Harwoods Jaguar hosted an event to celebrate the completed restoration of a 1983-built classic Jaguar by staff and students at BCoT.
Photo: (left) Andy Wren of Harwoods and Anthony Bravo of BCoT stand at the driver's door of the restored car while Colin Craig of the Rotary Club stands on the passenger side (foreground, right).
The Jaguar XJS-C was donated to the College by Colin Craig of the Basingstoke & Deane Rotary Club, with a view that the restored car will be auctioned for charity. The vehicle, which was manufactured in 1983, was part of a limited production run of three cars with an exclusive Burberry interior trim. Before coming to the College, the Jaguar had been stored away in a garage for five years and was rust-ridden and in need of extensive repairs to make it roadworthy again.
Harwoods have supported the restoration project with the donation of several parts and the loan of specialist tools and equipment. They were therefore pleased to host a small reception last week for guests from the Rotary Club and BCoT to celebrate the completion of the work.
Staff and students worked hard on the restoration project over two years and had to replace:
. Rear Perspex, rear radius arm and veneer
. Two front chrome headlight surrounds
. Whole rear bumper including chrome parts
. Wood veneer surround (centre console)
. Interior roof and stitching
Adam Hayes, Automotive Technician at BCoT, led the restoration project. He said it had been a fantastic experience for his students to work on a classic car and see how the systems worked when they were built in 1983. He added:
“From an early stage we knew there was a lot of work to do to restore the Jaguar to its original glory. The project allowed students to gain a real understanding of how classic cars work compared to modern day cars. They were able to get really involved in all aspects of the renovation, from replacing the bumper to changing the ignition leads and distributor caps. They were able to own this from beginning to end and the experience has been invaluable.”
Now it is complete, plans are afoot for the car to be auctioned, with proceeds going to Rotary Charities. More details will follow.
For more photos from the reception, please see our Facebook page.
BCoT receives Mayor’s Award for Business 2015.
The award, which is granted by the outgoing Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Cllr Roger Gardiner, is given in recognition of the contribution made by a local business to the well-being of the borough.
Cllr Gardiner selected BCoT because of the benefits the College gives to its students and its involvement in the community. He gave special acknowledgement to The Restaurant at BCoT which offers local businesses and residents the highest quality cuisine prepared by hospitality students. He also praised the College’s strong links and relationships with its counterparts in China for raising the borough’s profile internationally.
A special presentation was made to BCoT Principal Anthony Bravo at the Mayor Making ceremony on 14th May. Mr Bravo said he was thrilled to be the recipient of this prestigious award, adding:
“It is a real honour for the College to receive the Mayor’s Award for Business. At BCoT we are committed to supporting the borough’s young people by offering the best possible education in preparation for their future careers. The College’s vision is ‘to inspire every learner to succeed and excel’ and we are delighted that 97% of our students go on a university course, an Apprenticeship or employment once they leave us.
“I would also like to dedicate this award to the fantastic team of staff here at BCoT. We have so many outstanding lecturers who bring their enthusiasm and industry experience into the classroom every day for the benefit of their students. Without them, none of this would be possible.”
BCoT welcomes Alexis Smith as Director of Student Experience at the College.
Alexis joins from Richmond Upon Thames College where she was Head of Student Services. She brings a wealth of experience to BCoT, including twelve years spent at the youth support service, Connexions. She also supported schools in the Wokingham area to manage the RPA (Raising of the Participation Age) for school leavers.
“When I came to BCoT for the first time, I was struck by the great ethos of the College – it was definitely somewhere I could see myself working.
My role here is to support the learner journey and provide the highest quality student experience. This means from a first Open Day visit right through to enrolling and progressing through the College and beyond.”
Alexis has three children, one of whom has gone through the FE system, so she knows first-hand what the experience is like for both parents and young people.
“Leaving school and starting college is the start of a new and exciting journey. For many, it can also be a nerve-wracking time and my role is to make the whole experience as smooth and enjoyable as it can be, with progression at the heart of this.
I am very excited about my new role and making a real difference to the great young people we have here at BCoT.”
The College is delighted to announce that the following students have been elected as members of the student Executive Committee for 2016:
President - Rhiannon Rowlands
Vice President - Abi Robbins
Events Officer - Brandon Bliss
Communications Officer - Tiana Corbin
LGBT* Officer - Tom Brooks
Welfare Officer - Natasha Young
Congratulations to you all!
Data for the academic year 2013/14 has recently been published which allows colleges to compare their results with others around the country.
This data now ranks BCoT 6th for Level 3 qualification results achieved by 16-18 year olds and 7th for Level 3 results for all age groups. Out of 218 GFE (General Further Education) Colleges in the country, these results put BCoT into the top 3% for 16-18 year olds and the top 3% for learners of all ages.
The comparable 2012/13 data had already placed BCoT 9th for ages 16-18 Level 3s and 14th for all ages.
Some curriculum areas are also highlighted for noteworthy results, with Business ranked 4th out of 218 colleges; Leisure, Travel & Tourism placing 4th out of 213 colleges and ICT ranked 10th out of 217 colleges. The College is also ranked joint 1st for Education & Training results and 4th for Languages, Literature and Culture.
Based on the National Success Rate tables 2013/14 for General FE and Tertiary Colleges in England.
We're hosting a car boot sale - come along and grab a bargain!
Sunday 31st May
8.30am – 1pm
(set up for sellers from 7.30am)
Want to come along and sell?
Please book your pitch in advance with Richard on 01256 306359 or firstname.lastname@example.org
£5 for a standard family car or £8 for a van
Want to come along and buy?
Just pop along!
Entry fee – 50p per adult, children get in free
Refreshments will be available - ice cream, burgers & BBQ!
BCoT students support Silk Mill Bi-Centenary
Students on BCoT's Textiles for Fashion degree programme have been working on a project to help celebrate Whitchurch Silk Mill's 200th birthday by contributing to a special exhibition in June at the Mill.
BCoT's student were invited to design a modern garment, made with silk panels from Whitchurch, to commemorate the bicentenary. Entries will be submitted during March, with the winner announced just before the College's Easter break. The winning design will then be made up and not only have pride of place in the June exhibition but will feature in a fashion show on 11th June.
Further details of the exhibition - and the winning entry - will appear here in due course.
BCoT is once again proud to host the 2015 student Art Exhibition and Fashion Shows on the following dates:
Private view for Art Exhibition 6-9pm
Private view for Fashion Show 7pm*
Fashion Shows 2pm and 7pm*
Art Exhibition open daily 10-5pm
*Fashion Show tickets (£5) please call Nichole James on 01256 306625 or email Nichole.email@example.com
Entry to the Art Exhibition is free.
Have you thought about increasing your career prospects and earning potential by studying an HNC, HND or Professional programme at BCoT?
We offer a broad range of Higher Level courses for people who want to study towards degree level, both full and part-time.
As a Further Education College, we offer a personalised learning environment with lecturers who are industry-trained and subject specialists. With smaller groups we get to know our students better and will support and challenge every learner to reach his or her full potential.
Interested? Want to find out more?
Then why not come along to our Open Evening from 4.30-7.00 pm when you’ll have the chance to chat to teaching staff about the courses you are interested in, including:
AAT and ACCA Financial courses
Level 4 Fashion Retail
Level 4 Hair and Beauty Management
Level 4 Management in Hospitality
HNC Computer Science
HNC Sport and Public Services
Level 3 Award, L4 Certificate, L5 Diploma in Education and Training
For more information on the evening, please call Nicole Boakes on 01256 306388.
Fancy trying your hand at something new? Why not try a part-time course at BCoT?
Our enrolment evening takes place on Wednesday 1st July 5-8pm, no need to book.
If you are thinking of learning a new skill for enjoyment or want to develop your employment prospects, then come along and talk to us about the extensive range of courses available at BCoT.
We also have a 10% early bird discount on tuition fees available for those who enrol and pay in full in July, so get in quick to save!
To find out more, please call our team on 01256 306484.