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Engineering a future in apprenticeships at DP World

MARIA Palmieri, Head of Apprenticeships at South Essex College said: “We are committed to giving apprentices the best possible start to their careers and its fantastic that these engineering apprenticeships are on our doorstep. We already have several apprentices at DP World and are proud to be working with them, investing in training to help local people learn the skills they need to progress, while responding to the needs of the local economy. It really does offer people a gateway to their future.”

Memories wanted for Thurrock Tech exhibition

SO, whether you or a relative were there when the Duke of Edinburgh officially opened the building in 1960, or if you just have cherished memories from studying there, making lifelong friends or even meeting your future husband or wife, the College would love to hear from you. Your stories, pictures and even video will form part of a new celebratory exhibition, some images will also be shared online. Please name the people in the images where possible.

South Essex College Thurrock Campus: It’s taking shape!

WE SHAPE our buildings and then our buildings shape us” Famous words by Sir Winston Churchill. So it is a delight to see the Thurrock campus of South Essex College take shape. YT went on a tour of the building to see how far they had got. One of things that struck us was the iconic and aesthetic quality of the architecture.

South Essex College: what a difference eight months makes!

IT WON’T be long now until the Thurrock campus of South Essex College will open. If it keeps to its timetable (and knowing the Skanska team they will) then it will open in September.

Free dog grooming at South Essex College

YT was at the Basildon campus the other day when we noticed a poster for the free dog grooming. We thought that was interesting. So lo and behold the good people at South Essex College produced this short film.

South Essex College: Logistics offer Thurrock students golden opportunity

ONE OF THE most frequently asked questions by prospective parents of students considering going to South Essex College is the question of how the course fits into the world of work.

South Essex College improving, says Ofsted report

SIX subject areas were graded ‘good’ in Ofsted’s report on South Essex College, published today (17/12/12). Five more subject areas received a grade three, which means they are deemed to ‘require improvement’ by the inspectors. However, overall it was a positive picture for the College, which saw its grade profile improve from the previous inspection in February 2012.

Sign of the moving times

THE new Thurrock Campus in Grays town centre will September 2014 will include restaurants, health facilities, shops and an advice centre. There will also be specialist workshop and studio spaces linked to courses for technology, media and creative arts, and facilities for art, design, logistics, engineering and IT courses.

Reed help South Essex College students on job search

Reed has teamed up with national awarding organisation, NCFE, to set-up an Employment Brokerage Team, accessible to students across its three main sites in Basildon, Southend and Thurrock to help them secure work with a range of local employers. Students at level 2 and level 3, who have good attendance and are hitting deadlines, will have access to vacancies which are rarely publicly advertised and will also receive tailored training in the skills they need to win these hidden jobs such CV preparation, application and interview skills.

Landmark topping out ceremony at South Essex College

WITH less than 11 months until the new Thurrock Campus of South Essex College opens to new and returning students in Grays town centre, the College, Skanska – main contractor on the new build – and Thurrock Council celebrate the £45 million building’s topping out ceremony.

Topping out is a phrase commonly used to describe the traditional celebration of the completion of the building’s main structure.

It’s a momentous occasion for the new college building, which has sprung up at the end of Grays High Street in what seems to be next to no time and is sure to make a positive difference and impact to the local area as it buzzes with student life.

South Essex College: Everything’s Gone Green

With sustainability moving up the agenda, the Awards, now in their 9th year, have become established as the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the tertiary education sector. This year 81 motivational and inspiring sustainability projects representing 53 educational institutions across the UK have been shortlisted with 216 applications entering the Awards, the highest number ever to do so.

College Backstage Centre students to take centre stage on BBC politics show

BRIAN Warrens, Lecturer in Production Arts (Technical Theatre) & Creative & Cultural Apprenticeship Assessor for the College, who spends much of his time with students at the Centre, said: “I’ve worked in the industry for over 30 years and the opportunities these state-of-the-art facilities give young people looking at forging a career in this traditionally ‘hard to get into’ area are second to none. It really is outstanding and is essential in the delivery of the right skills using the right equipment to get our students in the right jobs related to their studies.”

The Hunger Games: College offer students a free Breakfast Club

ACCORDING to recent research an astonishing 1 in 7 young people go off to school of college having had no breakfast. Using their loaf, or alternatively rolled oats if you prefer, South Essex College is now set to offer all students the opportunity of a free breakfast as part of their brand new Breakfast Club initiative.

Skanska invite to Thurrock campus site

SKANSKA, the main contractor on the new £32 million Thurrock Campus of South Essex College, is inviting members of the public to experience what it is like to work on a construction site. The Open Doors Weekend is being held on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September and will offer members of the public the chance to learn more about the project, its development and the fascinating world of construction.

Sandie Shaw to receive honorary degree from South Essex College

SENSATIONAL 60s singer Sandie Shaw is to be awarded an honorary degree at South Essex College’s Graduation ceremony later this year in October. The 66 year old singer, who was born and lived in Dagenham before her career took off, will receive her honorary degree in front of a packed Cliffs Pavilion in Southend on Tuesday 22 October with an audience made up of graduating students from South Essex College of Further & Higher Education and their family and friends.

Pressure groups claim abuse a “low priority” in Thurrock schools

FINDINGS from a new survey of all secondary schools in Thurrock conducted by the End Violence Against Women Coalition published today (3 July) show that local schools currently make a low priority of girls’ safety and tackling abuse of women and girls – even though almost half of them dealt with incidents related to sexual violence, sexual harassment, pornography and intimate partner violence over the last year.

Thurrock students success celebrated at South Essex College

THE glitz, the glam and the goodbyes! Celebrating Success at South Essex College’s Southend Campus had them all as it recognised its student’s achievements, big or small, over the last 12 months.

Over 120 further education students from across the College’s 7000 final year students from campuses in Southend, Basildon and Thurrock were up for a whole host of awards in their specific areas of study.

Minister scales the height as he praises apprenticeship scheme with DP World and South Essex College

COMMUNITIES minister Brandon Lewis praised the apprenticeships scheme launched by DP World London Gateway and South Essex College as he visited the site on Monday morning. Showing a head for heights, Mr Lewis joined by local mp, Stephen Metcalfe, principal of South Essex College, Angela O’Donoghue and chief executive of DP World London Gateway, Simon Moore as they ascended the 200 metre cranes at the port.

South Essex College responds to government cuts

SOUTH Essex College will safeguard the quality of teaching and learning despite the latest round of Government funding cuts, insists Principal and Chief Executive, Angela O’Donoghue.Angela said: “These are difficult times, but our focus and our top priority is our students. None of us will allow Government funding cuts to prevent this College from offering a fantastic education to the thousands of people who walk through our doors every year.”

Students go APE for The Mighty Boosh star

ACTOR, comedian and successful graphic designer David Brown returned to his former College recently to inspire the next generation of creative professionals. Over 200 Media and Creative Arts students from the Southend Campus of South Essex College were treated to a talk by The Mighty Boosh actor and director of London-based creative studio, APE.

Green South Essex students scoop top award

SUPPORTED Learning students from South Essex College were awarded the top prize in the Best Green Solutions category at the Next Top Boss awards in Thurrock.

Next Top Boss is a Thurrock based initiative that encourages students to make a contribution to finding solutions that face businesses in Thurrock today in an environmental or operational context.

College chief receives CBE from the Queen

Of the day Angela said Her Majesty had clearly done her homework: “The Queen asked me where I was Principal of and said it must be a very tough time in Further Education at the moment with all the funding constraints. It was a really special day and a real privilege to be awarded the CBE and have my work in education recognised.”

Mollie’s make-up designs secure her Opera prize

Gabrielle Forster-Still, Education Manager, Royal Opera House, added: “The judging panel has been very impressed with the high standard and variety of the entries for the Tosca Design Challenge. We are excited to be working with such talented, young creative students from the widest network of NSA Founder Colleges since the challenge began in 2011.”

Sarah keen for a career in construction

NEARLY 60 construction students from South Essex College took advantage of a careers event recently, which featured guest speakers from the UK’s top construction companies. The event gave students a valuable insight about how to get into the industry and the wide range of different careers opportunities and training available after college.

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