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Nursery gets grade one, Council Traineeships Scheme & more...

60 seconds with, upcoming events, Theatrical Media & more...

February 2014


to the South & City College Birmingham Staff Newsletter

A word from


Mike Hopkins


3 College news 6 Doing our bit 7 Best practice – cross college working 8 eTracker 8 Pastoral team 9 InBusiness 9 Hello & goodbye 10 IT 10 Staff member of the month 11 Health & safety 11 Hair & Beauty 12 Upcoming events 12 ESOL 12 Library Cat 13 HR 14 Customer Liaison 15 60 seconds with... 15 Theatrical Media 15 Sports academy



hope like me you find FYi to be an excellent reference point for all that goes on in the college and a reminder of just how much has happened and been achieved already this year. Just a quick glance at what is featured on the various the covers is an insight into the extent of our activity and our reputation, especially when we have to debate which of our number of events should be on the front cover. We are now half way through the academic year and so far there has been no indication of an impending inspection which is good news. I’m sure this is due to our performance and reputation and also the new risk based inspection process which means there is a far greater focus on grade three and four colleges. The one outstanding achievement since our last FYi is of course the nursery’s Ofsted grade one which is no mean achievement in the current climate, and in view of the fact it is a teaching nursery and part of the health and care division. It is our first Ofsted overall grade one and a great start in our preparation for the inevitable full college inspection. I have no doubt everyone at the college is capable of excellence and if we can pull together as a college we will be outstanding! One thing that impacts on me when I talk to staff is nearly everyone thinks their area either is or will be outstanding but doesn’t think the college is – it stands to reason if each area is outstanding we can be outstanding overall! We had a visit from the US ambassador, who selected the college for a visit and discussion with students and went away with an extremely positive view of our students, the college and Birmingham, and again we received some good press coverage from this. Next week [3-7 March] is National Apprenticeship Week and as a college we will be engaged in a large number of activities. It’s important staff support these activities wherever possible and help raise awareness of Apprenticeships. Mike Hopkins


College news

Nursery graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted

The early years nursery at the college has been awarded a grade one ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. The nursery received exceptional praise in all areas from the Office for Standards in Education in their report published January 2014, which followed a vigorous inspection. The comments included: l The

nursery provides an exceptionally inviting environment. l There are excellent arrangements for safeguarding in the nursery and the staff have a very well developed understanding of their responsibilities to protect children. l Children benefit from interesting learning experiences through activities that are exceptionally well delivered indoors and outdoors. l Children are highly valued and the superb key person arrangements ensure they form strong relationships and are happy. l There is an extremely successful partnership with parents, who pay glowing tribute to the staff in the nursery. l Children are very well prepared for their future learning, independence is promoted and children are superbly supported as they progress towards their early learning goals. The nursery, which is based at the college’s Hall Green Campus, serves the college’s students, staff and local population – ensuring that people that have children who want to continue in their education can. The nursery is also a teaching area for students at the college studying childcare. It offers

excellent on the job work placements for students who wish to work in childcare settings once they have achieved their qualifications at the college. They are able to learn firsthand what an outstanding childcare setting looks like, and they can take this knowledge to their future workplaces with them. Mike Hopkins said: “We are extremely proud that Ofsted has recognised South and City College Nursery as an outstanding setting for children. The staff are dedicated to providing the best environment and experience they can for the children, and this report recognises their hard work and achievements.” Liz Beard, nursery manager added: “We are ecstatic about achieving a grade one outstanding. As a team we have all worked hard over a number of years to create an environment where children can flourish and reach their potential from this young age. “We are not going to rest on our laurels though, we are constantly looking at how we can move forward, and our next goal is to work towards achieving ITERS (Infant

toddler environment rating scale) and ECERS (the early childhood environment rating scale), through linking up with the early years consultants from the local authority.” On the nursery manager and nursery’s staff, the report said: “The manager offers inspirational leadership...the staff are highly valued and consistently supported to develop and enhance their skills... and the impact on the staff’s training and development is extensive.” The nursery has also recently achieved nationally recognised assurance of quality accreditation working alongside the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) on a setting reflective and improvement plan, and the nursery is now part of the elite childcare settings within Birmingham. In addition, the nursery has been awarded the highest rating of food hygiene from Birmingham City Council and the Food Standards Agency. To read the full report, you will find a link on the college website. FYi FEBRUARY 2014


News US Ambassador discusses global politics with students The US ambassador to the UK visited Digbeth Campus to talk with students about the role of diplomacy in world relations and to get their views on political issues [Thursday 6 February 2014]. Ambassador Matthew Barzun delivered an interactive talk with clickers allowing students to respond to multiple-choice questions on US/UK relations and the role each country plays in global politics; he later opened up the floor to allow students to air their views and ask questions on matters including equality, Syria and the power of corporations. The purpose of the visit was for Ambassador Barzun to engage with young people from a range of backgrounds to get a better understanding of their opinions on world and national issues. The US Embassy is looking to regularly interact with youth audiences as part of their public diplomacy mission. The ambassador spoke to 30 students from IT and business courses for just over an hour. Ambassador Barzun has been in post since last summer having been appointed by President Barrack Obama. He has previously



been a US ambassador to Sweden and worked in sourcing finance for Obama’s two presidential campaigns. When asked about his visit to the college, Ambassador Matthew Barzun said: “I loved coming in today to talk to the students. It’s always good to listen to what they have to say as well as learn from it and feed it back.” Student union president, Selmah Habib, spent the morning showing Ambassador Barzun around the campus: “I really enjoyed the talk by Matthew today, there were a number of interesting debates covered which was very enlightening. It was also inspiring to see how governments try to work together on global issues.” Principal Mike Hopkins said: “I think it’s great to have been selected by the ambassador who was particularly interested in listening to what our students had to say on big issues. It shows the standard of excellence the college has with people −with credentials such as Matthew’s − wanting to come visit us.” The visit has now formed a relationship between the college and the US embassy who will now look to work together in future ventures.

College wins medals at culinaire competition Students triumphed at the recent Salon Culinaire competition beating catering and hospitality students from across the country. Our students won a total of nine medals, including four gold, three silver and three bronze as well as a certificate of merit, and awards for best in class and best visiting student. Over 200 students from colleges across the country including Liverpool, Henley and UCB competed in the competition hosted by North Warwickshire & Hinckley College, who have been running the competition for over 20 years. The competition involved students showcasing their talents in live classes in the kitchen and the restaurant, in areas such as napkin folding, fish filleting and international cooking. Sharon Griffiths, food and beverage lecturer said: “We’re extremely proud of the fantastic result and it shows the skills set our learners achieve whilst at SCCB is of a very high standard.” Winning gold for the college were catering student Amit Sunsoa in basic vegetable cuts, Ojezua Aisuebeogun in pasta dish, and Sarah Greenwood and Samantha Johnson in napkin folding. Phil Rosiaro in Asian inspired dish, Nar Sahani in chicken cuts and Hayley Lewis in table clearing were all awarded bronze medals, with Samantha Johnson receiving the accolade of best in class and Ojezua Aisuebeogun titles the best visiting student. Mike Hopkins, principal of the college said: “Well done to the students who took part, and to their tutors who will have helped them achieve their success. Competitions are a great way to really stretch students’ skills and also boost their confidence in their own abilities.”

News Famous stylist talks to fashion students Charlene Campbell, a celebrity stylist and presenter, came to the Fusion Centre to speak with level one to HDN fashion students about what it is like to work in the fashion industry [29 January 2014]. Charlene, who was visiting from London, discussed with students for about an hour how she studied fashion, worked her way into the industry as an intern before progressing to where she is today. She also gave students insight into achieving success, the growing trend of online fashion and what a typical day’s work involves. Charlene has worked with a number of world famous brands such as Glamour and Cosmopolitan and at events such as London Fashion Week. After working in fashion for several years Charlene made the decision to head off into entrepreneurship and set up her own business. Talking about her decision to set up Style News UK, Charlene said: “I wanted to work for myself so I could provide a service to different clients under an umbrella of fashion and journalism.” Faith Scott-Richards, 17, who is studying a level two course in fashion and clothing said: “I thought the presentation was amazing. It was interesting to learn about how she started off to where she is now – it gave me a good overview of what I want to do. She also reminded us all to keep a positive attitude when trying to find work placements.” Charlene said about the visit: “It was great to talk to such bright, young talent – “don’t be afraid to chase people up” is what I want the students to take away with them today.”

National Diversity Awards 2014

Mohammed Zafran, the Bordesley Green Community Liaison Officer known as Zaf, has been nominated in the ‘Positive Role Model Of The Year’ category at the National Diversity Awards 2014. This is a public-led voting system, which closes on July 18 2014, so we all need to get behind Zaf and vote. The event will be held in London on

the 26 September 2014. For those who don’t know, Zaf runs the All 4 Youth & Community project in Small Heath. The organisation’s aim is to introduce 14 to 19 year olds to work and sport, which helps to integrate young people into the community and acts as a steppingstone towards further education. To vote, visit:

College supports The Albion Foundation charity event The college supported The Albion Foundation’s charity event in which five blind footballers walked 86 miles in five days. Walk The Albion Way saw players from West Bromwich Albion’s B1 blind team take on the challenging task of walking from Anfield to the Hawthorns. The college provided a team of media students and staff who documented the venture through film and camera. A number of media students accompanied the team, putting their filmography and photography skills into practise to capture the whole event.

Mike Hopkins said: “We’re proud to be supporting Walk The Albion Way. The college and our students often get involved in charity events. Not only does it help others in the community, but also it gives our students the excellent opportunity to put their skills to the test in a real work situation.” Challenge organiser, Jon Ross, from The Albion Foundation, said: “We are overwhelmed by the support shown to us by local businesses and we want to thank them for encouragement.” For more information on the challenge visit www.walkthealbion



News College offer Traineeships with council The college is working with Birmingham City Council to offer a Traineeship programme that is giving young people in Birmingham the skills and experience needed for employment. The council has offered a ten week Traineeship opportunity to 12 young people who have little skills or experience in the workplace but who want to work in business administration. Following the Traineeship, there will a guaranteed interview that may lead up to six full time, paid Apprenticeship jobs. The Trainees who started their placements on Monday 20 January are working within Birmingham City Council’s People’s Directorate, and are getting on the job experience as professional support assistants in providing administration and clerical support to staff and external customers. They also attend the college to gain additional workplace, CV and interview skills

to increase their employability prospects. Traineeships were launched by the government in August 2013 to help young people who would like to undertake an Apprenticeship or job but who do not yet have the skills or experience to be successful in getting employed. They are unpaid work experience placements, which include essential workplace skills as well as on-the-job training. Lakesh Paul, aged 18, from Wolverhampton, is one of the Trainees. He said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at the council and I’m now familiar with working in an office environment. This week I’ve been working alongside people services helping with adoption administration work like archiving and managing databases. I’ve also had the chance to develop my telephone skills and I have learnt about the internal mail system. Working with a range of teams has allowed me to broaden my knowledge of the organisation and I have been able to transfer skills I’ve learnt in one department to another. “This Traineeship has given me some great experience to put on my CV. I really wanted to work in administration, but was struggling to get a job because I didn’t have any experience – I am hoping that completing the Traineeship will change that for me.”

Topps Tiles supports students with donation Topps Tiles, the UK’s leading tile and wood flooring specialist, is supporting students at the college by providing much needed materials for their studies. Students on wall and floor tiling courses have received over 500 square metres of tiles from the retailer, to help with their practical studies.



Carl Goulden, course tutor said: “The on-going donations made by Topps Tiles have made a huge difference to our students. Having materials to practice with means they are able to gain essential practical experience, boosting their skills and improving their employment opportunities after graduating from college.”

Doing our bit Oxfam Level 3 beauty therapy students organised a spa day in December 2013, where they raised a fantastic £470 for the Oxfam Philippines Appeal. On 24 February Josie Martin from Oxfam came to the Hall Green Campus where students, who accompanied by John Hillen, presented the representative with the cheque for £470. Josie expressed the deepest thanks from Oxfam for all the students efforts and support. Oxfam have been working tirelessly since Typhoon Haiyan devastated large areas of the Philippines in November 2013. Since then they have managed to reach and help 547,000 people, however more still needs to be done to help people rebuild and recover their lives.

SIFA Level 1 health and social care students and tutor Jo Prior-Brown raised £201 for SIFA Fireside by making and selling cakes, pakoras, baklava, onion bajis, samosas and biscuits. The group presented the cheque to Anna Pendlebury, a support worker from the charity, who then gave the group a guided tour of SIFA Fireside. SIFA Fireside is a Birmingham based charity working with homeless people, and those who misuse alcohol and drugs. Students were able to ask questions about the service and some of the group requested volunteering forms.

Regulars Best practice – cross college working Working together for the benefit of our students and employers Business consultant, Tracy Kerr and placement officer, Linda Waldron work within the construction curriculum teams at the construction campus. Linda’s role is to arrange construction placements within the industry and part of Tracy’s role is to identify Apprenticeship opportunities with employers. Tracy and Linda say: “We couldn’t do our jobs without the help, support and knowledge of the tutors and assessors within the construction curriculum.”

Synergy The team discovered early on through working together they were able to offer existing students and employers the best possible support in exposing our students to the construction industry and what work experience and employment opportunities are available to them. Linda says: “Work experience is a valuable part of the learning process as it enables students to transfer skills learnt in college into a realistic work setting and therefore preparing them for their future in the industry. To secure an Apprenticeship and be offered a full time job at the end of their placement period is one of the best case scenarios for the student. I believe we have one of the best college construction placement services in the region and I am pleased Tracy is using this to service and promote the construction apprenticeship programmes.”

Companies who say ‘no’ to Apprenticeships will often buy in and benefit from our placement service Tracy has ‘tapped’ into the value of the college’s placement service through working with Linda and has been promoting it to employers for some time. Tracy says: “This has

become a part of my toolkit when I meet new employers. Big companies that say ‘no’ to Apprenticeships will often take a range of placements, and these often convert to Apprenticeships after the placement period is completed. BAM Construct UK is just one example where this has been the case. They’re offering a range of placements to our students on exciting developments across Birmingham. The chances are many of these will convert into apprenticeships once the students have had the opportunity to prove their ability and potential. Many of these organisations have kept them on as Apprentices and the students are doing really well with a number of students now on advanced Apprenticeships within the same organisations.”

From placement to an Apprenticeship Tracy and Linda meet regularly to review where students are on placements. Linda says: “I can place students in a company and at the end of the placement period I have a review with the employer. The employer often asks if they can keep the student, and it is at this point I liaise with Tracy. She will then talk to the organisation and the placement student becomes their apprentice. This works really well and students ultimately gain a job at the end of their placement. When Tracy

identifies companies that require apprentices, she informs me and I will often put students forward who are suitable for the vacancy. Many of our existing students have secured good Apprenticeships through working this way.”

Support from the construction teams Tracy and Linda could not be as effective in what they do without the dedication, help and support from the curriculum teams. Tracy and Linda say: “We regularly liaise with assessors and managers about company requirements and students and they provide the specialist knowledge we need.” Tracy and Linda regularly meet companies with assessors to talk about Apprenticeships, work experience placements and training whilst also attending construction events. Tracy says: “Assessors have got longstanding relationships with companies and organisations. Along with tutors they will bring me leads of companies requiring apprentices and training, and I contact them to progress their requirements − this system works brilliantly. Recently work has been secured with major organisations through the curriculum teams passing on information to me about companies who require training.”



Regulars eTracker

Pastoral team

Firstly, can I just thank everyone for their support in getting eTracker up, running and populated with content. I would like to take this opportunity to give a special thank you to all the liaisons around the college who have been working tirelessly to support their staff and divisions in getting their eTracker provision up to speed. There is still much to do, but we are definitely travelling in the right direction. If you have not set up or used eTracker for any classes that form part of a full-time provision, it is essential you see your divisional eTracker liaison as soon as possible. Ed Jones is available for training across most major sites and is also available for group bookings at any site all day Thursday and Friday. It’s a 100% certainty Ofsted will check our eTracker for targets and progress tracking. With parents evening coming up, all staff need to ensure subject reviews are up to date and reflect current progress. For anyone who is not aware, subject reviews are automatically generated reports that compile attendance, punctuality, progress and causes for concerns for individual students. It takes five minutes to print them off for an entire class and then will be used as parents evening reports. It takes all the hard work out of parents evening. The good news is, lots of staff are setting targets in eTracker, but once set they are not being reviewed or updated. Could everyone please ensure they update all the targets they set and don’t leave them in a state of ‘in progress’. If you are having difficulty with this, see you divisional eTracker liaison or drop in and see Ed Jones. eTracker will be audited in the next few weeks. The quality division will randomly select a number of learners from each division and check the quality of target setting and assignment tracking. The results from this audit will be compiled and fed back to directors. Once again, thank you to everyone for all the hard work you have put into eTracker and if you have any issues, send me or Ed an email or just drop into a session. Ed Jones’ availability for 1-2-1 drop ins:

Volunteering events

Day Time Site Room Monday 09.00-12.00 Bordesley T102 13:00-16:00 Digbeth M202 Tuesday 09.00-12.00 Hall Green HB02 13:00-16:00 Tyseley T206 Wednesday 09.00-12.00 Handsworth 2204 13:00-16:00 Handsworth 3104 Thursday Available for flexible booking and division Friday training. Please email mandy.mccourt with your request

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Pastoral are promoting the many benefits of volunteering to our students with our key aim being to enrol as many as possible into placements. We want our students to gain work experience which will compliment their studies, give them a real sense of a professional environment and give them the necessary on the job experience which will help them in the future. Organisations attending: BVSC, Resources for Autism, St Johns Ambulance, British Red Cross and Pay Ahead Stay Ahead. Venues and dates: Site Date Time Handsworth Digbeth Bordesley Hall Green

3 March 4 March 5 March 6 March

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Tutor support and observations Yvonne Francis has received lesson and peer observation training for tutorial support and is happy to support you in tutorials along with any member of the pastoral team. The innovation hubs at the main campuses will host drop in sessions. Mandy McCourt will send out dates and times in an email detailing advice on effective tutorials, my work search, cross college events and further training.

Resources Prezis, resources and schemes can be found on Upskill and are continually updated. These are designed so that tutors do not have to create tutorials and there are a number of prezis for you to choose. Jason Harding continually develops resources for tutors and uploads them onto Upskill. Jason has developed the tutorial scheme with emphasis on target setting (linking into e-Tracker). Jo Tildsley and Jo Prior-Brown have been developing the scheme of work for the study programme in line with events for tutorials and the study programme. Jason and Jo delivered further training to the retail and commercial department. This covered target setting and the suitcase project. Email the pastoral team if you would like any more training. Submitted by Yvonne Francis.

Regulars InBusiness

Hello & goodbye New staff Gemma Large Learner Support Fund Administrator

Sallyanne Pulley Catering Assistant Shantelle Richards Catering Assistant Stefan Cahill Technician Kalwant Bhogal Lecturer: GCSE Maths

Mariam Malik Lecturer: Functional Skills (GCSE Maths)

Zoe Jubert Lecturer: Functional Skills (English)

Mark Knight Lecturer: Functional Skills (English)

Hyacinth Russell Lecturer: Functional Skills (English)

Vantage Toyota geared up for new race series Vantage Toyota of Birmingham are ready to continue their support of motor vehicle students at our Tyesley Campus this year. The vehicle they donated to the college in 2013 is currently being tuned up and re-branded for inclusion in one of the coming season’s race car series. The Vantage Toyota car recently featured on a stand at the Autosport Show, which was held at the NEC. The relationship with Vantage Toyota was formed through our InBusiness network and over the

past 12 months our motor vehicle students have been involved with the cars at Mallory Park and Rockingham race circuits. Building relationships with local business is crucial, and through InBusiness Vantage Toyota are not only developing opportunities for the race car this year, they are also interviewing for two to three business administration work placements to work in their service, fleet and sales departments at their showrooms. The Vantage Toyota partnership is a great example of how working together really makes things happen for businesses and students.

Atiqa Saleem Lecturer: Functional Skills (English)

Prabhjoyt Tiwana Lecturer: Functional Skills (English)

Clair Pritchard Apprentice: Social Media

Godfrey Labrosse Lecturer: Sports

Corinna Rumble Lecturer: GCSE English

Paramjit Tatter Guidance Officer

Leavers Gregory Whale Lecturer: Motor Vehicle Body and Paint

Chris Butler Business Consultant Natasha Swan Sales Consultant Paul Cookson Site Training Officer Muhammed Mushahid Lecturer: Gas, Refrigeration and Air Con

Lee Chapman Junior Maintenance Operative

Susan Foulger Finance Team Leader Jo Riley Assessor Alarna Richards Apprentice Diba Choudhury Quality Auditor Emma Hacket Nursery Officer Anila Mushtaq Nursery Officer Naomi Hemans Nursery Officer



Regulars IT Achievements

l Rollout

It’s easy to forget how far we have come in the past 19 months and it’s important to recognise and acknowledge our successes. The projects IT services undertake are done “not because they are easy, but because they are hard”. This JFK quote is the inspiration to keep moving forward and drives IT services to be the best and to deliver on the promise ‘to provide a secure, safe, reliable, modern and fun IT system that allows all our stakeholders the infrastructure & innovation to concentrate on their task at hand.’ Below are some of the projects IT Services have undertaken during this short period and we have moved mountains: l 1,000

new PCs support calls l Anywhere Learning Portal l 400 Windows tablets l Handsworth Block One l Interactive floor l Augmented Reality l Supporting 11 campuses l 3D printing l Reconfiguration and linking of former South and City Networks l Merging of former South and CCB phone systems

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of Windows 7 across the college l Upgrade to Moodle 2 and merge former South and CCB Moodles l Merger of former South and CCB email systems l Migration to Office 365 email l MS Outlook rollout across the college with Exchange Online l Lync Video Conferencing l New wireless infrastructure across the college l Move from LDAP to Active Directory at former South Sites l Merger of former South and CCB directory information l New resilient staff and student file stores (X: and Y:) l Merger of former South and CCB File stores l New print and photocopying management systems across all sites l New Heritage library system merging former South and City library data l New Fusion 2 connected to college network l Wireless laptop trolleys at Fusion 2 with 100 laptops and tablets l Move from Oracle to MS SQL and new EBS rollout l Completion of network ring between all former South and City Sites l ThinApp: Application Virtualisation for quick rollout of software – Resolving exam issues l Free Microsoft Office 2013 for all staff and students


IT services are currently trialing a video conferencing solution called Microsoft Lync 2013 with a couple of divisions. The team are about to roll this solution out for staff to use across the college starting with care and business divisions. Staff spend a lot of time travelling between sites for meetings and we hope this solution can cut down on wasted time and

allow you to collaborate with staff and students across the college from wherever you are. Lync allows you to connect with people with any compatible device (PC/Mac/Tablet/Android/ Smartphone). Lync enables instant messaging (IM) and voice calling with people around the world who use Skype. We’ll be rolling out the Lync 2013 software to college PCs shortly. We’ll also be making web cams available for use and permanent connection in boardrooms. More information on this will follow in the next few weeks. If you have access to a tablet or smartphone you can start using Lync 2013 now. Search the app store on your device for ‘Lync 2013’ and install the free software. Login with your Office 365 details ( and you can begin collaborating with colleagues and external people using Lync and Skype. Keep an eye out for future updates.

Regulars Health & safety How to select head protection High levels of injuries to the head are reported every year including some fatal injuries so head protection is vitally important. Head protection is required in a number of high-risk industries including construction, and logistics. Poorly performing personal protection equipment (PPE) is just as dangerous as not wearing any at all. It is therefore vital that a risk assessment is carried out to specify the correct form of head protection. The specification of head protection is governed under regulation 4 of the Personal Protection Equipment at Work Regulations (1992), which require that the head protection be used in hazardous areas. A full assessment of the hazards must be undertaken to determine the suitability of head protection supplied. The BSIF has created the Registered Safety Supplier (RSS) scheme. Companies displaying the scheme’s logo have signed a declaration that the safety equipment they offer meets the appropriate standards, fully complies with the PPE regulations and is appropriately CE marked.

needed, wearers should ensure that an adjustable chinstrap and ratchet harness is fitted to the head protection.

What is the working life of your safety helmet? Generally a helmet should be discarded three years after issue or earlier if the helmet has changed in colour or shows any signs of wear or damage. They have an issue date sticker on the inside of the shell for wearers to record their name and date of issue. If the sticker has not been used or removed, replace the helmet three years from the manufacturer date stamp, which can be found under the brim or peak of the helmet. In the centre of the stamp is the year with a directional arrow pointing to the month of the year in which the helmet was made.

Combining with other PPE Other PPE should be fully compatible to the safety helmet worn. There are a wide range of accessories which can be fitted to a safety helmet to make it more suitable for variable working conditions, e.g. chin straps, face shields, safety goggles and glasses.

Obtaining an effective fit

Caring for your safety helmet

Once sourced those wearing PPE must ensure that it fits correctly and receive training to do so. Learning how to adjust straps and other parts on your safety helmet for a comfortable and effective fit is essential for adequate head protection and product performance. Multiple adjustments can be made on most safety helmets to personalise the fit. To ensure the safety helmet is positioned correctly, secure and stable in the vent of an impact, will perform as it is intended. If you are working in an environment where height and wind are factors and additional helmet security is

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The safety helmet should be kept in good condition and cleaned regularly using warm water and/ or a mild detergent only. Prior to washing, the harness should be removed from the shell to facilitate cleaning. The use of solvents, very hot water or harsh abrasives is not recommended. Worn or damaged headgear parts should be replaced immediately and damaged shells discarded. Care should be taken to ensure your safety helmet, when not in use, is stored appropriately and not exposed to possible damage.


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Regulars Upcoming events: March Do you have a question for Mike? SouthandCityCollege

Come along to an open Q&A session.

Southandcitycol #StPats


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5 March


Conference room (construction)


12 March

Hall Green

HB002, Care staff room


14 March


Board room


18 March


3121, Supported Learning staff room


moToRciTY sTRiNg BaND // 1:30 - 2Pm

31 March


Staff room


A four piece band including a banjo, mandolin, guitar and bass. Expect fast picking, harmony singing and a good laugh.

4 April

Women’s Academy



lamPa // 2:15 - 3Pm

8 April

Golden Hillock



A five piece Irish band from Birmingham joined by two female vocalists. Expect Irish traditional music with a fusion of Irish and contemporary song.

9 May

Fusion 2

Large upstairs staff room


13 May




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Sunday 16 March 2014 | 10aM - 5PM Digbeth Campus FooD anD Drink // Fully liCenSeD bar // entertainMent

ThE FaThER TEDs // 3:15 - 4:15Pm

A five piece contemporary Irish band much admired throughout the Midlands and beyond for their world-class musicianship and their ability to put on a great show.

Digbeth campus High Street Deritend Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5SU

National Apprenticeship Week The seventh annual National Apprenticeship Week takes place from 3-7 March 2014. The college is undertaking a series of events and activities ahead of and during the week to raise the profile and help fill some of the 150 apprenticeship vacancies we currently have.

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college will be launching

our new Apprenticeships communications campaign ‘Apprenticeships. The first step on your career ladder’ during the week. The aim is to encourage 16-24 year olds to consider an Apprenticeship and to raise the understanding that Apprenticeships are not just a short term option, but can lead to excellent future career opportunities.

ESOL students visit library Level 1 health and social care students who are studying functional skills English visited Birmingham’s new library with their tutors to inspire them to continue reading and improving their language skills. The students were taken on a tour around the building before being given some time to explore it themselves and even got the chance to get their own library cards. The visit gave the students a chance to see what a great facility they have on their doorstep. Submitted by Prabhjyot Kaur Tiwana.



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will be an advertising campaign running from 24 February to 7 March to raise the awareness of apprenticeships and to drive people to our website – where they can see the vacancies we have and apply. l We will be holding a PR opportunity with employers who will be pledging new Apprenticeship jobs. l There will be loads of social media activity going on.

Library Cat magazine The Spring Issue of the Library Cat magazine is now online at the Library Services Moodle home page. It aims to promote literacy and library use to our students and staff in an entertaining, informative and thought provoking format. To read the magazine online visit:

Regulars Apprentice Gateway event How you can help: If you don’t already, like and follow us on social media, and share our posts. Encourage your students to as well. The more people we reach the better.

Invitation to  the  Birmingham  New  Street  redevelopment   100 th  Apprentice  Celebration  Event

Jobs Fair

We would  be  delighted  if  you  could  join  us  to  celebrate  the  appointment  of  the  100th   apprentice  at  Birmingham  New  Street  Station.  The  event  is  to  thank  you  for  your   contribution  to  the  project’s  ongoing  success.

Wednesday 5 March Digbeth Campus, 10am-4pm This is aimed at 16-24 year olds who are not in education, employment or training and who are NOT part of the college already. 30 employers who have part time, full time and apprenticeship jobs will be on hand to give info, offer advice and hopefully arrange some interviews. How you can help: Know anyone who might be interested? Send them along.

Schools The schools team have a week full of activities and visits in local schools to talk about Apprenticeships. They will be speaking to hundreds of young people, helping them consider an Apprenticeship as a post-school option.

Hosted by  :    Councillor  Tahir  Ali     –     Cabinet  Member  for  Development,  Jobs  and  Skills   Martyn  Woodhouse     –     Delivery  Director  for  Mace   Chris  Montgomery     –     Project  Director  for  Network  Rail Venue:    

The Loft  Lounge,  Wynner  House,     143  Bromsgrove  St,     Digbeth,  Birmingham.     B5  6RG


Thursday 6th  March  2014  –  12noon  -­  2:00pm  (lunch  provided)


Please register  your  attendance  at  this  event  by  clicking  HERE  

For any  queries  please  contact

Awards Evening InBusiness and the business services team are hosting an Apprenticeships awards evening to celebrate the success of apprentices and businesses over the past year. We’ll be announcing the winners on the website, through social media and through PR.

Be a confident woman of substance conference Women’s Academy Wednesday 5 March, 12-1pm

HR Car salary sacrifice scheme New Year – New Car? Car sales and production has never been higher in the UK. Are you intending to replace your current vehicle in the next few weeks or months? If so, check out the SCCB salary sacrifice scheme provided by Colleague Cars to see what deals you can get on brand new 2014 models. Don’t forget the features of the SCCB Employee car scheme: l No

deposit required to pay until your first salary after the car has been delivered l All vehicles include servicing, tyres, road tax, breakdown cover, accident management and insurance – fixed for 2 or 3 years l Order your new 2014 vehicle now – some vehicles l Nothing

currently take up to three months delivery 1 2014 is new ‘14’ registration plate day

l March

Need some inspiration? Here’s a run down of the most popular cars that have been ordered on our college scheme and your colleagues are currently running around in: 1. Ford Fiesta – Eight ordered (from £198/month) 2. Vauxhall Corsa – Four ordered (from £223/month) 3. Nissan Juke and Audi A1 – Three of each ordered (from £234/month) 4. Citroen DS3, BMW 1 Series, Peugeot 107, Vauxhall Adam, VW UP! Two of each ordered (available from £179/month). And don’t forget – the new ‘14’ registration plates are just around the corner on March 1 so order now.



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School activity and application numbers

All admissions officers are now up to date with 16-18 year old interviews. The large majority of students have met the two week turnaround period for interview. The schools team have been supporting curriculum divisions to ensure our prospective students are interviewed and offered places. The admissions team have been through a half-day review process, where any suggestions put forward to us have been discussed. A huge thanks to any staff who put suggestions forward, they were really helpful in allowing us to understand how we can work more effectively with curriculum divisions. Curriculum divisions will be hearing about how their suggestions have been used to shape our offer next year after Easter.

We have had excellent numbers in terms of event attendance and application numbers in comparison to last year. This time last year we had 919 applications; this year so far we have had a total of 1930. The schools team have also attended 103 events since September. Thank you to everyone who has helped us with these events.

Live Q&A sessions


For potential students who may QUESTION FOR US? have a question about college, the schools team are now holding a live Q&A on our Facebook and Twitter pages. These are held every Thursday between 4pm-6pm. This means potential students are able to get their questions answered instantly T: 0800 111 6311 whilst also increasing activity on our social media pages. The first few rounds of our live Q&A have been successful with lots of questions being asked which is always positive. The idea has been to engage with more prospective learners and help deal with their enquiries more efficiently. If any curriculum divisions have any ideas of how we can promote their areas during these Q&A sessions then please contact Join our


Thursdays 4-6pm on Twitter & Facebook

If you are thinking about coming to South & City College Birmingham, and you would like to get an answer to a question quickly, simply join us on our Live Q&A where one of our team will be on hand to answer your queries.

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Student ambassadors The schools team are excited to announce they are launching a student ambassador scheme within the college. We will be recruiting volunteers from the student body within the next couple of months to be ready for September. This is a great way for our current students to gain employability skills whilst building friendships and boosting their CV or university applications. It will also help our prospective students to gain a real insight into what it is like to be a student at the college. The divisional representatives from the team will discuss this further in meetings but in the mean time if you have any questions or ideas on how we can get the best out of this scheme then please contact us.

Keep warm strategy Sapreena has just finished writing a keep warm strategy proposal to keep applicants interested from application to enrolment. As we all know, this is where we lose the large majority of students. This should be with curriculum divisions by the end of February for input and suggestions.



LSF The LSF team have had really positive feedback regarding the distribution of bus passes this term. Staff have commented the process went really smoothly in comparison to previous bus pass distribution runs. The LSF team have also been collating suggestions on the review of processes. We’ve had some really great suggestions and are looking forward to discussing and sharing these with you all once they have been approved.

IAG From Monday 24 February the initial advice and guidance staff will be splitting their time between their base campus and one of the smaller centres. The centre support managers have confirmed which days of the week they feel the additional support would have the widest impact and the timetable identifies who will be going to which centre. Timetable for IAG staff at small centres:

Campus Name


Fusion 1 Fusion 2 Ladywood Golden Hillock Balsall Heath

Thursday Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Thursday Thursday

Kam Kular Kam Kular Arnella Richards Barbara Dutton Rashmi Bassi Lisa Kilgour

The team will be reporting back on their interactions with staff and students during the next half term, which will be our period for reviewing these changes, so we can adjust as necessary to ensure we are offering the students the best possible service we can.

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o Ba Job title: Social Media Apprentice ta Sok Campus: Ladywood What are some key responsibilities of your role? I write case studies for companies the college works with as well as support the college’s social media platforms with content. I also go to events and interview the speakers/ presenters and write up articles on the event and the people. How long have you been working in the college? I’ve been in my role just under three months. What has been your greatest challenge? Wanting to do more in-depth work around our social media platforms but having to be a patient as I continue learn my trade.

What do you believe is your greatest accomplishment at the college? Completing my first ever case study which both the company and the college were happy with. Tell us something interesting about you? What a lot of people don’t know about me is I can be a bossy person − I often don’t realise I’m doing it. I guess you can call it a habit of mine. If your life turned in to a movie what actor would you be? Angelina Jolie

The theatrical media make up course started in September 2013 and since its launch it has proven to be very popular with students, offering them great career and job prospects in the future. As you can see in the picture the work learners are producing is of a very high standard. Students have worked on casualty, Sweeney Todd, horror & eras make up designs and have to produce a style book for each look detailing how to do each task from scratch using various materials including latex and FX wax. The department will be entering two learners into the world skills competition later this year. Submitted by Sukaina Walji

Sports academy Cricket The cricket team will be competing in an indoor knockout competition and an outdoor Twenty/20 tournament, in addition to the annual Warwickshire Under 19’s competitions.


For more information on National Apprenticeships Week visit: apprenticeships/your-careerladder

Both teams’ fortunes have improved with the A team now stretching to an unbeaten run of six games as well as an extended run in the cup competition that now sees us face Solihull Sixth Form in a regional semi final. The B team have recorded their first league victory and are now showing signs of establishing a solid basis with some new faces included that will hopefully see us climb the league table. Both teams are sixth out of ninth in their league tables so weather permitting we will complete all our proposed fixtures and progress accordingly.

Success Success for the college and cricket academy – Nadim Chowdhury has been signed up by Warwickshire CCC under-19s. Jerri Turigabecci has signed for Moseley RFC and has been selected for the North Midlands Representative team. FYi FEBRUARY 2014


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