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On 11th January, 64  Level 2 and 3 Public Services students had the opportunity to join a webinar with Commander Lawrence Whitelock of Bucks Fire Service. From the comfort of their homes, students gained an intriguing insight into the life of a firefighter, as well as learning about Lawrence’s first-hand experience in the service.    

To conclude National Apprenticeships Week 2021, Member of Parliament for Aylesbury, Rob Butler joined a roundtable meeting with a group of Buckinghamshire College Group Apprentices. The meeting took place virtually on Friday 12th February and was a lively and interactive discussion.

Rob Butler MP started the meeting by saying he wished to support apprentices as best as he could and wished to recognise how they contribute to the economy. He asked our apprentices, “What did you choose to do an apprenticeship?”, “What are the pros and cons?” and “How have you been affected by the pandemic?”.

Alex, a Level 2 Apprentice studying Professional Cookery said "I wanted to do something more applicable and marketable, to develop skills that will be useful later in life"..."I am finally doing something that will make me employable". He is working in a local Pub which he felt has a great team and atmosphere. 

Trudi Jarvis, a Level 2 Hairdressing Apprentice stated that she has been out of education for 40 years. She was keen to get the message across that it is never too late to learn new things and new skills, “apprenticeships are not just for school leavers, they are for all ages!” Trudi said "I have a thirst for knowledge and I am always asking questions!"

Georgia Morris, a level 3 Digital Marketing Apprentice said she loved working from a young age and decided to leave university to do an apprenticeship so that she could get some real life work experience whilst gaining a qualification. When asked about the impact of the pandemic, Georgia stated “I started the job working from home and it was daunting at first but I have built some great positive relationships online with co-workers and my line manager”.

The group also discussed some of the challenges of doing an apprenticeship during a pandemic, such as their learning being focussed more on theory due to not being able to learn many of the practical skills needed.  They agreed they continue to overcome these challenges to progress in their apprenticeship in spite of challenging circumstances. 

Rob finished the meeting with wishing the apprentices the best of luck in their upcoming exams and with finishing off their apprenticeships. We would like to thank Rob Butler MP and his team for taking the time to support our Apprentices.

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As part of National Apprenticeship Week, we caught up with Ryan who was one of our Health and Social Care Apprentices to ask him to share his experience as an Apprentice and the how the experience helped to progress in his career.

Concept Hair Magazine launched The Concept Hair Learner of the year 2021. The theme for this year was Festival Hair.

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Buckinghamshire College Group was recently visited by Ofsted to understand how we were responding to the needs of our students during the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The team from Ofsted spoke to leaders, staff and students about the changes made and the impact on teaching and learning.

Over recent months a number of students have achieved success in their Digital Skills courses by taking Microsoft or Adobe Certification exams, in addition to the work they complete for their vocational course. Digital Skills is a core part of the study programme for students who have successfully completed English and Mathematics GCSE at Buckinghamshire College Group. The aim of the programme is to help students develop industry related digital skills, which are then formally recognised by software providers. Once completed these certifications allow for students to be recognised as either Microsoft Office Specialists or Adobe Certified Associates.

Buckinghamshire College Group and HealthTec were proud to be a part of the pilot Healthcare Assistant Programme (HCA) alongside Buckinghamshire Healthcare trust and the DWP. 

This unique programme welcomed candidates who had unfortunately lost their previous employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They undertook a 6 week programme which saw them work alongside healthcare professionals on ward within BHT hospitals and completed a Level 1 qualification delivered by the HealthTec centre within Bucks College Group at our Aylesbury campus.

All of the candidates finished off their course with a socially distanced graduation to reward their efforts and hard work during these times and we were overly proud that all candidates on the course were offered full time employment by BHT and will begin their exciting new careers in 2021. We would like to wish them the best of luck in their next step this year with this amazing opportunity. 

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Abbie May

Abbie May a former Hair & Media Makeup student recently got in touch to tell us about her time at our Amersham campus and what she is up to now. During her time at secondary school Abbie came to the realisation that her classes weren’t right for her, as they didn’t challenge her creatively. At first she considered studying Beauty but desired to be more creative which led her onto our Level 2 Diploma in Hair & Media Make Up & Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make Up at Amersham.

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