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spotlight on success Annual Review 2009/10 for parents, students and the community

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The new engineering wing - opened March 2010


Welcome

As a multi-award winning education provider, Pembrokeshire College is proud of its achievements and those of its students. Over the next few pages we’ve picked out some of the highlights from 2009/10 to give a flavour of life at the College.

Our Mission Statement:

To provide the highest quality learning experience for all our learners.

Notable Successes in 2009/2010

• A-Level results 2009/10 - 97% pass rate of which 25% were A* or A grade and 70% in the A* - C category read more on page 9 • Over 90% of students enrolled on programme areas that are rated “outstanding” or “good” (Estyn Grade 1 or Grade 2) • Fforwm Winner: Effective Support and Guidance of Learners 2009 • Fforwm Runner-up: Managing Vocational Excellence (Catering) 2009 • Fforwm Runner-up: Utilizing ILT to Improve Communication, Collaboration and Participation in Learning 2009 • Fforwm Runner-up: Leadership of Innovation in the Management of Quality 2009 • Green Gown Awards - 2 Highly Commended read more on page 11 • Green Gown Award: Carbon Reduction 2010 • UK’s Best Trainee Environmental Scientists • UK’s Best Trainee Welder • UK’s Best Aromatherapist Full list of competition winners on pages 4 and 5

Attainment Completion Successful Completion

09/10 08/09 07/08 88% 87% 85% 91% 90% 88% 80% 78% 75%

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Achievement spotlight on

1. UK’s Best Trainee Environmental Scientists Jessica Holmes, Craig Robertson & Ashley Bolton College students and Chevron apprentices Jessica, Craig and Ashley battled against six teams from Carmarthenshire, the Netherlands and Newcastle, to be crowned the UK’s best Environmental Scientists in July 2010.

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2. UK’s Best Trainee Welder - Steven Kokolin Competing against the top ten trainee welders from across the UK, Steven impressed judges with his natural talent for welding and was crowned UK Champion in April 2010.

3. One of the UK’s Top Trainee Joiners - Rhydian Williams Competing at the SkillBuild National Final, Rhydian picked up the silver medal just two marks off securing gold. Success in the competition helped him secure the position of joinery instructor at the College.

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4. UK’s Best Aromatherapist - Danielle Greep Complementary Therapies student Danielle shone at the national final and has a beautiful future ahead of her after picking up the gold medal. As a result of her achievements, Danielle is now due to start work at a hotel in Australia fulfilling her ambition to work overseas.

5. One of the UK’s Top Trainee Beauty Therapists Jakita Roach Jakita’s polished performance earned her the silver medal in the WorldSkills Beauty National Final, beating off competition from across the UK.

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6. Marine Engineers of the Year - James King & Alistair Beedie Boat Construction and Marine Engineering students James and Alistair were hand-picked from entries across Wales for the prestigious IMarEST Student of the Year Award. Joint-winners, James is now hoping to join the Merchant Navy as an engineer and Alistair has set up his own business.

7 & 7a. Best Apprentice Welders in Wales - Craig Wheeler, Ian Harries & Jeremy Coombs

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Trainee welders wiped the board at the BOC Welsh Championship Final securing 1st place and joint runner-up places. All three are now preparing for SkillWeld 2012 where they will compete against trainee welders from across the UK.

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8. Wales’ Best Hairdresser - Kyle Rowland Competing at the prestigious Salon Cymru 2010, Kyle secured first place in the male hairstyling category of the competition. Employed as a barber at The Hair Lounge in Cardigan, Kyle’s natural ability saw him put forward to compete throughout his time at the College.

9. Welsh Culinary Association Medal Winner Kristian Fuchs

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Competing in the WorldSkills semi-final in Carmarthenshire before going on to represent Wales in the final held in Bournemouth, Kristian came away with bronze for his efforts. Kristian also competed in the Welsh Culinary Championship finals held at Llandrillo College where he secured another bronze medal.

10. Skills Ambassador for the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) - Neil Walters Neil was picked from hundreds of entries to be a Skills Ambassador for WAG due to his commitment to learning. Described as one of the best entries they had ever read, Neil was determined to complete his HNC in Animal Studies, even taking exams whilst in hospital, after contracting Loa Loa disease while undertaking volunteer work with chimpanzees and gorillas in west Africa.

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11. Britain’s youngest ever winner of a stage rally Nick Cristofaro Despite being too young to hold a licence Nick, a Motorsport student at the College, has made history becoming the youngest ever winner of a stage rally in Britain. A junior racer, Nick managed to beat the seniors and won the race outright.

12. A first for the football academy The Pembrokeshire College Football Academy were drawn against Coleg Powys in the Welsh Schools under 19 Cup national stages, the first time the College have gone this far in its history. Jane James from Chevron said “Through Chevron’s ‘Energy for Learning’ initiative, students are encouraged to reach their full potential and we congratulate these sportsmen and women on another excellent year of training and achievement.”

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13. College graduation 2010 The imposing atmosphere of St. Davids Cathedral saw over 600 people gather to witness students receiving their degrees, HNDs, HNCs and postgraduate awards, with record numbers graduating with distinctions and first class honours. 11

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Community spotlight on

1. SEA your future Working alongside Careers Wales West, the College was involved in several successful careers events throughout the year including one for coastal and maritime careers held in Milford Haven Docks.

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The maritime industry was alive and kicking with representation from Svitzer, the Royal Navy, and Braemaer Howells Ltd to mention just a few. Visitors to the event were presented with a vast array of inspiring career routes, from merchant shipping to marine engineering to boat building.

2. Panto There was never a dull moment in the drama department during 09/10 with a number of public productions including Jack and the Beanstalk and Return to the Forbidden Planet.

3. Trainee chefs learn from the best

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Catering students at Pembrokeshire College got to learn from the best as they worked alongside Mitch Tonks, the celebrated restaurateur known as London’s ‘best fishmonger’, at the opening day of Pembrokeshire’s award-winning Fish Week in Milford Haven. Twelve student chefs found themselves lending a hand to celebrity chef Mitch along with a number of local chefs as they filleted, cooked and served fresh, locally-landed fish to members of the public throughout the day.

4. Adult Learner Award Winner - Jean Thomas Jean from Dale won an Adult Learner Award for her dedication to learning whilst studying through the College’s STEP Programme. Thanks to Jean, more than 10 courses have been delivered through the STEP Project to the people of Dale, Marloes and St Ishmaels.

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5. Ecologist teaches respect at College Students experienced a mind-blowing and life-changing talk by Phil Williams when he came into the College to talk about sustainable development and global citizenship. Having spent 18 years living around the planet, mostly making programmes for the BBC, Phil is a huge admirer of the way the indigenous Indians live in harmony with nature and how different that is to our materialistic, wasteful and stressful lives in the UK. Phil had his audience captivated through clever storytelling about his time spent in the Amazon combined with hard facts about the environment.

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Charity spotlight on

Throughout 2009/10 the College supported many good causes and raised thousands of pounds for charity. Below are just some of the highlights from the year. 6

6. College donates printers to Malawi Last year the College decided to donate some of its older computers which were coming out of service to Fisherman's Rest, a charity operating in Malawi. Once in Malawi, local school children helped build a classroom to house the computers and solar panels were installed to run them. For many it was the first time they had seen a computer.

7. Students help orphanage in Madagascar A group of ten students from Pembrokeshire College undertook a month long expedition to Madagascar. During their trip the group helped a local orphanage to construct a nature trail through woodland to help the children gain a better understanding of their natural environment, and encourage them to preserve the flora and fauna that the island is famed for. The students made huge strides in developing their range of skills including team-building and communication, but most importantly their confidence.

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8. Cancer charity benefited from hair-raising experience Male staff at the College went through the agony of hair-waxing to raise funds for breast cancer research. Touched by the plight of colleagues who have experienced the trauma of being diagnosed and treated for cancer, a hair waxing session was set up for male members of staff, who volunteered to provide foundation year beauty therapists with hands-on experience - and in doing so, found themselves relieved of the hair on their backs, chest, legs and face. A total of £1,100 was raised for breast cancer research projects.

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9. Students ‘wake up and smell the coffee’ for charity Staff and students across College took part in The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, the UK’s third biggest fundraising event. With the perfect excuse to indulge, College hospitality and catering students baked delicious cakes and biscuits whilst college caterers Chartwells donated free cups, milk and sugar and Preseli Coffee donated coffee beans. 9

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Art Exhibition 2010

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Main picture: ND Graphic Design student Arthur Brooker with his winning poster. The College’s 2010 annual art exhibition got off to a colourful start. Two years of study commitment finally came to a rewarding close when excited art students proudly displayed their creative installations - a mix of contemporary, 3D design and classical themes. Inset: Louis Backhouse completed his Fashion & Textiles course last summer and is now studying womens fashion at the prestigious Central, St Martins, University of Arts London.


Curriculum spotlight on

1. Successful exhibition for budding architects First, second and final year BA (Hons) Architectural Technology students gathered together to showcase a range of designs for the built environment in their end of year exhibition.

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Real-life projects included the brief to design a new cafe extension for Tenby Museum - students added a twist to the brief by producing conceptual work which celebrated the 500th anniversary of acclaimed Tenby born mathematician, Robert Record, (made famous for inventing the equals sign).

2. Top A-Level results A-Level students achieved outstanding exam results in this period. The College’s overall pass rate for full-time students was 97%, of which 25% were A* or A grade and 70% in the A* - C category. 2009/10 pass rates once again exceeded the national average. Vera Schroeter (picture 2 far right) said “My time at the College has been a positive one - I received great support from my tutors and I am now looking forward to studying Psychology at Cardiff University.”

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3. Fit Club launched To encourage more women into the sector, local AM Joyce Watson collaborated with Pembrokeshire College and Coleg Sir Gar to launch an e-forum for Women in Construction. With a 21% rise in females enrolling on construction courses at the College in 2009 and almost 200,000 women employed in the UK construction industry, it proves that it’s definitely not just “jobs for the boys!” To further encourage and support females into traditionally male trades, Females In Technology was launched. Aimee Grover (picture 3) was awarded a bursary to help with her plumbing studies.

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4. Students participate in televised debate Four Pembrokeshire College law students saw democracy in action when they participated in BBC Wales’ Welsh Leaders Debate filmed in Pontardawe and broadcast live as part of the BBC’s election 2010 coverage. The students, all first-time voters: Vera Shroeter, Jocelyn Aveyard, Dominic Teeling and Nikita Lewis, pictured with BBC Wales’ political editor Betsan Powys who chaired the debate, were able to weigh up the comments and policies of all the main parties in Wales and also managed to secure an invitation to visit the Welsh Assembly after the election. Law lecturer Joy Sandifer said “We encourage awareness of the political dimension of life and the 4 impact of policies locally, and as part of our activities at the College we also develop debating skills among our students.”

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International success In 2009/10 the International Department continued to attract students from overseas. By the year’s end there were 116 students from 15 countries studying at the College. Student success was also attributed to the vital role of local host families who support the students through their homes. Additionally the College continues to develop training contracts with countries in South America, the Middle East and Asia. A British Council sponsored partnership with Sharjah Institute of Technology in the United Arab Emirates enabled staff and student exchanges to take place. Below: International students on a trip to Swansea.

Art Exhibition 2010With the standard of entries getting better year-on-year, the judges found it increasingly difficult to choose the between styles and pick a winner. 6

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Campus spotlight on

1. Politicians visit Pembrokeshire College’s energy centre The year started with Assembly Minister for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning and Skills Jane Hutt and Assembly Member Joyce Watson taking a tour of the College’s most recent development - the Energy Centre - which sits within the new £3.1 million Construction Centre at the main College campus in Haverfordwest.

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Members of the College’s renewable team gave the Minister a tour of the award-winning building, part of which is dedicated to sustainable and renewable technologies, including rainwater harvesting, bio-mass and under-floor heating.

2. New engineering wing While the Energy Centre is based in the mezzanine of the new £3.1million Construction Centre, the £2.1million engineering wing has been built as an extension onto the main College building. This new facility is also flying the flag as an ‘engineering the gas out’ development which is so energy-efficient that it doesn’t require a boiler.

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3. Training4business launch Responding to the needs of businesses in west Wales and beyond, Pembrokeshire College launched ‘training4business’ - a new service to offer bespoke training expertise to local industry and commerce. Officially launched by Rupert Moon, ex-Wales rugby star and Llanelli Scarlets commercial director, training4business builds on the College’s current training provision. Through offering trusted accredited courses and top training resources to clients, the focus is on maximising profitability and delivering professional expertise with a particular emphasis on complying with legislative requirements.

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4. Green Gown Awards 2010 – winners announced In June 2010 the College gained recognition for its efforts in reducing carbon emissions, winning a high-profile Green Gown Award - earning it a place among the UK’s most sustainable colleges and universities. With the winning entries drawn from more than 191 applications, the College went through a rigorous assessment process involving 44 expert judges. Winning the Award is thanks to the huge effort of all staff and all departments in cutting their use of fossil fuels.

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Now in their sixth year, the Awards recognise exceptional initiatives being taken by higher and further education institutions to become more sustainable.

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Datganiadau Ariannol ar Gyfer y Flwyddyn Financial Statement for the Year yn Gorffen 31 Gorffennaf 2010 Ended 31 July 2010 Incwm Grantiau Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru

2009/10 £’000

2008/09 £’000

Income

2008/09 £’000

13,783

13,208

13,783

13,208

Ffioedd hyfforddiant a chytundebau addysg

2,618

2,550

Tuition fees and education contracts

2,618

2,550

Incwm arall

1,760

1,577

Other income

1,760

1,577

Gwaddoliad ac incwm o fuddsoddiadau Cyfanswm incwm

Gwariant Costau staff

Welsh Assembly Government grants

2009/10 £’000

17

103

17

103

18,178

17,438

Endowment and investment income Total income

18,178

17,438

2009/10 £’000

2008/09 £’000

Expenditure

2009/10 £’000

2008/09 £’000

12,251

12,297

12,251

12,297

Staff costs

Treuliau gweithredu eraill

4,199

3,949

Other operating expenses

4,199

3,949

Dibrisiad

1,168

1,152

Depreciation

1,168

1,152

Llog a chostau ariannol eraill Cyfanswm y gwariant (Diffyg) / Gwarged ar weithgareddau parhaus ar ôl dibrisio asedau sefydlog diriaethol ar brisiad a chyn treth (Colled) / Elw ar waredu asedau (Diffyg) / Gwarged ar weithgareddau parhaus ar ôl dibrisio asedau sefydiog diriaethol ar brisiad a gwerthu asedau a chyn ar ac ôl trethiant

250

235

17,868

17,633

310

(195)

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345

322

150

Nodiadau Y cyfrif incwm a gwariant yw’r un am weithgareddau parhaus Coleg Sir Benfro Dangosyddion ariannol allweddol • Trosiant - wedi gostwng gan 4.24% i £18.18m • Gwarged o £322,000 o’i gymharu â gwarged o £150,000 yn 2008/9 • Buddsoddiad cyfalaf dros y 7 mlynedd diwethaf - £14.7m • Cymhareb incwm a thaliadau - 70.52% • Cymhareb amrywiaeth incwm - 24.0% RHIFAU MYFYRWYR Addysg Bellach

2009/10

2008/09

Llawn-amser

1963

1880

Rhan-amser

5904

5294

Cyfanswm

7867

7174

Addysg Uwch

2009/10

2008/09

Llawn-amser

153

161

Rhan-amser

317

310

Cyfanswm

470

471

Interest and other finance costs Total expenditure

250

235

17,868

17,633

310

(195)

12

345

322

150

(Deficit) / Surplus on continuing operations after depreciation of tangible fixed assets as valuation and before taxation (Loss) / Profit on disposal of assets (Deficit) / Surplus on continuing operations after depreciation of tangible fixed assets at valuation and disposal of assets and before and after taxation

Notes The income and expenditure account is in respect of continuing activities of Pembrokeshire College Key financial indicators • Turnover – increased by 4.24% to £18.18m • Surplus of £322,000 compared to a surplus of £150,000 in 2008/9 • Capital investment over the last 7 years - £14.7m • Pay income ratio – 70.52% • Income diversity ratio – 24.0% STUDENT NUMBERS Further Education

2009/10

2008/09

Full-time

1963

1880

Part-time

5904

5294

Total

7867

7174

2009/10

2008/09

Full-time

153

161

Part-time

317

310

Total

470

471

Higher Education

2009/10

2008/09

TOTALS

2009/10

2008/09

Llawn-amser

2116

2041

Full-time

2116

2041

Rhan-amser

6221

5604

Part-time

6221

5604

7645

Total

8337

7645

CYFANSYMIAU

Cyfanswm

8337

Nodiadau 1. Ffynhonnell: EBS (Cronfa Ddata Ganolog Myfyrwyr), 11 Ionawr 2011

Notes 1. Source: EBS (Central Student Database), 11 January 2011

09/10 08/09 07/08 Cyrhaeddiad 88% 87% 85% Cwblhad 91% 90% 88% Cwblhad Llwyddiannus 80% 78% 75%

09/10 08/09 07/08 Attainment 88% 87% 85% Completion 91% 90% 88% Successful Completion 80% 78% 75%


2009/10 Annual Review