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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
A PAIR of webcams have gone ‘live’ to give local residents their first views of South Essex College’s new £45 million Thurrock Campus site, which will replace the current Woodview Campus. The new Campus is set to open to students and the public in September 2014. It might not look like much at the moment but the site, which is currently being prepared for building work to start by Skanska, the main contractor constructing the new college, will soon take shape and give people a real sense of what is going to be delivered in Grays town centre.
The theft took place on the afternoon of Thursday 3rd January, just before the start of term. The College, who are working closely with police, has released a clear image of the two young men in the hope of apprehending them.
SPEAKING of the accolade, she said: “I feel extremely honoured but most of all I feel privileged that someone has taken the time to nominate me. It is extremely heartening to be recognised but because I love my job and enjoy it so much, I don’t often acknowledge the work that I do makes a national contribution.”
THERE IS one challenge in undertaking a catering course in college and there is quite another, to have to prepare everything in the middle of a shop floor! Well, that is what the brave students at South Essex College did recently, when they went to Ikea to prepare a swedish smorgasbord of delicacies.
HEAD of Estates for the College is Geoff Stedman and his team have been instrumental in putting sustainability measures in place. He said: “When you think about being energy efficient at home you might think about changing to energy efficient lightbulbs or adding loft insulation but we’ve had to think on a much grander scale across three sites.
SKANSKA has won the £33m contract to design and build the 2,500-place Thurrock Campus in Grays, Essex. Construction will begin immediately, with the campus set to be ready for 2014. The 15,000 sq m campus will include a three-story and a four-storey building. The firm worked with Persimmon Homes, South Essex College and Thurrock Council to agree financial, land sale and construction terms.
The new College buildings are to be located at the end of Grays High Street and are planned to be open to students and public alike for September 2014. New Principal and Chief Executive, Angela O’Donoghue, met with Thurrock Council’s Chief Executive, Graham Farrant, for the first time to discuss the important project.