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Hospitality and Catering at South & City College BirminghamOn January 26, a team of 16 Hospitality & Catering learners competed in various competitions at the Warwickshire & Hinckley Salon Culinaire held in Nuneaton. The annual event saw Hospitality & Catering learners from six different colleges competing in live cooking, restaurant service and static competitions. All the live competitions were against the clock and really did test the practical skill base of the learners. The static competition saw learners entering pre-made novelty cakes, bread goods, Victoria sandwiches and cupcakes for tasting/judging by an expert panel. Team SCCB entered 16 learners and came away with the following results:

Novelty Cake - static

Gold Medal and Best in Class for Julianna Czinke (pictured)

Napkin Folding - live

Gold Medal for Peter Guiden

Bronze Medal for Sana Fofana

Vegetable Preparation – live

Gold Medal for Danny Astley – Currall

Merit Award for Shiplu Miah

Chicken Preparation – live

Bronze Medal for Leon Johnson

Chicken Cookery – Live

Silver Medal and Best in Class for Mohsen Khosravian

Fish Preparation – live

Bronze Medal for Dan Tompkins

Fish Cookery – live

Gold Medal and Best in Class to Lucy Cartwright

Bread & Rolls – static

Merit Award for Fahima Khimoun

Merit Award for Yasmin Hewitt

Victoria Sponge – static

Silver Medal for Kelly McMahon

Bronze Medal for Kelly Graham

Cup Cakes - static

Bronze Medal for Juliet Ebodor

Merit Award for Ina Rosca

Merit Award for Dinah Hadish

Julianna Czinke (pictured) won gold and best in class for her stunning cake decoration of the characters from the film Madagascar. When entering into the competition, she had no idea what she wanted to do. Julianna knew that she didn’t want to do anything that was too easy; she wanted a challenge.

After a conversation with her husband, it was suggested that a theme based on their 10 month old daughter’s favourite film Madagascar would be a good choice.

When it came to the day of the competition, Julianna couldn’t attend as she couldn’t find a babysitter. She was still very nervous on the day. Julianna received several texts during the day, keeping her up-to-date with what was going on. When finding out she had won, she said “I was over the moon and my husband is so proud”.

Wayne Scarce, her tutor said “that entry would win a gold medal at any competition, anywhere in the world!”

A week after winning her class, Julianna now believes in herself a lot more and is pleased the college enters students for competitions; “You get pushed just that little bit further so you can achieve more”.

Meanwhile, fellow student Lucy Cartwright filleted her way to first place in the fish cooking class.

Lucy completed level 1 & 2 Professional Cookery and is now on level 3. Her ambition after finishing this year, is to work in a fine dining restaurant, within a chain of hotels and then run her own restaurant after gaining lots of experience. Lucy is already working as a trainee chef alongside her studies at a restaurant in Brindley Place. She said “this course has helped me so much in the workplace.”

As one of the many students that entered the recent competition held at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, Lucy received a Best in Class and Gold medal in the Fish Cooking class. Although another student filleted the mackerel, Lucy had just 15 minutes to cook and prepare 4 plates of mackerel with sweet potato, suitably decorated and presented.

Although nervous before this competition, Lucy is an old hand at competing for South and City College’s Hospitality and Catering team. She entered 3 competitions in her second year. The first was at the NEC for top chefs and she was the only student; however still won a bronze. The second competition saw her do better and attain a silver. The last competition of that year, saw Lucy compete as part of a team of 3 and get placed second. The team had to cook and serve a starter of shellfish chowder, a main of rack of lamb with a moussaka stack and an orange ice cream and lemon tart for dessert.

When asked how she feels about competitions, Lucy said “competitions get you ready for the real world, as timing is so important for both. Competitions are fun; they are like rollercoasters - you’re nervous before you get on, but once it’s finished, it’s like wow, let’s do this again!”

South & City College Birmingham - Media StudentsThe BAPA hosted 2015's Conference on October 21 - October 23 2015 and South and City College Media students captured the whole event. This included key note speeches from the Home Secretary Teresa May, Franstine Jones, president of the NBPA, West Midlands Deputy Chief Constable David Thompson, Simon Israel from Channel 4 News and Tariq Jahan, who gave a community perspective and Police delegates from the United States were also in attendance.

Students filmed and documented the peace march through the Lozells district marking the 30-year anniversary of the riots indicating solidarity between police officers and the communities they serve.   Alongside the peace march a tree was planted and plaque put up to mark the event.

South and City College have been praised for their professionalism and dedication throughout the event, BAPA also attended the Digbeth campus to thank students personally and give awards.

South and City College Birmingham has been working closely with Microsoft to launch a brand new Showcase Classroom, based at the college’s Digbeth Campus.

Microsoft Academy South & City College BirminghamOpened on February 3rd by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Ray Hassall, the classroom is designed to be a technologically innovative learning space to deliver a more personalised, hands-on, learning environment for students. The classroom will also be accessible to staff, corporate clients and the wider community, utilising mobile and cloud technology to better prepare stakeholders for success in the workplace.

The classroom is one of 12 in the country, placing South and City College at the forefront of innovation and forward learning within the FE sector. As a Microsoft Academy member, South and City College will work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education and communicate a vision for education in Birmingham and the wider country, enabled by technology through transformational, educational practices and innovative teachers.

Mike Morris, UK Manager for Further Education and Skills at Microsoft said “South and City’s Showcase classroom is beautiful. It is a transformed environment ready for 21st century learning. We will be working with the college closely, helping link between the college and Microsoft users and employers within the region.

“Microsoft has 30,000 technical partners in the United Kingdom, all of whom are short of IT Academy engineers. Beyond that, we have a large quantity of customers, all of whom need digital literacy skills for their own businesses and career development. I believe that the college can be a leader of digital literacy.

“We are delighted to work with South and City to deliver transformed, skill-based learning. Digital literacy is at the forefront of the agenda of sector leaders and South and City College have embraced this. They want to ensure their students’ digital literacy, enabling them to contribute to local enterprise”.

The Lord Mayor said “It is a great pleasure to be here for this launch. The skill gap in the West Midlands is large - one of the biggest in the country. Businesses that link with colleges like South and City see the benefits long term. They train their students to help to fill these skill gaps.

Principal of South and City College, Mike Hopkins, added “This is a fantastic addition to our facilities at the college and a real attributes for our students. It shows what the college can offer its students, staff, corporate clients and the wider community. We understand the requirements for a modern, responsive, contemporary workforce that has the best training, with access to the latest technology to develop the relevant skill sets required in the 21st century and beyond”

Attended by students, staff, local business clients and media, the launch was a chance to display the classrooms’ capabilities and equipment. Demonstrations included a tour of the smart-board software, an example of the college’s 3D printer and a chance to try out the Oculus Rift system – a virtual reality experience that saw The Lord Mayor transported underwater.

SafeGuard Armour provide South & City College public services students with new safety equipmentPublic Services students at South and City College Birmingham have been kitted out with new safety equipment, courtesy of international company Safeguard Armour.

A Public Services course develops basic skills and knowledge desired by employers in the public services sector. It is a very career-focused course, often providing students with an excellent starting point to progress into careers such as police officers, paramedics and the armed forces. There is particular emphasis on teamwork, leadership skills and communication, with students working on fitness, adventurous activities and to develop an understanding of the qualities and attitudes needed for employment in this sector.

The vests were donated by Safeguard Armour to support students studying Public Services courses, with the company keen to help educate learners about safety wear and protection

Chris Taylor, Communications Director at Safeguard Armour said ''We are pleased to be working closely with South & City College Birmingham as part of our commitment to improving personal safety and spreading information regarding body armour. As part of this work we have happily donated several bullet proof vests which we hope will prove to be very useful for a number of educational purposes.''

To find out more about our Public Services courses, please



Thursday, 04 February 2016 09:44

Fusion 2's Fundraising Fest

Fusion 2 Fundraisers at South and City College BirminghamIn the last week before Christmas, the team of staff at Fusion 2 rallied all their learners and put on a whole range of fundraising activities in aid of one of their own students who really needs a motorised wheelchair.

ESOL Entry Level 1 student Hamayan Hakimi currently has been struggling to make the journey to and from college, although his attendance is excellent, because his manual wheelchair isn't compatible with his disabilities. Seeing his daily difficulties, Hamayan's tutor Nicky Mcpake, staff and students decided to raise the funds to buy him a motorised chair that he will be able to use much more easily.

With full support from Fusion 2's students, money-making activities included:

A food and fruit stall, a smoothie making stall, bring & buy, tombola and raffle, name-the-teddies competition, a quiz room, handmade flowers for sale, henna demonstrations, hair braiding by hair and beauty students, headscarves: buy and tie, a disco, a car wash and a Christmas themed photo booth.

Teachers also performed as buskers and sang some festive carols.

All items that were donated for sale were brought in by students and staff, with the centre's young learners then working to package and price the items.

Through the generosity and enthusiasm of students and staff, over £1000 was raised and Hamayan and Nicky are currently in the process of arranging for his new 'wheels' to be purchased.

Speaking about the event, tutor Harinder Chane said "The event took a great deal of planning and organising as students and tutors came up with so many fantastic ideas but everyone at Fusion 2 pulled together on the day and made this such a successful and enjoyable event. We've been surprised by the overwhelming generoristy of our students and their dedication to help one of their own. It was a great way to end the year and we are all looking forward to presenting Hamayan with his wheelchair in the very near future".

A huge well done to all at Fusion 2 for such an amazing show of support!

If you would like to make a donation towards these fundraising efforts, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Thursday, 04 February 2016 09:41

Update: Hall Green Campus Open

South & City College Birmingham - Hall Green Campus

Update: The heating problems at our Hall Green campus and nursery have now been resolved and the campus will be open as normal to all staff and students from 9am on Friday 22nd January 2016



Thursday, 04 February 2016 09:38

South and City College aces Ofsted inspection

South & City College Birmingham - Ofsted November 2015 - Grade 2 - GoodAs one of the first colleges in the country to be inspected under the new Ofsted inspection arrangements, South and City College Birmingham, which has campuses across the city, is reveling in having achieved amongst the highest grades awarded to further education colleges to date.

This result follows on from the college's teaching nursery being rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted in 2014.

The outcome of the inspection is particularly significant in light of the fact that the college is one of the largest in the country, with results being consistently strong across all areas of the inspection; a testament to the staff and the standards achieved by students.

Ofsted made particular reference to the teaching, learning and assessment areas within the college, all of which consistently enable students to develop employability and personal skills.

The report also noted that South and City staff and teachers showed particularly strong commitment to students and their futures, ensuring students are equipped to make well informed choices about their education and career ambitions.

Also praised were the college's collaborations and industry links with employers and businesses across Birmingham. The college's apprenticeship programme was cited to "meet local and regional needs well" and that "the college makes an exceptionally strong contribution to city regeneration projects and to meeting the needs of employers and local communities".

Principal Mike Hopkins said "The results of the Ofsted inspection confirm just how well the college does for its students and the quality and commitment of our staff.  "We are extremely proud at the recognition from Ofsted. Anyone who is thinking about coming to study at the college will now see how well they can do studying with us; we are a big college with a small college approach!"

Along with being an excellent place to learn and develop, the college was also cited as successful in protecting the welfare and safety of its students and its tutorial programmes and the regular 'staying safe week' are focused on this.

You can download the full report here:  South and City College Birmingham Ofsted Report, November 2015 pdf

We have a number of courses starting this January – from accounting; hairdressing; photography; cake decorating; personal training courses and more, there are a host of opportunities for you to consider.

We are enrolling across the month of January, just visit to start your application process.

Alternatively, if you would like to meet with our tutors and find out more about the courses on offer, we are holding an information day across all of our campuses on 13th January 2016 between 3pm - 6pm.


South & City College Birmingham Higher Education students graduateOn Wednesday 21st October South and City College hosted the Higher Education students' graduation ceremony. The evening celebrated the graduation of 230 SCCB students who have studied on higher national and honours degree programmes and also included a celebration of college staff who have successfully achieved their Certificate in Education and Training.

This graduation, for the first time in the college's history, saw students graduating with honours degrees. The honours degrees in Popular Music and Business and Management are taught at the college and awarded by Birmingham City University and Newman University Birmingham.

The ceremony, held in the auditorium at the Digbeth campus, started with a staff procession which was led by Sardul Dhesi, Deputy Principal, carrying the college mace. After the procession guests were welcomed and graduands presented. Gradaunds were congratulated on stage by Principal Mike Hopkins and Chair of Governors Clive Henderson, before walking across the stage to applause from friends and families, honoured guests and staff.

During the ceremony there was a short interval in the presentation of graduands for an excellent performance by Doveheart, a band featuring students from the HND Popular Music course.
Clive Henderson provided the closing remarks from the College and the end of the ceremony saw Hannah O'Connell from the B.A. (Hons) Popular Music course speaking to thank families and staff for their support for graduates to achieve their qualifications.

South and City College Students help with setting up major awardsSouth 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".

Subway delivers opportunity for students at South & City CollegeBirminghamAfter 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"