WEST Cheshire College is set to lead the way during the inaugural Colleges Week – a national celebration to mark the success of Further Education Colleges.

Colleges Week takes place from November 10 to 14 to mark the key role colleges play in unlocking talent in communities, helping people of all ages reach their potential and transforming the lives of learners.

Activities planned by West Cheshire College, which has campuses in Capenhurst, Chester and Ellesmere Port, include:

A careers open evening on November 12 at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall

Prospectus launch on November 12

Presentation of CORA (Cheshire Oaks Retail Academy)awards by Andrew Miller MP on November 14

Teaching for a future in food masterclass on November 14

Information sessions for Connexions and Careers Wales


Principal Sara Mogel said: “Colleges play a vital role in building and strengthening communities by providing the learning needed to support individuals, businesses and the local economy.


“As a vocational College we provide courses covering many subjects and disciplines, in fact every year the College delivers learning to more than 20,000 people at its three campuses, in work places and at community venues.


“West Cheshire College continues to go from strength to strength with record numbers of enrolments and excellent attainment rates.


“We are also very proud of the fact that 86% of our Level 3 students go on to university as this shows that the vocational route can offer the same opportunities for progression as the more widely known academic route.


“We’re delighted to be part of Colleges Week as it allows us to demonstrate that learning should be, and can be, accessible to everyone.”


Colleges Week is being co-ordinated by the Association of Colleges, the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and the Learning and Skills Council. For more information go to www.collegesweek.org.

For more information on courses at West Cheshire College call the College hotline on 01244 670600.

Cooking up a future in hospitality

TEACHERS involved in food technology courses at Chester and Ellesmere Port schools are being invited to attend a unique Teaching for a future in Food event at West Cheshire College.

The day-long course, being run as part of national Colleges Week, is designed to give teachers a chance to work alongside professional chefs and other people in the hospitality and catering industry to highlight the benefits of a career in the field.

It is designed to enthuse teachers and give them the skills and information needed to encourage the next generation of young chefs and hospitality professionals.

Teaching for a future in food takes place at the College’s own highly renowned restaurant The Bridge, based at the Handbridge Campus in Chester, on Friday November 14, where delegates will participate in demonstrations and workshops runs by professional chefs.

There will also be speakers from West Cheshire College, Aim Higher and Visit Chester and Cheshire as well as other industry ambassadors, who will be on hand to discuss the importance of hospitality and catering as both a profession and a vital part of the local economy.

In addition, delegates will be treated to an exquisite two-course lunch prepared and served by West Cheshire College students in The Bridge restaurant as well as an open forum offering a chance to ask questions of the speakers.

Hospitality and Catering Manager Sam Stevens said: “Hospitality and catering encompasses a broad range of career options.

“The aim of this day is to help teachers better understand the breadth of career paths available, the types and levels of training on offer and the job satisfaction that can come with it so they can inspire their students.”

Teachers interested in taking part in this unique learning opportunity should contact the College on 01244 670600.

Exploring a world of opportunities

THE door to a world of new learning opportunities is set to be opened to young people and adults in the region at West Cheshire College’s annual Careers Open Evening.

Ellesmere Port Civic Hall is the venue for this major event which is designed to help guide visitors through the vast range of learning and career options available to them, to help them make the best choices for their futures.

The event takes place on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 from 4pm to 8pm.

Principal Sara Mogel will also be launching the 14 - 19 Learning Opportunities 2009/10 prospectus which provides details of the opportunities on offer including full-time courses and Apprenticeship programmes.

Sara Mogel said: “For many young people, making decision about their future once they reach the age of 16 can be a daunting prospect. There are so many options available that without informed advice it can be difficult to establish what’s right for each individual.

“Our Careers Open Evening gives young people and adults alike the opportunity to speak to course tutors, careers advisers, local employers and universities about many learning, career and employment options.”

Tutors representing a range of curriculum areas will be on hand to discuss full-time and part-time learning programmes including:

Access to Higher Education

Apprenticeships

Art, Design and Media

Business, Retail and Administration

Childcare

Computing

Construction

Deaf Studies

Engineering

Hairdressing, Beauty and Holistic Therapy

Health and Social Care

Higher Education and Professional

Hospitality and catering

Leisure/evening courses

Logistics

Performing Arts

Public Services

Skills for Life

Sport

Travel and Tourism


The Careers Open Evening also involves representatives from universities and leading employers, including:


Airbus UK

Armed Forces

Chester and District Housing Trust

Children and Families Service

Glyndwr University

Liverpool Hope University College

Liverpool John Moores University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Royal Air Force

Royal Navy

University of Chester

Vauxhall Motors

The Careers Open Evening at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall runs from 4pm to 8pm. There is no need to book a place – simply turn up and discover the world of opportunities ahead.