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  • 23 Sep 2016Bike Workshop for students

    BCoT recently held a bike maintenance workshop in conjunction with Festival Place and the Community Furniture Project for Basingstoke Green Week (17th-26th September). 

    Both current BCoT students and members of the public attended the event; eager to learn how to maintain and fix bikes, using recycled parts. The bikes used were donated by Festival Place and given away to the attendees at the end of the workshop. 

    Owen, who is a mentor at the Community Furniture Project, helped run the event. 

    “The event promoted a great opportunity for people to learn how to maintain and fix their bikes, which will save them money in the long run. It has also taught them an extra skill and the ability to identify a road safe bike.”

    The Community Furniture Project is a local charity who promote the re-use of furniture, household goods and electrical items at low cost to people in Basingstoke, Newbury and the surrounding towns and villages.

     

  • 22 Sep 2016Freshers' Fair to welcome students

    Members of BCoT’s Student Union (SU) team, together with staff and local businesses joined forces to welcome new students at the College’s Freshers’ Fair.

    The event was held to show students the activities they can get involved in both at the College, and in the local community.  It was organised by Rebecca Ellis from BCoT’s Student Support team. She was delighted with how many students came along and how enthusiastic they were too, adding:

    “We organise Freshers’ Fair to welcome our students to the College and let them know of the many ways they can get involved in the BCoT community. It’s not just about the learning; it’s also about meeting new friends, seizing opportunities and making the most of your time here.”

     

  • 22 Sep 2016Good News Story of the Week

    Good News Story of the Week - Danielle Boncey

    “I joined BCoT thanks to the great impression left on me at an Open Evening and now I am a member of staff, I couldn’t be happier,” says former student, Danielle.    

    Joining the College as a mature learner, she studied Level 2 Culinary Skills, before completing Level 3 in Professional Cookery.

    Priding herself on her ability to organise events and create exquisite baked goods, Danielle has always been passionate about the Hospitality industry.

    “I have a number of years’ experience in the industry as I used to work in Safari Hotels in Mauritius, Zambia and Zimbabwe, where I grew up. My family and I made the move to the UK fourteen years ago – where my first job was serving at the Wellington Arms in Stratfield Turgis.”

    Danielle’s natural talent and refreshing approach to tasks was noticed mid-way through her Level 3 course, as she was approached by her lecturer asking if she wanted to take up the event catering role at the College.

    “When asked, I was ecstatic; unemployed at the time, I instantly said yes and got going,” said Danielle.

    The role deals with catering for external events, such as hosting tea parties and various celebrations throughout the year. In addition to this, the College have a contract to supply all event catering to the Mayor’s Office of Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council, which includes everything from light buffets to three course meals.

    Excited for her future, Danielle cannot wait to work with the new learners.

    “I am finally back doing something I enjoy. I cannot wait to involve the students and help to develop event catering and the Restaurant at BCoT and build on the great reputation both have.”

    Danielle believes joining the College was one of the best decisions she has ever made. 

    “At first I was nervous because of the age gap between myself and the other students. Despite this, everyone was so welcoming and I bonded well with my fellow learners, making many friends and gaining lots of transferable skills,” said Danielle. “No matter what age you are, you can always go back into education and BCoT is a great place to do that.” 

  • 21 Sep 2016A shared approach to training

    Shared Apprenticeship Schemes are just one way in which the finishes and interiors sector is boosting skills and training. FIS is working with SECBE Leaders in Construction, a not-for-profit training provider, to facilitate take-up of CITB-sponsored apprenticeship schemes for its members. Julian Carter, a director at SECBE, speaks to one FIS member to find out about their experiences.

    Click here to read the full article. 

  • 16 Sep 2016Principal attends a BASP Visioning event

    Principal Anthony Bravo is the Chair of the Basingstoke Area Strategic Partnership. On 30 June 2016, 70 representatives from 30 organisations providing services in the borough met to hear about some of the key developments planned for the borough and to share their views on how together, we can ensure Basingstoke remains a great place to live and work. Clink the link below to read more:

    http://basp.basingstoke.gov.uk/rte.aspx?id=13

     


Events

  • 03 Oct 2016Parent Welcome Evenings

    We will be holding our Welcome Evenings for new parents on the 3rd and 4th of October between 5:30-7pm. 

    During the evenings there will be presentations from the Principal and other key staff which will explain the support we offer to students and our expectations of them. Parents will also be given instructions on how to use our on-line Parent Portal to access information about their son or daughter's progress. As well as this, parents will be able to meet the staff who will be teaching their son or daughter.

    Dates and times for all departments are as follows: 

    Monday 3rd October, 5:30pm start

    • Beauty & Media Make-Up
    • Hair & Barbering 
    • Early Years & Childcare 
    • Health Care
    • Hospitality & Catering 

    Monday 3rd October, 7:00pm start

    • Animal Management
    • Automotive 
    • Engineering
    • Applied Sciences

    Tuesday 4th October, 5:30pm start

    • Business
    • Retail
    • Travel & Tourism
    • Construction
    • Public Services 
    • Sport 

    Tuesday 4th October, 7:00pm start

    • Art & Design
    • Computer Science 
    • Media & Music 
    • English & Maths 
    • Future Pathways

     A letter with more specific details is to be sent out in early September.

  • 06 Oct 2016Access to HE Art Taster Morning

    Thinking about university but need a 'leg up' to help you get there?

    Come along to our FREE Taster morning for Access to HE Art & Design on Thursday 6th October between 9:30-12:30pm. 

    Our Access to HE Art & Design course offers an exciting opportunity to explore the world of art and design. Our extensive workshops will give you the opportunity to experience processes such as:

    • Painting
    • Printmaking
    • Ceramics
    • Casting and mould making
    • Wood and metal construction
    • Laser cutting and print
    • Knit and weave

    Within this broad based course we will also offer opportunities in the areas of Fashion, Three dimensional design, Fine art, Graphics and Photography.

    The course starts 31st October 2016 and will run until July 2017: please click here to read the course sheet.

    To book your place on our free taster, please contact Alison Hedges on alison.hedges@bcot.ac.uk or 01256 306663.

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  • 13 Oct 2016Thinking of studying part-time?

     

     

    Are you thinking of studying part-time? 

    Come along to our event on Thursday 13th October between 5-7pm to find out all about part-time, evening classes and higher education courses starting in November and January.

    At the event you will be able to speak to all of our departments, as well as Welfare, Support and Careers and Progression. 

    Outside college

  • 17 Oct 2016Open Evening

    Come along to our Open Evening from 4.30-7.30pm where you can look around the College, chat to staff and students, find out more about the courses on offer and learn more about our subsidised travel.

    This is also a chance for you to see the department in action and get a real feel for the course you are interested in!

    What's happening?

    - Creepy crawly handling with Animal Management,

    - Heat press experiments with Art & Design,

    - Forensic analysis of clothing and fingerpinting analysis with Sciences,

    - Watch our Autosport students race prep' one of our racing cars,

    and much more!

    Click here to pre-register for this event

     

    We will also be holding Open Events on:

    Saturday 12th November  2016, 10.30am-12.30

    Monday 15th May 2017, 4.30-7.00pm

     

    And Apprenticeship evenings, for you to meet potential employers, on:

    Monday 13th March 2017,  4.30-7.30pm

    Monday 19th June 2017, 4.30-7.30pm

     

     If you can't make this date, there are lots of other opportunites to visit us; click here for details.

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  • 12 Nov 2016Open Day

    Come along to our Open Day from 10.30am-12:30pm where you can look around the College, chat to staff and students, find out more about the courses you are interested in and learn about our subsidised travel. 

    At this event you will be able to view the facilities, meet our industry-trained tutors and talk to current students about what life is really like at BCoT. There will be lots of interactive activities taking place across the College, giving you the chance to see some of the things our students do on their courses. Our Apprenticeships team will also be on hand to answer all your questions.

     

    A link to pre-register for this event will appear here nearer the time but advanced booking is not essential.

     

    If you can't make this date, there are lots of other opportunites to visit us; click here for details.

     

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