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 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.


  4. 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.

  5. 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!

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