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  • 24 Feb 2016Princes Trust xl programme

    The Prince's Trust has helped more than 825,000 young people since 1976.  Could they help you?

    BCoT are delighted to have been approved to run the Prince's Trust 'xl programme' and we are planning our first group to start on 24 February 2016.

    The Level 1 programme will run until the summer with the intention of helping students into a further course, Apprenticeship or employment after that.

    To apply, please contact our Admissions Team for an application form: admissions@bcot.ac.uk or call 01256 306679.

    All applicants will have a one-to-one interview with the tutor team before starting the course.

    Further course details will appear here shortly.

  • 09 Feb 2016Are you an employer looking to hire an Apprentice?

    BCoT Apprenticeship Open Day Monday 7th March 2016

    In conjunction with National Apprenticeship Week 2016, BCoT is hosting an event to bring together employers and young people in the region. Employers will have the opportunity to promote their business and find out how Apprenticeships are benefiting companies and individuals throughout the UK.  

    The Open Day offers the following opportunities to employers:

    Promote upcoming Apprenticeship vacancies directly to motivated young people

    Learn more about the Apprenticeship funding and grants available to you

    Showcase your company and your current apprentice/s (as exhibitors)

    Hear why every business needs an apprentice

    Share good practice with other employers

    Middlesex Group in Basingstoke have been training Apprentices for over 70 years. They currently employ nine young people, who have the opportunity to train right up to degree level if they choose. One of these Apprentices is Chris Page:

    “After school I went to college to study A levels but straight away knew this just wasn’t for me. I looked into careers in Engineering and saw that it was a growing market which had a real shortage of skilled, qualified workers. The career opportunities looked really interesting, so when the BCoT for Business team put me in touch with Middlesex Group to discuss Apprenticeship opportunities I was really pleased. 

    “As soon as I chatted to Roger Rustell, who runs the Apprenticeship programmes at Middlesex, I knew it was where I wanted my career to begin. I’ve now been with the company for over two years and to say that it has exceeded all my expectations is no exaggeration. The support I have received from Roger as my mentor has been amazing. I have already learned so much and I am challenged every day.” 

    The three year Engineering Apprenticeships at Middlesex Group are designed from the bottom up, ensuring Apprentices have the opportunity to learn a diverse range of skills across the board. The company have recently introduced the Apprenticeship Plus scheme which allows individuals to carry on learning right up to degree level if they choose. Roger explained how it works. 

    “Apprenticeship Plus ensures our Apprentices have the chance to continue their training and development after their three year Apprenticeship has ended.  They can learn in more detail how every machine on the shop floor works so they can be promoted to Manager level in the future. We believe it is so important to nurture young talent and allow individuals to develop their skills and knowledge as much as they want to – there are no limits with us.” 

    Chris acknowledges the company’s commitment to its Apprentices and says it results in a real sense of loyalty amongst staff. 

    “I feel so grateful to Middlesex for giving me this amazing platform to start my Engineering career. I can’t believe that at 19 I have a well-paid job with great career prospects and I’m able to save for my first house. I’d like to think I could go on and be educated to degree level and have no debt at the end of this – that really would be an achievement.” 

    Paul Foulds, Managing Director, Middlesex Group added:

    “Apprenticeships are part of our culture at Middlesex Group.  It would be inconceivable not to have any in our company. We aim to support our Apprentices right up to degree level if that’s where they want to go. This gives them the platform and foundation to grow into successful Engineers.

    Maria Miller, MP for Basingstoke said: 

    “Anthony Bravo and his team have worked hard to make sure Apprenticeships in Basingstoke work for Apprentices and employers. It is very encouraging to see such strong support from so many local employers. Businesses have demonstrated that Apprentices are good for business and provide critical skills in their future workforce. Basingstoke is a centre for excellence for Apprenticeships and I would encourage students to look at the wide range of opportunities available to them.”

    If you are an employer and would like to take part in the BCoT Apprenticeship Open Day, please call Sally Claughton on 01256 306451 or email sally.claughton@bcot.ac.uk

  • 03 Feb 2016Competition success for BCoT lecturer

    Health Care and Early Years lecturer Marc Thompson, reached the semi-finals of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu European Championships last month.

    Marc was chosen by the UKBJJA (UK Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association) to fight in the championship and reached the lightweight semi-finals, losing to the eventual winner from Spain. 

    The championships, which took place in Lisbon in Portugal, spanned over the course of six days, with 3,500 fighters competing. Marc fought in the lightweight category alongside 124 other competitors, none of whom were from the UK.

    During the Championship, Marc also won two bronze medals in the Masters 4 Lightweight and Open Weight competitions.

    This was the first European Championship Marc has competed in, and he said:

    “I was still working the whole time whilst training for the event, it was tough but I felt physically ready for the competition. After winning the British Championships last April, I knew it was the right time to step up and fight at this level.

    Overall, it was an experience that I will never forget and it has motivated me to stay competing in a sport that I love.” 

     

     

     

  • 28 Jan 2016Sponsorship for Automotive Student

    BCoT Level 3 Motorsport student, Tom Knill, has agreed a sponsorship deal with the College as he prepares to race in next year’s Fun Cup.

    The competition is an endurance series that was launched in 2002 to provide a step into Motorsport and provide good, fun racing for all competitors. Tom will be the first ever BCoT student to take part in the series.

    The track list for the Fun Cup is as follows:

    - Silverstone, UK

    - Snetterton, UK 

    - Brands Hatch, UK

    - Oulton Park, UK

    - Anglesey, UK

    - Spa, Belgium (25 hour race)

    Tom, who has been racing since the age of eight, is spending this year training as he gets ready to compete in his first European competition. 

    He will be racing in a Volkswagen Beetle and sharing the car with two other drivers from his team, leaving at least 1/3 of the car up for sponsorship promotion.

    “I cannot thank the College enough for this sponsorship. I will be putting the money towards my testing in the car, along with my ARDS test, which will give me my license to race.”

    He then added:

    “I have only been at BCoT since September and I have already learnt so much. The environment is really welcoming and my lecturers and are always there to help, I am loving it!” 

  • 22 Jan 2016Autosport Show 2016 Day Out

    BCoT Motorsport and Automotive students enjoyed an away-day recently as they visited the Autosport Show 2016 at the NEC Birmingham.

    The show featured all levels of racing from go-karting to Formula 1, as well as showcasing a wide range of new motorsport engineering technologies.

    The students had around four hours at the show, which allowed them to explore the exhibition and speak to the many industry professionals to expand their knowledge of the world of motorsport.

    Automotive Lecturer, Oliver Bowden said:

    “I think it was a real eye-opener for some of them to see how cutting-edge the engineering and technology display was. They also had the opportunity to speak to the drivers, businesses and Universities there about the many directions a career in motorsport could take them.”

    If you would like to see pictures from the event, visit our Social Media:

    Twitter - @bcot

    Facebook – Basingstoke College of Technology 


Events

  • 05 Mar 2016Mayor's Charity Concert

    In aid of the Mayor's Charity Appeal, this special night of jazz and soul at The Anvil will star the fabulous Clive Fortune Big Band and local soul singer Natasha Watts.

    Tickets cost £15 and can be purchased from The Anvil Box Office on 01256 844244

  • 07 Mar 2016Apprenticeships Event

    We are delighted to be hosting another Apprenticeships Event on 7th March 2016, 4-7.30pm.

    Held in the run-up to National Apprenticeship Week (14-18 March), this will be an opportunity for young people, parents and employers to come along and find out more.  Visitors will be able to register a few weeks in advance if they wish to.

     

    We would like to invite any employers who are looking to recruit an Apprentice to come along and have a free stand at this event! 

    Please contact Sally in our Business team for more details or to book your space:  sally.claughton@bcot.ac.uk or 01256 306451.

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  • 21 Mar 2016Football Trials

    Trials for those applying to join our Football Academy in September 2016

    The College is holding football trials for those who have applied for or wish to join one of our Sports courses and who want to play for the College Football Academy or the BCoT and Crystal Palace Football Education Academy.

    To book your trial place, please contact our Football Academy Coordinator, Darryl Taphouse, on: darryl.taphouse@bcot.ac.uk or call 01256 306413

    Our trial dates this year are:   

         Monday 21st March 2016, 4.30pm-6pm at Down Grange*

         Monday 25th April 2016, 4.30pm-6pm at Mays Bounty**

         Monday 23rd May 2016, 4.30pm-6pm, Mays Bounty** (invite only)

         Friday 27th May 2016, 4.30pm-6pm, Mays Bounty** (invite only)

    *Down Grange Astroturf, Pack Lane, Basingstoke RG22 5SN
    **Basingstoke Sports and Social Club, May's Bounty, Fairfields Road, Basingstoke RG21 3DR

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    Our link with Crystal Palace will bring opportunities to:

    · visit Selhurst Park and Crystal Palace FC’s training grounds.

    · meet and train with some of CPFC’s professional coaching staff.

    · be observed by CPFC scouts at selected matches

    · play against Crystal Palace FC Foundation Elite teams

    · hear about roles in professional sport first hand, both on and off the pitch.

  • 25 Apr 2016Football Trials

    Trials for those applying to join our Football Academy in September 2016

    The College is holding football trials for those who have applied for or wish to join one of our Sports courses and who want to play for the College Football Academy or the BCoT and Crystal Palace Football Education Academy.

    To book your trial place, please contact our Football Academy Coordinator, Darryl Taphouse, on: darryl.taphouse@bcot.ac.uk or call 01256 306413

    Our trial dates this year are:   

         Monday 25th April 2016, 4.30pm-6pm at Mays Bounty**

         Monday 23rd May 2016, 4.30pm-6pm, Mays Bounty** (invite only)

         Friday 27th May 2016, 4.30pm-6pm, Mays Bounty** (invite only)

    **Basingstoke Sports and Social Club, May's Bounty, Fairfields Road, Basingstoke RG21 3DR

    CPFC Foundation LOGO_CMYK.jpg

    Our link with Crystal Palace will bring opportunities to:

    · visit Selhurst Park and Crystal Palace FC’s training grounds.

    · meet and train with some of CPFC’s professional coaching staff.

    · be observed by CPFC scouts at selected matches

    · play against Crystal Palace FC Foundation Elite teams

    · hear about roles in professional sport first hand, both on and off the pitch.

  • 16 May 2016Open Evening

    Come 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 our subsidised travel programme.

     Further details will appear here nearer the time.

    College Entrance


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