News from 2016 - 2017

  • Selby College SU & Selby Council create New Youth Wellbeing Fund

    Selby District Council is teaming up with Selby College and Students’ Union to create a new Youth Wellbeing Fund.

    The Fund will offer small grants for local young people between the ages of 16 and 24 from within the Selby district to help them overcome challenges affecting their education and impacting on their mental wellbeing.

    Cllr Richard Musgrave, Executive member and lead councillor with responsibility for housing, leisure, health and culture, explained, “This new Fund to improve the mental health of young people in our community has grown from the work we carried out last year focussing on mental health issues.(“)At the workshops last year mental health provision and support for young people was raised as an issue again and again. Setting up this Fund is the direct result of those workshops and I’m proud to be able to say that we’re supporting something that will support young people in our district facing these issues.”

    Students can be referred to the Fund from within the education system, for example by their tutors. Young students will also be invited to become trustees of the Fund for a year – something that provides vital additional experience and skills.

    Allan Stewart OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Selby College commented, “We’re ambitious about what we can achieve with the Wellbeing Fund. We are aiming to raise £1,000 to kick-start this project. In the longer term discussions are already taking place about a possible live music fundraising event which will help students gain valuable experience of event planning as well as fundraising.

    The Fund will offer small grants of up to £100 to help students who need support to overcome challenges affecting their education – this could be buying equipment so a student can join a local sports club or to access a counselling service.

    Allan added, “The Fund will help students stay in education and realise their individual potential. A secondary role for it will be to raise awareness of mental health issues for young people.”

    A Just Giving page has been set up for the Wellbeing Fund: 

    Monday 20 Feb 2017

  • Selby College Sixth Form Courses Provided In Goole


    Selby College is to provide Sixth Form courses at Goole Academy as from September in a new partnership agreement that will see existing learners at the Boothferry Road campus able to continue their studies in Goole, whilst also benefitting from a full range of pastoral care, careers advice and other forms of learning support delivered by staff from both organisations.

    The top-performing local college has a history of recruiting learners from Goole and the surrounding area, with over 40 per cent of learners travelling to Selby to study the wide range of courses offered at the Abbot’s Road campus, but this new arrangement offers greater benefits for learners.

    As Allan Stewart OBE, Principal and Chief Executive at Selby College said, The partnership ensures young people at Goole Academy gain from the wide range of support offered to students in Selby whilst at the same time offering the opportunity to progress after completing their studies at Goole Academy into higher level further and higher education courses and Apprenticeships offered here in Selby.

    Allan added, “We have worked closely with colleagues at Goole Academy and believe this joint approach benefits everyone.”

    New Principal at Goole Academy, Rob Allsop, said the ‘exciting’ link up with Ofsted-rated outstanding college meant another step forward in its Sixth Form provision, adding, “Many 16 year olds from the area choose to study at Selby College already and this partnership will benefit all of our students.”

    Rob added, “Selby College has a reputation as one of the country’s top-performing colleges, recently achieving No1 position in Yorkshire and No2 position in England in a report that used Government data to compare Further Education colleges.”

    Initially two BTEC Level 3 Diplomas in Health and Social Care and Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness will be offered at Goole Academy with Selby College’s dedicated team of teaching and support staff working alongside Goole Academy colleagues to provide support to learners, but it is hoped this range will expand providing a range of exciting choices for young people to study on site.

    Thursday 2 Feb 2017

  • Selby College host Springboard's FutureChef Local Finals

    14 year old Alice Young of Rossett School cooked up a storm to reach Springboard’s FutureChef Regional Final held at Selby College last week.

    Young, aspiring chefs competed in FutureChef 2017. A skills competition that directly relates to the national curriculum and gives young people a life skill. It aims to tackle the severe skills shortage facing the hospitality sector by inspiring 12-16 year olds to develop their cooking skills and understanding of nutrition.

    Springboard’s FutureChef features a four stage national competition, annually involving over 8,000 participants. It also includes classroom resources, chef demonstrations and skills challenges, and forms a link between schools and hospitality employers.

    Alice Young from Rossett School beat five to reach the North East Regional Final of Springboard’s FutureChef competition. Alice served a delicious menu of Chicken Thigh with a red wine jus and fondant potatoes, green beans and vine tomatoes followed by an Espresso Crème Brulee and almond biscuit and will compete for a place in the final on 7th February 2017.

    Alice said: “I cannot believe I have won and on my birthday too. It’s been a great experience and I am looking forward to the next round”

    Adrian Dawes, Hospitality and Catering Subject Leader from Selby College said: “The standard has been absolutely amazing, from making fresh pasta to fresh pastry has really taken me by surprise. It is very inspirational to see young people with such a passion and talent for cooking”

    Springboard Regional Manager Kerry Mabbley said: “Springboard’s FutureChef was developed as a result of research into young people’s ideas about the hospitality industry. Research revealed that young people really admire high-profile celebrity chefs, yet surprisingly few genuinely consider a career as a chef! Springboard’s FutureChef provides teachers and young people with a wonderful insight into the wealth of career opportunities that the hospitality sector has to offer. Thank you to Hull College for their support of the FutureChef Programme.”

    The competition will culminate on 27th March 2017, with the National Final taking place at Westminster Kingsway College in London.

    The winning main dish - Chicken Thigh with a red wine jus

    Followed by a dessert of - Espresso Crème Brulee and almond biscuit

    Wednesday 1 Feb 2017

  • Construction Students Aspirational Site Visit

    Since work began on the new Selby College Aspiration Building extension last Autumn, construction students have been given an opportunity to enrich their learning, by visiting the site; getting a better feel for the different skills used by the builders.

    With renovations to the current Aspiration building at top-performing Selby College well underway, a group of around 60 full- time students were recently given the opportunity to visit the site and undergo an official site induction. Allowing them complete access to the site, the induction, performed by site manager Steve Tracy, gave the students an insight into what life on a working construction site is really like.

    As Andy Wiggins, lecturer in Electrical Installation confirmed, “The Aspiration Building extension has been a great live project for the students, providing a chance to contextualise what they learn in the classroom and workshops.” Andy added, “The learning objectives have included site organisation, health and safety practices and management and a variety of construction techniques.”

    The students were equally appreciative of the opportunity. With many of them already employed by smaller firms or working within the family business it was a chance for them to experience first-hand the procedures involved with the day-to-day running of a larger scale construction project.

    The demand for trained construction workers is set to grow dramatically over the next few years as 27 percent of the existing workforce retires. The college was successful in gaining a bid for funds from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership to develop its construction skills training facilities as a means of fulfilling the skills gap in the industry by being a provider of top quality Brickwork, Carpentry and Joinery, Plastering, Plumbing and Electrical Installation courses.

    The extension to the existing building, which is expected to be completed in the spring, will allow for more space on the site that will allow the college to grow its already successful Powerskills Engineering programmes, helping to continue providing support to that industry also. Selby College is keen to provide an extensive range of construction training programmes to equip young people and adults with the skills needed now and in future whilst also providing them with the opportunity to enter a solid career, with great earning potential and prospects.


    Tuesday 31 Jan 2017

  • College team are going places with their new kit!

    Selby College’s Second Football Team are proud owners of a striking new training kit, thanks to a generous sponsorship deal with local bus firm Thornes Independent Ltd. In a deal between the club and the local bus company, Selby’s new training kit will feature the Thornes logo on the front of the Jumper.

    Private hire manager Zoe Thornes has been a long-term backer of the college providing financial support and her deal this season sees that extended in the 2017 – 2018 season.

    Sports Development Officer Ed Grady said of the sponsorship: “The college and players are delighted by the support shown by Thornes, this is the second season running now Thornes have supported the college with new kit, without their help the club would not be able to run and for that we are all extremely grateful.”

    Team captain, Will Kulic, added "The lads love the kit and we all feel more professional in the shirts. We hope we can show Thornes and the college how proud we are to wear the shirts for the rest of the season.’’

    Friday 27 Jan 2017

  • Selby College Stalwart is Awarded MBE

    Vernon Wells, Chairman of Selby College Corporation is to be recognised for his work in furthering the cause of further education by being made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year’s Honours list.

    Vernon, a retired local business owner has played a key role with other members of the Corporation in overseeing this top-performing tertiary college achieve some remarkable milestones, including the complete redevelopment of the campus and in more recent years, its Ofsted inspection when it became one of the first colleges in England to gain a complete set of five ‘Outstanding’ grades.

    Vernon has remained adamant from the beginning that the community deserved a fitting campus to compliment and reward the work of all the inspirational students and staff. The college is currently undertaking a further building project to extend its engineering facilities.

    Over the past ten years, the Abbot’s Road based organisation has gone from strength-to-strength and is now viewed as a beacon of educational success locally, regionally and nationally. The award comes just weeks after the college achieved the number one spot in Yorkshire and the joint second in England for its performance across the board.

    Vernon has always stressed the importance of college serving all the community’s needs; by providing A-Levels, technical courses and Apprenticeships.

    When asked about being recognised in the New Year’s Honours List and awarded an MBE, Vernon said, I’m absolutely thrilled and so very proud, as it is such a great honour and privilege to be involved with the Corporation of such a prestigious college. Together we have achieved so much.

    Tuesday 3 Jan 2017

  • College Awarded Gold Standard for Careers Advice

    Selby College staff have been praised for the quality of their careers advice, after being awarded the Humber Gold Standard for Impartial Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) following a recent independent assessment visit.

    The top-performing college has played a leading role in providing impartial careers advice and guidance to students at college and young people still at school wanting to take further or higher education courses.

    The Humber Gold Standard was introduced by Humber Learning and Enterprise Partnership (LEP), in association with 11-19 schools, academies, colleges and private education and training providers in the Humber and is aligned to national criteria for providing Careers Education and Impartial Advice and Guidance.

    The Assessment Report produced as a result of the visit confirmed the careers advice and guidance support, provided by staff at the Abbot’s Road campus, fully met the Humber Gold standard. The assessor praised the organisation’s strong commitment to careers education, mentioning the embedded culture of self-improvement delivered by long serving, dedicated and committed staff members, who are constantly seeking ways to further enhance the quality of services offered in supporting young people and adults.

    Allan Stewart OBE, Principal and Chief Executive said. “A great deal of concern has been expressed by Members of Parliament about the poor quality of careers education.  The community served by the college can be assured that a consistently high level of careers guidance is now available both to college students and to young people leaving school.”

    Young people leaving school next summer can receive impartial advice about the range of A-Level and Vocational courses and Apprenticeships, at the next Selby College Open Event, which takes place on Saturday 4th February at 9.30am-12.00noon.

    Humber Gold Standard

    Tuesday 20 Dec 2016

  • An evening of festive celebrations at Selby Abbey for the college’s Annual Awards Evening

    Current and Former Selby College students were invited to celebrate their achievements at the college’s prestigious 24th Annual Awards Evening ceremony, held at Selby Abbey on Friday (16th December).

    Around 200 VIPs, staff members, family and friends gathered in the historic venue to enjoy an evening celebrating over 80 award winners who were applauded for their effort and achievement across all subject areas.

    The key speaker for the evening was World Thai-Boxing Champion and Sky Sports presenter, Rachael Mackenzie, who spoke to guests about her experience overcoming prejudice from people who did not believe women should compete in contact sports. Her desire for success and perseverance has helped Rachael secure sporting accolades and given her the confidence to encourage others to follow their own path to achieving their goals.

    Guests for the evening included amongst others, Councillor John Cattanach who also sponsored the Kenneth Auld Oates Award for Effort & Achievement and representatives for the Soroptomist Society who also sponsored an award. As the main company sponsor of the evening, Doosan Babcock’s Regional Manager Scott Anderson presented the Engineering Awards. There were also attendees from local and regional firms and groups who sponsored the individual awards, including Drax Power and Selby Carentan Twinning Committee. Awards were sponsored by companies including Drax Power, Abbey Personnel, Forevermore, Richard Lewis RSM, The Press Association, JWP Creers Ltd, Thornes Independent Ltd, The Institution of Engineering & Technology, The Selby Times and Club Doncaster.

    Sponsors in the unique awards category include The Leonard Chamberlain Trust who awarded Thomas Stirling, Mark Taylor, Caitlin Tomlinson and Brooke Williams with this year’s Leonard Chamberlain Awards. The four students were deemed to be the most deserving candidates from Selby who have now progressed to Higher Education or vocational learning. A new award, the Principal’s Prize for Individual Effort & Achievement, was introduced for 2016 and as voted for by Principal Allan Stewart, was awarded to Bradley Johnson who left the college with 3 A* grades in the summer and is currently studying Medicine at Oxford University.

    As well as students receiving accolades, Selby College staff members were also presented with staff recognition awards and long service awards, and the Team of the Year 2016 was announced as Network Services. On hand to receive a Special Commendation Award for his services to Selby College was former Police Constable Andrew Patchett.

    Entertainment was once again provided by former apprentice and college Marketing Assistant, Lucy Williams, accompanied by music lecturer Nick Garside on the piano, who together performed a beautiful rendition of the classic Christmas carol, Silent Night and an acoustic performance by year 10 Selby High School student Dan Toone.

    Allan Stewart, OBE, Principal and Chief Executive, congratulated each of the award winners and took the opportunity to speak about the ‘golden year’ Selby College has had, recognising the college had achieved the highest performance in Yorkshire and the joint second highest performance in England after an FE Week report, using Government data, ranked further education colleges on Apprenticeships, helping learners find work and both employer and learner satisfaction. Allan added, the college continues to respond to new demands for training and education with plans already in place to increase Higher Education student numbers and Apprenticeships.

    Closing the ceremony, Chairman to the Corporation Vernon Wells took the opportunity to congratulate all of this year’s award winners, adding “Your efforts and determination to succeed are a credit to you and also to your family and friends, who are not only here to support you tonight, but have been with you every step of the way on your education journey, which for many of you has continued either in further or higher education or learning new skills at work.”


    Tuesday 20 Dec 2016

  • College Builds for Construction Skills Growth

    Recognising the future demands for skilled construction workers locally and regionally, Selby College, working with Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has begun work on a new £1.4m project to redevelop its existing Aspiration Building facilities specifically for training young people and adults in a variety of construction skills trades.

    Acting on the latest recruitment and employment research data for the Yorkshire region, the college successfully bid for funds to develop its construction skills training facilities in order to help plug the growing skills crisis in the industry by providing, Brickwork, Carpentry and Joinery, Plastering, Plumbing and Electrical Installation courses.

    Enabling work has already started on the college’s Abbot’s Road Campus, extending the existing building to provide approximately 500sqm of additional floor space; consisting of a large extension and a mezzanine floor with access from the main body of the extension. As well as developing the Aspiration Building, the 23week project will release more space on the site that will allow the top-performing college to grow its already successful Powerskills Engineering programmes, helping to continue providing support to that industry also. 

    Expected to open in the Spring 2017, the redevelopment includes the creation of 40 additional car parking spaces to the north west corner of the existing car park.

    As Allan Stewart OBE, Principal and Chief Executive said, “At a time when many construction industry observers are predicting the biggest skills shortages in the sector for a generation, I am pleased to see Selby College, through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnerships funded extension of the Aspiration Building, will be at the forefront providing an increased range of construction training programmes to equip young people and adults with the skills needed now and in future whilst also providing them with the opportunity to enter a solid career, with great earning potential and prospects.”

    The project has benefitted from £0.7m funding from the Leeds City Region Growth Deal. The Leeds City Region Growth Deal is a £1 billion-plus deal between the LEP and government to help transform the Leeds City Region economy.

    The Growth Deal is being delivered jointly by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to boost jobs and growth across the whole of Leeds City Region. 

    Stephanie Burras, Chair of the LEP’s Employment and Skills Panel said: “New research shows that there is £13 billion of construction work in Leeds City Region over the next three years and we need to ensure we are helping develop the pipeline of talent to meet this demand.

    That is why we are supporting projects such as Selby College’s construction skills facilities with our Growth Deal funding. The project will help upskill local people and provide new skills opportunities to ensure we retain talent in our region. I am delighted we have been able to support this project and look forward to watching the site progress.”

    To enable local residents to see the plans of the new building and leave feedback, the college has arranged a display of the plans, to take place on Thursday 8 December in the Atrium area of the main Jubilee Building from 9.30am-16.00pm.

    Wednesday 30 Nov 2016

  • Selby College Graduation Success

    There was cause for a double celebration at the Third Annual Higher Education and Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony on Friday at Selby Abbey as students celebrated their academic and personal success alongside the college being named as a top-performer in a nationwide comparison of colleges.

    Professor Steve Kelly, Dean of Faculty of Science and Engineering at The University of Hull addressed the audience of students, families and VIPs including the Chair of North Yorkshire County Council, the Vice Chairs of East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Selby District Council and the Mayors of Goole and Snaith and Cowick, local employers, college Governors and staff, talking of the many benefits that education provides. Professor Kelly added, “how exceptionally pleased he was to see so many learners receiving awards, praising particularly the many unnamed individuals who support learners to achieve their goals each day, including the parents, partners, friends and others who provide the foundations of support throughout their learning and careers.”

    Professor Kelly said, “how proud The University of Hull was to be associated with a top-performing college like Selby College, which benefits from innovative leadership, fantastic facilities and a reputation for student success.”

    Joined by Professor Roy Fisher, Professor of Education and Head of Department of Initial Teacher Training from the University of Huddersfield, certificates were presented to graduates and apprentices, including five special award winners who were commended for exceptional achievements in their studies.

    Entertainment for the evening was provided by former apprentice and college Marketing Assistant, Lucy Williams singing the Adele song Someone Like You, accompanied on piano by Music Lecturer Nick Garside and also a performance from talented classical guitarist, Year 10 Selby High School pupil Dan Toone.

    Allan Stewart OBE, Principal and Chief Executive spoke of the success Selby College continues to enjoy, with news received only the day before the Awards Ceremony confirming Selby College was officially rated as the highest performing college in Yorkshire and the second joint highest performing college in England in terms of non-employed learners finding jobs at the end of their programmes and for overall learner and employer satisfaction.

    Speaking about the growing Apprenticeship programme, Allan confirmed the important role the college plays in support of the local and regional economy, training young people and adults and mentioning recent research that shows 27% of the current workforce is likely to retire in the next six years replaced by the lowest demographic outturn from schools in recent times. Allan added how important it was for the college to work in close partnership with employers to provide training that ensures locally we have sufficient skilled people to remain competitive in a post Brexit economy.

    The event closed with a selection of sweet treats and beverages served by Selby College Catering Services.

    Tuesday 22 Nov 2016

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