Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:17

Business breakfast champions apprenticeships

IMG 7510 web press

Apprenticeships were top of the menu at a special Business Breakfast for local employers on Thursday (27 February) at East Berkshire College. Celebrating the benefits of employing apprentices, the event was the first in a series of activities to mark National Apprenticeship Week (3-7 March 2014).

A wide range of companies from across the region attended the event including Babcocks Ltd, The Marriott Hotel Group, British Airways, Carlsen Property Maintenance, Lovell and Macdonald Berystede Hotel. The 'Business Breakfast' event provided local organisations with the chance to find out more about the College's new apprenticeship programmes, funding and the benefits of taking on an apprentice.

The event featured a number of short presentations by key speakers such as Amar Gill from British Airways and Ron Vos from The Marriott Hotel Group, both of whom have recruited apprentices through the College. Meanwhile, the College's catering students prepared a delicious buffet breakfast for guests, which included bacon rolls, smoked salmon bagels and handmade pastries.

One of the guest speakers at the event was Amar Gill, IT Apprentice Programme Manager at British Airways. British Airways recognises the benefit of developing new talent and currently has 12 higher apprentices through the College.

"We believe it is important to invest in young people as these apprentices are our future. We chose to work with East Berkshire College because they had experience of delivering Higher Apprenticeships in ICT, could tailor the programme to our needs and we were impressed by the passion of their staff. We are delighted by how quickly our apprentices have developed in the first six months."

Guests were also provided with a tour of the College's excellent facilities including the engineering workshop, which features a state-of-the-art CNC Milling machine, and the new Hospitality & Catering Academy.

East Berkshire College trains hundreds of apprentices every year, in various subjects from IT to professional cookery, and even helps businesses recruit apprentices.

East Berkshire College now offers a wide range of new apprenticeships in areas including Science, IT, Engineering, Business & Administration and Hospitality & Catering. New higher apprenticeships (Level 4) are also available, offering a more affordable and convenient alternative to university and graduate training schemes.

Businesses interested in finding out more about apprenticeships can 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 including apprenticeships, click here.

Published in Business Services
Friday, 21 February 2014 15:08

Apprenticeship & Training Open Day

Aspire for Business, which is led by East Berkshire College, will be holding a special Apprenticeship & Training Open Day at the new Aspire Centre in Edinburgh Avenue in Slough on Monday 4th March, from 10am-3pm. Individuals and employers are invited to drop-in for expert advice on training and courses.


As part of a series of activities to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, the event will cover a wide range of training opportunities available for businesses and individuals. This will include information and advice on everything from Apprenticeships to one-day workshops and funding to recruitment.

Representatives from all the curriculum areas from East Berkshire College will be on hand to provide expert advice on over 800 full-time and part-time courses and tailored training solutions.

Designed to be a one-stop shop for training, the event will also provide businesses with the chance to discuss their training and recruitment needs with the College's dedicated Business Services team. Among other things, small to medium sized business will be able to find out how they can access fully-funded training through a £1.4m contract with the European Social Fund (ESF). Businesses with less than 250 employees can access the fully-funded training for employees aged over 19 (and resident in the UK/EU) though the Skills for the Workforce project. Employers can access training in a range of areas including management and team leading, accountancy, administration, IT and specific industry-related skills to meet the requirements of their business.

Slough Aspire consists of three main delivery strands: Aspire for Schools led by Learning to Work, Aspire for You led by Slough Borough Council and Aspire for Business led by East Berkshire College. Aspire for Business delivers a range of tailored training, mentoring and business development activities to suit all sectors, sizes and budgets. The aim is to help Slough businesses maintain their competitiveness and develop a talented local workforce.

For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into the Aspire Centre on Monday 4th March, from 10am-3pm.

Published in Business Services

EBC 4318 web

Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week (3-7 March 2014), East Berkshire College will be holding a special breakfast event for local businesses on Thursday 27 February at 8am-10am at Langley College, Station Road, SL3 8BY.

Our Business Breakfast will provide you with everything you need to know about apprenticeships, from details on our new range of higher apprenticeships to accessing the latest funding and recruitment. You will have the chance to network with other employers, talk to current apprentices and discuss ways we can tailor our programmes to meet the needs of your business.

Starting with a buffet breakfast at 8am, the event will include a number of short presentations by key speakers including Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough, British Airways and the Marriott Hotel Group. You will also be able to find out about the £30 million improvements to our Langley College and tour our brand new facilities.

Why join us for breakfast?

• Hear from local employers such as British Airways and the Marriott Hotel Group on how apprenticeships work for their businesses.

• Find out about a range of apprenticeships and higher apprenticeships.

• Network with local businesses.

• Meet Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough

• Discover how apprentices can address your future skills gaps.

• Advice on how to address your training and recruitment needs.

• Advice on how to access funding.

• Help with recruiting apprentices.

• Complimentary breakfast prepared and served by our catering students.

• Check out our state-of-the-art facilities.


With a growing range of apprenticeship courses and funding available, there's never been a better time to recruit an apprentice. Apprenticeships are a great, cost-effective way to develop your workforce, harness fresh new talent and drive your business forward. We train hundreds of apprentices every year, in various subjects from engineering to professional cookery, and we even offer a free apprentice matching service.


This event is open to businesses of all sizes. Places are limited, so book now via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01753 443857.

Published in Business Services

Skills for the workforce web press

A group of training providers, led by East Berkshire College, has secured a £1.4m contract from the European Social Fund (ESF) to help small to medium sized businesses across Berkshire to upskill their employees.

Berkshire businesses with less than 250 employees will be able to access the fully-funded training for employees aged over 19 (and resident in the UK/EU). Training will be delivered on a flexible, modular basis and will be specifically tailored to the needs of the individual business and its employees.

The Skills for the Workforce project is being delivered in partnership with Bracknell & Wokingham College, Newbury College, New Directions, Reading College and West Berkshire Training Consortium.

Charlie Roberts, ESF Project Manager at East Berkshire College, explains: "With around 40,000 SMEs in Berkshire, we want to support as many businesses as possible in their growth plans as the country moves out of recession. The focus of the Skills for the Workforce project is to deliver free workplace training to develop highly skilled workforces.

"The training programmes are fully funded and flexible in order to be most effective for businesses. Whether a company is looking to develop senior managers or employees with no formal qualifications, we can deliver appropriate training at a time and place to suit. East Berkshire College and all our training partners in this project have years of experience of working in a wide range of sectors, and can ensure businesses receive high-quality training to meet their needs."

The Skills for the Workforce project, which runs until July 2015, is designed to boost the skills of the local workforce and help local businesses to be more productive and competitive. Employers can access training for their employees in a range of areas including management and team leading, accountancy, administration, IT and specific industry-related skills to meet the requirements of their business. Employees can gain accredited units to enhance their knowledge with the opportunity to go on and complete a full, industry-recognised qualification at a reduced rate.

For information on the project and how your business can access free training, contact Charlie Roberts on 07795 052057, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.eastberks.ac.uk/skillsfortheworkforce.

Published in Business Services
EBC 0682 710px web

Sales managers from the UK’s leading paint brand Dulux, which is part of AkzoNobel, have been developing their painting and decorating skills through a tailored training course at East Berkshire College.


The College was able to put together an intensive five-day training programme for the Dulux employees to provide them with the practical skills and knowledge they need to deliver an enhanced level of advice to retail customers and consumers.

Delivered at Langley College, the short course saw 14 retail sales territory managers and regional development managers learn about wall preparation, painting techniques, wallpapering, tools and materials. As well as developing their practical skills, the course also enabled the employees to gain a City and Guilds Level 1 qualification in painting and decorating.

AkzoNobel’s Dulux brand has over 1,200 colours and products stocked in all major DIY retailers across the UK. This latest training initiative helps the company raise its service and product promotion to another level.

Tim Doherty, Regional Development Manager at AkzoNobel, explains: “As a company, we have extensive internal training on our products, but not the overall decorating job. We were impressed with the training the College arranged for our retail customer Homebase. We therefore decided to enrol our sales team on the course to enable them to extend their skills, speak with confidence on how our products fit into the decorating process and gain a recognised qualification. In fact, we will be including the City and Guilds logo on staff uniforms to assure customers of the quality of our service.”

“East Berkshire College’s flexible approach has made the process of setting up the programme very easy for us. They were able to tailor training to meet our specific requirements, timescales and products. I have received excellent feedback on both the quality of the course and the trainers. As well as enhancing the knowledge of our staff, the training was also a good team building exercise – a benefit that shouldn’t be underestimated.”  

Business Development Manager, Gary Cooper, was one of the individuals who welcomed the chance to go back to College and gain an accredited qualification.

“I really enjoyed the course,” said Gary. “It was really well structured with demonstrations, practical tasks and a useful recap at the end of each day. We know our products, but it is great to know first-hand how to apply them in real situations, like what to use when and in what order. I can now pass this knowledge onto store staff and customers to help further promote our products.”

Steve Ashfield, Sales Development Manager at Dulux said: “We have a very robust internal training programme at Dulux, but are committed to cementing our position as the leading paint brand. We therefore took the decision to enrol our sales teams on the City and Guilds course so they could gain a nationally recognised and credible endorsement for their expertise.

“Doing the course has enabled our staff to develop a standardised set of skills to a professional level, and ensure they are equipped with the right knowledge to advise our stockists of the key benefits our products will provide the end customers.”

East Berkshire College provides tailor-made training solutions to help businesses remain competitive, profitable and productive. With years of experience working with SMEs and multi-nationals, the College can deliver cost-effective training programmes at a time and place to suit any organisation.

For more information, please contact East Berkshire College’s Business Services team 01753 443855 or click here
Published in Business Services
IMG 2304web

East Berkshire College and The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s Grow our Own service hosted a special Hospitality Skills Forum exclusively for hospitality and catering businesses in the Windsor and Maidenhead area on Wednesday (17th April 2013).


Held in the auspicious surroundings of the Guildhall in Windsor, the forum provided local businesses with the chance to find out about apprenticeships, pre-employment training, a complimentary job-matching service and the funding available to employers in this thriving sector.

Starting with a traditional afternoon tea, the event included a number of short presentations by key speakers including George Robertson, Operations Manager from WPC Inns. Guests were also able to find out about the College’s new state-of-the-art Hospitality & Catering Academy in Langley, which will deliver full-time and part-time courses, including apprenticeships, in a range of areas from professional cookery to front of house.  

One of the guest speakers at the event was George Robertson, Operations Manager for WPC Inns. With seven venues across Windsor, the successful pub and restaurant chain has already recruited seven apprentices through East Berkshire College’s new Hospitality & Catering Academy.

George explains: “We took on our first apprentice three months ago at the Royal Stag and we now have seven apprentices throughout the business. The apprentices are already having a very positive impact on the team in terms of their enthusiasm and energy. It is a tough world for businesses at the moment, but apprenticeships are a great way to reduce recruitment costs, improve staff retention and develop home-grown talent.”

Talking at the event Geoff Salinas, Area Head Chef for the Francesco’s restaurant and café chain, said: “We are particularly interested in further developing the skills of our current staff and finding fresh new talent for our restaurants, so we decided to come along to the event. Having a local training facility for our industry will make a real difference to local businesses like ours.”        

East Berkshire College and The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s Grow our Own team are working in partnership to support recruitment and training needs of local businesses in this thriving sector.

Johanna Watts, Grow our Own Manager, says: “The Royal Borough has an expansive range of businesses in Hospitality, including two of the top 20 tourist attractions in the U.K. We are keen to work with employers to provide the skills to enable local people to seize work opportunities in a thriving sector.”

The new Hospitality & Catering Academy is part of East Berkshire College’s £16m makeover of its Langley College and will provide state-of-the-art facilities to meet the training needs of the local community. Due for completion in August, the new academy will accommodate professional training kitchens, a working restaurant and conference suite.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its new hospitality & catering courses, call 0845 373 2500 or click here.
Published in Business Services
Monday, 18 March 2013 14:40

Business breakfast backs apprenticeships

 EBC 4318_web

Apprenticeships were top of the menu at a special Business Breakfast for local employers on Thursday (7 March) at East Berkshire College. Celebrating the benefits of employing apprentices, the event was the first in a series of activities to mark National Apprenticeship Week (11-15 March 2013).

A wide range of companies from across the region attended the event including Panasonic, CH&Co, Sir Christopher Wren Hotel, Thames Hospice Care, Kier and British Airways. The 'Business Breakfast' event provided local organisations with the chance to find out more about the College's new apprenticeship programmes and the benefits of taking on an apprentice.

The event featured a number of short presentations by key speakers such as Zeena Cala from the National Apprenticeship Service, Sarah-Jane Nicholls from the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Dawn Amos from Panasonic. Guests were also able to take part in a discussion forum, take a tour of the College's extensive facilities and hear directly from current apprentices about their experiences.

One of the guest speakers at the event was Sarah-Jane Nicholls, HR Manager at Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa. As a renowned four-star hotel, Sir Christopher Wren recognises the benefit of developing new talent and currently has two apprentices through the College.

"We wanted to find new talent for the kitchen, which would grow with us and really understand the culture of the hotel. East Berkshire College has made the whole process of setting up an apprenticeship programme very easy for us, from advising on funding to recruitment. The College was even able to screen CVs for us and send through candidates that matched our criteria, which saved us valuable time."

Guests were also provided with a tour of the College's excellent facilities including the engineering workshop, which features a state-of-the-art CNC Milling machine, and talk to current apprentices.

In addition to the breakfast event, the College also invited Fiona Mactaggart MP to take up the challenge of becoming an apprentice. During her visit, Fiona joined a class of apprentices in the College's extensive motor vehicle and engineering department to talk with them about their experiences. She was even shown how to use the latest autologic diagnostic equipment by apprentices Oliver Rickstraw (21) and Danny Saunders (19).

East Berkshire College trains hundreds of apprentices every year, in various subjects from engineering to professional cookery, and even helps businesses recruit apprentices.

East Berkshire College now offers a wide range of new apprenticeships in areas including Science, IT, Engineering, Business & Administration, Accounting and Hospitality & Catering. New higher apprenticeships (Level 4) are also available, offering a more affordable and convenient alternative to university.

Businesses interested in finding out more about apprenticeships or would like to request a copy of our 'Employer's Guide to Apprenticeships' can 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 including apprenticeships call 0845 373 2500 or click here.

Published in Business Services

 IMG 0950_web

With the help of East Berkshire College, Complete Care in Windsor has introduced its first apprenticeship scheme to offer its staff the chance to develop their skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification.

As part of its commitment to supporting staff development and further promoting good working practice, the professional home care company has six apprentices undertaking a level three qualification in Health & Social Care.

Though traditionally the caring industry is not a sector automatically associated with apprenticeships, more and more businesses like Complete Care are recognising the initiative as a cost-effective way to develop their workforce and recruit fresh new talent.

Beverley Buckner, Managing Director of Complete Care, explains: "It is important to have qualified staff to deliver the highest level of care to our service users. Apprenticeships are good for the individual, our business and the industry as a whole, as they help to raise standards and provide clients with added reassurance. This kind of training not only motivates the apprentice, but also inspires other members of the team."

"East Berkshire College made the process of setting up an apprenticeship scheme very straight forward, helping us with all the paperwork and accessing relevant funding. I have been very impressed with the College's flexible approach to our business. For example, they work around our shift patterns to deliver training at our offices rather than at the College, which is a real benefit for us and more convenient for our apprentices."

Established since 2002, Complete Care provides a full range of professional home care services to service users across Windsor, Maidenhead and the surrounding areas.

Amy Morrison, a homecare assistant, is one of the individuals studying for the Advanced Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care (NVQ Level 3).

"I always thought apprenticeships were for 16 year olds and I didn't realise they were available for the caring industry. Being an apprentice is great because you can learn while you earn. All the units of the course are relevant to my job and I am learning so much about industry regulations and legislation. Completing my level three qualification will give me more opportunities and enable me to work towards a possible promotion."

East Berkshire College trains hundreds of apprentices every year, in subjects from engineering to hairdressing, and helps businesses recruit apprentices.

As well as the more traditional trade-based apprenticeships, the College now offers a range of new apprenticeships in areas such as Business Administration, Accounting, Customer Service, Science, IT and Hospitality & Catering. An increasing range of new higher apprenticeships (Level 4) are also available.

Local businesses interested in taking on an apprentice, can contact East Berkshire College's Business Services team on 01753 443855.

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

Published in Business Services
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 15:09

Apprenticeships are on the menu at Wrens

IMG 0138_710px_web

In a bid to grow new talent for its award-winning restaurant, Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa in Windsor has recruited its first apprentice with the help of East Berkshire College's new Hospitality & Catering Academy.

Under the guidance of the Senior Chef de Partie, new apprentice Louis Graham (17, from Reading) is working as part of the hotel's nine-strong kitchen team that create a mouth-watering array of fine dishes and delicacies for guests.

Louis Graham, who is undertaking an apprenticeship in professional cookery, said: "After finishing school, I decided I wanted to work rather than study full-time. I've always loved cooking and studied GCSE cookery, so when I saw this job advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service website I applied straight away.

"This is a dream come true to work in such a prestigious restaurant. I thought I'd be just peeling potatoes at first, but I have worked here a month now and I've learnt so much already. I'm working towards a qualification, earning money and gaining lots of experience. I definitely learn better by doing things every day on the job and I am finding out about the pressures of working in a busy professional kitchen. Working in a place like this is an amazing start to my career. The world is my oyster!"

As a renowned four-star hotel, Sir Christopher Wren recognises the benefit of investing in recruiting and developing new talent.

Sarah-Jane Nicholls, HR Manager at Sir Christopher Wren Hotel, explains: "We wanted to find new talent for the kitchen, which would grow with us and really understand the culture of the hotel. This is the first time we have supported an apprentice and it is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic young person, like Louis, to work their way up to commis chef. Louis has settled into the team really well and has really boosted team morale.

"As a company, it is fantastic to have access to a local training facility and play a part in developing fresh talent for the industry. East Berkshire College has made the whole process of setting up an apprenticeship programme very easy for us, from advising on funding to recruitment. The College was even able to screen CVs for us and send through candidates that matched our criteria, which saved us valuable time. We would certainly look to take on more apprentices in the kitchen, and possibly other areas, in the future."

As a thriving industry both locally and nationally, the hospitality and catering sector offers a variety of career paths in hotels, restaurants, bars and conference centres. The College's new courses reflect this, covering a wide range of aspects including food safety, professional cookery, food and beverage service, housekeeping and front of house operations.

As well as the more traditional trade-based apprenticeships, the College now offers a range of new apprenticeships in areas such as Business Administration, Accounting, Customer Service and Hospitality & Catering. An increasing range of new higher apprenticeships (Level 4) are also available, offering a more affordable and convenient alternative to university.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its range of full-time and part-time hospitality and catering courses, call 0845 373 2500 or click here.

Businesses interested in finding out more about apprenticeships and workplace training can contact East Berkshire College on 01753 443855 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Published in Business Services
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 13:00

Slough Aspire to cater for business needs

 

Slough Aspire_steering_committee_2

One of the country's most innovative training and development projects, Slough Aspire, has been launched. Developed by SEGRO, with the support of private and public sector partners including East Berkshire College, Slough Aspire will become the 'first port of call for training and development needs' for businesses and the local community. The project will help the local community to develop the confidence and skills to take advantage of a rapidly changing employment market and ensure that employees have access to a talented and productive local workforce.

Slough Aspire forms an integral part of SEGRO's Vision for the Future master plan for Slough Trading Estate. Neil Impiazzi, Partnership Development Manager at SEGRO, said: "The concept behind Slough Aspire was created by SEGRO to help the local community access the 4,000 job that will be created over the next 20 years as part of our "Vision for the Future" master plan. However, given the benefits of the project we are committed to delivering Slough Aspire ahead of schedule in response to the needs of our customers and the local community. This project will not just underpin our exciting development plans for Slough Trading Estate but also help maintain its position as a leading business location in the Thames Valley.

"SEGRO has played an important role in the Slough community for nearly a century, providing a quarter of all jobs in the borough, and Slough Aspire will provide a fantastic opportunity to train local residents so they can compete more effectively for job opportunities".

The launch event marks an important milestone in the delivery of the project that will culminate in the opening of the Slough Aspire Centre, a 3,000 sq ft inspirational learning space on Slough Trading Estate later this year. The centre will be open to companies, schools and local residents and will play a critical role in enhancing and strengthening links between the community and local businesses.

A key programme being delivered as part of Slough Aspire is Business College Slough founded by East Berkshire College in collaboration with SEGRO. BCS supports business by creating and delivering tailor-made flexible training courses for staff that meet the needs of business.

Kate Webb, Principal of East Berkshire College, explains: "We are delighted to play a lead role in Slough Aspire. As part of this innovative public-private partnership, the College will be involved in resourcing and managing the Aspire Centre as well as utilising its expertise in delivering flexible training to meet the needs of business. The Business College Slough marks an exciting new direction for the College and builds upon our success in providing education and training for businesses and individuals in Slough over the past 35 years."

Amanda Davies, HR Director at Mars Chocolate UK, said: "We are very proud to be hosting the launch event for Slough Aspire and to showcase our Work Inspiration week, this is an excellent opportunity to provide students with some initial business experience and showcase a range of exciting careers within diverse industries including the food and drink sector. At Mars, engaging with students at an early stage is crucial to developing our business, identifying future talent and ensuring that we can help students to make informed decisions about their career path."

SEGRO is working in partnership with Mars, Ipsen, Lonza, Polycom, O2, RIM, UCB, Federation of Small Businesses, East Berkshire College, Slough Borough Council and Learning to Work (formerly the East Berkshire Education Business Partnership) to deliver the project. The centre is being delivered and funded through a public-private partnership.

Slough Aspire will deliver three core programmes:

Aspire for Schools aims to bring the world of work alive for young people. With direct involvement from the local business community the programme will raise aspirations and inspire young people by giving them the advice and skills they need to enjoy a successful career. Aspire for Schools is about shaping the future talent of Slough and every business should have an interest in this.

Learning to Work (formerly EBeBP) are the lead organisation for Aspire for Schools and have a proven track record of facilitating the link between education and local business. Learning to Work will provide support for all Aspire Partners who would like to engage in the programme.

Aspire for You is being led by Slough Borough Council and is designed to break down the barriers between residents and businesses in Slough. Slough is the 3rd most productive town in the UK outside London with a £2.5 billion output and although it continues to be a successful economic hub, its residents are missing out. People who live in Slough earn a lot less than people who work in Slough and we need to reduce this discrepancy.

Aspire for Business. Championed by East Berkshire College, Aspire for Business will deliver a range of training, mentoring and business development activities that aim to help Slough businesses maintain their competitiveness. The College is working with local business partners to ensure that Aspire for Business programme offers professional services for business including flexible, integrated learning, taught courses and apprenticeships. This demand-led training will respond to the needs of employers and enable businesses to partner with training providers and education institutions, including the College's new initiative: Business College Slough, a flexible modular higher skills offer for business and employees.

Published in Business Services
Page 2 of 3

Browse courses

Select from any of the menus below below to find a course:

Search courses

Enter a course title or code

×
  1. Profile

    Your own personal space on our website. Add your picture, save your details for faster applications, and more.

  2. my Courses

    Any courses you click 'like' on are saved here for browsing later. You can also check the progress of courses you have already applied for.

  3. my Prospectus

    Create a personalised digital prospectus from the courses you have clicked ‘like’ on throughout the site.

  4. Help & Advice

    Questions? Visit our help centre for tips and information on how to get the most out of myEBC.

×