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    Carshalton College is offering two TUC part time courses starting in April 2013. Further details on the courses can be seen below.

    Union Reps Stage 1 Certificate Course - 10 Wednesdays from 17 April 2013
    This is the essential basic course for workplace union reps and stewards. Find out what it means to be a union rep, how to represent your members effectively and how to take up both collective and individual issues with your employer. You will also think about the future and how to influence where it is taking you and those you represent.

    The course helps union reps to understand their roles and responsibilities as a rep. They include working together with members and other union reps, talking to members and dealing with their problems, recruiting members and getting them involved in the union, meeting management to discuss a range of issues at work and keeping members informed about wider union concerns.

    Health and Safety Stage 1 Certificate Course - 10 Mondays from 15 April 2013
    If you are a newly appointed safety rep, this is the essential basic course for you. Health and Safety at work is a major issue for all employees. Research shows that workplaces that have trade union health and safety reps have a significantly lower rate of accidents. This course will provide a thorough grounding in health and safety issues and give new reps an opportunity to discuss issues around health and safety at work.

    How to Apply

    • Fill in the application form below and get it approved by your union full time officer or branch.
    • Ask your employer for paid release from work to attend the course. Please ensure that you follow the procedures agreed between your union and your employer.
    • Return the form as soon as possible to the trade union education department at Carshalton College.
    • Please apply as early as possible in order to allow us to send you full joining instructions.
    • If you need any advice regarding programmes please contact me, or your regional education and training officer.
    • There are no fees on the TUC Education Programme; however you may need to talk to your employer or union regarding travel and other associated costs.

    For any further information please contact:

    020 8544 4501
    cs@carshalton.ac.uk


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    The Carshalton College Music Technology department are running an evening course starting in April 2013.

    The cost of the evening course has been dramatically reduced compared to the price in previous years. For a 2 hour per week 10 week course it now costs only £110. 

    The department have also invested in kitting out the classroom and studio with lots of shiny new and expensive gear.

    All students now work on brand new Apple iMac computers with both Cubase and Logic Pro installed as standard. Both studio PCs have been replaced with state of the art Apple Mac PRO computers with Intel Xeon processors. There is a large range of professional microphones for recording vocals and instruments courtesy of SE Electronics. We also now have several avenues open to the DJ performance side of things with Pioneer CDJs turntables, Ableton Live with Akai APC40 controller and Native Instruments Traktor PRO with S4 controller. Our studio 2 has been redesigned and treated with acoustic tiling to get things sounding really tight. And of course we still have Studio 1 with our fantastic live room and 24track recording facility.

    Not only do students get to learn on the most up to date equipment and software but also have the expertise of one of our music technology tutors Nat Ryles. Nat is a music tech guru, starting his life as a dance music producer and DJ way back in the late 1980s. He has plenty of industry experience as a record label manager, promoter, live and recording engineer and has travelled the world performing at some of the largest underground dance music festivals on the planet. The key to Nat's value here at the College is that he is still very much active within the industry writing, recording and performing.

    The Carshalton College Music Technology Evening Course is a friendly and laid back workshop where the students are free from the bother of assessments and written work. Everyone is encouraged to communicate their needs and desires with the tutor so that their time can be used as productively as possible during the sessions. The equipment is there to learn on and gain experience of, and the tutor is there for help and guidance. All levels of skill are welcome, from absolute beginners looking to have a go, to the semi-professional looking to brush up on advanced techniques.

    If you fancy delving into the world of music technology and having a go at making a beat or track, fancy giving DJ or live performance a shot, or want to gain experience in our fully featured facilities then call customer services on 020 8544 4501 or email cs@carshalton.ac.uk


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    The London Borough of Sutton in conjunction with Carshalton College is holding a Careers’ Fair on Wednesday 13 March 2013 at Pulse Health & Fitness, Nightingale Road, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 2EJ.

    The event is aimed at students in Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 who are looking at their post 16 options. There will be employers, training providers and apprenticeship opportunities on display for students to find out more.

    From 11am -12noon there will be a Youth Employment Conference run by the Borough’s Young Advisers with focus on the challenges that young people are facing in this current economic climate. Young people can put their questions to a panel of employers. 

    There will also be workshops running alongside the Careers’ Fair; these will cover:

    A:  Interview techniques
    B:  CV writing
    C:  Job hunting techniques
    D:  How to find an apprenticeship.

    If you would like any further information about the event or to register to attend please email:
    marketing@carshalton.ac.uk


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    From Wednesday 27 February to Friday 1 March a team from Only Connect (OC), a group of ex-offenders running crime prevention programmes came to Carshalton College and delivered theatrical educational sessions for all the students.

    Led by qualified facilitators and trained ex-offenders, OC used role plays and music to engage the students at the College on the risk of anti-social behaviour, challenging attitudes to peer pressure, drugs and weapons, identity and difference, negative associations and street culture. The team of five ex-offenders acted out scenes and used their own stories to make students aware of the options they can make and how this can affect their lives.

    The high-impact sessions were offered to all the students in the College. Lisa Jones, Head of Student Support Services organised the sessions and said“The team from Only Connect really engaged with the students and used acting and music to connect with the students and show some of the harsh realities that come with being involved in crime. For the students hearing from ex-offenders who have been involved in crime and prison made for a very powerful message.”

    This was the second time the team from OC have been into the College to provide these sessions. They have been invited back again at the end of the month to go into tutorials and unpick some of the key messages that were explored in the performances.

    For more information please contact:
    Email: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    Tel:      020 8544 4558


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    The Bricklaying ‘Wall of the Month’ competition continues. Organised by bricklaying tutor, Matthew Proctor the competition has become a talking point of the construction department.  

    The February award went to, Jodon Torre, previous wall of the month winner. Jodon massively impressed with a cavity wall with a window opening. He also stretched himself by building a string course above the window opening in Dentil work. Jodon was delighted with his second win and said; “I am looking forward to the next project of a semi-circular arch”.

    Carshalton College offers Cskills Diploma in Brickwork Full-Time, Level 1 and Level 2. 

    For more information please contact:

    Email: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    Tel: 020 8544 4558


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    On Wednesday 13 March 2013 Carshalton College took part in the National No Smoking Day.

    Representatives from the College local chemist and Sutton Youth Service came into the College and spoke to students throughout the morning on the dangers of smoking. A video showing the damage smoking can cause was played in the College corridor for students and staff to see throughout the day. Students also dressed up in cigarette packet costumes to draw attention to the information on offer.

    There was carbon monoxide testing available to see how much was present in the lungs, a ‘trash the stash’ box where students could bin their cigarettes in return for a healthy lunch voucher and the opportunity to make a pledge to state the day you will give up. The Student Support Services team received 28 serious pledges from students to give up during the next couple of weeks.

    The College will continue to work with the local chemist and Sutton Youth Service to provide a stop smoking programme for our young people.

    For more information please contact:
    Email:  marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    Tel:      020 8544 4558


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    At Carshalton College we understand the challenges and opportunities, skills and knowledge needed to succeed in this notoriously competitive sector of the creative industries.

    The College is organising a Creative Industries Day on Friday 3 May at Carshalton College for students in year 10, 11 & 12 and staff from schools and Colleges across London and the South East of England. The aim is to inform students of the career options within the industry and explore and celebrate some of the skills sets involved.  

    The day will involve a number of workshops and presentations focusingon careers in the creative industries centered on access to the games industry, television editing, advertising and photography.  Including:

    • World Skills competitions in photography & graphic design
       
    • Hands on demonstrations and workshops, including:
      • Autodesk Maya and Mudbox to create game elements
      • Visual effects production using After Effects
      • Video post-production
      • Game creation using UDK
      • Portfolio development workshops and feedback sessions run by leading Universities
      • Creative Process offering one-to-one advice on alternatives to University
      • Autodesk will be advising on software and curriculum support for staff and students wanting to engage with 3D and games design.
         
    • Keynote speaker presentations throughout the day discussing their career and working in the industry. This will include:
      • 11.30am - 12.15pm:   Charlie Birchmore, Editorial Photographer
      • 12.15pm - 13.00pm:   Hannah Vernon, Post-production Editor from Sky TV
      • 13.00pm - 13.45pm:   Matt Coppolaro, Motion Graphics Designer / Broadcast VFX from The Disney Channel
      • 13.45pm -14.30pm:    Tobias Fouracre, Stop Motion Animator (Corpses Bride, Frankenweenie)
      • 14.30pm -15.00pm:    Trial World Skills competition awards ceremony and close.

    Book Your Place

    If you would like your students from year 10, 11 & 12 to attend all or part of the day please register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CreativeDay

    For more information, please contact:
    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4558


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    Carshalton College is inviting prospective learners to visit their Open Event for tours and the chance to meet tutors & students on Saturday 27 April from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

    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, Higher Education, Skills for Life & Work and Apprenticeships 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.

    Tours
    Tours will include the Renaissance Hair Salon, Nightingales our in-house training restaurant, Carpentry and Plumbing Workshops, Motor Vehicle Workshops and Pulse Health & Fitness Centre. Run by Pulse Fitness memberships are available for students and the general public with a swimming pool, 80 station fitness suite, sports hall and dance studios.

    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.

    Meet our team of tutors and students
    For an insight, tutors and students will be available to answer questions. You can also apply at the event for courses with immediate start dates and those commencing in September 2013.

    Success Rates
    Carshalton College is delighted to have been recognised as ‘The Best College in London’* for long courses.

    Janet Sherborne, Head of Carshalton College, welcomes the news of the success rates and says: "We are delighted to hear that we have the best success rates on long courses in London. Here at Carshalton College we have been making steady improvements in our performance and the latest results are a huge credit to the hard work of our dedicated staff and the support from governors. For us, this is just the beginning of what we hope will be a very successful journey for our College. I'd like to thank our 'Student Voice' for their feedback which helps the College meet our learners needs and will ensure we keep going from strength to strength."
     

    *Long course success rates 2010/11, London Region Source: The Data Service,

    Visit us on Saturday 27 April from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

    Register to attend an Open Event
    If you would like to attend one or more of our Open Events you can register to attend in advance.
    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.

    Under 16’s are required to accompanied by a responsible adult.

    www.carshalton.ac.uk
    020 8544 4444


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    On Friday 22 March 2013 students from Year 1 Interactive Media at Carshalton College travelled to London South Bank University to take a key role judging the Colleges award at Screentest: The National Student Film Festival.

    Screentest: The National Student Film Festival takes place every year to celebrate and promote aspiring British talent. The festival has become an important fixture for student filmmakers to showcase their work. The event provides a number of workshops and talks from industry professionals and the opportunity for students to enter The National Student Film Awards.

    The Carshalton College students attended an intensive workshop on film criticism with Sight and Sound journalist, Ash Clarke. The students then watched the six shortlisted films in the ‘College Choice’ category and made an informed decision on the winner. The winner was Directionless, a short film by the University of Wales student, James Button.

    The Carshalton College students enjoyed the day and said:

    “Today has been really useful, it was great to see some inspirational short films and meet other students from different Colleges. I feel inspired to make more films and enter them in competitions around the world.”
    Nathan Beers, Carshalton College student.

    “I really enjoyed the day, it was brilliant to use our Film Studies skills in a real context making a difference to a filmmaker’s career! “Ashleigh Tharpe, Carshalton College student.

    For more information, please contact:
    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4558


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    Carshalton College Electrical Advanced Apprentice, Lewis Barnard, entered the SPARKS National Electrical Apprentice of the Year 2013 and has made it through to the final. The regional heat took place on Thursday 28 February at Acton College with competitors from nine other Colleges.

    Celia Matthews, competition organiser said: “After looking at the marks achieved by the students taking part in the heats we found that Lewis’s marks were so good that we wanted to give him the chance to have a go at the title. I think the final will be all the more exciting this year!”

    Lewis has been given free tools and will have the chance to win £1,000 of Electricfix vouchers at the final, which takes place at Swindon College on the 8th & 9th May. 

    Electrical Currciulum Manager at Carshalton College, Nigel Powell, said “This is a fantastic achievement for Lewis and we are all so pleased that his hard work and skill has been recognised and he has made it through to the final. This is a great feat for Lewis and we wish him all the best at the final in May.”

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


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    Wednesday 13th March saw the launch of the Building Lives Academy in Sutton, a collaboration of several key partners including construction companies Lakehouse and Mulalley, Sutton Housing Partnership, The Power Centre (Carshalton College) and Affinity Sutton.

    This successful partnership has helped provide progression and enhance the lives of 23 previously unemployed local people by training them up and supporting them into paid Maintenance Operations apprenticeships within the construction industry.

    Before cutting the ribbon, the Mayor of Sutton shook hands with every apprentice and commended the Academy as being an excellent partnership that wasn’t just ‘ticking boxes’, but actually helping real people from the local community into sustainable construction careers.

    Stories from apprentices showcased how Building Lives has helped turn their lives around. Kane, 20, one of the younger apprentices, said ‘After leaving college, I considered myself to be an excellent candidate for work. I am reliable, hardworking, willing to learn, but after sending out hundreds of CVs and being turned away after countless job interviews due to lack of work experience, I was beginning to lose hope. Building Lives has literally changed my life. Now I am getting real work experience, getting paid and gaining a qualification all in one go.’

    Maxine, 42, said ‘Before Building Lives I was unemployed for 4 years. I had always wanted to get into construction, but didn’t know how to go about it. Now I’m getting exposure of different trades and I’m off JSA. I love everything about Building Lives and have already recommended it to loads of my friends and family.’

    Tafana, 16, said ‘I’ve been learning lots of new things thanks to Building Lives. And my Dad’s really impressed with my new knowledge.’

    In Sutton, several contractors have supported apprenticeship placements through their sub-contractors. Indeed, there are now more than 15 different contractors and sub-contractors involved which shows a huge team effort, a message that was well in evidence throughout the day.

    Steve Rawlings, CEO and founder of Building Lives, started as an apprentice himself 40 years ago. He thanked everyone for their support and commented, ‘I’m over the moon that we launching our fourth Academy in London. Building Lives is proof of what can be achieved and how many local people can be helped into jobs with a strong partnership.’ Andrew Taylor, CEO Sutton Housing Partnership explained that ‘Steve’s vision for Sutton has now become a reality’. Building Lives already has other Academies in Camden, Hackney and Southwark. The long term vision is for more Building Lives Academies to open over the coming years with discussions underway with other social landlords and councils to make this happen.

    Vince Glover, Director of the Power Centre at Carshalton College, responsible for the delivery of the Level 2 Maintenance Operations framework, echoed the value of the partnership and said ‘It’s a pleasure hosting the Building Lives Academy within the college and also to hear such positive feedback from our apprentices about their learning experience. This is an excellent example of committed partners working towards a common purpose, to build lives and shape the futures within the local community and we look forward to ensuring that all the apprentices complete the programme successfully.’

    Bruce Benson, Director at Mulalley, commented that,'The model works well because of the 12 week pre-apprenticeship training and the on-going support offered by Building Lives Apprentice Officers. We look forward to working in partnership with Building Lives across more of our projects’.

    Jon DDS Group, a sub-contractor working on Sutton Housing Partnership Decent Homes work said, ‘Our work is going really well thanks to our two apprentices, Callum and Henry. I would recommend the scheme to other sub-contractors.’ And Michael Senior, Site Manager, Skill Crown Homes said ‘When I heard we were getting an apprentice, I didn’t think he would be as hardworking and enthusiastic as Billy! I’m really impressed with his commitment.’

    Claire Williams, Building Lives Project Manager concluded the event by saying that ‘Building Lives is breaking the mould. We are showing that, given the right training and support, apprentices can be a real asset to any construction company’.


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    Higher Education at Carshalton College goes from strength to strength

    Our Higher Education department headed by Finola Fitzgerald has achieved validation from the University of Roehampton London for 2 new BA Honours Degrees.

    The BA Honours in Education and Learning and BA Honours in Early Years Education will provide an excellent progression route from our Foundation Degrees in education.

    Finola Fitzgerald, Director of Higher Education at Carshalton College commented

    ”It has always been our aim to make HE accessible to our local community. We do this by delivering our courses at times that fit in with our learners working hours and by keeping our tuition fees as affordable as possible. I am delighted that we can offer our learners the opportunity to gain full degrees that are relevant to their jobs and will give them real progression opportunities in their chosen vocational field”.


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  • 04/15/13--04:14: Hairdressing Show
  • Carshalton College is hosting a hairdressing competition on Monday 22 April 2013. The show is titled Zoo Project Ibiza with students creating looks using the media, magazines, videos, movies and music for ideas.

    Held in the Pulse Sports Hall, the venue will be transformed into a setting for a fashion show. Over 100 hairdressing students aged 16 upwards 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. Students taking part will be from all levels with competition groups; Full/Part Time Level 1, 2 & 3 and Apprentices from Level 3.

    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 students and raise money for charity.

    This year, tickets will be on sale for £2.50 and collection boxes used on the night to raise money for Cancer Research.

    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.

    The fashion show 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 are available, sold on a first come basis as we are restricted with numbers. Please Contact Marie Potter on 020 8544 4437 or hairdressing reception on 0208 544 4450 for more details.


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    Carshalton College Hospitality & Catering Team Leader, Tom Hall has contributed to the Advanced Professional Chef Level 3 Diploma textbook published by Cengage Learning EMEA.

    Tom has contributed a ‘Guest Chef recipe’ of a roulade of chicken and lamb served with a peppercorn sauce and a dessert chocolate box filled with a Kentish strawberry mousse.

    Tom has worked at Carshalton College since 2005 following a varied career working at hotels, Inns and restaurant around the country including prestigious roles as Head Chef and Senior Sous-Chef at top London restaurants like The Bleeding Heart and The Ivy.

    Carshalton College offers students a variety of Hospitality & Catering courses including Certificates, Diplomas and City and Guilds qualifications in an Introduction to Hospitality, Food and Drink Service and Professional Cookery.

    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 is open to the public during term time for coffee mornings, lunch, dinner, functions and business events plus our special themed evenings.

    For more information, please contact:
    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4558


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    The Construction department at Carshalton College held an inter-house football tournament on Wednesday 27 March 2013. The tournament was organised by construction tutors, Matthew Proctor and Darren Hull and involved nine teams taking part with only those students with an 85% attendance rate participating.

    The tournament was organised as an end of Easter term activity for the department. Each of the nine teams were divided into three groups and all got to play four games within their group. The winner of each group then went through to the semi-finals.

    The semi-finals were a close competition and all four teams upped their game in an effort to secure their place in the final. After two tense matches Carpentry Level 1 team A and Carpentry Level 1 team B were our finalists.

    With an all Carpentry Level 1 final the two teams really wanted the win and the honour of the victory over their classmates. It was a close match but team B were named the first winners of the Construction Football Tournament.

    Following their victory, Finola Fitzgerald, Director at the College awarded the players in both the finalist teams medals and the winning cup.

    To add some more fun to the tournament the construction tutors agreed to play the winning team. It was an interesting game with the scoreboard fast changing. As the full time whistle blew the students celebrated their second victory at the tournament.

    The organisers of the event would like to thank all the construction students who took part and the staff who refereed and kept the scores etc.

    For more information, please contact:
    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4558


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    A team of 3 students from the Catering & Hospitality department at Carshalton College are taking part in the Nestle Toque D’or competition.

    Jose Queirdo, Jamie Wewman & Louis Benjamin made up the team of 1 chef student, 1 front of house student and 1 student acting as a commis assistant. The team presented their 2 course lunch menu to 4 judges from the competition on Wednesday 17 April 2013 at the in-house fine dining restaurant at the College, Nightingales. 

    The team started off with a small presentation to the judges about the concept of the lunch, the products and the business plan and costing. The team then presented the lunch to the judges for tasting. The lunch menu was a Peruvian style steak with hand cut chips and a thyme infused tomato salsa with a herb dressing, followed by a five layer chocolate orange cheese cake with orange areos and a Spanish coffee with a caramel syrup base.

    College tutor, Anthony Dunball said “The students have worked really hard on designing, preparing and producing the lunch for the judges. They displayed a high level of skill in their catering and hospitality understanding.”

    The judges will select the 8 top teams to go forward and take part in the final in May 2013.

    Carshalton College offers students a variety of Hospitality & Catering courses including Certificates, Diplomas and City and Guilds qualifications in an Introduction to Hospitality, Food and Drink Service and Professional Cookery.

    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 is open to the public during term time for coffee mornings, lunch, dinner, functions and business events plus our special themed evenings.

    For more information, please contact:
    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4558


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    The Edge competition launched across Carshalton and Kingston Colleges in September 2012 aims to inspire young people to consider starting their own business and improve their employment prospects as well supporting business units that students are undertaking as part of their College education.

    The federated Colleges have embraced a culture of enterprising futures to foster a new generation of social and commercial entrepreneurs and are in the process of promoting an enterprise programme for 16-19 full time students for the 2012/13 academic year.

    Thus far, 6 teams are embarked across a number of business educational concepts across the following areas; Hair & Beauty, IT, Media and Skills for Work & Life with many students demonstrating improving enterprising qualities and capabilities by thinking differently about education and work.

    Each of the 6 teams produced a detailed business plan and presented this to a panel including the Head of College. The teams have been provided with a budget to help get their business off the ground and the Colleges now look to encourage each team to develop and grow a successful business. 

    The Colleges are focussed on supporting the local ecosystems and to act as hubs in their respective regions and to this extent are in partnership with flagship employers such as British Airways, Merlin Entertainment, Sainsbury’s, Sutton Housing Association, London Borough of Sutton, HSBC and Ignite Strategies to support the drive for an entrepreneurial culture by providing work experience, tailored business workshops, mentoring as well as forming part of the final employer judging panel.

    Judging for the overall winner of The Edge competition will take place in May 2013.

    Richard Strom, Managing Director, Ignite Strategies “In this economic climate it is increasingly important to equip and prepare students for the world of work and help them find a competitive edge. The Edge competition, running across the two Colleges, provides a fantastic platform for students to obtain invaluable experience of creating and implementing sustainable business concepts. Ignite Strategies are delighted to be supporting Kingston and Carshalton Colleges Enterprise Schemes by providing  business planning guidance and advice in Sales and Marketing strategies to students to help support their activities”.

    Robert Noad, Business Specialist, HSBC “It has been great to work with the students in providing them with specialist business planning, advice and guidance and I look forward to continuing the journey with the teams to ensure that their business ideas can be further developed into the world of work”.

    For more information, please contact:
    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4558


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    From Monday 22 April to Friday 26 April Carshalton College is celebrating Cultural Diversity Week with a number of activities for students and staff.

    What’s going on?

    • Henna hand painting taking place every day
    • Different menu each day in the College canteen with cultural foods
    • A quiz for all tutor groups to take part in with a special prize for the winners!
    • Displays outside the Student Support Centre on world fashions and a world map displaying ‘Our countries of origin’ and interesting world facts
    • World Market Stall’ with food and hair and beauty products from around the world
    • International films will be played in the Common Room each day
    • PowerPoint on TV screens around college
    • A traditional clothing display outside Student Support Centre with clothes from various countries
    • TV outside Student Support Centre showing films and music videos
    • On Friday 26 April the Music students will be doing a Cultural Music Mix’ show featuring Mothman and RMJ in the College canteen throughout lunch time.

     For more details please contact the Student Support Centre on 020 8544 4405.


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    Carshalton College hosted a hairdressing competition on Monday 22 April 2013. The show titled Zoo Project Ibiza saw students creating looks using the media, magazines, videos, movies and music for ideas.

    Held in the Pulse Sports Hall, the venue was transformed into a setting for a fashion show. Over 100 hairdressing students aged 14 upwards styled models throughout the day creating an entire look. Family and friends were asked to model the looks including make-up, hair and outfit, combining elements of the course they have learnt so far. Students took part from all levels with competition groups; Full/Part Time Entry Level + Level 1, 2 & 3 and Apprentices from Level 3.

    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 students and raise money for charity. This year the show raised £193 for charity, Queen Mary’s Children’s Hospital.

    The show was judged by industry professionals who own salons local to the College. All four of the judges expressed how amazed they were at the high standard of the work produced. Marcus Martinez, salon owner and works with Nikki Clarke said “I was so impressed and surprised at the level the students are working at. The students and the staff are really committed and it’s great to see such enthusiasm, professionalism and ability being displayed.”

    Winners were picked from each group with winning styles being unique looks where students had stepped outside the box to be creative, and in the use of resources available. Mood boards were also displayed with an outline of the theme with pictures, drawings, text and materials explained.

    Janice Child, Curriculum Manager at Carshalton College said “This was in my opinion the best show we have done to date. The standard of the work produced by the students was exceptional. The staff work hard to ensure our students are developing their hairdressing skills to a high level and it’s really encouraging to know employers are impressed.”

    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.

    For more information please contact:
    E: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    T: 020 8544 4558


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    Creative Industries day
    Friday 3 May 2013 
    Doors open at 11.00 Closes at 15.00

    At Carshalton College we understand the challenges and opportunities, skills and knowledge needed to succeed in this notoriously competitive sector of the creative industries.

    The College is organising a Creative Industries Day on Friday 3 May at Carshalton College for Schools, Colleges, parents or independent students and staff from schools and Colleges across London and the South East of England. The aim is to inform students of the career options within the industry and explore and celebrate some of the skills sets involved. 

    The day will involve a number of workshops and presentations focusing on careers in the creative industries centered on access to the games industry, television editing, advertising and photography. 

    Including:

    • World Skills competitions in photography & graphic design 
    • Hands on demonstrations and workshops, including:
      • Autodesk Maya and Mudbox to create game elements
      • Visual effects production using After Effects
      • Video post-production
      • Game creation using UDK
      • Portfolio development workshops and feedback sessions run by leading Universities
      • Creative Process offering one-to-one advice on media apprenticeship and recruiting!
      • Autodesk will be advising on software and curriculum support for staff and students wanting to engage with 3D and games design.
         
    • Keynote speaker presentations throughout the day discussing their career and working in the industry. This will include:

     To book places please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CreativeIND

     For more information contact Mark Gatehouse mark.gatehouse@carshalton.ac.uk


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