South and City College have built many great relationships through the InBusiness Network across our region. We have particularly robust associations with the local media too, including BPM Media; an umbrella group of The Birmingham Post & Mail / Trinity Mirror.
As members of the InBusiness Network, BPM Media continue to keep the College 'up to speed' with the various events they arrange to support local business.
The Birmingham Post Business Awards was scheduled for the ICC in November to celebrate those businesses that are particularly successful across our region.
Trinity Mirror's Regional Event Organiser Kirsti Tomkinson offered to provide some of our students with the chance to help with the setup of this prestigious Awards Evening, gaining real experience of high profile event planning and execution – AND they all stayed for the event including helping to hand out the Awards, finishing with a meal too.
Not only that, South and City College were allocated a table of ten - to entertain business partners from within our InBusiness Network.
Our students Arman Hussain, Mosheer Ayeda & Abdoul Ayeda all had a fascinating day, and gained real life experience of a major event.
Head of Events at Trinity Mirror Kirsti Tomkinson said "It was great to see how the South and City College students reacted to the pressure of deadlines and I know that their confidence improved as the day went on – they seemed to really enjoy the experience and the venue".
After building a relationship through the college's InBusiness Network over the last two years, it was agreed earlier this year to site a 'real working' Subway Unit within the Bordesley Campus – the unit opened for Business in November .
The Unit is being run through a mixture of Subway workers and College Students. A traineeship 'pod' of around 20 college students were chosen some weeks ago and have been brought down into a real working team of around 10 students, who will rotate responsibility for managing and serving as 'sandwich artists' at the unit.
This subway unit is a real working example of a business model being run as a commercial operation within campus, selling to students – with all produce set at a 20% discount on normal 'High Street' Subway units around Birmingham.
The great news is that 3 of our South and City College Students who are still studying through their courses - Catering & Hospitality and Motor Vehicle - have been offered full time positions within Subway. Monika Celmer, Yiftusira Woldemicheal and Bilal Aziz have been through the Subway training process with Subway Franchisee Aksar Khan, and have all really impressed.
Aksar Khan said "This whole process was initiated through the college's InBusiness Network and through building relationships with SCCB we have delivered real jobs for their young people".
Business and Community Manager at SCCB, Steve Dourass commented "The process of building meaningful, long term relationships with local business really does create opportunities for everyone. It is so inspiring to see our young people develop their careers through the ideas we share within our Networks"
Renowned heavy metal guitarist Ola Englund, founding member of Feared and lead guitarist with The Haunted and Six Feet, is coming to South and City College to host a guitar clinic on December 9th.
Following the popularity of his YouTube videos and guitar clinics, Ola has been touring the world teaching people the art of riffing. His teaching style is very helpful to beginners, though more advanced players can also benefit from his tutorials as well.
After stopping in Chile, Brazil, Germany then France, he'll finally hit British shores in December, taking over South and City College's Digbeth auditorium.
The event takes place on Wednesday 9th December from 7pm. Entry is £5, but totally FREE for college students. It's your chance to learn some great tips from a true master of Heavy Metal!
For more information and tickets, please visit: www.pmtonline.co.uk/ola-englund-guitar-clinic-9th-december-7pm
Our very own Honorary President of the South and City College InBusiness Network, Sir Doug Ellis OBE, was presented with a 'Lifetime Achievement' award at the very first Birmingham Awards Dinner at Edgbaston Stadium in November.
Sir Doug, who is 92 in January, seemed overwhelmed to receive this very special recognition from "fellow brummies".
College Principal Mike Hopkins read out a brief summary of Sir Doug's life and it was a very proud moment for South and City College Birmingham when he took the stage to say a few words to say how special that moment was.
Business and Community Manager Steve Dourass said "Sir Doug is an incredible role model for our students and business associates and for him to receive this accolade reflects on his incredible life of achievement AND his ongoing support for South and City College".
Sir Doug has supported the College in a very generous way over the past few years and we now look forward to the SCCB Sir Doug Ellis 'Apprenticeship Awards' evening taking place at The Macdonald Burlington Hotel in March 2016.
We are not a college to do things by halves, so when we appeared at the Skill Show at Birmingham's NEC Arena earlier this month, it is fair to say we put on quite the display! Over the course of 3 days – November 17, 18 and 19 – college representatives met and entertained thousands of school children, students, parents, teachers and celebrities (!), showcasing all that South and City College Birmingham can offer prospective students.
The Skills Show is the nation's largest skills and careers event and helps to shape the future of thousands of young people. Attracting nearly 100,000, the show provides hands-on experiences that inspire young people to explore careers and motivates them to find out more about the world of work. It is a great opportunity to promote our college as one of the leading skills providers in the West Midlands.
We had 3 separate stands spread across the vast arena with Sound Engineering and Plastering each hosting popular, have-a-go stands alongside the college's central hub in Hall 19. In turn, we also were involved in the collaborative premier college's stand which staff and students from Photography and Motor Vehicle and Engineering were instrumental in supporting.
Almost all of our curriculum areas were able to attend and, although it was exhausting work, there was no doubt everyone had a great and successful time representing the college!
As many of you will have seen there is a new branch of Subway open at the Bordesley Green campus. Working closely with InBusiness partner Aksar Khan to open the unit, Subway have employed a number of SCCB students to complete placements at the new branch. The work placement will last for 6 weeks and will fit around the students' college hours so that no class time should be affected and those students who undertake the placement will be offered an interview for a job opportunity at the new branch, or another branch across the city.
On this placement students will learn about; customer service and interpersonal skills, money handling, stock control and ordering, food and retail health and safety and personal confidence and responsibilities.
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Bordesley Green Campus
The ESOL Hospitality group based at Hall Green raised over £60 for Children and Need with a cake sale. Delicious lemon drizzle cake, chocolate caramel shortbread and cream scones were among the baking favourites on sale, with all proceeds going to the annual charity drive headed by the BBC.
Not only did the group raise money by preparing & baking the cakes, but they also received assessments for their food preparation and customer service units.
Congratulations and well done to all involved!
17 year old South and City College Birmingham student, Caprice Bhandal, has been shortlisted for Young Designer of the Year at The Clothes Show Live 2015.
The Level 3 Fashion and Clothing diploma student beat out stiff competition from around the country to be named as one of the 10 nominees in the running for the major industry award. With applicants ranging from ages 17 – 25, Caprice, who comes from Coventry, was amongst the younger entrants.
The annual Clothes Show Live is the UK's biggest and most influential fashion and beauty event, running from December 4th – 8th and dominating Birmingham's NEC venue. Each year, the show features the Creative Awards Programme, which culminates in the 'Young Designer of the Year' accolade.
The brief for the young designers at this year's Clothes Show Live was to put together an outfit inspired by the Tokyo fashion scene to be worn by a hypothetical top fashion blogger at Japan Fashion Week. The Japanese fashion scene is famous for making big fashion statements whether it be; off the wall, avant-garde or mythical, kooky style. The theme was in keeping with the event sponsor, OLYMPUS PEN, which hails from Tokyo.
Submitting a mood board, inspiration statement and artwork showcasing her design and intended creative process, Caprice's colourful knitted piece stood out to the judges for its technical ambition and creative take on the brief. Should she win the competition, Caprice could win, amongst other things, £1,000 in prize money, work experience with OLYMPUS PEN and a chance to see her design featured in a campaign.
Caprice was taken aback with the news that she had been shortlisted "I was so shocked and I was really delighted. I had been inspired by some of the things I had learned on my diploma course.
My design is knit-based. When I started at the college, I couldn't really knit but the teachers here – particularly my Textiles tutor Carmen Burkett - have always helped me and taught me lots of different techniques which I am now showcasing at a top level.
I am hopeful that this nomination will put me in good stead to progress to a university course to study Fashion. I would like to be a designer, or work for a leading fashion house in the future."
Speaking about Caprice's achievement, Assistant Faculty Head of Fashion at South and City College Birmingham, said "Caprice has excelled during her time studying with us. She is driven to achieve high grades and we predict great things for her in the future".
South and City College have a range of fashion and textile courses, from level 1 up to university level fashion courses.
The college prides itself on offering students a broad skill and industry based experience, giving them the opportunity to take part in a sell-out annual fashion show as well as industry led competitions such as 'Young Designer of the Year'.
The first NAPIT Approved Electrical Training Centre has been opened in the West Midlands in partnership with South and City College Birmingham.
A year ago the college opened a Blue Flame Certified Full Scope electrical training centre. This has provided a key stepping stone to allow trainees to demonstrate competence in one of the key areas required to join the electrical Competent Person Scheme.
Electrical short courses that have run succesfully for a year now involve the following titles:
- 17th Edition Wiring Regulations for Electrical Installations
- IET Code of Practice for in Service, Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment
- NAPIT Full Scope
Gas short courses, also including plumbing short courses involve the following:
- Award in F-Gas and ODS Category 1 Regulations Level 2
- BPECT Heat Pump Systems
- Unvented Hot Water Level 2
MP Liam Bynre commented on opening: "We have been thoroughly impressed by South and City College Birmingham's outstanding commitment to education, training and sustainability. Their investment in practical, vocational skills is central to growth in the local community and we look forward to working in partnership with the college for many years to come. I encourage young people and adult learners alike to consider learning a new trade in this fantastic venue."
John Collins from South and City College Birmingham commented on the first succesful year of the NAPIT approved centre; "There are only a handful of other NAPIT approved centres like this across the country, so this partnership feels like a real achievement for us. There will be a real benefit to electricians and people wanting to become electricians in the West Midlands as they will no longer need to travel long distances for the required courses."
Birmingham's Bob Brolly has been busy filming his new show 'Brolly and Friends' with the help of South and City College Birmingham students. The show, which airs on Irish TV, is recorded in the college's state-of-the-art auditorium based within the Digbeth campus.
This week, Beauty students were on hand to ensure Bob and his VIP guests were camera ready. During Thursday's recording, Level 3 Theatrical Special Effects and Media Make-up student Kiran Kaur (pictured) had the opportunity to practice her honed skills by doing the make up for young Irish country singer Ben Troy, a performer for the show that day. Whilst Ben didn't need too dramatic a makeover, Kiran was expert in making sure he wouldn't look washed out under the bright studio lights.
Kiran, who was accompanied by fellow make-up artist Cindy (pictured with Michael Foster), currently works as a freelance make-up artist and for a large cosmetic brand but decided to study with South and City to help strengthen her CV and future opportunities.
Also appearing on Brolly and Friends were glamorous Irish country singer Kathy Crinion and Irish country legends Allen and Foster. Allen and Foster have been performing together for over 40years and have a strong fan base in and around Digbeth.
Speaking about his esteemed guests, Bob commented "Irish TV's Midlands base will open up a whole new audience for Irish TV, as well as ensuring the Irish in this region can become more connected with home by telling their own stories of what's happening in the Irish scene in the UK and following what's happening back home in Ireland. The fact that we are based within South and City College is perfect and we are planning to work with the students using their incredible facilities to offer them a 'real life' experience of broadcasting as we prepare our programmes going forward – helping to create career opportunities for their young people".
For more information about our Hair and Beauty Courses, please visit www.sccb.ac.uk/courses/hair-beauty
South and City College's music department successfully delivered a brand new Birmingham City University accredited BA (Hons) Popular Music programme, with the first of our finishing students graduating on earlier this month following a special ceremony at Symphony Hall. This new validation exemplifies the kind of growth in Higher Education that the college is keen to achieve.
Having consisted predominantly of internally progressing students, the Popular Music course has already gained widespread interest, with the 2015-16 cohort including students from Halesowen, Kidderminster and Telford colleges.
James Burgess and Hannah O'Connell (pictured) are two of the three students gaining 1st class honours, James having transferred to the college from Coventry University. They achieved consistently across the course's various disciplines – musical, technological, academic and industry focused.
Speaking about his time on the course, James explained "South and City College exceeded my expectations in many ways. The first thing that was very apparent to me when I started the course was the professionalism and relevance my studies had to working in the actual music industry. This is an area that many academic courses lack in my previous experience. As a working musician I meet a lot of ex-SCCB students on the local scene.
"The facilities are advanced compared to many other institutions in the country, mainly because of the on-site venue [The Auditorium at Digbeth]. I was able to gain work from both studio demo recordings and YouTube videos, all of which were made to a professional standard using the course's facilities for free. I have been involved with bands that have previously paid over a thousand pounds for similar quality.
"Although it was hard work, the course was very fun at times especially in the practical assessments. The tutors actually joined in some of our practical assessments and it was greatly beneficial to perform with people of that level of experience. I also found the one-to-one instrumental lessons really opened up my mind of how to push the boundaries of my instrument.
"Towards the end of my course, my tutors were more than happy to organise one-to-one sessions to make sure I was on the right track with my work. I believe that the tutors' accessibility and attitude to helping students was the main reason in me achieving my overall grade of 1st Class Honours.
Overall, the course has been extremely beneficial both practically and academically. I've had a brilliant time and developed relationships with many great people. I feel ready to enter the working world with confident knowledge of my skill set"
South and City College Birmingham have teamed up with Aston Villa Foundation to create a fantastic opportunity to gain skills in leadership through sport. The life changing sixteen month programme is aimed at anyone aged 16-22.
The programme will allow students to develop personally and professionally with the guidance of local, national and international businesses. The success rate of the programme is fantastic and 100% of graduates from Leadership Through Sport & Business from the first two cohorts went on to full time employment or chose to take their education further at a higher level.
Beginning in September 2016 the programme gives students these opportunities:
An internationally recognised AAT qualification through South & City College Birmingham, with the chance to work with expert tutors in Birmingham.
Employability training, including; interview training, CV coaching sessions and the opportunity to partake in public speaking and debates.
The students will gain work experience, assisting Aston Villa Foundation outreach programmes which will include attending public events and working with leading companies and some of the best entrepreneurs in the region.
And that's all in the first four months! Once the student has completed their first four months they will then be put on to an AAT level 3 apprenticeship. The students will work four days a week for one of a whole host of leading organisations and the remaining day will be back at college studying toward their AAT exam.
The programme's results in previous years speak for themselves:
91% of intake successfully complete the programme
100% of the intake were placed as AAT level 3 apprentices
80% of apprentices have been subsequently hired by their apprenticeship employer
100% of graduates have found employment or progressed to university or further education
Do you think you have what it takes to succeed in business but haven't been given a chance to showcase your skills?
If you fit in the following criteria then Aston Villa Foundation want to hear from you!
Haven't been the chance to showcase what you can do
Hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A* to C including Bs in maths & English
An interest in finance and sport
Determined, enthused with a spark of leadership potential
A natural leader
The National Demolition Training Group (NDTG) are pleased to announce a joint initiative with South and City College, Birmingham to provide demolition specific training to the unemployed with a view to them becoming part of the growing demolition workforce needed in Birmingham.
Funding for this ground breaking scheme has been provided by CSkils and Birmingham City Council and will allow the college, with specialist input from NDTG trainers, to give basic training to students resulting in a CCDO card – the demolition industry specific skills card - and a guaranteed job interview.
The pilot course, which will commence on August 1st and is already oversubscribed, will include training in demolition & asbestos awareness, non-notifiable asbestos removal, manual handling, abrasive wheels, PASMA tower scaffold erection & use and a basic health & safety course, with delivery by a variety of trainers from the college and NDTG.
NDTG Chairman Gary Bishop said "Here at NDTG it is our aim to educate the next generation of demolition men & women and we are delighted to partner with a college of education to assist them with this great idea".
Bob Howlett, Director of Construction at South and City College Birmingham said "NDTG are completely committed to training and upskilling their work force. The discussions on the need to provide a pre start programme for entrants into the industry was very informative and I look forward to working with the group to drive forward their obvious passion for the industry. I hope South and City College will become, not only the premier construction college in the midlands, but also the premier college for the reverse engineering of buildings at the end of their useful life".
An exciting new initiative is taking place in one of Birmingham's oldest parks this summer. Between July and October 2015, Public Art is being exhibited in Handsworth Park.
Local residents in Handsworth have seen how Handsworth Park has flourished over the last few years following the restoration programme which turned what was a no-go area into a wonderful oasis, cherished by local people of all ages and backgrounds.
Handsworth Park Association has championed the views of local residents for many years and organised a wide range of activities in the park, but this is the first time a community group such as this has put on a major public art event. The idea for the Arts Trail came from two local residents, Pauline Bailey and Jan Kimber who have organised and curated the exhibition.
Handsworth Park Arts Trail is an exhibition of public art centred around the Boating Lake in Handsworth Park. It includes sculptures and installations from artists: Pauline Bailey, Graham Jones, Scylla Magda, Katie Surridge, Julie Edwards and Ron Thompson.
The creation of the art work followed the theme of 'making use of local resources'. This included working directly with local school children and users of Handsworth Park to design some of the pieces of art; along with using felled tree trunks, reclaimed wood, metal and old sails from boats. It aims to bring Public Art directly to the local community and to also encourage more local people to visit and walk around the park.
Pauline Bailey said "Handsworth Park is a wonderful place and it is the perfect environment to exhibit public art and introduce people to a range of artistic styles. We have thoroughly enjoyed selecting the pieces for exhibition and we hope visitors have as much fun visiting the Arts Trail too."
Jan Kimber said "Local residents know how beautiful Handsworth Park is, and we hope that the Arts Trail will encourage people from other parts of Birmingham to visit the place and see for themselves. We hope this will put Handsworth in the news for all the right reasons."
The Arts Trail has also been actively supported by officers from Birmingham City Council's Parks Service and the Culture and Commissioning Team. It links with the development of a new Public Art Strategy in Birmingham, The Big Hoot Project and The Active Parks Programme.
There will be activities organised throughout the summer connected to the Arts Trail, to find out more follow the Arts Trail on Twitter @h_parkartstrail, and keep a regular check on the Facebook page www.facebook.com/Handsworth.Park.Arts.Trail
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