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    Carshalton College will be at The Sutton Life Centre every Saturday Morning from 11.00am to 1.30pm selling delicious home made cakes and coffee.

    Carshalton College is thrilled to be hitting the road and taking out the food prepared by their catering and hospitality students into the local community. A freshly made coffee and a slice of cake will be on sale for £2, coffee for a £1 and a slice of cake for £1.50.

    Ian Elson, Catering Tutor, is excited about the opportunity for students to experience a real life retail setting to sell their products

    “The Sutton Life Centre does so much for the community, this is an ideal opportunity for the College to work with the Centre and give students work experience. The weekly Coffee and Cake stand will give students chance to develop their enterprise skills by running a stall outside of the College, their customer service skills and working in a local community setting.”

    Tina Stevens,  The Sutton Life Centre Manager,  is very pleased to be working with Carshalton College and said “I hope this will lead to further opportunities for joint projects and is delighted to be able to support the students in a unique working environment to help them gain new skills.”

    Catering and Hospitality students are taught at Nightingales Restaurant, Carshalton College's on-site training restaurant. The restaurant offers real hands on experience and is open to the public during term time for coffee mornings, lunch, dinner, functions and business events plus our special themed evenings. Lunches and Fine Dining Dinners are prepared and served by our enthusiastic students under the supervision of experienced chefs.

    Students are on a variety of courses including Certificates, Diplomas and City and Guilds qualifications in an Introduction to Hospitality, Food and Drink Service and Professional Cookery, and cover

    • Food preparation
    • Food hygiene
    • Health & Safety
    • Menu design & costings
    • Event planning and management
    • Restaurant floor service planning

    The Sutton Life Centre is based at 24 Alcorn Close, Sutton, Surrey SM3 9PX. It has a range of facilities all under one roof, including a modern public library, outdoor climbing wall, multipurpose sports pitch, meeting room facilities, media lab, eco-garden and our award winning Life Skills Zone for school visits.

    For more information, please contact:
    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4501


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    Carshalton College Music Tutor, Jay Relf, has written and produced the Christmas single that is available now to download by Channel 5’s presenters to their children’s segment Milkshake.

    Derek, Jen, Kemi, Amy, Olivia and Travis have recorded the track “It’s Christmas” after it was used on a TV programme last year and was so popular, the channel decided to ask Jay to re produce the song and Universal will release it as a single. The single is a classic Christmas track that gets you in the festive spirit as soon as it starts with a high tempo happy infectious beat.

    Please click here to download the single, for every single sold Milkshake will donate 44p to CLIC Sargent, the UK's leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families.

    Jay has worked with Channel 5 for eight years writing and producing all types of music for various programmes. This track will also include the talents of Carshalton College music student Charlie Wright,18, who contributed to the guitar sounds. This was a great opportunity for Charlie to see the high production value of this kind of project where they need the equivalent to a chart hit but with a very happy theme to appeal to the young target audience. As Jay explains this work experience expands their breath of possibilities of how to work in the music industry

    “Working musicians have to be flexible and explore all avenues of exploiting their musical talents. Charlie was extremely professional and did a great job in working on this single.”

    Jay Relf is an award winning music producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Having learnt the craft of music arrangement through playing in bands in the early part of his career Jay began experimenting with electronic based music in early 90’s. He soon was releasing his own material, which led him on to working with some influential artists such as Leftfield, Andrew Weatherall (Producer of Primal Screams ‘Screamadelica’) and Sascha and Digweed.

    Having moved to London and securing a publishing deal with BMG, he began working with numerous artists across genres such as Garage, Ragga,Hip Hop and R&B, most notably producing and co-writing tracks for Phoebe One who went on to win a Mobo award in 2002. Other labels he has worked for include Universal, Island Records, BMG and Sony Music.

    Aside from his teaching at the College, Jay currently composes music for Media/TV based companies including the BBC, ITV and Channel 5 on various TV shows and advertisements, as well as co-writing and producing for new and up-and-coming artists. He is a fantastic tutor to have at the College with his wealth of experience composing and making all different types of music.

    Carshalton College offers the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Music Technology and Performance and the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology. Both courses offer the opportunity to develop skills in music performance and music technology for a career in a variety of roles in the music industry.

    For more information, please contact:
    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4501


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    Carshalton College is thrilled to announce that two of our Building Lives Apprentices won awards at the Building Lives Travis Perkins Star Awards on Monday 8 December. 

    Congratulations to students Stewart Cudd who won the award for Best Attendance & Time keeping and Ismail Warsame who won the prestigious Apprentice of the Year Award.

    Almost 150 leaders from the housing, construction and training sectors along with Building Lives apprentices gathered at the stunning London Bridge offices of Field Fisher Solicitors’ for a special awards event generously sponsored by leading merchant Travis Perkins Managed Services. 

    The first of its kind the annual awards recognised and celebrated the hard work and dedication of apprentices, staff and almost 200 partners. The apprentices were selected from across London including Harrow, Barking & Dagenham and Ealing & West London Colleges.  Nominations from College Tutors, Apprentice Officers, NVQ Assessors, Apprentices and site staff came flooding in as everyone was eager to promote the success of apprentices and the partnership.

    Highlights of the evening included speeches from TV superstar, Tommy Walsh, current and former apprentices and a motivational performance by Rommell Wallace, poet from SAY. There was a real feel-good factor in the room as winners came to the stage to collect their awards. The icing on the cake was as an impromptu auction kicked off by Chris Pentland, Wickes National Account Manager who won a bike in the raffle. Successful bidder Jim Day, CEO of K&T Heating donated the bike to 19 year old Apprentice of the Year, Ismail Warsame. A complete off-the-cuff and extremely heart-warming series of events. 

    Building Lives has grown rapidly since inception from its first Construction Training Academy opening in 2010, to a portfolio of 10 Academies, with 10 more Academies due to open in 2015. Such growth is only possible with the overwhelming support Building Lives gets from the sector and is a collaborative effort from Social Landlords right through to main contractors, subcontractors and colleges. Not for profit, Building Lives will soon be dominating the Construction Apprenticeship market in London by delivering 1000 apprentices a year, leading the way along with important charities such as The Construction Youth Trust, to try and tackle the alarming construction industry skills shortage highlighted in KPMG s recently sponsored Chamber of Commerce report, Skills to Build. 

    Sian Workman, Interim Managing Director hosted the evening explained ‘Building Lives is more than a social enterprise or charity, it is a strong partnership that demonstrations when people put aside competition and commercial interests to focus on a common goal – anything is possible. We recognise things are not perfect, we have growing pains, but the passion from everyone involved has enabled us to overcome huge challenges so far and together we are paving the way forward. These Awards provide the perfect platform to reward apprentices for their tremendous efforts and for us to say a massive thank you to all of the amazing partners that make up Building Lives.’  

    The event provided the opportunity to introduce the brand new charity, Building Lives Foundation, which will officially launch in early 2015, helping Building Lives to open new Academies, preparing more people to work in the industry. Raffle tickets were sold to raise money for the Building Lives Foundation and prizes were donated by local business and partners.


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    Could you be the next Low Carbon Entrepreneur?

     

    The 2015 competition is now open for your ideas!

    Past winners have had great success with solarbox and bio-bean attracting international interest and further investment. It just goes to show what this competition can do for those who enter.

    The closing date is 16 February 2015 so you have lots of time to apply online.
     
    Just think - how would you use £20,000 to get your idea to market?

    For more information please click here:


    Mayor of London’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur supported by Siemens.

     


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  • 12/15/14--07:11: January 2015 Open Event
  • Carshalton College’s next Open Event is on Tuesday 20 January 2015, from 4.30pm to 7.00pm. Visit the College for tours, the chance to meet tutors and students and gain advice & guidance. 

    Pre-register
    If you would like to attend our Open Event you can pre register to attend in advance and receive a ticket to bring along. If you are unable to print the ticket, we can scan your barcode from your mobile device or search for your name.

    Visitors are welcome to register on the day at the event if preferred.

    Please note only potential learners need to register. Parents/friends attending with a potential learner do not need to register.

    As your local vocational College, Carshalton College has excellent state of the art facilities that are continuously evolving to provide an outstanding learning environment. The College offers Full-Time, Part-Time, Higher Education and Access, Skills for Life & Work courses and Apprenticeships for students of all ages and abilities.

    Subjects include accountancy, art & design, beauty, brickwork, business, childcare, catering, carpentry, construction, digital media and games, electrical, hairdressing, health & social care, IT, music technology, motor vehicle, plastering, plumbing, public services and sport.

    Tours

    During the Open Event visitors can take a tour of our facilities which include the Renaissance Hair and Beauty Salons, Nightingales our in-house training restaurant, Construction and Motor Vehicle Workshops and our Creative Industries’ workspaces. 

    Meet our team of tutors and students

    Tutors and students will be available to answer any questions. You can also apply at the event for courses with immediate start dates and those commencing in September 2015.

    Advice and Guidance

    The Student Support Centre will be available to talk to at the Open Event. Visit the team to receive advice and guidance on finances, education & training opportunities and information on College Life with the common room, learner voice, enrichment and student union.

    Why Carshalton College?

    Carshalton College celebrates being awarded GOOD by Ofsted
    In May 2014 Carshalton College received a GOOD Grading following their Ofsted (The Office for Standards in Education) Inspection

    This grading gives the teaching and support staff recognition for their enthusiasm, hard work and dedication that provides a ‘welcoming, stimulating and inclusive environment’ as concluded in the final report.

    Best College in London & Surrey

    Carshalton College is delighted to have been recognised for the third year running as ‘The Best College in London & Surrey’* for long courses.

    Peter Mayhew-Smith, Principal at Carshalton College, is thrilled by the news and says, “This is a fantastic result for the College, to have the best success rates on long courses in both London and Surrey for three years running is a great feat. The whole team at the College is involved in this success and I must thank the staff, students and governors who have all contributed to our continued success.  We now look to concentrate on ensuring this continued success and high achievements for our individual learners.”

    *Long course success rates 2010/11, 2011/12 & 2012/13 Source: The Data Service

    Visit us on Tuesday 20 January from 4.30pm to 7.00pm.

    www.carshalton.ac.uk
    020 8544 4501
    cs@carshalton.ac.uk


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    Carshalton College offers a number of Apprenticeships enabling learner's to develop specialist skills needed to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in their chosen sector while gaining a highly regarded industry qualification.

    Our case study on former student Steven Hylands, highlights the benefits of choosing an Apprenticeship and describes his journey training to become an Electrician.


    “I enrolled through at Carshalton College through the JTL apprentice scheme in 2009 onto the Electrotechnical course.

    I had heard that Carshalton College had a good reputation with in JTL and as one of my possible options I choose it over other colleges which were closer to me.

    I enjoyed the 3 years I spent at Carshalton College. I made many new friends along the way who I am now linked with in the construction industry. The facilities were always well looked after so that our practical lessons ran smoothly and I learnt lots in the time given. A highlight of my course has got to be our tutor Mike Hill, as I'm sure you know he is quite a character. He was fun to have guiding us through the course and passed all of his experience and knowledge he's gained over the years onto the class.

    After leaving Carshalton College I successfully completed my JTL Apprenticeship to become a fully qualified electrician, working on site and gaining valuable experience.

    My advice to anyone wishing to follow this route is to do it and do your best at it as well. Hard work at College pays a big reward out in the working world as a fully qualified professional.

    I have just started a HND in Building Services and Engineering at Southbank University. The qualifications I gained at College helped me to follow this route and build on my career within the construction industry. I aim to work my way up with in my current company Bancroft LTD, there’s a lot of hard work to be done but you only get out what you put in!

    I was nominated for the
    ECA Apprentice of the Year Award. I went through to the interview stage and won the Apprentice of the year for the London region which put me through to the national final. Unfortunately I didn't manage to win the national award, but was still a great experience! Also, I have just attended the awards for the JTL Apprentice of the Year. I am very proud to say that I was a runner up for the London and East of England region category.”

    Carshalton College prides itself on possessing one of the finest electrical training facilities within the London Region.  The electrical training facilities are continually kept current and up-to-date with the constantly changing technical components used within an electrical installation training program.  The numerous training facilities are designed for and allow our students to perform practical activities on an individual platform.  This individual performance by our students allows us to accurately access, and assist, students at an individual level.  Carshalton College’s practical training activities and facilities are also supported by a strong team of workshop assistants.  Additionally, the facilities are supported by modern electrical test equipment, quality hand tools and installation support equipment accepted as the industry standard. 

    The College are a preferred option for JTL training in the region with a reputation for using the JTL Framework to effectively train Apprentices in technical certificates and key skills, continuously achieving outstanding results for learners.  Tutors have high expectations to push the Apprentices with a structured programme helped with clear planning and being learner focused to the student’s needs.

    The College currently has 68 JTL Electrical Apprentices on their 3 year programme.

    Click here to download our latest Apprenticeship Prospectus with all the course information for Carshalton College.


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  • 12/17/14--07:11: Hairdressing Case Study
  • Danae-Nihcole Roadnight enrolled at Carshalton College in July 2014 to start her Full Time Level 3 Hairdressing course which includes bridal hairstyles and management modules. Danae talks about her time at the College and her passion for hairdressing

    “I had heard about the hairdressing course at Carshalton College through friends. They had told me how thorough the course was and how helpful the tutors were at the College. I enrolled on the one year course and work part time in ‘Its So You’, a salon based in Wandsworth where I am a stylist.

    I always knew I wanted to become a hairdresser. I've always been passionate about hair and the way you can express yourself through it. There are so many different possible outcomes that you can achieve with the cuts and colour.. it’s amazing.Vidal Sassoon, Nicki Clarke and John Freida are famous hairdressers that have inspired me to follow my dreams and be creative.

    Tutors at the College have been a highlight of my course, especially Janet White, my Level 2 tutor and Shelley Agneau- Wilson who first taught me colour theory. Carshalton College has fantastic facilities with their Renaissance Salons, offering such a calm and relaxed atmosphere, which is perfect for when you're trying to study.

    Since joining the College I have had the opportunity to take part in external events to gain experience of working on models styling hair for catwalk shows.  I took part in Goodwood Revival 2014 and the Wear It For Autism Charity event in October 2014.”

    Hair tutor Fiona Chaffey has fantastic links to provide students with the opportunities to take part in external events and gain added experience for their CVs. Fiona says

    “It gives the students an insight into a different world and opens up an alternative avenue into the hair industry in addition to working in a salon. There are endless opportunities and one is working back stage at events like this and being a sessional stylist.”

    Looking towards the future, Danae-Nihcole said

    “I'm unsure at the moment what my plan is for after my course, I would like to do freelance but I think my route will be focusing on colour. For anyone interested in a career in hairdressing my advice would be to definitely take part in a hairdressing course that has a lot of good reviews,  research and see what the course will entail and if you will get the most out of it.”

    Carshalton College has a great reputation for their full time and part time Hairdressing courses and Apprenticeships. The courses have been running for over 50 years since the College opened, making it one of the few original vocational courses on offer. There is a front of house Renaissance salon that is open to the public, which is a realistic working environment and a training salon where learning takes place in a creative atmosphere. The staff are all dedicated practitioners who continue to work in industry alongside their teaching role, keeping updated of new trends, innovative ideas and practices.


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    Join our free weekly Saturday Coderdojo Workshops from 10.00am to 1.00pm during term time. 

    Come along and engage with creative programming and digital fun for young people and parents.

    Carshalton Coder Dojo is part of the international network of Dojos that aim to foster an interest in all aspects of coding computers and devices. They are open to people of all ages and have mentors from the software industry to help and advise. Parents are more than welcome to come along ( If you are under 12 they MUST stay with you.)

    With experts to help from the creative industry, children and parents can learn programming technology together and

    • Use 3D and Creative Software
    • Create computer games
    • Learn to programme
    • Design Robots

    The group is completely free to attend.  It is run on a voluntary basis by Mark Gatehouse, Team Leader for Creative Industries and IT at Carshalton College, with help from other volunteers from the computing and gaming industries.   The workshops are for all-abilities and have included children as young as six, as well as teenagers and their parents. 

    “We help them learn coding skills by trying out things like game design and robotics,” says Mark.  “They have a lot of fun and hopefully we’re setting them up for great future careers.  Coding skills mean it’s possible not only to use the latest technology but to modify it, which has the potential to make these future professional coders extremely valuable to employers.”  

    Sue Spenceley Burch from Wallington started bringing her 13-year-old son to Carshalton Coderdojo early in 2014.  “He spends a lot of time on his laptop, so I thought he’d enjoy finding out how the games he loves are actually created.  He’s learned a lot, and he likes it so much he’s signed up for a computer science course at school.  He sees it as a possible future career, but whatever industry he eventually ends up in, it’ll be really valuable experience.”

    Parent Stephen Wood attended the first session of 2015 and said "Thanks again for looking after us today - my kids really enjoyed it and have been telling their grandparents all about it this afternoon! We hope to come along again in a couple of weeks."

    To book a space online, please click here

    For more information, please contact

    Mark Gatehouse
    Tutor for Games Design and Interactive Media
    Team Leader for Computing and Creative Industries

    e: Mark.gatehouse@carshalton.ac.uk

    Carshalton College, Nightingale Road, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2EJ

    For more information on Coderdojo, please visit www.coderdojo.com


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    Aleandro Brown, 19 years old, joined Carshalton College in 2013 on a Level 2 Professional Cookery Apprenticeship and completed his placement at local pub, The Sun, in Carshalton. After completing this level, Aleandro has now progressed to the Level 3 qualification and is working at Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant The Savoy Grill in London while attending College one day a week.

    Aleandro moved to the UK from Jamaica with the ambition to follow his passion for cooking and work for a Michelin star restaurant. During his Apprenticeship at The Sun Aleandro worked 30 hours a week with Head Chef Gary Marshall producing a fresh seasonal menu offering daily specials, traditional classics such as burgers, fish & chips and a British roast on Sundays. This fast paced environment, taught Aleandro to think quickly, work under pressure and much more than he expected about working as a chef.

    Tom Hall, Team Leader for Catering and Hospitality at Carshalton College, advised Aleandro if he wished to progress and be challenged in his career, he needed to apply to work at establishments in London to gain invaluable experience but be prepared for big lifestyle changes.

    Aleandro took this advice and emailed Michelin starred restaurants in London and ones connected with famous chefs he admired. Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant, The Savoy Grill, invited Aleandro in for an interview with Head Chef Andy Cook and as part of the test gave him a set of ingredients to cook a dish on the spot. Aleandro prepared honey glazed salmon with sauté potatoes and kale and was offered a position the same day.

    Tom Hall says the experience has made a huge difference to Aleandro’s focus and determination

    “Aleandro has turned a corner since starting his Level 3 Apprenticeship. His mental and professional approach has developed significantly and his motivation &  enthusiasm shines through. I would be proud to have him as a member of my kitchen, he is a good team player and reliable. This experience working in industry on an Apprenticeship highlights the impact it has on student’s knowledge, ability and attitude.”

    Aleandro talks about his experience so far

    “My passion for cooking comes from my Jamaican roots and I wanted to move to the UK to get the experience of cooking with ingredients from different cultures. I learnt more than I expected working at The Sun and realised after completing my Level 2 qualification the variety of experience I could gain from working at different establishments with the Level 3 Apprenticeship would be a great progression.

    Tom helped me push myself to apply for jobs which I knew would be hard work but give me the experience I needed to have a career as a Chef and hopefully own my own restaurant one day. I was thrilled when I got the job at The Savoy Grill. It was a shock going from working 30 hours a week to 70 hours a week and studying at College one day. We have 250 covers at lunch time and over 300 at dinner so the job is non stop. I have met Gordon Ramsey twice and you want him to be impressed, he is funny but takes things seriously. I produced a dish and he sent it back giving the advice that if it is not perfect, do not serve it. This is the motivation you need to produce food at the highest level, which is what I want to do.

    For anyone wanting to be work in Catering I would say just believe in yourself and go for it. If you are determined, prepared to work hard and follow your dreams, anything can happen.”

    Aleandro will complete his Apprenticeship in June 2015.


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    The Motor Vehicle team are visiting Brands Hatch on Saturday 17 January to take part in a general car track day. The team will be taking their Ford Puma Vehicle to race.

    Four tutors will be taking it in turns to drive the Puma as students are only permitted to help with repair and maintenance inbetween laps. 11 students from the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Motor Vehicle Technology (Motor Sport) course are going to help with pit checks every 4 to 5 laps. During 2015 there are more Santapod and Crystal Palace race meetings where students will hopefully be able to race.

    General Car Track Days at Brands Hatch attendees range from enthusiasts looking for their latest thrill, to racing drivers putting in some laps. Brands Hatch Circuit is a real favourite amongst track day drivers. This Indy circuit is surprisingly difficult to perfect with double apexes at both Druids and Clearways.

    The Motor Sport Course is for anyone aged 16 years and over, interested in gaining technical knowledge and skills along with diagnostic techniques for today's modern motor vehicle industry. 

    Through practical experience and theory knowledge this course will lead to a wide variety of job opportunities in the motorsport industry. This course prepares learners to progress straight into work or go onto a University course. Practical job role options immediately after the course include

    • Working with rally teams
    • Vehicle Testing
    • Upgrading engines
    • Vehicle design
    • Vehicle management; this course is ideal for those intending to proceed to management positions

    Why this qualification

    As the qualification is Level 3 it will lead to roles at a higher level in the workplace and provide a stepping stone to a foundation degree or HNC or HND. It is a BTEC qualification allowing school leavers to move on from the Level 2 achieved at GCSE. It also includes maths, science, ICT and electronics modules related to the motor vehicle industry. The course also has a two year project incorporated into the qualification where learners build a car and then race it.

    The Vehicle and Maintenance Repair students have been working on modifications to the Ford Puma Vehicle, completely stripping and transforming it in line with guidelines from the MSA (Motor Sports Council) regulations to be race ready. These modifications have included new seat belts & seats, fitting track day tyres, adding a roll cage, stripping the door interior, taking out the headlights and windows and fitting perspex instead of glass and cameras ready to film the action on race days. 

    Why Carshalton College

    The College has all the latest equipment and vehicles to perform routine maintenance on tyres, brakes, steering, suspension, transmission and electrical systems, as well as removing & replacing engine units and diagnostics. With two large workshops the College 30 small to medium sized cars including a 4x4 Vauxhall, Ford and Renault models and a team of staff who are industry experts.


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    Our Level 3 Beauty Therapy students took advantage of the chance to visit the SPA London in Wimbledon for a spa experience in January to start off the new term and new year.

    Not only did it provide the students with the opportunity to visit an industry environment where their qualifications can lead to them finding jobs, it also gave the students an opportunity to speak to ex Carshalton College beauty therapy students who currently work there. They also spent time with the manger about what they as an employer look for in an interview and they could leave their CV’s for potential jobs.

    The students had a fantastic time and came away feeling very positive they had gained a lot from speaking to the therapists. The manager of the spa also commented on the high standard of Carshalton College students and how she likes to employ from this college as she finds the girls to be very professional and trained to a high standard.

    Student Lina Largo commented

    "Carshalton College is the best college to be trained in the beauty industry, I have to say they have the best teachers Sarah Knight, Jackie ,Sandra and Sarah Jane, thank you for all the support you give me in my college journey and to help me to be come the therapist I'm now, Thanks You."

    The Beauty Therapy courses at Carshalton College train students in a full range of treatments including: manicures, pedicures, facials, eyes treatments, waxing, make-up, false eyelashes, massage and spray tanning. Please click here to download our latest beauty treatment and price list. The teaching staff are all dedicated practitioners who continue to work in industry alongside their teaching role, keeping updated of new trends, innovative ideas and practices.

    The team have worked in various salons and spa’s around London and around the world, on board cruise ships, managing salons within health clubs, run beauty businesses both mobile and salon based and worked as therapists with triathlon athletes, marathon runners and football clubs.

     

     

     

     

     


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    Allanah Williams, 18, is currently studying on the CSkills Diploma in Brickwork Level 1 at Carshalton College. Allanah is an inspirational student, proving this vocation is not just for men and is working hard towards achieving her goal of becoming a youth worker to help young people.

    Allanah joined the College in 2012 and spent two years gaining her Childcare qualification and re taking her Maths and English GCSEs. On deciding to pursue a career working with young people, Allanah realised it would be beneficial to learn a trade and picked Bricklaying from all the Construction options.

    Allanah left school and joined Limes College to complete her GCSEs before progressing to Carshalton College. Since a young age, Allanah has been managing health issues including a Bi Polar disorder, ADHD and anxiety. Working with these challenges day to day, she has been more motivated to gain her qualifications and succeed. Allanah is determined to help other young people who maybe struggling with similar issues growing up, to share her experience and let them know whatever the problem, you can do whatever you want as the support is there.

    Allanah is the only female in the class of 15 students and will be the first female to complete the Level 1 Diploma at the College. Her tutor Sean Henry is extremely proud of Allanah’s attitude and enthusiasm since joining the course and that she will progress onto the Level 2 Diploma in September. Once a week, Allanah meets Julia Beard from the Student Support Team to talk about any concerns and how she is getting on.

    On her journey at the College, Allanah says

    “It was overwhelming when I first started the Bricklaying course to be the only girl but the boys have all been helpful and friendly and I am treated no differently. The course is very hands on and Sean has been a fantastic tutor, if I haven’t understood a task he thinks of a way to explain it. He is always there to help and is understanding and kind.

    Carshalton College has given me the confidence to achieve things, all the tutors and support staff have always given me time, finding ways to help me learn that suits me and with personal issues. You are treated like an adult and whatever the problems are they have been supportive. If they can’t help they have found organisations that can.”

    Matthew Proctor, Construction Team Leader, said

    “It is great to have a woman on the bricklaying course and we hope Allanah will inspire other young women to consider learning a trade within Construction. The industry is growing and companies are welcoming the increasing number of females training in different trades.”


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    Carshalton College is thrilled to welcome music legend Jim McCarty on Wednesday 4 February when he will be visiting as a guest speaker to talk to the Music Technology students.

    Jim is most famous for being a member of the 1960’s rock band, the Yardbirds. Jim was and still is their drummer, backing vocalist and composer of tracks. Other members of the band included guitar legends Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, who went onto form other bands and solo careers.

    Yardbirds brought guitar pyrotechnics to rock & roll in the 1960s. By introducing Clapton, Beck and Page to the music industry, and giving them plenty of space to create, the band set the template not only for their future bands Cream, the Jeff Beck Group and Led Zeppelin (whose original moniker was the New Yardbirds), but for virtually every rock group featuring distortion, feedback and in-your-face electric-guitar virtuosity.

    (Image from left: Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Chris Dreja, Keith Relf and Jim McCarty.)

    Jim McCarty is respected for the innovative drumming styles which he introduced into rock music, particularly psychedelic music during the 1960s. McCarty’s drumming influenced an entire generation of drummers to experiment beyond the normal rhythm patterns that were prevalent in early Rock 'n' Roll, and he is especially recognized for his early career innovations, many of which received extensive American and European airplay.

    Jim was a member of the Yardbirds from 1963 to 1968 and the group reformed in 1992 with new members. Jim founded the 1970s group Renaissance, recorded several solo albums and formed the Jim McCarty Band, a London blues band in the 1980’s. In 1992 discussions begun to reform the Yardbirds if the right people could be found to be part of the group.

    "I consider it a great honor that such highly respected musicians have decided to come and join in,"says McCarty. "But then again, the Yardbirds have always been a collecting point for authentic and explorative musicians, past and present."

    The Music Technology Team has fantastic industry links and in the past few months has welcomed

    Scott McFarnon- Grammy nominated singer/songwriter

    Gregg Jackman- Grammy winning sound engineer

    Natalie Graham- A&R record company executive at Believe Digital

    Jenna Lee – Independent Music Business PR consultant

    Ritch Ames – Stage Manager for Festival Republic/tomorrow never knows

    Christie Goodwin& Patrick Cusse - Award winning Music photographer and manager

    Colm o'Rourke - Mastering Engineer

    Paul Ibiza – Owner of Ibiza Records and 3rd Party Records, invented Jungle Techno and inspired a generation of UK  producers

    Joce Francis – HND student and Sales Adviser at Red Dog Music, specialist music equipment retailers

     

    Carshalton College offers Full Time qualifications with the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Music Technology and Performance and the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology. Both courses offer the opportunity to develop skills in music performance and music technology for a career in a variety of roles in the music industry. They also offer the Higher Education course BTEC HND Diploma Music (Production).

    For more information, please contact:
    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4501


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    Carshalton College is looking forward to hosting the Mayor’s Charity Birthday Dinner on Thursday 5 February at their in house training restaurant, Nightingales.

    The Worshipful Mayor of Sutton Councillor Arthur Hookway has chosen to celebrate his birthday at the restaurant where the hospitality and catering students will be cooking a delicious 5 course menu for the 70 guests and the event will help raise money for the Mayor’s charities. The charities for 2014-15 are the Sutton Seniors Forum and SMILE (Sutton Mentoring and Independent Leisure Experiences).

    The food will be prepared by 5 Level 2 students, 10 Level 3 Professional Cookery students, and 3 Level 3 apprentices including Aleandro Brown who is an Apprentice with Gordon Ramsey at The Savoy Grill. 10 Level 2 students will serve the guests alongside the Level 3 Leadership and Supervision students.

    The evening will begin with a Limoncello Fizz Cocktail with an Amuse Bouche, followed by a Terrine of Confit Duck with Homemade Chutney & Mixed Leaves starter. The main course will be a choice of Roast Rump of Lamb with Parsnip Tart & Redcurrant & Mint Jus or Risotto Primavera, Parmesan Crisp & Rocket followed by Walnut Tart with Crème Caprice and Petit Fours.

    Sandra Marshall, Catering & Hospitality tutor, is thrilled to be hosting this event for the Mayor and giving the students the chance to host such a prestigious event

    “Events offer a different experience from our normal restaurant service and give the students a chance to learn about the event planning involved and go more indepth into details starting weeks in advance. It is fantastic the Mayor has chosen to celebrate his birthday at Carshalton College and give the students this opportunity.”

    Nightingales is Carshalton College's on-site training restaurant. Meals are prepared and served by our enthusiastic students under the supervision of experienced chefs. The restaurant offers real hands on experience and is open to the public during term time for coffee mornings, lunch, dinner, functions and business events plus our special themed evenings. 

    Students are on a variety of courses including Certificates, Diplomas and City and Guilds qualifications in an Introduction to Hospitality, Food and Drink Service and Professional Cookery, and cover

    • Food preparation
    • Food hygiene
    • Health & Safety
    • Menu design & costings
    • Event planning and management
    • Restaurant floor service planning

    Bookings can be made between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, please contact Nightingales Restaurant on 0208 544 4433.


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    Carshalton College is thrilled to be running the 2015 Film and Animation Festival and inviting Level 3 students aged 16 to 18 years to enter their film and animations into the competition. 

    Rachel Kelly, Head of Computing and Creative Industries said “this is a great opportunity for Colleges and Apprenticeship programmes to collaborate and share creative success. I hope the many outward looking, successful colleges will engage and enter their best animations and videos from the last three years.

    There is currently no film and animation festival directed at 16 to 18 year olds and we wanted to create a platform for budding producers to showcase their work, inviting college students and apprentices from around the UK and the world to enter. The only enter criteria is they have to be studying on a Level 3 qualification but this does not have to be a creative course. We have had a great response already with students from America and across the UK submitting their work.”

    The competition and festival is being supported by Adobe, 24-7 Drama, Toon Boom, WorldSkills UK and Autodesk. On Thursday 7 May at the College’s annual STEAM Fair event there will be mini cinemas to screen the productions with two projection areas and an interactive area. Winners will be announced through the day. 

    The competition is now open and entries must be submitted by the 28 February 2015 and the online portfolio platform Behance is being used to gather the work. Students just need to leave an explanation with the production including details about if their project self-propelled or a set assignment, how long it took to produce, the ideas behind the creative process, what it means and what equipment they used. 

    The event co-ordinator Mark Gatehouse says “We are looking for the most creative, competent entries with a clear thought process to explain the idea behind the piece of work.”

    Awards will be given for the Best in Festival, Best short film or video, Best extremely short film or video, Best short animation, Best extremely short Animation, Best film or animation designed for the Oculus Rift, Best Independent Production, Best response to a set assignment, Most challenging and creative assignment set for animation or video production, Best animation using 3d software and best use of VFX. 

    All categories will carry an Award Certificate – Best, highly commended and screened and prizes will include Internships/work placements with production companies and animation studios plus software licences worth several thousands of pounds etc. are also to be awarded. 

    Please contact Mark Gatehouse for more details via email at mark.gatehouse@carshalton.ac.uk.

    To see some of the entries so far submitted visit the Behance page here http://on.be.net/147xfZ0

    Registrations can also be made on Eventbrite.


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    Carshalton College Open Event
    Thursday 12 March, 4.30pm – 7.00pm

    Our next Open Event at Carshalton College is taking place on Thursday 12 March from 4.30pm to 7.00pm 

    Pre - Register to attend our Open Event
    If you would like to attend our Open Event you can register to attend in advance and receive a ticket to bring to our Open Event.
    Please note only potential learners need to register. Parents/friends attending with a potential learner do not need to register. You can register on the day at the event if preferred.

    National Apprenticeship Week 2015

    Our Open Event takes places during National Apprenticeship Week so has additional activities to celebrate this vocational route.

    The week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy and will include hundreds of events and activities across England.

    National Apprenticeship Week 2015 is about: 

    •    getting more small businesses to take on apprentices
    •    promoting the range and breadth of apprenticeships on offer, including those at higher level and within blue   chip companies
    •    celebrating apprenticeships and the level of success that learners can achieve 

    Apprenticeship Information Session
    Do you want to earn a salary, get holiday pay, receive training, gain recognised qualifications and learn job specific skills? 

    Visit our Information Session to find out how an Apprenticeship can work for you. You will have the opportunity

    • to find out everything there is to know about Apprenticeships
    • ask questions
    • speak to tutors
    • take a tour of our facilities
    • get tips and techniques on how to apply for jobs and complete an application form for September 2015. We can offer advice and guidance on how to apply for a job (which you will need before you start an Apprenticeship)

    Courses available at Carshalton College

    Carshalton College has been educating people and realising students’ ambitions for more than 50 years and boasts excellent facilities that are continuously evolving to provide an outstanding vocational learning environment. The College offers a vast selection of Full and Part Time courses, Apprenticeships, Higher Education & Access, Skills for Life & Work for students of all ages and abilities. 

    These include qualifications in art & design, accounting, digital media, games development, music technology, construction, brickwork, plastering, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, motor vehicle, health & social care, childcare, catering, hairdressing, beauty, sport, public services and IT.
     

    Carshalton College offers Apprenticeships in Accounting, Brickwork, Business Admin, Carpentry, Catering & Hospitality, Childcare, Construction, Customer Service, Electrical, Front of House, Hairdressing, Motor Vehicle, Plastering, Plumbing, Sport and Teaching. Please click here to download our latest Apprenticeship Brochure. 

    Visit us on Thursday 12 March from 4.30pm to 7.00pm, we look forward to meeting you there.

    www.carshalton.ac.uk
    020 8544 4501

     


     


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    Carshalton College is hosting their annual Hairdressing and Beauty competition on Monday 9 March 2015. This year’s theme is Book Characters and gives the students to create spectacular looks using inspiration from Children’s books, Classic books, Sci-fi books, Horror books, Fairytales, Romance books, Adventure books and Thrillers. 

    Held in the Pulse Sports Hall, the venue will be transformed into a setting for a fashion show. Over 100 hairdressing students and 22 Beauty students from Level 2 and 3 courses aged between 16 and 60 years will be styling models throughout the day creating an entire look. Family and friends will be asked to model the looks including make up, hair and outfit, combining elements of the course they have learnt so far. 

    The show will start at 7.00pm and is open to family and friends of the students, staff and the general public. The competition is put on annually to allow the students to complete a module of their course in organising and taking part in a live event, to celebrate the talents of the hairdressing & beauty students and raise money for charity. 

    This year the charity chosen by the Hair and Beauty Team is HABB, The Hair and Beauty Benevolent, an independent charity dedicated solely to helping professionals in the hair and beauty industry if they find themselves facing challenging times. Established in 1853, the charity receives over 200 new applications annually from people who need somewhere to turn when, through illness or new disability, they can’t cope financially.  

    The Hospitality & Catering students will also be involved with the show and providing refreshments for guests with canapes and non alcholic cocktails.

    Hair & Beauty Courses at Carshalton College

    Carshalton College has a great reputation for their Hairdressing courses. The courses have been running for over 50 years since the College opened, making it one of the few original vocational courses on offer. There is a front of house Renaissance Salon that is open to the public, which is a realistic working environment and a training salon where learning takes place in a creative atmosphere. The staffs are all dedicated practitioners who continue to work in industry alongside their teaching role, keeping updated of new trends, innovative ideas and practices. 

    Beauty students do a full range of treatments including: manicures, pedicures, facials, eyes treatments, waxing, make-up, false eyelashes, massage and spray tanning. Please click here to download our latest beauty treatment and price list. The teaching staff are all dedicated practitioners who continue to work in industry alongside their teaching role, keeping updated of new trends, innovative ideas and practices.

    The team have worked in various salons and spa’s around London and around the world, on board cruise ships, managing salons within health clubs, run beauty businesses both mobile and salon based and worked as therapists with triathlon athletes, marathon runners and football clubs. 

    The fashion show at the end of the competition will be judged by industry professionals from TV, Businesses, Employers, Retail and tutors at the College. Winners will be picked from each group with winning styles being unique looks where students have stepped outside the box to be creative, and in the use of resources available. Mood boards will also need to be provided with an outline of the theme with pictures, drawings, text and materials explained. Winners can also add the achievement to their CV and the success is recognised by employers with previous winners gaining promotions at work placements following the show.  

    Tickets will be available from beginning of February for £5.00 per person and sold on a first come basis as we are restricted with numbers.

    Please contact the Renaissance Hairdressing and Beauty team on 020 8544 4484 for more details.


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  • 02/06/15--07:17: Apprenticeship Vacancies
    • Earn a salary
    • Get paid holidays
    • Receive training
    • Gain qualifications
    • Learn Job-specific skills

    We have a number of Apprenticeship vacancies available.

    view vacancies here

    Apprentices learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money all at the same time. Apprentices work towards National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and other nationally recognised qualifications.

    Employers all over the country recognise and value Apprenticeships as they show that you've been trained in the skills they need.

    Apprenticeships are designed with the help of the employers in the industry so they offer a structured programme that takes apprentices through the skills needed to do a job well. Apprenticeships are open to anyone living in England and not taking part in full-time education.


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    Carshalton College is excited to be involved with the WorldSkills UK Graphic Design National Competition 2015.

    The competition focuses on the role and tasks of a modern graphic designer. This includes the design and handling of images and text across a wide range of commercial contexts from print to digital and UX design, posters to motion graphics and animation. Please see images of some of last year's entries.

    The tasks and assessment criteria have been chosen by professional designers to test the breadth of skills required in the contemporary market and judges have been drawn from leading graphic design and advertising agencies. The competition is now open to enter.

    The criteria we use for judging success are:

    • Creative process
    • Final design
    • Image handling and photography
    • Knowledge of the printing industry
    • Motion graphics
    • Digital graphics
    • Computer usage
    • Manual abilities
    • Pre-production
    • File formatting

    WorldSkills expect all entrants to be conversant with Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign, together with an ability to work with animation and set up a Behance portfolio page. 

     

    Entrants should be working towards, or have recently completed, an appropriate level 3 course for graphic designers.

    Each organisation may enter a maximum of two competitors.

    Follow these steps to enter the WorldSkills UK Graphic Design National Competition.

    • Step one: Review the competition overview and guidance materials
    • Step two: Register online from the 9 February to 20 March 2015
    • Step three:Competitors will be invited to submit a piece of work to be judged
    • Step four: We'll send successful entrants an invitation to the live heat, taking place on 7 May 2015 at Carshalton College. This will be a timed task in front of a live audience at the College's STEAM Fair.
    • Step four:  Use the Competitor Preparation Resources to prepare for the competition
    • Step five: The competitors who achieve the highest scores in the live heats will be invited to compete at the WorldSkills UK Graphic Design Finals to be held at the Skill Show at the NEC in Birmingham in November.

    Once you have registered we’ll make sure you are kept updated  throughout all these stages, so that you don’t miss any important dates or information.

    Click here to register https://worldskillsuk.org/competitions/national-competitions/it-and-business-administration/graphic-design

    The competition is managed by Carshalton College, The Ideas Foundation, Ogilvy Labs and Coley Porter Bell. In association with Adobe UK and The British Interplanetary Society.


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    FREE English and Maths courses for Adults

    Would you like to improve your employees’ English and/or Maths skills?

    Would you like to increase your employees' efficiency and effectiveness?

    Do you want to help your staff get the most out of life, learning and work?

    Carshalton College is offering FREE English and/or Maths 'bite sized’ courses up to Functional Skills Level 2 to employers for their staff in a welcoming adult learning environment.

    These courses are free to learners and are designed to relate to everyday social and work situations. 

    If you are an employer with 1-249 employees or full time equivalent employees, you maybe eligible for incentives of up to £400 per subject per learner (max 3 learners) subject to criteria.

    Benefits to your business

    • Take advantage of FREE training
    • Upskill your staff
    • Motivate and improve job satisfaction
    • Build confidence in your workforce

    Course Information

    • Courses are available in both English and Maths for all abilities and levels.
    • Three hour workshops per subject per week over ten weeks.
    • Flexible start dates available.

    To Qualify

    In order to qualify for these free courses, your employees must:

    • Be aged 19+
    • Be employed or volunteering for a minimum of 8 hours.
    • Be resident in England.

    What Next?

    • Learners can progress onto an Apprenticeship or a higher level of study.
    • Progress to the next level in English and/or Maths.

    *Please contact us for more information.

    Email: enquiries@eezone.org                     Call: 020 8544 3001


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