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Latest events at Weston College

Latest news and developments at Weston College

There is always so much going on across our various campuses and courses. Stay up to date on our latest news
Learners taking part in task aimed at building communication skills

Last Wednesday, we welcomed Hydrock to our South West Skills Campus, to inspire our T Level learners from Engineering and Civil Engineering.

Employer engagement and focussing on careers is a key part of our course delivery, with learners gaining insight from industry to enhance their learning experience.

Hydrock who are passionate about addressing global challenges through smart engineering solutions, delivered three engaging sessions to our learners, which focussed on sustainability, and also developing key soft skills required by employers.

The sessions included:

  • Future Communities – learners designed their own community
  • Soft Skills Development – several activities which aimed to develop communication, empathy and assertiveness
  • Career and CV Workshop

Dave LeFeuvre, Subject Area Manager for Building Services, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to Hydrock, who delivered some really creative activities for our learners, which got them thinking outside the box to tackle challenges. The learners have commented on how beneficial they found the experience.

“On the back of this session, several of our learners are now looking to complete their industry placement with Hydrock, which is fantastic news.

“At Weston College we feel it is important to connect our students with employers, to bring industry to life in the classroom.”

Find out more about our T Level courses by click the course of interest, below.

Dr Paul sat by flowers and smiling

Weston College has made it through as a finalist for two categories in the prestigious AoC Beacon Awards.

Association of Colleges’ Beacon Awards celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK colleges each year and this announcement marks the second stage in the Awards process.

The categories Weston College are finalist in include:

  • The Nous Group Award for Education for Sustainable Development
  • The AoC Award for Excellence in Governance

Mark White OBE DL, Chair of AoC’s Charitable Trust said:

“The AoC Beacon Awards showcase exactly why colleges are so important to every community and why people value them.

“The AoC Award for Excellence in Governance recognises the critical role undertaken by boards, governors and governance professionals developing capacity for sustained improvement in the quality of provision for students.”

“The Nous Group Award for Education for Sustainable Development recognises colleges who are acting on climate change, being innovative and moving to Net Zero. The work of the finalists highlights how seriously colleges are taking Education for Sustainable Development and we’re delighted that so many colleges have already adopted the FE Climate Action Roadmap.”

The AoC Beacon Award Winners will be announced in Spring 2023. 

Jack Kitsell winning apprenticeship award

Engineering Degree Apprentice, Jack Kitsell, named as runner up in the Apprentice of the Year category, at the national Association of Colleges’ (AoC), Student of the Year Awards.

Each year, the AoC Student of the Year awards celebrate truly unique students from colleges across England who deserve recognition and will go on to inspire others.

These awards are an opportunity to highlight outstanding and exceptional individuals and showcase their achievements, talents and successes. These students have gone above and beyond to give back and positively impact their college and community.

Sir Paul Phillips, Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group, said: “I am so proud of Jack, who has gone above and beyond in his studies and also his apprenticeship role. He produced consistently fantastic results and been very supportive to the apprentices in his cohort – well done Jack!”

Corrienne Peasgood, AoC President, added: “Each year the level of applications is extremely high, and it goes to show the fantastic work that students are doing in colleges as well as the lengths colleges go to support their students. Well done Jack on being running up should be extremely proud.”

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