Month: December 2015

College offering new degree-level HR qualification

For students who’ve gained the Foundation Level 3 Certificate in HR CIPD image 2Practice or are currently taking on managerial responsibilities in their HR role, City College Brighton and Hove is now offering a degree level qualification – the CIPD Intermediate Level 5 Certificate. The course, which is not available elsewhere in East Sussex, enables HR professionals to achieve an industry-recognised qualification to expand on their existing experience and gain the knowledge and analytical skills integral to a managerial role. The course also supports students to create and implement a personal career development plan and develops their knowledge and application of current HR practices, theories and legislation.

Current Level 3 student Lisa Franklin, an HR Officer at Martello Beach in Eastbourne, says: “It’s really helpful that the College is now offering this qualification as it will give me the step up and knowledge I’ll need to progress in my role, grow our HR department and make sure our company and its employees are well-supported. It will be an eye-opening course to help perfect my HR practice.”

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City College boxer wins Euro tournament

City College  boxer Shiloh Defreitas (16) confirmed his class recently in the Sven Lange Memorial Tournament in Schwerin, Germany, in which a Shiloh Defreitas action shot Sven Lange  Dec 15-combohundred Junior and Youth boxers from Germany, Norway, Denmark, England, Ukraine, Austria and France competed in a 3-day event. Travelling with a team of 12 England boxers and fighting in the Under 50kg category, Shiloh’s first opponent was a German champion who he beat convincingly on points. He then progressed to beat the Danish champion, winning 10-8 in each round and claiming his spot in the final against the French champion. Again using his superior skill, he won on a unanimous points decision from judges. As well as winning a Gold medal in his weight category, Shiloh was named junior boxer of the tournament for his consistent displays of skill.

“The French boy I boxed was phenomenal,” says Shiloh. “I knew it was going to be a real challenge because he won the tournament last year and got the best technical boxer award too.”

“We’ve been working with Shiloh to be more assertive in the ring as the rules have changed now,” says City College’s Boxing Academy Coach, Adam Haniver. “Boxers are rewarded for being more assertive and their tactics have to show this. We’re delighted that the work has paid off at the College, at his club Repton in Bethnal Green and with England. Shiloh has a real talent, he listens and applies, which is vital. With continued focus on his BTEC Sports qualification and in his AASE (Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence), he will keep expanding his knowledge of how to look after himself as an athlete at an elite level.”

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Students gain music biz insights from local impresario

Music Performance & Production students at City College recently gained Jim Walker visit Dec 2015some valuable insights from local music impresario, Jim Walker. Since founding Americana/Roots live music specialists Brighthelmstone Promotions with his partner Amy in 2012, Jim has branched out into artist management and co-running a new Brighton-based record label, At The Helm, which has an international roster of acts. With a degree in Film Media & Culture, James went on to be a Business Development Manager for a FTSE company before combining his business acumen with a lifelong love of music and turning it into a full-time career.

“As well as creating and distributing their own music, our students are supported to put on their own live music events so Jim’s advice about the day-to-day realities of the music business and what does and doesn’t work was invaluable,” says City College’s Music Course Leader, Steven Hopkins. “Chatting to them about his experience of putting on events, releasing records and managing acts, and the challenges he’s faced doing so, gave them a lot to think about.”

“As a born and bred Brightonian, it was really interesting and rewarding to meet young local artists and producers with a passion for music and a genuine curiosity about the workings of the music industry,” adds Jim. “It’s great to have made this link with my local College and I’d be happy to offer advice and support to Steven and his students in the future.”

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