1. Keighley College partners with Screen Yorkshire and NFTS to deliver industry-leading course

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    Keighley College has partnered with Screen Yorkshire and the National Film and Television School (NFTS) to deliver a new course that will provide young people with  industry-recognised UK craft certificates for film and TV.

    Screen Yorkshire and NFTS will deliver five new courses in construction, lighting, hair and makeup, costume, and production assistant. The courses will be delivered by NFTS, one of the leading film schools in the world, in partnership with local education institutions.

    As part of this partnership, students will be able to study the Costume for Film and Television UK Film and Television Craft Certificate at Keighley College. Students will take part in two ‘boot camps’ to prepare for the specific requirements of costume crew in film and TV, such as their role within a department, set etiquette, and the challenges of freelance life, including taxes, invoicing and networking.

    Costume for Film and Television at Keighley College
    Crew for the costume department are in huge demand across the UK’s booming film and television industries. This course gives students basic and advanced costume training, as well as preparing them for the specific rigours of working within the film and television industries. Students will also receive valuable Health & Safety Production Passport training.

    The course is taught by industry professionals and includes work placements on active film and TV sets. It has been created in response to increased demand for costume expertise on UK-based productions, with the role identified by the BFI and ScreenSkills as an ‘in demand’ skill-set across film and high-end television production.

    The course is specifically targeted towards students who want to break into film and television, and the organisations are actively trying to address underrepresentation within the screen industries by encouraging people to apply regardless of their background.

    Students will learn a range of technical and interpersonal skills including building work relationships, preparing work stations, managing wardrobes and supplies, understanding the characteristics of costume materials and measuring, cutting, sewing, and pressing clothing by hand and machine.

    Keighley College supports the region
    Keighley College has a range of benefits for students, including industry partnerships with local employers, professional facilities, supportive staff, and an emphasis on wellbeing.

    Keighley College is also recognised for contributing towards the local economy and supporting the district. Most recently, Keighley College was praised for hosting the Bradford Apprentices Live event.

    Additionally, recent data provided by labour market intelligence, EMSI, revealed the accumulated contribution of former Keighley College and Leeds City College apprentices currently employed in the regional workforce amounted to £181.8m in added income in the year analysed.

    For more information on vocational courses and apprenticeships at Keighley College, click here to visit our courses page.


  2. BBC Look North visits Keighley College to talk about the election

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    With the general election looming, BBC Look North visited Keighley College to talk to young people about the issues affecting them and what they would like to see in the parties’ manifestos.

    Keighley is part of a divided constituency, with one of the closest marginal seats in West Yorkshire. Look North were investigating whether young people could potentially sway the vote. The team visited the open day on 6 November to find out what our students thought.

    They spoke to a number of learners across Public Services, Textiles and Health and Social Care who expressed their views on the NHS, public transport, employment, laws around staying in Europe and public safety.

    Look North also spoke to Principal Steve Kelly who talked about equality and LGBT rights. He emphasised the college’s commitment to promoting democracy by bringing in a voting booth to remind student to register to vote.

    A representative from Keighley charity, Project 6, was also interviewed and highlighted the importance of health and social care investment.

  3. Keighley College hosts highly praised Bradford Apprentices Live event

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    As part of Bradford Manufacturing Weeks, Keighley College hosted the district’s first Bradford Apprentices Live event.
    The event ran as part of an initiative which works with students across the district to promote potential future careers within manufacturing. 

    Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education has described the initiative as an “excellent” scheme.

    Manufacturing Weeks and Apprentices Live

    According to the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Bradford Manufacturing Weeks is a West and North Yorkshire Chamber initiative, delivered by Bradford Chamber of Commerce. 

    Spanning two weeks this year, the fortnight-long campaign involved more than 60 manufacturers who linked up with schools and colleges. The initiative also included work placements, school talks and site tours for young people aged 14 to 18. Proving the success of the campaign, around 6,000 work experiences were created.

    Occuring during Manufacturing Weeks, the Manufacturing Live event took place at Keighley College on 15 October. The anticipated event invited students to ask a panels of apprentices, employees and manufacturers questions to gain an insight into what a manufacturing career entails.

    Keighley College makes way for the next generation of manufacturers

    Keighley College offers an enterprising and collaborative environment, delivering high quality vocational education as a pathway to employment.
    It is also home to the Industrial Centre of Excellence (ICE) for advanced manufacturing and engineering and its Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (iMechE), providing students with access to a range of industry support.

    The Industrial Centre of Excellence provides education and training opportunities to prepare young people to progress into the growing engineering and manufacturing economy.
    The fully equipped on-site workshop was launched in January 2015 and includes high-quality and industry standard Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machinery, lathes, milling machines, 3D printers and other state-of-the-art engineering equipment to develop students’ skills.

    The centre has a board of local employers who oversee the development of the centre and the courses it delivers. These employers also contribute by providing work experience opportunities and live projects to help prepare students for the world of work. In addition, employers also have the opportunity to shape the future of young learners by providing master classes, offering mentoring opportunities and providing site visits.

    Keighley College provides more support to manufacturers
    Keighley College will continue to support the growth of the manufacturing centre by hosting another event this year.

    As part of Bradford Manufacturing Weeks 2019, the college is hosting the free Support and Funding for Manufacturers event which will offer networking opportunities and information on funding and support for manufacturers.

    Covering business finance, import and export, overseas trade missions and exhibitions, manufacturing growth programme, supply chain improvements, skills, training, information on local enterprise partnership (LEP) and more. The event will also include breakfast.

    Keighley College presents portfolio of professional programmes

    Keighley College provides a variety of blue-collar courses across a variety of sectors including construction, engineering and manufacturing. Students can train in professional facilities and leverage local industry links to gain practical experience and industry insight.

    For more information on our vocational courses and apprenticeships, click here to visit our courses page.


  4. Keighley College students raise £302 for World Mental Health Day

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    Health and Social Care students at Keighley College have raised more than £300 for Mind UK.

    In honour of World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October, the students invited staff and students to join them for a cup of tea and a biscuit at the Keighley College kiosk.

    Designed to encourage people to take a break and to promote positive wellbeing, the students ran a bake sale with the proceeds being donated to UK mental health charity, Mind.

    On the promotional material for the event, the students explained:
    “Getting together and talking to people is good for your mental health. At Keighley College we believe a brew and a chat with friends is a good way of staying connected and promotes good mental health for all.”

    The college regularly runs fundraising events with Foundation Studies students raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support less than a month ago at the start of October. 

    World Mental Health Day
    According to mentalhealth.org.uk,“The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is suicide prevention.”

    Inspired by the event, Keighley College supported World Mental Health Day by promoting mindfulness and positive wellbeing in a variety of ways, including playing relaxing piano music.

    In addition, Beauty students offered free relaxing hand massages and Health and Social Care students ran a bun, cake and sweet sale to raise money for Mind.

    Running for more than 70 years, Mind mental health charity addresses a range of mental health problems and provides support and advice to as many individuals as possible.

    Commenting on the warm and welcoming event, one student said: “The kettle’s always on at Keighley!”

    Keighley College champions wellbeing
    Keighley College regularly promotes positive mental health and provides wellbeing support to both staff and students.

    The most notable example of this, is Chummy the Pug, a friendly puppy brought in to provide relief from stress and worries.

    The college also has a dedicated Safeguarding team, devoted to ensuring all students and staff are kept free from harm. The college also cites “Welcoming” as one of its brand values and takes pride in providing an environment that is safe, healthy and inclusive.

    Most recently, Keighley College was publicly thanked by the founder of Neurodiversity Celebration Week for signing up to take part in the event which will occur on 16-20 March, 2020.

    The event is designed to acknowledge special education needs (SEN) and different neurodivergent conditions such as ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia to reduce stigma and negative connotations surrounding the conditions.

    For the latest up-to-date news on Keighley College, keep tabs on our Twitter @KeighleyCollege.


  5. Keighley College alumnus welcomes Amir Khan to award-winning garage

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    Former Keighley College student, Naveed Khan, welcomed celebrity boxer Amir Khan to his garage last week.

    The boxing star visited Enkahnz to pick up his car, following service from award-winning Keighley College alumni Naveed.

    Amir Khan joins Naveed’s list of prestigious celebrity customers that includes singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake and footballer Tom Cleverley.
    Also in attendance at Enkahnz, were several Keighley College motor vehicle students and tutor John Thornham.

    The Keighley College students were given a tour of Naveed’s impressive business that he built himself from scratch. They also had the exciting opportunity to meet Amir Khan and get their pictures taken before receiving careers advice from both Naveed and Amir.

    Naveed Khan and Enkahnz recently made the news after Naveed’s firm gave Amir Khan’s £100k car a mega makeover for Eid. According to Asian Sunday, the vehicle was fitted with a Barugzai styling pack, which included gleaming new 22-inch alloy wheels, bumpers, an exhaust and spoilers.

    On collection of his vehicle, a proud and pleased Amir Khan said “Amazing! I love it man. The plate goes well with it, beautiful.
    “It’s slick, very subtle, but really nice, just how I wanted it,” he added.

    Naveed’s journey
    Naveed began his journey in 1997 and enrolled at Keighley College on a Level 1 Motor Vehicle course, he then enrolled on to the Vehicle Body Repair Level 2 programme the following year.

    The talented student quickly went from strength to strength. By the time he became an adult learner, he scooped the prestigious NIACE Adult Learners Award and met up with Phil Hope, British politician and the Minister for Education at the time. Naveed was presented his award by British broadcaster Dermot Murnaghan.

    Starting off in his own backyard against his parent’s wishes, Naveed began to build a business in vehicle body repair. He used the skills he’d learned from Keighley College to bolster his business as he moved to a small rented unit. As his business grew, he developed a reputation for premium quality and service.

    Naveed then moved to a larger site, eventually owning the entire multi-million pound complex. His focus is now on his own brand of body kits, wheels and other car accessories, many of which are exported worldwide. 

    Giving back to the community

    Keen to give back to the community, Naveed is happy to share his success with Keighley College students who aspire to follow in his footsteps. 

     Naveed regularly delivers motivational talks at the college and has even brought along with him a selection of super cars including Ferraris and Range Rovers.

    Commenting on Naveed’s success, proud tutor, John Thornham said:
    “Students always enjoy Naveed’s speeches because they can relate to his rags to riches story and one of the reasons he has been successful is through the good publicity he promotes.

    “The college has been following Naveed’s success from day one and this is a story everyone wants to see, it’s proof that FE works and pays off in the end.”
    Naveed has been invited back to Keighley College in November to deliver another motivational speech to students.


  6. Foundation Studies students learn important messages from transport conference

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    On 17 October, Foundation Studies students attended People First’s Disability, Transport & Hate Crime Conference. This was an excellent opportunity for students to take part in democracy by airing concerns they have about local public transport, as well as highlighting services that are working well.

    Students enjoyed being part of their community and took a keen interest in the topics being discussed. The event was well attended, with managers from Metro, TransDev, Bradford Council and local taxi services representing their organisations who all led Q&A sessions. The conference also highlighted important issues about hate crime, and what people could do if they felt they were being targeted due to their disabilities.

    We made new contacts at the event, and will be inviting some speakers from TransDev into college to help students apply for travel passes and provide safety info and resource packs for learners. Our students did the college proud, they were attentive and enthusiastic, and took on board many of the issues being discussed.

  7. Engineering apprentice takes skills to international competition

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    Engineering apprentice, Isaac Khan, represented the UK in this year’s WorldSkills competition in Russia. The talented student is now completing the Level 3 BTEC in Engineering and on the way to becoming a qualified mechanical engineer. We caught up with him to find out more.

    What made you choose your course?
    I studied this course as part of my four year apprenticeship at CarnaudMetalbox, and Keighley College is where I did my initial training.

    What were your highlights at the college?
    Highlights at college has to be receiving my certificates, it’s good to know all my hard work has paid off.

    What are you doing now?
    I’m currently in my last year of my apprenticeship and I’m finishing a Level 3 NVQ so I will be a fully qualified mechanical engineer.

    What do you enjoy most about it?
    Engineering is something I enjoy, working on machines and learning different skills is something I get to do every day. The support from everyone at work is great, they’re always willing to help me develop.

    What competitions have you been involved in?
    I’ve been involved in the WorldSkills competition for the last two years, we initially competed in the UK national finals where we were able to win gold and qualify for Squad UK. After this, we qualified for Team UK and represented the country this summer in Kazan, Russia along with 35 other young people.

    What did you have to do?
    We had to design, manufacture and assemble an electric wheelchair in a three day competition against seven other countries from around the world. We had various surprise tasks that we had to produce components for and test our wheelchair to ensure it was up to the international standard. We were able to finish 6th in a tough competition which is something we are really proud of!

    How did you get involved in these?
    I got involved in this through work, it’s something that our company has been involved in for almost a decade and has seen us send four teams to international competitions around the globe.

    I would like to say a big thank you to my former tutors Ronnie Magee and George Myles for their training and support over the last two years which was crucial on our journey to Russia!

  8. Keighley College students turn out in their numbers to pick up results

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    Students at Keighley College, who sat their GSCEs earlier in the year turned out in their numbers to pick up their results.

    As of 2019, almost all GCSE results are now using the new 9 -1 grading scale which has replaced the old A*-G system, with 9 being the highest grade. The new system has been gradually phased in since 2017.

    Steve Kelly, Principal at Keighley College, said, “We are very proud of all our students and we want to say a big congratulations to those who received their GCSE results today.

    “Over the past year, hundreds of students have passed their qualifications, including GCSEs, vocational qualifications and apprenticeships. This has been a fantastic year, with improving success rates and students making positive progress.

    “Many of our students are progressing to work, higher education and further study at the college. This year is an exciting one for us with the expansion of our Textile Academy, professional sports coaching in partnership with regional sports teams, digital welding and supported internships.

    “We are also pleased to announce a new range of courses for adults as well was the opening of Keighley’s very own University Centre. This will offer a number of degrees including Teaching and Learning and Health and Wellbeing. We now have started enrolling and would encourage anyone interested; both studying and working with us to contact 01535 685000 www.keighleycollege.ac.uk

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