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L7PMSOwUSouth and City College are proud to announce that our application has been successful and we have been included as a provider of Apprenticeships in the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).
RoATP is part of Apprenticeship reforms being brought in by the Government from 1 May 2017 and is designed to improve the quality and quantity of Apprenticeships, allowing employers to access top-quality apprenticeship training from approved providers. To be eligible to deliver Apprenticeship training for Apprenticeships that start on or after 1 May 2017, organisations have to be approved and listed on the RoATP.
Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Robert Halfon said: “Giving employers control over their apprenticeships needs and funding is an essential feature of our plan to create an apprenticeships and skills nation. Our new register of apprenticeship providers will mean that only organisations that have passed our quality assurance can deliver apprenticeships.”
“We are giving employers the confidence to do business with high-quality training providers, and making sure that individuals can benefit from gold-standard routes as they climb the ladder of opportunity.”
Levied employers will now be able to choose South and City College from the register as their preferred provider and be assured of high quality delivery and support for their Apprenticeships. Inclusion on RoATP reaffirms the findings of Ofsted at the college’s last inspection.      
Mike Hopkins, Principal said: “We are pleased that the College has now been included on the register. We have excellent reputation for our work with employers and apprenticeships and it’s good to know that this has been recognised.”
South and City College offers a range of high quality apprenticeship training than can make the workforce of businesses more productive  - driving up key business measures like customer satisfaction, productivity and quality. Whilst the RoATP is currently for use by levy-paying employers, South and City College has an excellent track-record of providing apprenticeship training to all employers including smaller, non-levy-paying employers and our expertise and resources are valued by leading employers, public sector organisations and small and micro businesses from all sectors across the region. We can offer comprehensive advice and guidance on making apprenticeship choices and a free of charge recruitment service.
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 12:56

Fashion students customising IKEA furniture

17799263 1152229164903102 6355073922230874002 nFashion students and staff from South and City College Birmingham have been custom making IKEA furniture, as part of a project commissioned by the Square Shopping Centre in Birmingham. Around 30 students from HND and Extended Diploma Level 3 courses have spent two weeks in a unit in the Shopping Centre, working as a team to design and customise the furniture and accessories that IKEA donated.

‘This has been an amazing project for students to get involved in. Having a live brief to work to is always a great experience for the students, but the association with such a well-respected high street brand and being based in a shopping centre working together as a team has been invaluable. They are developing industry skills as well as developing personally, helping to develop their employability skills for the future.’ Carmen Burkett, Fashion and Textiles lecturer, said.

The students chose a tropical theme for this project and they have been working on three scenes, which will stay on display at the Square Shopping Centre for a month before being moved to the IKEA store, where they will be auctioned off for charity on the 8th June.

IKEA store manager, Dawn Lloyd said: “we moved into the City centre back in August and had been really keen to get involved with community projects. The Square got in touch with us to let us know that South and City had an idea to customise some of our furniture. We thought it would be a great opportunity, so we donated some furniture and the Square found some space for the students to work in.

“This project is about supporting students to get into the workplace and helping them develop their portfolios so that different employers can see the work they’ve done, it is fantastic.”

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ZafOur very own Community Liaison Officer, Mohammad Zafran (Zaf) has been honoured at Muslim News Awards by the British Government for his selfless work in the UK.

The prestigious event took place at Marriot Hotel and was opened by Prime Minister, Teresa May, who congratulated the British Muslims for their contribution to this country. Zaf received the Imam wa Amal Special Recognition award for outstanding contribution to multi-faith and community.

Over 150,000 individuals were nominated for highly commended award but Zaf, as he is known to many was deservedly the recipient of this award for following the footsteps of a true humanitarian and engaging with all communities to ensure that the world is in a better place.

In light of recent horrific times, Zaf said: “I feel honoured to have received this award as a special role model for other British Muslims at a time when there is such negativity surrounding Islam and Muslims due to sickening actions by those who play no part to

Any religion. My message to everyone is show people how good you are by your actions and by showing them how good your character is and before anything else, you need to display that you are a good human being. We need to spread peace!”

A few days before this, Zaf was also presented with the West Midlands Police Diamonds Award in the Late Police Crime Commisioner Bob Jones Thank You Category for his outstanding work in the community and continuing to help others.

The West Midlands Police recognised Zaf for his engagement with over 17,000 youths to get them off the street, back into education/employment and away from crime, as well as heling over 6,000 young Asian women to continue in further education and employment after they were forced to quit education at the age of 15.

Zaf is doing various projects all across the City to tackle unemployment, knife crime and radicalisation.

Friday, 31 March 2017 10:44

Building Bridges

kieron leeLevel 3 Music student, Kieron Lee has achieved musical success thanks to the Communication and Autism Team who came along to our Digbeth Campus.

The opportunity began when Kieron was interviewed by CAT TV, where singer/songwriter, Aaron Yorke approached him following a performance to ask if he wanted to be part of the ‘Building Bridges’ album in order to raise awareness of Autism, while proving that autistic people are just as good as original songwriters and artists.

After spending a few days in Worcestershire to record the song, Kieron made his way to the Hardrock Café, Mayfair, London for the albums launch. He said: “the experience was surreal, like living the dream, particularly because of what it was in aid for – you wouldn’t expect it to be this way.

“The red carpet was out and it was filled with so many people and press. On stage there was over one hundred cameras pointing towards me, it was so strange, especially walking past celebrities like it was a normal thing to do.

“Following the launch, I had the chance to perform on Sky TV’s Crissy B Show, a programme about mental health and have probably spent more time in London the past three months than I have in Birmingham with a separate project and through performing in East Croydon, Mayfair, Brixton and places I’ve never even heard of before. There is lots of travelling but it has all been worth it.”

Everyone who helped produce the album are on the autism spectrum, not only providing us with some fantastic music but with all of the promotion that has gone on thanks to the Anna Kennedy Charity in particular, so much awareness has been raised for this cause.

Kieron said: “If it wasn’t for the college, I wouldn’t be doing any of this. They have played a big part in pushing me in this album, especially the tutors who have all been very convincing – wherever you go, whatever you do, there is always someone supporting you.”

To buy the album, click on the following links:

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Check out Kieron's website by clicking here. 

MBR 4255The annual 'Sir Doug Ellis OBE Apprenticeship Awards'  evening was another resounding success for South and City College Birmingham - and it's Students and Apprentices. 

This spectacular event was held once again at the prestigious Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham City Centre on Friday March 10th.

Deputy Principal Sardul Dhesi opened up proceedings with a welcome speech and went on to introduce our 'Master of Ceremonies' for the evening Tom Ross. Tom is an Ambassador for the College and 'ran the show' brilliantly in his normal flamboyant style.

Nearly 200 guests were seated in the Horton Suite - with Lord Mayor Cllr Carl Rice, Jason Wouhra of East End Foods and Errol Lawson, Inspirational speaker , launching the evening of celebration with some very inspiring speeches.

Business leaders , MP's and high flying Apprentices created an audience that showed passionate support for the Awards presentations throughout the night.

The evening came to a close with the charity raffle draw - which this year raised vital funds for 'Tiny Babies' The Big Appeal - a massive £1100 was raised with the main prize a pair of Turkish Airlines tickets to any of their worldwide destinations.

A massive thank you to all our sponsors and of course our very own Sir Doug Ellis OBE who through his generous financial support over the years to SCCB, helps to create this spectacular event of celebration AND of course has created many platforms of opportunity for our students at South and City College.  

We are looking forward to 2018 already

PCSOWest Midlands Police (WMP) recently launched an 80-place Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Apprenticeship programme and are keen to encourage local people to apply for available roles.

In partnership with South and City College, Bournville College and Job Centre Plus, a course was developed exclusively to support Job Centre Plus clients with application and interview techniques to gain access to PCSO jobs and a level 3 Customer Service Apprenticeship program with the force.

The programme engaged with candidates via Job Centre Plus to offer them the opportunity to join a three week pre-employment program. Initially over 60 candidates attended the assessment day, of which 13 candidates where successful and were invited to join the programme. On completion of the course each candidate was guaranteed a telephone interview, which was the first stage of the PCSO recruitment process.

Dawne Hay, Trainer said: “Working with West Midlands Police and designing and developing training to meet their specific customised specialist training was very interesting and challenging.

“As the tutor it was extremely rewarding to work with students who were so motivated and focused. It sounds like a cliché saying we went on a journey together, but we really did. Unemployment affects our confidence and to witness meeting them at the start of the programme and comparing the changes at the end of the course, it was clear to see a dramatic improvement of their personal and vocational development.”

The focus of the PCSO pre-employment course was customer service and communication skills which are key features of the job role. It was also important for the students to have an understanding of basic human behaviour, and whilst on the course, they learned how to tackle problems within the community, how to manage conflict and how to handle difficult situations.

Throughout the intensive, customised course, the students received a comprehensive presentation from the WMP Recruitment Manager and a visit and presentation from a PCSO to discuss the role and answer questions. JCP provided support, advice and guidance to the students, and worked on a one to one basis to ensure benefits were not affected by course attendance, that travel expenses were provided and that Job Centre appointments were re arranged and did not impact on attendance of the training course.

Students who successfully completed the pre-employment course were automatically invited to the telephone interview stage of the PCSO recruitment process, and if successful they would be invited to an assessment centre which includes a face-to-face competency based interview plus a case study activity. The final stages of the recruitment process includes the completion of vetting information, a medical and a fitness test.

The recruitment process is an intensive process and can take many months to complete before applicants can be offered a start date in the role.

During the different stages of the process, the college intends to support the Job Centre Plus students further by helping them to continue to improve their written English skills, which will be a valuable asset when working as a PCSO.

Jayne McCracken, Recruitment Manager at WMP said: “I am delighted that there has been so much interest in the PCSO role, and that local people have committed to a training course which will improve their chances of gaining employment as a PCSO. I witnessed first-hand the difference that

this programme has made to the participants' confidence levels and self-belief and look forward to working with some of the course participants in the future.”

Chris Fowler one of the candidates on the course said: “Before I was accepted onto this course I was working as a refuse collector.

“I attended the assessment and was very proud when I heard I had passed and been accepted for the course.

“I want to be a PCSO as I feel I can help make a difference in the community by keeping the public safe and building up important relationships. I hope to be a friendly face that the public feel they can approach.

“I will feel a more responsible person if I am accepted into the force and will be very proud of the career path I am starting.”

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:25

An evening with Tom Ross

The second in a series of ‘supper time’ InBusiness Networking events took place at MG Longbridge – ‘an evening with Tom Ross’.

Tom has been the ‘voice of football’ in the Midlands for over 35 years and has won many awards for his live commentaries and football forums.

Tom was interviewed by the college’s Business and Community Manager Steve Dourass.

The event was set up on the back of an exciting partnership with MG, which has developed over the past few months and includes the provision of MG cars, used vehicles for the college’s motor vehicle students to work on and potential for work experience opportunities in the future.

Over 65 InBusiness members attended to network with business leaders from across our region – with a ‘twist’ of sporting memorabilia from Tom.

The audience were not disappointed and Tom gave them a ‘fly on the wall’ insight into his many years in broadcasting.

Tom, who is also an Ambassador for South and City College, enjoys ‘giving back’ and commented “I’m really looking forward to getting more involved through mentoring and workshop sessions – proving that not having a university degree does not stop you being successful in any business”.

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 10:43

Construction workshop inspires next generation

Budding Brunels

Working with Construction Youth Trust - a charity that helps young people in England and Wales into careers in construction - the group from Aston University Academy of Engineering and South & City College Birmingham have spent three days in the city on a discovery mission exploring all aspects of the construction sector providing a detailed understanding the range of roles available in the sector, Construction Youth Trust's Budding Brunels programme.

The group visited the site of 55 Colmore Row where Morgan Sindall is delivering a £30 million (€35 million) redevelopment for IM Properties which is transforming the building into 160,000 sq ft of space in the heart of the city.

On day one, the students, in four teams of five members, were assigned roles and guided around the development by a team of graduates from the contractor's project delivery teams.

Then, over the next two days, the newly appointed architects, project managers, quantity surveyors and structural engineers applied what they had learned to an imaginary brief to deliver a new building on the site of 55 Colmore Row. Drawing on their new knowledge of the roles, the students first prepared and then explained their proposals to an interview panel of sector experts.

Dave Kelly, Morgan Sindall's framework manager said, "The skills shortage facing UK construction companies is well publicised and as a business we take our responsibility seriously when it comes to highlighting the opportunities available. We do everything we can to provide real, meaningful opportunities for young men and women who want a career in construction.

"As signatories to the Birmingham Business Charter, we were only too happy to engage with Construction Youth Trust and their fantastic programme."

Window displayFashion students work with local shopping centre ‘The Square’ to visual merchandise global brand, Next.

The opportunity occurred as part of our Fashion Level 3 Year 2 Extended Diploma students styling unit where the department teamed up with local businesses to create an attractive window display for companies ‘Next’, ‘Hypnotic’ and ‘Directions’.

The students, as part of their live brief were tasked with going round each store to collect key pieces to put together current and on trend outfits to advertise their up and coming spring summer collections.

Within their two teams, the students used their skills to incorporate props and accessories, creating eye-catching pieces for each window display which left both shop clients and managers very impressed. The Next store manager, Nathan who was delighted with the enthusiasm the students brought to the project said: “It usually takes me all day to put together a window display, so for this to be done within such a short amount of time, I’m very impressed.”

This is an ongoing project with the Square Birmingham and will open up many more opportunities for our fashion students. If you’re interested in a fashion course, click here.

letterA 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.