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Our latest edition of College Voice is out now!

Our latest edition of College Voice is out now! Our termly newsletter is a timely reminder that prior to the switch to  remote learning, students and staff across our three colleges have enjoyed a busy and fulfilling term. 
 
It was also the term the Windsor Forest Colleges Group received a resounding ‘GOOD’ from Ofsted.  Read all about this and lots of other exciting news from Langley, Strode’s and Windsor Colleges.

Read the College Voice here.

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Windsor College and first year A Level student Taha Hussain has reached the final stage of RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk and PwC’s NSEC (National Schools Employability Challenge) competition. Taha, who studies Physics, Chemistry and Biology, entered the competition which is designed prepare and up-skill students to be ready for the modern workplace.

The challenge, which consists of three stages, is part of a collaboration between RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk, an online careers resource and PwC, one of the ‘Big Four’ accountancy firms. The initial stage is designed to get students thinking about the skills sets and attributes employers look for.  Progressing to stage two is an opportunity to gain new knowledge, experience and understanding of employability in the modern workplace. For the first two stages, Taha achieved a very impressive 37 out of 40.

Stage three is by invitation only. As a qualifying student, Taha has been selected for an exclusive employability skills virtual event with PwC where he be able to hone his skills and test his abilities further. This will consist of six sessions which he can join throughout the day alongside fellow students and PwC representatives.

Commenting on the value of the NSEC, Taha said: "It was a great experience and for the stage three virtual day at PwC I chose to explore the 'What are your options after university' event. This was particularly helpful as it provided me with a number of different areas that I can consider following university, plus work experience options which will be useful for both my personal statement and CV." 

Taha, who is hoping to progress to study Medicine, is not the first student from Windsor College to win a place at the prestigious NSEC finals.  Encouraging students to attempt the early stages and progress through the levels of the competition has become something of a modern tradition at the College, organised through Core Studies. These weekly sessions are just one of the many wider opportunities offered to students which are aimed at developing the whole student and making young people more confident and able to make their mark in the world as they prepare for adult life.

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Despite the government’s closure of schools and colleges, Langley College has unlocked the doors to its teaching kitchens, to allow the One Slough Community Response team to store and make food for the vulnerable and those self-isolating in Slough.

College staff turned out to support the effort which saw volunteers preparing breakfast, lunches and hot meals for over 200 people in the community which were then distributed by Slough Outreach.

Leading the effort on behalf of the College, Head of College Lettings, Gurpreet Nizzar was on the frontline helping to prepare the meals alongside his colleagues. He said: “We feel privileged to be able to use the College’s professional catering and hospitality facilities to support the community during this challenging time. Instead of standing empty we are able to use the space to bring food to the vulnerable in Slough.”

Alongside providing access to their kitchen facilities, Langley College has also been designated the One Slough Community Response Hub. The College will be used to sort, store and dispatch food throughout the community and will also be the base for a Virtual Call Centre.

The One Slough Group leader, Shin Dhother said: “It’s been really good to have so many people coming together, stepping up, putting differences aside and working together. I love to be of service and it’s so important at a time like this to come together with so many others, it’s great to see. We’re so grateful to Windsor College Forest Group who have not only given us their kitchen space at Langley College, but are providing a fantastic skilled team of four chefs to cook meals for us to feed vulnerable people in Slough.”

CEO of Slough CVS, Ramesh Kukar, expressed his gratitude while at the same time calling for further support from the community. He said: “We are fortunate in Slough to have organisations that have come forward and offered their resources, many adapting to benefit the community. We are working with Slough Borough Council, the local voluntary sector and businesses to provide a coordinated approach to ensure that we provide essential services to people who need it.”

 The team of volunteers are collecting food donations from many organisations including McDonalds, Bidfood and Rite Price who have been forthcoming with meals and ingredients. The food is stored in the College kitchens and meals are prepared from the ingredients provided. Gurpreet who has been supported by college restaurant manager Beryl Chitty added: “Today we made pasta carbonara for 100 people who will now get a hot meal thanks to the donations made. All of this while ensuring we follow social distancing rules in the kitchen and of course the strict hygiene regulations.”

The initiative is delivered as a partnership between Slough Borough Council, Slough CVS and voluntary sector groups throughout Slough. If you are able to offer support or wish to self-refer to the scheme then please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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