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A new travel agency, which will be open to the public, was officially unveiled at Langley College in Station Road on Saturday (6th May 2017) as part of its Open Day event.

Run in partnership with Sunninghill Travel in Ascot, the new travel agency will be based in the reception of the College and staffed by trained travel and tourism students under the supervision of expert employees from Sunninghill Travel. As well as providing real work experience for students, it will also offer the community a convenient and local, independent travel agent.

Open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am until 4pm, the new agency will offer an exciting array of holiday packages and travel options, everything from exotic destinations for sun-seekers to adventure holidays for thrill-seekers.

Sunninghill Travel is an independent travel agent in Ascot, which is a member of ABTA and offers everything from tailor-made luxury holidays to city breaks and cruises. Sarah Lidenhammar, Managing Director of Sunninghill Travel Ltd, explains:

“Sunninghill Travel is an independent travel agency that strives to provide a high quality, personal service. By opening up an agency at Langley College, the aim is to serve the local community and to provide valuable work experience for college students. As there is no travel agent in the local area, this offers a great opportunity for local residents to benefit from speaking directly to trained individuals to help find the best deal and a holiday that really suits their needs.”

The new agency in Langley will offer its clients a personal and professional service. To ensure customers receive a high quality experience, the six students working in the agency have received specialist industry training and will be mentored by Sarah and her expert team. Frederique Connor, who is studying the Foundation Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management through the College and employed by Sunninghill Travel, will act as a team leader at the new agency.

Talking about working in the agency, student Oliwia Sikora (aged 18, from Slough), who is currently studying a Travel & Tourism Level 3 course at the College, said:

“The new agency is a great opportunity for us to learn, keep up-to-date with what’s happening in the travel industry and gain experience working with real customers. I think people prefer to speak to someone when booking a holiday as we can offer them advice on destinations and help them choose the right holiday for their needs. We have already received a lot of enquiries and we are looking forward to welcoming in local residents.”

Sunninghill Travel at Langley College is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am to 4pm. For more information or to book an appointment outside of these hours, please call 01344 627586, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here.

East Berkshire College offers a range of travel and tourism courses, from level two right through to a foundation degree. For further information, call 01753 793000 or click here.

Published in Travel and Tourism
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.

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Five former travel and tourism students from Langley College have successfully completed their first year of training with award-winning global event and corporate travel management company, The Appointment Group (TAG). The five students graduated in a prestigious ceremony in Slough recently to celebrate their achievements before they head off to take up roles in one of company’s global office locations.

Cally Ward, Frankie Sousa, Paulina Siankiwiecz, Rio Patel and Finty Murdoch, who all completed a level three travel and tourism course at Langley College last June, were presented with their award by John Gianquito, Joint CEO of TAG at a special ceremony at the Travelport office in Slough.

For the past year, the fabulous five have been training with TAG after passing an intensive recruitment process, which started with a visit to the College. They have been learning all aspects of the industry from business etiquette and customer service to building relationships with suppliers and understanding the needs of VIP travellers, enabling them to deliver the high standards of service for which TAG is renowned. They have also successfully completed extensive training on computerised reservation systems such as Galileo with Travelport in Slough.

Cally Ward (19, from Iver), explains: “I applied for the role at TAG after the company visited the college last year and I am really glad I did. Since starting my training, I have had the chance to work in their offices in New York and Los Angeles and been trained on the Galileo booking system.

“I’m really thankful for the great start the College has given me and for introducing me to TAG. It is a great company and they really make you feel like a valued part of the team. I’m looking forward to progressing with the company and hopefully working at one of their global offices.”

Fellow graduate, Paulina Siankiwiecz (19, from Maidenhead), agrees: “Graduating has been an amazing achievement. It has been a fantastic challenge and worth all the hard work. If it wasn’t for Langley College, I wouldn’t have this opportunity to work for such a great company. The Appointment Group and the College have been so supportive and taught me so much. I’m really excited about continuing my career with TAG.”

TAG manages the day-to-day travel requirements of clients from across the global business community. Teams of travel professionals provide a dedicated 24/7 service to clients from the corporate, finance, law, music, media and entertainment sectors via TAG’s network of global offices.

John Gianquitto, Joint TAG CEO added: “I am extremely pleased with the positive outcome of such an ambitious project. To have succeeded in training young individuals to fully capable Travel Executives in 12 months is a fantastic result and encouraging for the future. With TAG continuously expanding, our requirement for talented individuals will keep on growing. Having talent harnessed and developed in house, talent that fully understands the TAG ethos and service levels is of enormous value to us.”

Karen Cripps, tourism lecturer at Langley College, explained: “It was fantastic to see our students doing so well in the workplace. The travel industry is one of the biggest industries in the world and as a college we work closely with employers to provide our students with the latest knowledge and skills to access the exciting range of opportunities out there.”

Langley College’s Travel and Tourism Department offers a range of courses from level one right through to a Foundation Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management. The courses are designed to prepare students for an array of careers in the tourist industry, from airline cabin crew and tour operators to hotel management and corporate travel.

For further information on Langley College and its travel and tourism courses including the new Foundation Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management, please click here or call 01753 793000.

Published in Travel and Tourism

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Travel and tourism students from Langley College celebrated world culture while helping to flush away poverty as part of a fundraising event recently. The event successfully raised over £380 in aid of Toilet Twinning, an initiative by the charity Tearfund, which supports water and sanitation work in some of the poorest countries.

Organised entirely by the students, the fundraiser featured international food, music, dance and fun competitions. Students entertained visitors by performing dances from around the world including Bhangra, which some brave members of the audience joined in with. There was also a DJ at the event where staff and students could donate money to hear a song of their choice.

An array of international food, handmade by students including samosas, cupcakes, polish dumplings and doughnuts were available to buy. Hospitality and catering students also cooked and served some delicious savoury dishes including Rogan Josh and Sweet and Sour Chicken.

The event culminated in a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and students. The first prize on offer was a Nintendo Wii and other prizes included cinema tickets, toiletry gifts, chocolates and vouchers for the College’s Hair & Beauty Salon.

Student Selina Kaur, who is studying a Travel & Tourism BTEC Level 3 course at Langley College, was one of the organisers of the fundraiser. “The event was an enjoyable way to raise money for the charity,” explains Selina. “Everyone has worked really well together and we have learnt a lot about each other’s cultures, from food and dancing to native costumes and traditions.”

Proceeds from the event will help to provide a school with a block of toilets in Mariani, in Kenya, and latrines in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Students were involved in choosing which countries they wanted to support. The toilets were then chosen by Toilet Twinning based on where funds are currently most needed.

Toilet Twinning is an initiative from the international development charity Tearfund, which raises funds to support water and sanitation work in some of the poorest countries on earth. Toilet Twinning’s vital mission is to respond to and raise awareness of the fact that 2.4 billion people don’t have somewhere safe and hygienic to go to the toilet.

The College’s Travel and Tourism Department offers a range of courses from level one right through to a Foundation Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Based at the Langley College, the courses are designed to prepare students for careers in the tourist industry, from airline cabin crew and tour operators to hotel management and tourist attractions.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its travel and tourism courses including the new Foundation Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, please click here or call 01753 793000.

Published in Travel and Tourism

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Top achievers at East Berkshire College were honoured by global entrepreneur Fraser Doherty MBE at the College's annual Stand Out Awards Ceremony on Thursday (11th June).


Owner of the multimillion pound brand SuperJam and the youngest ever supplier to a supermarket chain, Fraser was guest speaker at the prestigious event, which was held at the College's Langley College in Station Road.

The awards acknowledged the outstanding achievements of over 140 students, across both the Langley and Windsor colleges. Prizes were awarded for excellence, endeavour, achievement, service to the community and most promising student for each of the College's curriculum areas.

A delighted Heena Asghar (from Langley), received an award for most promising student for Travel & Tourism.

"It is amazing to be recognised with an award," said Heena. "Returning to college to study travel and tourism has been a great experience. This is not just a college, it's a community. The teachers are so supportive and they provide you with lots of great opportunities."

She continues: "Studying at college has been a positive step for me and I am hoping to stay on to do the foundation degree in hospitality and tourism management next. My ultimate goal is to work in the airline industry."

Another winner was journalist and former student Tim Cole, who won the coveted Alumni of the Year Award for his outstanding achievements since graduating in 1980 as well as his continued support for the College's Hospitality & Catering Academy. Since studying A Levels at the College, Tim has carved out a successful career in journalism and is currently editor of both the Slough Observer and Royal Borough Observer.

This year's special Team of the Year Award went to students and staff from the College's Construction Department for their outstanding contribution in helping to fit out their brand new learning facilities, which are part of the College's new STEM Project and Research centre for construction and engineering skills.

Fraser Doherty also gave an inspiring speech, talking about the unwavering determination that helped him start his own business at the age of 14 and develop a ground-breaking sugar-free jam recipe. A recipe for success that led to him selling his first products to Waitrose at 18 and now selling over a million jars each year across the world, from Russia to Australia. No stranger to awards himself, having received dozens of accolades from Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year to the John Logie Baird Innovation Award, Fraser has also established a charity to help elderly people living alone or in care called SuperJam Tea Parties.

The special evening event was attended by students, parents, teachers and local dignatries including Councillor Eileen Quick, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, and Arvind Dhaliwal, Deputy Mayor of Slough. Hospitality and catering students served up a delicious range of canapés at the event, while performing arts students entertained guests.

For further information on the College's extensive range of over 800 courses available, click here or call 01753 793000.

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From Bollywood dancing and creative nail art to a plastering challenge and a petting farm, there was an extravaganza of activities to entertain and educate visitors at East Berkshire College's new look Langley College on Saturday (9th May).

Over 1,900 visitors enjoyed a host of demonstrations, games and stalls at the College's annual Summer Fun Day in Station 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. As well as entertaining visitors, the fun day also raised over £850 for children's charity, Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service.

Highlights of the day included a petting zoo (from baby goats to rabbits), Karan's Bollywood masterclass, face painting, a bungee trampoline, a bouncy castle, fun photo scenes, Raspberry Pi programming, a banana piano and various arts and crafts activities. Hair and beauty students demonstrated the latest hair-up styles and provided free mini manicures in the brand new salons, while a football challenge took place in the Sports Centre.

Younger visitors were also able to have a go at decorating biscuits, model making and watching balloon sculpting by Dali Balooni, while the College's catering students were selling a selection of delicious handmade cupcakes. The local Fire & Rescue Service also brought along a fire engine much to the delight of some budding young firefighters.

Juliet Holloway, Director of Learner Service and Communications at the College, explains:

"This is the third Summer Fun Day the College has held and the most successful so far, with over 1,900 visitors through the doors.

"As well as showcasing our exciting new facilities and our range of over 800 courses, the event is a great opportunity to bring the community together and celebrate local talent. From sports to hairdressing and computing to face painting, there was something to entertain and inspire those of all ages. "

There was also a marketplace with local businesses selling a wide range of products. Businesses exhibiting included Moss End Farm Shop, The Dinky Fingerprint Company, Chalfont Chilli and Mantio Ice Cream.

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 full-time and part-time courses including apprenticeships.

Iver resident Violet O'Rourke was impressed with the free event at Langley College: "We had a great free family day out. I was amazed at the range of activities on offer and what great facilities the students have here. I wish I had these when I was at college. We particularly loved the children's area, bungee trampoline and the farm animals."

East Berkshire College continues to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and is currently in the final stages of 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 STEM Project and Research Centre featuring specialist workshops for the construction trades, which is due to be completed in August 2015.

For more information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of courses, please click here or call 01753 793000.

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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.
Published in Science
Thursday, 24 November 2011 00:00

College life on show in Windsor

windsor open_eveVisitors to East Berkshire College's Windsor Campus were treated to a fascinating display of forensic science techniques in its new state-of-the-art laboratories and an exhibition of work by its retail and merchandising display students at an Open Evening on Wednesday (23rd November).

From media studies to business, there was a wide variety of demonstrations running throughout the evening. Highlights included forensic science students examining a crime scene – complete with a severed finger (fake of course!) and suspicious fingerprints. Meanwhile, travel and tourism students took on the role of airline cabin crew to demonstrate inflight procedures and equipment.

Over 230 visitors attended the event, enjoying guided tours of the campus and watching classes in action. Current students and staff were also available to answer any questions on the College's extensive range of over 600 courses and impressive facilities in St Leonards Road.

Darcy Rutland and her daughter Kirsty (15), who applied for two courses on the night, were among the record number of visitors to take a look around the Windsor Campus.

Darcy explains: "We have been really impressed by the College's modern facilities, especially the science laboratories. Everyone has been really friendly and helpful. The students seem to have a real sense of pride in the College and enthusiasm for their courses, which is great to hear."

Prospective student Carla Kimble also attended the event to find out about the A Level courses on offer.

"A number of people had recommended the College to me, so I thought I'd come along and see for myself. It's been really useful to be able to speak to current students as well as tutors about college life, what you learn on each of the courses and the grades you need. Everyone is very welcoming."

The College celebrated 100% pass rate in 17 A Level subjects in 2011. These included photography, English literature and physics. In fact, 96% of photography students achieved A*- B grades.

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

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

 

Published in Travel and Tourism
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 00:00

Students give it some heart for charity

charity week1Putting their heart into fundraising, students at East Berkshire College have held a week-long series of events to raise over £3,000 for the British Heart Foundation.

Students and staff from the Langley Campus have been busy performing a host of treatments from manicures to massages, organising a cake sale and selling raffle tickets as part of their annual Charity Week.

The Hair and Beauty Department generously donated all proceeds from around 350 treatments in its training salons, which are open to the public. Meanwhile, silence was golden for travel and tourism students, who held a sponsored silence and pyjama day to generate funds. Sport science students were also in action taking blood pressure readings for 50p and giving valuable advice on the results.

Beauty therapy lecturer Laura Ellis says it was a great week, with students and staff coming up with lots of fun ways to raise funds.

"Each year we hold a charity week to raise money for a good cause. This year, our students and staff chose the British Heart Foundation because a number of their families have been affected by heart conditions.

"The students have been so enthusiastic and worked really hard to raise a record amount this year. The event is a great chance for students to learn about teamwork, find out about the work of the charity, and it is a valuable opportunity for hair and beauty students to gain experience working on real clients."

The training salons at the College's Langley Campus act as a working business to allow students to train on members of the public. For those interested in booking an appointment at the salon, please call 01753 793246.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 700 courses including travel and tourism call 0845 373 2500

Published in Travel and Tourism
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 09:42

Travel is on the move

East Berkshire College’s Travel & Tourism provision has moved from Langley Campus to our Windsor Campus to take advantage of the town’s position as a tourist hub. Students have enjoyed fact finding missions around the town, taking photos and collecting promotional materials to collate and use in their own projects. They have also benefited from the wealth of tourism industries in the area, and our staff links have secured work experience placements at the luxury MacDonald Windsor Hotel.

For more information about our Travel & Tourism programme, please view the course factsheets, or call a student adviser on 0845 373 2500.

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