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  • 19 Dec 2016Student set to fight in European Championships

    An ambitious and determined Public Services student is set to fight in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu European Championships in Lisbon, Portugal in February 2017.

    Rosie Clarke, who started the martial art two years ago with the aim to raise the profile of women’s Jui-Jitsu, had no idea she was going to become so addicted to the sport she now loves.

    “I was 14 when I started and due to the lack of female interest at the time, I found myself grappling with grown men in the adult’s class. Although at the time it was tough, I think this experience has contributed to my success as I have always pushed myself to the limit.”

    Rosie has experienced significant success since starting, winning the English Championships and medalling at the British, as well as becoming the Junior European Champion and taking home silverware from other competitions. In this time, Rosie has also gained a sponsor: Scramble, a top clothing and equipment brand in the industry.

    In the run up to the event, BCoT has offered to help fund Rosie in fulfilling her dream of competing at the Championships.

    “It is only right that we support her in any way we can,” said Course Director, James Booty. “She is an exceptional individual who has ambition to be successful and I wish her the best of luck.”

    Excited to take part, Rosie is appreciative for all the support BCoT has given her and cannot wait to fight against Europe’s best.

    “Without the funding support from BCoT, I would have struggled to make it to the event, so I am so grateful for their kindness. I have been training hard recently, trying to make sure I am in good shape for the event – I am there to win.”

  • 16 Dec 2016BCoT shortlisted for national Award

    BCoT in line for top award for use of technology in teaching.

    Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) has had the quality of its use of technology in the classroom acknowledged by being shortlisted for a prestigious award by the Times Educational Supplement in its annual awards for 2016.

    BCoT is one of eight colleges to be nominated for the award of “Outstanding use of technology for improving teaching, learning and assessment” in these esteemed awards which acknowledge outstanding achievements in Further Education. BCoT’s entry focused on its leading work in using blended learning in the classroom which combines face to face interaction with students and online technology and apps. The College is also part of a county wide initiative to train Digital Apprentices who are at the forefront of designing e-learning solutions that enhance the students’ experience and support higher levels of achievement.

    Principal, Anthony Bravo, feels strongly that a college of technology should be championing the use of technology to constantly improve the learning experience for students. He said: “The pace of change in communications technology today is incredible. At BCoT, we have already found that embracing these technologies has many benefits – from widening participation and engagement with all learners to giving tutors additional means to monitor a student’s progress.”

    He continued: “As a college that focuses on the development of advanced technical skills – we are training the entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers of the future in a world where technology underpins all industries. Our students leave BCoT prepared for university and employment with technology skills that give them a real head start in the world.”

    The TES (Times Education Supplement) Further Education Awards are now in their sixth year and celebrate the dedication of leading colleges, providers, teams and individual staff. A record number of entries were received for the fourteen award categories this year, giving the judges a really challenging task to narrow them down to a short list.

    Apprenticeships and skills minister Robert Halfon, who will be attending the Awards ceremony, described all the short-listed entrants as the ‘champions’ of further education. He said: “Further education is one of the most important tools we have to give millions of people the education, skills and jobs for the future. That’s why it’s important to celebrate our FE sector, and the excellent work that is going on in colleges across England delivering quality training.

    “Congratulations to everyone up for an award at the TES FE Awards 2017. You are champions of further education and play a vital role in ensuring that people of all backgrounds get on the ladder of opportunity to fulfil their potential. Thank you also to TES for making these awards such a success.”

    All those shortlisted are invited to a glittering ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel in London’s Park Lane on 24 February, when the overall winners will be announced.

    To read Anthony Bravo’s recent editorial pieces on the use of technology in education, please select the links below:



  • 12 Dec 2016Coming soon! Construction Apprenticeship Event


    Construction Apprenticeships Open Evening – Coming in February 2017!

    Are you thinking about an Apprenticeship in the Construction industry?

    In February we will be holding an information evening at Alton College where you’ll be able to find out about the new and exciting range of Apprenticeship opportunities starting in September at the Bordon Skills Centre.

    At this special event, you’ll be able to:

    . Talk to employers including Barratt Homes and Taylor Wimpey about training opportunities

    Chat to industry-trained teaching staff

    Get advice and guidance from BCoT’s dedicated Apprenticeship team

    Apply on the night

    The date will be confirmed shortly, but if you would like more information, please email Nicole.boakes@bcot.ac.uk or call 01256 306392.

    To find out more about Bordon Skills Centre and the courses and apprenticeships available, please click here


  • 07 Dec 2016Vintage boutique wins 'Best Small Business'

    A quirky vintage boutique has been voted ‘Best Small Business’ by the shoppers of Basingstoke as part of the national ‘Small Business Saturday’ (SBS) UK Campaign. 

    Vintage Treasures, which is owned by Victoria Arrowsmith, won the coveted title, along with Trilbys Hairdressers and Barbers. Shoppers were asked to vote for their favourite independent shop and over 500 votes were cast for 60 businesses.

    “We are overwhelmed with the support and encouragement from our customers,” said Victoria. “So many contacted us to say they had voted! We have worked really hard to provide a high level of customer service and offer a unique shopping experience to local people - it means a lot to us that this effort is acknowledged by our customers.”

    Vintage Treasures is situated in Church Street, Basingstoke and is a stylish, individual vintage boutique stocking an eclectic range of genuine vintage clothing, as well as superb quality reproduction vintage dresses. All their stock is hand-picked by Victoria and her team from genuine vintage outlets from around the world.  With help from her mother, Victoria began her business predominantly online until she was approached by the BCoT over two years ago and asked to run the shop in partnership with them. “This was an excellent opportunity to expand my business and at the same time give students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in an independent business,” said Victoria.

    During Small Business Saturday (SBS) Vintage Treasures offered customers a 10% discount off all stock as a thank you for their continued support and loyalty. “We are proud to have a growing customer base of local people who are looking for that special place to shop,” said Victoria. “When they walk through our doors, shoppers know they will find a fantastic selection of vintage inspired clothing which will flatter all shapes and can be worn at any occasion. It’s great to know we are getting it right and we are thrilled with this award!”

    Vintage Treasures

    Victoria Arrowsmith (right) and her mum Angie in Vintage Treasures. Photo credit Blaire Rowland.


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