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
Cllr Anne Cheale held a charity dinner at the Riverview Restaurant in the South Essex College’s Woodview, Grays, campus in support of the NSPCC Tilbury branch. The meal was attended by 46 guests and over £850 was raised.
College Principal tries her hand at modern Apprenticeships for National Colleges Week
College Principal tries her hand at Modern Apprenticeships for National Colleges Week
COLLEGES must now work much harder at realising the growth opportunities still available to them, improve their business processes to become more efficient, maximise their spending power to get best value and raise more income through fees and full cost provision in order to manage the outcomes of the spending review, says Jan Hodges, Principal & Chief Executive of South Essex College of Further & Higher Education.