AoC Beacon Award for Staff Development
Staff and students have been celebrating at the news that the College has been awarded the prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for Staff Development in Further Education.
The college was announced as winner of the award, sponsored by City & Guilds, by Lord Willis of Knaresborough, President of the AoC Charitable Trust, at the AoC Annual Conference in Birmingham on Wednesday 20 November.
The College won the award for the way it has embedded an excellent lesson observation process to support the development of teaching and learning. We did this by creating an expert observation team committed to the development of excellent teaching, learning and assessment. The staff members who trained in ‘Licence to Observe’ are recognised both within the college and in the local press. The approach has enabled more robust, reliable and evidence-based decisions about the quality of teaching and learning which has had a positive impact on learners.
Principal Shelagh Legrave was thrilled with the award-win, she said: “Outstanding teaching and learning is Chichester College’s first priority and we were thrilled to be recognised as a national award winner for our Licence to Observe scheme which ensures our teacher observations are developmental with smart targets identifying improvements.
95% of our students surveyed say that our teaching and learning is good, a recognised impact of introducing the Licence to Observe.” The College will host a local celebration event in the New Year and will be presented with its award by Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for Skills and Enterprise, at a national presentation ceremony due to be held at Westminster on 5 February 2014.
Congratulations to all staff that have made this achievement possible!
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Eileen Darby is Judges' and Readers' choice.
Congratulations to Eileen Darby, Head of Additional Support, who has scooped the accolade of Sussex Woman in Education for 2013 at the Observer Group Newspapers Awards.
She accepted the award from Sally Gunnell at a recent ceremony.
Eileen was selected by the judging panel and was also the readers' choice.
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WoW Event Wins Silver for Event Management
The World of Work event (WoW), held to promote careers to West Sussex school pupils back in February, has been recognised with an FE First Award for Event Management.
The Marketing Team was presented with the Award at the College Marketing Network annual conference held recently in Warwick. The Marketing team beat off stiff competition from several other colleges but was pipped to the post for Gold by an event organised by Northampton College, which was a larger version of our own ChiFest Music Festival.
Feedback from the judges reported the WoW event was a complex event meeting local needs and the national agenda for delivering impartial careers information; it was well organised with clear smart objectives which were clearly met. The nomination was described as a model entry, which delighted the Marketing Team.
The Team were quick to share the win with other staff in the College who contributed to make the event a success. Without the input of teams such as Admissions, Apprenticeships, PAF, Maintenance and of course a wide range of curriculum staff, the event could not have happened or been so successful.
The Marketing Team are already planning the next WoW event for 2014.
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Star Awards 2013
It was a starry stary night on Thursday 14 November when College Award winners met for the Stars of 2013 Ceremony. This annual event is the College’s celebration of achievement and recognises staff and students for outstanding practice, determination, innovation and success in the face of adversity.
The Star Awards event was a huge success at the end of a long day, with Stage Management staff and other key people setting up since 6am to ensure that the Sports Hall was transformed into a prestigious place of celebration.
Practically everything that was made and created for the Star Awards 2013 was produced by our students and staff. Floristry at Brinsbury made beautiful flower pedestals, Hospitality students served delicious food prepared by our Catering students, and Engineering made spectacular centre pieces for the tables, which included lights, woodwork, and flowers; truly decorative master pieces.
With Lauren Barson and Andy Green organising proceedings, rehearsals throughout the day went smoothly. Once guests had been welcomed and shown to their tables by our Event Management students, the show began with introductions from comperes; Andy Green, Jane Sumner and Lisa Humphries. Awards were presented in a wide variety of categories and will be featured in a Celebration for Star Awards report coming soon. Guests were treated to inspirational and high energy performances from Performing Arts, Fashion and Music students.
With 34 Star Awards on offer and one Brightest Star to be selected from the winners, it was a nerve-racking wait for the nominees, their families and friends. When the moment arrived, it was Sport student Lizzy Ogden, 19, who was named the Brightest Star of 2013 for her hard work and dedication to ladies football in the Chichester Community.
During her time at Chichester College, Lizzy has been a part of the highly successful Ladies Football team who won the treble (League, National and Local competitions). Alongside studying for her Sport course and playing football for Chichester College and Chichester Ladies, Lizzy takes time out of her own life to coach young girls and promote ladies football. Wanting to highlight the lack of playing opportunities for girls in the area, Lizzie took it upon herself to provide free after-school female football clubs in nine local primary schools. The project developed to establish a regular Saturday club where girls aged six to 14 have an opportunity to play on a weekly basis. It was such a success; the model has been presented at the National Coaching Conference and is endorsed by the Football Association. The 19-year-old has also been named Young Volunteer of the Year at the Sussex FA annual community awards.
The Star Awards event was streamed live across the world with many countries tuning in, including Hungary, USA and the Netherlands. Each and every Star should be congratulated for their fantastic achievement and the College is honoured to have such incredible students and staff. A huge thank you to everyone who helped make Star Awards 2013 a success!
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The Best in the Country
Congratulations to Alistair Macallan for winning Gold and Steven Pickton for winning Silver in this year’s UK WorldSkills competition!
The intense four day battle took place from 13th-16th November at the NEC in Birmingham, where Alistair and Steven put in world-class performances showcasing the skills of Chichester College.
Cabinet Maker, Alistair, fought off strong competition from other talented national craftsman, including three from Chichester College, to secure his place as ‘The Best in the Nation’, with Steven following close behind, claiming Silver. Unfortunately, David and Jack did not make the top three; however a tremendous effort from the two youngsters helped them make it into the top 10 cabinet makers in the country!
There were over 100,000 people at the WorldSkills UK event moving through the halls and watching the competitors as they worked hard to secure a medal. The four Chichester College cabinet makers were great ambassadors for the College and Christian Notley, Furniture Making Lecturer and head judge at the WorldSkills UK competition, unravelled the series of exciting events to us:
Were there lots of nerves and excitement before the competition began from Alistair, Steven, David and Jack?
I could see they were all nervous during the induction but once the starting gun went off and they had tools in their hand, they quickly settled down to the task and were totally focused.
How did the four of them perform?
They were great; even though they were competing against each other for Gold they supported each other throughout the competition and in the evenings back at the hotel. During the competition they remained totally focused on the job.
How did Alistair and Steven secure their medals?
They managed their time well planning the job and overcoming problems as they arose. Steve made a mistake in the 1st day of work so he put into practice the plan we had developed during training, to put the job down, work on another aspect while they mulled over how to overcome the problem and lose the least marks possible, and then return to it once they had developed a way forward. In the past, Steve would have quickly become despondent, having made a mistake, but this time he just dealt with it. Alistair was out to win from the start and kept to his plan of work despite the person on the bench next to him working much quicker. The competition was over 19 hours, so it’s important to use the full time in order to produce the best work possible, finishing quicker just means you have not done the best work you can.
What’s the next step for the medallists?
Alistair is too old to try for a place in Team UK at Worldskills San Palo, Brazil in 2015 but hopes his Gold will help him to develop his career. Steve now has the opportunity to go forward in Worldskills and the next hurdle with be a shortlisting ahead of the event, first stages of Worldskills training before the UK Squad selection sometime in May next year.
Were Dave and Jack close to medals?
Jack achieved a Highly Commended placing, which was great and will be enough for him to join Steve in the Worldskills shortlisting event and if he is not successful at this event, I am sure he will try for a medal at next year’s WorldSkills UK. David showed real perseverance and managed to get the table completed in time, and I am sure he will be back for more. He really enjoyed the event and has the competition bug now so will return for more next year.
Are you proud and pleased with their individual performances?
A very big YES, they all gave it 100% and came away with results they can all feel proud of.
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Toby Reaches Top 3 in UK at National Awards
Huge congratulations to Toby Schofield, a Chichester College Bench Joinery Apprentice, who scooped joint second place in the National Intermediate Apprentice of the Year 2013 award on Thursday 14th November, only narrowly missing the top spot.
The young talent was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ after beating thousands of entries and finalists across the country to grab second place at the awards ceremony at the NEC in Birmingham, which only 3 finalists reached.
The 19-year-old, who works for The Creative Woodworking Co. in Bosham, measures, cuts and fits units for kitchens, bedrooms and wardrobes, as well as working on bespoke commissions. He is currently completing his Level 3 Bench Joinery here at the College, after successfully finishing his Level 2 with flying colours.
Toby’s nomination was supported by his Manager, Simon Ward and he reached the National final after being crowned ‘Intermediate Apprentice of the Year 2013’ for the South Central region.
Simon is very proud of his Apprentice, he said: “It’s an outstanding achievement and it’s great for Toby, the College and I to share success at a national level. Top three in the country is remarkable.”
The awards ceremony was held at the WorldSkills UK show and it was a fantastic opportunity for Toby to network with colleagues and peers. Hearing about how Apprenticeships have made a difference to the organisations and individuals who have reached the national stage of the National Apprenticeship Awards was very educational for Toby.
Despite narrowly missing first place, Toby is looking forward to planning out the rest of his career, he said: “It’s been a life changing experience. I’m extremely pleased about the award and excited for the future ahead of me.” Toby is proud to be completing his apprenticeship and pursuing his passion at Chichester College, he said: “I chose this as a career as I have always enjoyed woodwork and an apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to greatly improve my skills and learn about the business. It has enabled me to have a better understanding of the processes involved in running an enterprise. My employer was an apprentice himself, as was my joinery lecturer at College, Ivor Osbourne, so they really do understand about apprenticeships and support me to do well.”
Toby is a credit to Chichester College and we wish him all the best in his Level 3 Bench Joinery qualification!
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Ros Slaughter Awarded For Services to College Sport
Ros Slaughter, a previous employee in Sport who worked at the College for 30 years has received the ‘Services to College Sport’ award by the British Colleges and Schools.
Ros held a number of positions at the College during her time, ranging from a Sport Development Manager to a Sport Lecturer. Micky Riddell, Head of Learning for Sport and Public Services said: “Ros worked tirelessly to ensure that Chichester College was always represented at the Regional and National Sports events. In her time here we have had numerous National Champions including Squash, Mixed Tennis and Volleyball.”
Congratulations Ros, you are a true credit to Chichester College and will be remembered for your hard work and dedication to sport development.
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Traineeship Initiative Introduced at Chichester College
The Minister for Skills and Enterprise has announced that an additional £20m funding is being made available for the new Traineeships programme and the College is getting involved.
The Traineeship programme began in August and provides 16 to 23 year olds with the essential work preparation training, Maths and English skills, and work experience needed to get an Apprenticeship or a job.
Becki Lawson, Coordinator for Traineeships here at the College, says: “The more young people we get to sign up to this amazing opportunity, the more employers will come forward and offer traineeship programmes at their places of work.”
Top employers in the Chichester area have already signed up including West Sussex County Council (various positions), Capitol Theatre Horsham, The Aldingbourne Trust, The Royal Norfolk Hotel (various positions in all departments), Wickes DIY- (large company- brand name) and Chichester Canal trust.
So far, there are 15 youngsters who have signed up all from different backgrounds. Two of the young people are teenage parents, some straight from school with no qualifications and some who need higher grades in Math’s and English. A Traineeship will guarantee either a job, an interview for a job, an apprenticeship and a reference for those young people who are involved in the programme.
Each Traineeship will last from six weeks up to a maximum of six months and will provide essential work preparation training including English and Math’s (required for anyone who doesn’t already have a GCSE A*-C equivalent) alongside high quality work experience provided by the employer.
Traineeships are a stepping stone to future success for young people, businesses, the College, and the wider economy. Visit apprenticeships.org.uk to find out how Traineeships can help young people get ready for work at Chichester College.
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