Archive for the ‘Management & Professional Studies’ Category

MP visits Kensington and Chelsea College Open Day

Lady Victoria Borwick, Conservative MP for Kensington made a special trip to Kensington and Chelsea College to meet some of its students ahead of the College’s Open Day.

Lady Victoria visited students and staff at the College’s Kensington Centre on Tuesday October 14th and visited a number of live classes.

As part of her morning visit Lady Victoria was given a private tour of the College’s facilities and had the pleasure of speaking to our Access to Humanities and Interior Design Students about their experience and future aspirations at the College.

When asked about their experience at the College, one student from the College’s Access to Humanities – African & Caribbean Studies class said:

I have to say it’s really the teachers at this College that makes learning so fulfilling. They not only put in class hours but additional after College hours to support us in our learning experience.

The 60 minute visit was led by the College Principal and members of the College’s executive team and governing body, and was joined by Councillor Robert Freeman, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Lady Borwick, MP, said:

It was a pleasure to meet the students and staff of Kensington College and to find out about the courses on offer. I wish everyone there all the best with their studies.

 

Tackling English Pronunciation Has Never Been More Fun

Learning English has never been more rewarding thanks to our Improve your Pronunciation classes at Kensington and Chelsea College. The 10 week course is filled with fun and innovative ways of improving your pronunciation including unconventional methods such as candle blowing race.

Many of our students, once completing Improve your Pronunciation Stage 1 progress on to Stage 2, which can lead on to a number of paths including a one of our full-time ESOL courses.

Mercedes Castillo, former student of Improve Your Pronunciation describes Nuria – tutor of improving your pronunciation – style of teaching, techniques and methods:

Based on my personal experience, I have found she has developed a powerful method to help adults understand the different sounds that exists in English. Mercedes Castillo

 

Nuria’s teaching style is unique. she projects her passion for teaching pronunciation, and she is continually thinking OF new techniques to help us. Mercedes Castillo

If you or a family member is interested in one of the College’s Improve Your Pronunciation courses please contact Nuria Inglada on n.inglada@kcc.ac.uk or come along to one of our late enrolment sessions throughout September.

 

 

Kensington and Chelsea College Earns Quality Mark

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality and standards of provision at Kensington and Chelsea College following its review in March 2015.

A team of QAA reviewers visited Kensington and Chelsea College and judged that its academic standards, the quality and enhancement of its student learning opportunities, and the quality of information about its learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.

The review identified a number of examples of good practice. These include:

  • the College’s use of the work-based mentoring process to support and enhance student learning opportunities
  • the role of employers in learning and assessment activities.

The review also highlighted the support offered to students through the admissions process.

It’s a fabulous outcome for the College and confirmation of our high standards and approach to Higher education.Principal of Kensington and Chelsea College

QAA’s Higher Education Reviews are carried out by experts from other universities and colleges. Every review team includes a student reviewer, because QAA believes that students should be partners in the quality assurance of their education.

The team that reviewed Kensington and Chelsea College included Dr Glenn Barr (independent) and Lucy Bannister (student reviewer from Cleveland College of Art and Design).

A successful review means that the College can display the QAA Quality Mark, indicating to UK and international students that the College meets national requirements for standards and quality.

To see the full report and action plan for the College click on the links below.

QAA Action Plan 2015

QAA Higher Education Report 2015

Former ESOL Student Looks Forwards To Future In Fashion

Former ESOL Student Looks Forwards To Future In Fashion

Former ESOL student-turned-Model Aramatou Toure has a bright future in Fashion and says it’s all thanks to the help and support she received at the College.

Originally from the Ivory Coast, Aramatou joined the College 7 years ago. Not knowing any English, she enrolled on an ESOL course, where she learnt to speak and write English.

Speaking about her experience on the ESOL course Aramatou said: “I have improved my English a great deal and write and speak it confidently and that has boosted my self-esteem, which is important to have in life.”

7 years on, Aramatou has gained enough confidence to embark on a career in modelling – entering and number of competitions including the prestigious Miss Borough UK Competition.

She has also thrived academically; progressing onto a number of Fashion Courses including Pattern Cutting and Garment making. And with goals of becoming a Fashion Designer in the future, Aramatou is well on her way to a flourishing career in the Fashion Industry.

Speaking about her time on the Garment Making course, Aramatou says: “Now I am able to make garments, I can produce my own clothes, and I hope soon to make clothes for others.”

She went on to say: “Studying at the College has really helped me become the confident Model I am today. I would definitely recommend taking a course at Kensington and Chelsea College.”

Kensington and Chelsea College Tutor Wins AAT Training Provider Award

Kensington and Chelsea College Tutor Wins AAT Training Provider Award

Business and AAT Lecturer Richard Aboagye from Kensington and Chelsea College beat over 300 nominees to be awarded this year’s ‘Tutor Of The Year Award’ at the AAT Training Provider Awards last week.

The AAT Training Provider Awards acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of center providers of the AAT qualification. Richard Aboagye was nominated and won the honorable Tutor Of The Year Award, which recognizes the individual excellence of tutors in the accounting field.

Speaking about his nomination, Richard said: “I’d like to express my profound gratitude to students for voting me as the Tutor of the Year. I’m very thrilled and would like to thank them for appreciating my hard work.”

“Having been a tutor for 7 years, I’ve worked at many Colleges but what makes Kensington and Chelsea College so different is that students are really eager to learn.”

Student Rayia Evans on the AAT Level 2 Course said: “Richard is the best tutor I’ve ever had and I’ve had many tutors over the years. He makes classes enjoyable and understandable.”

“Another thing is he is always willing to help after class. His after class support and communication skills is paramount compared to any other tutor I’ve had”

The ‘Tutor Of The Year Awards’ category was judged on everything from pass rates and student numbers, to e-learning integration and individual excellence.

The Awards Ceremony took place on Thursday 30 April 2015 at this year’s Training Provider Conference.

AAT is a professional qualification and membership body and only AAT approved training providers such as Kensington and Chelsea College are allowed to deliver the AAT accounting qualification. Those in possession of the career enhancing qualification, which is recognised in many countries around the world, can apply for a range of accounting and finance positions.

To find out more about our AAT courses are any other business and management courses please visit http://www.kcc.ac.uk/courses/management-and-professional-studies/accounting-courses/ or contact the College on 0207 573 5333.

 

Get More From Life With An Apprenticeship

Get More From Life With An Apprenticeship

Beth Wright has gone from being unemployed to securing a respectable position as Executive Assistant to the CEO at the Goldfinger Factor, and it’s all thanks to Kensington and Chelsea College’s Creative Apprenticeship Programme.

The ambitious 23 year old, started her apprenticeship journey as a Level 2 in Business and Administration, but through a passion for the creative sector, has since progressed onto a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business and Administration.

Almost 2 months on, Beth is now a big part of the Goldfinger Team and has already sharpened her business, organisation and creative skills.

Goldfinger Factory is a local employer and part of the Creative Employment Programme Funded Arts Apprenticeship Programme, offering young people in the borough the chance to gain employment opportunities within the creative industry. The factory specialises in the up-cycling of furniture and fit-outs. Speaking about her apprenticeship, Beth said:
“I chose to do an apprenticeship because I wanted to go back to college to study but also wanted to be in a working environment, to learn new skills from people that have experience in the work place.”

“What I really enjoy about my apprenticeship is meeting new people and learning from others. I especially enjoyed the decorative process of studding – the tutor I worked with was great!”

Beth went on to speak about the skills she has learnt while being on the apprenticeship:
“I have learnt new business skills, how to adapt to change in a working environment, the importance of policies and why we need them in business.”

Kensington and Chelsea College offers a wide range of Apprenticeships and works in partnership with many high-profile London employers including the V&A, Historic Royal Palaces and Hemingway Design.

Kensington and Chelsea College is supporting the National Apprenticeship Week 2015 by joining forces with Westway Trust and Gumball 3000 for the official launch of their Creative Employment Programme Funded Arts Apprenticeship Programme, this week on the 12th March.

Double Award Win For Kensington And Chelsea Colleges Apprentices

Double Award Win For Kensington And Chelsea College

It was a double dose of success for Kensington and Chelsea College’s apprentices as they beat stiff competition from across London to scoop the prestigious Apprentice of the Year Awards at the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards.

The coveted Apprentice of the Year Award recognises exemplary young people from across the creative industry who have demonstrated the ambition and talent to make a difference in their work place.

Hannah Steele and Elijah Bligh-Briggs from the London Transport Museum were presented the awards in front of industry leaders at The Backstage Centre in Thurrock.

The pair has been recognised for their remarkable contribution to the London Transport Museum, through hard work and tenacity. Hannah Steele and Bligh-Briggs – who have now trained as Arts Award advisor – have helped 27 young volunteers achieve an Arts Award, through their coaching and support. As a result, the Arts Award qualification has been introduced into the framework of Young Volunteer Projects on London Transport Museum’s Young People’s Skills Programme.

Speaking about her time at London Transport Museum, Hannah Steele said:
“The people that work here are really supportive. If there’s anything we are interested in, we get to explore it in our work.”

She went on to advise young people who are considering becoming an apprentice:
“I’d tell anyone that was thinking about an apprenticeship to go for it. You can earn while you learn, which is a big draw. It’s just like going to work, except you get a qualification at the end of it.”

The award win comes a week before the launch of the ‘Creative Employment Programme Funded Arts Apprenticeship Programme’ during National Apprenticeship Week. A programme which has seen the College exclusively partner with Westway Trust and Gumball 3000, to offer creative employment opportunities for young people in the borough.

 

College Open Day Changed My Life!

College Open Day Changed My Life!

A College Open Day at Kensington and Chelsea College led to a former health worker reinventing herself into an ‘outstanding grade 1 Ofsted rated’ teacher.

After working in the NHS for several years, Julie Golding decided it was time for a change and started looking into a career in teaching.

The mum-of-two from Streatham Vale said: “I read lots of information online, but realised I needed to speak to a qualified expert to fully understand the route into teaching, the courses and options available to me, and the support that was out there for people who wanted to change career.”

Julie attended an Open Day at Kensington and Chelsea College where she was able to get 1-2-1 advice from qualified careers advisors and subject specialist tutors from the College’s Teaching Department, which was recently graded by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ in conjunction with the College’s partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University.

Thanks to the Open Day Julie was set on the path to becoming a high-achieving qualified teacher.

Since then Julie has gone on to complete the College’s PTLLS course (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) in conjunction with Canterbury Christ Church University, the DTLLS course (Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector), as well as the PGCE, also in conjunction with Canterbury Christ Church University. Having successfully completed all three courses Julie has gone on to employment with Ofsted grade 1 teaching departments, as well as becoming an Ofsted rated grade 1 teacher herself.

Julie said: “The Open Day at Kensington and Chelsea College was really well run, fun, informative and a fantastic resource. I was able to meet the Teacher Training Department and gain tailored advice from really friendly and knowledgeable Teacher Training staff. If it wasn’t for their help and guidance I would never have progressed through three different courses through the College to become a fully qualified teacher!”

Speaking about her course Julie said: “If you’re thinking about doing a course or changing career – don’t hold back. I always felt incredibly supported by the tutors at the College. They were outstanding and were always there for me, motivating me to keep progressing through the various levels. I also gained more confidence in myself and my abilities through the teacher training course. I feel like I’ve reinvented myself!”

Kensington and Chelsea College is hosting Open Days at the College on February 3rd and 5th. Each centre will host different subjects so please visit www.kcc.ac.uk for more details or to register attendance, or alternatively call 0207 573 5333.

Exclusive College Partnership Helps Young People Access Careers In The Creative Industry

Exclusive College Partnership Helps Young People Access Careers In The Creative Industry

Kensington and Chelsea College has teamed up with The Westway Trust to offer young people a life changing opportunity to break into the creative industry.

The exclusive partnership has secured 16 young people, aged between 16-24, the opportunity to enter a career pathway in Design, Social Media and Digital Marketing, Arts Administration, Technical Engineering or Community Arts, through a 12-month Creative Apprenticeship Programme.

The Westway Trust – one of the first and longest standing social enterprises created in the UK –worked with the College’s Apprenticeship Team, who has links with some of the biggest organisations in the Creative and Cultural sector including the Victoria and Albert Museum, to source candidates for the highly sought after positions.

Those successfully placed into the paid positions will now spend the next 12 months working with a range of creative agencies and organisations across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on specific employer defined projects, attending creative workshops and masterclasses and gaining a Level 2 or 3 qualification through the College.

Local employers offering placement opportunities under the Creative Apprenticeship programme are Goldfinger Factory, Tabernacle, Carnival Village, Mencap, Age UK, Open Age, Hip Hop Shakespeare and the Venture Centre.

 

Short Course in Business Administration and Bookkeeping Changes Students Life

business administration and bookkeeping course student

Karen Taylor, 38, has just started a successful career in accounting after more than 20 years out of education, and it’s all thanks to a short course she studied at Kensington and Chelsea College.

Karen started working straight after leaving secondary school doing several different jobs, but none which led to any careers. She later focused on raising her children and becoming a fulltime stay-at-home mum.

When her children gained full-time school positions Karen decided it was time to swap the school runs for the career she had always dreamed of.

Karen said:
“I’m absolutely devoted to my children, and enjoyed being a full-time mum, but I always craved more, especially as I’ve never had a career as such. I wanted to show my children that I was more than just mum, and set an example to them to teach them about the world of work and the importance of working.”

The mum-of-three had always harboured an ambition for a career in business but never pursued her dreams until now.

Karen continued:
“After secondary school I did odd jobs here and there, but nothing career driven. I always had an interest in business, finance and numbers but then when the kids came along thoughts about a career just took a backseat. As the kids got older, I thought I wanted to do more than just the school run and looking after the house. I felt I had a lot to offer and started looking at courses through the job centre.”

Karen, came across the Business Administration with Book-keeping course at Kensington and Chelsea College. She decided to build-up her confidence by going outside her comfort zone and travelling from Enfield to do the course at the College’s Kensington Centre.

“I had become so used to just going to the school each morning to drop off the children, and only seeing other mums, that I thought travelling a bit further to go to the College would be a confidence booster. It was the best decision I could have made! My confidence rocketed, and I absolutely loved my course!”said Karen.

Within weeks of finishing her course at the College Karen had landed a job at North London Accounting Services Ltd.

Karen added:
“The course changed my life 100%. I’m now in a career, doing something I love and have landed on feet with a brilliant employer. My employer is now paying for me to do a manual payroll course as well, and I said there is only one place I would do it at – Kensington and Chelsea College!

I’ve gone from being a full-time house wife and mum to having a career, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it if it wasn’t for the support and confidence I’ve gained from the College. I feel fulfilled mentally, personally and professionally.”

Kensington and Chelsea College offers a range of business, management and professional development courses, and bespoke training packages for businesses seeking to up-skill their staff. For more information visit our Business Studies & Management Course Page.