With the government announcing new funding for low paid earners, many adult courses offered by the Windsor Forest Colleges Group will now be free. Anyone earning less than £20,000 who is not already eligible for free funding, can now receive full funding on a wide range of courses at Langley, Strode’s or Windsor Colleges, starting in September 2018.

Chief Executive and Group Principal Kate Webb welcomed the announcement commenting: “This is a great opportunity for those who want to improve their English with one of our ESOL courses, learn a new skill to either develop their career or re-train for a completely new direction. This new government funding will take the worry out of having to finance courses as many offered at our colleges will now be free. Anyone keen to take advantage of the funding needs to move quickly as this is a year’s trial by the government for courses starting from September.”

She continued: “We already offer a number of courses that are completely free for adults who are unemployed or claiming a range of benefits. This is the first time the government has acknowledged that people on a low wage should also be entitled to free education and training. This will improve the career and employment opportunities for many in our community.”

Eligible courses range from the technical such as Level 1 and 2 Construction, Hair and Beauty and Motor Vehicle through to the professional including Accountancy, Business, Hospitality and Travel and Tourism.

This initiative will also be welcomed by employers who can now utilise this funding to help upskill their staff who may be employed at entry level who are keen to progress.

The government funding is aimed at people earning less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary, based on the Social Mobility Commission’s low pay threshold. However Windsor Forest Colleges Group has acknowledged that the low pay threshold in outer London would be higher and has therefore increased its level to those earning £20,000 or less.

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Academic excellence, endeavour, promise and performance were all recognised at Langley College’s annual Student Award’s Ceremony last week. Students along with their proud families joined college lecturers, governors and VIP guests The Worshipful the Mayor of Slough, Councillor Paul Sohal, and the MP for Slough, Mr Tan Desai for the awards which showcase the very best of the College renowned for advanced technical vocational training.

The annual ceremony recognises and celebrates those students who have all contributed to an outstanding year which has seen the creation of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group following the merger of East Berkshire College with Strode's College in Egham. 

This year over 140 students were shortlisted for the prestigious awards which included prizes for Endeavour, Excellence, Service to the Community, Best Overall English, Best Overall Maths, Excellence in the use of IT, Best Overall Apprentice and Best Higher Education Student.

Special guest Tan Desai presented the award to The Most Promising Students, commenting: “It was an honour to be Guest of Honour and share views with everyone here at Langley College. Well done to Kate Webb and all the teachers, staff, governors and parents. Hopefully their efforts to support the young people in their achievements will have laid the foundations for successful futures for each of the bright students.”

A particular highlight of the evening was the award for the Most Outstanding Student which this year went to Joe Davies, who due to personal circumstances missed out on schooling. With no formal qualifications Joe enrolled on the Access to Social Work in 2015 and has become a motivated and enthusiastic learner with excellent concentration and study skills and is going to university to study social work.

Group Principal and Chief Executive Kate Webb commented on the vital role the College plays in the community supporting the academic and skills development of local students and said: “This is always a special evening where we recognise those students who embody the spirit of Langley College - hard work, success and ambition. We specialise in developing real skills for real careers and are proud that our students now have the advanced technical skills to progress in their careers.”

 

Joe Davies Most Outstanding Student Most Outstanding Students 2018 overall

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With ‘Wonders of the World’ the creative brief Langley College Hairdressing students put on a spectacular display of creativity, flair and skill at their end of year Catwalk Show. The Level 3 student hairdressers showcased Avante Garde styles for the panel of professional judges including salon partner Rachel Hunt from Francescos, local business owner and partner of the hair federation, Mikeala Martin and the head of department Katherine Taylor.

Commenting on the quality of styles Salon Manager Angel DeFranceschi, who runs the commercial salons at the College’s state-of-the-art hairdressing training centre, said: “I was very impressed with students’ interpretation of the brief which demonstrated both their creativity and technical ability - skills very much in demand by salons and discerning clients. The judges were also highly complimentary commenting the skills were all on point which is a testament to the very high standards and quality of training delivered here at The Salon.”

Student Debra Law was named the winner with her interpretation on The Lighthouse of Alexandria incorporating a handmade lighthouse into her model’s hair. In second place was Lucy Luckhurst with her interpretation of The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, using pieces of coloured hair and real flowers to add texture to the hair. Third place went to Sophie Gibson with another version of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon using soft curls and twists to add a subtle and pretty touch to her overall look. The judges were also very impressed with Zarah Shah’s Egyptian themed model with matching outfit and hair adornments.

Having completed the two year programme the Hairdressing students are now fully qualified to work in professional salons. Miss DeFranceschi explains further: “During the two years here at Langley our hairdressing students learn all the skills and techniques required to successfully work in this industry. Once they leave us they are trained to cut hair using a combination of techniques, creatively colour and lighten hair, style and dress hair and colour correct hair. They are now fully skilled and ready to pick up the scissors in any salon.”

The College’s modern salon is equipped with the very latest in hair technologies and is accredited by haircare giant Wella. The professionally equipped facilities include two commercial salons, one training salon with professional styling stations, two commercial beauty treatment rooms and all the latest industry equipment. Find out more here

 

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Langley Royal Wedding

Langley College students are receiving specialist training to play a central role at the forthcoming coming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. As Royal Borough Ambassadors, the Foundation Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management students, Business and Public Service students are now first aid and counter-terrorism trained, ready to help manage the crowds and be the eyes and ears on the ground as they work alongside other trained professionals on the big day.

With media interest at an all-time high the students found themselves as the stars of a yet to be aired episode of the One Show. Presenter Matt Allwright spent the afternoon filming the students as they walked the wedding procession route, which on the day may have an estimated 100,000 plus visitors. Tune into BBC1 week commencing 14 May to see the students discuss their training with St John’s Ambulance, Project Griffin counter-terrorism and the confidential updates on event planning they’ve been privy to.

The training sessions and unique learning insights on ‘the wedding of the year’ preparations are invaluable know-how for the Foundation Degree Tourism and Hospitality students. Commenting on the training which Karen Cripps, Travel and Tourism Lecturer believes will be particularly beneficial to future career opportunities, said: “Having royal wedding experience is certainly going to make these students’ CVs stand out from the crowd. They will have once in a lifetime experience any interviewer is going to be keen to explore further. We have unrivalled industry contacts here at Langley College and our students often get access to incredible career enhancing experiences as part of their studies.”

The Foundation Degree in Tourism and Hospitality, designed to give students the technical hands-on skills and knowledge required for the sector is a two year course run over two days a week. Many students progress to a degree programme or embark on a wide variety of careers opportunities available across the diverse spectrum of the hospitality and tourism industry.

Student Carla Oliviera found the training both enjoyable and informative. Commenting on the sessions she said: “I think the first aid and counter-terrorism training will be a valuable addition to my CV and invaluable to my future career ambitions.” Once Carla has successfully completed her Foundation Degree in Tourism and Hospitality she plans to work as either airline cabin crew or pursue a career in the hospitality sector.

For further information on the full range of tourism and hospitality courses please go to eastberks.ac.uk/courses/travel-and-tourism.

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David Mike and Christian - VR event

Game-changing ENGAGE platform beams in the best teachers from around the world

The traditional classroom lesson were finally consigned to the history books when technology pioneers, Immersive VR Education, beamed experts from California and Dubai into a virtual classroom to teach students here at Langley College, via a short trip to the moon.

 

PIXAR co-founder, Loren Carpenter, was ‘beamed’ in to the virtual reality (VR) classroom live from the US so that IT and gaming students could learn from the very best in the world on how VR brings education to life. Commenting on the future of VR in education he said: “Through virtual reality, we can create a fabulous distributed classroom where anyone in the world with the internet can access a classroom and teaching. We can examine concepts that are difficult to recreate in other ways. Students can experience what it is like at the top of Everest or get inside a locomotive to see how it works up close.”

 

Christian Long, gaming teacher and champion for VR technology for Windsor Forest Colleges Group created the event for his students by drawing on his impressive connections within the global VR industry, said: “It is said we only retain 30% of what we hear, but 90% of what we experience. It’s why we can often remember our childhood holidays vividly, but not many of our school lessons. VR is an incredibly powerful tool for engaging students and helping them experience what they learn, so the lesson is never lost. When we can then add the best teachers from across the globe into the mix, the impact we can have on our pupils’ ability to learn will be phenomenal.”

 

The PIXAR animation guru and Oscar winner was also joined by Dubai-based teacher and VR pioneer, Steven Bambury. Steven, from the Jumeirah School, took students on a VR journey from Langley to the moon and then to an ancient stone circle in Wiltshire so they could experience the transformative power of VR on a lesson.

David Whelan, CEO of Immersive VR Education, creators of the ENGAGE platform said: “This is a pivotal moment in the history of learning. ENGAGE allows students to not only experience the environment they are learning about in virtual reality but have the best teachers from around the globe join them in a virtual classroom.”

The Windsor Forest Colleges Group has made significant investment into technology, working with employers and businesses to ensure we are pioneers of this exciting technology in the education sector.

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Langley College

Langley College

Our extensive Langley College is the centre for most of our main vocational courses, which all have specialist facilities and equipment to prepare you for your chosen career. Conveniently located, it is just a short walk from Langley train station on the mainline through to London Paddington.

Situated at the heart of the community, the college offers a vibrant and supportive learning environment where you can gain a qualification, receive hands-on training, make new friends and enjoy learning. Our facilities feature industry standard equipment and software to ensure you are up-to-date with the latest technologies and techniques used in the workplace.

 

Facilities include:

  • specialist workshops (e.g. welding, bricklaying)
  • new hair and beauty training salons (open to the public)
  • autotronics and computing facilities
  • Microsoft Academy and Cisco Academy
  • new innovation centre
  • Hospitality & Catering Academy (public restaurant)
  • £5m sports centre (including gym and sports hall)
  • engineering workshop with new CNC machine centre
  • new STEM project and research space
  • REHAU renewable energy training centre
  • a learning centre with the latest PCs and tablets
  • a new simulated hospital environment
  • Over 500 Microsoft Surface Pros to enable independent learning
  • parking.

For disabled access information for this campus see DisabledGo.

Contact details:

Langley College
Station Road
Langley
Berkshire
SL3 8BY

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This College is minutes from Langley train station on the mainline from Oxford to London. Contact National Rail Enquiries on 0845 748 4950 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk

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The campus is well-served by local bus routes. For more details call First Bus Service on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.firstgroup.com

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Langley College is located just off the A4 to the east of Slough, and is only a short drive from Junction 5 of the M4.

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