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    There are endless opportunities available when students complete their qualifications at Carshalton College, here are some of the job roles and companies learners have progressed onto after gaining their qualifications and leaving the College in July 2013.

    Our Motor Vehicle students gained jobs in a variety of roles including as mechanics, in sales, parts distribution, as service receptionists and car alarm specialists for companies such as Audi, Ford in Croydon, Vauxhall Dealership in Epsom Kia Motors, Mercedes World, Coulsdon Autos, Dees of Wimbledon, London Underground, MOT Tester Centres, Catford Autos, and British Gas.

    Our Health and Social Care students left to work as domiciliary care managers, team leaders, foster care managers and care home managers in places such as nursing homes.

    Learners also progressed onto higher education with Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications at College, and degrees at Universities such as Roehampton, Brunel, Plymouth, Sussex and Kingston in psychology, social work and nursing.

    The Childcare and Early Year students went straight into employment at day nurseries, primary schools, or continued studying and enrolled at University onto teaching, education and social work degrees.

    With careers in Hair and Beauty, there is the chance to work around the world as therapists and stylists. Our Beauty students went onto work in full time and part time therapist roles with companies such as The Beauty Rooms in Carshalton Beeches, Total Body Care in Burgh Heath, on Steiner Cruise Ships, Hawkins Clinic in Raynes Park Chantel Beauty in Tooting, and became self employed as freelance therapists and pamper party organisers. Our Hairdressing students cut, colour and style hair as freelance stylists and are now working in countries like Spain and for companies such as Supercuts, Head Hunters, Tatlers, Headmasters, Sandra Webb Hair and Beauty, Markos Barbers and It’s So You.

    Students on our Creative Industries courses have progressed onto University to study Architecture, Fine Art, Film Production, Graphic Design, Illustration, Fashion, Animation, Floristry and Art and Design. Level 2 Media Students have progressed onto courses in Computer Games, TV & Video Production, 3D Design, Concept Art, Journalism and Performing Arts. Our Music Technology students moved onto to the next level qualification at the College and degrees in music, business, performing and teaching.

    For information on all our Full Time, Part Time, Apprenticeships, Higher Education and Skills for Work and Life Courses, please click here

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


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  • 12/18/13--07:24: Apprenticeship Vacancies
  • Carshalton College and Kingston College have numerous Apprenticeship vacancies with a wide range of employers including Hairdressing, Childcare, Carpentry, Maintenance Operations, Engineering and Electrical Installation.

    Here is a link to our current Apprenticeship vacancies, please follow the link for more information or to register your details to be notified of future vacancies Current Apprenticeship Vacancies

    For more information please contact: rebecca.reid@carshalton.ac.uk or call: 020 8268 2857.

    Apprenticeships will provide you with the opportunity to earn a salary while gaining a recognised qualification. The Employment and Enterprise Zone (EEZ) is a great new service which supports unemployed people of all ages across South West London in entering into sustainable employment. The Centre, which also supports innovation and business start-ups, is a new joint venture between Kingston College and Carshalton College.

    The two colleges have created an individual but centrally managed Employment and Enterprise Centre, which will provide a recruitment agency service and a dedicated resource to support unemployed people to acquire employment and vocational skills in preparation for work. By working together, each College is able to provide a collectively more comprehensive service across a wider geographical area. The EEZ will work with socially responsible employers to ensure work experience, apprenticeships and permanent employment opportunities. Additionally, the centre will provide a high quality recruitment service to employers to help support the efficient recruitment of staff.


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    Carshalton College has been working with Duel Services since September 2013 offering Apprenticeships to Plumbing apprentices. A success story form this partnership is apprentice Hanna Castelino. After gaining her A-Levels, and  working at a Theatre she first approached Duel Services regarding an Apprenticeship.

    ‘Initially, I received training from an independent centre, however, once completing the course I was left without any real guidance or work experience.’ Hanna explained.

    ‘Having contacted Duel Services, it was obvious they could provide me with a clear route to utilise my existing skillset as well as contributing to the necessary training I would need to further my progress of becoming a fully fledged engineer.’

    Part-time Education

    Hanna is currently attending Carshalton College one day a week, undertaking a Level 2 and NVQ course in Plumbing and Heating Apprenticeship.

    Her role with Duel Services has progressed extremely quickly and she is now compiling quotes within the office, as well as training with other engineers on site.

    When I began my Apprenticeship with Duel Services in February 2013, my job role was planned so that until the start of the college term I would be working in the office gaining a complete understanding of the operation of the company. During this time I have worked closely with the Technical Manager, gaining an advanced understanding of various aspects of plumbing and heating before the start of the course.’

    Bright Future

    The Apprenticeship course Hanna is taking provides plenty of options for career progression.

    Once gaining her Level 2 she can progress onto her Level 3 Plumbing and Heating NVQ, Hanna would then have a number of career opportunities, one of which would be to become a Gas Safe registered engineer.

    ‘I chose this specific Apprenticeship course as ideally I wanted to become a Heating Engineer.’

    ‘The training received from Duel Services enables me to work with other plumbers and gas engineers, which in turn has propelled me towards my goal of becoming a fully qualified Plumbing and Heating Engineer.’ said Hanna.

    To find out more about Duel Services Apprenticeship opportunities, please contact 0845 466 7254 or via email at info@duelservices.com

    Please click here to find out about all the Apprenticeships offered at Carshalton College


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    Nadean Moses (36) studied at Carshalton College for two years as a Catering Apprentice. She is now working full time for The Wisley golf club in Ripley and has ambitious plans for the future in pursuing her passion for cooking.

    After attending Art College and working in various jobs, Nadean decided it was time to follow her dreams and focus on a catering career. Inspired by her mum’s cooking, experimenting at home and watching chefs like Gordon Ramsey, Nadean got a job as a chef at The Wisley golf club. The Head Chef, Sam Peschier, recommended Carshalton College as the ideal place to study an Apprenticeship. This course suited Nadean’s situation enabling her to learn a new career, developing skills while earning money to support her paying bills.

    The NVQ Diploma Level 2 in Professional Cookery Apprenticeship provided two different experiences of learning in College and in a workplace which complimented each other. Nadean found she was taking to work knowledge she was learning at Carshalton and embracing the chance to experience the Head Chef role with preparing dinners at the College’s in house restaurant Nightingales. Nadean also found the written work at College helped develop her English skills in writing menus and the descriptive break down of preparing dishes.

    The Wisley caters for lunches, dinners and functions and can be a 9 to 11 hour day on the go from preparation to delivering the orders as fast as possible. Nadean enjoys the big functions such as weddings with set menus and a conveyor belt of food being prepared and sent out.

    The long days can be tiring and involve heated conversations between the team to get everything done but Nadean says the satisfaction of being complimented for the food and praised for a dish makes it all worthwhile and is the drive to get  into the kitchen.

    For anyone interested in a catering career, Nadean feels an Apprenticeship is a good start

    “You learn so much at both College and in the workplace. I have catered for a friend’s birthday party since starting work and found I had the confidence to do this from what I had learnt. You think outside the box and learn additional knowledge like spending less on food shopping and wasting less of the food you buy. It is long hours but working in a kitchen is like working in a family. College really helped develop my knowledge and provides the chance to ask questions. I didn’t think I would have the opportunity to learn as much or enjoy this work so much.”

    Tom Hall, Curriculum Manager for the catering and hospitality courses at Carshalton College, led Nadean’s course. Nadean took advantage of learning from Tom’s experience as Head Chef and

    Senior Sous-Chef at top London restaurants including ‘The Bleeding Heart’ and ‘The Ivy’ and the different style of teaching compared to the Head Chef at The Wisley. 

    Tom said

    “Nadean progressed from Level 2 to Level 3 NVQ Apprenticeship and applied herself at College and in the workplace gaining the relevant experience to move forward. A team player within the group, she was always willing to take on new challengesand proved herself in the workplace.”

    Assessor Sandra Marshall added

    “As Nadean’s Level 2 assessor I always found going to see Nadean at The Wisley a pleasure. She always did he best in work based assessments and had good support from Head Chef Sam Peschier.”

    Nadean’s future plans including progression in the catering industry, writing her own cookbook and is interested in working in TV on cookery programmes.

    Please click here for more information on our Full Time Catering Courses and Apprenticeships.


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    Thursday 16 January 2014

    6.30pm to 8.00pm

    Are you are currently working in an early years setting or as a teaching assistant or a learning support worker?

    Would like to study part-time for a Foundation Degree that is relevant to your job?

    Are you looking achieve your Honours Degree?

    Come to our information evening to find out more.

    The event will provide an informal way to:

    • Meet the tutors
    • Find out more about the course content
    • Ask questions
    • Make an application for September 2014
    • Advice and guidance regarding student finance

    Foundation Degree in Early Years Education

    Foundation Degree in Education and Learning

    BA Honours Degree in Early Years Education

    BA Honours Degree in Education and Learning

    Carshalton College is offering this opportunity to learners in partnership with the University of Roehampton

    We look forward to welcoming you to the College on Thursday 16 January 2014 at 6.30pm.

    To book your attendance at this event please call Tim Ellison on 020 8544 4530,

    or email timothy.ellison@carshalton.ac.uk


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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.

    Join us for a celebration of careers and possibilities in the STEAM industries; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.

    Our STEAM Fair will take place on

    Thursday 6 February from 11.00am to 7.00pm at Carshalton College

    for students in year 10, 11 & 12 and staff from schools and Colleges across London and the South East of England.

    Activities will take place throughout the day so visitors can drop in anytime and the aim is to inform and encourage students of the career options within the industry and explore and celebrate some of the skills sets involved.

    The day will include workshops and presentations focusing on careers in the creative industries and the chance to

    • Meet Industry Professionals
    • Find out about University Course and other options available; Next step workshops by Apprenticeship Companies, Advice Services and Universities
    • Take part in Exploratory Workshops / Have A Go Sessions; provided by people such as RobotSavvy, Autodesk, Robotique, UKIE and CoderDojo
    • View Demonstrations
    • Keynote speaker presentations throughout the day discussing their career and working in the industry. This will include:
      • Cyber security
      • Oil rig engineering;David Hogeson, Design manager BP
      • Maths
      • Music; Nat Ryles, International DJ
      • Animation;Ben Hogeson, Software designer, Huddle
      • Fine art; Rob Olins, Technical Fine Artist
      • Careers in technology subjects
      • Special effects

    Mark Gatehouse, Carshalton College Tutor, who was part of the first careers event last year said

    “The first Creative Industries Day held at Carshalton College was very successful. We intend to make this an annual event and grow the number of industry speakers and workshops and demonstrations so those students who want a career in this demanding industry are given the greatest opportunity to succeed.”


    Booking



    For more information, please contact:
    e: mark.gatehouse@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4493


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    Carshalton College is celebrating their student’s successes and achievements with a Graduation Ceremony for the Level 4 AAT Accountancy graduates on Wednesday 26 February, held at their Nightingales Training Restaurant.

    Each year, Carshalton College helps professionals realise their ambitions as they graduate in Higher Education qualifications including the Level 4 Diploma in AAT Accountancy

    Over 30 Graduates will attend the event in traditional ceremony attire of ‘hat and gown’ to receive their awards to an audience of family, friends and Carshalton College staff.  Graduation highlights the hard work of our graduates who many of hold down full-time jobs while studying part-time and juggling family commitments.

    The ceremony include the presentation of the certificates. Gwen Blackburn, Team Leader for the Accounting Courses, who is thrilled the graduates are receiving recognition for their hard work

    “This is the culmination of all the hard work that these students have completed over the last few years. The AAT qualification opens doors for these students as they progress with their careers in Accountancy.”


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    If you want to find out more about running your own business, an event at Carshalton College next month is a must.

    The NatWest Mobile Business School, in the form of a 1960's double decker bus, will be at Carshalton College on Wednesday, 5 March. They will provide a range of information and workshops available to give you the tools to understand how to start – and expand – your own business.

    The free business event runs from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm and is being organised by NatWest in partnership with Carshalton College. A number of business professionals and other organisations will be on hand, to offer free practical business advice.

    Nick Howe, NatWest Regional Enterprise Manager, advised: "We are delighted to be able to bring the Mobile Business School to Carshalton College and to work alongside the local community. The bus provides a unique way of taking support, advice and expertise out to future entrepreneurs."

    NatWest Poster


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  • 02/01/14--01:11: Hairdressing Show
  • Carshalton College is hosting a hairdressing competition on Monday 10 March. The show is titled Vintage T.V 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 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. Students taking part will be from all levels with six competition groups; Full Time Level1, 2 & 3 and Apprentices from Level 2 Year 1 & 2 and 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 £5.00 and collection boxes used on the night to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

    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 will be available from beginning of February and sold on a first come basis as we are restricted with numbers. Please contact the hairdressing team on 020 8544 4484 for more details.


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    Thursday 6 February 2014 
    5.00pm – 7.00pm

    Are you 19+ and looking for a pathway into Health and Social Care?

    Come to our information evening to find out more.

    The event will provide an informal way to:

    • Meet the tutors
    • Find out more about the course content
      • Access to Health and Social Care
      • Access to Health and Human Sciences (including Nursing)
    • Ask questions
    • Make an application for September 2014
    • Advice and guidance regarding student finance

    We look forward to welcoming you to the College on Thursday 6 February 2014 at 5.00pm.

    To book your attendance at this event please call Tim Ellison on 020 8544 4530,

    or email timothy.ellison@carshalton.ac.uk  

    Access Course

    An alternative route for mature students aged 19+, who have  wish to want to progress to Degree level studying Social Work, Nursing, Midwifery or equivalent, but may have left School early or been out of education for a number of a number of years. This course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop academic skills, confidence and knowledge before embarking on a Degree or studying at a higher education level.

    Duration – 1 Year

    12.5 hours per week over 3 days (9am to 3pm)


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    As part of Apprenticeship Week, Carshalton College is inviting prospective learners to visit their Open Event on Wednesday 5 March from 4.30pm to 7.00pm for

    • Apprenticeship Information Sessions
    • Natwest Enterprise Bus
    • Tours
    • Chance to meet tutors & students  

    To register to attend, click here

    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 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 2014. We can offer advice and guidance on how to apply for a job (which you will need before you start an Apprenticeship)

    Carshalton College offers Apprenticeships in Accounting, Business Admin, Carpentry, Catering & Hospitality, Childcare, Customer Service, Construction, Electrical, Hairdressing, Motor Vehicle, Plumbing and Supporting Teaching and Learning.

    NatWest Enterprise Bus
    The NatWest Mobile Business School is coming to Carshalton College!  Visit the bus outside main entrance for information and workshops which are aimed at providing budding entrepreneurs the tools to start, run or expand their own business.

    Tours
    The excellent learning facilities include our Pulse Health & Fitness Centre, Renaissance Hair & Beauty Salons, Nightingales In-House Training Restaurant, Music Studios, Carpentry & Plumbing Workspaces and Motor Vehicle Workshop, plus the Power Assessment and Training Centre.

    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 2014.

    Advice & 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.

    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,

    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.
     

    Visit us on Wednesday 5 March from 4.30pm to 7.00pm.

    www.carshalton.ac.uk
    020 8544 4444


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    Introduce a friend and receive a £50 discount on your next course booking

    What’s on offer?

    If you recommend a friend to enrol on a course at the Power Assessment & Training Centre, you will receive £50* off your next course at the Power Centre. Please see terms and conditions below.

    How do I get the discount?

    You will need to supply the following details at the time of booking and paying for your course.

    • Your friend’s name that you have referred, company name, contact number and their learner enrolment ID number.
    • You will need to ensure that your friend has fully enrolled on a course

    *Terms & Conditions

    • The referred (friend) must be a new learner to the Power Centre and not have been previously enrolled on or undertaken a course at the Power Centre.
    • £50 discount for your booking is subject to full enrolment and payment of a course by the referred (friend). An enrolment ID number will be generated on completion of enrolment.
    • Offer is valid until 30th September 2014.
    • Applies to any course at the Power Centre over £300 that is not already discounted. 

    The Power Centre is a leading provider of Electrical, Plumbing, Gas and Renewable Energy training to industry professionals and has dedicated state-of-the-art training and assessment facilities.

    To book a course, please call 020 8544 4501


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    Winners at the Housing Innovation Awards for most Innovative Training Programme

    Congratulations to Building Lives who were exceptionally proud to be announced Winners for Most Innovative Training Programme at The Housing Innovation Awards on 7 February 2014. These awards celebrate everything innovative in the UK housing sector and are the only awards to focus solely on genuine enterprise in the sector.

    The 2014 winners were decided by an independent panel of industry experts and announced at the annual gala dinner on 6 February 2014, where housing’s most enterprising professionals had converged on London’s Grand Connaught Rooms to enjoy an evening of awards, networking and entertainment.

    Television presenter and architect, George Clarke - best known for his work on the Channel 4 series The Home Show, The Restoration Man and George Clarke's Amazing Spaces – hosted the evening’s proceedings.

    The 2014 Housing Innovation Awards Judges:

    •Margaret Allen, Executive Director, Programmes and Recoverable Investment at the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA)

    •Andrew Eagles, MD of Sustainable Homes

    •Joanne Kent-Smith, Policy and relationship manager at the National Federation of ALMOs

    •Phil Morgan, independent consultant & recognised authority on Tenant Involvement

    •Sophia de Sousa, Chief Executive, The Glass-House Community Led Design

    Berkeley Homes North East London were sponsors of the Most Innovative Training Programme Category. John Sanders, Head of Construction was delighted to present the award to Building Lives team, and the Building Lives team were over the moon to receive it! :)

    'Achievements like this are all down to the dedication, passion and hard work of the Building Lives staff and simply would not be possible without the fantastic army of partners that Building Lives is proud to work with. Thanks to everyone involved who made this possible.' Steve Rawlings, CEO Building Lives.

    Building Lives and Carshalton College

    Building Lives and the Power Centre are part of a collaboration of several key partners including construction companies Lakehouse and Mulalley, Sutton Housing Partnership and Affinity Sutton.

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

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


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    Carshalton College is running 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.

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

    • Learn to code
    • Use 3D and Creative Software
    • Make games, robots and animations
    • Create computer games
    • Learn to programme
    • Edit your holiday videos or photos

    For more information and to book a space, please contact

    Mark Gatehouse, Team Leader for Creative Technologies   

    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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  • 02/25/14--04:20: Engineering Graduate Success
  • Carshalton College graduate, Martin Lewis, has recently helped revive an Iconic fish and chip shop range producer. Martin completed a three year Foundation Engineering degree, part-time at the college, completing his degree in June 2013.

    The company Preston and Thomas has been bought out of administration by Rangetek, where Martin is the Managing Director, which has installed ranges at more than 11,000 fish and chip shops since World War II. The deal will see the name remain but production move out of Wales after a century.

    A total of 25 people lost their jobs when Preston and Thomas went into administration in September 2013.

    The sale of the business to Rangetek took place in December last year and was managed by the administrators, David Hill and Steve Wade of Begbies Traynor Cardiff office.

    Remaining plant and machinery has been sold by auction and the company’s premises at Woodville Engineering Works in Rumney, Cardiff, has now been cleared.

    Mr Hill said: “After several months of talks with potential buyers, we managed to secure the sale of Preston and Thomas’s goodwill and intellectual property, along with some of its plant and machinery.

    "This will enable the trusted brand of Preston and Thomas to continue to play a major role in nation’s culinary culture.”

    Martin Lewis, managing director of Rangetek, said: “We feel both privileged and excited about the purchase of Preston and Thomas. With our two highly-skilled teams in Surrey and Kent, this iconic name is in safe hands and we are confident of a bright future.

    “We will be re launching Preston and Thomas on February 3 and look forward to taking the brand forward and continuing its reputation for serving quality to fish and chip customers across Britain and beyond.”

    Mr Lewis added that Rangetek’s name would switch to Preston and Thomas for the Rangetek was founded in 1987 by Steven Saunders and Tom O’Neil before being sold to employees Martin and Donna Lewis in 2011. Based across two sites in Epsom, Surrey, and Sevenoaks, Kent, Rangetek specialises in supplying fish and chip shop fryers, in addition to equipment servicing and upgrades.


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  • 02/25/14--04:20: Apprenticeship Vacancies
  • Carshalton College and Kingston College have numerous Apprenticeship vacancies with a wide range of employers including Hairdressing, Childcare, Carpentry, Maintenance Operations, Engineering and Electrical Installation.

    Here is a link to our current Apprenticeship vacancies, please follow the link for more information or to register your details to be notified of future vacancies Current Apprenticeship Vacancies

    For more information please contact: rebecca.reid@carshalton.ac.uk or call: 020 8268 2857.

    Apprenticeships will provide you with the opportunity to earn a salary while gaining a recognised qualification. The Employment and Enterprise Zone (EEZ) is a great new service which supports unemployed people of all ages across South West London in entering into sustainable employment. The Centre, which also supports innovation and business start-ups, is a new joint venture between Kingston College and Carshalton College.

    The two colleges have created an individual but centrally managed Employment and Enterprise Centre, which will provide a recruitment agency service and a dedicated resource to support unemployed people to acquire employment and vocational skills in preparation for work. By working together, each College is able to provide a collectively more comprehensive service across a wider geographical area. The EEZ will work with socially responsible employers to ensure work experience, apprenticeships and permanent employment opportunities. Additionally, the centre will provide a high quality recruitment service to employers to help support the efficient recruitment of staff.

    Carshalton College Open Event

    Wednesday 5 March 4.30pm to 7.00pm

    Carshalton College is inviting prospective learners to visit their Open Event for tours and the chance to meet tutors & student ambassadors on Wednesday 5 March, from 4.30pm to 7.00pm.

    Join us for

    • Apprenticeship Information Session
    • Tours
    • Chance to talk to tutors and students
    • Advice & guidance
    • Natwest Enterprise Bus

    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 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 2014. We can offer advice and guidance on how to apply for a job (which you will need before you start an Apprenticeship)

    Carshalton College offers Apprenticeships in Accounting, Business Admin, Carpentry, Catering & Hospitality, Childcare, Customer Service, Construction, Electrical, Hairdressing, Motor Vehicle, Plumbing and Supporting Teaching and Learning.

    Click here to download our Information Guide to Carshalton College Apprenticeships.

    Tours

    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 2014.

    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.


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    The Big Bang is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK and is returning to the NEC Birmingham from 13 to 16 March. This year, Carshalton College students have been invited as Student Experts to demonstrate Game Development to schools from around the country, on the UKIE Autodesk stand.

    The fair is aimed at showing young people from 7 to 19 years just how many exciting and rewarding opportunities there are out there for them with the right experience and qualifications. Big Bang expects more than 75,000 young people and parents from schools and colleges around the country to attend.

    The two students Jamie Campbell and Sean Covell, from the Level 3 Games Development course, have been invited as Autodesk Student Experts as a direct result of presenting work for the National UKIE/Autodesk Game Development Competition at the hugely successful Carshalton College Science and Technology Fair in February. They will demonstrate how game elements are created using Autodesk Maya and Mudbox and then coded into a playable game. Sean is already an expert at presenting his Game work to large audiences having represented Carshalton College at the World Skills Game Development Competition last November.

    From meeting inspiring engineers and scientists from some of the biggest and most interesting companies in the UK and through receiving dedicated careers advice, we know that young people go away with a fresh, new perspective on where their school subjects can lead them. The Big Bang Fair is now delivered by over 200 organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors. Led by EngineeringUK in partnership with the British Science Association, the Science Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Young Engineers, the event is supported by The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as well as numerous sponsors from industry. Click here to read more about the fair.

    Carshalton College offers a number of BTEC Diplomas in Digital Media/Games allowing students to develop practical skills in digital media production and communication and specialist games development programme.

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


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    Beauty students have had a busy term with work experience, industry experts visiting the College and an insight into working on cruise ships.

    Dermalogica visited Carshalton College and delivered product and retail training to the Level 2 & 3 students. Dermalogica have over 25 years experience in delivering skin health results through education, innovation, and professional recommendation with a range of beauty products and treatments. This opportunity to receive training from beauty professionals gave the students more knowledge of the industry and confidence in using Dermalogica products.

    Level 2 students gained a real insight into the beauty industry by carrying out a week’s work experience in various salons and spa’s.  Working alongside experienced professionals and one to one with customers helps students gain a glimpse into the future and decide where they may wish to work.

    Level 3 students attended a 3 day course by Envrion Skin Care. Envrion for the past 20 years has been devoted to delivering innovative products that contain vitamin A and essential antioxidants. Environ is about skin appearance, education, training, professional development, customer support and marketing partnerships using cutting edge science and consistently staying one generation ahead. Students sat an exam at the end of the course, providing a fully trained attainment to add to their CV. 

    Sarah Knight, Beauty Team Leader at the College said “Envrion provide top end products and not every college is privilege to this, the students are extremely lucky to have this opportunity and include this addition to their CV.”

    In February, Level 3 students also had the chance to listen to a talk from Steiner, the cruise ship company. Students were taken through the information they need if they decided they would like to work on board a cruise ship once they have qualified as a beauty therapist.  Many of students are keen on this option to work and travel. 

    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.

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


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    A new deal between Sutton Building Lives and Sutton Council will enable the award-winning Community Interest Company to expand the number of apprenticeships it offers to young people in the borough.

    The Council's Housing, Economy and Business Committee agreed on 28 January 2014 that the council would cover the rental cost of space at Rosehill Court, St Helier, in return for Sutton Building Lives setting up and operating a training academy for apprentices for the building industry from the premises.

    The use of the currently vacant units at Rosehill Court will enable Sutton Building Lives training academy to transfer from their current location at Carshalton College and increase the number of apprenticeships offered from 20 to 50 per year.

    Sutton Building Lives supports unemployed people of all ages and backgrounds into sustainable construction careers. They have developed an 18 month scheme which includes an 11 week pre-employment course to help prepare students for the workplace and give them the best chance of completing an apprenticeship.

    In reaching their decision, the Housing, Economy and Business Committee considered the community benefits that would be provided by forming this deal. Up to 30% of the people that Sutton Building Lives work with are young people classified as Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEETS), 40% are ex-offenders and 30% are homeless.

    Sutton Building Lives will deliver this programme in partnership with Sutton Housing Partnership and Carshalton College.

    Cllr Jayne McCoy, Chair of Sutton Council's Housing, Economy and Business Committee, said:

    "I am pleased that we have reached this agreement which will lead to increased training for unemployed people in Sutton and help to find work.

    "The Sutton Building Lives programme closely aligns with the key principals of the council's economic growth programme 'Opportunity Sutton' and I look forward to seeing the next cohort of students pass through the new training academy and achieve their full potential."

    Steve Rawlings, CEO Building Lives, said:

    "We are simply chuffed with this decision. The existing Academy has proven there is a great demand for construction apprenticeships in the borough and we have already supported many local people into jobs. The tremendous commitment and backing from Sutton Council means our existing partnership with Sutton Housing Partnership will be extended so we can do even more. Together we are proud to be building lives in Sutton.'

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


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    Three of the Carshalton College Hospitality & Catering students have been successful in making it through the first stages in the 2013/14 Brakes Student Chef Team Challenge.

    The Brakes Student Chef Team Challenge is a leading student chef competition which has been running annually since 1993. The UK competition is for teams of three full time college students studying hospitality or catering. Teams firstly submit their entry with details of a three course meal for four people including how they will prepare each course, the cost, working to a budget of £8 per cover and the ingredients that will be used. These entries are then judged by a panel and a shortlist of teams are chosen to compete in the next stage of the competition, a Regional Heat. There are six Regional Heats with a winner from each region. All winning teams then take part in the live final competition.

    Taylar Decosta, Luke Spier and Shannon Castledine from Carshalton College have been successful in making it through to the London Regional Heat. The theme for 2013/14 is ‘Back To Basics’ and these students put forward a menu that the judges want to see come to life at the London Heat at Westminster Kingsway College on Saturday 1 March 2014.

    Tom Hall, Catering Team Leader at Carshalton College says “The students worked really hard on coming up with an impressive three course meal and we are all delighted they have made it through to the next round. The competition is an ideal way of providing the students with an opportunity to experience the pressures of a real working kitchen and develop a further understanding into the associated costs and planning that goes with working in a successful kitchen.”

    The competition is run by Brakes, a leading supplier to the foodservice industry in the UK, Ireland, France and Sweden. The Craft Guild of Chefs are the official competition partners and provide support and expertise in the judging process for the heats and final.

    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 4501


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