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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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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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Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) has launched its own alumni network after a number of former students have gone on to achieve phenomenal success.Pete Bebb centre with students Ben Pritchard and Charlotte McIntyre

The College is working in partnership with charity Future First to keep in touch with leavers – and track their progress – from day one and also to reconnect with former students who have left over the years.

Karen Dobson, Principal and Chief Executive at the College, said “When you look back over the years and see the successes of our students it’s truly inspirational to see what they’ve achieved.”

Illustrious alumni of the College include Olympic Pole Vaulter Steven Lewis who studied A Levels and Academy of Sport star, Sherry McCue who captained the England Ladies Under 19’s Football Squad in 2013.  The College also has a national reputation for the quality of its art and creative courses and its many successful former creative students include Hollywood special effects director Pete Bebb, who won an OSCAR for his work on the Leonardo DiCaprio film Inception. Photographer Veronique de Viguerie who has travelled the world as a photo journalist for publications including Paris Match and Hannah Stoney who studied the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Since leaving the College Hannah went on to achieve a First Class Honours Degree at Cheltenham University and has launched her own successful Art Boutique at The Trentham Estate. 

Karen added: “We have always enjoyed keeping in touch with former students and now we want to make the connection more professional by launching an official alumni network.  The network will allow us to securely monitor the success of alumni and provide current students with wonderful opportunities to meet former students and experience first-hand the benefits of studying at Newcastle-under-Lyme College.”

“We already work with a number of former students who regularly return to the College to mentor and provide workshops with current students, as well as providing inspirational talks and work experience opportunities.  We wanted to build on these already successful relationships to further raise aspirations amongst current students and ensure students gain valuable employability skills.”

To find out more about the College’s alumni network or to sign up visit www.nulc.ac.uk/alumni.

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Thursday, 26 June 2014 10:37

2014 Fashion Show

This year Fashion Shows were held at the College and at St Giles Church in June .

The House of God Fashion and Textile Performance was the accumulative work produced by students for their Final Major Project completing the Textiles and Constructed Textiles (formally Fashion) on the BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design and BTEC Foundation in Art and Design. It raised just over £1,000 for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

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Newcastle-under-Lyme College held its annual awards celebration on 23rd June where 45 different awards were made for outstanding contributions and successes. Click here to see the picture gallery or watch our short video.

Among the new awards presented for the first time were the Ellen Anderson Award, the Gordon Banks Award for Sporting Excellence, Coach of the Year and The Principal's Award.

The Ellen Anderson Award, sponsored by Staffordshire University, went to the student who had best succeeded in the face of adversity. Ellen, a blind mother-of-six who studied at NULC and went on to gain a first class honours degree in social work at the university, presented the award to Nathanael Smallman. Nathanael is a student with autism who has progressed from foundation studies to an Extended Diploma in IT and is a former student of Abbey Hill School.

The Gordon Banks Award for Sporting Excellence, sponsored by The University of Derby, was won by Gian-Marco Petrozzi, formerly of Endon High School, who won the British Colleges Sport National Open Golf Championship and helped the College team to runners-up position. Football hero Gordon sent a congratulatory video message explaining he was on world cup duty.

Coach of the Year was basketball supremo Shawn Jamison, who previously played for the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters. Since he came to the College, the NULC Knights won the England Basketball Division 4 Midlands national league and the ladies team won the BCS league.

Two students were selected for the Principal's Award. They were Bethany Wragg, formerly of Chesterton Community Sports College, and Francesca Morgan, formerly of The Burton Borough School.

Bethany is not only predicted to achieve triple Distinction* in her Extended Diploma Sport and Exercise Science, she was also Students' Union President, a student governor, a class representative and is an outstanding volleyball player and trampolinist.

Francesca won top spot and was part of the winning team in the Newcastle-under-Lyme Rotary Club Youth Speak competition, won the NULC and Staffordshire University International Relations Essay prize and represents the College on Advice Evening and on the Student Council. She has an unconditional offer from Leicester University.

Karen Dobson, Principal and Chief Executive at the College, said: "We are ambitious for all our students. Our staff do everything they can to ensure our students achieve success in their studies and ultimately go on to make a positive contribution in the businesses and communities in which they live and work."

The other award winners were:

A levels – outstanding achievement:

Rebecca Martin, Sandon High School,

Alexander Webb, Sir Thomas Boughey High School

Benjamin Lack, Clayton Hall College

Alicia Maslin, Painsley Catholic High School

Liam Sproston, Ormiston Horizon Academy

Jessica Watt, Sir Thomas Boughey High School

A level award for Enterprise, sponsored by Altecnic:

Elizabeth Steele, Trentham High School

Vocational – outstanding achievement in Business, Computing and IT, sponsored by Coventry University:

Joseph Scott-Telford, Sandon High School

Vocational – outstanding achievement

Rebecca Swift, Clayton Hall College

Amy-Sue Wright, Sir Thomas Boughey High School

Joe Haynes, Moorside High School

Ceyda Zirekoglu, Clayton Hall College

James Waite, Clayton Hall College

Anina Pletscher, who was home educated

Alice Bailey, Alleynes High School

Vocational award for Enterprise, sponsored by The Hanley Economic Building Society:

Joseph Tomasso, Moorside High School

Skills-based outstanding achievement awards:

Misschell Pinnock

Thomas Caton

Progression Pathway outstanding achievement awards

Jolene Lowndes

Amanda Forrester

Zak Bagguley

Victoria Sutton

Samuel Webberley

Student of the Year – Adult, sponsored by Ageas

Belinda Webb

Student of the Year - Higher Education, sponsored by the University of Derby

Rebekah O'Brien

Apprenticeship Awards:

Luke Jones – Technology, sponsored by Orbital

Matthew Lawton – Administration, sponsored by Mitten Clarke

Mark Gater – Health, Care and Fitness, sponsored by Stoke City FC

Employer Awards, sponsored by Adecco

Best small or new employer: Learn and Move Ltd of Cliffe Vale, Stoke-on-Trent.

Best large employer: Venesta Washroom Systems Ltd of Trentham.

Employer of the Year: Morecare Day Opportunities of Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Sports Awards

Team of the Year, sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University: Men's Volleyball

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Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) is holding an Open Event for Year 9 & 10 school pupils. The College will be opening its doors this weekend to give prospective students the chance to find out more about the wide range of courses on offer.

The College’s Open Event will take place on Saturday 21 June from 10am to 12 noon at its Knutton Lane campus.

Karen Dobson, Principal and Chief Executive, said: “The aim of this open event is to provide school pupils with information on the full range of options available so that they can make an informed choice about their future studies once they leave school. We’ll have expert staff on hand throughout the day to advise young people on the course that’s right for them.”

There will also be advice and guidance about the range of support on offer, from financial help and additional learner support to activities and enrichment opportunities.

The Open Event will also see current NULC students Richard Steventon and Nathanael Smallman raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust in aid of Stephen’s Story.

The two students will be serving cheesy oatcakes, tea, coffee and cakes and showing Open Event visitors how to make yellow ribbon lapel pins in return for a donation to the charity in memory of Stephen Sutton.

NULC is one of the largest providers of 16-18 education in Staffordshire and offers every type of post-16 course, including AS/A Levels, vocational courses and Apprenticeships.

Courses are available in a wide range of subjects including Art, Design and Media, Beauty Therapy, Business and Accounting, Childcare and Early Years, Floristry, Computing and IT, Construction, Engineering, Hairdressing, Health and Social Care, Make-up Artistry, Music Technology, Performing Arts, Public Services, Sport and Travel and Tourism.

To register your attendance at the Open Event on Saturday 21 June, please visit www.nulc.ac.uk/events

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Monday, 16 June 2014 12:44

College holds annual art exhibition

Members of the public are invited to FEAST their eyes on a visual extravaganza as talented students from Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) showcase their creative designs.

The annual end-of-year exhibition is open to the public from Saturday 21 June to Saturday 28 June and is hosted at the College’s £60 million campus at Knutton Lane.

The annual event has risen in popularity over the years and welcomes hundreds of visitors, who are keen to discover the work of some of the most talented creative students in Staffordshire.

The exhibition, entitled FEAST, encompasses all creative subjects from the College’s Faculty of Academic and Creative Studies including fashion, film, illustration, 3D design, painting, ceramics, graphic design, media, music technology, photography, textiles and floristry.

Mike Kelly, Assistant Head of Faculty, Academic and Creative Studies at the College, said “Every year our staff and students work incredibly hard to showcase the very best on offer in new and innovative art and design practice.  It really is a visual feast. I would urge anyone who has an interest in the creative industries to come along, view the exhibition and perhaps even buy work from students who may well go on to be stars of the future.”

Particular highlights on display this year include stunning award-winning photography by A level student Danielle Cooper, and ‘The Packing Room’ - a ‘Scandi’ design group project by the College’s Foundation degree students.

The College has a national reputation for the quality of its art and creative courses and its many successful former students, including Oscar winning special effects director Pete Bebb, Esme Talbot who designs her own Potteries slogan based products and photographer Veronique de Viguerie who has travelled the world as a photo journalist for publications including ‘Paris Match’.

The College is also the only one in Staffordshire to launch its own town centre enterprise in the form of the M.A.D.E Here shop.  The shop provides students past and present with an opportunity to sell their products whilst gaining business and employability skills.

Exhibition opening times are available by visiting www.nulc.ac.uk/events 

There will also be the opportunity for visitors to the College’s Open Day on Saturday 21 June to view the exhibition from 10am – 12 noon.

For more details call 01782 254254, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.nulc.ac.uk.

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Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) will be opening its doors on Wednesday 11 June, 6pm – 8pm to aspiring young golfers where the former Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam will be in the hot seat answering course-related questions.

The College’s multi-award-winning Academy of Sport has entered into an exciting partnership with world famous golfer Woosnam. A new golf academy is to be created where students will study a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence whilst receiving expert guidance in the golf industry disciplines.

Trevor Humphreys, Academy of Sport Manager said: “We urge anyone who is leaving school this summer and has a passion for golf to come to the College where they can receive more information and even apply for the course on the evening.”

The Ian Woosnam Golf Academy is recruiting now for September and will be based at Newcastle-under-Lyme College and Malkins Bank Golf Club. Its ultimate aim is to find the next generation of top golf professionals.

Students will study a Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence qualification (which can attract UCAS points where a student wants to progress to university), and enjoy access to competitive tours, employment opportunities, scholarships, psychology, nutrition, physiotherapy and conditioning training, along side expert guidance in the golf industry disciplines.

To find out more and to pre-register for the Ian Woosnam Golf Academy Open Event, visit www.nulc.ac.uk/events or contact Trevor Humphreys on 01782 254269 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Four photography students from Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) have been recognised in a university photography competition.

Danielle Cooper, aged 18 was awarded Silver in the New Creatives Awards by Derby University for her photography entry titled ‘Landscapes’.  Danielle from Fenton studies A Levels in Photography, Media Studies and Textiles at NULC and received £150.00 prize money with judges commenting: "Danielle's image is a very imaginative response to landscape via the use of still-life. The use of poppy flowers and ferns evoke the shape of land and trees with the graduated light source creating a twilight sky.”

In addition to the top awards, three First year photography students Eirene Georgakakou, Olivia Christie and Hollie Jones received commendations from judges.

Former Trentham High School pupil, Eirene, aged 17 was commended for "Eirene has crafted a very beautiful and carefully made image investigating the historical qualities of photography in response to the genre of landscape. The image very effectively evokes the presence of the observer in the environment with use of shallow depth, movement and the visual presence of optics."

Olivia, aged 17 studies AS Levels in Photography, Media, English Language and Business Studies submitted ‘Child running into a pool of light’.  Judges commented: “Olivia's image, capturing the moment a child enters a pool of light as he runs off to play, is a beautifully judged moment. The image has been effectively composed with the adult figure to the right side of the frame and the deep tones of the woods against the brightness of sunlight on the path."

Hollie Jones, aged 17 from Sneyd Green submitted ‘Ballet Dancer’, judges commented: “Hollie has created a subtle and carefully perceived layered image of a dancer. The way the superimposed images of the figure coincide with each other draw the viewer into anticipating movement and action."

The New Creatives Awards are organised by Derby University to find up-and-coming creative stars of the future.

To find out more about studying creative A Levels at NULC click here or 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 (NULC) has teamed up with Stoke City FC goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to help local youngsters play in a school football tournament at the Britannia Stadium.website NULC students Elinor Correct Fox aged 17 Harvey Collins aged 18 and Aaron Madeley aged 19 with Asmir Begovic

Stoke City FC's Play on the Pitch tournament, sponsored by the College with a generous contribution from keeper Begovic, has attracted over 30 teams so over a hundred children, from the under eights to the under 17s, can compete in the five aside tournament in the stadium of their heroes.

The tournament will run from Wednesday 21 May to Friday 23 May with winners on each day.

Hundreds of parents and school supporters are expected to attend and NULC students will be collecting donations from the audience for the Asmir Begovic Foundation. The Asmir Begovic Foundation enables both the building and improvement of recreational facilities in England, and also in his birth country of Bosnia and Hercegovina, so that children can be active and live a fun and healthy lifestyle, with the opportunity to partake in various sports activities.

Said Asmir: "I have always wanted to start a foundation to give back to the local community and also my country of birth, Bosnia and Hercegovina. I consider myself to be very fortunate in my life to play a sport
that I love and has given a lot back to me for which I am grateful for everyday. I feel it is important to invest in future of our next generation. Sports have always played a big part in my family and it is something we are very passionate about. Partaking in sports and activities is a great way for kids to have fun and also learn many different skills such as interacting with other kids."

Said NULC Principal Karen Dobson: "As the number one sports college in the West Midlands, I am delighted that Newcastle-under-Lyme College is working with Stoke City FC to bring sporting opportunities to local schools. Many of the young people who study with us, not only achieve sporting success at college, but also go on to enjoy careers in sport."

NULC offers courses in sports and exercise at all levels and has recently launched a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and Development with the University of Derby. NULC also has sports academies in football, basketball, netball, athletics, volleyball, golf and rugby. Considered outstanding by Ofsted in the provision of sport, NULC's award-winning programmes, allow students to study and pursue sporting interests at the same time.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about NULC programmes should visit our sports pages.

Photograph shows (L-R): NULC students Elinor Fox, Harvey Collins and Aaron Madeley with Asmir Begovic.

 

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