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 Newcastle-under-Lyme College film student Elly-Louise has been nominated to receive Best Short Film at this year’s Moving Image Awards 2014 at the BFI (British Film Institution) in September.

18-year-old Elly-Louise, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, who picked up a B in her film studies A Level earlier this month has been shortlisted for her short film called ‘A Bottle of Innocence’ after being nominated by the College.

Former Ormiston Horizon Academy student Elly-Louise now plans to study film, radio and television with digital media at Canterbury Christ Church University and then to fulfil her dreams of becoming a film director.

My short film was titled ‘A Bottle of Innocence’ where I used a combination of live action and animation to create a beautiful story centring upon the innocence of childhood.

“I am very proud of my work and am overwhelmed by the nomination for this award as it is only given to students with the best image production and film work in the country

“When I found out that I had been shortlisted for the BFI short film award I was thrilled and I can’t wait to attend the BFI Film celebration event in September.”

Jeremy Points, subject officer at WJEC, said: “First of all, I should say that the judges compiling the long list were impressed by the work of NULC as a whole.  

“A lot of creative work with a real mark of individuality was seen and this is obviously a reflection of the teaching as well as the students themselves.”

Along with her B grade in film studies Elly-Louise also received A Levels in art and design and graphic design.

Verica Travar, curriculum leader in film and media at NULC, said: “Elly-Louise’s hard work has paid off and we are extremely proud that her short film has been shortlisted.

“It’s a great reflection on not only us as a College but in particular the film and media courses here.

“We are certain that Elly-Louise will go on to great things within the film industry and we wish her well on her new journey at Canterbury Christ Church University and for her bright future that lies ahead.”

The BFI received around 600 nominations for the Awards and only three entries in each of the five categories were shortlisted, which are: Best Short Film, Best Film Sequence, Best Music Video, Best TV Sequence and Best Under-16 Award.

Winners will be announced at the event taking place between 1pm and 5pm at the BFI in London on September 19.

For more information on NULC’s film and media courses visit or call Information Services on 01782 254254.


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Notes to editors: Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Newcastle-under-Lyme College is a highly successful college in North Staffordshire, with pass rates and student success levels amongst the best in the country.

The College has grown significantly over the past 10 years and is currently home to a population of over 3,600 full-time students and around 350 students on higher education programmes. We have over 3,800 part-time or adult learners and 1400 apprentices where we work with around 800 individual employers.

In January 2010 we opened the doors to our new £60 million campus which we believe offers members of staff, students and the public amongst the best college facilities available anywhere in the country. Work has started on a new £5 million theatre to house the College’s performing arts centre which is planned to open in late 2014 and we plan to open a 60 bed outdoor learning centre at Gradbach in the Peak District in 2015.

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Friday, 22 August 2014 09:58

Adults invited advice and enrolment event

Local adults who are thinking of returning to education are being invited to an advice and enrolment event at Newcastle-under-Lyme College.

Prospective students are being advised to visit the College’s main campus on Knutton Lane on Thursday August 28th between 2pm and 8pm to talk to expert careers staff and tutors about the options available.

The College is offering a wide range of courses from September at its main campus and offers a 24+ loan to provide financial help for those who are considering returning to study.

From August 2013 anyone studying a Level 3 course or above is entitled to apply for a loan to help cover costs.

The loans are not subject to household income and applicants are not credit checked. Applicants only start to make repayments on the loan if they earn £21,000 per year after gaining employment once the course has been completed.

Carol Thomas, Director of Curriculum and Performance, said: “Returning to education for many adults can seem like a daunting thing to do, especially if they have not enjoyed education the first time around.

“We want to give adults the opportunity to come and informally experience the College, get a feel for our welcoming environment and talk to tutors directly to get more information about courses they are interested in and also so that they can see how welcoming we are.

The state-of-the-art campus has a wide range of facilities especially designed for adults including a newUniversity Centre and areas to relax in including a Starbucks coffee shop and Transform Hair and Beauty Salon.

“Regardless of your academic level, there is a course for you here at the College and the open event will hopefully help people see that education is for everyone regardless of age.”

Courses are available in areas such as accounting, art and design, hairdressing, beauty and holistic therapies, computing, teaching, first aid, construction, sport and fitness, electrical installation, languages, music, maths, English and management plus many more.

Adults who are already in employment who may want to gain qualifications in their chosen careers can also consider our apprenticeship schemes including subjects such as business, retail, health and social care and warehousing.

The College also runs a highly successful Access to Higher Education course which provides a pathway for adults who wish to study a university-level qualification but don’t have the necessary entry requirements.

Anyone who applies for a 24+ loan is to cover the cost of an Access to Higher Education course and continues onto a degree programme and completes it, will not be required to repay the loan.

To pre-register for the enrolment and advice event visit

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L-R Bethany with Principal Karen Dobson, Emma and Alice

Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) is bucking the trend with outstanding results in both A level and vocational qualifications proving there are many routes to career success.

This year NULC's student pass rate hit 99 per cent on level 3 vocational programmes while the A level pass rate was a record 97.8 per cent when nationally it dropped for the first time in three decades. Furthermore its 16-18 apprenticeship success rate stands at 85 per cent, compared with a national rate of 71.5 per cent.

Almost 40 per cent of students studying a level 3 vocational qualification achieved the top triple distinction grade or higher, with 71 students achieving the highest triple distinction star grade, which is the equivalent to three A*s at A level.

On GCSE results day, the College is keen to assure prospective students and their parents that A levels are not the only route to higher education and career success.

Karen Dobson, Principal and Chief Executive at NULC, said: "I'm delighted with this year's success. The College has seen 64 per cent of vocational students achieve higher grades compared with 58 per cent nationally so no wonder we are the college of first choice for local youngsters.

"The figures speak for themselves and prove that vocational courses are a good alternative to A levels. This year 363 students are progressing to university having completed their vocational course. And overall an amazing 94 per cent of our students are going on to university, an apprenticeship or employment.

"The College has a strong reputation for the quality of its vocational courses, with staff working hard to provide young people with the essential employability skills needed for their chosen career paths."

Exceptional success was achieved across the board with 24 A level subjects achieving a 100 per cent pass rate. In level 3 vocational qualifications, with 13 out of 16 subjects scoring 100 per cent pass rates. Among these, 36 per cent of students on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care achieved triple distinction star grades and just under 30 per cent of students on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science achieved triple distinction star grades. Both these areas were described as outstanding by this year's Ofsted report.

Bethany Wragg, 19, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, who previously attended Chesterton Community Sports College, gained a triple distinction star in her Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science. She will now study Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science at the University of Birmingham.

Said Bethany: "I had a great time at NULC. I had plenty of support and got lots out of playing sport, being Student Union President and also a student governor. And I got the results I needed to get into a top university."

Matt Fox, 19, of Adderley Green, Stoke-on-Trent, gained a DDM on his Extended Diploma in Engineering. He will now go on to study Computer Systems Engineering at Lancaster University.

Said Matt: "I really enjoyed my course and my time at NULC. The facilities and support are terrific and I am going to study the course of my choice at university."

Alice Bailey, 19, of Tittensor, who previously attended Alleynes High School, scored triple distinction star grades in her Extended Diploma in Art and Design and, having been accepted at all five university degree courses in textiles, has chosen to study at Huddersfield.

Said Alice: "I chose Newcastle-under-Lyme College because the facilities are excellent for my course and it was the best course for what I wanted to do. I have received a lot of support from my tutor as the deadlines are very tough. I particularly enjoyed my course and having the freedom to explore what I was good at."

Alexandra Dempsey, 19, of Lyme Valley, Newcastle-under-Lyme, who attended Biddulph High School, gained a D*DD in her Extended Diploma in Engineering and has accepted a place at Cardiff University to study Mechanical Engineering.

Said Alexandra: "The engineering course at NULC taught me a lot in both terms of knowledge and skills which are needed to become an engineer. In addition the lecturers were very supportive and had real life experience in industry. I am really looking forward to studying Mechanical Engineering at Cardiff University."

Emma Cork, 17, of Westlands, Newcastle-under-Lyme, is the niece of international cricket star Dominic Cork and she chose to study an Extended Diploma in Sport at NULC after being at Newcastle-under-Lyme School. Her grades were D*DD and now she is heading for Leeds Metropolitan University to study sports business management.

Said Emma: "At NULC you get more freedom than in school to study and if I needed any support, they were always there to help. After university I would like to work for a big company like Nike."

Karen Dobson added: "NULC offers the broadest choice of post-16 options and we're committed to championing the quality of vocational courses. Many people have misconceptions about the progression routes available to young people once completing their vocational courses. You can be confident that if you choose to study a vocational qualification at Newcastle-under-Lyme College we will equip you with the essential skills needed for you to succeed."

The College is further enhancing its vocational curriculum with a new Extended Diploma in Theatre Production launching in September in time for the opening of the College's new Performing Arts Centre at the end of the year.

Places are still available for a range of full-time courses starting in September. For more information contact the Information Point on 01782 254254 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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Newcastle-under-Lyme College has launched a new training scheme to help employers beat the predicted skills crisis.

The College’s Traineeship scheme is aimed at young people to give them a stepping stone into their chosen career when they have little or no previous work experience.

Those who undertake a Traineeship will spend the majority of their training with an employer, learning as they work, and when the Traineeship is over, trainees will be guaranteed an interview upon successful completion.

According to a recent survey of 616 UK business leaders by The Prince’s Trust and HSBC, 73 per cent of UK businesses believe that there will be a skills crisis within the next three years.

Aimee Colgan, Employment and Training Centre Manager at NULC, said: “Our Traineeship scheme provides young people with a real opportunity to experience working life in their chosen careers.

“Not only do traineeships help employers attract more young people to their businesses, they also give the younger generation a chance at achieving their own career goals at the same time as improving their employability skills.

“Traineeships are a stepping stone into an apprenticeship or other sustainable work and could even help someone discover a passion for a career not previously considered.”

In addition to a high quality work placement, trainee’s will get the opportunity improve their functional skills and develop in areas such as team building, communication and interview techniques.

The research carried out during the survey also found that two-fifths of businesses are already experiencing skills gaps within their companies and over half have difficulties filling vacancies.

Businesses also believe that recruiting young people into the workforce now will help to ensure that there is not a skills shortage in the coming years.

Martina Milburn CBE, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust, said: “The current economic recovery is encouraging, but in order to sustain this growth, UK plc needs to invest in the next generation to avoid a skills vacuum in the future, which threatens to hamper economic growth.

“We are urging businesses to take action now to up-skill the workforce of the future to prevent the bubbling skills crisis from boiling over.”

Since the economic recovery around 71 per cent of businesses have seen a rise in demand of their services with 63 per cent saying that they are growing at a significantly higher rate than the same time last year. Over half of these businesses say that the increase in demand is, they believe, the reason for the current UK skills gap.

Anyone aged between 16 and 24 years old can take part in a Traineeship and will receive a three-monthly travel pass, free breakfast on College days, three days per week and also a training allowance paid directly onto their student cards of £20 per week to help with purchasing other meals and stationery.

For more information on NULC’s Traineeship scheme visit


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 An A-Level Law student from Newcastle-under-Lyme College has been awarded a scholarship to Keele University after receiving 100 per cent in her final exam.

18-year-old Fiona Chell from the Westlands was told live on BBC Radio Stoke this morning that she had been awarded the scholarship after achieving an A* in her Law A-Level.

In addition to the A* grade she was also told that she received a 100 per cent in her final exam, along with an A grade in History and a C grade in Business.

After opening her results Fiona met with Keele University Vice-Chancellor Professor Nick Foskett, where she was told the news personally during the radio broadcast.

She said: “I couldn’t actually believe it when I was told the news and I was really shocked. I had worried about getting the right grades and to be told that I had not only got in to Keele but also will be receiving a scholarship was a bit overwhelming.

“The money will help me support my studies and will go a long way to funding course materials as well as general living costs.

“It was nice to meet the Vice-Chancellor as well and to receive the news from him direct was amazing. I am over the moon.”

Fiona now plans on completing a Law degree and then onto a Masters in Law at Keele University before embarking either on a career as a solicitor or barrister but says she may also consider teaching.

Professor Nick Foskett, Vice-Chancellor of Keele University, said: “We are delighted to offer Fiona a place at Keele University. Her commitment to her subject area shows and her results are fantastic. We look forward to welcoming her in September, along with all of our future students.”

Fiona will receive a £1000 Excellence Scholarship from the University per academic year, which she will not have to pay back unlike the usual student loans.

The University will award in excess of 300 Excellence Scholarships this year, ranging from £500 to £2000 per year in recognition of outstanding academic achievement.

Unlike many other university scholarship schemes, the Excellence Scholarship is a cash award paid to students who attain the highest grades in their pre-entry qualifications, regardless of household income levels.

NULC Principal, Karen Dobson, has praised all the students this year after a record year and in particular Fiona for her achievement.

She said, “I am personally very proud of Fiona and what she has achieved and I know that she has a very bright future ahead of her.

“She is a shining example of what can be achieved through hard work and from the guidance from our staff here at the College. We wish her all the best in the future.”

A total of 115 A* and A grades have been awarded to NULC students across a range of subjects with 273 B grades also given out. The College is also celebrating bucking the national trend by reporting an increase in the overall pass rate which has increased to 97.8 per cent.

Fiona Chell Nick Foskett

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Thursday, 14 August 2014 07:10

NULC celebrates record A Level success



Students at Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) are celebrating record A Level success today as the overall pass rate hit 97.8 per cent.

Around 350 students sat A levels in a total of 36 subject areas.

A total of 115 A* and A grades have been awarded to NULC students across a range of subjects with 273 B grades also given out. The College is also celebrating an increase in the overall pass rate which has increased to 97.8 per cent.

Exceptional success was achieved in subjects including Law and Maths. In Maths more than 50 per cent achieved grade A* to B and in Law 48 per cent achieved grade A* to B.

100 per cent pass rates were achieved in 24 subjects, including Accounting, Computer Studies, Dance, Economics, English Language, English Literature, Film Studies, French, Further Maths, Geography, German, Government and Politics, IT, Law, Music, Music Technology, Photography, P.E, Product Design, Sociology, Spanish and Theatre Studies.

Commenting on this year’s achievements, Karen Dobson, NULC Principal and Chief Executive said: “I’d like to congratulate all the students and thank the staff who have worked so hard to provide the high standard of teaching, learning and support that helps our students achieve such high levels of success year after year.”

The A Level success mirrors the high levels of achievement on the College’s vocational courses, where pass rates place the College amongst the best further education colleges in the country.

In 2013, 41 per cent of 250 students achieved a triple distinction or higher on the College’s advanced vocational courses - equivalent to three As at A Level and attracting the same number of UCAS points.

The College will be publishing a selection of student success stories and photographs from A Level results day on its website  from 1pm on Thursday 14 August.


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Newcastle-under-Lyme College is pleased to announce the appointment of Tina Janine McDonald to take charge of the new Performing Arts Centre due to open later this year.

Tina brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience that will put the Performing Arts Centre at the heart of the local communities.

“I’m extremely excited to be a part of the new Performing Arts Centre team and I hope that, with my input, it will become a real part of the local community.

“With the great courses on offer, which range from BTEC Diplomas to foundation degrees, the Centre will attract learners from all over Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and the rest of Staffordshire.

“As well as the academic side of the Centre, I’m also really pleased to be working with local dance, theatre and community groups, making it really accessible to everyone who wants to use the facilities.

“I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead and I’m confident that the future of the Performing Arts Centre will be a bright one thanks to the hard work that has already been done by the staff and students at NULC”, said Tina.

Tina joined Mid Cheshire College in Cheshire in 2004 as Course Leader for the Level 3 provision in Performing Arts then progressed to Head of HE, Adult and Community Learning over a ten year period.

Her passion for dance stems back more than twenty years and after attending dance classes at M Jones Dance Centre she began teaching in 1985. This led Tina to fulfil her ambition to open her own dance academy, Toe 2 Toe Dance Academy in 2004, where she taught Take-That star Gary Barlow’s daughter to dance.

Along with her teaching qualifications, Tina has additional qualifications as a Quality Centre Reviewer and Standards Verifier for Edexcel.

Ian Hookway, Director of HR and Communications at Newcastle-under-Lyme College, said: “I have no doubt that Tina will be a huge asset to the Performing Arts Centre and we are pleased that she is now in post.

“Along with her knowledge and experience she also brings with her a passion for performance and education and I think that she will pave a great future for the Centre in the coming months.”

The new Centre will be home to new courses in addition to what is already being offered at the College. As part of the newly added BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music (Performance) course curriculum, students will develop their knowledge of music history, aural skills, composing, song writing and music production.

Students studying the new BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Theatre Production (Technical), will be provided with a thorough grounding in both sides of Theatre Production, including production planning, production performance and events management, and the more technical side such as stage sound and lighting design.

Facilities in NULC’s new Performing Arts Centre will include teaching rooms, a 150 seat theatre, music studios and student dining areas.

The Performing Arts Centre is due to open in late 2014. For more information on courses on offer visit

Tina McDonald

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M.A.D.E. Here, Newcastle-under-Lyme College's town centre shop, is celebrating its first birthday on 16th August.

To mark the first anniversary staff from the College, along with some of the artists who have supplied the shop, will be holding a range of activities for the public to come along and enjoy.

People are invited on Saturday 16th August from 10am to take part in hosted activities including textiles and ceramics workshops and a sugarcraft demonstration. There will also be the opportunity between 1 – 2pm to meet some of the students and artists who have supplied items to the shop during the last twelve months.

Lucy Hinton, Manager at M.A.D.E. Here, said: "We are incredibly proud of all the NULC students and local artists who have contributed to the success of the shop. Over the past year M.A.D.E. Here has gone from strength to strength, hosting an interesting array of work by many talented people and we want to thank them, as well as the public, for their continued support.

"We are really excited about the future of the shop and hope to continue to support our students and local artists as much as we can."

More than 160 individual students and groups from Construction, Floristry, Engineering, Foundation Studies and Fashion have sold work through the shop in the last twelve months plus many graduates of the college, who are establishing themselves as creative entrepreneurs. The shop helps former and current students sell products they have made including ceramics, photographs, jewellery, prints, cards, glassware, clothing and soft furnishings. It also offers advice sessions on a huge range of part-time and full-time courses.

Shelley Jayne, one of the illustrators and a former BTEC National Diploma in Fine Art and Design student from NULC, said: "The NULC M.A.D.E. Here shop has been an exciting platform for my business. I've learnt a great deal about being a creative entrepreneur and have been inspired enormously by the shop to develop my brand.

"Not only has the shop given me opportunities to introduce and showcase my work, but it has had a great impact on the growth of my business. This is thanks to the support I receive from the team that run the shop and, of course, not forgetting the customers."

Georgia Oldfield, a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fashion student from NULC, said,"Having the M.A.D.E Here shop is a fantastic way of getting young designers' work recognised but also making us a small profit along the way.

"Not only does this give me confidence in the fact that people want to purchase my items but it also inspires me greatly to carry on and further my quest in creating new designs for the shop."

Philippa Gardiner, a Graphics and Interactive Media student from NULC, said, "Selling my creations in the college shop has given me valuable experience in retail, especially in supply and demand and finance.

"I have gained a lot of confidence in my work and in interacting with customers and it has also provided a great outlet for my artwork. My free time now has a purpose and this should be great practice for setting up my own business after university."

Esme Talbot, designer and creator of 'Scruffy Little Herbert', said: "The M.A.D.E. Here shop has been an excellent business and artistic learning curve for me. Sales have been so successful that I now run Scruffy Little Herbert full-time and I'm dedicated to growing the brand and business."

Activities throughout the day include:Esme Talbot 1

10am – 11am – Ceramic Bunting Workshop £5 - children or adults can come and design their own piece of triangular bunting out of clay, which will then be fired so it can be hung on a ribbon for collection later.11am – 12pm – Free Sugarcraft demonstration – Melanie Weeks will demonstrate how to make a fondant sitting teddy bear and a small rose and leaf spray using petal paste.

12pm – 1pm – Pattern Printing Workshop £3 - for creative people of all ages.

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Football teams from around the globe will be in Newcastle and Keele competing for the Warrior Keele International Cup which starts tomorrow (26th July) and runs until 10th August.

Hosts Newcastle-under-Lyme College and Keele University, will welcome more than 300 teams from 20 countries, including several African, European, North American and Caribbean nations.

Said Louise Ziemann, Manager of Newcastle-under-Lyme College's Gordon Banks Sports Centre: "This will be the College's fourth year supporting this fabulous sports event - the largest international football festival in Great Britain. It's a great opportunity to show off the outstanding facilities available here at Newcastle College's magnificent Gordon Banks Sports Centre."

The College, which is British Colleges Sport West Midlands College of the Year, has entered teams in the under 18 youth and girls under 16 categories. More than 60 professional clubs have entered teams and the College's under 18 youth team will play Manchester United Foundation Development squad in the tournament.Sherry McCue

The tournament kicks off with a Women's Open Age competition on 26 and 27 July. The Youth Tournament runs from 29 July until 2 August. This is followed a week later with a tournament for the Men's Open Age teams being played at Keele University.

The tournament, which is run by Wilmslow-based Euroworld Sports Ltd, is sponsored by leading sports brand Warrior International, Stoke City FC's official kit supplier for this coming season.

Entry to all the tournament games is free and students considering enrolling at the College are welcome to spectate and see the College's sports facilities in full use. The tournament dates are:

26-27 July Women's Open Age

29 July - 1 August Youth Professional Select Competitions

30 July - 2 August Youth Open Boys' Competitions

31 July - 2 August Girls' Youth Open Competitions

9-10 August Open Age and Veterans Tournament

To find out more about Newcastle-under-Lyme College's sports courses, please visit

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THREE students from Newcastle-under-Lyme College are celebrating after successful completion of a two week languages placement with a local, multi-lingual business based in Stafford.

Sixteen-year-old Jack Boughey and fellow students Julia Unwin and Michael Hand, both 17, beat off tough competition from other students to be given the opportunity of putting their skills into practice.

It’s the first time that Staffordshire Technology Park based European Automation has offered a work placement scheme to A-Level students and was deemed the project a complete success.

All three students had to apply for the placements and went through a two stage interview process where they had to interview in English as well as their chosen language in order to gain one of three two week placements on offer with the company.

Speaking about the importance of promoting languages as a qualification, Managing Director of European Automation, Mark Proctor, said:

“As a business we employ people who speak over 18 languages and during the recruitment process we realised just how difficult it is to recruit linguists. So, as a company we decided to open up our business to local language students to give them a real insight into what it’s like using their chosen language within a real environment.

“Not only were students given a unique opportunity of a work placement in languages during their studies, it also helps us as a business to help recruit future employees through our work placement programme, in turn this helps us nurture future talent to our business.

“The majority of our sales are from overseas customers, so as a business recruiting people who speak a wide range of languages is essential and so we need to support local students with the opportunity to stay in their home towns after finishing their studies and to be able to use their language skills, rather than looking for employment outside of the area.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better group of students and all three did exceptionally well here. We would welcome them back at any time.”

European Automation is one of a minority of local businesses in the area that have a multi-lingual employee workforce and are now actively seeking the help of schools and colleges to stress the importance of learning a language to their students, not only to help local businesses, but to open up more opportunities in the area for language graduates.

Julia Unwin, an A-Level French student at the College, said: “These two weeks have been the best work experience I have ever done. I really got an overall feeling for the company and they were able to cater it towards my interests and ambitions.

“Everybody there was brilliant and took the time to show us step-by-step how the company functions. It’s given me a lot to think about and I’m really grateful for the opportunity.”

NULC is working to promote the importance of languages within the work place and are hoping to form a long-term partnership with European Automation and other local businesses to help students choose a career path that includes a language skill.

Karen Dobson, Principal at NULC, said: “We’re extremely grateful for the opportunities our students have been given by Mark and his team at European Automation. Thanks to the support of local businesses like this our learners experience life beyond education and are better prepared for their next step – be that into an apprenticeship, work or university.

“As a College we are always looking for local businesses to work with in whatever capacity they can as it benefits our students and also their businesses.”

A-level French Student Jack, who has a keen interest in international business, was very pleased when he was chosen for the placement. He said: “This is the kind of work I would like to do when I finish my studies so being chosen for the placement was fantastic.

“Everyone was friendly and really helpful and I know that having this work placement on my CV will really help me stand out from the crowd when it comes to looking for my first job opportunities as well as my applications to university.”

Adding to the delight at being chosen, A-Level German and French student Michael Hand said: “It was a fantastic placement, with fantastic people and every single day was different to the last, which I thoroughly enjoyed.”

The CBI/ Pearson Education and Skills Survey 2014 suggests that 65% of businesses identify a need for a foreign language skill within their companies, which is likely to increase over the next few years as more British firms look to break into the overseas markets.

Katja Hall, CBI Deputy Director-General, said: “It has been a worry to see foreign language study in our schools under pressure with one in five schools having a persistently low-take up of languages. “Young people considering their future subject choices should be made more aware of the benefits to their careers that can come from studying a foreign language.”

Michaël Lacoult, Head of AS & A Level Modern Foreign Languages at Newcastle-under-Lyme College, said: “I have no doubt our students will have enhanced not only their linguistic abilities but also their employability skills with such a valuable experience. We have started a great partnership with a vibrant and dynamic multinational company, which we hope to strengthen in the forthcoming years.”P1070295

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