at the Toyota World Birmingham Fort Dunlop Dealership. The event also showcased Toyota's new generation Auris – The All New Toyota Auris and other Toyota vehicles.

Mike Hopkins, Principal of South and City College said: "We are delighted to accept this car from Toyota. At the college we believe it is important for our students to get real hands-on experience in their industry along with their qualifications so when they go out in to the world of work they have the upper edge. This car will mean they will be able to get more experience of working at race events, and the support Toyota will provide is fantastic."

Keith Edwards, Corporate Manager for Toyota World Birmingham added: "We are looking forward to seeing this car at race events throughout the country and hope that it provides some great experiences for the students.

"I'd also like to thank everyone for coming along to this event, which also showcases our new Auris – another great car built here in the Midlands at our Burnaston factory."

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.

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