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As part of their community project, 25 students from the Personal Options programme and community gardening course at East Berkshire College organised a special coffee morning in support of Breast Cancer Care. The students raised over £155 for the charity by selling a variety of cakes, hot drinks, plants, books, homemade felt hearts, mugs and raffle tickets to students and staff at Langley College.

The event formed part of a special business enterprise scheme developed by the College to teach students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities valuable life skills, which are transferable to the workplace. Along with building their confidence, the project develops the students' communication skills, numeracy, literacy and IT skills.

As well as planning and organising the fundraising event, the students were able to use their creative skills to design promotional flyers, stitch felt hearts and decorate the classrooms.Some of the students on the community garden course also grew plants to sell.

The enterprise project is a popular and valuable teaching tool according to lecturer Jenny Cobb. Jenny explains: "The event was a great success, thanks to the hard work and effort of the students. As well as raising money for a worthwhile cause, the event also helped the students develop their ability to work as a team and communicate effectively.

"Each year the programme aims to prepare students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities for life and work, by developing the skills and confidence they need to succeed."

The Personal Options programme is an entry-level course for people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. For more information on the Personal Options programme at East Berkshire College, please click here or call 0845 373 2500.

Published in Foundation Programmes

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Jobcentre Plus and East Berkshire College teamed up with local employers last week (22nd October) to give adults and young people around East Berkshire the opportunities they need to take up work.

Hundreds of jobseekers from the local area were invited to a special Careers and Learning Fair, where they were able to meet employers and find out about developing their skills through a wide range of Traineeships and Apprenticeships.

Held at Langley College in Station Road, the event featured a range of employers offering jobs and advice, local training providers and voluntary organisations. Employers exhibiting at the event included the Royal Air Force, McDonalds, Interserve, Primark, Morrisons and Thames Valley Police.

Raj Basram, Employer & Partnerships Manager Slough Jobcentre Plus, said: "This was a fantastic opportunity for Slough Jobcentre Plus claimants to apply for work and learning opportunities. We received a great response from local businesses all working to the ethos of supporting Slough community and local jobs for local people.

"Our partners East Berkshire College commissioned use of their newly built ground floor 'Street' and Social areas for the event. They also provided sessions for Jobcentre Plus claimants who needed Basic Skills, English as a Second Language training support and delivered presentations on Traineeships and Apprenticeships. I hope this will mark the start of future annual events working in partnership with East Berkshire College and local business."

Working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, East Berkshire College is committed to supporting adults and young people in successfully finding employment. As part of the event, the College provided information, advice and guidance on careers, funding and a wide range of courses including Traineeships and Apprenticeships. In addition, the College delivered sessions on basic skills and English for speakers of other languages.

Latisha Dendie-Hodge (18, from Slough) found the event particularly beneficial. She explains: "I didn't realise there were so many job opportunities available until I came to the event. I've been able to make some useful contacts and find out information I couldn't find online. I've spoken to lots of different companies and I even discovered that there are roles for musicians in the armed forces, which I never knew. I play a number of instruments, so I think I might apply for this."

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

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012 11:54

Low grades? We can help.

Low grades? You could still come to College.

Advance2Go! is the course for you if you don't have formal qualifications. It covers Personal Development, English, Maths and ICT as well as giving you the opportunity to try out the vocational area you are interested in. You can choose from the following areas, and gain a great introduction to the subject. Why not contact us now to see if Advance2Go! is for you?

Or if a more academic route is your thing, have a look at our brand new GCSE pathways courses in Science and Business, giving you a great rounding in the subject and prepare you for further study in A Levels, a Level 3 BTEC or an apprenticeship. 

Advance2Go! courses:

Childcare
This course covers caring for the young aged 0-3 years, play and learning in the home, pregnancy and responsible parenting - an ideal introduction for anyone wanting to work in the childcare sector. 

Construction
Try the hands-on skills of bricklaying, plastering, painting and decorating, plumbing and electrical work... then decide what to specialise in after that. 

ICT
Prepare yourself for the world of work and learn to use different software programs the way they are used in businesses and offices everywhere. 

Motor Vehicle
Enjoy learning the hand-on basic skills of car maintenance, valeting, car safety and body work in a fully equipped car workshop. 

Public Services
Prepare for a career in Public Services by learning all about the different areas that you can work in. You will improve your health and fitness and have outings/teamwork activities. 

Retail
This course will help you develop your customer service skills. You will also learn about different aspects of business to help with your future career.

Salon Skills
Enjoy working in a salon environment where you can develop your skills in hairdressing. You will also act as a receptionist in the salon as part of your units. 

Sport
Improve your health and fitness levels in our gym and develop your team skills. You will also learn about how muscles and vital organs are affected by exercise and over training.  

Published in Foundation Programmes
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
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:36

Parents Making Progress

If you are a young mum or dad or you are pregnant then this is the course for you. It will enable you to re- enter education at a pace that is suitable for you. You will explore aspects of childcare as well as developing your skills ready for further education or employment. We offer the course in a location that can also provide crèche facilities and we provide help and support to enable you to attend and achieve on the course.

For more information see the course factsheet, or please call a student adviser on 0845 373 2500.

Published in Foundation Programmes

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