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Issue No. 9 – Spring 2017

NEWS SHOUT Placement gives Jade’s a A PIECE achiever OF CAKE students a taste for work high




Keeping up with the Oscars action

job promises to be a roaring success


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WELCOME Hi, There’s always lots going on at Stockton Riverside College, SRC Bede Sixth Form, NETA and The Skills Academy, so this is our chance to offer you a snapshot of college life. Whether it’s jet setting to New York, putting on a show or reporting on the Oscars, we want all of our students to get the most from their college experience. Want to be part of it? Visit to find out about our full range of courses or give our Information Team a call on 01642 865 566.


DRIVING STUDENTS AHEAD Motor vehicle students at Stockton Riverside College received a jump start from Simon Bailes Peugeot. The dealership provided £25,000 worth of the latest kit to the college. “The equipment, which includes a three-cylinder engine, ABS power systems, lighting units, dash controls and immobilisation systems, is some of the latest in vehicle technology,” said motor vehicle instructor, Ted Edwards. Simon Bailes said: “Students’ hands-on practical experience should be relevant to the work they will be doing as their careers progress. Supporting the motor technicians of the future is something we were delighted to do.”

COOKING UP SUCCESS A work placement paid off for catering student Hardy Baltazar. The 18-year-old impressed bosses so much he was offered part-time work to fit around his studies. With ambitions to one day own his own restaurant, the former Conyers School student says, when it came to choosing a college course, catering at Stockton Riverside College was an easy choice. “I like it because you get to learn in a real kitchen environment working in the student bistro,” he said. Being comfortable in a commercial kitchen certainly helped him to find work.

A full house for games design

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Games design students at Stockton Riverside College have proven that they are top class with the entire group securing university places. The class of 16 all received offers on relevant courses at Teesside University. Games design lecturer Paul Abley said: “I am extremely proud of them all. They have worked really hard, often coming in on their days off and producing work of a particularly high standard.” He added: “We are lucky to have Teesside University on our doorstep which is one of the best in the world at what they do.”

Jade’s a high achiever Dedication and hard work has paid off for Jade Henderson. The Aviation student has secured a job working as a passenger service agent with Swissport at Leeds Bradford Airport. Determined to finish her studies she now fits full-time shifts around her college hours. “It is hard work but I absolutely love it,” said the 19-year-old from Hartlepool. “Learning about the industry on this course has shown me that there are so many career options available.”

New York, New York A visit to fabulous New York offered amazing learning opportunities for students studying Aviation and Tourism at Stockton Riverside College. Visiting the likes of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the Ground Zero Workshop Museum, the Rockerfeller Centre and walking the new High Line route, proved an experience that the learners will never forget. “The students had an amazing time,” said Aviation lecturer Catherine Carney. “For some it was their first time in America.”

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New job promises to be a roaring success Dreams of working on one of the West End’s biggest shows have come true for apprentice Heather Bain. The theatre technician from Guisborough has bagged her biggest gig yet, securing a job as stage crew with The Lion King at London’s Lyceum Theatre. “It’s the dream job and even when I applied I didn’t really expect to hear back,” said the former Laurence Jackson School pupil. Spending the last year as an apprentice at Stockton Riverside College, volunteer work at Middlesbrough Theatre and seasonal work at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, all helped her clinch the role. “It’s pretty nerve wracking going into an established show like this but I am really excited,” said Heather.

Placement gives students a taste for work Students were given a taste of life in the snacks industry as a Teesside firm served up a unique placement opportunity. Four learners from SRC Bede Sixth Form spent 10 weekly sessions working with staff at Billingham’s KP Snacks. The students were asked to explore staff’s views on the business’s newly rolled out values and behaviours. They then had to report back giving a presentation to senior managers. Alice Gallagher, 17, of Norton, said: “Initially it wasn’t easy going to meet all those new faces but it really helped to build my confidence. It gave us valuable experience in the work environment.” Jamie Jones, 17, of Stockton, said: “It gave us the chance to do something totally different that would be beneficial to our future.”

Working towards a career that cares Choosing to study Health and Social Care has opened the doors to a wide range of careers for students at Stockton Riverside College. Among them Victoria Thistlethwaite who has moved a step closer to her dream job after securing a university place to study a degree in primary education. “The fact that everyone from our course is going to do something different just goes to show the wide range of opportunities that the course opens up to you,” said the 18-year-old from Billingham.

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Five work placements, carried out in a range of different settings, helped her to decide on her next move. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do at first but when you go on work placements it opens you up to different jobs and you gain real experience.”

School tour brings “Details” to life Acting students have been using their stage skills to bring an important message to secondary schools across Teesside. The Performing Arts group put together and performed Details - a devised theatre in education production focusing on Fundamental British Values. “The students worked as a professional theatre company to take complete ownership of the project,” said lecturer Sonya Curle.

“That included researching and developing their material, liaising with schools’ outreach staff and organising and delivering workshops.” Over the course of the project students performed to more than 1000 students across the region. Sonya said: “The performance was extremely well received and the students worked exceptionally hard.”

Keeping up with the Oscars’ action Oscars night proved the inspiration for students testing their filmmaking skills at Stockton Riverside College. The learners who are studying Film and TV challenged themselves to create a series of webisodes to keep viewers up to date with all the action from the red carpet. “As part of our course we have an assignment on presentation techniques so that’s where the idea started,” said Matthew Taylor, 17, from Billingham. But the group decided to take the task one step further, presenting, producing and airing one showreel a day, every day for two weeks. “I think I can safely speak for us all when I say that the Oscars are the big dream,” said Danniella Cooper, 20, of Norton. Kane Smith, 18, of Ingleby Barwick said: “The filming, production and research was really interesting. We had a good laugh as well.”

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SKILLS TO CHANGE LIVES Have you heard of The Skills Academy? It is our college in Billingham offering introductory courses in a range of vocational subjects to those who, for a variety of reasons, may not feel ready for the hustle and bustle of larger college life. By delivering courses in a smaller environment, Academy manager Marie Clay explained: “Students are able to build the confidence they need to decide on their next steps and pick up qualifications along the way.” For student Becky Trotter it has delivered all of that and more. The 18-year-old from Billingham said: “You come here and it is like a family. Everyone is the same in this college, It has really helped me.”

Hoping to move on to find volunteer work next year the service industries student said: “I feel like I have changed a lot in the last year.” For Georgina Higgins The Skills Academy has eased her route into studying at a larger college. Currently studying health, social care and children and young people’s settings, she plans to move on to Stockton Riverside College in September. The 17-year-old from Middlesbrough said: “Spending a year here my confidence has come on a lot, it is a nice environment to learn in.

Want to know what The Skills Academy can do for you? Give us a call on 01642 607464.

Keeping you up to date “Thanks to all of the students, teachers and employers that attended our Careers in Construction event today.”

“Take a look at some of the fabulous food made by our Catering students.”

Follow Stockton Riverside College @SRCinfo on Twitter for regular updates!

“Take a look at our mock aircraft, helping our Aviation students’ to learn take off.”

“SRC Bede has been raising money for Red Nose Day by painting the faces of teachers and selling cakes #RedNoseDay #ComicRelief

“This #International WomensDay we are asking, which women inspire you? #SRCBedeSixthForm


“Our SRC Bede Sixth Form students visited Durham University Stockton STOCKTON RIVERSIDE Campus today to explore some of COLLEGE their options after leaving college.”



“Our Level 1 Bricklaying students got an insight into the early stages of a working STOCKTON building site today with a visit to one RIVERSIDE COLLEGE of Tolent Living’s projects in Stockton. The students will now continue to track the progress of the site as it develops. #WhatWillYouBe”

“A massive well done to all those RIVERSIDE that joined us in the Cancer COLLEGE Research UK Walk All Over Cancer.” STOCKTON


Tuesday 9th May Come and see what NETA has to offer, our specialist engineering training centre in Stockton. Meet the staff, get to know the place and you can apply on the night.

Explorer Days

Friday 30th June – Friday 7th July Stockton Riverside College and SRC Bede Sixth Form Have you booked your place yet? If not, speak to your school tutor about getting involved.

Welcome Day

Monday 10th July A chance for all of our applicants to come in, chat to the teams and get a taste of college life.

SRC Bede Sixth Form Preview

Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th July Come and get a taste of college life before starting in September.

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News Shout Issue 9- Spring 2017  
News Shout Issue 9- Spring 2017