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  • 10 Sep 2014New Animal Management Centre now open

    An Animal Management Discovery Centre has now opened at BCoT offering new and improved learning facilities for students. 

    With courses in Animal Management becoming increasingly popular, the College has responded to student demand by investing in new-build facilities and refurbishing the existing unit.  The new areas feature zoo-style exhibits in the STEM building foyer including a 2500 litre marine aquarium; the Piranhas also have a new home in a purpose-built amazon exhibit in the aquatic room.  The old Animal House has become a creepy crawly room, a specialist reptile and amphibian room and a pet shop room for the mammal collection.  

    “We are all very excited about the new facilities and the opportunities these will bring to the students,” says Matthew Simonds, lecturer in Animal Management at BCoT.  “We also have a brand new outside area which includes aviaries, ferrets, rabbit runs and a mini wildlife rehabilitation area to house injured hedgehogs that are not able to be released back into the wild,” adds Matthew. 

    Within the new BCoT gardens, there is also a wild bird garden and new ecological projects including beekeeping. 

    As a result of the new facilities, the Animal Management department at BCoT are now able to accommodate twice the number of existing animals, and to a higher welfare standard. Students will gain an increasing amount of practical experience at college, whilst still working with off-site partners at Birdworld, 4 Kingdoms Adventure Park and Mill Cottage Farm Experience. 

    “As a result of the new facilities, we can now increase practical activities for our students and focus on vocational scenarios and work experience within the Animal Management industry, such as retail (Pet Shops) and Zoological exhibits (Exotics and Marine collections).  We believe our students will really benefit from these new learning areas and we hope to set the standard for other vocational colleges,” said Matthew.

     

  • 08 Sep 2014Apprentice recruitment

    BCoT currently have Apprenticeship vacancies to fill and we want to hear from you!

    We are recruiting for the following positions:

      Hairdressing Apprentices for salons in Basingtoke, Newbury, Winchester, Hook and Thatcham

      Barbering Apprenticeships in Basingstoke and Woking

      Creative Digital Apprentice in Deepcut

      Business and Procurement Apprentices in Basingstoke

      Plus Accountancy Apprenticeships coming soon!

    Employers regularly get in touch with us if they want to recruit an Apprentice so this list will frequently be updated with new opportunities.

     

    Interested?   E-mail us your CV today on business@bcot.ac.uk

     

    To find out more…

        Link to the national Apprenticeships website

        Find out more about Apprenticeships at BCoT by clicking here.

     

    Employers?  Click here for more details of how BCoT can help you recruit an Apprentice.

  • 08 Sep 2014Lenovo Technology donate laptops to students

    Lenovo Technology UK Ltd has donated a number of laptops to the Young Enterprise programme’s North Hampshire region which will benefit students at BCoT.

    To read more about Lenovo's generous donation, please click on the link below.  This article appeared in the Basingstoke Gazette on 6 September 2014.

    http://www.basingstokegazette.co.uk/news/11456819.BCoT_students_will_benefit_from_laptop_donation/?ref=var_0

     

  • 05 Sep 2014Ice Bucket Challenge

    BCoT Principal Anthony Bravo accepted the Ice Bucket challenge on Friday, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

    With three members of the College Students' Union team and Barry Bridges from our Estates Supervisors, the intrepid challengers faced several (champagne!) buckets of iced water.

    Anthony nominated three people to take the challenge next: BCoT Deputy Principal, David Moir, Gary Livingstone, BCoT Governor and Managing Director of LG Motion, and Rafi from Centerprise Basingstoke.  He gave them one week to complete the challenge "because they are all busy people!"

    If you'd like to support Anthony's efforts, please visit his JustGiving page to donate.

    (If you'd like to watch the video, visit our YouTube channel here or read our coverage in the Basingstoke Gazette here!)

  • 04 Sep 2014WBTC sponsor BTEC Level 3 Engineering courses

    WBTC (West Berkshire Training Consortium) are working in partnership with BCoT to sponsor all BTEC Level 3 Engineering full-time courses at the College. WBTC is a longstanding provider of training for a wide range of Apprenticeship programmes.  They also offer commercial training for employers. Sponsoring the Engineering scheme at BCoT is an investment in the future development of engineering and will allow students to develop their skills and gain qualifications to HNC/HND and on to degree level. 

    The sponsorship scheme is aimed at entry level students who wish to pursue a career in Engineering and is a move away from the traditional post-graduate selection process that many companies adopt.  Engineering students will then progress into employment or further their development through an Engineering Apprenticeship.

    Christian Clifford-Jones, Head of Engineering at BCoT said of the partnership:

    “WBTC is a fantastic supporter of apprenticeships in the community.  They work hand-in-hand with us at BCoT to provide an outstanding apprenticeship framework for both the technical certificate and NVQ programmes. 

    “Recently, engineering and manufacturing companies have struggled to recruit qualified, skilled engineers because of the skills shortage. This sponsorship recognises the need to train and develop the next generation of engineers.  At the end of their training, the apprentices will be fully qualified engineers with highly successful and well paid careers ahead of them.”

    Matt Garvey, Managing Director of WBTC added:

    “We have worked with BCoT for over 15 years in the delivering of Engineering Apprenticeships and we recognise it as one of the most outstanding colleges in the region. Many people in West Berkshire commute to work or study Basingstoke or vice versa so there are strong links between the two areas. This collaboration means that young people will be offered the highest quality training as apprentices and employers will benefit from a highly skilled workforce. I am personally delighted to be sponsoring BCoT full time students, many of whom will progress into Apprenticeships here in West Berkshire and neighbouring areas.”


Events

  • 29 Sep 2014New Parent Welcome and Induction Evening

    Parents and guardians of new students are invited to the College on Monday 29th September from 5.30-8.00pm.  During the evening you will have the chance to hear from our Principal, find out about our ‘Parent Portal’ information site and have a one-to-one meeting with a course tutor. 

    Meetings with course tutors are by appointment only and you will receive a letter with details of how to book a time which suits you.

    The Principal and Parent Portal presentations will take place several times during the evening so you can drop in to the most convenient session for you.  

    For more information please call 01256 354141.

  • 13 Oct 2014Open Evening

    success 2014Come along to our Open Evening from 4.00-7.30pm where you can look around the College, chat to staff and students and find out more about the courses you are interested in.

    The evening is also the chance for you to learn more about A levels and our subsidised travel programme.

    To book your place at the Open Evening, please click here

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  • 15 Nov 2014Open Day

    success 2014Come along to our Open Day from 10.30am-1.00pm where you can look around the College, chat to staff and students and find out more about the courses you are interested in.

    This is also a chance for you to learn more about A levels and our subsidised travel programme.

     

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  • 09 Mar 2015Open Evening

    success 2014Come along to our Open Evening from 4.00-7.30pm where you can look around the College, chat to staff and students and find out more about the courses you are interested in. 

    This is a chance for you to learn more about A levels and our subsidised travel programme.

    This event will also be promoting National Apprenticeships Week.

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  • 18 May 2015Open Evening

    success 2014Come along to our Open Evening from 4.00-7.30pm where you can look around the College, chat to staff and students and find out more about the courses you are interested in.

    This is also a chance for you to learn more about A levels and our subsidised travel programme.

     

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