Tuesday, 03 January 2017 15:30

Learn something new for 2017

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For all our good intentions, the majority of us will not keep our New Year resolutions. So instead of making the same old resolutions, why not try learning a new skill or language, improving your career prospects or taking up a hobby this January.

Whether you want to study part-time or full-time, there’s a variety of courses on offer to suit your needs and you don’t have to wait until September to start. From computing to interior design and Italian to construction, there are an array of courses at East Berkshire College starting in early 2017.

“It’s never too late to learn something new,” says Juliet Holloway, Director of Learner Services at the College. “We have students aged from 15 to 87 years old. With our part-time courses, people can learn at a pace that suits their lifestyle or work commitments. There are courses at various levels to suit most people’s needs and a growing range of apprenticeships, from catering to engineering.

“This year, we have a new Skills Pathway course for 16-23 year olds, which provides a first step towards a career and the chance to try a range of practical subjects, from motor vehicle to hairdressing. We also have a range of professional qualifications and language courses as well as English, maths and IT classes. Some people may even be eligible for free course fees or a government loan.”

With everyone expected to work longer before retirement, keeping your skills up-to-date or training for a career you enjoy, is a wise move.

Farooq Ahmed found going back to college gave him a new career path and renewed confidence: “I was concerned about returning to education after 10 years, but the teachers were fantastic. They were so supportive from the word go and you could email them any time if you had a question.”

Meanwhile, for those interested in taking their skills to a higher level, the College now offers a growing range of Higher Education courses, including a new Foundation Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management. These courses provide a more convenient and affordable alternative to university.

Lauren Elliot, who recently completed an HND course at Windsor College, believes studying for a higher level course at college offers a greater degree of flexibility. Lauren explains: “I wanted to take my studies further, but university wasn’t for me. An HND at college is a great alternative. You get more one-to-one time and the lecturers are amazing. Because the course is flexible, I was even able to work while I studied.”

For more details on over 800 courses and apprenticeships at East Berkshire College, please click here or call 01753 793000.

Published in News no category
Monday, 15 April 2013 16:48

College celebrates 'Good' Ofsted report

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There was much cause for celebration this week as East Berkshire College was judged to be consistently good by Ofsted following a week-long inspection in February. Alongside other key strengths, the report recognised the real difference the College makes to the lives of its students in terms of their progress, success and employability.

The College, which has campuses in Langley and Windsor, was praised in the report for the quality of its teaching and the high proportion of its students gaining employment or progressing on to higher levels of study. Furthermore, Ofsted found the College’s provision for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to be ‘outstanding’, which is reflected in students’ excellent progress and high success rates.

Kate Webb, Principal of East Berkshire College, said: “We are delighted that Ofsted has recognised the good work the College does in serving the community and providing real life enhancing opportunities for students. This latest report demonstrates the significant progress we have made over the last few years and indicates we are well on our way to achieving our goal of becoming outstanding. Our success is testimony to the dedication of our staff and governors, who work tirelessly to ensure all students have the chance to achieve their potential and acquire the skills they need to succeed in work and life.

“As a College, we are very much focused on student outcomes. Working closely with local employers and partners, we provide work experience programmes and job clubs as well as industry recognised qualifications and training on the latest industry specific technology. The skills that students develop at the College set them on the path to a prosperous career, with the majority going on to a range of good employment opportunities and higher education.”

Commenting on the news of the College’s Ofsted Report, Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough, added: “I am proud of the success of our college. It provides many local people with the opportunity to learn practical skills so that they can make a greater contribution to our society, in work, with their family or through higher education.”

The College’s key areas of strength highlighted in the report included:
  • Good learner progression to higher levels of study, Higher Education and employment.
  • Good teaching and learning.
  • Good levels of support to all learners.
  • Good promotion of equality and diversity
  • Outstanding provision for learners on courses for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
  • Learners develop good skills that are relevant to the area in which they study, preparing them well for employment.
  • High proportion of learners completing their courses successfully.
  • Success rates for functional skills are higher than the national averages.
  • Learners’ are respectful, well organised and generally make good progress.
  • The College has established strong long-term relationships with a good range of employers, which result in apprentices gaining employment and higher training.
  • The Principal and governors have established a clear mission for the College and high aspirations for their learners.
  • The College offers a broad curriculum with progression routes from pre-entry level to Higher Education in most areas.

Along with the Ofsted inspection team, the students themselves also gave the College their seal of approval. The College’s Student Satisfaction Survey 2011-12 revealed that 95% of students are happy overall with their course and the College.

Each year, East Berkshire College supports the education and training of over 8,000 individuals, helping them to achieve their personal and professional goals. A recent destination survey of former students revealed that 81% of the College’s 2011-12 leavers are in employment or education.    

Learning at East Berkshire College also offers a good return on investment for students and their families according to a recent impact study conducted by EMSI. For example, the study found that someone who completed a Level 3 course at the College can expect to earn, on average, around £471,552 more than someone with no formal qualifications over the course of their working life.    

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses call 0845 373 2500.
Published in A Levels

wellington houseEast Berkshire College, which has campuses in Langley and Windsor, has launched a new centre for learning in the heart of Slough.

Located in Wellington House, just off Slough High Street, this exciting new facility is meeting the needs of the local community by providing courses in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Literacy and Numeracy. Comprising eight state-of-the-art classrooms, the centre offers a modern and convenient place to study above the Queensmere Shopping precinct.

Over 300 students from 46 different nationalities are currently being taught at the new facility, which was opened by the Mayor of Slough, Councillor Jagjit Grewal. Students, staff and members of the local community gathered to celebrate the opening at an official ribbon cutting ceremony last week.

Talking at the launch, Anne Booth, Head of School for ESOL and Languages at the College, said: "We are delighted to be opening a new teaching facility right at the heart of this community. Slough has an extremely diverse population and we hope that this centre will enable us to better serve those who wish to learn English or improve their skills. Being unable to communicate can be a very isolating experience. Learning a language can really transform a person's life."

Originally from Somalia, Abdul Shirf (26, from Slough) is one of the many students already benefiting from the new facility:

"I couldn't speak any English before I started here. I used to find just going to the shops very hard, but now I'm much more confident. My lecturers have really helped me improve and this is such a great place to be."

The College's ESOL courses are specially designed for those whose first language is not English. The courses cover speaking, listening, reading, writing and living in the UK, and are at wide range of different levels.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 700 courses available, visit www.eastberks.ac.uk or call 0845 373 2500.

Published in Life Skills
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 00:00

Awards honour star students

stand out_awards_3071a_400pxTop achievers at East Berkshire College were celebrated at the College's annual Stand Out Awards yesterday (8 November 2011).

Acclaimed independent film director and former student James Fair was guest speaker at the prestigious event, which took place at the Copthorne Hotel in Slough.

The awards acknowledged the outstanding achievements of over 60 students, across both the Langley and Windsor campuses. Prizes were awarded for excellence, endeavour, achievement, service to the community and the learner of the year for each of the College's schools of study as well as an overall learner of the year.

Beauty Therapy student Jade Corentin (22, from Slough) was one individual whose hard work was recognised with an award at the event. Originally starting on a level one course, Jade has made exceptional progress at the College and is now studying for a level three qualification.

"I am so happy to have won an award. It has been an enjoyable evening and it was great to meet a former student who has become so successful. It shows that studying at college can help you achieve your ambitions. I've learnt so much at college and my dream is to run my own salon one day."

James Fair, who graduated from East Berkshire College in 1999 with three A Levels, returned to the place where his success story began to give an inspirational speech about his career in the film industry. A career which has seen him direct and produce programmes for Channel Four and make a number of independent feature films. Last year, James enjoyed success and controversy at the Melbourne International Film Festival when he made the audience top 10 with a feature length movie he shot, edited and screened in just 72 hours.

stand out_awards_3073a_400pxJames, who grew up in Slough, said: "I'm proud to have been invited back to speak at these awards. My career takes me to many different countries, but for me it all began in the media suites of East Berkshire College. The lecturers there changed my view of education, they made learning fun and I gained a variety of valuable skills.

"It has been great to celebrate and reward the achievements of this exceptional group of young people. I've been where these students are now and I'm pleased to be able to pass on the benefit of my experience to them. I believe it is important to make the most of your opportunities and never stop learning."

The special evening event was attended by over 250 people including Councillor Sukhjit Dhaliwal, Mayor of Slough and Councillor Asghar Majeed, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 600 courses available call 0845 373 2500.

Published in ICT

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