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Thirty-six tutor reps met at the third Student Parliament at Windsor College today with students discussing the priorities they want the Student Union Executive to take on. The issues they are keen to get addressed include recycling, more campaigns and fundraising for chosen charities.

Tutorial focus groups gave their feedback on how to make the Student Parliament more effective with some great ideas raised and lots of positive suggestions for improvements.

The parliament was led by the President Jo Critcher who spoke confidently about the issues and eloquently answered questions on a range of issues in a most persuasive way.

The next round of Student Union elections was also launched with eight roles on offer.

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Congratulations to former Langley College Sports student Harry Smith who has been appointed as the new Manager for Absolutely Fitness who operate the College's sports facilities.

Harry's a great example of how students studying at Langley get the skills and qualifications they need to successfully progress on to meaningful careers in their chosen profession. Harry will now be working for Absolutely Fitness doing what he was trained to do here at Langley!

Not only that – Harry will be working in sports facilities which have been recognised as among the national best. The gym recently reached the finals of the National Fitness Awards, which recognise achievement and excellence in all corners of the fitness industry.

The judges had high praise describing the College as "a fantastic college gym that benefits the whole community."

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 14:27

Students unite over Global Acts of Unity

Students from Langley College were given a unique insight in fighting hate following a visit from Mike Haines from Global Acts of Unity. Mike delivered two powerful sessions, inspiring students to make positive changes in their behaviour and attitudes.

Mike set up Global Acts of Unity in order to take a stand against hate following the death of his younger brother David Haines, a British Aid worker in Syria, who was murdered by ISIS. Mike, who dedicates his time to meeting young people across the country, said: “If I hate the people who killed my brother, they win. I will not let hatred enter my life. I will fight to my dying breath against the fear and discord they seek to instil in us. This is now my path in life. This is why I created Global Acts of Unity.”

Students attended Mike’s session which they described as emotionally exhausting, uplifting and thought-provoking. Commenting on the experience Tutor Joanne Fyfe said: “Students left the session inspired and invigorated to make a positive change. Mike’s story has had a profound effect on all who were fortunate to attend. The power of Mike’s words will reverberate with our students for a long time to come and the over-riding message is one of hope; that together we can overcome division and hatred.”

Long after Mike’s session had ended, students were keen to continue talking about what they had experienced and how it made them feel, reflecting on what they themselves will now do differently.

Mike visits schools and college to share his powerful message. He shows how by reaching out and talking to someone from a different faith or background, the walls that terrorists seek to build can be broken down. “If each and every one of us can open our minds, hearts and arms to other communities we do not understand, then we can only grow closer and our resistance to intolerance and hate grows stronger,” he said.

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Slough Aspire, one of the country's most innovative training and development projects, is celebrating five years of creating jobs, training solutions and partnerships. Friends, partners and beneficiaries gathered last week to mark the occasion and celebrate the Centre’s work which has positively impacted the people and businesses of Slough and the wider Berkshire community.

Opening the event with a look back at their achievements and highlighting the positive impact Slough Aspire has had on the local area Fiona Jones, Chief Executive said: “Over the past five years, we have delivered hundreds of events that have helped local people get jobs, develop new skills, start or grow businesses and find out more about the world of work. We’ve done this through building constructive partnerships with local organisations and bringing business engagement to their valuable work. By putting business at the heart of what we do, Slough Aspire works as a conduit for skills and employment between the business and resident populations in Slough with the Aspire Centre as a hub.”

The Centre’s long list of achievements are impressive, welcoming 15,536 visitors; engaging with over 400 local businesses committed to improving skills for Slough; enhancing 4,601 training and development interventions for unemployed residents; enabling 15,537 young people to engage directly with business professionals to improve careers awareness and raise aspirations; contributing to the creation of over 40 new company start-ups; and, supporting 2,483 local business professionals through workforce development, networking and recruitment services.

Commenting on the growth of the private public partnership, Kate Webb Chair of the Slough Aspire Board of Directors and CEO of The Windsor Forest Colleges Group said: “The commitment to partnership and community integration has paid off for Slough Aspire with the investment from SEGRO and our colleges group cementing this success. Slough Aspire isn’t by itself, it is part of the community and if it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a town to develop skills for its people. Slough Aspire is a nexus for that but it doesn’t do that alone, we all do that together.”

A number of leading organisations joined the celebrations and shared their stories of how Slough Aspire has provided support and solutions to skills gaps for businesses and residents’ skills including: Andrew Hogger, Managing Director of Universal Security, Tim Smith, Chief Executive of Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, Brian Murphy, lead for the East Berkshire Executive Job Club, Natalia Orlowska, Aspire Centre Apprentice, James Swindlehurst, Leader of Slough Borough Council, and, Gareth Osborn, Regional Unit Director for SEGRO Plc.

Closing the event with birthday cake, guests took the opportunity to consider the Slough Aspire’s future success with Gareth Osborn commenting: “The Trading Estate is full of SMEs and what Slough Aspire enables those companies to do is connect people for employment and also train people up. A lot of SMEs do not have the right skills but this network gives you contacts in a whole range of people or skills, and I think it’s a really important part of enabling the future. It’s an obligation for us to try and inspire people through this forum, for businesses to get actively involved and inspire young people.”

To find out more about upcoming events and projects at Slough Aspire or how your business can benefit from support with workforce development, apprenticeships, recruitment and corporate social responsibility please contact Fiona Jones, Chief Executive of Slough Aspire via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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