A flavour of college life


With an array of mouth-watering Italian dishes to carpentry and hairdressing demonstrations, the Spring Open Day at Langley College was a true feast for all the senses last week. Over 580 prospective students and their families visited the campus to check out the new state-of-the-art learning facilities and find out about over 800 courses.

From engineering to beauty therapy, there was a wide range of demonstrations running throughout the event to entertain and inform visitors. Highlights of the evening included a football skills competition in the College's new Sports Centre and hairdressing students demonstrating some of the latest hairstyling techniques. Meanwhile, catering students showcased their skills by putting on a special pasta night in the College's new Zest restaurant.

Langley residents Genevieve and Randolph Evans booked a table at the new Zest restaurant to take advantage of the College's pasta night.

Randolph said: "This is our second visit to the restaurant now. It is excellent value for money and the standard of food is as good as any commercial restaurant. The students are so polite and professional; they even went out of their way to make Spaghetti Carbonara for us when it wasn't even on the menu."

The Zest restaurant is part of the College's new Hospitality & Catering Academy, which opened in October 2013. Providing a real work environment for students, Zest is open to the public and serves a range of delicious seasonal dishes at competitive prices. All food is cooked and served by talented students under the supervision of industry-trained staff.

In the College's impressive Motor Vehicle & Engineering Department, visitors were able to tour the workshops and observe engineering students at work on the College's new £70,000 CNC milling machine. Plus, current students and staff were on hand to answer questions.

Prospective student Michael Rickford (16, from Hayes) attended the event to find out about courses in engineering.

"I heard about the Open Day at school, so I thought I'd come along and check out the College for myself. I was really impressed with the engineering workshop. I didn't realise how much equipment and machinery you get to use here. Everyone was really helpful too."

East Berkshire College continues to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and is currently undertaking a £30m refurbishment of its Langley College to provide state-of-the-art learning facilities for current and future students. These improvements include a new commercial hair and beauty salons which are due to be completed in early 2014.

Each year, the College helps thousands of individuals aged 14-90 to fulfil their ambitions through education and training. The College offers an extensive range of part-time, full-time and workplace training courses, from introductory right through to degree level.

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

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