News from 2012-2013

  • New Plumbers will be in Demand

    Courses will be available at Levels 2 & 3, taking two and three years to complete respectively. The Apprenticeship programme is open to those aged between16-24, and involves receiving a wage from an employer. Apprentices spend four days each week learning with the employer on the job with a further day devoted to study and workshop sessions at Selby College. The college days help build both knowledge and skills off the job.

    Potential participants are first assessed for inclusion on the scheme. Whilst C grades in Maths, English and Science are desirable, others lacking these grades are accepted, supported by a functional skills programme run at Selby College. Of critical importance is that those accepted are supported by Mike Bullock, JTL Training, who has over 30 years experience working in the Mechanical Engineering Services industry across North Yorkshire.

    Government funding schemes run through the Skilled Funding Agency (SFA), favour those in the younger ages. For Apprentices aged 16-19 many employers can benefit from a £1,500 training grant to offset their own costs in employing and then training a new recruit to the sectors.

    With the first signs of economic improvement, skilled qualified trades people such as plumbers are expected to be in far greater demand. Young people are recommended to act quickly in registering their interest to be interviewed for one of the available Selby College places on the programme.  The first step is to complete the registration details on the Apprentice part of the JTL website  or telephone 07917 628313.

    "We are delighted to have further strengthened our links with Selby College, adding plumbing to already successful joint programmes linked to electrical installation and maintenance under the guidance of Richard Smith," said Brian Mills, JTL Regional Manager. "There are currently great opportunities in building services engineering, with every sign that construction as a whole will add to its existing 6.2 per cent of all of the jobs in the country."

    Friday 23 Aug 2013

  • Selby College Students Achieve 100% Success Rate

    William Froom from Snaith gained three A star grades in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics, along with an A in Chemistry to secure his place at Cambridge University to study Engineering, he said; "I'm really pleased to have got the grades I need to go on to university.  I've always been interested in Engineering and it was my dream to go to Cambridge, but I couldn't have done it without the help and support of my family, friends and everyone at Selby College."

    This sentiment was echoed by the top-performing female student Rebecca Reed from Selby who, after gaining two A star grades in Sociology and Psychology and two A grades in Biology and English Literature, said, "The top female student? Wow. What an honour! I'm so happy and incredibly grateful for all the help and support I've had throughout my time at Selby College." Rebecca will now go on to study Accounting and Finance at the University of Leeds.

    Other students gaining fantastic grades today included; Joseph Sumpner from Brayton who gained two A star grades in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, an A grade in Physics and a B in Chemistry.  Joseph, who will now go on to study Mathematics at the University of Nottingham, said, "It's a real surprise to have done so well, you hope that you'll get great grades, but there's always an element of doubt so I'm relieved to have achieved the results I needed."

    Emily  Brooke, also a former Brayton High School pupil, gained an A star in Psychology, and two A grades in Biology and Mathematics and will go on to study Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Newcastle. She said; "I'm so shocked to have achieved such great results. To have exceeded my own expectations is an amazing feeling and I'm pleased to see so many of my friends have also done well and that all of our hard work has been worthwhile."

    Selby College Principal, Allan Stewart OBE, said,  "I am delighted to once again report that it's been another tremendous year for the college's 'A' Level students with results that more than justify their hard work and dedication as well as the considerable support and encouragement of parents and carers."

    Allan added, "I would like to pass on my congratulations to all of our 'A' Level students and also our Vocational Course students who have again achieved extremely high grades this year. I would like to give each and every one of them, our very best wishes for whatever path they choose to take in future."

    Vernon Wells, Chair of Governors at Selby College, said, "There is another group of key people who continue to ensure the success of our students and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our hard-working teaching and support staff. Their help and guidance not only allows these young people to achieve their full potential, but in the process ensures they get into top universities."

    Thursday 15 Aug 2013

  • Student Hopes Competition Success will Build a Better Future

    Ryan Wyrill, from Selby, triumphed in the regional heat of SkillBuild - the UK's largest multi-trade competition - at Barnsley College on 20 June.

    Commenting on his win Ryan said: "I'm really pleased and surprised to have done so well at SkillBuild, I never expected to win, I just hope this will help me find an Apprenticeship so I can show people what I can really do."

    In the meantime, Ryan must now wait to see if he has done enough to qualify as one of the highest scoring competitors at the SkillBuild UK final later this year.

    Selby College Construction Course Leader Lee Bogg said: "I'm incredibly proud of Ryan's achievement. The competition at SkillBuild is always very tough, but Ryan kept his cool and produced a really accurate piece of work to take the top spot. I think this proves that he has the makings of an exceptional Bricklayer."

    Monday 29 Jul 2013

  • Catwalk Collections Wow Crowds

    The two-hour show, set against the majestic backdrop of Yorkshire's only Benedictine Church, is one of the college's key creative events made possible by the generosity of sponsors Forevermore Bridalwear and Meadow Lodge Home Care Services.

    Selby College Fashion Tutor Kiku Jackson said; "The Fashion Show is a very demanding event for all involved and students work tirelessly to ensure all their garments are finished in time, it's generally down to them and their professionalism that the collections on show are of such a high standard."

    She added; "I'm so proud of all their hard work and I'm delighted it has been rewarded with a full to capacity crowd all eager to see the culmination of the students' dedication."

    As the lights dimmed and the music began to play, the first collection to emerge was 'The Libertines' a Year 1 Extended Diploma in Fashion and Clothing collection which paid homage to the fact the show was being held on American Independence Day. The garments themselves were created in just two hours using the moulage technique (pinning directly on to a dress stand) as part of the college's annual Skills Tournament which was held in March.

    There were also impressive collections of T-shirts from the Year 1 Extended Diploma in Art and Design students, puppets inspired by Bauhaus from the Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design students and hats from the Year 2 Extended Diploma in Fashion and Clothing students. In addition to which, each Year 2 Fashion student also presented their own individual collection with themes ranging from gender stereotypes to superheroes.

    These were interspersed with two collections from Forevermore, one of this year's sponsors, a number of guest collections from former Selby College students who have just graduated from university and an energetic acoustic performance by Exclamation, a group of six Performing Arts students.

    However, one of the highlights of the night was the naming of Lois Taylor's Enlighten collection as the recipient of this year's Best Collection Prize sponsored by Forevermore. Lois will be presented with her prize at this year's Selby College Awards Evening, taking place on 13 December at Selby Abbey.

    Friday 5 Jul 2013

  • College Teams See Off Chile Challenge

    The top-performing college fielded two six-a-side teams as they welcomed 83 students from Markay School in Chile, for a friendly tournament against the home teams as well as special guests Doncaster Rovers, Hull Tigers and John Smeaton College. Each team played three matches with the top four battling it out in the final stages to be crowned overall victors. In the end, Selby College stole both the top and runners up spots in a tightly fought competition.

    The tournament, which was organised by student volunteers as part of the Chilean visitors European Tour, was co-ordinated by Selby College Tutors Kelly Williams and Gabriel Horgan. Gabriel said; "I'm very proud of the students for the way they participated in the entire tournament. They showed real maturity and integrity and it's fantastic for them to be given the chance to play against sports enthusiasts from other countries."

    During a presentation to honour the winners Selby College Principal Allan Stewart OBE thanked all the teams for taking part and said he was delighted to welcome the Chilean youngsters as it represented "a fantastic opportunity for all those involved to see sport at its greatest."

    Markay School student, Julián Ekelund then presented the Principal with a plaque from their school in Chile to commemorate the occasion.

    Wednesday 3 Jul 2013

  • College Team Claims Rovers Victory at Pavilion Opening

    A host of invited dignitaries, College Governors and Selby College staff, were treated to a spectacular demonstration of sporting prowess as the Selby College Football Development Centre team swept to a 2-0 victory in the five-a-side tournament which celebrated the partnership between the two organisations.  Guests were also invited to celebrate the exceptional contribution Students' Union Treasurer Oliver Montgomery had made to the college, before being given a whistle stop tour of the new changing facilities.

    Unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion Councillor Bernard Bateman MBE, Chair of North Yorkshire County Council, congratulated the college on its "fantastic campus" and results saying; "Coming here today has been mind-boggling. Selby College has some fantastic academic results but it's not all about the academic results, it's about all round education and providing opportunities and Selby College is doing that exceptionally well, particularly in Engineering and Construction."

    Principal Allan Stewart, OBE, said; "I'm delighted we've been able to achieve such an impressive building, particularly with money being so tight. Sports students now represent one of the largest groups in college and with courses being offered from level 2 right up to Degree Level through our partnership with the University of Hull which will see us offering a BSc in Sports Coaching from September; this is a very important building not only for us, but also for the local community."

    Tuesday 2 Jul 2013

  • Language Contest Returns to College

    The modern languages and enterprise event saw pupils from Brayton College, Holy Family Roman Catholic High School, Sherburn High School and The Snaith School, take part in a simulated trade fair to promote the active use of foreign languages in a realistic business environment.

    Pupils designed and created a range of stalls; some of which sold an array of products from app-fuelled translating teddy bears to cocktails and cakes, while others offered vital Tourist Information to visitors who were only able to speak to them in French, German or Spanish.

    One of those visitors was Cllr Gatman himself who said; "I think it's very important that youngsters of any age learn to understand different languages so that they can better communicate in Europe and hopefully avoid future conflict through misunderstandings."

    Other visitors included students from York University and Selby College staff and students who judged teams according to their ability to communicate in their chosen language, whether it was selling a product or offering directions to the local supermarket.

    Pupils also got the opportunity to take part in a number of language workshops, look around the state-of-the-art Abbot's Road campus and enjoy some light refreshments courtesy of Tesco, before The Snaith School were crowned Overall Winners. All participants also received a selection of prizes and goody bags donated by Sainsbury's, in an awards ceremony hosted by Selby College Principal Allan Stewart. 

    Friday 28 Jun 2013

  • Budding Designers Battle it out for Award

    Final year students on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design Fashion and Clothing have been pinning and sewing all year in anticipation of the ever popular show, but the promise of a coveted title to accompany their handiwork has seen creativity rocket as tutor Kiku Jackson explained. She said: "The Fashion Show is a great opportunity for all our artistic students to showcase their creative flair but it is especially important to our Fashion students as it offers them a platform to show off their own designs. The competition we are running in partnership with Forevermore Bridalwear has really sparked their imagination and we've seen some exceptional collections as a result, including garments that reflect and challenge gender stereotypes, take inspiration from entertainment phenomena such as Cirque du Soleil and even draw on natural resources like water."

    Competition judge and Forevermore Bridalwear owner, Lynda Hatton said: "Each collection is very different and very unique. I can see a lot of thought, preparation and work has gone into creating these collections, it's going to be a tough decision to choose one winner. They've all given a great deal of thought to exactly where their collection would fit in the current market, where they could sell it and its potential value and I think that's the key to success, I can't wait to see them on the catwalk."

    The winner of the Best Collection will be announced at this year's Fashion Show which starts at 7pm on  July 4th at Selby Abbey, with the prize being presented at the college's annual student awards evening in December.  If you'd like to find out who scoops this sought-after title tickets prices £5 and £3 for concessions, are still available for this year's show sponsored by Forevermore Bridalwear and Meadow Lodge Home Care Services, to reserve yours call 01757 211048.

    Monday 24 Jun 2013

  • Recipe Book to Raise Vital Cancer Research Funds

    The book, entitled All the Best from Yorkshire, is the second in a series of books created by staff and students at Selby College in memory of Scott Robinson, a former Hospitality and Catering student who lost his battle with testicular cancer in August 2010, aged 18. It will feature some of the finest recipes, produce and chefs from 'God's own County' and already boasts contributions Brian Turner, CBE; Rosemary Shrager; Stephanie Moon; James Mackenzie and Annie Stirk, with promises from a number of other high-profile chefs in the region.

    Project Co-ordinator Angie Hobden said; "We're thrilled to be working alongside Yorkshire Cancer Research. We were blown away by the support for our first book The Sweetest Thoughts which raised more than £3000 for charity and we're hoping our latest venture will surpass this which is why we've set ourselves a massive £10,000 fundraising target. We know it's a huge commitment but it's a fantastic cause and we're determined to succeed."

    Yorkshire Cancer Research Chief Executive Officer, Charles Rowett said; "We are delighted that Selby College has chosen Yorkshire Cancer Research as their charity partner for the new recipe book.  We have been very impressed with the staff and facilities at the college and recognise how valuable a role they play in the local community. 

    "Everyone knows that Yorkshire has some great food and with more Michelin starred chefs than any other county, the college's hospitality and catering students are going to get some great experience and have a lot of fun through this exciting new project.  Yorkshire Cancer Research depends totally on the goodwill and support of our donors and this is a great example of how people can come together to work on something meaningful that will benefit students, the college and the charity. We hope the book will become one of the must buy recipe books of the year."

    It is hoped that the book will be out later this year with a launch event planned for early autumn. In the meantime, if you'd like more information about All the Best from Yorkshire there are several ways to get involved including donating a recipe, sponsoring a page, sharing details about the project or reserving a book.

    If you would like further information please contact Angie on 01757 211164 or Rachel on 01757 211048 or can also follow the progress of the book on Twitter @thesweetthought, Facebook The Sweetest Thoughts Charity Recipe Books or via our

    Friday 17 May 2013

  • Adult Learning Engineers Bright Future for Samantha

    Samantha Thompson, a 23 year old Steel Erector from Ellsemere Port in Cheshire who is studying Engineering for the Power Industry at the award-winning North Yorkshire college, was named FD/HND Student of the Year in the UK Nuclear Awards in March.

    Samantha, who said she really did not want to stay on at school, enrolled on an Apprenticeship at 16 and found a placement with Doosan Power Systems Ltd which has allowed her to develop her academic qualifications alongside practical work-related skills and secure her a place on the first ever Foundation Degree in Engineering at Selby College. She said; "Engineering is a very male dominated industry, from the age of 16 I have always been pretty much the only female. Although in the past few years more females have started to enter the industry, many don't fully complete the course. It is hard working in an environment that you can feel alienated, but having the determination to progress in a career you enjoy spurs me on."

    And it's that commitment that Director of Adult Learning and Workforce Development at Selby College, Liz Ridley hopes will inspire others to reconsider their own options, especially during Adult Learners Week (18-24th May 2013), She said; "Adult Learners Week provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate the success of students like Samantha, who perhaps never considered education beyond school, while highlighting the benefits of lifelong learning."

    She added; "Whether it's to further a career, learn a new skill or just learn for fun there are huge physical and mental benefits to developing your education irrespective of your age."

    Selby College offers a range of courses aimed at Adult Learners both through its Abbott's Road facilityand the 1811 Centre. To find out more telephone 01757 211003

    Tuesday 14 May 2013

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