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    Carshalton College is running free monthly Saturday Coderdojo Workshops from 10.00am to 1.00pm during term time, each with specialist themes. 

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

    The next workshop is on

    Saturday 10 May

    Focus on graphical quizzes

    This month we will be looking at Graphical Quizzes! Check out this impossible quiz; this is our starting point for examining navigational control and messing with peoples heads through code:) The programming will be using AS3 a subset of C+ and Java which are applicable to wider applications.

    Plenty of challenge here for all from the total newbie to the experienced coder. Should be as much fun as the...

    Each month the Coderdojo sessions will provide free expert help from the creative industry professionals, 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

    Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.

    To book your space on the next session, please visit the Event Brite website

    For more information, please contact

    Mark Gatehouse, Team Leader for ICT and Computing

    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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  • 05/01/14--07:34: Nightingale's Restaurant
  • There are currently some exciting offers at our Nightingales Restaurant at Carshalton College during May.

    Nightingales Restaurant

    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. 

    Hell’s Kitchen Competition

    For a night out with a difference, why not try our Hell's Kitchen themed event.

    On Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 June join us 7.00pm for a deluxe 3 course meal for just £16.50 per person in a Hell's Kitchen competition environment.

    The menus are created by our Level 1 & Level 2 students who are split into two teams – the red team and the blue team. They then work in direct competition with each other and you decide who wins by choosing the menu you wish to eat.

    Please call 020 8544 4433 to book a table for our Hell’s Kitchen Event

    Coffee Mornings

    Don’t miss out on our Coffee Mornings at Nightingales from 10.30am to 12.30pm every Thursday. Taste the delicious home made cakes with a hot or cold drink. 

     

    Hot Drink & Homemade Cake

    £1.50

    Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate

    £1.00

    Fresh Fruit Smoothie

    £1.00

    Slice of Cake

    £1.00

    2 Course Lunch for £6.00

    Enjoy a tasty 2 Course Lunch at Nightingales for only £6.00 throughout May. Please contact the restaurant on 020 8544 4433 and quote RESPROM02 to book.

     

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


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  • 05/01/14--07:34: Hair & Beauty Offers in May
  • Carshalton College is having a Mad May with Hair and Beauty offers available to customers of our Renaissance Hair & Beauty Salons at Carshalton College. 

    Renaissance Hair and Beauty

    Both of Renaissance's hair and beauty salons offer a relaxed yet professional and stylish learning environment where you can book an appointment for a snip of the price you would pay on the high street. A College tutor and technician are always on hand to oversee your treatment and ensure the highest standards. A wide variety of treatments are available including cut and blow dry, colour, perms, manicures, pedicures, facials, massage and waxing. 

    50% off Cuts, Colours and Highlights

    Book an appointment with our Level 3 Hairdressing students and receive 50% off a cut or colour (excluding colour correction). Please call our Renaissance Hair Salon on 020 8544 4450 to book your appointment, quoting HAIRPROMO2. 

    Book to have your hair highlighted on a Monday or Tuesday morning and receive a 50% discount during May. Please call our Renaissance Hair Salon on 020 8544 4450 to book your appointment, quoting HAIRPROMO3.

    30% discount off Eye and Waxing Treatments

    Book for an Eye or Wax treatment in May and receive a 30% discount. 

     

    Treatment

    With 30% discount now costs only

    Eyelash Tint

    £3.50

    Eyebrow Tint

    £1.75

    Eyebrow Shape/Wax

    £3.00

    Half Leg Wax

    £4.90

    Full Leg Wax

    £7.70

    Full Leg & Bikini Line

    £8.75

    Bikini/Underarm Wax

    £3.50

    Upper Lip, Chin or Eyebrow

    £2.10

    Spray Tan for only £10.00

    Our Renaissance Beauty Salon are offering Spray Tan treatments for only £10.00 during May on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. To take advantage of this great offer, please contact the Beauty Team on 020 8544 419 and quote BEAPROM01 

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


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  • 04/29/14--06:15: Skills Show Experience
  • Carshalton College is working with South Thames College to deliver a FREE interactive event aimed at 14-25 year olds to excite and inspire you about job paths, training and vocational learning opportunities and we'd love to see you there!

    The Skills Show Experience forms part of the European Social Fund Technical Assistance project, awarded to the Skills Funding Agency to promote the European Social Fund. In addition, the programme is co-funded by the Skills Funding Agency to deliver the National Careers Service at the events.

    Working in partnership with The Skills Show premier sponsors City & Guilds, the Edge Foundation and Premier Colleges, The Skills Show Experience provides young people with opportunities to discover what they are good at and what they enjoy, through interactive activities and experiences helping shape their futures and transform their lives.

    This event is co-funded by the European Social Fund, set up to improve employment opportunities in the European Union and help raise standards of living. The European Social Fund aims to help people fulfil their potential by giving them better skills and better job prospects. 

    The Skills Show Experience will take place on Thursday 8 May between 11am – 7pm at the Wandsworth Campus of South Thames College.  A host of London colleges, employers and training providers will be on hand to offer young people the chance to take part in: 

    • Interactive hands-on Have a Go taster sessions and demos
    • Competitions to showcase skills
    • Spotlight talks from industry experts
    • Entertaining performances including dance and musical talent
    • Careers information and advice from the National Careers Service. 

    Register your place now


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    The Edge competition reaches its finale next week following months of hard work by students at Carshalton and Kingston Colleges. 13 teams have been running their own businesses and will summarise their business plans in a final presentation to a panel of employers on the 28 April.

    The teams have been provided with a budget to help get their business off the ground and following the Awards Ceremony in London sponsored by NatWest on May 1st 2014, both Colleges will continue to encourage each team to develop and grow a successful business. 

    The 13 teams of students have developed business educational concepts since the start of the year across the following areas;

    • Hair & Beauty
    • IT & Media
    • Fashion
    • Catering
    • Leisure & Tourism and
    • Skills for Work & Life

    with students demonstrating enterprising qualities and capabilities by thinking differently about education and commercial enterprise.

    Teams from Carshalton College include

    Team Name Area Business Idea
    JITOW IT Software Development for Social Media Network
    CCM IT App Products
    Cyclone Keyboards IT Bespoke keyboard development for students with learning disabilities and difficulties
    Community Media Consulting Creative Industries Recruitment Agency for specialist experts
    Cakes 'R' Us Hospitality and Catering Personalised cakes for all occasions (please see image above)
    Jars Hospitality and Catering Assortment of homemade chutneys and pickles
    Regenerate Skills for Work and Life Recycling of gardening furniture (please see image above)

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

    The Awards Ceremony is sponsored by NatWest who see the benefits of giving students the opportunity with projects like this. Nick Howe, Regional Enterprise ManagerNatWest says

    “At NatWest we are passionate about inspiring enterprise and entrepreneurial spirit in our communities.    I am therefore delighted to be able to work with the students of Carshalton and Kingston Colleges to help and support the
    next generation of entrepreneurs.”

    Background to The Edge

    The federated Colleges have embraced a culture of enterprising futures to foster a new generation of social and commercial entrepreneurs.  The Enterprise Passport developed in 2013 has levered to create a menu of enterprising entitlements to support students during the academic year. For example, the recently announced partnership with the National Association of College University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) has provided access to enterprise conferences, boot camps and business surgeries. In addition, NatWest has added further support by hosting a number of business workshops, one to one support as well as extending opportunities to local communications veered through an Enterprise Business School.

    The Colleges are committed to working in partnership with flagship employers such as British Airways, Merlin Entertainment, Sainsbury’s, The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames (RBK), Successful Sutton, Sutton Housing Association, NatWest, Subsea 7, Coast to Capital (LEP), Malcolm John Restaurants and NACUE to support the drive for an entrepreneurial culture to ensure students are equipped with the necessary skills for employment/self-employment in driving forward economic growth.  

    The Enterprise and Employment Zone

    The Enterprise and Employment Zone at Carshalton College and Kingston College is committed to working in partnership, to support organisation’s skills, employment and training strategies by providing professional training and development programmes to meet business needs and economic growth.

    Our services include Apprenticeships; a free Recruitment Service for both students and employers; Foundation Degrees and Professional and Management programmes (sector specific).

    We can help you: undertake a cost free skills, employment and training consultation; support your organisation to develop a Skills Employment and Training Plan; support the development of bespoke training models; provide your organisation with information on funding grants to support succession planning; provide a cost free recruitment and matching service; Identify and increase the skills your business needs; pinpoint the right training; agree a tailored training programme; find out what funding is available to you.

    We work with a number of employers including British Gas, Thames Water, Balfour Beatty, British Airways, Young’s Brewery, Virgin Active, Toni & Guy, The Merlin Group, Thorpe Park, Royal Marsden Hospital, The British Legions and Terrance Higgins Trust.

    For more information please contact:

    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4558 


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    Congratulations to Carshalton College IT student, Reece Burton, who was awarded the prestigious Best Learner Award at the House of Lords on Tuesday 20 May 2014. 

    The South London Colleges’ Best Learner Awards ceremony celebrated the achievements of learners across South London and was hosted by Lord Tope. The awards are organised by the Committee of South London Principals (COSLP) who represent colleges in Croydon, Kingston, Bromley, Richmond, Sutton and Merton and work together to share good practice and to improve post 16 and adult learning. 

    Reece enrolled on a two year BTEC Extended Diploma for Software Development course at Carshalton College and is predicted to achieve a grade D*D*D when he completes the course in July 2014.

    With a long history of disrupted education prior to attending Carshalton College due to his Asperger’s Syndrome, Reece started shy and withdrawn.  However he has gradually leant to deal with his learning difficulties and progressed exceptionally well both academically.  Reece has also shown steady improvement in communicating with his classmates and tutors.

    Liguang Chen, Reece’s IT Tutor, describes how Reece has developed during the course

    “Reece takes his studies seriously and has maintained a 100% attendance and punctuality record throughout.  Reece has developed a good understanding of a wide range of IT subjects in general and software programming and web development in particular. He has a positive and enthusiastic attitude, and his academic skills have significantly improved – able to produce good quality research work independently.”

    Reece is now actively thinking about venturing into higher education, which he found overwhelming even to consider two months ago.


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  • 06/02/14--04:07: Display at Sutton Library
  • NIACE will be celebrating Adult Learners’ Week during 14- 20 June

    As part of these celebrations, Carshalton College will be at

    Sutton Library on

    Thursday 19 June from 11.00am to 4.00pm

    Visit our stand in the Sutton Library main reception area to find out about all the Part-Time courses we have available and our fantastic facilities. 

    Sutton Central Library, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA

    Adult Learners’ Week is a national celebration of lifelong learning, encompassing the Adult Learners’ Week awards, “have a go” taster events, parliamentary reception, and other activities such as a national policy conference. The Week is now in its 23rd year and we are really proud that it has inspired international Adult Learner’s Week celebrations across the world.

    why study at Carshalton College

    Carshalton College also has fantastic facilities for our Full and Part Time courses

    There is a team of expert staff with a wealth of experience and knowledge, read more in our staff profile page

    Our Part-Time courses offer flexible options to study with the following courses

    • Access
    • Accounting Book-Keeping & Computerised Accounts
    • Professional Accounting Courses
    • Beauty
    • Childcare & Early Years
    • Education
    • Electrical
    • Employability Work Skills
    • ESOL
    • Hair
    • Health & Social Care
    • Information Technology
    • Motor Vehicle
    • Music Technology
    • Sport
    • Supported Learners
    • Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships

    The Power Assessment and Training Centre also offers Part Time courses in Domestic & Liquid Petroleum Gas, Electrical, Health & Safety, Plumbing and Renewable Energy & Low Carbon.

    Success Stories

    Read our case studies on adult learners who have gained qualifications at Carshalton College

    Christopher Patera - Personal Training

    AAT Graduation

    To find out more or book your place on a course

    Please contact our Customer Services Team on 020 8544 4501 or cs@carshalton.ac.uk


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    Carshalton College is undergoing a large construction project to consolidate the construction, engineering and motor vehicle curriculum areas into a single central location.

    The new build comes with the desire to bring the department areas together and to modernise the buildings using state of the art sustainable technologies. The new centre will improve the quality and environment of the delivery of the construction and motor vehicle curriculum. The building will be a striking and informal building within which flexible 21st century teaching environments will inspire students and staff.

    The centre will be connected to the existing college’s main building and will be ideally situated for access, servicing and deliveries.

    Derek Spencer, Head of Facilities said “We have spent considerable time planning the new centre and ensuring that every stage of the new build is completed efficiently and with minimal impact on the College. We think we have a unique centre in the making with a lean, mean & green sustainable strategy.”

    The materials that are being used in the development have been selected for their sustainable characteristics and achieve a degree of architectural quality that is consistent with its setting whilst producing an inspiring design conceived so that the building can act as an advertisement for its function to both staff and students.

    Janet Sherborne, Head of College said “We are really excited by the new centre and believe it will achieve our new build objectives, primarily to provide a positive, energetic and sustainable environment for our students to learn in. For our students learning in such facilities and with our skilled teaching staff we are confident they will be highly regarded by employers.” 

    The centre is expected to be completed in December 2014


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    Join us on Wednesday 11 June from 6.30pm to 8.00pm for our Higher Education Information Evening

    Are you are currently working and looking to further your qualifications?

    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 find out about all the courses below and:

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

    To book your attendance at this event please call Tim Ellison on 020 8544 4530, or email timothy.ellison@carshalton.ac.uk  

    We look forward to welcoming you to the College on Wednesday 11 June 2014 at 6.30pm.

     

    Why study at Carshalton College

    Case Study: Rukhsana Aslam, Foundation Degree in Education and Learning

    Our growing Higher Education department delivers courses designed for Early Years workers and Teaching Assistants to gain a work related Degree whilst remaining at work. Rukhsana Aslam is currently studying on the Foundation Degree in Education and Learning and talks about her time at the College 

    “I chose to study at Carshalton College as they deliver a Foundation Degree that is relevant  to my job at a time that is convenient for me to study. That flexibility, being able to study part time makes working and learning achievable.

    I am enjoying studying alongside like-minded people in similar circumstances to me. We all work in the same field and are able to share experiences, challenges and good practice. Finishing Degree modules and achieving a target is a great confidence builder. As a result I have become more self-assured and assertive at work and I have a more positive approach to the job that I do. I am able relate many things that I learn in the classroom to my workplace.

    Carshalton College is a brilliant place to study and the teaching is excellent, the tutors are very helpful and the lectures are interesting and well prepared.

    I would have no hesitation what so ever in recommending Carshalton College, if you are thinking about doing a Foundation Degree – go for it, there is a lot to be gained from continuing to study alongside working.”


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    At the end of May another 10 teachers from around the country passed the prestigious Autodesk Certified User exam at Carshalton College. The learners spent a rigorous two days learning or updating their skills with the 3d modelling programme Maya.

    The Carshalton College team have now trained some 30 lecturers this year from all over the UK since it opened as a training centre in September 2013. The teaching is provided by experienced personnel like Michael Davis who besides teaching with us runs the 3d programme at Kingston University.

    One of the lovely features of the course at Carshalton College is the range of experience brought along with IT staff mixing with creative lecturers. Total beginners working with hardened veterans from the worlds of Game development and VFX.

    At this two day training, one student Lucy Langridge from Mid Kent College won the most progressed learner award when she passed the exam with a score of 733, winning the coveted dragon of success. Richard Mitchell from Oaklands College  managed to score an incredible 933 in less than 15 minutes. 

    From September 2014 Carshalton College is building on it’s success with Games Development and VFX by launching an HNC programme specifically for people wanting to work in the Games and post production industries.

    Carshalton College was accredited as an Authorised Academic Training Centre (AATC) by Autodesk,  the world leader in 3d and post production software. Apart from being able to deliver Industry Standard qualifications to their students, Carshalton College are now in the position of acting as a national hub for 3d design training for Media and Entertainment across the UK.

    The training centres have led to the establishment of a network of colleges delivering Animation and Games curriculum stretching from Scotland through to Truro. Each of these centres are being offered the opportunity to have staff accredited and then students and local teachers who would then be able to take advantage of the Autodesk Educational Licence agreement and deliver high quality 3d tuition for Animation and Games in their own schools. The aim is to produce a generation of empowered young people with industry standard skills and thus move our creative industry firmly forward within the global field.

    For more information about the AATC, please contact Mark Gatehouse mark.gatehouse@carshalton.ac.uk


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    A group of Catering & Hospitality students from Carshalton College will be visiting the Sainsbury’s Head Office in London on Friday 6 June to meet with the Cake Buying Team to gain an insight into this retail sector.

    The visit is part of a prize the students won after competing in this year’s Edge competition. Lead by Carshalton and Kingston Colleges, 13 teams of students ran their own businesses and were provided with a budget to help get their ideas off the ground. The competition ended with an Awards Ceremony in London sponsored by NatWest on May 1st 2014 and both Colleges will now continue to encourage each team to develop and grow a successful business.  The Overall Team Winner award went to 'Cakes R Us’.

    5 Catering & Hospitality students, Michaela Nzeh, Connor Cross, Abbas Hussain, Chyanne Pochopin and Kyle Thomas, devised the business ‘Cakes R Us’. Their business idea was to bake and sell all types of cakes for different events and take bespoke orders. During the competition they made between 20 – 25 large cakes, 300 – 400 cup cakes and a 3 tier wedding cake.

    The students will now have a fantastic opportunity to meet industry experts at Sainsbury’s and find out about cake retailing with the Cake Buying Team at their Head Office. This is a great chance for the students to show the team at Sainsbury’s what they have been doing and to get some expert advice about the marketplace.

    James Turner, Area HR Manager for Sainsbury’s, spoke about the team’s work

    We were really impressed by Cakes R Us' presentation. The reason they stood out from the other groups was their passion for the product and the quality of what they had produced. Having made a handsome profit and producing a sustainable business model, it was a fitting prize to introduce them to our Cake Buying team in Sainsbury's, headed up by Richard Hammond - a chance for them to gain a unique insight into the industry.”

    The Edge Competiton

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

    Nigtingales Restaurant

    Nightingales is Carshalton College's on-site training restaurant. Meals are prepared and served by our enthusiastic Catering & Hospitality 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: 0208 544 4558


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  • 06/10/14--05:09: Power Open Event
  • The Power Centre at Carshalton College is holding an Open Event on Wednesday 2 July from 4pm to 7.30pm

    The Centre provides training and assessment in Electrical, Gas, Plumbing, Health & Safety, Building Services & Construction.

    The centre offers Part Time, Higher Education, Apprenticeships and industry qualifications.

    Come along to:

    • Meet our tutors and trainers
    • Take a tour of our facilities
    • Learn about our courses and traning on offer
    • Find out about payment options and plans

    Plus get 5% off on course bookings made on the day

    The Power Assessment & Training Centre, a partnership between Carshalton and Kingston Colleges, provides Gas, Plumbing, Electrical, Construction, Health & Safety and Renewable Energy courses for new entrants to these sectors as well as existing industry professionals, ensuring that employers across the Building Services, Construction and Energy sectors have the skills required to increase productivity and gain new business.

    We have dedicated state-of-the-art training and assessment facilities and all our courses are tailored to the specific needs of adult learners with delivery at regular and convenient times, including evenings and weekends, to suit business working patterns. Our fully accredited, industry recognised qualifications are delivered by specialist trainers and assessors with over 50 years’ experience.

    Reasons to choose The Power Assessment & Training  Centre:

    • Competitive prices with no VAT
    • Highly respected specialist trainers & assessors
    • High quality course delivery
    • Stimulating and mature learning environment
    • Accredited and industry approved training (City & Guilds, EAL, Logic, NAPIT, ERS, NICEIC)
    • Excellent locations accessible from all parts of London & the South East
    • Flexible delivery with customised training offer

    for more information, please contact

    e: enquiries@powertrainingcentre.co.uk
    t: 0845 408 4024

    www.powertrainingcentre.co.uk


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    On Thursday 5 June 2014 Building Lives joined forces with its partners in Sutton to host a graduation ceremony for the NVQ Level 2 full framework apprentices based in the area. The event took place at the Salvation Army Centre on the Benhill Estate in Sutton and celebrated the hard work put in by not only the apprentices but Sutton Housing Partnership, Sutton Council and Carshalton College who all played a part in aiding the apprentices in the completion of their course. 

    The event kicked off with lunch followed by speeches from a few of the influential people who attended on the day, which included Andrew Taylor – Chief Executive of Sutton Housing Partnership, the Mayor of Sutton - Councillor Sean Brennan OBE, Sian Workman - Development Director from Building Lives and David Ivison - Head of Construction from Carshalton College.

    To mark the occasion the Mayor of Sutton, Councillor Sean Brennan OBE presented the students with certificates in the company of close friends and family. 15 apprentices graduated on the day and were the first to complete the 18 month programme from the Sutton academy. 13 of these apprentices have gone to secure themselves full time jobs - increasing our sustained employment rate from 78% to 87%. 

    Andrew Taylor, Chief Executive of Sutton Housing Partnership led with the speeches and commented “Congratulations to all the trainees who have worked really hard to achieve their qualification. The graduation event marks a significant milestone for the Sutton apprentices and the successful partnership working with the Building Lives Academy.

    SHP are committed to ensuring our residents and the wider community can access these fantastic opportunities. This year there already have 28 new apprentices currently being trained in the construction industry and this number will increase to 50 apprenticeship places when the new training academy in Rosehill opens.”

    Sian Workman, Building Lives went on to say “We feel exceptionally proud of what's been achieved here and thanks to Sutton Housing Partnership and Sutton Council we can now extend our offer to more local people at the new Sutton academy scheduled to open later this year.”

    Thank you to Sutton Housing Partnership for hosting the event and to our construction partners Rydon, AW Decorators, Elite Technical Services, Southern Counties Roofing and Lakehouse who have been instrumental in aiding the success of the apprenticeship scheme in Sutton. 

    Mary Morrissey, Strategic Director Environment and Neighbourhood at Sutton Council said “This is a fantastic initiative that will increase the opportunities available to our residents. I would like to pass on my congratulations to all those who received their qualifications at the event and wish them well for their future careers.”


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    Carshalton College has met the UK standard for the level of service it provides. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has released its findings following a review in March.

    The team were satisfied that academic standards and the quality and enhancement of student learning opportunities met expectations.

    Their review praised Carshalton College for how it engages with students, and supports them as independent learners.

    It is also recognised the College provides learning opportunities with work-based mentors. The QAA reported the college's quality of information about learning opportunities.

    Janet Sherborne, head of Carshalton College, said

    "I am extremely proud of our growing Higher Education provision, and I am delighted with the findings and accreditation of QAA. We have a dedicated team who put students' needs at the centre of everything we do. Our aim is to produce confident learners who go on to be a great success in their chosen field."

    The successful review means Carshalton College can display the QAA Quality Mark, to indicate it meets national requirements for standards and quality.

    The QAA published its findings on June 12.

    Carshalton College offers a broad range of Higher Education qualifications from Diplomas to Degrees. We have the facilities to support your studies and tutors dedicated to your success. Our aim is to put students’ needs at the centre of everything we do. We want you to be confident learners and to succeed.

    “Studying at Carshalton College was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”Servane D’Oncieu

    “Great environment to study in.” Andrew McKenna

    “Facilities and teaching are both excellent.”Luke Hall

    “Very experienced staff – excellent pastoral care.” Jodie Wallace


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    Congratulations to Art and Design student, Daniel Kegan, who has been shortlisted in the Royal Academy of Arts’ 2014 A- Level Summer Exhibition. 

    The academy received over 2,100 submissions from schools and colleges, with 36 pieces chosen for the exhibition with a further 70 shortlisted. Daniel’s detailed, vibrant and colourful Self Portrait piece was selected.

    Daniel is pictured with his Art and Design tutor Annette Vigurs. Annette spoke of Daniel’s achievement

    “Daniel is a talented and hard working student who has a unique personal style of drawing that is initiative and distinctive. Daniel has been studying at Carshalton College for 4 years and achieved high standards throughout and a final distinction grade."

    Each year, the academy is impressed with the maturity and variety of the work submitted. The exhibition is live online until 17 August www.alevel.royalacademy.org.uk

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


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    Carshalton College Carpentry Level 2 Students, Tommy Jones, Joe Clark and Terry Carlin, along with Tutor Daren Hull answered a DIY SOS call to construct a ramp and an entrance gate for Michael Walsh a 24 year old young man from Bognor Regis who has a mental and physical disability.

    It was brought to Daren’s notice that if Michael had a ramp and a private entrance gate he would be able the freedom to gain access to his room via a private entrance.  Michael needs full time care, so when his carer needed to take him out the only exit route was through the house. 

    Daren said  “A simple thing that we take for granted can be a major obstacle for people like Michael; we were delighted to be able to help make and fit the ramp and entrance gate.

    The students and I were extremely emotional after seeing what a difference our skills had made to what must be a very difficult life not only for Michael but his family and carer.  Speaking with my students after the day made me realise how much they had taken away from this experience, far more than I could have ever taught them within college. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Richard Childs for driving us down to Bognor Regis.”

    Michael’s mother, Anne McCarthy, wrote a thank you note to Daren and his students

    “I would like to express my gratitude by thanking you all so much for the work you carried out for my son Michael. The wheelchair ramp and the gate you all made and fitted will be a tremendous help to him. This will allow him to access his own front door and make it so much easier for him and his carers to leave and return home everyday.

    We appreciate all your hard work and thoughtfulness in carrying out this project for us. The high standard and professionalism you all exercised is a credit to you all and the College.”

    Carshalton College offers a number of BTEC qualifications and Apprenticeships in Carpentry with the latest tooling and machinery to construct all types of doors, partition walls, window frames, stairs and roofing structures and flooring. The new Engineering and Construction Centre at Carshalton College opens in December 2014.

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


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    Carshalton College is celebrating following their recent Ofsted (The Office for Standards in Education) Inspection and receiving a GOOD Grading.

    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.

    The College received a Good grading for

    • Outcome for Students
    • The quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
    • Health, Social Care, Early Years and Playwork
    • Building and Construction
    • Hospitality and Catering
    • Sport
    • The Effectiveness of Leadership and Management

    Following the inspection, the report included the following statements to highlight the quality of teaching and learning environment the College offers

    “Students at all levels in the College achieve well.”

    “The College has a culture of raising personal and career expectations through exceptional advice and guidance, and provides sustained support which contributes to the high levels of achievement.”

    “Students enjoy studying at the College.”

    “Teachers and assessors are well qualified, enthusiastic and motivating.”

    “Support is very good and tailored effectively to meet each student’s needs.”

    “The College’s excellent support and encouragement for students significantly contribute to the high success rates in the subject of hospitality and catering.”


    Peter Mayhew-Smith, Principal spoke about the College's success

    "This is a wonderful inspection report, reflecting the enormous efforts of our staff and students to make Carshalton into a high-performing College. We’re intensely proud of our success and the report warmly celebrates the great qualities of the College: its outstanding support, its commitment to learning, the very high rates of achievement and, most of all, the opportunities to progress we make for our students."

    Mrs Mavis Peart, Chair of Governors added

    "Governors are delighted with the report and it shows the improvements made over the years by our hard-working staff. We were especially pleased to see the comments on the support and encouragement given to students to ensure they achieve their full potential. The report rightly highlighted the very high rates of success across all curriculum areas."


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


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  • 07/01/14--05:06: Power Open Event
  • The Power Centre at Carshalton College is holding an Open Event on Wednesday 2 July from 4pm to 7.30pm

    The Centre provides training and assessment in Electrical, Gas, Plumbing, Health & Safety, Building Services & Construction.

    The centre offers Part Time, Higher Education, Apprenticeships and industry qualifications.

    Come along to:

    • Meet our tutors and trainers
    • Take a tour of our facilities
    • Learn about our courses and traning on offer
    • Find out about payment options and plans

    Plus get 5% off on course bookings made on the day

    The Power Assessment & Training Centre, a partnership between Carshalton and Kingston Colleges, provides Gas, Plumbing, Electrical, Construction, Health & Safety and Renewable Energy courses for new entrants to these sectors as well as existing industry professionals, ensuring that employers across the Building Services, Construction and Energy sectors have the skills required to increase productivity and gain new business.

    We have dedicated state-of-the-art training and assessment facilities and all our courses are tailored to the specific needs of adult learners with delivery at regular and convenient times, including evenings and weekends, to suit business working patterns. Our fully accredited, industry recognised qualifications are delivered by specialist trainers and assessors with over 50 years’ experience.

    Reasons to choose The Power Assessment & Training  Centre:

    • Competitive prices with no VAT
    • Highly respected specialist trainers & assessors
    • High quality course delivery
    • Stimulating and mature learning environment
    • Accredited and industry approved training (City & Guilds, EAL, Logic, NAPIT, ERS, NICEIC)
    • Excellent locations accessible from all parts of London & the South East
    • Flexible delivery with customised training offer

    for more information, please contact

    e: enquiries@powertrainingcentre.co.uk
    t: 0845 408 4024

    www.powertrainingcentre.co.uk


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    On Tuesday 1 July, The Skills for Work and Life Department celebrated the memory of tutor Susan Miller with two department activities. Susan sadly passed away in April and it was a great loss to her students and the Skills for Work and Life team of which she was such an important part.

    The team planted two Black eyed Susan plants and placed a memorial bench in their sensory  garden. During the day, students joined Susan’s family in the garden to help plant the flowers and remember Susan as the sun shone. The department spent the afternoon competing in a sports day event including staff V’s students ‘Tug of War’.

    Nicola Jenner, Team Leader, said

    “All the students enjoyed the day remembering Susan and raising money. It was a reflective day and felt magical and moving to share it with Susan’s family. Students were able to express their feelings and the day was made light hearted at this sad time with a range of activities.”

    Susan’s daughter, sister in-law and her closest friend arrived at college at 9.30am and stayed for the whole day, leaving at 3pm. They said

    “We were touched by the whole day and grateful to experience the day with the students and staff.”

    Students and staff raised £230, which has been donated to the ‘Susan’s Trust’. Susan’s son will soon be competing in sponsored bike ride to raise money for Leukaemia Research.

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    e: marketing@carshalton.ac.uk
    t: 020 8544 4501


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    The award of the IT Technologies “ Most Effort Made By Learner in ICT” cup was given to the Level 3 IT student Bradley Wright by the Computing and Creative Industries Programme Manager- Rachel Kelly on Monday 30 June 2014 at a small ceremony at the College.

    This annual award is given to the student who exhibits the highest level of drive and commitment through their college work and attendance record.

    Since Starting at Carshalton College in 2008 on a BTEC introductory course, Bradley has demonstrated outstanding levels of drive, commitment and determination to make the most of his time at the college. He has progressed up through BTEC IT programmes at Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. He has developed a particular passion for  the specialist IT subject of Computer Networking. Bradley plans to move on to study for an HND in Computing and Systems Development in Autumn 2014 and has achieved an overall merit grade in his current BTEC Extended Diploma in ICT programme.

    Bradley identifies his amazing achievement at the college to his own love of the subject, great teaching and the never ending willingness of support and learning centre staff to go the “extra mile” to answer his questions and help him succeed.

    Carshalton College offers a number of Full-Time Information Technology courses.

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


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