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Japanese students visit Kensington and Chelsea College

Kensington and Chelsea College’s Hairdressing Department was joined by international guests from the Habia Hair and Beauty Salon in Japan for an exciting day of demonstrations and workshops.

The all-day event took place at the College’s Kensington Centre on Tuesday October 14.

As part of the day, the Colleges’ Hairdressing and Media Make-up students alongside Habia Japan students were treated to a number of demonstrations including ‘Fashion Hair Up’ by Creative Director and Salon owner Vas Karpetas and Cut &Style by International Educator Sarah Sullivan.

Students were also able to test their skills with live workshops in the College’s state-of-the-art hairdressing salons and theatre.

Industry experts on the day included Sarah Sullivan – a top UK stylist and International educator with over 20 years’ experience; and Vas Karpetas, owner of Billy & Bo Salon in London who has worked all over the world on editorials, catwalk work and celebrities have included Madonna and supermodel Kate Moss.

It is a privilege to be part of an international organisation that continues to grow and strengthen under the guidance of Justin Tellus. As the Director and General Manager of SF Learning, we would like to say a warm thank you for making this event possible. Our celebrity stylists and experts are ambassadors to the industry which has truly inspired our learners. Our students were attentive and full of questions.

Language was definitely not a barrier during the demos and hands-on workshops. The energy felt in the salons and theatre, resulted in some outstanding and skillful work being produced under the careful guidance of our hairdressing educators. We eagerly await the next event in November.Hair & Beauty Course Tutor
Curriculum Manager

Kensington and Chelsea College’s Hair and Beauty Department is staffed by tutors who are industry experts and/or working as hairdressers and stylists themselves. The department operates a fully functioning commercial salon at the College’s Kensington Centre, which also acts as a professional training base for students, allowing them to perfect their skills on real paying clients.

Interested in the College’s Hair and Beauty courses? Find out what the College has to offer by visiting http://www.kcc.ac.uk/courses/creative-arts/hairdressing/

 

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.

 

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

Award Winning Student Champions Adult Learners Week 2015

As celebrations for Adult Learners’ Week 2015 approaches, Kensington and Chelsea College had its very own adult learning success story to champion.

The College, which is backing the national event being held from June 13 – 20, recently celebrated the achievement of adult learner Julien Papillon, who has been awarded a placement at the Worshipful Company Of Glazier And Painter Of Glass.

Julien, 33-years-old and currently on the College’s BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design (Design Crafts) – Level 3, caught the interview panels eye with his bold design, beating entrants from across the UK to win a forty-week enhanced work experience programme and the opportunity to work with experienced professional designer/makers, top level craftsmen and conservators.

This is not the first time the spotlight has been on Julien, only a few months ago he won a spot at the prestigious Contemporary Glass Society’s exhibition, which is usually reserved for the most talented and experienced artist.

In a years’ time, I will be full of new experiences, techniques, skills and contact: the best start possible for my own studio project!

Julien is one of many high achieving adult learners at Kensington and Chelsea College.

Speaking about his support from the College, Julien added:

 

This award project has been a lot of work, stress and sometimes discouragement. But my tutor Maria Zulueta was present at any time, and I could have not done it without her. It is a team work victory really.I find the team here at Kensington and Chelsea College, optimistic and devoted, so if you have a plan in mind, you will find inspiration here.

 

 

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.”

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.

 

Art and Design Student Secures Spot At The Contemporary Glass Societys Latest Exhibition

Art and Design Student Secures Spot At The Contemporary Glass Societys Latest Exhibition

Kensington and Chelsea College’s art and design student Julien Papillon beat stiff competition from across the UK to feature in one of the most revered exhibitions in the glass industry.

The Contemporary Glass Society is renowned for representing glass at an international level and shines light on glass in the media and through the committee’s networks.

More than 70 entries were received for the online exhibition entitled: ‘Transparency’ – Winter: Ice And Purity. The exhibition – which theme this year explores purity and ice – displays the best of contemporary glass through a variety of glass works, techniques and approaches.

The entries were shortlisted and juried by an esteemed panel of judges from the Contemporary Glass Society’s committee.

50 CGS members were selected to take part in the spectacular online glass exhibition, with Julien Papillon piece ‘Monsters Work’ earning him a respectable position in the online gallery. Commenting about his work, Julien Papillon said: “The word monster actually comes from the latin word ‘monstrare’. I wanted to challenge the idea that monsters are not always horrible creatures. I used the technique of fused glass and cold working, which is a process of polishing the glass. The finished piece took over 3 months to make.”

Speaking about studying the BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design (Design Crafts) – Level 3, Julien Papillon added:
“You’ve got to take real ownership of your project. Each project is a meticulous process, so you have to be very organised and methodical in your approach. Our Tutor Maria Zulueta has expert technical knowledge and supports us through each stage.”

Julien also gave his advice to people that want to study the course:
“I recommend to anyone that wants to study glass, to have a project already in mind. The College has fantastic facilities, but to take full advantage of them you have to plan ahead.”

Julien has already successfully secured a job within a top London Glass Company and says he plans to continue to develop his own projects in the future.

‘Transparency’ – Winter: Ice And Purity launched on the 5th of February and will be available to view online until the 28th February.

Learning Spanish Helps Student Land Job At Worlds Busiest International Airport

Blair Hercules

Foreign languages student Blair Hercules has just landed a customer services role at London Heathrow – the world’s busiest international airport – and says learning Spanish helped him gain his new position!

The ambitious 20-year-old decided to take up Spanish at Kensington and Chelsea College to boost his employability skills, whilst also fulfilling an ambition to learn a second language.

Blair, from Ladbroke Grove, West London, said:
“I think it’s really beneficial to learn a second language. I decided to learn Spanish as I never got the opportunity at school. For me it was a great way to meet new people and learn about a new culture.
Not only has Spanish been useful for social situations but it has also led to better job opportunities. London has a strong international business status so knowing another language is a valuable skill to have.
I think knowing Spanish definitely helped me get the job at Heathrow as I told them I could speak Spanish in the interview. I feel like I’m able to help more customers at the airport because I know a second language.”

As part of the course at the College, Blair covered grammar as well as learning to master conversational Spanish.

Speaking about his course Blair added:
“I loved my Spanish course at Kensington and Chelsea College! The tutors were excellent and really supportive. They helped me gain my confidence in speaking Spanish.
The class was really friendly and full of like-minded people so it was a very encouraging and fun environment to study in. I found learning a new language a really rewarding experience.”

Kensington and Chelsea College is offering free language taster classes, including Spanish which was identified as being one of the most important foreign languages to know for business.

Globally 329 million people speak Spanish as their first language, making it the second most spoken language in the world after Mandarin.*

The British Council’s “Languages for the Future report” ** identified Spanish, French, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Turkish and Japanese as being vital to the UK over the next 20 years.

* Info on stats available on: http://www.languageswork.org.uk/learner_zone/which_language/spanish/facts_and_figures.aspx
**Full report: http://www.britishcouncil.org/organisation/publications/languages-future