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NULC sports apprentice Abbie Jackson has been named Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s inspirational student of the year by the Association of Colleges.
Eighteen-year-old Abbie, who was nominated by the College’s Academy of Sport, will now be put forward with five other regional finalists to compete to be crowned AoC West Midlands Inspirational Sports Student of the Year 2014.
The winner will receive their trophy from BBC Midlands Today presenters, Nick Owen and Mary Rhodes at Villa Park on Thursday 27th November. The event will be attended by other local sports personalities.
Trevor Humphries, Academy of Sport Manager at NULC, said: “I’m personally delighted that Abbie has won the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent area award and I hope that she goes on to win the overall award.
“She is a truly inspirational person and think that she wholeheartedly deserves this recognition because of the hard work and commitment she shows every time she is in College. She plays a crucial role in the Academy of Sport office through supporting the organisation of seven performance Academy sport squads involving over 300 students on a weekly basis.
“The enthusiasm and passion shown by Abbie has also resulted in external recognition as she was selected to attend national coach training camps for England Basketball and the Football Association.
“We wish her all the best in the awards and as a College we are proud of her achievements so far and are sure that she will go on to great things in the future.”
The awards aim to recognise individual achievements within sports and also to help highlight the importance of sport within education.
Abbie, a former St John Fisher High School pupil, said: “I’m truly honoured to have been nominated in the first place but to win the Staffordshire award and now to be put forward to the overall regional award is unbelievable. I honestly never thought I was doing anything special other than what was expected of me when I started my apprenticeship.
“NULC has been a great support to me and I’m thankful for all the opportunities I’ve had since being a part of the Sports Academy here. I’m looking forward to the awards later this month and I wish all the finalists luck and think that whoever wins will deserve it completely.”
Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) has been awarded this year’s Keele Outreach Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Raising Aspirations in Further Education’.
The award for the College’s ‘determination to provide a wide variety of opportunities to young people’, was presented by former student Jamie Littlejohn who attended NULC between 2008 and 2010 where he achieved A*AB in Biology, Chemistry and Maths with Statistics. Jamie went on to study an Undergraduate Degree in Biomedical Science at Keele and became a student Ambassador in 2011. Since then he has been involved in giving back to the local area through his Outreach work and so won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Curriculum Outreach for 2013/14. He is currently undertaking a PhD on The Crystal Structure in Proteins at Keele.
Karen Dobson, Principal and Chief Executive at the College said: “Last year NULC became one of the region’s top three colleges for university progression, sending more than 800 students to higher education. This year 90 of our students went on to Keele which is a good university and right on our doorstep. So we are delighted to work with them and to receive this award. It recognises the hard work and dedication from all the staff involved in supporting our learners’ progression.”
Over the past year, the College has worked with the University to provide the opportunities for young people to engage in work experience, e-mentoring, and master classes led by Keele academics in subject areas such as social work and politics.
NULC has also supported young people to attend residential summer schools at Keele and engaged in projects to help those students interested in competitive subjects such as law and medicine.
Ant Sutcliffe, Outreach Officer at Keele University said: “At Keele we are passionate about encouraging young people to aim high and have the confidence to go to University. NULC’s activity has been most impressive, with the college engaging with our Outreach Programme on more occasions that any other Further Education College. We congratulate all the schools and colleges, like NULC, that have been exceptional in helping us achieve these goals.”
Representatives from Keele have also been invited to upcoming College events such as parents’ evenings and careers fairs to ensure young people receive the most up-to-date advice and guidance when applying for university places.
Laurie Marshall, 21 from Stone, an engineering apprentice from Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC), has been announced as a finalist in the annual Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to recognise the best and brightest young female engineers in the country.
The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards highlight the achievements of inspiring young women who have chosen a career in engineering and encourage others to enter careers in engineering and technology.
Laurie was selected as a finalist in the Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices in recognition of her outstanding contribution within the workplace, as well as acting as a role model to other young people who are considering a future in engineering. If she’s named as winner, Laurie will receive a cheque for £750, an engraved trophy and certificate and will be invited to participate in high profile events, where she will get the chance to meet influential people and raise her profile within the engineering industry. The awards ceremony will take place on December 10 in central London and will be hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Stephanie McGovern.
Laurie joined ABB Power Systems in Stone in September 2011, as part of her course at NULC and is currently an Apprentice Circuit Engineer, meaning that she works as part of a team designing protection and control systems, which are the “brains” of high-voltage substations. As an apprentice, Laurie balances a four-day working week with one day a week studying for a Foundation Degree in Electrical Engineering at NULC, meaning that she is developing valuable work experience as well as working towards a qualification.
Dave Halliwell Engineering Curriculum Leader at NULC said: “We are extremely pleased for Laurie and her accomplishments, she continues to show her hard work and dedication to engineering through both her work in the College and apprenticeship, we wish her all the best at the awards ceremony on December 10.”
Women currently represent just six per cent of the engineering workforce in the UK today, the lowest percentage in Europe. If this trend continues, the UK will be in a significantly weakened position to find the 87,000 new engineers needed every year over the next decade (according to Engineering UK 2014, the state of engineering report).
Laurie said: “Working as an apprentice at ABB is the best experience I could have asked for when starting off and it’s a real bonus to be shortlisted by the IET.”
ABB’s Head of Power Systems in UK and Ireland, Stephen Trotter said: “We’re really proud of Laurie’s achievement. As an apprentice engineer, the world is her oyster and she is developing skills and knowledge that will give her a rewarding and exciting career in engineering.”
IET Chief Executive Nigel Fine said: “We’ve been running our Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards for 38 years and have produced a number of fantastic female ambassadors for engineering as a result. 2014 has seen growing momentum from Government, industry and educators to encourage more girls to study science, technology, mathematics and engineering subjects, so it seems timely and appropriate to make find inspirational female role models who can support these efforts the key focus of our very successful Awards.”
Newcastle-under-Lyme College A-level students, Jathusan Naguleswaran and Jamie Harland have won Nuffield Foundation Gold CREST Awards for their research at Staffordshire and Keele Universities.
Jathusan and Jamie completed four week placements at the local universities during the summer. Jathusan centred his research on Electrostatic Precipitation (ESP) while Jamie researched Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.
The Nuffield Foundation gives Bronze, Silver and Gold awards to participating students based on the standard of their work. This means that Jathusan and Jamie produced work and research of the highest standard.
Each week they were faced with a different aspect of research. For example, Jathusan's first week entailed computer research into the basics of ESP, its current problems and its effects on the planet through pollution. However, it wasn't long before he was using experiments to discover how other factors like air velocity effect their efficiency. He concluded his research with a 16 page report on his findings which earned him this prestigious award.
The Nuffield Foundation organises placements where students can immerse themselves into the world of science in the workplace. Jathusan, an aspiring aeronautical engineer said: "It helped me to see what research is really about. It isn't just the practical side of science as you have to be able to work independently.
"At first, I looked at it and thought, I won't be able to do this but I quickly got used to it. It was a good opportunity that gave me brilliant research experience and it has helped me to further develop skills
like independent working."
For Jamie, an aspiring researcher, this was a chance for an insight into a career in chemistry. He said: "I experienced what I could be doing in the future. I found that the work that I took on was interesting as I was contributing to a topic as big as how we generate power."
Not only do these placements offer work experience but they also offer university-life experience as Jamie and Jathusan were in regular contact with the students that were studying and living there.
Jamie explained:" I learnt a lot about university life after speaking to students working and living there. It also helped me to develop skills such as planning, independent work, general laboratory skills and confidence in myself and my work."
The CREST Awards were presented by renowned physicist Farzana Aslam at a celebration evening held at Coventry University.
NULC offers A-levels in 36 subjects as well as a wide range of vocational qualifications. Students are supported to gain work experience, career insights or mentoring. To find out more, attend an open
event by registering here: www.nulc.ac.uk/events.
Two Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) students are competing for the England national junior men and women volleyball squads in Denmark this week.
NULC pair Rosie Barley and Rich James are in Denmark for the 2014 Northern European Volleyball Zonal Association (NEVZA) U19 championships. The competition is taking place in Billund, Denmark from 14th – 16th October.
Rosie, aged 16, and Rich, aged 18, are both former pupils of Madeley High School and are studying for Level 3 Extended Diplomas in Sport and Exercise Sciences. They are also both members of the England Volleyball National Academy, based at NULC.
NEVZA is a competition for northern European nations, which consists of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Faroe Islands, England and Greenland.
This year's competition sees England men and women squads take on sides from: Sweden, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Norway & Iceland.
The England Junior women are drawn in Pool B of the women's competition, where they will face Norway and Sweden, England's men are drawn in Pool A of the men's competition and will take on Norway and Iceland.
Both squads are returning to Billund after competing in the competition last year, the men's squad finishing 4th in 2013 and the women finishing 6th.
The England Volleyball National Academy is recruiting now for 2015/16, so if you are interested please contact Trevor Humphries on 01782 254269.
For further information on how NULC sport, please visit www.nulc.ac.uk/sport
L-R: Michael from Kindertons of Crewe with jobseeker Jo from Chesterton
A major employment initiative to help ex-employees of Phones4u has won the support of local employers.
The first event organised by the new Staffordshire based taskforce was a jobs fair, at Newcastle-under-Lyme College, which today attracted 166 former Phones4u employees and almost 40 employers offering around 200 vacancies. Taskforce organisations were also on hand to offer with workshops and employment, finance and skills advice.
The taskforce was created in response to Phones4u going into administration with the loss of hundreds of jobs in Newcastle and Stoke and thousands more nationally.
Said Michael Lloyd, HR Manager of Crewe-based Kindertons: "This is a fantastic initiative and we are delighted to be involved. Due to expansion, we have 40 vacancies that we are keen to fill. We are particularly interested in customer service and debt recovery staff and will be interviewing next week. We've met people today who are of interest to us and would plan to continue working with Newcastle-under-Lyme College."
Jo Davies of Chesterton had worked for Phones4u's head office for 15 years and has been made redundant as a revenue recovery officer. Jo is now looking for finance or administrative roles. She said: "I am really glad I came along today. I am very determined so I've seen as many employers as possible and I've left my CV with quite a few."
The taskforce includes the Local Enterprise Partnership, Staffordshire County Council, Newcastle Borough Council, Stoke City Council, the Department for Work and Pensions, Jobcentre Plus, Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce and the Citizens Advice Bureau. They are working closely with the administrator to offer direct and indirect help, and, as part of a larger strategy, to support local people looking for employment.
Any other employers who may have suitable vacancies should contact Newcastle Borough Council on 01782 717717. The taskforce would particularly like to hear from employers who have vacancies in the following areas:
For further information on how NULC supports employers, please visit www.nulc.ac.uk/employers
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Newcastle-under-Lyme (NULC) swept the boards in The Warrior Keele Cup that finished yesterday.
The under 16’s Boys A team beat Audley in the final to win the Warrior Keele Cup whilst the under 18’s Men’s team came runners up and the under 18’s Ladies team won the Keele Warrior Plate competition.
The manager of NULC’s Gordon Banks Sport Centre, Louise Ziemann, said “This is the fourth year NULC have hosted this sporting event and I am delighted the NULC teams have done so well on home ground. The visiting teams were baled over by our state-of-the-art facilities. We’ve got a full size floodlit 3G football pitch and a gym that is also open to the public.”
NULC’s superb sporting facilities and teaching is reflected in the 2013 Ofsted Report, which describes the sport, leisure and recreation facility as ‘Outstanding’.
The under 16’s Boys team played brilliantly in the tournament kicking off the first match with a phenomenal 22-1 win against Brookhurst School from Kenya.
Luke Birkinshaw, Academy of Sport Apprentice, said “NULC’s under 16’s Boys team have done brilliantly. This is all down to their dedication and the use of the great facilities we have here at NULC, the coaching staff have a lot of experience which they pass onto the players, and the facilities allow them to practise like a professional would.”
The under 18’s Men’s team have been coached by former Stoke City captain Andy Griffin who at the peak of his career won Stoke’s player of the year award.
Thousands of amateur sportsmen and women from the UK's biggest companies will be competing in the region next year - some of them at Newcastle-under-Lyme College.
Between 4,000 and 6,000 competitors are expected for the 2015 UK Corporate Games being held in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent for three days in June.
Venues include Newcastle College, Keele and Staffordshire Universities, Fenton Manor and Trentham Gardens.
Philip Atkins, leader of Staffordshire County Council, said the games presented an opportunity to showcase the region's economic opportunities.
He said: "Very senior figures will be here from some of the country's biggest and brightest companies and there will be a business enterprise day to showcase Staffordshire and its inward investment opportunities.
Analysis of the 2010 games in Liverpool calculated 4,460 participants spent approximately £2,490,911 on accommodation, food and drink; £390,663 on shopping and visiting attractions; and £136,578 on travel and other expenses.
Mohammed Pervez, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said the games represent the opportunity to stimulate job opportunities and to showcase the area to major employers, to help generate income now and in the future.
He said: "Stoke-on-Trent is a vibrant and rapidly regenerating city and thousands of people from across the country will be staying, eating and drinking here and across the county, spending money and seeing for themselves what we have to offer for future visits."
Companies taking part in previous years include IBM, Coca-Cola, KPMG, PWC, and GSK.
The joint Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent approach was selected by the games organisers ahead of several other bids.
Competitors will play a range of sports, including hockey, cricket, rugby sevens, netball, football, squash, volleyball, tennis, basketball, running and Dragon boat racing.
Philip Atkins said: "Not only will the games be a great deal of fun, showcase the county and provide investment opportunities, a healthy workforce benefits everyone and ties in with our aim of an active
Games Director Ben Sedgemore said: "From the first moment that we set foot in the area, our Venue Inspection Committee started to believe that it is the perfect destination for the UK Corporate Games in 2015.
"We have no doubt that the thousands of visiting participants will be blown away by what the region has to offer. I even think some local entrants will be unfamiliar with some of these terrific facilities.
"We have been fortunate enough to stage Games all around the world in great cities like Moscow, Zagreb and Bilbao and right across the UK, but if you consider the tremendous grass facilities at Keele, the massive indoor capacity at Fenton Manor, the impressive facilities at Newcastle College and the beauty of Trentham Gardens, in addition to the central location, we genuinely have confidence that this is a match for any
"We are really excited to start work on developing the Games and two of our biggest teams have already committed to enter, with CSC bringing 300 participants and Ernst and Young, in their 20th consecutive Games signed up for 200 and we have not even launched yet! That said, we will be welcoming all local businesses big or small to participate and everyone is treated equally in the Games. The Games is the ultimate mix of sport, business and tourism and we really can't wait."
Notes to editors
For more details and information on the Games programme and venues visit www.corporate-games.com
The UK Corporate Games provides an outstanding opportunity to enhance company togetherness, whilst increasing company brand exposure and creating networking and business opportunities. It is an expression in real terms of many themes of corporate and individual well-being through sport, competition, fun and fitness. It is also legendary for its social side, parades, prizes and celebrations.
Competition is inclusive and accessible to all, with institutions, businesses, national and multinational companies, retailers, government agencies, partnerships and sports clubs all eligible to enter. Teams may include employees, colleagues, clients, family and friends. There are no qualifying standards.
The UK Corporate Games is open to everyone.
For more information about the UK Corporate Games please contact
Ben Sedgemore, Games Director, 01733 380888
Loretta Grout, Help Office