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Over 100 budding young scientists from local schools, including Windsor Girls School and Westgate School in Slough, took part in a special Skills Show at Windsor College on Tuesday (17th June). Organised in partnership with Learning to Work, the event gave young people a practical insight into career paths in the science industry and a chance to meet with leading local businesses.

Designed to raise awareness of the wide range of local career opportunities in the science sector, the event featured presentations and Q&A sessions from UCB, Lonza Biologics, Premier Foods, AkzoNobel, Cogent and East Berkshire College.

Providing hands-on activities related to employment, the event gave pupils an opportunity to engage with employers and East Berkshire College to access advice on the careers and courses available to them. They even had the chance to 'have a go' at a number of experiments and analysis techniques such as chromatography separation and DNA extraction.

Windsor Girls School pupil, Georgina McGlasson (17), said: "It was great to talk to businesses about the options open to me after my A Levels and take part in some practical experiments. I'd never been to Windsor College before, but the science labs there are really modern and everyone was very friendly."

Clare Arnold from Lonza Biologics, which is based in Slough and currently employs apprentices through the College, was one of the guest speakers at the event.

Clare explains: "In this area, we are lucky enough to have a large science-based industry on our doorstep, so it's important to raise awareness of the variety of opportunities available to young people. There are lots of routes into careers in science, not just university. As a leading global laboratory, we have opportunities at various levels including apprenticeships."

The event was funded by the Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) who has been awarded funding from the European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency to deliver with its partners a programme of inspiring and interactive events throughout the Thames Valley that will raise awareness of skills, training and apprenticeships, as part of the Thames Valley Skills Show Experience www.thamesvalleyskillsshow.co.uk

From medical science to physics, East Berkshire College offers a wide range of science courses, which include GCSE pathways, A Levels, BTEC programmes and Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4).

The College works closely with employers of all sizes to meet their training needs and even helps businesses recruit apprentices. To find out more about hiring an apprentice, contact East Berkshire College on 01753 443855 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, click here or call 0845 373 2500.

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From fiery science experiments and creative nail art to face painting and a miniature farm, there was an extravaganza of activities to entertain and educate visitors at East Berkshire College’s Windsor College on Saturday (11th May)


Over 640 visitors enjoyed a host of demonstrations, games and stalls at the College’s first Summer Fun Day in St Leonards Road. With something for all the family, this free community event saw college students and staff showcase their talents in an array of interactive demonstrations and displays.

Highlights of the day included a bouncy castle, petting farm courtesy of Farms2Ewe, treasure hunt, face painting, mask making, inventors’ competition, hairdressing, a musical medley from performing arts students, various arts and crafts activities and a charity cake sale. Meanwhile, the air was electric in the science laboratories with a series of fiery experiments including an erupting volcano, ‘screaming jelly babies’ and ‘flaming fruits’. The local Fire & Rescue Service also brought along a fire engine much to the delight of some budding young firefighters. EBC 2624 710px web

Juliet Holloway, Director of Learner Service and Communications at the College, explains: “We hold a series of Open Days at our Langley and Windsor colleges each year, but this is the first time we have held a Summer Fun Day for the whole community. As well as showcasing our extensive range of courses and facilities, the event has been a great opportunity to bring the community together and celebrate local talent. From science experiments to nail art and face painting to a treasure hunt, there was something to entertain and inspire those of all ages. All in all, the day was a tremendous success with a record number of visitors through the doors.”

A number of local businesses were also exhibiting at the event. These included The Dinky Fingerprint Company, Usborne Children’s Books and Love Noodle Jewellery.

Visitor Trish Canziani (from Maidenhead) was particularly impressed by the range of activities at the event. “I saw the Fun Day advertised and decided to pop along and see what it was all about. It’s been a brilliant day. It is great to have a range of activities to keep the kids occupied, so parents can find out more about the courses and talk to staff.”

Another visitor Fran Patterson (from Windsor) agrees: “I think the event is a great idea. There was definitely something for everyone here. I’ve been able to get my hair and nails done as well as find out about the range of courses available. There was also a lot for children to do like face-painting and a petting farm.”

Staff and students were also on hand to give visitors a guided tour of the facilities and answer questions on the College's extensive range of over 800 courses including apprenticeships.

Arunita Roy (18, from Slough) came along to the event to find out about computing and IT courses: “The College has a really good reputation, so I thought I’d come and check out the facilities here. As well as finding out about courses, I was even able to try out some fun experiments in the science labs and learn how different metals produce different colours when they burn.”

Over the years, East Berkshire College has continued to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and enhancing its range of courses. In February 2013, Ofsted rated the College as good with outstanding features following a week-long inspection. 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. EBC 2734 710px web

The College offers a wide range of A Level (AS and A2) subjects at its Windsor College including Law, Media Studies, Spanish, Politics, English Literature, Biology, History and Photography. The College also hosts specialist courses in Travel & Tourism, Science, Business, Performing Arts, Media and Retail & Merchandising Display.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of courses, please call 0845 373 2500.

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Windsor College, which is part of East Berkshire College, showcased its impressive facilities in St Leonards Road to prospective students and their families on Monday (4th February).

Over 260 visitors attended the Open Day, enjoying guided tours of the campus and watching classes in action. Current students and staff were also on hand to answer questions on the College's extensive range of over 800 courses including apprenticeships.

From performing arts to forensic science, there was an array of displays and demonstrations throughout the event. Highlights of the evening included an exciting exhibition of work by retail and merchandising display students. Meanwhile, media students were at work in the state-of-the-art media suite, which includes a well-equipped recording booth and new internet radio studio complete with Sonifex mixing desk. The College mascot, Red, even put in an appearance to welcome visitors.

Wilma Nemharn and Levona Gumbs were two prospective students who applied for courses at the event.

"I was keen to come along to the Open Day to find out about the College's science courses," said Levona. "I've always been interested in Forensic Science and I was really impressed with the science labs at the College. The classrooms are very modern and everyone is really friendly. It was good to be able to talk to current students about the courses as well as the teachers."

Continuing to set high standards, the College's full A Level pass rate was an outstanding 99% in 2012, ahead of the national average of 98%. The College also celebrated 100% pass rate in 20 subjects including Business, Psychology, Sociology, Law and English. IMG 1174_web

The College offers a wide range of A Level (AS and A2) subjects at its Windsor College including Law, Media Studies, Spanish, Politics, English Literature, Biology, History and Photography. The College also hosts specialist courses in Travel & Tourism, Science, Business, Performing Arts, Media and Retail & Merchandising Display.

For further information on East Berkshire College call 0845 373 2500.

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East Berkshire College recently opened its doors to prospective students and their families for a chance to see first-hand its impressive facilities in Windsor and Langley.

Hundreds of visitors attended the two Open Days, enjoying guided tours of the campuses and watching classes in action. Current students and staff were on hand to answer questions on the College's extensive range of over 800 courses, including apprenticeships, and offer an insight into college life.

From media to forensic science, there was an array of demonstrations throughout the event at the Windsor College. Highlights of the evening included an exciting exhibition of work by retail display students and science students performing various experiments including dissecting a heart in the state-of-the-art science laboratories. Visitors were even able to have a go at making paper props such as flowers and fashion accessories in the retail display department.

Meanwhile at Langley College, hairdressing and beauty therapy classes were in action. Visitors were able to try their hands at creating fishtail plaits and watch demonstrations of different massage techniques in the College's training salons. In contrast, sports students showcased their skills in the ring with a number of dynamic boxing routines.

Potential students were also given the chance to take a virtual tour of the new £16 million facilities being developed at the Langley Campus, which includes a purpose-built Sports Centre and new Hospitality & Catering Academy.

Louis Dallibar (16, from Windsor) was one prospective student who visited the Langley Open Day to find out more about the personal training course and Boxing Academy. IMG 0391web

"I want to be a personal trainer, but I'm also interested in boxing. I heard about the sports courses at the College, so I thought I'd come along and check it out for myself. The facilities here are excellent, especially the Boxing Academy. I'm looking forward to joining the College and being able to use the brand new Sports Centre, which is opening next year."

East Berkshire College continues to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards. 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 call 0845 373 2500.

 

 

 

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