TV dancers get into the spirit of college fundraising
London's City Lit College in Covent Garden played host to a recreation of the film Ghost's iconic pottery scene by Pamela Stephenson and James Jordan in promotional duties for the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. The dancing partners created and signed a pottery vase which is being auctioned by the college for their student bursary fund, a scheme set up to support students with financial difficulties. Kate Wickham, head of visual arts at City Lit, said: "This was a great event. It was very funny watching them try to throw a pot on the wheel. James Jordan was particularly impressive!" To bid for the vase, visit www.citylit.ac.uknews
Commons ceremony marks achievement of 100 teachers
More than 100 members of the Institute for Learning gathered at the House of Commons last week to receive their Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills or Associate Teacher Learning and Skills awards. The ceremony was hosted by Sajid Javid, MP for Bromsgrove, and FE and skills minister John Hayes. So far, 3,102 awards have been made. Mr Hayes said: "The status of teachers in post-compulsory education should reflect their considerable impact on individuals, society and the economy, but the importance of their role has not always been fully acknowledged. By increasing the number of teachers and trainers gaining full professional status, the Institute for Learning is starting to rectify this. I hope more people within the sector will strive towards it."
Academy aims to prepare apprentices for world of work
Chesterfield College has launched an apprenticeship academy on its Tapton campus. It will employ apprentices aged 16 to 25, who will work towards level 2 or level 3 apprenticeships. Julie Richards, executive director of the college's Business Enterprise Unit, said: "The main objective of the academy is to prepare these young people for the world of work and support them to secure sustainable employment beyond their time with us."
Students will return to new but downsized campus
Students and staff at Stourbridge College will return to a new pound;12 million campus in September, designed by architect Pick Everard. The new building is smaller than the architect's original design, due to slashed budgets after the scrapping of the Learning and Skills Council's renewal scheme. The new building is set to replace the "outdated" Longlands campus and will offer art, design, fashion and graphics studios to more than 1,000 16- to 18-year-olds. Pick Everard has just completed a new sixth-form centre for Isle of Wight College and is working on other education projects across the UK, including Northampton College and Dudley College.
Businesses spell out skills needed to leave welfare
UK businesses joined forces this week to tell welfare-to-work providers about the skills and training needed to help get young people into jobs. The Partners in Action event clarified the qualities needed to make the Government's new work programme a success.
The initiative is designed to get vulnerable people claiming benefits into work. Employment minister Chris Grayling (pictured) was also on hand to update providers at the event on how the rollout of the programme is progressing.