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  • Selby A Level Students Make 'Smart' Moves for the Future

    Selby College was celebrating retaining its position in the top ten percent of colleges in England as once again students attained some amazing ‘A’ Level and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma results. This year’s students achieved a 98.4% ‘A’ Level pass rate overall, with 49% passing high grades. Students scored a 100% ‘A’ Level pass rate in 17 out of 21 subjects.

    The rain did not dampen spirits for eager students collecting their A Level results at 7.30am yesterday morning! Senior staff joined lecturers and Guidance & Support Tutors in the Sixth Form Academy Building to support the final year students as they nervously opened their envelopes!

    The class of 2017 sees students heading off to world-class, research-intensive Russell Group destinations including Durham University, University of Manchester, University of Leeds and the University of Southampton. There are also a number of students progressing on to Higher Education here at Selby College to study programmes such as a HNC in Business and Computing & Systems Development.

    The top-achieving female result came from 18-year-old former Crawshaw Academy student Tegan Smart, who lived up to her name with A* in French, Sociology and Psychology and a B grade in Law! The aspiring lawyer is heading to Huddersfield University in September and described the feeling of opening her results as: “Complete and utter shock, I just wanted enough to get in to uni, but this is amazing. I got a text from Huddersfield this morning to say I had been accepted but I couldn’t believe it until now!”

    Joe Umpleby-Thorp, also 18, will also be celebrating today after achieving four A grades in Maths, Computing, Chemistry and Physics – the top male result for his year group. A former student of The Snaith School, Joe has been accepted by Durham University to study a degree in BSc Natural Sciences at Grey College. Speaking of his time at Selby College he said: “The teaching and support I have received has been brilliant, I’d like to thank my lecturers for all their encouragement. I’m heading to my cousin’s 18th party later so no doubt all my family will be celebrating with me.”

    Abby Broderick, another former student of The Snaith School, is one step closer to achieving her ultimate ambition of becoming a lawyer after successfully gaining an A* in Law, and A grades in English Literature and French. The 18-year-old opened her results surrounded by family, and was ecstatic to discover that she had earned an unbeatable 100 marks out of 100 in her Criminal Law exam. In September, Abby will begin studying Law with French Law at the University of Leeds. She said: “My degree includes a year abroad, which will really push me out of my comfort zone, but I’m excited and keen to continue developing my French skills alongside studying Law.” Speaking of her time at Selby College, she added, “All of my lecturers were so dedicated and supportive. I could always rely on English Lecturer Trish MacLean to make me smile when I was stressed during the exam period!”

    Originally from the West Midlands, Topaz Cartlidge, aged 18, celebrated gaining an A* in Maths, and two A grades in Biology and Chemistry, and confirming a place at the University of Southampton to study Biochemistry. She said “Selby is a really good college and everyone is so supportive. The lecturers treat you like adults; they really encourage you and want to help you succeed. I couldn’t have achieved this without them.” Speaking of her future, she added, “I plan to carry on after my degree and study for a Masters and a PhD and my results will allow me to achieve my long-term goals.”

    Ambitious Mathematician Luke Lightowler, 18, formerly of Brayton Academy, confirmed his place at the University of Leeds, gaining an A* in Maths, A in Further Maths and a C in Accounting. Maths Lecturer Sam Hunter said: “It’s refreshing to see someone strive for understanding like Luke does. He managed to combine hard work with a real enjoyment of what he was doing, and I’m really pleased that he’s done so well. Seeing him succeed is heart-warming, and an inspiration to others that hard work really pays off.”

    Fellow student Kyle Shead was also a top performer, achieving AAB in Law, Biology and Chemistry. He is planning on taking a gap year but hopes to study Medicine at university. The former Barlby High School student, aged 18, from Hemingbrough said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time here, I’ve made some great friends and the staff have been really supportive.”

    Other high-achievers include former Goole Academy student Holly Franklin who gained three A grades in History, English Literature and Media and is heading off to the University of Manchester in September, and former Selby High School student Montgomery Hutton who achieved three A grades in Business, Geography and Accounting.

    There was also plenty of cause for celebration amongst the AS Level students, who produced a very impressive set of results, setting them in good stead for their second year.

    High-achiever Madison Whitaker got an amazing five AS Level A grades in Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology! Both Madison and her mum, a teacher, who had the added pressure of her own students’ results today, were ecstatic to discover how well she had done. The former Selby High School student is planning on applying to Trinity College at the University of Cambridge to study Maths next year and said: “I’m happily surprised at my results, I had a vague idea that I’d done ok, but I’m so happy. I’d like to thank my Maths Lecturer Ian King and Chemistry Lecturer Clint Wastling for all their help. I’m going to York for a celebratory Nando’s now!”

    Aspiring Child Psychologist Ellie Bloxham, formerly of Selby High School, was thrilled to achieve three A grades in Sociology, Psychology and History. She said: “I’ve exceeded all my expectations today. I’m really pleased that my hard work has paid off, and these grades will help me achieve my goals for the future!”

    Former Brayton Academy student Oliver Seaman achieved four A grades in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Business. Speaking of his success, he said: “I’m over the moon and so glad all my hard work has paid off.” Oliver will continue his studies at Selby College next year, and has high hopes for the future, as he plans to study Maths at the University of Cambridge.

    Elsewhere, fellow Brayton Academy alumnus Anna Lindley earned two A grades, as well as a B and a C in Chemistry, Biology, Psychology and Maths. Anna hopes to continue with Science and eventually realise her dream of becoming a Midwife. Speaking of her time so far at college she said: “All my lecturers have been really supportive, especially Sam Hunter from Maths who has really helped me to progress and build my confidence throughout the year.”

    Principal and Chief Executive Allan Stewart, OBE, said, “We are all tremendously proud of these excellent results achieved by our students. Their individual determination and hard work have been rewarded and we are delighted to see such a high percentage again gaining their first choice university places. Our whole staff share in the success of our students and it is really gratifying for them also to see all of their efforts and dedication pay off.”


    Friday 18 Aug 2017

  • HND Art Students gain Exposure through Selby Arts Festival Partnership

            Photographs by Abby Clark

    HND Art & Design students from top-performing Selby College became official event photographers for the week at the wildly successful debut Selby Arts Festival last month, thanks to a partnership organised by Festival Director David Edmunds. The week-long took the town by storm offering a mix of ticketed music nights and free pop-up family entertainment.

    Armed with an open brief from David, students including Grace Priddy, Eloise Livsey and Abby Clark aimed to capture not only the 37 events and artists, but also the audience reactions and atmosphere surrounding each performance, which ranged from poetry and opera singing, to comedy nights and late-night skating events.

    Selby Arts Festival provided an invaluable platform for the HE students, giving them a real flavour of freelance photography at a number of sold out shows, including Seth Lakeman’s gig at Selby Abbey featuring support from fellow Selby College Music student Fiona Lee.    

                Photographs by Eloise Livsey

    Eloise said, “This was a fantastic opportunity which has given us a chance to use our skills in a different setting as well as in our local community. I have enjoyed it and look forward to taking part next year too!”

    An exhibition displaying the girls’ collections from the festival will be held in the autumn to celebrate the first Selby Arts Festival. Paul Belshaw, Subject Area Manager for Art, Design & Media said, “We have some great photographers on the HND course and I'm sure the results will be excellent.”

                                    Photograph by Eloise Livsey

    You can find more of Eloise’s work on her website: www.eloiselivseyart.wixsite.com/eloiselivsey

    Abby's work can be found on her website: www.abby-clark.com

    For more information about this course and other Higher Education courses at Selby College, please contact the HE team on tel 01757 211114 or email highereducation@selby.ac.uk.

    Thursday 3 Aug 2017

  • Powerskills relaunch successful Pre-Apprenticeship partnership

    The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) is continuing its partnership with top-performing Selby College in offering an excellent opportunity for students who wish to pursue a career within the Engineering Construction Industry.

    Selby College’s Powerskills brand is pleased to announce it is renewing its flagship Apprenticeship programme with the ECITB to provide places for 12 learners on the joint initiative as part of the UK-wide Pre-Apprenticeship Programme, following a pilot scheme which ran in 2015.

    As an Engineering Centre of Excellence, Powerskills UK is dedicated to working closely with local, regional, national and international Power, Engineering and Construction employers to design and deliver training solutions that meet their specific needs. The initiative aims to safeguard the future of young Apprentices in the region and also to support the required growth demanded by industry.

    The Introduction to Engineering Construction (ITEC) Programme sees successful candidates study at Selby College’s recently extended Innovation Building, a specialist facility for Engineering courses, from September whilst also spending up to three days a week in the workplace with a participating company. The learners will also have the opportunity to secure a week-long work placement with a prospective employer towards the end of the programme. 

    Over a 12-month period the aspiring Engineers will achieve a Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering Technologies and also complete practical training, providing them with the relevant skills, knowledge and health and safety awareness required to work in the Engineering Construction sector and prepare them for an Apprenticeship with an ECITB employer from next summer.

    Martin Eatough, Head of Apprenticeships at ECITB said: “This is an excellent opportunity for those students who are currently studying for or in the process of applying for an Engineering qualification and are looking for an opportunity to secure an Apprenticeship or full-time employment within the engineering sector. The programme will allow them to achieve all of the year one components of a formal Apprenticeship and, on completion of the programme, make them very attractive to potential employers”.

    Ian Muir, Assistant Director of Engineering & Construction at Selby College added: “Selby College’s Powerskills department has a growing reputation for providing employers locally and regionally with highly skilled engineers and construction sector employees. The ECITB partnership will ensure the young people recruited are provided with the skills in high demand in industry and potentially a job at the end of their training.”

    Applications for the programme are open to school leavers aged 16-18, with five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, including English and Maths. Please contact Powerskills Administration Officer Sue Johnson on 01757 211066 or email johnsonsu@selby.ac.uk for more information.

    Wednesday 2 Aug 2017

  • A Level English students published in Young Writers Anthology

    Two first-year A Level students studying English Literature, Beth Brown and Chandler Farley Charles, recently had their work selected for publication in the Yorkshire edition of the Young Writers ‘Welcome to Wonderland’ anthology, as part of a mini saga-writing competition.

    The former Selby High School students were challenged to create a fictional world and then write a story in just 100 words, inspired by their world. Beth’s tale was entitled, ‘The Shadows’ and Chandler called his piece, ‘The Vorpal Plain’.

    English Lecturer, Trish MacLean, said she was “very proud of their achievements” and added, “it is great to see students using their creative writing skills and being successful in competitions.

    "Such successes are really influential when they are included in UCAS applications for universities and help make the students stand out in the selection process."

    Wednesday 19 Jul 2017

  • Chef Stephanie Moon presents former student Kurtus with City & Guilds Medal

    On Thursday 29th June, Selby College held a presentation ceremony in celebration of former Hospitality & Catering student Kurtus Auty’s achievements since completing his Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery in 2016.

    The former Brayton High School student collected a string of awards during his time at college, including finalist in Young Seafood Chef of the Year and the titles of Yorkshire’s Best Young Chef at the Golden Apron and York Food & Drink Junior Chef. Kurtus also got to work alongside Pipe and Glass’ Michelin-starred chef James Mackenzie creating an award-winning range of ‘roasts with a twist’ for ASDA stores. The nineteen-year-old is now based in London at Gordon Ramsay’s Mayfair restaurant Maze as Demi Chef de Partie.

    Key staff including former tutors Liz Brighton and Adrian Dawes, family members, past students and Alison Johnson and Lynne Dodgson from Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School were among the guests in attendance, with Kurtus officially receiving his City & Guilds Medal for Excellence from renowned chef Stephanie Moon, who has appeared on the BBC’s Great British Menu and Channel 5’s Street Market Chefs.

    Stephanie, who now runs her own Chef Consultancy business All Things Food and works part-time with Leeds City College as a Chef Tutor, was delighted to accept the invitation to present Kurtus with his medal, having encountered the young chef when she was on the judging panel for the Junior Chef competition at York Food & Drink Festival in 2015!

    The Hospitality & Catering department hosted a drinks reception in the Training Restaurant to toast the special occasion, including a mocktail bar and canapés prepared by current students.

    Principal Allan Stewart OBE, welcomed guests, saying: “Kurtus is a tremendous credit to the College and can be justly proud of this outstanding achievement”. Lecturer in Hospitality & Catering Liz Brighton then presented an overview of Kurtus’s time at college and highlights of his career so far, in particular his most recent successes, the Worshipful Cooks Company Livery Award and the City & Guilds Medal for Excellence.

    Kurtus attended the City & Guilds Lion Awards held at The Roof Gardens in London on Thursday 15th June accompanied by Lecturer Adrian and the Principal. They were both delighted to find out that Kurtus had come 4th in the People’s Choice Award for his accomplishments while studying for his Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery.

    Kurtus was named a runner-up in the category for Outstanding Achiever of the Year which was a fantastic honour given that the awards are open to students from all over the world. 

    Kurtus was also awarded the Worshipful Cooks Company Livery Award at a luncheon at the Innholders Hall in London on Wednesday 1st March 2017. The annual event is held in honour of the civilian and military cooks who have triumphed in the various culinary competitions the Company have supported over the past year. Distinguished guests included the Lord Mayor of London, the Rt Hon Andrew Parmley, Liverymen Chef Brian Turner CBE, and Gary Maclean, 2016 winner of Masterchefs: The Professionals 2016.

    Thank you to everyone involved in the presentation and for making the afternoon such a success, as well as those who supported Kurtus with their votes throughout the college’s campaign for the People’s Choice Award.

    Wednesday 19 Jul 2017

  • Music student Fiona Lee to support Seth Lakeman at Selby Abbey

    Selby College first-year Music student Fiona Lee is preparing for one of her most high-profile performances so far with a supporting guest appearance for Seth Lakeman at Selby Arts Festival on Saturday evening at Selby Abbey.

    The West Country folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner will be playing tracks from his current album Ballads of The Broken Few and live favourites from his back catalogue with his band.

    The support gig came about after Music Lecturer Ryan Johnson organised for Festival Director David Edmunds to come in and speak to the Music students at top-performing Selby College. Fiona happened to be recording a track in the studio at the time and David must have liked what he heard because he got in touch with Seth’s team to ask if they would like Fiona to support him. The 17-year-old from Howden is genuinely interested in Seth’s music and “really excited about the opportunity to perform at the Abbey, and of course meet him!”

    After taking over festival stages during the summer of 2016, including Humber Street Sesh, Beverley Folk Festival and Cornucopia, Fiona is certainly one to watch and we could not be prouder of the talented singer-songwriter.

    Describing her sound as ‘indie-fused acoustic pop’, the self-taught musician says she only realised she could sing around the age of 14 after taking up the guitar at the end of Year 9 and playing in the Junction’s School of Rock group.

    The former Howden School student happened to take part at an acoustic session at the Goole arts venue where she says she found her voice and a love of songwriting. The rest it seems has just naturally evolved from a combination of hard work and a steady stream of gigs in the region.

    It appears her talent for storytelling has now captured the attention of those in the music industry even further afield. Fiona was recently involved with the BBC Academy in Manchester where she recorded a ‘Live Lesson’ for BBC Radio One which will be broadcast on iPlayer in September, plus performances for BBC Introducing Humberside and Radio One’s Academy Hangout Stage takeover in Hull on the 23rd May ahead of One Big Weekend.

    As a warm-up for the rest of the summer and of course Selby Arts Festival, Fiona has played Cottingham’s Springboard Festival, Beverley Folk Festival and a secret HUSH gig as part of Hull City of Culture. Not content with performing at a headlining gig for Selby Arts Festival, the singer-songwriter will also be volunteering as a steward throughout the week of events!

    Fiona is currently working with Hull-based record label Warren Records, with her next single in the pipeline, following the release of her debut single Rome in August 2016. As well as her involvement with Selby Arts Festival she also has dates for 2017’s Humber Street Sesh on Saturday 5th August and Cottingham Folk Festival on Saturday 26th August supporting Jon Palmer Acoustic Band.

    Speaking about her inspiration, Fiona said: “I actually get a lot of ideas by putting myself in other people’s shoes, as well as my own personal experiences of being a teenager. I’m definitely not afraid of being honest with my writing which people maybe find refreshing. I’m not worried about people judging me!”

    As well as performing on the opening night of the Festival, Fiona has also now been invited to support the closing night event of the nine-day creative arts celebration with London-based indie folk band Patch & The Giant. Good luck Fiona!

    Tickets for Seth Lakeman have now sold out, but tickets for the Patch & The Giant closing gig at River Mills Ballroom on Sunday 30th July can be purchased via www.ticketsource.co.uk/selbyartsfestival.

    For information about studying Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Music Performance & Production or our forthcoming Music Technology A Level at Selby College please visit selby.ac.uk, email info@selby.ac.uk or call Student Services on 01757 211040.

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    Fiona Lee - 'Sugar' - Live at The Warren: https://youtu.be/KeOgB-6Ns24

    Tuesday 18 Jul 2017

  • Dramatic designs collide on the catwalk at the Junction

    On Thursday 15th June, Fashion students at Selby College made their mark on the Junction in Goole to showcase their creative talents for the venue’s first ever Fashion Show.

    The show this year featured the work of students across both years of the UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma Art & Design Fashion Pathway course, with additional collections by two returning former students and recent graduates, Lois Taylor and Aaron W D Carter. There were also two catwalk shows by sponsor Lynda Hatton from Forevermore, featuring an elegant range of Prom & Evening Wear and Bridal Wear.

    Governors, staff, former and prospective students, friends, family and special invited guests, including the Chair of Selby District Council, Councillor Judith Chilvers, the Deputy Mayor of Goole Town Council, Councillor Richard Walker and Mayor of Snaith & Cowick Town Council, Councillor David Butterfield, were treated to a particularly eye-catching and dramatic display this year covering themes such as Feminism v Femininity, Distortion, Greek and Roman Mythology, Animal Welfare, and an Exploration of the Body.

    The Fashion Show also involves students on the Photography, Media and Music courses in the Art, Design & Media department, which for a second year running was narrated by DJ Loewen aka final year Music student Charlie Loewen, who played a live DJ set throughout the fashion showcase!

    Alongside the second year students’ collections and Final Major Projects, the college’s talented first year students, who have worked hard learning new skills and overcome a number of challenges, revealed an exciting body of work on the catwalk.

    The Year 1 Fashion students opened the show with their collection Shape, Form and Structure and their personal interpretations of these three words. Further showcases included Shift, a collection which saw the students design and make a shift dress, featuring a variety of colours and print techniques. This was followed by a mix of individual garments and concepts for Construct, Deconstruct, Reconstruct, before they ended the first half of the show with their collection Statuesque, which demonstrated the direct draping technique of Moulage, a timed project the students were challenged to produce for the college’s Skills Tournament.

    Fashion lecturer Kiku McNaughton announced Kayleigh Smith as winner of Forevermore’s sponsored award for Year 1 Creativity In Fashion, and former Sherburn High School student Marie-Anne Gilley as Year 2 Best Fashion Collection for her interpretation of modern architecture, inspired by skyscrapers and contemporary design lines. Mary Goldthorpe’s sponsored award for Excellence in Fashion went to Chlöe Nicolé Scott for her collection entitled Unethical Human Experimentation which dealt with themes such as human cruelty and madness. Governor Judy Kent also awarded her new prize for Innovation In Fashion to the former Selby High School student for pushing boundaries with her dramatic designs.

    Speaking of her collection, Chlöe said: “Pretty dresses were never my aim, especially as I progressed through Year 2. From the very start I chose difficult topics to explore: eating disorders being the first. For the collection, I progressed onto murderers, having recently discovered a convicted murderer in distant family history!”

    Marie-Anne will be heading to Northumbria University in September to study for a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design with Marketing and Chlöe to Huddersfield University for a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design with Textiles. Good luck to both for their future studies!

    Collections from second year Fashion students also included former Snaith School student Flavia Curiale’s opulent and glamorous womenswear inspired by animals and exotic birds of nature. The collections continued with another former Snaith student, India Reddall’s Finale, inspired by movement and dance, creating garments that represent and capture the feeling you get when performing, incorporating classic shapes and silhouettes found in the studio. We also saw former Selby High School student Lauren Chappell’s interesting exploration of concealment and the human body. The show ended with a theatrical nod as the Year 2 students showed their Final Major Project collections on the catwalk.

    Inspiring the current and prospective students, former Selby College student and recent University of South Wales graduate in BA (Hons) Fashion Design, Aaron W D Carter, returned to showcase his womenswear collection, Hart, which was inspired “by the ongoing battle between humankind and the natural world, taking cues from natural rock formations with an overlay of the unique extreme femininity of the Dior ‘new look’ silhouette”.

    The audience were also given an insight into the work and progression of another former student, Lois Taylor, who has just graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design with Marketing at the University of Huddersfield. Her final collection featured soft, billowing shapes and cool muted tones, which Lois describes as “taking a route through the dreamscape spectrum. From the twisted dark side of fantasy to an idyllic dream land, inspiring an icy colour palette, oversized silhouettes and stepped raw-edge detailing”.

    Reflecting on another successful year, Fashion lecturer Kiku McNaughton added: “I wish you all the best in your future endeavours in all the different routes you have chosen. Life offers many opportunities and it’s now up to you to grab them where they arise! Good luck to each of you.”

    For information about studying Fashion, Art & Design, Media or Music at top-performing Selby College please visit selby.ac.uk, email info@selby.ac.uk or call Student Services on 01757 211040.

    Monday 17 Jul 2017

  • Young Entrepreneurs win internships with Nestlé

    On Thursday 22nd June, eleven Selby College Level 3 Extended Diploma Business students travelled to Nestlé in York where they took part in a ‘Finale Day’ with around 150 finalists from other local schools and colleges. The finalists were chosen following an earlier session at Selby College in January, where former students who have progressed onto careers with Nestlé returned to the Abbot’s Road campus to discuss the Apprenticeship scheme offered by the company.

    The Finale Day was set up by MyKindaFuture, a company designed to help students build connections with employers looking for their next generation of talent. Students can sign up for local careers events with real companies, helping to improve their employability for the future.

    The event comprised of three challenges, all designed to put the students’ Business knowledge to the test. Students were first tasked with an enterprise activity, where they worked in mixed groups to design a new healthy product for Nestlé and pitch their creation to the staff and other teams. Products from the Selby students included a creative fruit and seed bar incorporating the Nestlé cereal ‘Shreddies’. Next there was a team task, in which students had to practice their negotiation skills. Teams were given a list of 15 items they could use if lost at sea, and had to reach a group decision about which items would be the most and least useful. Finally, the students got the chance to show off their new skills in a quick-fire 2 minute interview, where employers asked questions about the student, Nestlé and the world of Business.

    Throughout the day, students were scored not only on their business skills, but also their confidence, and competition was fierce, with an exceptionally high standard from all participants. Nestlé had seventeen paid work experience places up for grabs, and four of the eleven Selby College students were successful. Tayla Parkinson, Jasmine Lockwood, John Whaley, and Max Dutton have since been invited to return to Nestlé to complete their weeks’ internship over the summer. Nestlé have praised the efforts of the Selby College students.

    Alison Ruston, Course Leader for Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business said “I have the pleasure of working with some great young adults every day; they never fail to amaze me, but today I was taken aback by not only their maturity and professionalism but their sheer drive to succeed. They have made themselves, myself and the college extremely proud.”

    Wednesday 5 Jul 2017

  • Aspiration Extension Supports Construction Industry Skills Gap

    Last week, the £1.4m extension and refurbishment to the college’s Aspiration Building was formally opened in front of representatives from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, and Hull-based builder Houlton. Also attending were senior college staff and governors, plus local school heads, employers and civic leaders from Selby, North Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire.

    The official opening was declared by Chair of Corporation, Vernon Wells MBE, alongside Principal and Chief Executive Allan Stewart OBE, Kate Thompson, Head of Implementation (Delivery Directorate) at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Houlton Building and Maintenance Director Andrew Kingston.

    The project received 50% funding through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal – a £1 billion-plus package of government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

    The college was successful in gaining a bid for funds from the LEP as a means of fulfilling the skills gap in the industry.

    The new specialist Construction trades training facility and the extra space it provides will also enable the college to grow its already successful Powerskills Engineering programmes, helping the local area to continue providing support to a rapidly growing industry, including for the first time HNC/HND programmes.  By 2021, the aim is to train 1200 Construction Apprentices at the new facility, recruited from Selby and the surrounding district and the East Riding of Yorkshire.

    The demand for trained Construction workers is set to increase dramatically over the next few years as 27% of the existing workforce retires.  One particular target group the college will be encouraging is more female students to choose construction as a career.  Recent data published by the National Office for Statistics shows that the numbers of women working as Roofers, Bricklayers and Glaziers is so low that it is unmeasurable. Selby College is taking steps to correct this with 7% of learners already recruited to construction courses being female.

    Powerskills will now be able to provide an even more extensive range of Construction training programmes to equip young people and adults with the skills required now and into the future whilst also providing them with the opportunity to get on a career path or Apprenticeship with great earning potential and prospects.

    The new extension covers 500sqm and also included the refurbishment of one of the existing workshops to accommodate Joinery. Within the new build area, which is set to achieve a BREEAM rating (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) of "very good’’ is a general classroom, an IT classroom, a plumbing and electrical workshop, a joinery machine shop and a mezzanine floor including up-to-date green technologies such as solar panel installation and grey water harvesting.

    Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the LEP and a Combined Authority Board Member, said: “Creating more and better Apprenticeships is central to our plan to build long-term and sustainable economic growth for the Leeds City Region. By investing in the Aspiration Building at Selby College – already the area’s largest provider of Apprenticeships – we are aspiring ourselves to deliver a skilled and flexible local workforce from within the city region itself.”

    Cllr Mark Crane, Leader of Selby District Council, added: “Selby College is recognised across the country as a high-performing centre of learning and skills and it is fantastic that even more young people and adults will benefit from the exceptional facilities on offer thanks to the extension opened today. The college is putting the region on the map within the training and education arena and I look forward to seeing more apprentices pass through its doors and into successful careers in the years to come. A highly skilled workforce is one of our strengths here in the Selby district and one of the key reasons why this is a great place to do business.”

    In what is his 10th Building Project in 25 years as Principal of Selby College, Allan Stewart said: “Since the main campus was officially opened in 2011 we have continued to add to our estate programme. The college has always successfully responded to new needs for training and education. We have seen a huge growth in demand for Media Production, Engineering, Sports, Computing and Business Services. Construction is one of the fastest growing areas, with an ageing workforce, a growing housing shortage and a need for people with skills who are able to travel within the Yorkshire and Humber region. It is therefore vital we offer young people the opportunities to learn a wide range of different skills.”

    Vernon Wells added: “The government has asked for 3 million new apprentices over the next few years, and this magnificent new facility allows Selby College to help meet that demand.”

    The Leeds City Region Growth Deal was 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. 


    Monday 3 Jul 2017

  • Students showcase artistic flair at annual Arts Exhibition

    Last Thursday evening, top-performing Selby College’s Renaissance Building was once again transformed into an artistic hub as the Art, Design & Media department held their annual Visual & Creative Arts Exhibition.

    Guests including friends, family and former students were welcomed with a glass of wine in the foyer, where Music students Fiona Lee and George Copeland treated audiences to intimate busking-style performances throughout the evening.

    Classrooms were temporarily converted in realistic galleries, with work from all of the college’s creative programmes on display to celebrate the talent and progression of the students over the year. Students from A Level, Vocational and Higher Education courses all got the chance to showcase their work through mixed media, sound installations, art and video presentations, as well as a huge range of fashion designs, photography and artefacts.

    Students from both years in the Fashion department proudly displayed their Final Major Project garments and portfolios in the Drama studio, accompanied by custom lighting and resident DJ Charlie Loewen, who showed off his mixing skills to the guests, recreating the atmosphere of the recent Fashion Show held at the Junction, Goole.

    Topics explored by full-time Art & Design students ranged from Homelessness by Megan Cahill, and Addiction by Phoebe Waring to The Seasonal Changes by Emma Homes and Energy and Electrical Impulses by Beth Enright.

    First-time exhibitors and new to the curriculum, were the A Level Photography students, who displayed dramatic imagery, showing not only their expert camerawork, but also their advanced post-production editing skills using digital software and darkroom development. Pieces from A Level Art students were also on show, covering contemporary issues including Consumerism, Tourism and Freedom of Expression.

    Also making their Arts Exhibition debut were Higher National Certificate Art & Design students who presented their final projects, including a short film from Josey Leetham entitled ‘Nostalgia’, and a series of candid portraits from around the globe by Abby Clark for her photography project ‘The Unknown’. 

    Throughout the evening, guests had the opportunity to experience and interact with many exhibits through the use of Apple Mac computers, audio accompaniment and wall projections. Amongst the visual displays, Creative Media Production & Technology students held screenings of their latest productions and displayed accompanying portfolios of work.

    Paul Belshaw, Subject Area Manager for Art & Design said, “The show represents a great team effort and all of the staff and students worked incredibly hard to put on another outstanding show of creative work this year. We celebrated some excellent work across all of the subject areas, integrating live music performances with art, fashion, moving image and photography. It was a particular pleasure to see our Higher Education Art and Design and A Level Photography students exhibiting for the first time this year, too. These are both new developments in our curriculum and offer students fantastic opportunities to reach new levels of technical excellence as they prepare for careers in the exciting creative industry.”

    Friday 30 Jun 2017

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