Ten music students have been given the opportunity to play at a new venue which is set to open in Birmingham.
The students who are all studying music performance at South and City College took part in auditions held by Genre Music agency who were tasked with finding new talent for the city centre business.
The agency saw a number of students and was impressed with the quality of the talent and the professional level of performance at the college, and hoped to audition students on a regular basis for upcoming opportunities.
The students, aged between 18 and 25 are all taking their first steps in the music industry, and the auditions not only provided them with real work opportunities but the chance to gain experience in auditioning for work.
Shawn Lawlor who has been offered work in the new venue said: "I was excited to hear a booking agency was visiting the college and that we had a chance to audition for work. "It is really good experience to have to perform in front of a stranger in the hope they like what you do and want to pay you for it. I guess that is our goal. "I'm looking forward to the gigs in the New Year, and hope I can get more like it. "Thanks to the college for arranging for the agency to come in." Similarly, students have also impressed the managing director of Crewsaders, a national corporate event crewing agency and many have applied and gained paid work as a result.
Nils Edstrom, Live Sound Co-ordinator at the college said: "This is a great opportunity for our students to gain paid work experience alongside their studies. Alongside learning about performance and producing music, students are taught the technical terms and processes around live performance as well as the health and safety aspects of moving and lifting equipment. This knowledge makes them eminently suitable for working in the corporate sector where sound and AV equipment is used constantly on conferences, product launches and presentations. This also provides a great networking opportunity for those students involved."
For more information about our music courses, please visit www.sccb.ac.uk/courses/music
The college also offer higher education courses in music http://www.sccb.ac.uk/higher-education
Mohammed Zafran, a community liaison officer at South and City College, has won two awards for his group project All 4 Youth & Community.
Zaf won the ‘Local Champion’ honour at the Pride of Birmingham Awards and the ‘Positive Role Model for Age’ accolade at the National Diversity Awards.
In his spare time Zaf runs the All 4 Youth & Community project which gives young people in Birmingham the opportunity to get back in education through sports.
The award ceremonies were held in London and Birmingham respectively on Friday 26 September but with Zaf being unable to be in two place at once he sent Shanaz Tahir, Women’s Academy director at All 4 Youth & Community, along to collect the diversity award on the organisation’s behalf.
Feedback as to why he was commended at both ceremonies included “overcoming adversity and channelling his energy into helping others” and being “a living legend” in the local area.
Zaf, who was humble after winning two awards, said: “It’s an amazing feeling to win but I was very surprised. It was good to be nominated but after listening to the work and stories of other people I didn’t think I would win either of the awards.
“I’m most happy for my team who I work with and have helped support our entire project.”
Principal Mike Hopkins added: “I am personally very please and proud of Zaf. His level of dedication and support within the local community has been amazing – and he has been an outstanding asset to the college.”
To top the week off for Zaf, he has received a letter from David Cameron who praised the work he was doing after a local member of the community wrote to 10 Downing Street.
South and City College Birmingham and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) are encouraging people to take their first steps towards a career in the NHS with the launch of a new apprenticeship programme.
There will be 32 placements available in a variety of trainee roles including healthcare assistants, pharmacists, ICT and business administration. During the year long placement, apprentices will receive job specific training and will be supported to study towards gaining an NVQ level 2 or 3 qualification in their chosen field. Alongside this they will receive the national minimum apprenticeship wage.
The programme forms part of the Trust's commitment to widening participation of local people, with the aim of supporting people to develop skills and gain experience through apprenticeships, volunteering or work placements.
Stephanie Crow, head of learning and development at the Trust, explained: "This is the first time we've been able to offer so many apprenticeship roles in our Trust"
"We want to play our part locally in supporting people to gain experience of working in a mental health setting, ultimately helping us to build our workforce of the future."
Qualifications will be provided through three learning providers; South and City College Birmingham, Performance Through People and Nordic Focus Training Group.
Mike Hopkins, principal of South and City College, said: "We have seen so many great success stories with apprenticeships - not only do they help young people get their foot on the career ladder in the industry they would like to work in, but they also become valuable assets to their employers.
"We offer a range of apprenticeships in a wide number of industries and we are excited that BSMHFT is looking towards young people to help them grow."
Ray Brown, sales director at Nordic Focus Training Group, said: "We are excited to work in partnership with BSMHFT. Our organisations share common interests in training and the development of work related qualifications, particularly where we can give local young people an opportunity to work and progress within the facilities service industry."
Gill Durkin, business development director at Performance Through People, said: "At Performance Through People we firmly believe that encouraging youngsters to take up apprenticeships is a great way to start a career and develop work skills. This great opportunity with BSMHFT will be the start of a real career with real prospects for many young people who may previously not have thought to join the NHS through the Apprenticeship route. Having organisations both large and small supporting apprenticeships will help tackle youth unemployment in our region."
Vacancies will be live for a two week period from 29 September 2014 and applications are welcomed from all ages. You can apply via www.apprenticeships.org.uk/
South and City College Birmingham have been awarded with a High Commendation in the Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion category at the West Midlands LABC Building Excellence Awards 2014.
The College has invested over £3 million in the campus, including the Grade II listed building – which had previously not seen any renovations for over 20 years following a merger in August 2012.
The front of the building has been renovated; whilst inside there has been a new reception with Costa Coffee bar, new student library, fully fitted gym and sports hall, new classrooms, plumbing workshop for construction students, media suite and recording studio and more.
Paul Morris, assistant principal of the college said: “It’s always great to be recognised for the work we do here at the college. The renovations have transformed Handsworth Campus improving the learning environments for our students to study in whilst also making the overall feel of the college more vibrant and friendly.”
Mangum Samateh is a 17 year old student who studies painting and decorating at the College and had the opportunity to work on the project. He said: “We started refurbishing the Handsworth Campus where I was given the role of Assistant Health and Safety Manager so I had to make sure that the site was safe.
“We were not only painting and decorating but there are many other skills involved in this project such as carpentry. It is a fantastic opportunity as we get to practise our painting and decorating skills on a real project as well as working to get tools for ourselves.”
The Duke of Cambridge made an official visit to the refurbished campus in November 2013.
Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Fire Service and West Midlands Police have teamed up with South and City College and are looking for 15 young people to take part in a unique three month work experience placement that will help them get their foot on the career ladder.
The traineeship scheme is aimed at young people in the West Midlands to help develop their skills and provide valuable work experience to support them at the start of their working career.
Each trainee will spend four weeks working with the council, police and fire service in clerical assistant roles. They will work alongside experienced professionals building their confidence and learning about supporting these important public services.
They will also attend college one day a week to improve their English and maths, communication skills and other key skills employers look for in candidates.
At the end of the unpaid traineeship, the trainees will be guaranteed an interview for a number of full time paid Apprenticeship jobs that are available in the services, which may be the start of a long career in these highly respected regional organisations.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: "As Police and Crime Commissioner, I want to see a focus on economic development. By reducing crime and the fear of crime, we can build confidence and help create jobs. West Midlands Police as an employer can also play its part. I wholeheartedly support this joint scheme from the police, fire service, council and college, which, through the apprenticeships programme, will give young people the skills and opportunities to get them started in the workplace."
Mohammed Nabeel, aged 18, from Sparkhill will be applying for the opportunity. He said: "I have tried to get jobs but it is hard because employers are looking for people with experience.
"It can be disheartening but I realised I just needed to find a different way to achieve my goal, that's why I am excited about this traineeship opportunity. Although it is unpaid for three months, if I get it it'll give me the opportunity to have an interview for the apprenticeship I'd like. That would be a step closer to my dream of running my own business one day."
Cllr Muhammad Afzal, Chairman of Birmingham City Council's Employment and Human Resources Committee says: "This is an innovative and exciting scheme, and I hope that it will be expanded further. As the lead member for supporting and encouraging work placements, Traineeships and Apprenticeship opportunities within the Council, I am delighted that we are working with our key partners to combine resources and expertise to provide good quality support to our young people, and to enable them to progress."
Joanne Simmonds, HR Manager for West Midlands Fire Service said: "We are very much looking forward to working with South and City College and our colleagues at West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council, to introduce this excellent traineeship opportunity. Traineeships not only give young people the chance to experience the world of work, they also give us the opportunity to tap into a wealth of talent which otherwise may remain undiscovered.
"We see this opportunity as the chance to introduce young people to some of the roles which support our frontline Firefighters and to consider the wide range of career paths available with West Midlands Fire Service for a career of choice for the future."
Mike Hopkins from South and City College said: "This is an excellent opportunity for young people in Birmingham.
"Traineeships offer a really exclusive opportunity for those who have limited experience in the workplace and little in the way of qualifications to get the experience, skills and confidence they need to get a job. We have seen them be really successful and think this scheme will be incredibly beneficial to 15 young people in the region."
Mia Bye, 16, from Sutton Coldfield said: "I have applied for the traineeship and I am really excited about the opportunity. I would like to be a firefighter but you have to be 17 and a half to apply so I have some time before then. This is the perfect opportunity for me learn about working in the public services.
"I think traineeships are good because they are training and prepping you for a job in that organisation. It is hard for people my age to get jobs. I have applied for jobs but not been successful – it is hard getting passed that interview stage."
The traineeship is open to 16-24 year olds, who are currently unemployed, have little or no work experience and are qualified below level 3 (if 16-18) or have not yet achieved a full level 2 (if aged 19-24).
To find out more and to apply, visit www.sccb.ac.uk/apprenticeships/traineeships.
Applications for the traineeship close on Monday 22 September 2014.
Pictured(From left to right): Iram Maroof from South and City College, Mohammed Nabeel – a traineeship applicant, David Jamieson – West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Sara Hall – positive action coordinator for West Midlands Fire Service and Mia Bye – an applicant for the traineeship.
South and City College Birmingham staff member has been nominated for the UK's largest diversity awards.
Mohammed Zafran, who is well known as Zaf, has been nominated for the Positive Role Model of the Year 2014 award at The National Diversity Awards.
Zaf, who is a community liaison officer at the college is also the director of a company called All 4 Youth & Community which gives young people in Birmingham the opportunity to get back in education via sporting programmes.
His inspiration to set up the company was the tragic death of his brother in law and the death of his blind sister.
His organisation helps young people who have little drive or future and who spend their time on the street, in gangs, alleyways and parks. He ensures they are given a new source to get their life back on track and that by giving them support and kindness they are able to prosper.
Over 21,000 nominations were received for the awards, paying tribute to the inspirational individuals and groups nationwide who have dedicated their time and lives to enhancing the equality agenda.
The awards will take place on 26 September in London.
All 4 Youth & Community is a charity organisation that now has over 7500 youths registered on their books, and has completed 97 projects.
Zaf said: "I am honoured to be nominated but surprised as to being shortlisted from over 21,000 people! It goes to show the confidence, trust and faith people have in me.
"What started off as a helping hand to turn a few lives around has gone on to help thousands of people and that pleases me; that is my biggest award.
"My biggest satisfaction comes when I see the youths I have been working with progress in life. My long term aim is to keep on helping the youths get back into education and help other community groups grow who need assistance.
"I feel I have set something up which will live on way after me as we needed more young people to help others in the community because nobody has the time.
"I felt frustrated looking at the youths and what route they were taking. There is still a lot of work to be done but thankfully more people are coming forward to help with this cause and together we can all make a difference, I am certain of that.
"We have managed to achieve what we have with no external funding. The only help me and my team are getting for our projects at the moment are from Mike Hopkins, who is Principal of South and City College.
Zaf has also won the Birmingham Sports Community Award 2013 and the BBC West Midlands Sports Community Project of the Year 2013. He has appeared on BBC West Midlands News, Unity FM, Radio WM Breakfast Show, BBC Midlands Masala and Heart FM to talk about his community projects.
He has also been nominated for the Pride Of Birmingham Awards 2014 also on the 26 September.
Zaf added: "I would like to thank all my friends, family and organisations who took time out to vote for me and especially my work colleagues at South and City College Birmingham, who have always been there to support me."
Over 40 cyclists including former Irish footballer, Steve Staunton, and BBC broadcaster Phil Upton took part in a charity ride organised by South and City College Birmingham on Sunday 27 July.
The 30 mile ride was in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust and The Stephen Staunton Foundation as part of a Coast2Coast challenge which saw the college's principal and 11 other riders visit seven coasts in seven days.
The 805 mile long journey for Coast2Coast took a total of 55 hours, 47 minutes and 22 seconds with riders climbing just under 39,000 feet, an impressive ten thousand feet more than if the team were to scale Mount Everest.
Members of the public were urged to come down and cycle in a celebration ride with the team from the Ricoh Arena to the finish line at the college's Digbeth Campus in Birmingham. The public then had the opportunity to talk to core riders about the challenge as they visited Meriden Hall and St. Andrew's football ground on route.
The challenge has raised over £20,000 so far with a number of sponsorship and donations, including those from yesterday's ride, yet to be officially counted. The contributions made throughout the Irish leg of the challenge will be presented to the medical and research foundation at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Ireland.
Each stage of the challenge was been dedicated to a young person who has suffered from cancer with the final day being dedicated to two young people.
The first leg from Burford to Coventry was dedicated to Ross Emslie, a 15 year old who sadly lost his battle with Leukaemia in October 2013.
Ross' family, who continue to work closely with Teenage Cancer Trust, came down to the Ricoh Arena to speak with the riders and congratulate them on what they had achieved.
The celebration ride from Coventry to Birmingham was dedicated to Stephen Sutton who raised over four million pounds for Teenage Cancer Trust. The team were introduced to Stephen's mother, Jane, at the finish line in Birmingham.
Steve Staunton took part in seven stages of the challenge and said: "The people of the Midlands never cease to amaze me, its one of the reasons why I still live locally – they really came out in force to welcome us back from the challenge.
"It was also very humbling to meet with the Emslie and Sutton families who have both lost their children to cancer – hopefully the money we raise can go on to help others."
Mike Hopkins, principal of South and City College Birmingham said: "After a tough week of cycling it was so uplifting to see everyone come along and get us over the finishing line.
"It's the first time the college have organised a charity event like Coast2Coast and we'll be looking to build on it for future charity events in years to come."
Phil Upton joined up the team in Burford on Saturday evening and cycled the 60 miles to the Ricoh Arena before completing the celebration ride. He added: "Everyone involved has done themselves proud with this challenge. As principal, Mike has led by example and cycled the whole way around the UK and Ireland.
"The two charities can continue to support young people in the region because of all the hard work the college has put in."
Visit the Coast2Coast website to read more about the challenge, see pictures and watch daily videos.
Donations can still be made to Coast2Coast here.
Willmott Dixon is giving South and City College Birmingham students a taste of work as part of a refurbishment project in the region.
Fifteen students from the college are working on a vacant council property in Northfield, carrying out a range of building work and gaining valuable experience along the way.
The total refurbishment of the kitchen and bathroom means work includes knocking down walls, taking up floors, plastering, digging drainage, plumbing and pipe work, bricklaying and general painting and decorating.
Willmott Dixon Partnerships is currently working with Birmingham City Council to repair and maintain 60,000 properties in the city. Its two contracts for the north and south of the city includes the areas of Edgbaston, Hall Green, Northfield, Selly Oak, Ladywood, Erdington, Perry Bar and Sutton Coldfield.
Although being guided by experienced tradesmen every step of the way, the entire work on the project is carried out by the students, who will now have the confidence and practical experience of working on a real project.
Overseeing the project is Willmott Dixon manager, Dean Brough. Dean said: "The students have been excellent, taking to every task with enthusiasm and enjoyment. This project gives the students a chance to experience a real working site, with all the issues and technicalities that they can't experience in the classroom.
"Not only are they doing an excellent job of refurbishing the building, but they will have a lasting example of their work."
Organising the students is South and City College Birmingham's external project manager, Loris Cimarosti. Loris said: "This project has been immensely rewarding for the students, who have gained a unique insight into construction work. The supervision, guidance and support from Willmott Dixon has been fantastic and I know that every student is incredibly grateful for the opportunity given to them.
Once complete, the refurbished building will be handed over to Birmingham City council.
Kane Sadler who is studying Maintenance Operations level 2 at the college, said: "I have been working on the house for a few weeks now and I am really enjoying it. It's a great experience - we are working with and learning from the lead foreman from Willmott Dixon and doing things first hand that we wouldn't have the opportunity to do in college, such as drainage.
"I'm going to put all this experience on my CV and I think it'll really help me get a job when I finish my course."
Mick Williamson, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon Partnerships said: "As part of our Transforming Communities ethos, we strive to leave a tangible skills legacy in the communities that we serve. We work in partnership with our clients to deliver training initiatives and educational opportunities for local people.
"We also aim to share our ideas with other organisations through our Transforming Communities report, to help communities through these current austere times."
The Willmott Dixon Group is one of the UK's largest privately-owned construction, regeneration and support services companies.
With 162 years of experience, the Group provides services within the built environment to the Government, registered social landlords, local authorities and private sector clients throughout the UK.
Willmott Dixon Partnerships works within the Group to deliver repair and maintenance services to over 170,000 homes.
A student from South and City College in Birmingham has won a UK health and social care competition.
Tara Smith, aged 26 from Handsworth fought off students from colleges across the country to win the prize, demonstrating her excellent skills in health and social care.
The competition is the fourth heat for the WorldSkills UK 2014 Health and Social Care Competitions, and was held on the 27 June 2014 at Shipley College in Yorkshire.
The heats have enabled 32 of the 104 competitors who registered to compete from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to demonstrate their excellent skills in delivering health care whilst in a competitive environment.
Tara who is studying towards her Health and Social Care Level 3 qualification at South and City College in Birmingham said: "I can't put it into words, I was so nervous and I couldn't have done this without the training and support from my college. This has given me so much confidence and it just shows what you can achieve with dedication."
Competitors were given life-like scenarios and asked to perform tasks which were marked on their communication and presentation and their technical care skills, including providing personal care, checking vital signs, co-working and providing care with empathy and compassion while maintaining client dignity.
Tara will find out later in July if she has scored a high enough mark out of all the regional winners to compete in the next stage of the competition at the Skills Show at the NEC in November.
This years' competitions are sponsored by Profiles4 Care and the NHS Leadership Academy.
Jacqueline Louise Boyd (20) from City of Glasgow College came second and Leah Whelan (25) from Burnley College came third.
Making the awards, Lead Judge Pat Pearson said: "WorldSkills just gets better and better as a competition and a real showcase for how well social care is carried out. It was a pleasure to observe such committed competitors taking part in this heat at Shipley College and to award prizes to some outstanding care workers and students."
Four NVQ Diploma Nail enhancement level 2 students from the college have placed in regional heats of the WorldSkills competition across two areas. The regional final took place on Eastleigh College on 24 and 25 June with students entering the nail enhancements and intermediate nail art categories.
On Tuesday Le thi Puen from Handsworth Campus, won third place for her set of intermediate nail enhancements. The following day was even more successful for the college with students winning all three places in intermediate nail art.
Hena Mohammed from Hall Green Campus, won first place whilst Rosie Smith and Zara Hejabri from Handsworth Campus secured second and third place respectively.
The theme for the nail art was 'Once Upon A Time' with our students taking influence from Alice In Wonderland, Frozen, A Fairy's Tale and Romeo and Juliet. The theme for the national finals will be 'Enchanted'. Our students are now motivated and raring to go as they prepare for the finals and work on their new ideas.
Jacqui Jefford who has written four books on nail art and is on the board of City and Guilds adjudicated the finals. Jacqui is a real icon in the industry and was amazed at the quality of the student's nail art. She gave mentoring to one of the students and suggested they should go on to work on celebrity nails due the unique designs.
Judges of the event even suggested a possible place at the finals was on the cards. The top ten highest scoring winners from all the regional heats will be selected for the national finals.
Sukaina Walji, assistant director of beauty and retail said: "We are really proud of all the learners for their exceptional work and outstanding achievements in the WorldSkills competition. Lyndsey Tidmarsh their tutor has done an amazing job in teaching and coaching them to success."
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A 125 year city tradition was continued yesterday [Wednesday 25 June] as a portrait of the Chairman of the Birmingham and Solihull Bench was unveiled at Victoria Law Courts after a South and City College student won a photography competition.
Chairman Richard Trengrouse has been a magistrate for over 16 years and decided to run a competition for the first time in the tradition's history to select a portrait. Richard came up with the idea after wanting to introduce more young people to the justice system.
The Chairman of the Bench is the elected head of the magistracy in the Birmingham and Solihull area. The portrait of each chairman has been displayed in the law library corridor at Victoria Law Courts since the 1880s.
Each portrait has a story to tell and magistrates are currently researching the lives of each chairman. Many of the great families of the city are represented in the hall including the Chamberlains, Jaffrays, Martineaus and Colmores.
The chairman is responsible for over 450 magistrates and ensures the effective delivery of summary justice in the two boroughs. Situated on Corporation Street, there are between 20 to 30 courts running at a time making it one of the busiest in Europe.
Outside of the courts, Richard is a director at the college and opened up the competition to South and City College students with over 20 entering before selecting photography level 3 student, Siobhan Nash, as the winner.
The portrait photograph was officially unveiled at the Victoria Law Courts by Principal Mike Hopkins. Other attendees included winning photographer Siobhan Nash, Siobhan's family and staff members from the courthouse.
Richard Trengrouse spoke of why he chose Siobhan's picture to be the winner: "I thought it portrayed me well, both the formal and my slightly unkempt nature – I just thought that's me."
He added: "It's absolutely thrilling to have my portrait in the Victoria Law Courts, being Chairman of the Bench is probably the best role I have ever had.
"Working with over 450 committed magistrates who give up their time voluntarily to deliver an excellent standard of justice for the people of Birmingham and Solihull is truly inspiring."
Siobhan Nash said: "I still can't believe I won – it's great to finally on the wall in its frame. My name is printed on the bottom so it's unbelievable to think people will see it still in another 125 years time."
Mike Hopkins said: "I'm really proud of Richard's achievement and the college is grateful to him for giving our students the opportunity to be part of what is a fantastic local traditional at the courthouse.
"Siobhan has really captured Richard and now has a great item for her photography CV as well as being etched into Birmingham's fruitful judicial history."
After the event Richard gave guests a tour of courts discussing the history of the architecture, surrounding areas of the city and his predecessors.
Music and media students offered the public a unique opportunity to have a closer look at the exciting world of live music TV through their end of year Creative Student Showcase event which was held in the college's Digbeth Auditorium [Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 June].
BTEC level 2 and 3 and HND first and second year students put on an hour-long show modelled on 'Later... with Jools Holland' which saw five acts perform for a live music broadcast. The show was performed three times over two days with attendees including college staff, students and members of the public.
Nigel Darvill, course leader for the extended diploma in music, took on the role of Jools Holland and hosted the performance and played piano for two solo singers.
All five musical acts were college students and they were supported by their fellow students operating all the technical aspects of lighting, sound, cameras and live editing.
Pensacola, Doveheart, Sam Gasior, Maria Myella, The Melon Trio and Lisa Grummitt performed a variety of cover songs and original material throughout the hour.
The planning for the event took over a month and rigging in the auditorium started as early as Friday. Three stages on the auditorium floor were set out for the musical acts and a technical control area was laid out for lighting, sound and cameras.
The audience were on raked seating on the auditorium stage overlooking the performance and technical areas with monitors set up so audience members could see the final show edit in real time.
The college have been supported with the event through their links with local employers including Urban Audio Productions and Pacific Sound & Lighting. It has allowed students working on the project to work directly with professionals and establish contacts in the industry.
Hannah O'Connell, a HND popular music practice second year student who was also assessed as part of her course during the event, said: "I've been looking after the sound engineering side of things so my responsibilities have included rigging up, cabling, sound checking and monitor set up. The fact that the show has had three stages and two desks means we've really been pushed."
Creative live sound lecturer, Nils Edstrom added: "This showcase is a great way of tying music and media together and we try to provide the closest possible industry relevant experience for our students. The challenging production environment we put them into means they are stretched and can make errors within a supportive framework allowing them to learn and experience professional expectations."
Creative studies' deputy director Maighread Hegarty described the event as "an outstanding example of the professional industry skills of our students in action."
Creative students will have also have the opportunity to build on their experience by being involved with production rehearsals for Simmerdown Festival in Handsworth in July.
Free bus passes play an important role in helping young people in Birmingham attend college and gain qualifications, a survey of South and City College Birmingham students* has shown.
96% of the students surveyed said receiving a free bus pass played an important role in them being able to attend college, and 74% of students said they wouldn't be able to attend college at all without a free bus pass.
The college provides vocational qualifications to 12,000 students, and provided almost 7,500 students with bus passes in academic year 2013/14.
The bus passes, which allow free travel on West Midlands buses would usually cost £57 per month, and can mean the difference between being able to afford to attend college and not.
Out of those surveyed, some students travel as far as 20 and even 25 miles to come to college, with the average journey being six miles. 67% of the students surveyed said being offered a free bus pass played a role in choosing which college they attended.
Over 60% of the students use their bus pass up to six times a week in order to travel to and from college, and around the same number of students make the most of their bus pass by also using them for non-college related journeys.
Students coming to the college in September will be able to apply for bus passes when they enrol– subject to criteria and availability.
Anmol Hasinah, aged 19, lives in Small Heath and is studying fashion at the college's Fusion Centre. She said: "Having a bus pass is really important in allowing me to get to college. I don't live very far away but it is too far to walk. The bus pass means I can get to college for each lesson and be on time – otherwise I would be reliant on people driving me which would mean I would miss classes and fall behind on my work. I couldn't afford to pay for a bus pass – that alongside other costs would just be too much."
Mike Hopkins, principal of the college said: "Bus passes play a vital role in helping people in Birmingham and the surrounding areas travel to college and gain the skills and qualifications needed to get jobs.
"Every year we offer a high percentage of our students free bus passes. For many it means the difference between being financially able to attend college or not – and it's important we do what we can to remove barriers which may hinder those from continuing their education."
Students completing the survey also commented that "The bus pass is important to me because I can't afford to pay for a bus ticket everyday to get to college", "the bus pass helps me attend every single lesson on time" and "If I didn't have a bus pass I wouldn't be able to come college."
The criteria for applying for a bus pass is as follows:
16-19 year olds can apply for a bus pass if they live 1.5miles away from the college centre they are studying at. (students must be aged 19 or below on 31 August 2014). Subject to availability.
19-23 year olds can apply for a bus pass if they are studying 400 hours or more and live 1.5 miles away from the college centre they are studying at. Subject to availability.
Those aged 24 and over may apply for a bus pass if they are on a level 2 course or under, are studying 400 hours or more and live two miles away from the college centre they are studying at. Subject to availability. For those who are 24 and over and on a level 3 course, may apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan and 24+ Advanced Learning Loan Bursary Fund which will help towards travel costs.
For more information on the eligibility criteria for receiving a free bus pass, please visit www.southandcity.com
*182 students who receive free bus passes completed the bus pass survey in May 2014.
Students from South and City College Birmingham have scooped a fantastic thirteen awards at a regional construction competition.
Over 100 young construction students from colleges from across the region battled it out in their chosen trade with skills such as bricklaying, wall and floor tiling and painting and decorating all being put to the test.
The students headed to the South and City College's dedicated construction centre in Bordesley Green on Tuesday 10 June to take part in the latest round of the national construction competition SkillBuild 2014.
South and City College's students proved themselves to be top competitors, with three first place wins, and a number of second and thirds.
- Jack Sturdy (19) from Shirley, 1st place in plumbing, new entrant
- Aaron Prince (18) from Lickey, 1st place wall and floor tiling, new entrant
- Patrick Wong (47) from Moseley, 1st place wall and floor tiling, senior
- Samuel Johnson (17) from Maypole, 3rd place joinery, new entrant
- William Steele (18) from Erdington, 3rd place painting and decorating, new entrant
- Nericka Millanaise-Clarke (31) from Ladywood, 3rd place painting and decorating, senior
- Masimba Matapo (20) from Billesley, 2nd place painting and decorating, senior
- Ryan Cowdrill (18) from Acocks Green, 3rd place plastering, new entrant
- Hannah Mealey (16) from Kings Norton, 2nd place plastering, new entrant
- Aaron Harris (18) from Small Heath, 3rd place plastering, senior
- William Weir (17) from Erdington, 2nd place plastering, senior
- Abdellatif Mohamed (18) from Bordesley Village, 2nd place wall and floor tiling, senior
- Zach Bateman (18) 3rd in plumbing
Birmingham's regional heat is the latest of 14 taking place across the UK, with the top 10 competitors from across the 14 heats going through to the national final at the Skills Show at Birmingham's NEC in November.
Jack, aged 19 from Shirley is currently on an Apprenticeship in Plumbing Level 3 and works at both Edwards Plumbing and Heating Supplies Ltd and D.G Lewis Estates Limited, came first in the plumbing competition.
He said: "I am really shocked and surprised that I won the competition!
"Two years ago I came third so I'm over the moon to come first this year. It was quite a difficult task they give us – they give you a drawing in the morning and you have the day to complete it. At first I was nervous that I wasn't going to be able to finish it, but I kept my head down and managed to get it done with only a few seconds left. I didn't look at what any of the other competitors were doing until the end – and I was pleased with how mine had turned out.
"I was also really happy with the judges' comments – they said my work was very good, and high quality. I hope to make it through to the final now."
The day also saw competitors take part in a trade specific competitions – Skill Plumb and Skill Electric 2014 regional heats in plumbing and electrics.
Bob Howlett, director of construction at South and City College said: "It was an exciting day for everyone that took part and we are very proud of all our students.
"To come away with thirteen medals is a real achievement for the college and our students and we are excited to see if any of them make it through to the SkillsShow in November."
During the day the college also invited in local school pupils to come and support the competitors and to have a go at different construction trades, as well as having a number of different employer training and events on also.
SkillBuild has taken place for around 40 years, travelling around the country looking for the best in regional talent. The competition is organised and supported by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry.
Catherine Bullough, CITB Sector Strategy Manager for the West Midlands region said: "We're really excited to bring SkillBuild 2014 to Birmingham. There is some great construction talent in the region so we're looking forward to seeing what our young apprentices can do.
"SkillBuild is all about the way that people setting out on their construction career work. Most of the competitors are still learning so it's not just about the finished article, it's about the whole process that they go through. The event at South & City College was a great success with a high level of entries. Well done to everyone who took part and congratulations to all of the winners."
You can view all the pictures from the competition here.
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