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Newspaper from Newcastle-under-Lyme College. Summer 2014.




    HERE TO HELPNULCs Infopoint team have allthe answers about courses andtraining opportunities foradults who want to furthertheir careers or find a new job.

    SEE PAGE 3

    FIT FOR THE FUTURETheres lots going on at theNULC sports centre. See storiesand exercise class listings.

    SEE PAGE 16



    Your FREE newspaper from Newcastle-under-Lyme College

    Issue 6 Summer 2014 Tel: 01782 254254

    pages 5-12

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    NEWCASTLE-under-LymeCollege is celebrating a top tenOfsted report.

    The Ofsted report ratesNewcastle-under-Lyme Collegeas good in terms of overalleffectiveness, with inspectorsfinding many outstandingareas.

    It places the College in thetop ten of colleges inspectedby Ofsted in 2013 and marksNULC as the only college inStaffordshire/Stoke to have anyoutstanding provision.

    And NULC has been awardedWest Midlands College of theYear by the British CollegesSport (BCS) for the second timein three years.

    In addition the College wasalso shortlisted for the NationalCollege of the Year Award,which was devised to highlightthe good practice in theFurther Education sector.

    NEWCASTLE-under-Lyme College hasacquired Axia SolutionsLtd, an Ofsted Grade 1private trainingprovider based inStoke-on-Trent.

    Axia specialises intraining programmesprincipally for theceramics industry sothe College will benefitfrom increasedexposure to employersin Stokes traditionalindustries.

    This is the latest in astring of developmentsfor the innovativecollege which isbuilding a brand newperformance centre onits Knutton Lanecampus.

    The College alsoplans to open GradbachMill Youth Hostel in thePeak District as anoutdoor educationcentre next year.

    Takeover boosts training solutions on offer

    NULC ranks topin the UK and inWest Midlands

    LEARNING FOR LIFE: Warehouse Operative Albert Braywith Axia Solutions director Keith Marsh, Glazing

    Operative Anna Matuszak, Steelite HR manager LouiseGriffin and Axia Solutions Director Karen Riley. Albert

    and Anna have both trained with Axia Solutions.

    AWIDE range of exciting courses for adultswill be starting at Newcastle-under-LymeCollege in September.And the College is offering an incentive to

    encourage people to take the plunge, enrol on acourse and improve their skills. Jinny McDonald-Matthews, NULCs Marketing and PR Manager, said:Anyone who enrols onto a part-time course willautomatically be entered in our prize draw wherethey could win a brand new iPad mini.

    The College has a wide variety of courses on offerfor local adults wanting to start a new hobby,retrain for a new career or improve theirprofessional skills.

    For example for those wishing to get into, orprogress in, a sports career we have qualificationsfrom a CYQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructingright up to a Level 4 Certificate in Sports MassageTherapy and a new Foundation degree (FdA) inSport Coaching and Development offered at NULCin partnership with the University of Derby.

    And with a new Performance Centre opening inKnutton Lane in autumn, NULC is offering three newcourses: a full-time Level 3 Extended Diploma inMusic Performance, A Level 3 Extended Diploma inProduction Arts (Technical Theatre) and a part-timeFoundation Degree in Dance and Theatre Arts.

    We are also repeating many of our popular

    creative courses that help students venture intoInterior Design, Creative Sketchbooks, SewingMachine skills, Photography, Fashion, Life Drawing,Glass or Ceramics.

    The range of part-time and work-based coursesfor adults includes Accounting, Art and Design,Childcare, Computing, Health and Social Care,Teaching, Construction, Engineering and ElectricalInstallation, Management, Languages,Music, Sport, and Maths and English.

    To view the full range of coursesavailable for adults turn to page 5 or visit

    College unveilsexciting range ofNEW COURSES

    NULC News p1 3/6/14 14:51 Page 1

  • NEWCASTLE-under-Lyme Collegechampioned dignity in care bysupporting Dignity Action Day. TheCollege hosted an afternoon Digni-tea event topromote positive aspects of quality in care.

    The event was held in conjunction withStaffordshire County Council and Carematch,with Health and Social Care employers fromacross the county being invited to come alongand show their support for dignity in care.

    Jane Tunnicliff, Business DevelopmentManager at the College, said:Holding theDigni-tea event was a key way for the College,as a centre of excellence, to promote dignity incare which is at the forefront of all our trainingwithin the College and the workplace.

    Amanda Ashworth, Midlands Area Officer atSkills for Care, said:Skills for Care recognisesthat one of the prime routes to improvement,lies in the continued development of a qualityworkforce that truly understands what dignity

    means and places it at the very heart of careservices.

    The College offers a variety of bespoke trainingcourses for employers in the Health and SocialCare industry as well as industry recognised

    qualifications for individuals who want to pursuea career in Health and Social Care includingDementia Awareness, Equality and Diversity andInfection Control as well as courses such asSupporting Individuals with Learning Difficulties.

    To find out more about the range ofHealth and Social Care courses availableturn to page 10 or contact Jane Tunnicliff on 01782 254192 or

    Lifelong Learning2 NULC NEWS

    DONNA Cooke, aged 45, had been out ofwork and claiming benefits since 2007.

    She was originally referred to the Collegeby the JobCentre and enrolled onto theSteps 2 Work programme which is designedto get unemployed adults back into work.Donna successfully completed her courseand got a job at Rowan Court care home inNewcastle-under-Lyme.

    Donna has completed a Level 1qualification in Health and Social Care andis hoping to achieve a Level 2 qualificationon completion of her induction period.

    Donna said:The Steps 2 Workprogramme has changed my life, it openedthe doors to employment and now that I amemployed I can afford to buy and run a car.

    Donna continued: The biggest challengeI faced was getting a job in the health andsocial care sectorwithout experience.I started at RowanCourt on a placementwhich helped me gain someexperience and I wasextremely gratefulwhen I was offered apermanent positionthere.

    When asked whatshe would say toother people in asimilar position whoare considering takingthe leap back into education, Donna said:Go for it! You can gain a lot and if it wasntfor Newcastle-under-Lyme College I wouldstill be unemployed.

    Donna takes leapinto new job afterSteps 2 Work drive

    Skills event promotescourses to advanceDIGNITY IN CARE

    ASHLEY Barnish, aged 22, spent four yearsworking in a factory loading and unloadingvans with pallets of meat before enrollingon a university level course at NULC.

    I was quiet and shy when I started butthe nature of the course helps you to takesteps out of your comfort zone and I wouldnow say Im a much more confident personwho can take things in my stride.

    Ashley from Stoke-on-Trent studied the Foundation degree in Digital Media

    Production and is now working for a digitalagency as an assistant to the film crew.

    The course has opened up so many newdoors for me to explore. The biggestreward is my current situation, Im workingfull-time in a job I love!

    To find out more aboutstudying a university-levelcourse at NULC

    Degree level media courseputs Ashley in the frame

    LOVING HIS JOB:Ashley Barnish lines up a shot as part

    of his job as a film crew assistant.

    NULC News p2 3/6/14 12:50 Page 1

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    Adult advice and enrolmentNULC NEWS 3

    Come along to our Adult Advice and Enrolment Event on Thursday 28 August, 2pm-8pm

    LOCAL adults who want to study part-timeare being invited to attend an Advice andEnrolment Event at Newcastle-under-LymeCollege.

    Prospective students are being advised to visitthe Colleges main campus at Knutton Lane onThursday 28 August from 2pm-8pm to talk toexpert careers staff and tutors about the optionsavailable.

    Carol Thomas, Director of Curriculum andPerformance at the College, said: Each year,hundreds of adults study at NULC. Our campusoffers areas especially designed for adult students,such as our state-of-the-art learning facilities andbespoke University Centre.

    She added:We can provide help and guidancefor anyone who wants to improve their job

    prospects, renew or refresh their qualifications orretrain for a new career. Theres never been abetter time to enrol!

    Part-time courses are available in areas such asaccounting, art and design, photography,hairdressing, computing, teaching, DIY, first aid,beauty and holistic therapies, construction, sportand fitness, electrical installation, languages,music, maths and English and management.

    Adults already in employment can also considerdoing on-the-job NVQ training in subjectsincluding business, retail, health andsocial care, warehousing and manymore.

    To pre-register for theenrolment and advice event visitwww.nulc.