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Marriott Hotel in Enderby to host Business Breakfast event

District businesses are being invited to attend the popular free breakfast meeting next month to hear all the latest news about business support and funding.

Blaby District Council’s Business Breakfast event will take place on Friday 3rd February at The Leicester Marriott Hotel, Grove Park, Enderby LE19 1SW.

A free breakfast is on offer for the bright and early start time of 7:30am.

Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership will be attending to discuss the latest services available to local businesses, along with information on grant and funding programmes.

Representatives from South Leicestershire College and North Warwickshire & Hinckley College will also explain how SMEs and Micro Businesses can receive free training for employees to help develop and sustain their business.

Councillor Lee Breckon Planning, Economic Development and Housing Strategy Portfolio Holder, said:

“Business Breakfast meetings are events we are immensely proud to host for local enterprise.

“They have proved extremely popular with local businesses and it is vital to continue our good working relationships with them.”

With places limited businesses are being encouraged to book early by the Economic Development team via economicdevelopment@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7765.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]
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Leicestershire governor receives national award for Inspiring Leadership.

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Jacquie Mutter, Chief Executive of OCN London, presents the Inspiring Leader Award to Ms Fazaeli.

Toni Fazaeli, chair of South Leicestershire College and former Chief Executive of the Institute for Learning (IfL), was given the award by The Women’s Leadership Network.

Whilst Chief Executive of IfL, Ms Fazaeli successfully campaigned for a change in the law allowing further education teachers and trainers with Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status to be recognised as qualified to teach in school settings.

Teachers with QTLS enjoy the same pay and conditions as qualified school teachers in schools, and the same professional status as schoolteachers with Qualified Teacher Status.

This gives career flexibility for further education teachers, and means that schools and colleges can readily work together on joint courses for pupils whether in the college setting or the school setting.

This is good news for young people in Leicestershire and opens up possibilities for new courses.

Toni Fazaeli said:

It is a great honour and privilege to receive this award. I am proud to be associated with the Women’s Leadership Network and its work encouraging career progression. It has helped to raise awareness of the need for equality of opportunity throughout a sector where nearly two-thirds of the teachers and trainers are women.

I am also very proud of IfL’s impact on the way the sector thinks about leadership of learning and recognises further education teachers and trainers as dual professionals who are expert and stay up to date in their subject or vocational area, as well as in teaching methods.

Marion Plant OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of South Leicestershire College said:

Toni is an inspiring leader who has made and continues to make a massive contribution to the development of both teachers and learners here and nationally. We are delighted that she has recently become Chair of Governors here at South Leicestershire College.

The Inspiring Leader Award for 2014 was sponsored by The Awarding Partnership, an amalgam of three regional Open College Network (OCN) organisations, and honors those that have inspired others to achieve or who have achieved great things themselves as a leader in the workplace.

The Women’s Leadership Network, established in 2007, supports aspiring leaders whilst raising awareness of women’s issues and promoting gender equality in the sector.

Student takes ‘Bridge over River Kwai’ in Jungle Dementia Care Awareness Expedition

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Student Sophie Storey

A Leicestershire Childcare student is to take the historic bridge over the River Kwai to raise money for and awareness of Dementia.

Sophie Storey, a 17 year old Childcare student at South Leicestershire College in nearby South Wigston, will spend 6 days trekking, rafting and kayaking through the mountains and forests of the Thung Ya Nareusan Wildlife Sanctuary.

The  Wildlife Sanctuary Thung Yai Naresuan is a protected area in Thailand .

It was created as a Wildlife Sanctuary on April 24, 1974 and was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1991.

Part of a group of fund-raisers, she will follow the ‘death railway’ crossing the bridge over the River Kwai and each night will make camp in remote villages. The bridge was build in 1943 by Allied Prisoners of War as part of the so-called ‘death railway’ from Bangkok to Rangoon.

Sophie spoke of her challenge:

“I’m going on this Jungle Trek with my mum, Karen Storey, for MHA (Methodist Homes Association) because they specialize in good quality Dementia Care. The trek will help us to understand what life is like for a person living with dementia. We will be in a strange place, having to trust people around us to keep us safe and to guide us.”

She added:

“We’re looking for donations to help raise awareness and improve care for the hundreds of dementia sufferers in our community. All donations gratefully received through sponsor forms and the just giving website go directly to the residents at the homes.”

Marion Plant OBE, Principal and Chief Executive said

“Here at South Leicestershire College, our students are encouraged to participate in charitable projects within the local community. Not only does it give our students invaluable work and life experience, but it helps to highlight the important work that charities, such as MHA, undertake.”

If you would like to make a donation please follow the link below.

College students respond to local twins’ DIY SOS

Romanian orphans Ionuts and Dumitru
Ionuts and Dumitru left their Romanian orphanage as babies with health problems

Local college students from nearby South Wigston have helped create a new home for Romanian orphan twins.

South Leicestershire College’s Painting & Decorating students renovated the brothers’ home following the death of their adoptive mother to cancer at 42, the second time in their lives they’ve been orphaned.

Ionuts and Dumitru left their Romanian orphanage as babies, where they had numerous health problems, when they were adopted by Ruth Langham from Leicestershire.

Now 24, they continue to have significant health difficulties and were overjoyed that students from the college volunteered to help renovate their home.

With free paint donated by Dulux and support from Lincrusta’s Technical Manager, Andy Sarson, the entire house was decorated allowing the twins to lead a relatively normal life.

South Leicestershire College students work experience painting project
South Leicestershire College students on the work experience painting project pose for a group photo.

Painting & Decorating student Jordan Buckley (17) said:

“It was really nice to be able to use my painting skills to help somebody as deserving as the twins and give them their home back.”

One of the twins, Dumitru said:

“When we heard that some students were going to decorate our home, we were very surprised! People do not normally help us like that.”

The twins’ adoptive Grandad was also full of praise saying: “What a fantastic job the students made of the decorating and it was nice to hear them say how much they enjoyed these projects, especially when they were helping people like the lads.”

SLC students regularly carry out work experience through community based projects.

Marion Plant OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of South Leicestershire College commented;

“One of the great aspects of our construction courses here at South Leicestershire College is that we are able to offer our students valuable and rewarding work experience on projects such as these within the local community. These projects help to increase the employability skills of our students, essential for them to attract work in todays’ competitive jobs market.”

For more information about apprenticeships and courses at South Leicestershire College, please contact the Careers and Recruitment Team on Tel: 0116 264 3535 or email info@slcollege.ac.uk

Thomas receives award

Award winning student’s life-changing experience

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Thomas Howkins being presented with his award by Marion Plant OBE and George Chuter.

17-year old South Leicestershire College (SLC) student Thomas Howkins, from Enderby, is celebrating after winning two achievement awards at a recent awards ceremony despite previously being excluded from school when he was younger.

Thomas was presented with the Principal’s Prize and IT Student of the Year awards by England Rugby International George Chuter, at the College’s recent STAR awards ceremony.

Thomas first joined South Leicestershire College on the Inclusion to Excellence Programme, which is designed for 13-16 year old students that have been excluded from school.

He successfully completed the course and went on to the Level 1 IT course, where he found that learning about something he really enjoyed and having lots of support from lecturers, motivated him to do well.

His attendance was over 95% and he passed his course with flying colours. He has now progressed to level 2 IT and is looking to gain more qualifications before going on to university – something he says he would never have considered prior to attending the college.

Thomas explains;

“I really didn’t enjoy school – my attendance wasn’t good and I didn’t put any effort in. Being at the college has completely changed me – it’s given me a focus, given me something to work towards.

I have made friends and have a better social life. At the college tutors care about you, they understand your problems and help you.

I was quite surprised to win the prizes, but very pleased with myself and my mum is definitely pleased!”

His mother, Debra, added;

“Thomas used to hate going to school, and he really wasn’t heading in the right direction.

To think that now, he can now see university as a genuine option and his aspirations for himself have increased, that’s all any parent wants. I’m so proud to see him winning these awards and doing so well.”

Speaking about the Student STAR Awards, Principal and CEO Marion Plant, OBE, said;

“Thomas’ achievements prove that with the right encouragement and support, whatever their starting point, our students can achieve more than they ever thought possible.

We’re absolutely delighted with Thomas’ achievements and very pleased that his aspirations have now increased to match his true potential.

This is a great testament to the commitment of our dedicated teaching and extensive learner support.”

She added;

“Throughout the evening we had the opportunity to celebrate and recognise the achievement of all the students and local businesses who have worked so hard during the year.”

The SLC Student STAR awards took place last week at the Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road stadium, which saw 26 students and employers receiving awards for achieving above and beyond expectations throughout the year.

For more information about courses available at SLC, please contact the Careers and Recruitment Team on 0116 264 3535 or email info@slcollege.ac.uk