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Langley College and Langley Haven Care Home have partnered up to provide hairdressing workshops for the home’s residents. The winning initiative has been designed to enable Hairdressing students to develop their technical skills, working with clients from the local community and for the senior ladies and gentleman to get out and about and interact with younger people.

During the workshops the College’s Level 2 and 3 Hairdressing students and home residents initially spent time getting to know each other. Then, on a one-to-one basis the ladies were taught how to put rollers in and the gentlemen worked with mannequins learning how to do pony tails and rollers.

Organised by Roxana Chirita, Langley Haven Care Home Activities Co-ordinator who commented: “This is the ideal opportunity to get our residents out of the care home, into somewhere different, interacting with new faces and better still, being given the chance to learn something new – it genuinely ticks all the boxes.”

Care Home resident Marcus Hewitt was really pleased with his achievements commenting: ‘I didn’t expect that I will be able to do a ponytail, but I really wanted to get it right! The student was really good, explaining with patience what I had to do and she made me laugh; that helped! I was so proud!”

Linda Roger who was taught how to put rollers in said: “I enjoyed the visit so much! It was something completely different from what we normally do.”

The partnership is equally beneficial to the Hairdressing students with the College’s Hair and Beauty Manager Angel De Franceschi commenting: “Our salons are open to the public offering very affordable hair services and beauty treatments. Working with the ladies and gentleman from the care home is the ideal opportunity for students to perfect their client liaison skills and deepen their learning as on this occasion they were doing the teaching!”

Following the successful hairdressing workshops the Haven Care Home residents enjoyed an afternoon treat prepared by Hospitality students in the onsite restaurant ZEST.

The hairdressing students have been studying at the College since September 2018. Their training involves practical, theory and commercial work and they will be fully qualified to work as professional hairdressers by July 2019.

To find out more about the Hairdressing and Beauty courses and Apprenticeships please come along to the forthcoming Langley College Open Day on Thursday 14 March 2019, 4.30pm-7.30pm. Pre-register for fast track entry at To book an appointment in the Salons, please call 1753 793246.

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Langley College is once again supporting National Apprenticeship Week. The region’s largest provider of the gold-standard in work-based learning is to hold an Apprenticeship Fair on Thursday 7 March, 10am to 3pm. Over 25 employers are set to attend, all of which are actively looking to recruit students for a number of exciting apprenticeship opportunities.

Now in its 12th year, the theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2019 is ‘Blaze a trail’ with Kate Webb, Group Principal and Chief Executive Officer commenting: “We have a range of employers, across a wide variety of sectors, who have apprenticeship vacancies they are ready to fill. Our recruitment event/fair is a great opportunity for anyone keen to explore their options, talk to employers and find out about the extensive support we provide to both apprentices and employers. You can blaze your own trail by becoming an apprentice – these are real jobs with a real salary which is paid as you gain hands-on experience and while learning the technical know-how here at college.”

It’s not just apprentices who see themselves as the winners. Many employers who have an established apprenticeship programme reported that productivity in their workplace had improved by 76% while 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service.

Apprentices are certainly helping Lloyd Turner fire up his business, Marlow Garage. Commenting on the value they add he said: “Apprentices are a great way to bring new talent into my business. I originally studied an apprenticeship through the Colleges years ago and now employ apprentices for my own business. The College produces a good pedigree of apprentices, who are trained on all the latest equipment.”

As well as having all the industry contacts the Apprenticeship team at the College also bring over 40 years of experience in delivering high quality training schemes. They offer a free apprentice matching service, specialist funding expertise, dedicated account managers and will tailor training to meet individual company needs.

Salve Caruso, Director Classico Marble Ltd, explains further: “Apprenticeships can be a really good way forward to recruit staff. The College has found us good keen young people who have wanted to learn and they have achieved a great level of competency with us. We would certainly recommend apprenticeships.”

There’s never been a better time to start an apprenticeship with training schemes available in 350 job roles, covering more than 170 industries. There are three levels of apprenticeship available - Intermediate – equivalent to five GCSEs, grade 9-4 (A*-C), Advanced – equivalent to two A-levels and Higher which can lead to a foundation degree.

Find out more by coming along to Langley College’s Apprenticeship Fair on Thursday 7 March, 10am to 3pm.

Further information is also available at, by calling 01753 443855 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Former Langley College Access to Higher Education student Joe Davies has won first prize in the national Laser Learning Awards, Commitment to Study category. Joe is joined by fellow Access student Kelly Harman who also impressed the judges, coming runner up in the Academic Excellent award.

Joe and Kelly were nominated by their Langley College course tutor Lesley Classick. Joe, with a fierce determination to better himself and improve the quality of life of others, enrolled on the Access to Social Work course in 2015. With no prior qualifications and some very challenging personal circumstances it took Joe three years and an incredible amount of hard work and determination to successfully complete the course. Joe was also awarded Langley College’s Student of the Year 2018.

Commenting on why he chose the Access course to turn his life around Joe said: “I wanted to improve my life and improve the quality of life for others, as I know what it feels like to grow up in the care system. My dream is to become a social worker and thanks to the course I now have a place to study this at university. I overcame all my challenges by dedicating myself to my studies and working hard to achieve my goals, but without the high level of support from all of my tutors I don’t think I would have been able to complete the course.” Joe is now in his first year at Bucks New University studying a BA in social work.

Kelly joined Langley’s Access to Social Sciences and Social Work having previously attempted and dropped out of both A Levels and BTEC courses. Lesley explained why Kelly warranted the nomination: “It quickly became apparent that Kelly was an unusually able student regularly impressing her tutors with her ability to comprehend and analyse complex ideas. As she developed into an extremely motivated and independent learner, she widely extended her knowledge through extensive research and with a genuine enthusiasm and fascination for the subject, became instrumental in helping others.”

Having applied to study Psychology, English and Creative Writing and receiving offers for all three, Kelly opted to study English at Bournemouth University.

Access to HE courses are aimed at those want to go to university but don’t have the relevant qualification, they provide the foundation learning needed for degree level study in just one year. Langley College offers six specific Access pathways; Business, Computing, Construction and Engineering, Nursing and Healthcare Professions, Social Work and Mental Health Professions and finally Social Sciences and Education.

Lesley Classick is one of the Access tutors and a member of a close-knit team which Laser acknowledge is part of the success of these courses. Explaining why she finds Access particularly special she said: “As a tutor in further education I know how education can make a difference to people’s lives. Since we started offering Access courses in 2013, over 250 students like Kelly and Joe, have been enabled to go on to study in higher education both here at Langley and at university. Some of these students have progressed through from other courses and many of these students are now in jobs that a few years ago they could only dream about. Access courses, along with our other course provision, are instrumental in opening up a wealth of opportunities, to those who may not have previously considered they have the skills, know-how or the self-confidence to go university. As Joe and Kelly have demonstrated, Access is genuinely a life changing opportunity!”

For further information on the full range of Access courses offered at Langley College, go to

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Friday, 01 February 2019 10:07

How to win at Interviews

How to win at Interviews

Langley College’s Higher Education HND Business and Foundation Degree Tourism and Hospitality students recently welcomed Jade Humphrey from JWH Hospitality Solutions to the College for a seminar focussing on employability skills – ‘How to win at interviews’.

Introducing Jade...

Jade has over 30 years’ experience of working within sales in the hospitality industry and now works as a specialist consultant. On top of this, he has a passion for supporting individuals to positively develop their careers and employment prospects.

His fantastic seminar was too good not to share! His advice and feedback has relevance to all industries and highlights comments that are typically made by employers following job interviews.

Here are his top tips for success!

Interpersonal and communication skills

People buy people. In the same way that we choose our friends, based on good, strong relationships, business relationships are often developed on the same basis.

We all like to be treated kindly and with mutual respect - good manners are essential, will be noticed and go a long way to securing success within the workplace.

If you are communicating with an employer ahead of an interview by email, remember to structure your emails politely and professionally. Begin your email by addressing the interviewer by name e.g. ‘Dear Matthew’ or ‘Dear Mr Smith’, or even Hi Matthew. Be sure to check your spelling and remember to take your time in responding to ensure that your response is polite, appropriate and has the right tone. We have all misread the meaning in a text or message, don’t let a rushed response ruin your potential success.

Be a quality candidate

Employers will often talk about those candidates that really stand out from the rest. Tailor your CV to the role you are applying for, focussing on why you’re the ideal candidate and arrive on time for your interview, dressed appropriately, ready to impress. Your CV must be factual and 100% accurate.

Try to remember the name of your interviewer (through the nerves!), have a firm handshake and make good eye contact.  All of these things will be noticed and demonstrate confidence.

Be prepared. Take the time to research the company, have some questions ready to ask at the end - these could be about something you have seen on their website, about the role itself or about why the company are so great to work for. LinkedIn and Google are invaluable tools.

Be sincere and show that you are keen to work for the organisation. Remember, never chew gum during an interview, avoid smoking right before as the smell will follow you into the room and linger on your breath and make sure that your phone is turned off or on silent. Ideally, keep your phone out of sight!

Practise makes perfect

Interviews are scary and nerves can get the better of all of us. Prepare some standard answers ahead of time. Interview questions will often be related to the person specification on the job description, so check these beforehand and think about examples that will help you to show that you have the relevant experience that the interviewer is looking for.

Ask if you can bring a notebook in with you. This will enable you to jot down any questions you may have during the interview, or that you would like to ask about at the end.

Don’t be disheartened if sometimes things don’t go well. Interviewing is a skill - reflect on the things you could have improved on for next time and don’t be scared to ask the company for feedback on where you could improve.

Take as many opportunities as you can to attend interviews, the more you experience, the more confident you will become.

Most importantly, interviews are a two-way process. They are checking you out; you are checking them out. Both of you are potentially making a huge investment of time and resource in each; it has to be right and feel right.

Remember that hotels offer diverse career opportunities from business functions, maintenance, through to health and fitness. You never know where an expression of interest in working for a company may lead you, so don’t be afraid to enquire about job opportunities even if they are not promoted.

If you are in Level 3 and thinking about your next step, gaining a Higher Education qualification is a great way to develop your employability so make your application now.

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