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Sir Paul presenting at Celebration of Partnership and Progression

On Wednesday 30th November, Weston College hosted a Celebration of Partnership and Progression evening, which celebrated the progression that has been made over the last academic year, as well as recognising the key partnerships the College has in helping achieve this success.

Employers and industry leaders from across the region were among 250 guests at the event, which was held at the Winter Gardens Pavilion Ballroom.

Sir Paul Phillips, Principal and CEO of Weston College Group, hosted the event and took the guests through the collective success of the College, its students and staff achievements as well as launching the Group’s Annual Report, which details the College’s progress in 21/22 and outlines the year ahead and the exciting range of projects on the horizon.

Highlights of the year included the success of the 300 in 50 campaign, where the ambitious goal of recruiting 300 apprenticeship sign-ups in just 50 working days was smashed by the College, as well as the success of the Career Excellence Hub and the Institute of Technology both exceeding expectations and national benchmarks.

A selection of awards were also presented during the evening, the first of which was the UWE Bristol Partnership Award, to celebrate individual contributions which have added to the strength and success of the partnership. This was awarded to UWE Bristol’s Sarah Howell, Susan Ylimaz, Fiona Lawrence and Marianne Reed who have each demonstrated their commitment to delivering outstanding results for both Weston College and UWE Bristol.

The second award was the Carnegie Centre of Excellence – Further Education Mental Health Award, awarded to Weston College for “demonstrating excellence across all eight competencies of the Further Education Mental Health Award”, as commented by the Award assessor. Dr Georgie Ford, the College’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Excellence Lead collected the award.

The final award of the night was the People, Culture and Wellbeing Quality Mark, a national award which recognises Weston College as being at the forefront of implementing person-centred initiatives that increase productivity by developing skillsets and supporting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Weston College is the first education institution to achieve this! This accreditation was presented on stage to the College’s Assistant Principal Ben Knocks and Caroline Pringle, the College’s HR Director.

Sir Paul Phillips commented on the evening: “The Celebration of Partnership and Progression was an incredible opportunity to recognise not only the success of Weston College, but also our key partners, who play such an important role in contributing to the collective success. I am incredibly proud of every achievement we have gained this year, and very much look forward to the coming year to see what possibilities await us.

Many congratulations to those who were presented an award tonight, your hard work and dedication is highly valued.”

The event was hugely successful and provided excellent networking opportunities for a range of local and regional businesses, charities and organisations.

soft skills certificate

The West of England Institute of Technology (WEIoT) has launched a new “soft skills certificate” to enable people to gain the soft skills and certified credentials requested and recognised by local employers.  

Enhancing soft skills such as Teamwork, Adaptability and Critical thinking can enable individuals to work more effectively and collaboratively with colleagues to enhance and progress careers. 

This free, time limited, flexible and modular training is being delivered by education and industry specialist partners delivering 7 modules which can be mixed and matched and tailored to meet individual and business needs: 

  • Digital Skills For Inclusive Cloud Collaboration 
  • Effective Communication 
  • Insights Discovery 
  • New World Working 
  • Soft Skills For Project Managers 
  • Team Working 
  • Workplace Skills And Behaviours 

Face to face, online and twilight delivery options are available through one of the WEIoT education partners: Weston College, Bath College, Yeovil College, City of Bristol College and Provek.  All training must be completed by 31 March 2023. 

Businesses can utilise this new certificate to develop the skills and careers of their workforce in line with current and emerging skills needs and new world working practices. This will ultimately improve workforce productivity, satisfaction, and retention. 

Individuals can enhance and accredit their soft skills credentials, enabling them to work more effectively and collaboratively with colleagues and to enhance and progress their careers. 

This is also supported through the inclusion of Credly Digital Credentials, which are included with the certificate, to acknowledge and share achievements. 

Click here to read more about each module in order to sign up and complete this certificate for free before 31st March.  

The WEIoT is part of the government’s flagship programme designed to spearhead the delivery of higher technical education; to support the economy with a skilled workforce that can drive productivity and take advantage of key growth opportunities.    

The WEIoT+ Soft Skills Certificate is funded through the Department for Education’s Skills Development Fund, aimed at helping employers and individuals access the skills needed to enhance careers, support local innovation and economic

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A letter from UK Health Security Agency and North Somerset Council:

Dear parents, guardians and carers,

Re: Increase in scarlet fever and Group A Streptococcal infections

We are writing to inform you of a recent national increase in notifications of scarlet fever to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), above seasonal expected levels.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the signs, symptoms and the actions to be taken if you think that you or your child might have scarlet fever.

Signs and symptoms of scarlet fever

Scarlet fever is a common childhood infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A Streptococcus (GAS). It is not usually serious, but should be treated with antibiotics to reduce the risk of complications (such as pneumonia) and spread to others. The early symptoms of scarlet fever include sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. After 12 to 48 hours, the characteristic red, pinhead rash develops, typically first appearing on the chest and stomach, then rapidly spreading to other parts of the body, and giving the skin a sandpaper-like texture. The scarlet rash may be harder to spot on darker skin, although the 'sandpaper' feel should be present. Patients typically have flushed cheeks and be pale around the mouth. This may be accompanied by a bright red ‘strawberry’ tongue.

If you think you, or your child, might have scarlet fever:

  • contact your GP or NHS 111 as soon as possible

  • make sure that you or your child take(s) the full course of any antibiotics prescribed. Although you or your child will feel better soon after starting the course of antibiotics, you must complete the course to ensure that you do not carry the bacteria in your throat after you have recovered

  • stay at home, away from nursery, school or work for at least 24 hours after starting the antibiotic treatment, to avoid spreading the infection

You can help stop the spread of infection through frequent hand washing and by not sharing eating utensils, clothes, bedding and towels. All contaminated tissues should be disposed of immediately.

Invasive Group A Strep (iGAS)

The same bacteria which cause scarlet fever can also cause a range of other types of infection such as skin infections (impetigo) and sore throat. In very rare cases, the bacteria can get into the bloodstream and cause an illness called invasive group A strep (iGAS). Whilst still very uncommon, there has been an increase in iGAS cases this year, particularly in children under 10 years old. It is very rare for children with scarlet fever to develop iGAS infection.

As a parent, you should trust your own judgement. Contact NHS 111 or your GP if:

  • your child is getting worse

  • your child is feeding or eating much less than normal

  • your child has had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more or shows other signs of dehydration

  • your baby is under 3 months and has a temperature of 38C, or is older than 3 months and has a temperature of 39C or higher

  • your baby feels hotter than usual when you touch their back or chest, or feels sweaty

  • your child is very tired or irritable

Call 999 or go to A&E if:

  • your child is having difficulty breathing – you may notice grunting noises or their tummy sucking under their ribs

  • there are pauses when your child breathes

  • your child’s skin, tongue or lips are blue

  • your child is floppy and will not wake up or stay awake

 

Stop the spread

During periods of high incidence of scarlet fever, there may also be an increase in outbreaks in schools, nurseries and other childcare settings. Children and adults with suspected scarlet fever should stay off nursery / school / work until 24 hours after the start of appropriate antibiotic treatment. Good hygiene practice such as hand washing remains the most important step in preventing and controlling spread of infection.

Yours faithfully

Professor Dominic Mellon
MSc Dip HEP MEPS FRSPH FFPH Regional Deputy Director for South West UK Health Security Agency

Matt Lenny
Director of Public Health and Regulatory Services
North Somerset Council

 

Annex: Resources

 

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One Message, Different Voices

Take a look at this powerful film made by the staff of Weston College to show how important it is for everyone from different backgrounds to be included. The film shares heartfelt stories and interviews with a diverse group of staff, showing how accepting different identities and backgrounds can make a big difference. Its purpose is to encourage viewers to think about their own biases and work towards making our community more welcoming to all. We invite everyone, regardless of their background, to join us and be a part of our journey toward a more inclusive future.

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Our workplace champions the right of staff to embrace all Afro-hairstyles. We acknowledge that Afro-textured hair is an important part of our Black employees’ racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious identities, and requires specific styling for hair health and maintenance. We celebrate Afro-textured hair worn in all styles including, but not limited to, afros, locs, twists, braids, cornrows, fades, hair straightened through the application of heat or chemicals, weaves, wigs, headscarves, and wraps. In this workplace, we recognise and celebrate our colleagues’ identities. We are a community built on an ethos of equality and respect where hair texture and style have no bearing on an employee's ability to succeed.