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We aim to keep you up-to-date with the very latest Weston College news and events. Take a look below at what's going on at the College!

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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
Health and Social Care Learners on a Trip in London in Front of a Parliament

Last week our Level 2,3 and T Level Health learners embarked on an enriching journey to London! Over the course of three exciting days, the learners immersed themselves in multiple aspects of healthcare evolution and human anatomy, enhancing their knowledge and eagerness for the field. 

The students’ highlight of their trip was a visit to the Florence Nightingale Museum, where they explored the rich history of healthcare and gained insights into its evolution through the years. This experience was unforgettable for our students, they carefully connected their classroom-based learning to real world applications by delving into the pioneering practices of Florence Nightingale to modern-day innovations.  

Moreover, the learners had the unique opportunity to engage in interactive activities while touring the Science Museum, discovering the intricate workings of the human body! By having the chance to have hands-on experience and view exhibits, the students enhanced their knowledge of anatomy and physiology, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the complexities of healthcare in the gripping museum. 

 

Health and Social Care Students in London in Front of a Statue

 

Additionally, the learners ventured into the thrilling London Dungeons, a fascinating experience that provided valuable insights into public health practices throughout history. This journey not only sparked curiosity and critical thinking but developed their understanding of healthcare. 

This trip stepped the learners outside of their comfort zone, building relationships and allowing personal development. Through engaging with diverse experiences, students sharpened essential skills such as teamwork, communication and adaptability. 

What an incredible once-in-a lifetime experience for the nineteen Level 2,3 and T Level Health learners! 

This exhilarating trip forms part of the Health and Social Care Careers Excellence Hub. The College has fourteen sector-specific Career Excellence Hubs, which evidence our dedication to supporting both employers and learners in achieving their future goals. By creating a seamless connection between industry and education, we enable learners to acquire not only the essential skills and knowledge but also the professional networks necessary to excel in their chosen fields.   

For further information on our fantastic Health and Social Care courses, please click here.

People working together in an office

Over the last couple of years we have been following Chloe, and her story from starting a traineeship in 2020 to completing her apprenticeship and now working in our Business Growth Team.

We last heard from Chloe when she was on her apprenticeship (which you can read here), so we thought we would catch up with Chloe, and see how she is doing now that she has completed her apprenticeship.

After completing my Level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship in April 2022, I was appointed as a PA in the Business Growth Team at Weston College.

During my role as a PA, I have been able to put the skills I learnt during my apprenticeship into practice which has helped me to develop my skillset and support with my daily tasks.

I had many highlights during my apprenticeship, from working within a fantastic team which has been really supportive, to being involved in a wide range of tasks. My overall highlight though, was when my assessor nominated me for Apprentice of the Year. I was delighted that my hard work had been recognised by my assessor.

If you are considering a traineeship to prepare you for the working world, I would highly recommend the course.

A traineeship will give you all the tools you need to support finding a suitable apprenticeship. During the course, you will write a CV and cover letter, conduct practice interviews and receive support from the tutors with your applications for an apprenticeship.

The aim is that by the end of your traineeship, you will have secured an apprenticeship with an employer and everything you learnt during your traineeship, will be able to be put into practice!

Equally, the apprenticeship has been an amazing experience, and it has set me up for an exciting career. My advice to anyone thinking about an apprenticeship is to go for it – you will love the experience!

A big thank you to Chloe, and good luck with the rest of your career!

You can find out more about traineeships, by clicking here.

You can find out more about apprenticeships, by clicking here.

Jess being presented an award by Andrew Leighton Price

Jess completed her Leadership and Management Apprenticeship with Weston College and received top honours at the Weston College Business Awards in 2023. She was named Leadership and Management Apprentice of the Year and Overall Apprentice of the Year.

We spoke to Jess, to find out a bit more about her story, and how impactful the apprenticeship was for her.

"I really enjoyed my apprenticeship journey; it opened a world of opportunities to me. The modules were broken down clearly and this made it manageable. Once I had set up a structure to how I would complete each module I could really commit and throw myself into it! The whole experience was a highlight, even modules that I did not think I would enjoy as much actually turned out to be some of my favourites, I love to learn and understand, and this apprenticeship was right up my street.

“The knowledge and skills I gained during my apprenticeship were transformative, both personally and professionally. I delved deep into the nuances of being a manager, understanding the various facets of leadership, and mastering the art of emotional intelligence. These newfound skills didn’t just stay confined to my coursework; they became an integral part of my managerial approach.

“I applied these skills to navigate complex situations, manage change effectively, and foster a positive work environment. 

“The project management skills I acquired proved instrumental, especially when I transitioned to a new team. Every lesson learned, every theory grasped, and every skill acquired became a stepping stone, propelling me toward my goal of senior management within VADO.

“I was promoted at the end of my course and the skills I developed have helped me make this transition, I am still learning but it has given me a great foundation overall to make that step further and continue to develop.

“Balancing work and study was undoubtedly challenging at first however, with time and determination, I discovered a rhythm that worked seamlessly for me. Having a supportive network made this balancing act much easier. The unwavering support from my manager, Michelle, and my tutor, Greg, played a pivotal role in shaping my learning experience. Michelle’s hands-on approach and dedication, coupled with Greg’s mentorship, guided me through the intricacies of the course. Their understanding and encouragement allowed me the time and space I needed to excel in both my work and studies.

“I was incredibly fortunate and humbled to be nominated for Apprentice of the Year at the Weston College Business Awards. Winning the award was beyond my wildest dreams! I owe this achievement to the incredible people around me at VADO and Weston College. To be recognised as the overall learner of the year left me speechless.

“Reflecting on my journey, my advice to anyone considering an apprenticeship is simple: go for it! The knowledge and confidence I have gained on this journey have been amazing. This experience has not only helped me build great relationships within VADO but has also opened doors to endless possibilities. Weston College made the entire experience easy, and I feel incredibly fortunate to have had this opportunity."

If you're interested in the leadership & management opportunities available at Weston College, click here!

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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.

Halo workplace logo

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.