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COMMUNITY COURSES

City of Wolverhampton College • www.wolvcoll.ac.uk

Learn • Achieve • Succeed

STUDENT HUB

Issue 6 • June 2013

FREE Courses FREE Travel Pass FREE Lunch FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Childcare, Course Equipment, Printing & Stationery * subject to eligibility criteria. T&Cs apply. See page 4 for details.

APPLY THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER See back page for dates and times or visit www.wolvcoll.ac.uk

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Are you aged 15 or 16? Did you know that from September you will need to keep on learning by staying in education or training until you are 17? This doesn’t mean you have to stay on at school. There are lots of options out there for you – and City of Wolverhampton College can help you make the decision that’s right for you. At 16 you can choose to:

Remain in full-time education at school or college Staying in education means you can gain the qualifications you need to impress future employers and get the job you have always dreamed of. At City of Wolverhampton we offer a range of courses to set you on your way, from traditional A Levels to more handson courses like Motor Vehicle, Engineering, Travel and Sport.You can learn the skills you need to become a hairdresser, a chef, a travel agent or a football coach and deal with real paying customers in our very own To talk about hair and beauty salons, the best route restaurant, travel shop and sports centre!

for you, give us a call on 01902 836000

Become an Apprentice

Get a job

An Apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go. Employers really value Apprenticeships. They give you recognised skills and are a basis for rapid career progression.You’ll feel the rewards in your pocket too. An average Apprentice’s wage is £170 per week, and people with an Advanced Level Apprenticeship earn, on average, over £100,000 more than those without over the course of their career. We offer a wide Apprenticeship programme and each year help hundreds of Apprentices to enhance their job skills and knowledge in a range of areas, from Accountancy and IT to Construction and Creative Industries.

Getting a job after leaving school is a great next step. However, the evidence is clear that if you want to work, the best thing for your future is to do some further training or study as well. As part of the new rules you will be able to work full time if you want to - or volunteer full-time or set up your own business - as long as you also undertake parttime learning. We offer a range of part-time courses designed to fit in with you, with study options to suit your lifestyle and help you cope with competing demands. From football coaching and referee courses to qualifications in hair and beauty, or trades such as bricklaying, carpentry or plumbing, we are sure to have a part-time course to help you succeed in your chosen career.

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Large print, taped, CD-Rom and braille versions of this publication are available upon request. If you would like a copy of the prospectus in a language other than English we have access to translating facilities. Please contact us on 01902 836000.

3 Disclaimer The information in this guide was accurate at the time of its publication. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, it is often necessary to amend course details.While we take every care to ensure that the information is as accurate as possible, we reserve the right to close or not run classes if enrolment numbers are not educationally or economically viable.

THE STUDENT HUB - financial support........................ 4 24+ LEARNING LOAN................................................. 5 A LEVELS.................................................................... 6 APPRENTICESHIPS..................................................... 7 BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL STUDIES........................... 8 COMMUNITY.............................................................. 9 COMPUTING & IT..................................................... 10 CONSTRUCTION....................................................... 11 CREATIVE ARTS....................................................... 12 EARLY YEARS EDUCATION ....................................... 13 EMPLOYER SERVICES................................................ 14 EMPLOYABILITY - courses for the unemployed........... 16 ENGINEERING.......................................................... 17 ENGLISH, MATHS & SCIENCE..................................... 18 ESOL........................................................................ 19 HAIR & BEAUTY....................................................... 20 HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE........................................... 21 HIGHER EDUCATION & ACCESS TO HE.........................22 HOSPITALITY & CATERING....................................... 24 MOTOR VEHICLE....................................................... 25 PRINCE’S TRUST....................................................... 26 SPORT & FITNESS..................................................... 27 TRAVEL & TOURISM.................................................. 28 UNIFORMED PUBLIC SERVICES.................................. 29 WE’RE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC..................................... 30 IMPORTANT DATES.................................................. 32


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The Student Hub is here to make student life at college easier. It is open every day to offer support and guidance to all students - past, present and new - in many specialist areas: • Applying for a course or finding out more information about a course • Financial support - course fees, travel passes, sQuid card (meal voucher), childcare, equipment and stationery costs • Careers advice • Counselling service • Additional learning support You are welcome to just drop in to the Student Hubs at Paget Road, Wellington Road or Metro One campuses or arrange an appointment. To book an appointment call 01902 836000 or email mail@wolvcoll.ac.uk

The Student Hub

We’re here to help...

Not sure you can afford to come to college? You could be eligible for financial support... What is Financial Support? Financial support is available to students who face the greatest barriers to entering, continuing and succeeding in Further Education. Depending on your age there are different types of funding available:

Aged 16-18: FREE Courses – there are no course fees if you are aged 16-18 and you could be eligible for financial support worth up to £700!

Aged 19-23 and applying to study at any level or Aged 24+ and applying to study at Level 2 or below:

If you are aged 16-18 there is also a Bursary Fund to support the most vulnerable young people to participate in and benefit from education and training after the age of 16. To be eligible for the Bursary Funding you must be either: in care, leaving care, living independently or in receipt of both ESA and DLA.

Aged 24+ and applying to study at Level 3 or above:

What financial support is on offer? The fund can offer support with: • Travel passes • sQuid Cards (meal vouchers) • Printing credit* • Stationery* • Educational visits • Non-essential equipment • Other relevant course costs * Automatically received once the application has been assessed

What financial support is on offer? The fund can offer support with: • Tuition/exam fees for part-time courses* • Travel • Childcare • Equipment** * please note this is only if you are eligible for funding (please refer to the Student Eligibility for Funding form, available from the Student Hub as there may be other routes of funding for you) ** if the course is co-funded (please refer to the Student Eligibility for Funding form, available from the Student Hub)

See opposite page for full details of the 24+ Loan Eligibility criteria apply to all funding.

Call the Student Hub on 01902 836000 for more information or visit:

www.wolvcoll.ac.uk/studenthub

Careers Guidance What next? College, Higher Education, Employment or an Apprenticeship?

Come along to see one of our Careers Guidance Team to discuss your options. Careers Advice & Guidance Staff can help you to: • Find out about courses on offer • Recognise your skills • Consider choices and options open to you • Make informed decisions about your future • Plan your next steps • Job search and prepare a CV • Prepare and apply to Higher Education • Practice job and Higher Education interviews • Compare international qualifications: UK Naric We can offer you: • An impartial guidance interview with qualified staff • An action plan agreed with you • Pre-entry, on-course and exit guidance for students • Information on learning opportunities, occupations and career development • Access to computer packages to generate ideas and help match interests and skills • Information on careers, education and training • Local and national information on college and university education - prospectuses and online To get the most from our service you should: • Think about what you want from your meeting with us • Ask as many questions as you like • Contact us again should you require further information or advice Opening times: Monday - Thursday 9.00am - 5.00pm Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm Evening appointments available on request How to find us: Staff are based in the Student Hub at Paget Road, Wellington Road & Metro One campuses THE SERVICE IS FREE, IMPARTIAL AND CONFIDENTIAL


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Did you know that if you are aged 24 or over and applying to study at Level 3 or above, you could be eligible for a student loan? Student loans have traditionally only been available to students studying at degree level, but from September 2013 the government is launching a new loan scheme to help people access the financial support they might need to study for a qualification.You do not have to start paying back your loan until you have left the course and are earning over £21,000 a year.

FAQs Do I qualify for a loan? To qualify for a loan you must: • Be aged 24 or over at the start of your course • Be resident in the UK and studying at an approved college or training organisation in England • Have not previously had a loan to do the same type and level of qualification How do I know my course is eligible for funding? Eligible courses include: • Access to HE Diploma • Level 3 Certificate or Diploma • Level 4 Certificate or Diploma • Advanced Apprenticeship or Higher Apprenticeship How long will my application take? The majority of applications submitted online should take four to five days. Other applications will be processed within two to four weeks. Can I apply for a loan for an Apprenticeship? Yes, you can take the loan for up to 50% of the Apprenticeship cost and the other 50% is paid for by your employer. When do I have to start paying back the loan? You do not have to pay back the loan until your course has finished and you are earning over £21,000 a year. If you receive a loan to study for an Access to HE course, and then move on to do a HE course, the amount outstanding on your loan for your access course will be written off once you complete your HE qualification. How do I pay back the loan? If you’re an employee your employer will work out your repayments and take them out of your salary with your tax. If you’re self employed you make repayments as part of your Self Assessment Tax Return. You can pay some or all of your loan at any time without an extra charge. Will I be able to afford the loan? Research shows that people with a Level 3 qualification or above earn more than those who are not similarly qualified. Repayments will be made at 9% of annual earnings over £21,000. This means that if you earn £22,000 a year you will have to pay back £7 a month. If you are earning £25,000 your repayments will be £30 a month.

If your earnings drop below £21,000 payments will stop. Interest on your loan will be based on inflation (Retail Price Index (RPI)). How much will the loan be for? For all eligible courses (except Apprenticeships) the loan will be up to the 100% of the cost of the training including course and material fees. This could be from £300 upwards depending on the individual course. You don’t have to borrow the full cost of your course - you can pay for some of it yourself. Do I need to apply for a loan for each year I am studying? No.You will only have to apply for one loan to cover the whole length of your course – you don’t have to reapply each year. ‘One course: one loan’. How is the loan paid? The money will be paid directly to the college once we confirm that you have attended the course for two weeks. Can I apply for more than one loan? Yes, but only after you finish your course - you can only get one loan at a time and you can’t apply for another loan to repeat the same level of a course. You can apply for up to four loans in total. What if I leave the course or want to change course? If you leave or change your course after two weeks you’ll have to pay back any money that’s been paid to the college. The interest rate will be the rate of inflation. If you want to change your course, speak to Customer Services to see if the loan can be transferred. How do I apply? You’ll be able to apply online or by post from April 2013 for courses starting between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014. To apply you will need your National Insurance Number and a form of identity eg passport or birth certificate.You will also need a conditional place offer from the college in relation to the course for which you wish to take out a loan. To apply for the course call 01902 836000 to arrange a meeting with the relevant course tutor.

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“I wanted to do A Levels but I didn’t want to stay on at school so I came to college instead. It’s very different to school there’s more freedom, the tutors treat you like adults, and you have to learn how to motivate yourself and organise your study time which is good preparation for university.” Rebecca Needham, A Level student

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Levels are nationally recognised qualifications, highly regarded by both employers and Higher Education institutions. We have an excellent record in our A Level courses with approximately 75% of our A Level students progressing to Higher Education. We aim to offer you the subject combination that best suits your plans for your future career. In your first year you will generally take three or four AS Level subjects then in the second year you will usually continue to study three subjects in depth to gain full A Level (A2) qualifications.

FREE Courses FREE Travel Pass FREE Lunch

A LEVEL COURSES: Biology, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, History, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Academic Study Skills and A2 Extended Project

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Childcare, Course Equipment, Printing & Stationery * subject to eligibility criteria. T&Cs apply. See page 4 for details.

Q. Why study A Levels? A. www.wolvcoll.ac.uk/alevels

FULL AND PART-TIME COURSES AVAILABLE,

OPEN DAYS APPLICATION WEDNESDAYS SATURDAY 15 JUNE 10am-3pm Paget Road & Wellington Road Campuses SATURDAY 22 JUNE 10am-3pm Metro One Campus

FULL-TIME COURSES | PART-TIME COURSES | TRAINING COURSES APPRENTICESHIPS | HIGHER EDUCATION | ADVICE & GUIDANCE

5 June, 3 July, 7 August 5-7pm

Paget Road, Wellington Road and Metro One Campuses CAREERS GUIDANCE | ADVICE ON COURSES | A CHANCE TO APPLY FINANCIAL SUPPORT | ASSESSMENTS | INTERVIEWS PLEASE NOTE Assessments will take a minimum of 1½ hours so please arrive at the start of the evening


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Earn while you learn! APPRENTICESHIPS A

pprenticeships are the perfect way for you to earn a salary whilst learning new skills and gaining qualifications. Apprenticeships are recognised as the gold standard for work-based training and are valued by employers as it shows that you have the necessary skills and qualifications to work in their business. The college offers a range of high quality Apprenticeships, in partnership with local employers, including: • Accountancy • Business & Administration • Construction • Creative Industries • Customer Service • Electrical

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Engineering Hairdressing & Barbering IT (Telecoms professionals) Management Motor Vehicle Plumbing Polymer Processing

Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher level. Depending on the level, you will work towards a Level 2, 3 or 4 competence qualification as well as functional skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

MEET OUR STUDENTS Studying for a part-time electrical installation course has reaped rewards for Liam Baker as he’s recently been offered an Apprenticeship with a local company specialising in domestic, industrial and commercial work. After leaving school, Liam, aged 21, did his Level 2 qualification at the college’s Wellington Road campus, and is now in the second year of the threeyear Level 3 Electrical Installation course, which he combines with working for his new employer. Liam said: “College teaches you the theory which you can put into practice at work and the skills I’ve learnt certainly helped me to get the Apprenticeship. “Because I was already doing the Level 3 course I’ve been able to go into my new job with some existing knowledge and experience which has given me more confidence.” After completing the Level 3 course Liam hopes to become a fully qualified electrician and to be working on jobs on his own within 18 months.

To find out more about Apprenticeships and earning while you are learning call 01902 317691 or visit www.wolvcoll.ac.uk/ apprenticeships

According to research carried out by the National Apprenticeship Service in 2012, Apprentices earn, on average, over £100,000 more throughout their lifetime than other employees.

, FIND OUT MORE AND APPLY...

NEXT ENROLMENT STEPS 23-30 August

Got your exam results? Get careers and course advice Call to book an appointment

See back page for details

Monday 2 September 10am–4pm Tuesday 3 September 10am–4pm Wednesday 4 September 10am–8pm Thursday 5 September 10am–8pm Friday 6 September 10am–3pm Saturday 7 September 10am–3pm

Paget Road, Wellington Road and Metro One Campuses

CONTACT US Visit www.wolvcoll.ac.uk Call us on 01902 836000

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One of the great things about business and administration is that you can work almost anywhere. With your skills, you could be working in a bank, for a record company, a concert venue or charity. What’s more, with around 70,000 young people starting new businesses in the UK each year, you could even be your own boss.

available in this subject, see page 7 for details

“The course covers all aspects of legal work including how to type up different legal documents.The IT systems are really good and the tutors are very helpful and have time to talk to us about anything we’re unsure about.” Sophia Ibi, ILEX Legal Studies Level 2 Certificate

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hether you want to work in Accounting, Administration, Customer Service, Finance, Human Resources, Sales and Marketing, or the Legal or Medical professions we have got a course to lead you to a successful career. Our courses will give you a broad understanding of your chosen area and will help you to develop the skills and the knowledge needed to work in the business. We have excellent links with local employers and you will get the opportunity to visit professional organisations to gain an insight into the way their business or service operates, as well as the opportunity to discuss career paths and future options with people already working in the profession. You won’t just learn in the classroom as we organise a range of educational trips to enable you to see how large organisations function. In the past, depending on the course, students have attended events at the NEC to gain an understanding of the organisation of large events, and visited Cadbury World to see how a large business retailer operates, whilst students studying Legal courses have visited Wolverhampton Crown Court, the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham and the Central Criminal Court (The Old Bailey) in London. What’s more, the Business Pathways programme will help FREE Courses you to progress within your chosen profession – either FREE Travel Pass to higher levels of study, FREE Lunch gaining an Apprenticeship FINANCIAL SUPPORT: or getting a job – so, Childcare, Course Equipment, whatever level you start Printing & Stationery at, and however high your * subject to eligibility criteria. ambitions, we can help you T&Cs apply. See page 4 to progress to a rewarding for details. professional future.

MEET OUR STUDENTS

Twenty-year-old Reece Jones is in his fourth year of doing courses with the college and is now studying for the Level 2 Diploma in Administration at the Paget Road campus. Reece, who achieved the Level 1 qualification last year, said: “I signed up for the course as I wanted to get skills and experience that will help me when applying for jobs in the future. “The course teaches you how to organise meetings, and use templates for letters, emails and memos, and gives you a real taste of what working in an administrative role will be like. “The course has improved my communication skills, increased my confidence and once I’ve achieved Level 2 I hope to progress to the Level 3 qualification and then look for a job in administration.”

FULL AND PART-TIME COURSES AVAILABLE,

OPEN DAYS APPLICATION WEDNESDAYS SATURDAY 15 JUNE 10am-3pm Paget Road & Wellington Road Campuses SATURDAY 22 JUNE 10am-3pm Metro One Campus

FULL-TIME COURSES | PART-TIME COURSES | TRAINING COURSES APPRENTICESHIPS | HIGHER EDUCATION | ADVICE & GUIDANCE

5 June, 3 July, 7 August 5-7pm

Paget Road, Wellington Road and Metro One Campuses CAREERS GUIDANCE | ADVICE ON COURSES | A CHANCE TO APPLY FINANCIAL SUPPORT | ASSESSMENTS | INTERVIEWS PLEASE NOTE Assessments will take a minimum of 1½ hours so please arrive at the start of the evening


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Courses are held in the following areas of the city: • Graiseley • Pendeford • Oxley/Fordhouses • Parkfields • Bilston • Whitmore Reans • East Park • Wednesfield • Low Hill/Scotlands • Penn/Merryhill • Heath Town • Bushbury

“The centre was easy to get to and it was a relaxed environment in which to learn.The tutor was great and really helpful if we were stuck on anything. She helped us to progress and encouraged quieter members of the group to take part.” Gemma Hawley, Emergency First Aid course at Eastfield Community Centre

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wide range of part-time college courses are available in different areas of Wolverhampton meaning that you can attend a course at a venue close to where you live. The courses can help you to improve your English, Maths or IT skills, give you new skills and qualifications that could help you get a job, or give you the confidence to become more active in your local community. Courses for 2013/14 include: • Certificate Level 1 Mentoring • Adult English • Adult Maths • Introduction to Care Work • Level 1 Counselling • NCFE Level 1 Mental Health Awareness • NCFE Level 1 Substance and Misuse Abuse • Certificate Food Safety in Catering • Introduction to Webpage Design • Introduction to Digital Photography • Switch onto IT (Beginners Course) • Customer Service (Retail) • Preparation for Work • Health & Social Care - Level 1 • First Aid for Child and Baby • Emergency First Aid at Work • Introduction to Beauty and Skincare • Introduction to Hairdressing • Assertiveness and Confidence Building • IOSH Working Safely • Risk Assessment • Safe Moving & Handling • COSHH Awareness

For further details contact Lorna Prosser on 01902 821929 or email prosserl@wolvcoll.ac.uk

MEET OUR STUDENTS Whilst looking for work Nicholas Banda is doing voluntary work at Gloucester Street Community Centre - and so was delighted when he found out about a two-day Working Safely course being held there. Nicholas, aged 29, signed-up for the course - which covers the basics of health and safety - to improve his knowledge and CV. Nicholas said: “The course covered the importance of health and safety, the effect of good policies and practices and the long-term importance of good health and safety for a sustainable business. “The location was very convenient and it wasn’t like learning at college. It was more like an adult education environment and very relaxed. “The tutor was excellent and as it was only a two-day course I was able to fit it around my voluntary work.”

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NEXT ENROLMENT STEPS 23-30 August

Got your exam results? Get careers and course advice Call to book an appointment

See back page for details

Monday 2 September 10am–4pm Tuesday 3 September 10am–4pm Wednesday 4 September 10am–8pm Thursday 5 September 10am–8pm Friday 6 September 10am–3pm Saturday 7 September 10am–3pm

Paget Road, Wellington Road and Metro One Campuses

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available in this subject, see page 7 for details

Over half a million new IT and Telecoms professionals are needed in the next five years, so if you want to work with cuttingedge technology, whether it is on business applications or games, this is the industry for you.

“The tutors are there to help with anything you get stuck on and the IT facilities are good. My confidence has improved as my skills have increased and I’ve got a much broader knowledge of IT programmes now – I’d certainly recommend the course.” Prakash Patel, ITQ Level 2 Certificate

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hether you’re just starting out and want to learn the basics about computers, or want to get into designing websites, writing your own games or learning how to programme – we can help you get ahead in your chosen career. Our courses are well-regarded by employers and with an IT qualification under your belt you can go on to a range of careers - past students are now working for Google, have set up their own IT companies or are working as Games Designers and Computer Technicians. Studying here you will benefit from excellent teaching from tutors with a background in the computing industry, as well as links with local employers providing realistic work experience placements and opportunities to work on real projects for them. To enhance your studies and bring learning to life you will go on educational visits to see how IT systems are used in a range of organisations. Past visits have included Bletchley Park, the birthplace of the modern computer; Disneyland Paris, to discover how computers are used to manage rides; the University of Wolverhampton to see their work on the development of the Microsoft Xbox games; and Hydrafit to observe the use of computers in an industrial setting. We offer courses on a full-time and part-time basis, Microsoft Office as well as flexible Specialist Training Courses learning options, and Word, Excel, Access, all our learners have the opportunity Outlook, PowerPoint to become a Call 01902 821200 Microsoft accredited professional. Study here and get into IT!

Ramyar Mohammed’s dream of studying Computer Science is about to turn into reality thanks to the IT courses he’s done at college. Twenty-two-year-old Ramyar moved to the UK from Kurdistan seven years ago and started off on a Level 1 IT course. Having progressed to Level 2 he is now coming to the end of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT – after which he is taking up a place at Staffordshire University to study Computer Science. Ramyar, who attends the Wellington Road campus, said: “I have learnt a lot about how to create websites, databases, graphics and games and studying has helped my English too as I couldn’t speak the language when I moved to this country. “I like the tutors and the facilities on the campus are good – there’s a nice canteen and I play for the college football team. “I would definitely recommend doing a course here.”

MEET OUR STUDENTS

FULL AND PART-TIME COURSES AVAILABLE,

OPEN DAYS APPLICATION WEDNESDAYS SATURDAY 15 JUNE 10am-3pm Paget Road & Wellington Road Campuses SATURDAY 22 JUNE 10am-3pm Metro One Campus

FULL-TIME COURSES | PART-TIME COURSES | TRAINING COURSES APPRENTICESHIPS | HIGHER EDUCATION | ADVICE & GUIDANCE

5 June, 3 July, 7 August 5-7pm

Paget Road, Wellington Road and Metro One Campuses CAREERS GUIDANCE | ADVICE ON COURSES | A CHANCE TO APPLY FINANCIAL SUPPORT | ASSESSMENTS | INTERVIEWS PLEASE NOTE Assessments will take a minimum of 1½ hours so please arrive at the start of the evening


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Working with local employers...

“I get on really well with the tutors and they are always happy to show you things as many times as you need until you understand them.” Luke Fryer, Level 2 Painting and Decorating Diploma.

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CONSTRUCTION I

f you are thinking of a career in the construction industry our Construction Innovation Centre is the ideal place to start your studies. Our new purpose-built centre offers some of the best training facilities in the region, with dedicated workshops and classrooms for Brickwork, Carpentry and Joinery, Construction Technician Studies, Painting and Decorating, Plumbing, and Mechanical Services. In addition, our Gas Assessment Centre & Gas Training facilities have a range of open-flue appliances and offer training and assessment for the latest ACS standards. You will also benefit from demonstrations of latest building products and techniques by leading companies and college partners, and become involved in cutting-edge innovation and best practice to enable you to become a leader in your chosen sector. Learn with us and build yourself a brighter future!

MEET OUR STUDENTS Scott Griffiths has always worked in the building trade but after being made redundant he knew that he would need a recognised qualification to enable him to get a job on a building site in the future. Scott, aged 43, signed-up for a 20-week part-time Level 1 Brickwork course and attends the Wellington Road campus three days-a-week to study for the qualification which covers basic bricklaying, block laying and cavity walling, building methods and safe working practices.

Scott said: “I live locally so called in to the college to see what sort of courses were on offer. “I’m really enjoying it and am more confident as I’m learning how to do things properly and getting rid of some of my bad habits! “The facilities are good and the tutors are very knowledgeable. They are happy to give you any help that’s needed and if you do something wrong they don’t criticise but show you how you could do it better next time.

“If anyone is looking for a job I’d say go out there and enrol – it gives you a chance to learn new skills and get a qualification which will help you to get a job and earn some money.” After finishing the course Scott hopes to do the Level 2 qualification which will enable him to get a job on a building site, and progress to the Level 3 course.

APPLY EARLY Courses fill up fast!

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NEXT ENROLMENT STEPS 23-30 August

Got your exam results? Get careers and course advice Call to book an appointment

See back page for details

Monday 2 September 10am–4pm Tuesday 3 September 10am–4pm Wednesday 4 September 10am–8pm Thursday 5 September 10am–8pm Friday 6 September 10am–3pm Saturday 7 September 10am–3pm

Paget Road, Wellington Road and Metro One Campuses

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“I came to college to study because if I’d done a course like this at school I would have had to do academic studies as well which I didn’t want to do. The tutors are really helpful and, as well as the course work, they also work with you to prepare for university interviews.”

The creative industries in the UK are worth more than £36 billion a year and employ 1.5 million people. According to industry figures, the creative industries account for around £1 in every £10 of the UK’s exports.

Robbie Croots, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design

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hether you have a passion for performing, a flair for fashion or dream of working in the film, television, games or music industry, we have a course to equip you for whatever part of the industry you want to go into. Whichever course you choose you will gain knowledge of what it is like to work in the creative industry and the skills and experience to prepare you for when you do. Our Creative Media students get the chance to work alongside professional film crews and experience commercial video production, whilst Music Technology students have access to our own recording studio as well as having live sound lessons at the Slade Rooms, a popular music venue in the city centre. Art and Design students benefit from the use of our own print room, 3D studios, graphics studios and photography dark rooms; and our Performing Arts students work in professional dance and performance studios with all shows taking place in a professional theatre. All of our tutors have professional experience in the creative industry and, as a member of the National Skills Academy for Creative and Culture, we have access to professionals from a range of creative sectors to enhance your learning. We have recently been awarded Arts Mark Gold status by Arts Council England for our excellent courses and links with employers and we pride ourselves on producing work-ready students equipped with the skills and knowledge to be a success in the industry. We work closely with a range of employers, freelancers and creative organisations and offer a variety of creative Apprenticeships throughout the West Midlands. With courses from Level 2 and Level 3 to Foundation Degrees and HNDs, study with us and get your creative career underway.

MEET OUR STUDENTS Eighteen-year-old Jamie-Leigh Butler has always been interested in music and is studying for the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology. Jamie-Leigh said: “I enrolled at college as there weren’t any courses like this at school. “We’re learning how to produce music and control sound in a live situation, as well as different aspects of the business such as live event management. “We also get the chance to put our skills into practice at The Slade Rooms – a live music venue in the city centre – every week which gives us experience of using equipment in a real working environment. “The tutors are really good – they build your strengths and help you with any weaknesses and also work with you to prepare for university interviews which I found very useful. “It’s a fantastic course and if you’re looking to learn the technical side of the music business it’s perfect! People think that music production is a male dominated industry but I’m proving that girls can do it too!” After finishing the course Jamie-Leigh is going to university in Birmingham to do a four-year degree in Events Management.

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5 June, 3 July, 7 August 5-7pm

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“The tutor treats us like adults and relates to us on a professional level. She’s really helpful and gives us any guidance that we need.The course backs up what I do in the classroom and has made me much more confident, and as it’s part-time it fits around the family.” Katie Ball, Level 3 Teaching Assistant

With the number of young children under the age of five set to rise to just over 3.9 million by 2018, people with an Early Years qualification are always going to be in demand – and the career possibilities are endless. With a qualification in this area you could go on to be a nursery or primary school teacher, nanny, social worker, foster carer, support worker, welfare officer or learning mentor, manage a children’s centre or even work abroad as a children’s holiday rep!

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f you want to work with children and young people, and are enthusiastic, focused and determined to succeed, we’ve got the course to get your career underway. We offer a wide range of childcare qualifications, from Level 1 to Level 3, in areas such as childcare and education, mentoring, paediatric first aid, and supporting teaching and learning in schools. Our close links with a range of employers mean that you will have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience at schools, nurseries and playgroups across the city. You will learn how to build relationships and trust with parents, while also learning how to set professional lines and barriers, and our extensive range of training DVDs will enable you to observe real children in nurseries, practice making observations and discuss findings. You will go to art galleries and parks to think about child-friendly activities and link it directly back to the curriculum you are currently studying. You will also be given the opportunity to go on campus visits, and attend childcare conferences and health fairs. We have excellent achievement rates and many of the managers of FREE Courses children’s centres and FREE Travel Pass early years workers FREE Lunch in the city are former FINANCIAL SUPPORT: students of the Childcare, Course Equipment, college. Printing & Stationery Study Early Years * subject to eligibility criteria. Education with us T&Cs apply. See page 4 and take the first steps for details. towards your future career!

MEET OUR STUDENTS Helping her children to learn to read and going on school trips with them prompted a complete career change for Katie Ball. After working as an Account Manager for 10 years, Katie had a six-year career break when her children were small and once they started school she decided to retrain as a Teaching Assistant. Katie, aged 38, who is studying for the Level 3 qualification said: “I really enjoy coming to college! It was daunting going back into education after such a long time but lots of other people on the course are in the same situation and everyone encourages each other.” After finishing her course Katie hopes to get a job as a Teaching Assistant in a primary school.

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EMPLOYER SERVICES Good for business Apprenticeships ensure your workforce have the skills and qualifications your business needs to succeed. Offering bespoke, flexible and relevant training for employers, City of Wolverhampton College is one of the Black Country’s leading employer training providers, offering a range of Apprenticeship programmes which are available to new and existing employees. Apprenticeships are a great way to train your staff on-the-job and equip them with the skills they need to improve your competitive advantage. The college also provides a free Apprenticeship Recruitment Service to support businesses with the recruitment process, ensuring only the best candidates are selected for interview. What Apprenticeships are available? • Accountancy • Business & Administration • Construction • Creative Industries • Customer Service • Electrical • Engineering • Hairdressing & Barbering • IT (Telecoms professionals) • Management • Motor Vehicle (Body & Maintenance) • Plumbing • Polymer Processing

What are Apprenticeships? Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of your business. Apprentices learn onthe-job, working alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off-thejob, Apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications, ensuring your staff are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to help you maintain your competitive advantage. You can use Apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees. The cost of an Apprenticeship depends on the age of the Apprentice - please contact the Employer Services Team for more information. The length of an Apprenticeship varies depending on prior skills levels of the Apprentice, the qualification being followed and industry sector. Generally, Apprenticeships take a minimum of nine months to complete.

“Our Apprentices make a really valuable contribution to our business and with the support of the college, are gaining the theory they need while also building up their on-the-job experience. In fact,I would put the success of our business down to our Apprentices.” Pat Wright, Owner, Cannock Road Garages in Wolverhampton

For more information and to find out how we can support your business, call 01902 836000 or visit www.wolvcoll.ac.uk/employer.

MEET OUR STUDENTS Jadine Dunning has always wanted to be a hairdresser and was determined to gain the skills she needed to achieve her ambition. After completing a Pathways programme, Jadine was offered a Hairdressing Apprenticeship and is now combining work with studying for Level 2 Barbering at the college’s training salon in Stafford Park, Telford. Jadine, aged 22, said: “I love all aspects of hair and hairdressing and really fancied barbering. “I heard that the college is the best for learning hairdressing and it is – the facilities and tutors are fantastic! Jadine, who hopes to become a stylist in the future, was named Apprentice of the Year in the college’s annual Student of the Year Awards in February and is pictured celebrating with celebrity hairdressers Nick Malenko and Royston Blythe.


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76% 80% of employers say that Apprenticeships provide higher overall productivity

of employers who employ Apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.

80% 81%

of employers feel that Apprenticeships reduce staff turnover

of consumers favour using a company which employs Apprentices.

59% 92%

of employers report that training Apprentices is more cost effective than hiring skilled staff

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67% 83%

of employers believe that their Apprenticeship programme helps them fill vacancies more quickly

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of employers report a high proportion of their Apprentices progressing to management positions within the company

When Ryan Carruthers told his Job Centre adviser that one day he hopes to open a photography studio, she suggested he should consider an administration qualification to give him skills to help him in his business in the future. Ryan applied for an Apprenticeship at Telford and Wrekin Council and is now combining his administrative job in the education catering support team with studying for an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration run by the college. Ryan’s course contains a range of mandatory and optional units and an NVQ assessor from the college visits him at work on a monthly basis to monitor his progress and check that he is performing to the required standard. Ryan said: “I’m learning so much about how to plan work, be accountable to others and communicate in a

business environment and have also gained experience of data input, producing spreadsheets and handling money. “When I started the scheme I was quite nervous but, as I’ve learnt more and become more involved in the department, my confidence has increased. “Lots of jobs ask for previous experience and that’s really difficult to get if you’ve been studying full-time, but with an Apprenticeship you can get off to a really good start. “The scheme means you gain new skills and knowledge through the course work and also get first-hand experience of putting your new skills into practice in your chosen job.” After finishing his Apprenticeship Ryan hopes to find a permanent job with the council – and of course, open his photography studio sometime in the future!

of employers who employ Apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.

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of employers who employ Apprentices rely on their Apprenticeship programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.

77% of employers believe Apprenticeships make them more competitive

Need to update your qualifications or gain new skills? Thinking about starting a career in plumbing or gas? We have the courses for you: • CCNI Plus 4 Domestic Subjects (includes training) • 1 Domestic Specialist Subject • Energy efficiency Part L • Unvented Hot Water • Gas Foundation • Water Regs • Above Ground Drainage & Rainwater Systems Training is not a pre requisite for ACS assessment

Call Debbie on 01902 821110 Email: williamsd@wolvcoll.ac.uk

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f you are looking for work but are worried you don’t have the skills employers are looking for, our short work-focused training courses can teach you new skills in just 12 weeks and increase your chances of securing a job. Courses are targeted at industries where job opportunities and vacancies are available and include Care Work, Customer Services, Fitness Instruction, Groundworks and IT. You can also get help with CV writing and interview techniques, training in key skills, and advice on careers, retraining or access courses if you are returning to studying. In the last two years we have helped over 3000 local people find employment – join one of our courses and join them!

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“If you’re unemployed I’d say definitely do a course like this as it might lead to you getting a job in the future.” Thomas Gibson, Building Maintenance course

After caring for her autistic son, 41-year-old Tracey Royal decided to put her experience to good use and become a carer so that she could help other people too. Tracey’s Employment Advisor told her about the work-focused Preparation for Work in Health and Social Care course and she had no hesitation in signing up. Tracey said: “I’d got lots of caring experience but I lacked the confidence to do anything with it – I’ve got both now, and a recognised qualification which will help me when looking for jobs in the future. “The course has been great – it covers all aspects of care work and important things like legislation and confidentiality – and the tutors are wonderful and really supportive. “I’m now doing voluntary work for a local autism charity and what I learnt on the course is really helping me to help the people I am working with. “I’d really recommend coming to college - whatever your age or ability it’s a chance to build a career for yourself. It’s been a real success for me and I can’t wait to do more!”

Jobs Fair

Friday 6 September Wellington Road Campus

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“The facilities have improved since the revamp of the workshop and the tutors have got experience in the industry so they know what they’re talking about.”

Working with local employers...

Gareth Hopton, Engineering Apprenticeship

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f you want a career in engineering, our Engineering Learning Zone will give you the skills and knowledge you need to gain well-paid employment and embark on an exciting and rewarding career in the industry. Our Engineering facilities have recently undergone a £500,000 refurbishment including the installation of industry-standard equipment including lathes, CNCs, milling machines and the latest software. We also have a specialist computer aided design suite offering the latest CAD drafting facilities including 25 computer workstations, and dedicated CAD/CAM PCs in the workshops. Our teaching team is committed to helping you reach your maximum potential and continually update their skills in new technology to make sure classes are relevant to the ever changing world of manufacturing. We work closely with major employers in the area including Jaguar Land Rover, Tallent Automotive, Defence Service Group and Goodridge, and have excellent links with the Engineering Department at the University of Wolverhampton. You will visit engineering companies to observe the practical implementation of the skills you are learning and put these into practice during work experience placements at local companies. We have an excellent record of helping students progress into employment and further education and our links with employers has led to many of our students being offered Apprenticeships with local organisations – giving them the opportunity to earn a wage while continuing to study. You can transfer onto an available Apprenticeship at any time during your course and be credited for what you’ve achieved at college. With over 90% of our students achieving their engineering qualifications, choose to learn with us and make great things happen in your future!

MEET OUR STUDENTS Eighteen-year-old Nicholas Duncombe has always had an interest in machinery and how it works and did a Level 2 qualification in Engineering at school. Nicholas saw details of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Manufacturing in the college prospectus and signed-up for the full-time course. Nicholas said: “The course is interesting and fun and I’d really recommend it! “I really enjoy welding and have learnt how to use CAD-based programmes which is my favourite bit of the course. “The new facilities and equipment in the engineering block are really good and the tutors are very helpful, patient and supportive.”

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From Engineering and Architecture to Sports Science, Accountancy, Law and IT, Maths and Science qualifications can open the door to a range of exciting, well paid jobs. They can also give you an advantage when you’re looking for a university or college place.

With a qualification in Science or Maths you could find yourself working in a variety of different roles and in some strange and exciting places, from controlling the sound at a theatre to examining wildlife in the depths of a rainforest!

People with Maths and Science skills can earn a good wage. Starting salaries for science sector jobs can be as much as £32,000 per year, putting them in the top 20% of starting salaries, while people with a Maths A Level earn around 10% more over their lifetime than those without the qualification.

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ith courses in English, Maths and Science at all levels, studying here can get your future off to a great start. We offer a wide range of qualifications whatever your level – from Level 1 Functional Skills courses in English and Maths to help you in everyday life, or pre-GCSE courses if you’re not quite ready for a GCSE, to Level 3 BTEC and A Level courses if you’re preparing for university. We have a dedicated Science Study Centre and our science labs provide a realistic workplace environment where you will be able to gain the necessary practical lab skills for progressing to university or getting a job. You will also have the opportunity to research, design, prepare and carry out your own practical experiments, attend masterclasses at local universities and participate in science-related educational visits. What’s more, our experienced lecturers will bring learning to life, provide extra help and support if you need it, and help you get the grades you need for whatever you want to do in the future. Choose to study here and look forward to a bright future!

MEET OUR STUDENTS With a passion for golf, Andrew Spooner hopes to get a place on the PGA degree course at Birmingham University. The course requires GCSE English at grade C or above, and as Andrew only got grade D when he did his exams at school, he signed up for a part-time GCSE course at the Paget Road campus. Andrew, aged 23, said: “When you’re 15 or 16 exams don’t really seem important – it’s only when your results are a barrier to what you want to do that you realise they are! “I’m more willing to learn now I’m older and because I need to do well and improve my grade I’m more prepared to work hard than when I was at school. “Studying at college is totally different to being at school and as the course is only one day-a-week I can fit it around my other day-to-day commitments.”

MEET OUR STUDENTS With a love of science, 16-year-old Aswin Jose chose to come to college to continue his education after doing his GCSEs at school. Aswin enrolled on a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Science, and is also re-taking his GCSEs in Maths and English to improve his grades. Aswin said: “I like Science and want to do well and get good grades. “The course is really good and not only am I learning lots about Science, but it is also helping to improve my English, which is my second language. “College is really different to school, you are treated differently by the tutors and I would recommend it as a good place to study.” After completing the course Aswin hopes to stay at college to do A Levels in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics and then apply to study at university.

FULL AND PART-TIME COURSES AVAILABLE,

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5 June, 3 July, 7 August 5-7pm

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“To anyone who wants to improve their English I’d say don’t be afraid to come to college to learn – it will be useful in whatever you decide to do in the future.” Ina Balode, ESOL Level 1

ESOL

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f you are not a native speaker of English but want to improve your use and understanding of the language for work, an ESOL course is just for you. Courses cover all four skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing - and will help in work, study or social situations. Courses are run at college sites and in some community locations.

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MEET OUR STUDENTS Twenty-four-year-old Carlos Rios moved to Wolverhampton from Cadiz in southern Spain six months ago. Keen to improve his English he enrolled on a one-year ESOL course to improve his speaking, reading and writing skills. Carlos said: “I couldn’t speak English very well when I came to this country and wanted to improve so that I can apply for a job in the area. “The course has definitely helped me with my communication skills. The tutor is really good and explains everything clearly and you can work at your own pace which is good. “It’s also been an opportunity to meet people from other countries and make new friends and I would really recommend it.”

Ina Balode moved to the UK from Latvia two years ago and found out about the college from friends who live in the city. Ina, who was keen to improve her English, said: “The ESOL course was exactly what I was looking for! “It has really helped me and I’m now more confident to speak to people in shops or the bank, and my reading and writing has improved too. “The tutor is excellent and really encouraging. “To anyone who wants to improve their English I’d say don’t be afraid to come to college to learn – it will be useful in whatever you decide to do in the future.”

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“I love the course! It’s a great place to study and the facilities are second-to-none. We’re lucky to have a working Spa as it gives you proper experience of treating clients before you go to work in the industry and what I’ve learnt was invaluable during my work placement at a local salon.” Rachael Travers, Level 3 Spa Diploma

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n today’s image conscious society hairdressers and beauty therapists are in huge demand with exciting career opportunities available. With a wide range of courses on offer and modern commercial training facilities - including recently refurbished hair and beauty salons and a state-of-the art Spa Academy - we’ve got everything you need to get your career underway. You will develop your skills by working with real clients in our training salons, under the supervision of specialised teaching staff, giving you the experience of working and providing treatments and services in a commercial environment as well as gaining the skills you need to work in your chosen area of the industry. FREE Courses If you are a Hairdressing FREE Travel Pass student you will train in our FREE Lunch modern salons, supported by FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Francesco Group, and if you Childcare, Course Equipment, are studying Beauty Therapy Printing & Stationery you will learn your trade at * subject to eligibility criteria. our Metro One campus in the T&Cs apply. See page 4 city centre. If you are studying for details. for a Spa Therapy qualification you will work in the Spa Academy at our Shelly Tranter (left) and Roni Wellington Road campus which boasts a Brookes met on the part-time Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and three individual treatment Level 2 Beauty course and get on so well that they are planning to set up a rooms. business together. Our students take part in local community events and The enterprising pair attend the Metro One campus two evenings fashion shows, as well as national competitions. Recent each week and, once qualified, hope successes include Hairdressing students scooping first, to set up a mobile business offering second and third place in the second year college category treatments in the evening and at weekends. of the Francesco Photographic Competition, and Spa Shelly, aged 23, said: “I’ve always been interested in beauty and wanted students picking up gold, silver and bronze awards in a course that I could do alongside my Advanced Beauty Therapy in the regional heats of the UK day job. “I like learning by doing and World Skills Competition. because the majority of the course is Study with us and treat yourself to a beautiful career! practical it’s ideal for me.

“It’s a good way of learning and getting a qualification and I’ve told my friends that they should come and do a course here too!” Roni, aged 22, added: “I always thought that college courses were full-time which would have been difficult for me, but part-time is great and it’s nice to be learning new skills and getting a qualification which will help me in the future. “I was very shy when I started the course but meeting others in the class and working on real clients has made me much more confident and I’m really enjoying it!”

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The Healthcare sector can provide both a rewarding and challenging environment in which to work, with a range of career choices available. From IT and Administration to Nursing and Physiotherapy, there is something for everyone.

Health and Social Care are two of the biggest sectors in the UK, with 1.52 million healthcare workers, and 1.56 million social care staff in England. With an increasing ageing population the demand for people with the right qualifications will only increase.

If you are looking for a rewarding and challenging career that will see you keeping people healthy, happy and looked after, then a career in Health and Social Care could be for you.

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hether you are new to Health and Social Care, want to boost your job prospects or move up the career ladder - and are enthusiastic with a will to succeed - our wide range of courses will give you the skills and knowledge you need to work in the profession. You will explore and learn about a range of topical issues relating to the Health and Social Care sector and we offer a wide range of modules, delivered by experienced staff with detailed curriculum knowledge. We also have links with local employers and care providers across the city and, on some courses, you will have the opportunity to do work experience and use your Courses fill new skills and knowledge in real life settings. up fast! Choose to study and work with us and get your career off to a healthy start!

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Hannah Butler has always wanted to work in a caring role and with her children now growing up she has started to think about a career in the profession. On the advice of the Job Centre, Hannah attended a college Open Day and signed-up for the part-time Level 1 Health and Social Care course. Having gained her qualification she is now studying for Level 2 at the Paget Road campus one evening a week. Hannah, aged 27, said: “The course is fantastic – I love it! The tutor is fabulous, the whole class gets on well and it’s made me much more confident. “The course covers all areas of care including hazards, cultural diversity, communication and life spans. It’s harder than Level 2 but that’s to be expected and part-time is great as it fits around my childcare. “If there’s something you’re interested in and really want to do, just come to college and do it!”

MEET OUR STUDENTS After being unemployed for a while, mum-of-five Sharni Dell wanted to show her children the importance of going to college and getting some qualifications. Sharni, who also has eight grand children, initially did a part-time Level 1 Health and Social Care qualification and has now progressed to Level 2 which she is studying at the Paget Road campus one evening a week. Sharni, aged 52, said: “It’s unbelievable the effect coming to college has had on me. Going back to studying at my age has given me immense confidence and the more training I do, the more I want to learn! “The course has helped me to get a job and I’m now working full-time for a nursing and care agency. My children can see how well I’ve done and they’re benefitting because I’ve got a job. “What I’m learning on the course helps me do my job better and the more you show your employer what you can do, the more responsibility you’ll be given. “Learning puts you on the ladder and as you learn the ladder gets longer – I can’t see the end of my ladder, I just want to keep on learning!”

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HIGHER EDUCATION & ACCESS TO HE HIGHER EDUCATION ould you like to move on to higher education but are worried about rising university fees? Why not study at our Higher Education and Professional Centre? Studying at college is no different to studying at university. There are no up-front costs and you can apply for a student loan to cover the cost of your course which you don’t have to pay back until you’re earning over £21,000 a year. And by staying local you could also save money on accommodation costs too! We offer a range of part-time courses to help you succeed in your chosen career – from short professional courses to HNCs, HNDs and Foundation degrees – and with family-friendly options and flexible modular units available you can study in a way that suits you and fits in with your lifestyle. The Higher Education and Professional Centre on the Paget Road campus is exclusively for HE students and equipped with excellent IT facilities, comfortable social learning spaces and dedicated catering facilities, as well as its own registry for dealing with enrolment, finance, course and careers queries. Our HE staff are all highly qualified with professional experience in their particular subject area and smaller classes and learning groups mean they can focus on you more and help you reach your maximum potential. Develop your skills, unlock your talents and improve your future by going higher with us!

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No upfront costs:

Grants available to cover the cost of your studies which you don’t have to pay back until you earn over £21k per year.

Having completed a Level 3 qualification in Childcare, 21-year-old Abbey Bunn signed-up for the part-time three-year HND in Advanced Practice in Work with Children and Families. Abbey attends the Wellington Road campus one day a week and combines studying with working as a Teaching Assistant at a local school. “As part of my Level 3 course I did a placement at a school in Bilston and, after completing the course, was offered a job there as a Teaching Assistant providing one-to-one support to pupils needing extra help with numeracy and literacy. “I wanted to continue studying as well as working so was delighted when I found out about the part-time HND course as it means I can do both! “It really is two-way learning – the course gives me the theory which I can put into practice at work and I have become much more confident at college and school.”

FULL AND PART-TIME COURSES AVAILABLE,

OPEN DAYS APPLICATION WEDNESDAYS SATURDAY 15 JUNE 10am-3pm Paget Road & Wellington Road Campuses SATURDAY 22 JUNE 10am-3pm Metro One Campus

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AFFORDABLE HE £2750 per year for Foundation Degrees and £2250 per year for HNCs and HNDs for part-time study.

ACCESS TO HE f you left school with few or no qualifications but would still like to go on to Higher Education, our Access to HE course can help you get there. Access to HE is widely recognised by UK universities and bridges the gap between existing education and what is needed to study at degree level - helping you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence you need for university. The course can be studied full-time for a year, or parttime for two years, and includes units in several different subjects - taken together these will prepare you for the study of a particular subject at degree level. Many people are nervous when they start an Access to HE course, particularly if they haven’t been in a classroom for some time. Our tutors are aware of this and take it into account in their teaching - you won’t be thrown in at the deep end or tested on things which you forgot years ago! What’s more, as a mature student your life experiences will be valuable on the course and you will find that other learners are of a wide age range. Many students go on to succeed at university and beyond, with a large number pursuing new careers and seeing changes in their lives that they had never thought possible. Choose to learn with us and make Higher Education accessible!

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Aged 24+? Access to HE courses are FREE*

*If you take a out a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to study an Access to HE course and then you progress to HE Level, you won’t have to pay back the loan for your access course. For more information of the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan see page 5.

“Doing the Access to HE course has opened doors and got me to where I want to be - I’m really looking forward to going to University in September!” Lauren Pearce, Access to HE

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After leaving school Nitan Rullay worked as a warehouse operative for a few months but soon realised he wanted to do more with his life and put his interest in IT and Computing to good use. Nitan signed up for a part-time Access to HE course – which included Level 2 Maths and English and Level 3 Maths and ICT - which meant he could combine studying and working. Nitan, now aged 23, said: “The course was really good and helped me in loads of ways such as improving my communication skills. “The course was well organised and evening sessions meant it was suitable for people who were unable to attend during the day. The college had the latest computers and text books and the tutors really helped me to be successful.” Nitan, who is now at the University of Derby studying for a BSc (Hons) in Information Technology, added: “What I learnt at college has without doubt helped me at university. Studying Maths at Level 3 has helped me with the computational maths module of my degree and what I learnt on the ICT course has helped with my essays and presentation skills.” When he has finished his degree Nitan hopes to get a job in the IT business.

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“I really like the course and when I was first shown around the campus and saw the kitchen and restaurant I thought ‘wow, it’s fantastic!’ The course is real on-the-job training. We get to work in a different part of the kitchen each week so we get all-round experience and we also have theory lessons to learn about different sorts of fish and how it is caught, cuts of meat, cooking styles, and the correct temperatures to cook certain foods at.” Jenny Gardner, Level 2 Professional Cookery

A qualification in Hospitality can lead to a job in a hotel, restaurant, holiday resort, cruise ship or casino and kickstart a career as a Commis Chef, Head Chef or even restaurant owner. Alternatively you could go into hotel and food service management.

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hether you fancy being the next celebrity chef, opening your own restaurant or working behind the scenes in the catering trade, our Hospitality and Catering courses are just what you need to cook up a great career. Our wide range of courses allow you to experience the full range of careers the hospitality industry has to offer, from food preparation and cooking to pub and restaurant management. If you are a budding chef you will learn your trade in our high-tech facilities at the Metro One campus where you will not only gain all the skills needed in a working kitchen, but also get the chance to put your knowledge to the test on real customers in our popular Academy Restaurant. FREE Courses If you are a Bakery student you will learn how to produce breads, FREE Travel Pass cakes and pastries and sell FREE Lunch them in our own bakery shop, FINANCIAL SUPPORT: as well as learning about the Childcare, Course Equipment, industry, and the methods and Printing & Stationery manufacturing involved. * subject to eligibility criteria. What’s more, our links with T&Cs apply. See page 4 numerous local organisations will for details. give you great opportunities to gain vital work experience to garnish the skills you’ll gain while studying with us. Study Hospitality and Catering with us and serve up a great future.

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Thirty-one year-old Grace Thompson hopes to open her own bed and breakfast business one day and signed up for a BTEC Level 2 in Hospitality to gain more insight into the industry. Mum-of-two Grace attends the Metro One campus in the city centre three days-a-week and, as part of the course, gets the chance to put her skills to the test in the on-site Academy Restaurant. Grace said: “I’ve learnt how to do waitressing, silver service and bar work and it’s good experience serving real customers in the restaurant. “The tutors are very helpful and always willing to help if you are having difficulty with anything. “I’d encourage everyone to come to college and do a course in something they are interested in – it can be challenging fitting it in around a family but I have no regrets and am really enjoying it!” After finishing the course Grace hopes to find a job in the Hospitality industry and study for the Level 3 qualification part-time.

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OPEN DAYS APPLICATION WEDNESDAYS SATURDAY 15 JUNE 10am-3pm Paget Road & Wellington Road Campuses SATURDAY 22 JUNE 10am-3pm Metro One Campus

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“The facilities in the Motor Vehicle department are great and if there’s anything I’m unsure about I can ask for advice from the tutors who are really helpful.” Liam Hare, Motor Vehicle Apprenticeship

Despite the recent recession, the Motor Vehicle industry remains buoyant with plenty of employment opportunities. After all, there are 32 million vehicles on the UK’s roads, and all of them need to be serviced, repaired, bought and sold.

As vehicles become more complicated and as government standards become more stringent, qualified Motor Vehicle Technicians will become more and more in demand – and you could find yourself working anywhere from local garages to national chains, or even repairing police cars and fire engines!

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f you want a career in the motor vehicle industry our Motor Vehicle Academy is a first-class training facility where budding mechanics and technicians can gain specialist skills for a career in the industry – from fast-fit companies to specialist dealerships. The fully operational modern garage, on the Paget Road campus, offers a range of courses from Entry Level through to Level 3 qualifications in body repair, vehicle finishing and car maintenance, so we are sure to have a course that’s right for you. Our impressive industry-standard facilities include an open-plan mechanical workshop, a state-of-the-art spray booth and paint room, an air conditioning and electrical repair area, as well as a 14-booth welding and fabrication workshop. We will make sure you gain the skills needed in the workplace whilst gaining industry-recognised qualifications. What’s more, all of our tutors have worked in the business and draw on their professional experience to develop your knowledge and ensure you will be ready to work in your chosen areas when you have finished your course. If you find a job in the industry part-way through your course it is easy to move to an Apprenticeship to combine earning and learning, and if you are already working in the industry you can do an Apprenticeship with us and our assessors will visit you at work to monitor your progress. You will also have the opportunity to improve your basic skills in motor vehicle-related Maths, English or ICT during your time at college so you will be gaining even more skills and improving your CV at the same time. With over 91% of our learners achieving their qualifications, if you want a career in the Motor Vehicle industry, choose to learn with us and get on the road to success!

MEET OUR STUDENTS Leanne Moule’s grandfather had a garage and, having grown up around cars, a career in the business was a natural choice for her. Leanne, aged 22, is studying for the one-year Level 2 qualification in Motor Vehicle Body Repair and Paint at the Paget Road campus and travels from her home in Wednesbury to attend the course. Leanne said: “The course is really good and covers body repairs, preparing panels for painting, spray painting and finishing techniques. “We do theory one morning a week and then put what we’ve learnt into practice on vehicles in the workshop which is a great way of learning. “The tutors are lovely and come from an industry background which is good as they’ve got real working knowledge of the business, and the equipment is modern and the same as you would have in a working garage. “If you enjoy working with cars this is a really good course to do and you get a good qualification at the end.”

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Monday 2 September 10am–4pm Tuesday 3 September 10am–4pm Wednesday 4 September 10am–8pm Thursday 5 September 10am–8pm Friday 6 September 10am–3pm Saturday 7 September 10am–3pm

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26 The Team programme was launched by the Prince’s Trust in 1990 and has since helped more than 153,000 unemployed young people turn their lives around, with three out of four young people supported by the Trust moving into work, education or training.

City of Wolverhampton College has been delivering the Prince’s Trust Team programme course across the Black Country and Shropshire since September 2000 and, to date over 2000 young people have attended schemes in Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell, Telford and Shrewsbury.

Programmes start at regular intervals in all locations throughout the year. For more details, visit www.wolvcoll.ac.uk/ princestrust or contact the Prince’s Trust office at the college on 01902 821906.

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f you are aged 16-25, unemployed and live in the Black Country, joining a Prince’s Trust Team programme can give you a better chance of moving into a job or further education and training. The 12-week scheme will give you the chance to improve your confidence and self-esteem, make new friends and learn new skills through a range of outdoor activities, community activities and work experience. During the programme you will take part in an actionpacked residential week - getting involved in team building activities such as rock climbing, raft building and abseiling – as well as fundraising activities and carrying out voluntary work in the community. You will also benefit from two weeks’ work experience with a local employer and help with job searches, producing a CV and interview skills. At the end of the programme you will receive the nationally recognised Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills, and during the scheme you will gain a range of certificates that are useful in the workplace, such as Appointed Person’s First Aid, Food Safety and Catering, and a Safety Certificate from West Midlands Fire Service. All the equipment you need will be provided and you will also get help with travel expenses. It doesn’t affect your entitlement to benefits either – if you are claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance you can continue to sign on although you must notify the Jobcentre that you are on the programme.

“The Prince’s Trust programme turned my life around and I now know how important it is to get yourself into education and training. I’d recommend the programme to any young person as it’s a chance to boost your confidence and learn new skills which could help you get a job in the future.”

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Nineteen-year-old Beth Chantler found out about the Prince’s Trust programme at her local Job Centre and credits it with turning her life around. Beth said “The Prince’s Trust programme changed my life and taught me life skills as well as helping me to overcome some personal issues too. “The most important thing I learnt was team work and considering the ideas and feelings of others as well as my own. I learnt the true meaning of loyalty and friendship and my motivation and confidence increased. “I’d never had an interview before but, thanks to my new skills and confidence, I had three – and was offered all of the jobs which was a great situation to be in. “It was an amazing course and one of the best things I’ve ever done. I thought I couldn’t do it but I did – and I’m proud of myself for the first time in my life!”

Rebecca Gunson, aged 22

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“The course and the tutors are great and the guys on my course are like a little family - we all help each other out and share our skills and experience. I’d recommend the course to anyone who loves football and likes working with young people.” Ryan Mason, Level 3 BTEC Diploma Sports Development

Those working in the Sports industry could be earning £30,000 per year, or even more as senior staff! No matter what your interests or physical abilities are, there’s a rewarding career path for you in this dynamic, wide-ranging and fast-growing sector.

The sector is booming, and offers a huge variety of employment opportunities for young people. From becoming a PE teacher, personal trainer or even running a sports club, there’s something for everyone.

If you fancy a job that could see you help transform the health and wellbeing of others then look no further than the Sport sector!

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tudying Sport and Fitness can take you in many different career directions. Developing the body and mind supports the daily challenges that life throws at us, so having the ability to teach, coach or lead in this field can be rewarding and make a real difference to the lives of others. We offer a range of courses in impressive purpose-built facilities, giving you the very best opportunities to gain the skills and experience you need to pursue a career in sport or fitness. The Community Sports Centre, on the Wellington Road campus in Bilston, includes a state-of-the-art fitness suite with the very latest in cardiovascular and resistance equipment, a sport science/fitness testing room, dance studio, four badminton court sports hall and 3G pitch. You will gain experience by working with clients under the supervision of staff, as well as coaching and leading sport and fitness sessions for people in the local community. If you want to make a difference, study Sport and Fitness with us and kick-off a great career in the industry.

After graduating from the University of Kent with a degree in Fine Art, 23-year-old Rajvia Kaur decided to use her free time to pursue her passion for fitness. After asking the Job Centre if there were any local fitness courses available, she was delighted to be told about the part-time Level 2 Fitness Instructor Certificate course on offer at the Wellington Road campus. Rajvia said: “The course is just what I was looking for and I’m really excited to be doing it! “There’s a good balance between theory and practical work and we cover basic biology which is interesting as I didn’t do it at school.

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“As well as learning how to use the equipment safely we’re also taught the right techniques to use with clients and the importance of thoroughly assessing their health and wellbeing before developing an exercise and nutrition programme for them. “The other people on the course are from a range of different ages and backgrounds and so we learn things from each other too. “To anyone who has a passion for something, I’d definitely suggest seeing what courses the college has to offer as they might find what they want to do – just like I did!”

FREE Courses FREE Travel Pass FREE Lunch

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Childcare, Course Equipment, Printing & Stationery * subject to eligibility criteria. T&Cs apply. See page 4 for details.

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The Travel and Tourism industry generates over £19 billion annually and creates almost 1.5 million jobs nationally.

If you like to learn about new places and enjoy organising and planning trips then a career in the travel industry could be for you!

Tourism is a huge industry in the UK and each year welcomes millions of visitors from all over the world, all who will need the expert advice of someone like you to help them enjoy their holiday and create memories that they will take away forever.

With a qualification in Travel and Tourism you could find yourself working as a Travel Agency Manager, a Tourist Information Centre Manager, a Holiday Rep, Tour Manager, Hotel Manager or even an Events Organiser! Travel agents earn, on average, £22,000 per year while experienced Tour Managers can earn around £25,000.

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hether you see yourself as a travel agent, holiday rep, tour guide, or a customer service advisor in an airport, we have the course to put you on the road to success. Our courses will give you an all-round knowledge of the travel industry and with a range of qualifications on offer you can study at a level that suits your background and experience. Our enthusiastic tutors will help you to become a valued member of FREE Courses any travel team through a range FREE Travel Pass of interactive classroom-based FREE Lunch sessions, visits to a variety of FINANCIAL SUPPORT: visitor attractions and workChildcare, Course Equipment, related activities. Printing & Stationery So, if you want to help people * subject to eligibility criteria. plan and enjoy memorable T&Cs apply. See page 4 moments in their lives choose to for details. study here and get your career off to a flying start!

Ryan Colley hopes to one day become a Travel Agent and enrolled on the Level 3 course in Travel and Tourism to gain skills and knowledge that will help him to get a job in the industry in the future. Ryan, aged 17, said: “The course gives you a good grounding in the industry and covers all aspects of the business as well as customer service and geography. “Studying at college is completely different to school. It’s more relaxed and there is a good relationship between tutors and students. “I am much more confident since starting the course and my communication skills have improved too – I’d really recommend it to anyone interested in the travel industry.”

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Patricia Peti moved to the UK from Portugal last year and is studying for a Level 2 qualification in Travel and Tourism at the Metro One campus in the city centre. Seventeen-year-old Patricia hopes to work as a member of cabin crew for an airline in the future and enrolled on the course to find out more about working in the travel industry. “The course is good and it’s a nice environment to learn in. We have a good relationship with the tutors and it is very relaxed, although you have a responsibility to get your assignments completed on time. “I am happy with the way things are going. My confidence and communication skills have improved and I am proving that you can achieve whatever you want to achieve.” After completing the course Patricia hopes to study for the Level 3 qualification and then go to university before applying for a job with an airline.

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“I would really recommend the course to anyone interested in joining the Police, Fire or Prison Service. It covers areas that are important in public services – such as leadership, team work, the effects of crime, government and politics, and command and control – and you get lots of practical experience too.” Ashley Winwood, Level 3 Uniformed Public Services

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f you want a career in the Ambulance, Fire or Police service, work for the Prison Service or UK Border Agency, or join the Army, Navy or RAF, our Uniformed Public Services courses will put you on the path to a successful career. You will gain an in-depth understanding of these essential public services and the skills and knowledge required to work in your chosen area – whether on the front line or in a vital supporting role. Depending on your level of study, you will study modules in citizenship, discipline, health and fitness, leadership and team work, as well as learning about command and control, responding to emergency situations, and government policies. But your learning won’t all be classroom based – you will visit Fire and Police stations and different departments at the Ministry of Defence to observe the workings of large public sector organisations, Courses fill and you will also have the chance up fast! to take part in the Midlands Cup Challenge at the Army barracks in Shrewsbury and compete against students from other colleges. At the end of your course you will take part in a drill exercise, judged by Army personnel, and a memorable passing-out parade. And what’s more, we can help you progress to higher levels of study and support you with job applications and interview skills. Whatever your ambition, study here and take the first steps to a rewarding career in Uniformed Public Services.

APPLY EARLY

MEET OUR STUDENTS Jamie Meese has always wanted to join the Police and signed-up for a course in Uniformed Public Services so he will be one step ahead when applying to join the service when he is 18. Sixteen-year-old Jamie enrolled on the Level 3 course at the Paget Road campus after finding details on the college website and realising it would cover everything he would need for his future career. Jamie said: “The course is great and well structured and I’m really enjoying it. “There’s far more freedom than at school and the tutors treat us like adults and have a good way of getting their point across. “For people without much confidence it’s a really good way to improve, and for anyone interested in joining the Police or any other public service it will give you the skills they are looking for and give you the edge when applying for jobs.”

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NEXT ENROLMENT STEPS 23-30 August

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Monday 2 September 10am–4pm Tuesday 3 September 10am–4pm Wednesday 4 September 10am–8pm Thursday 5 September 10am–8pm Friday 6 September 10am–3pm Saturday 7 September 10am–3pm

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MONDAY MADNESS ⁄2 PRICE CUT & BLOW DRY ONLY £9.25

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To make an appointment call 01902 821321 www.wolvcoll.ac.uk/hair

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Metro One Campus, Bilston Street,Wolverhampton WV1 3AH

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City of Wolverhampton College’s Hair & Beauty Training Salons are run by students under the expert supervision of fully trained staff. Providing a professional service, we offer a comprehensive range of treatments at very competitive prices. To book an appointment call 01902 821344 www.wolvcoll.ac.uk/beauty | /HairAndBeautyTraining

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t’s not just our students who can benefit from the state-of-the-art learning facilities at our campuses! Our training Beauty and Hair salons, Restaurant, Spa, Sports Centre and Travel Agency are all open to the public offering high-quality services at competitive prices. All are run by students, under the expert supervision of fully-trained staff, and give them the chance to work with real customers in a commercial setting. The Beauty and Holistic Salon, and Hair and Spa Academies offer a comprehensive range of pampering treatments and services, whilst for the more energetic the Community Sports Centre is equipped with a fitness suite, dance studio, badminton courts and a 3G sports pitch. For diners, the Academy restaurant dishes up tasty three-course lunch and evening meals at bargain prices and, for those wishing to get away, the Travel Academy offers great deals on holidays, theatre trips and weekend breaks.

Indulge...

3 Course Evening Meal £10 Per Person Our ACADEMY RESTAURANT at Metro One is a culinary classroom that allows budding chefs the opportunity to learn their chosen trade. The students’ work is actually ordered, eaten and evaluated by the customers! The Restaurant also offers a two course lunch for £7 and coffee mornings. To book a table call: 01902 821333 or 01902 821350 BAKERY SHOP Offering a selection of hot and cold drinks, bread, cakes, cookies, sandwiches and baguettes, all freshly made on the premises by our students. For opening times call: 01902 821333 or 01902 821350

Pamper yourself...

£10 off Colour Services on Tuesdays THE HAIR ACADEMY salon at our Metro One Campus is run by our hairdressing students under the expert supervision of fully qualified staff. For more information, prices and to book an appointment call: 01902 821321 Professional Hair & Beauty Treatments from £3 The HAIR & BEAUTY TRAINING SALON at our Metro One Campus provides a professional service offering a comprehensive range of treatments at very competitive prices. The salons are run by students under the expert supervision of fully trained staff. For more information, prices and to book an appointment call: 01902 821344

Cut & Blowdry from £7 Our APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING SALONS are where we train over 300 Hairdressing Apprentices every year. All Apprentices work for local salons and spend one day-a-week in college where they perfect their skills in our commercial training salons under the expert supervision of fully qualified staff. For more information, prices and to book an appointment call one of our salons: The Salon King Street, Wolverhampton 01902 821440 The Salon Telford 01952 610101 Hair Training Academy Worcester 01905 22600 Spa Treatments from just £8 THE SPA ACADEMY at our Wellington Road Campus in Bilston is a tranquil spa retreat where you can gather your thoughts, be pampered and escape from all the stresses of the outside world. Take a dip in the bubbling spa pool, relax in our sauna and aromatherapy steam room or indulge in our wide range of relaxing and revitalising spa services in one of our three luxurious treatment suites. Treatments include: Therapeutic Hot Stone Massage, Golden Caviar Facial, Milk & Honey Wrap, Aroma Algae Wrap, Cellulite Film Wrap, Aromatherapy, Manicures & Pedicures. For more information, prices and to book an appointment call: 01902 821180

Stay in shape...

Gym Membership From £21 Per Month The COMMUNITY SPORTS CENTRE at our Wellington Road Campus in Bilston is a purpose built sports facility including a dance studio, astro turf football pitch, fitness suite and sports hall. For more information call: 01902 821180


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to the public CO L L E G E FAC I L I T I E S

The Academy Restaurant is a culinary classroom that allows budding chefs the opportunity to learn their chosen trade.The students’ coursework is actually ordered, eaten and evaluated by the customers. Evening Meals 3 course menu - £10 per person Lunch 3 course menu - £7 per person

Open to the public!

Coffee Mornings pastries Enjoy a hot drink with a selection off freshly baked pastries, tea cakes and toast Academy Bakery Offering a selection of hot & cold drinks, bread, cakes, cookies, sandwiches and baguettes, all freshly made

To make a booking call 01902 821333, 821350 or 07432 041236

The Community Sports Centre

Membership Prices Individual £21.00 per month by direct debit One Off Payment Options £54.00 for 3 Months £90.00 for 6 Months £144.00 for 12 Months Joint £35.00 per month by direct debit One Off Payment Options £96.00 for 3 Months £162.00 for 6 Months £252.00 for 12 Months

Open to the public!

Induction - £10.00 per person Pay-as-you-go - £3.50 per session For more information or to join call 01902 821180 or email communitysports@wolvcoll.ac.uk

Get away...

Our Metro One Campus is also home to the TRAVEL ACADEMY. A fully operational Travel Agency supported by Midcounties Co-operative Travel offering a range of cheap holidays deals, UK weekend breaks and short breaks across Europe. Visit the Travel Academy at our Metro One campus, Bilston Street, Wolverhampton or call 01902 821323

Wellington Road, Bilston, WV14 6BT

Relax & unwind with treatments from just £8

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For more information or to make an appointment please call 01902 821180

Wellington Road, Bilston, WV14 6BT


OPEN DAYS

Learn • Achieve • Succeed

SATURDAY 15 JUNE 10am-3pm Paget Road & Wellington Road Campuses Paget Road Campus A Levels, Apprenticeships, Art & Design, Business Administration, Business & Management, Computing & IT, Creative Arts, Engineering, English, Health & Social Care, Maths, Media Studies, Motor Vehicle, Multiskills, Pathways, Performing Arts, Prince’s Trust, Uniformed Public Services Wellington Road Campus Bricklaying, Building Management, Carpentry, Computing & IT, Early Years Education, Electrical, Electrical Installation, ESOL, Multiskills, Painting & Decorating, Pathways, Plumbing, Preparation for Work & Life, Sport, Leisure & Spa

SATURDAY 22 JUNE 10am-3pm Metro One Campus Metro One Campus Hair & Beauty, Hospitality & Catering, Travel & Tourism

ENROLMENT FULL & PART-TIME COURSES Monday 2 September 10am–4pm Tuesday 3 September 10am–4pm Wednesday 4 September 10am–8pm Thursday 5 September 10am–8pm Friday 6 September 10am–3pm Saturday 7 September 10am–3pm Paget Road, Wellington Road and Metro One Campuses

NEXT STEPS Friday 23 August 10am-3pm Tuesday 27 August 10am-4pm Wednesday 28 August 10am-7pm Thursday 29 August 10am-4pm Friday 30 August 10am-3pm

FULL & PART-TIME COURSES

5 June, 3 July, 7 August 5-7pm CAREERS GUIDANCE ADVICE ON COURSES A CHANCE TO APPLY FINANCIAL SUPPORT ASSESSMENTS INTERVIEWS Paget Road, Wellington Road and Metro One Campuses PLEASE NOTE Assessments will take a minimum of 1½ hours so please arrive at the start of the evening

Have you just got your exam results and are undecided about your future? Visit our NEXT STEPS service at Paget Road Campus for advice and guidance about courses and careers from our experienced, qualified staff. We’ll help you decide on the right course, take you through the assessment and you’ll get an interview with the course tutor. You will leave ready to start college in September - it couldn’t be easier! Please bring along any certificates & references that you may have

CONTACT US   

APPLICATION WEDNESDAYS

Visit www.wolvcoll.ac.uk Call us on 01902 836000

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The Spark Issue 6  

City of Wolverhampton College newspaper, June 2013

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