An award-winning British fashion designer recently paid a visit to Thurrock recently to deliver a masterclass to Fashion students of South Essex College. Julian Roberts, who has shown 13 collections at London Fashion Week, demonstrated a revolutionary pattern cutting technique he invented, called ‘subtraction cutting’, to fifty BA (Hons) Fashion Design and FdA Fashion and Textiles students.
South Essex College is helping lead the fight back in south Essex, tackling the problem of NEETs with a range of new short courses starting in January, which will be highlighted at an event on Wednesday 7th December at the College’s Thurrock Campus, between 1pm – 3pm.
Destination Thurrock considers ways to promote the positive attributes of the borough for investment and business; Green Solutions will look at how businesses can save money by implementing solutions to reduce the use of energy, water and waste and in the bespoke
Pat Higgins, course leader for BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production (TV & Film), teaches students at the Thurrock Learning Campus in Grays, but by night he robs graves and is a bit of a demon with a chainsaw, all in the name of art obviously as he is a successful low budget horror filmmaker.
The two-day residential trip tested the students’ sailing ability together with skills in planning, leadership, teamwork and problem solving. Students learned to sail in all directions and are now able to sail in light winds under supervision. With the support of qualified instructors and dedicated lecturers they sailed through their Royal Yachting Association Level 1 Dinghy Sailing qualification.
THERE IS something special about seeing art in a unique environment or indeed in the environment it is referencing. The work of art students at South Essex College is on display at the moment at the hide in the Rainham marshes RSPB centre.
EXCITING new works of art and design created with the wildlife, landscape and environment of Rainham Marshes in mind are on show, this one-off exhibition reveals students creative thought processes, with a selection of personal sketchbooks also on show.
ANGLIA Ruskin University student finance roadshow is coming to Grays. The university’s special bus will offer key advice to both students and parents in the areas of student finance, fees and funding situation.
AN interior design degree student from South Essex College has had her work ‘highly commended’ by the prestigious National Design Academy after entering a competition to design the interior of a £1million Penthouse apartment.
Karolina Sulinska, 21, a sales advisor at Superdrug in Lakeside has been shortlisted in the National Skills Academy Retail Learner of the Year category at the SkillSmart Retail Rising Stars Awards, an annual event that recognises up and coming talent in the industry.
ONE OF THE key mission statements for the Thurrock International Celebration of Culture (TICC) is to try and get a feel for what people feel about the borough they live in. That is always a tricky thing. For many that is a tricky thing. For many people,they live, they work etc and don’t spend a lot of time reflecting too deeply.
NEARLY 160 students were shortlisted from over 8,000 from across all three campuses of South Essex College of Further and Higher Education in Southend, Basildon and Thurrock in an evening celebrating outstanding students. The deserving students come from a whole range of courses, including BTEC National Diplomas, A-Levels and Access to Higher Education programmes to name but a few.
Jake, who recently completed his Electrical Apprenticeship with BCS Electrical of Tilbury, was put forward for the competition by South Essex College where he has been studying for the last 4 years and attained the coveted prize of Apprentice of the Year.
“Jake has done really well over the term of his apprenticeship with us”, said Mr. Ross Bannister, Senior Partner of BCS Electrical. “ He is now the third of our Apprentices who have been awarded ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at South Essex College, so we must be doing something right!”
The first year student enjoyed the experience so much he is now considering a career in event management. Bradley continued: “I’d never really thought about going into event organising but after this experience it’s definitely something I’d consider once I’ve finished my course. The highlight for me was watching everyone else have such a good time.”
Overall Player of the Year went to Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport student Bradley Vaughan, 18, from Tilbury. Course Leader and Head of Football Academy at the Thurrock Campus, Paul Vaughan said: “Bradley has been a fantastic student for the past two years and his attendance has been second to none. As well as being captain of the team this year, he has been signed to the Tilbury First Team and been on loan with Southend Manor this year. He is an excellent footballer and has used this college experience to develop his skills as a player he’s done really well.”
A GROUP of BTEC National Diploma Media (Moving Image) students from South Essex College have entered a short film into a competition at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival that takes place next month. The strict rules of the competition, called Straight 8, meant that the three minute 20 second film had to be filmed on a super 8 cine film camera with no editing or post production, so was all filmed in-camera.
Perry Harding, 17, from Grays is one student who has benefitted from the course. He said: “Before I started at South Essex College I wasn’t doing anything because I didn’t get the grades to get onto the college course that I wanted to do. I saw this course and thought anything was better than doing nothing but I didn’t realise just how much I’d get out of it.
Motor Vehicle students at the College’s Basildon Campus were recently visited by Graham Noakes, a Senior Technician at Sytner BMW in Harold Wood. Graham gave the students a talk about electronic communication within a modern vehicle. The packed hall learnt about the advancements in technology and the new features of cars such as self-parking, massage chairs and vehicles that automatically slow down when you approach a speed camera.
One of those students who could stand the heat and stayed in the kitchen was Josh Wright, 20, Grays. The Level 3 Catering and Hospitality student said of the experience: “It was good to see what the Southend students do and equally for them to see what we do over in Thurrock. It was good fun seeing our different styles of presentation. Today was really good because it was against the clock; if you didn’t get it done you didn’t send any food any out but I’m used to that as I work in London.”
National Diploma Sport and Exercise Sciences students, Sophie Drake, 17, from Corringham and Yohan Fonseca, 19, from Southend were especially excited by the achievement as the pair are hoping to compete in the Games next summer.
Both Olympic Hopeful nominees at the Southend Sports Awards 2010, swimmer Sophie and boxer Yohan are currently in training and hoping to have their Olympic aspirations realised by being chosen to represent Team GB at the world’s largest sporting event.
A former student of the College and now a Theatrical Make-up Lecturer at the Thurrock Campus, Danielle still freelances in the make-up industry and has worked on television shows such as The X Factor, celebrities including David Beckham and Hollywood blockbusters Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter.
The Echo and South Essex College are laying down a community challenge to all local employers: sign up an apprentice in 2011! They are aiming to recruit 100 apprentices in 100 days starting from today, the first day of Apprenticeship Week (7th Feb – 11th Feb).
South Essex College students visited RSPB Rainham Marshes in Purfleet this week as part of the live project the second year General Art and Design students are working on with the marshes.
Whilst some are tucking into their turkey others are struggling to have something basic to eat let alone a Christmas dinner, that’s where the Retail students come in! The group made 10 Christmas hampers, with helpful donations from both staff and students from across all three Campuses as well as putting on a raffle with all the proceeds going to Jack Evans Court