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N E W S L I N K Hopwood Hall College Staff Magazine Winter 2018

Greater Manchester Mayor praises Hopwood Hall College

Andy Burnham praises Hopwood Hall College Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, praised the skills pledges made by Hopwood Hall College and local/influential employers at the College’s Shape the Future of Skills Conference. The conference, organised by the College’s Apprenticeship team, forged new partnerships with employers to create a 21st century industry-led curriculum to develop Rochdale borough’s next generation of skilled employees. As the UK faces a skills shortage, the conference provided a rare opportunity for key influencers to plan together local solutions for the crisis in skills shortages with both medium to large employers and politicians attending the event. Also speaking at the event was Rochdale MP, Tony Lloyd and Middleton MP, Liz McInnes. Along with a host of key industry influencers, they addressed over 60 of the area’s largest employers including RRG Group, JD Sports, The Guinness Partnership, William Hare, British Gypsum and Rochdale Boroughwide Housing.

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Speaking at the event, Mr Burnham said: “Coming to Hopwood Hall College I am really impressed by the facilities, the College is one of our best and we’re very proud of it. “It’s become a lot harder for young people to make their way in the world and we have a lot of work to do to address the imbalance between technical qualifications and academic educational pathways. In Germany they are seen as equal, we need to have the same attitude and understand that both are needed and both are valuable in order to improve. “This is the right conversation to be having right now. The skills challenge is at the top of the agenda for developing the economy of Rochdale and Greater Manchester and the time has come to do something different to build a stronger regional economy.”

His sentiments were echoed by our Principal, Derek O’Toole: “I’d like to thank all of the employers who have come today, along with our guest speakers who have provided some great insight into how we can all develop as one community. “We feel it is important to drive change and work with employers to ensure we offer a relevant curriculum for their needs and it’s been really encouraging to see so many industry leaders want to be a part of that conversation and plan for change. “To have Tony Lloyd, Liz McInnes and Andy Burnham in one room discussing these topics is a unique opportunity and it’s been a really positive experience having the three of them here. The time Andy gave for a Q&A with students from our Technology Centre was a brilliant example of the dedication shown by our political representatives on this issue. Our students who spoke to Andy did an amazing job too and deserve a lot of praise for their maturity and professionalism. “Going forward it will be important for ourselves, employers and local government to maintain this relationship and improve the future prospects of young people in the surrounding communities.” At the end of the event, employers signed pledges to work with Hopwood Hall College on developing courses to ensure that Rochdale’s young people are given the best curriculum offering, work experience and apprenticeships.


Hopwood Hall College Plastering Apprentice wins biggest UK award Stuart Smith, a Plastering apprentice at Hopwood Hall College, won the most prestigious student award in the UK for plastering, Student of the Year at the Plaisterers’ Company Training Awards 2018. Stuart travelled down to the glitzy London event as one of three finalists picked from trainee plasterers across the whole of the UK. Little did he know he would be chosen as the number one student plasterer and receive a monetary prize plus a copy of Millars, the Plasterers’ Bible. Formerly a bus driver, difficulties in Stuart’s life, including alcohol and drug dependency, along with a short period in prison did not deter him from seeking to redirect his life in a positive and meaningful way. A Hopwood Hall College Open Day motivated him to embark on a new career. Although initially a little daunted by the challenges, the College helped him to grow his self-belief and confidence, resulting in him representing Hopwood Hall College in the Junior Skillbuild competition. The College were so impressed that they offered Stuart an Apprenticeship the Plastering department and he has gone from strength to strength.

“The day itself was great. Rob and I were on the train to London first thing in the morning, then it was straight into the ceremony in a hall with some amazing ornate fibrous plasterwork. “After a few champagnes for Rob and orange juices for me, they announced third place. My name wasn’t read out and I thought ‘no way, second place is great’. Then when the second place was announced as someone else I was stunned. My hands were shaking and it brought a tear to my eye collecting my award in front of the hundreds of applauding attendees. I’ve been clean for four and a half years now and I feel just as proud of this award as I do that. “I’d like to thank my tutor Rob for putting me forward for the award and British Gypsum for their sponsorship of my course. “My next aim is to become a tutor, seeing Level 1 students join us with little to no plastering skills but leave us having mastered the trade is something that gives me great pleasure.”

Now, after being nominated by his Plastering Tutor, Rob Wilson, Stuart can lay claim to being the best plastering student in the UK.

Stuart’s tutor at Hopwood Hall College, Rob Wilson, was full of praise for his prizewinning student:

“It feels amazing to have won. I had no expectations of winning, but I’ve worked hard, it’s led to this and it feels good to have the recognition.” Said Stuart.

“Stuart has turned out to be the best Apprentice and Technician I have ever had. Whilst I have taught him I have really seen the determination to succeed in everything he applies himself to.

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“He has huge amounts of natural talent and we’re now looking at how we can progress his career into a teaching role. I think he will make a fantastic tutor.”


ESOL student steers career towards recycled art ESOL student, Sinhote Co, has been wowing people with his models and animatronics made from recycled materials. Sinhote’s creations range from robots designed to educate young children, to detailed scale models of cars. Every single part of his creations are crafted from recycled materials, typically metal cans and used polystyrene inserts.

last few months I have made cars for office displays in Canada and Dubai.

His story starts in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, where he started to make crude toys of cars and trucks as a child. At the age of 18, Sinhote took his works to an art exhibition in Hannover, Germany, it was here that he realised he wanted to turn his hobby into a career. Soon after the exhibition, to avoid military violence in GuineaBissau, Sinhote moved to Portugal where he turned his creations into a business. In Portugal he would tour schools, art exhibitions and museums selling commissioned work to the places he visited. But his ambitions didn’t stop there, with limited resources available in Portugal, Sinhote decided to move to the UK with the aim of mass producing his creations. He now studies an ESOL course to learn and perfect English whilst working in a restaurant to build funds for his enterprise. “My aim is to create a production line where I can make these recycled creations on a large scale. At the moment I sell them by individual order to people all over the world, for example in the

“But to create something like this BMW X5, at the moment it takes at least a month. So I’m limited with what I can produce without investment for mass production. “Outside of the model cars, I want to be able to help make learning fun for kids. They really respond to the teaching tools I have made and I hope to take them to schools across the UK.” Asked how he sculpts his creations, Sinhote explained the lengthy process:  “First I sketch the design by hand, then I find the material that best suits my designs before cutting, beating and bending them into shape and soldering it all together. For the finer details, I shave used polystyrene moulds in the shapes I need and paint the models by hand. “All that you see here was rubbish and now it is something people want, we are too wasteful as people but with work we can change that.”


Hopwood Hall College ranked UK’s most diverse education provider We’ve officially been ranked the UK’s most diverse education provider by the Inclusive Companies after coming 14th in the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List. Right behind Hopwood Hall College in 15th place was The Open University, followed by the University of Manchester in 28th place and The University of Bristol Students’ Union in 43rd position as the only other education-based organisations to make the Top 50. Compiled by a dedicated panel of judges, the list has been collated based on each organisations performance in a range of areas within the diversity arena. Organisations must show sufficient evidence on an amalgamation of topics including recruitment procedures, training and a host of diversity related initiatives. Our ranking meant we have achieved greater employee diversity than

international giants such as Allianz, E.ON, RBS and HSBC. Speaking at the awards night, Hopwood Hall College’s Executive Director, Caroline Street, said: “At Hopwood Hall College our values have a strong focus on equality of opportunity and treating everyone with respect. “Were proud to once again be listed in the Top 50 Inclusive Employers list, a fitting recognition of our commitment to equality of opportunity for all and celebrates the inclusivity of the college as a place to work and learn. We will continue to strive for further improvement and to advance diversity and inclusivity within the college going forward.”

Hopwood Hall College makes a deal with the Red Devils The Salford Red Devils have used Hopwood Hall College’s excellent facilities over the past year and have now agreed an official partnership between the two parties to help bring through the next generation of Betfred Super League players. Head Coach Ian Watson said: “This is a massive step in the right direction for the Club in our aim to produce players as a community club. These lads are getting rewarded by spending time in and around an environment which allows them to experience life as a professional Betfred Super League player. “The partnership has been greatly assisted via Matt Calland who I have had a relationship with at Halifax, Rochdale and Wales. They have first-class facilities at Hopwood Hall College and with Matt at the helm we know that these lads are being coached to a high standard. ”

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“Having a working partnership with a Super League club the size of Salford Red Devils is a tantalizing prospect for Hopwood Hall College.

Kris Robinson, Centre Director for Sport and Public Services at Hopwood Hall College, said of the exciting new partnership:


“Our learners will regularly get the once in a lifetime opportunity to train alongside and learn from Salford’s high-quality players and coaching staff and the club will have an ideal pipeline for the talent ID of young sportsmen from our college. It’s also a great opportunity for the college to showcase its training and playing facilities. “Our relationship with the club has been excellent, from the Director of Rugby right the way down, we’re really looking forward to seeing what the future holds.”

Skills for life make memories for life during Lake District trip Community comes together to create remembrance memorial

Skills for Life made their annual pilgrimage to the Lake District’s Calvert Trust for a fun filled weekend designed to provide new active opportunities for their students.

Skills for Life students and staff joined many other members of the Middleton community to produce a touching tribute to the town’s fallen WWI soldiers at Providence Chapel, Middleton. Volunteers, Jan Eaton-Dykes and Ros Liddle, spearheaded a project to honour the 850 soldiers from Middleton that never returned from the First World War. Students from Hopwood Hall College’s Skills for Life courses along with over 15 other volunteers helped make the two volunteers’ vision come to fruition. The memorial features 850 poppies made from recycled bottles to signify each soldier that did not return, along with a number of poppies made from recycled pie tins created by the Hopwood Hall College students. Jan Eaton-Dykes said of the project’s journey: “We started this project all the way back in April after lining the fencing with poppies for Middleton in Bloom and to see it all come together has been brilliant. Despite the land being completely overgrown originally, we have managed to finish it on time thanks to the help we have received from so many people in the community.

One of the stars of the trip and a perfect example of the trip’s successful enrichment was Lochlan Penrose. At first Lochlan was apprehensive but eventually threw himself into all the activities and made a whole new social group of friends. Jordan Deegan also made the most of the activity centre. Despite having cerebral palsy, he was able to take part in activities such as zip wiring and canoeing that he wouldn’t be able to do without specialist equipment. A lot of the students making the trip this year were first year students so had yet to experience a residential with Hopwood Hall College before and the pictures show how enthusiastic they all were, especially about the water fight on Bassenthwaite Lake.

“Seeing so many passers-by stop and take pictures of the memorial makes you feel really proud, it’s a really fitting tribute to those who gave everything they had for us. Ros Liddle added: “This is a tribute for those who didn’t return and I think it’s been really good for the town to have something to come together over in memory of the fallen. “Large parts of this project would not have been completed if not from the help we received from Hopwood Hall College’s Skills for Life team. They sourced so many of the materials and created all of the tin poppies, without them it definitely wouldn’t have been the same.“

World Skills Women in Trade A group of our Technology Centre students recently travelled to the Birmingham NEC for World Skills’ Women in Trades exhibition. The day was a fantastic opportunity to highlight the importance and contribution of women in trades.


Adult courses now available! We’ve launched a new range of adult courses to provide opportunities for those looking to retrain or upskill. The courses include training in a range of subjects including Bookkeeping, IT, Cookery, Welding and Computer Aided Design. All have been created to give adults looking to retrain in a new field an ideal opportunity to do so. As is such, the courses will be run on a part time basis and almost all of them will be free to enrol on. Starting in January, the College will also be running a number of short online qualifications alongside the part-time courses to broaden an individual’s skillset without the need to fully retrain. Students will be able to gain qualifications in subjects such as Social Media and Online Safety, Environmental Sustainability, Managing Personal Finance and understanding Employment, Business and Enterprise. • Award in Understanding Employment, Business and Enterprise • Award in Awareness of Social Media and Online Safety • Award in Internet Safety for IT User

• Level 1 Award Healthy Living • Level 2 Award Healthy Living • Level 1 Award in Health and Safety • Level 2 Award Food Safety in Catering • Level 2 Award in 2D Computer Aided Design • Level 1 Award In Introductory Welding Skills - Manual Metal Arc (MMA) Welding • Level 1 Award In Introductory Welding Skills - Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding • Level 1 Award In Introductory Welding Skills - Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding • Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping - Part Time • Level 1 Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking • Level 2 Professional Patisserie and Confectionery • Level 2 Award for IT Users Part Time

• Award in Citizenship • Award in Equality and Diversity • Award in Introduction to British Values • Award in Managing Personal Finance • Award in Mental Health and Well-being • Level 1 Award Environmental Sustainability

• Level 2 Award Environmental Sustainability

• Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing - Gym Based ExerciseApplications can be made on Hopwood Hall College’s website along with a free downloadable copy of the Adult Guide.


New Starter Day The Year 10 Taster Day Year 10 Taster Day 2019 is planned Tuesday 2nd July 2018 The for Thursday 4th July. This year we have

Preparations are now underway for New made changes to the event to give the Starter Day on Tuesday 2nd July 2018 9am- students a better experience of College life, 3pm. to maximise our resources, attract more Please be reminded, if you are involved in interviewing potential students and to increase our applications students they must be given a New Starter Day Post card at their for September 2019. interview. Registrations are currently down on previous years for this event so we would appreciate your support in reminding students to register. The Marketing team will be contacting all Programme Managers and Centre Directors for planned curriculum activities, room locations and additional logistics. In the meantime, if you have any queries please contact the Marketing team on extension 6945.

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In previous years we have asked you to run two sessions where you repeat your lessons twice, once in the morning and again in the afternoon. This year the day will run from 10am-2pm and you will only be required to run one (2 hour) session. For a reminder on the full breakdown on the day, please contact Nichola Martin on extension 6968.

Share your student successes! We’re always eager to show off all the excellent achievements of Hopwood Hall College’s students.


We’re always on the lookout for new: Alumni – Any students who have completed their studies and gone into full time employment or studied a degree at university Progress Case Studies – Examples of students who have progressed through various levels of a course or have made noteworthy achievements you would like displayed in a poster or in promotional materials Good news stories – Any stories on special achievements made by students inside or outside of College Contact a member of the Marketing team if you have any brilliant examples of these.

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• 5km Santa Dash or Dawdle with quiz (accessible 1km route around campus) • Fancy dress competition • Hot Vimto and mince pies • Skills4Life team stall

• Springhill Hospice charity stall • Carol singing - the Lounge • Christmas film - Glass Room • Meditation sessions • Yoga session • iLearn Challenge Pre-booked minibuses are available to transport groups from Rochdale campus - please contact Paul Penfold.

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All Staff and Students welcome!

Not all heroes wear capes, some wear gym clothes… MIS Assistant and Sports Arena gym inhabitant, Mahmoud Farag, won Tribal Group’s ‘Unsung Hero’ award after being nominated by our Director of Information Services and Systems, Matthew Taylor. Despite being a highly valued member of the Hopwood Hall College team, Mahmoud was credited as an unsung hero for his brilliant work ethic and smooth management of his responsibilities. Much of Mahmoud’s work is crucial to the successful planning of student timetables and classroom allocation, without him the College would be a poorer place!


Staff Updates Welcome to our new starters: Anna Wood - Learning Support Assistant Amy Pearce - Learning Support Assistant Arbab Afzal - Procurement Apprentice Marie Donnelly - Work Experience Development Officer Terence Dunn - Assessor Andrew Leatherbarrow - Academic Support Tutor Trevor Lewis - Lecturer Emma Dunphy - Lecturer Elaine Baker - Learning Support Assistant Christopher Lawford - Assessor Kaye McCullam - Exams Assistant Luke Haughey - Football Development Coach Lucy Haslam - Student Support Tutor

Sobia Akram - I-Learn Coach Kieron Duggan - Technician Richenda Yates - Director of Apprenticeships & Employer Engagement Paolo Catalano - Security Officer Dale Blezard - Technician

Good luck to those that have left us: Matthew Rush - IT Support Technician Michael Bruns - Programme Manager Richard Gottfried - Marketing Manager Karen Irvine - Technician Sultana Begum - Learning Support Assistant Daniella Boyle - Apprenticeship Engagement Rachel Qazi - Apprentice

Juliet Hilditch-Ghazi - Learning Support Officer Gwendolyn Raikes - Finance Assistant Adam Lear - HR Assistant Kasar Mahmood - Lecturer Sabrina Jameel - Student Support Tutor Sarah Devoy - Senior Student & College Services Bernadette Holmes - Assessor Rebecca Neville - Work Experience Development Officer Theresa Halliday - Lecturer Stacey Pendlebury - Learning Support Assistant Sarah Graham - Learning Support Assistant

Travel & Tourism students tackle annual Christmas party

Travel & Tourism students did a brilliant job of hosting a number of activities at our annual Children’s Christmas party, the event was a big success once again! If you would like pictures of yourself/attending family members, please contact Sam Webster.

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And another positive student story… Sports student, Fedinand Chibuike, recently showed just how good Hopwood Hall College’s students can be. Fedinand gave up three of his Saturdays to volunteer as a mentor for other students studying their English and Maths resits. During the weekend revision sessions, he supported tutors in getting resit students as prepared as possible for their upcoming exams. If that doesn’t paint a good enough picture of him, he even said he will be using his reward vouchers to buy his sister’s Christmas presents!

Star of the Month awards Hopwood Hall College stalwart, Karin Tweedale, earned September’s Star of the Month award. The ever-reliable member of the Student College Services team was nominated by Catering Lecturer, Katie Allen:

Finance Apprentice, Georgia Jones was nominated for the October award by Head of Finance, Joanne Bentley: “On the first day of term, learners had problems with the Cashless Reloader. Georgia worked with the Facilities team to resolve the issue and given the significant number of students involved, the impact of her efforts was huge. “Nothing is ever too much trouble for Georgia who recently went the extra mile to make sure her invoicing was up to date by staying behind after her normal working hours as she had been working on audit preparation. She truly deserves this award.”

“Karin has ensured that all of the bursary and uniform applications/orders are organised. She is constantly helpful and often goes out of her way to help learners, staff and the Catering department in general - always with a smile!”


Hopwood Hall College Highlights Thank you to all the staff members who sent in pictures and involved the Marketing team in their course area activities. Here are just some of the fantastic Hopwood Hall happenings we used to help promote your courses…












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