Month: January 2016

Fly-through video provides advance preview of City College’s new Construction Centre

A fly-through video created by Sussex-based HNW Architects is offering local people an advance preview of City College Brighton and Hove’s new Construction & Trades Centre atCCE Construction Centre - Artist's impression 2 the College’s City College East Campus on Wilson Avenue. The Centre has been designed to be a leading educational and training hub for Brighton & Hove’s next generation of construction workers and is scheduled to be completed by March 2017. The £9m centre, which has been funded by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), will enable students in the different trades to work together and follow each other through the construction process, mirroring real site conditions. HNW Architects designed the centre, leading construction firm Osborne  are building it and the works will be project-managed by Sussex construction and property consultancy practice, NorthGates. Demolition of old structures on the site started in November last year and construction work commenced this month.

Nick Juba, City College’s CEO, said:

“State of the art facilities are fundamental to the College’s ambitions, so it’s tantalising to get a sense of the scale of the Construction Centre and how it might impact on our approach to teaching and learning in the construction trades. The College is committed to helping local people gain the vocational skills that employers expect and we’re proud that this Centre will provide a space in which the carpenters, builders, electricians and plumbers of the future will be able to learn their skills in realistic working environments.”

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Chefs’ Academy trio return to City College for Graduates’ Dinner

Three talented young chefs from the Exclusive Chefs’ Academy, a two-year life-changing training programme from Exclusive Hotels and Venues, recently returned to City College Graduates' Dinner Jan 16 1Brighton and Hove to share their skills with current Catering students for a sell-out ‘Graduates’ Dinner’ at the College’s Gallery restaurant attended by friends and family of the students and regular Gallery customers. In July 2015, having just completed their studies at City College, Arion Christophers, Fraser Hawkins and Elizabeth Bastable embarked on an intensive two-year journey under the mentoring and leadership of Exclusive’s award-winning chefs. The Exclusive Chefs’ Academy programme has been designed to develop young chefs’ skills, reward their talent with full time employment and further their career in some of the best restaurants in the South of England.

Fraser Hawkins says: “It was a pleasure for me to be involved in this event because City College gave me the qualifications and push I needed to become a better chef and help me progress in my career. Because the College has a strong link with the Exclusive Chefs’ Academy and promotes it to students, it created an amazing opportunity for me. It was really rewarding to come back and show current students what I’ve picked up at the Academy as I’ve learnt so many new techniques and methods of becoming a better, more efficient chef. For the Graduates’ Dinner event, it made life so much easier that the current students definitely know their stuff. When they’re asked to do a job, they know straight away what’s required and you don’t have to mollycoddle them.”

Guest Peter Fern says: “It was a wonderful event. The menu showed a real imaginative flair and I was particularly impressed with what the chefs achieved with the delicious beetroot starter. The quality of each course was excellent.”

For media queries on the Exclusive Chefs’ Academy, contact Julia Gosling on 01892 617912 or email

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Link between City College and Whitehawk FC Youth creates table-topping success

A link between City College Brighton and Hove and Whitehawk FC which was originally forged in the 2013-2014 season, has since developed into a highly significant partnership. City College - Whitehawk FC U18s portraitThe Hawks’ Under 18s team, currently top of the Ryman Youth League South Division, is managed by City College’s Sport Lecturer Jude Macdonald and features no less than eight City College footballers in its squad. Assistant Coach to Jude is former student (and Argus Youth in Action Awards Sports Person of the Year 2015 winner) Harry Shooman, now studying Sports Coaching & Development at the University of Brighton. Meanwhile, City College’s 1st XI have won both their league fixtures and the College’s 2nd XI are in the semi final of the 2nd XI County Cup and also 3rd in the league.

“With the City College East campus being in Whitehawk it’s really important and constructive that we tap into the community and link up with its local club,” says Jude. “As well as the competitive experience, it’s also been great for our students to enjoy Whitehawk’s new found fame during the FA Cup run, and the club has been giving back to the community by offering its boys academic opportunities at the College. The partnership between the College and the club took time to prove its worth and initially the Under 18s team was struggling for results but from Whitehawk’s side of things, we’ve attracted players from the College that we’ve seen a real progression in and our position in the league speaks for itself.”

Jude’s role at Whitehawk FC is performed on a voluntary basis on top of his responsibilities at the College but he feels that it is a more than worthwhile endeavour:

“Players like James Seltzer, Marco Lincoln and Lucas Rodrigues (currently top scorer in the league and training with the senior team) have been involved from the start and all are now ready to make the transition to men’s football – something which was not an option at the beginning of this process. From the College’s perspective, we’ve been able to attract high calibre students who have come here specifically for the football and this is beneficial to the whole Sports department. From a personal perspective, I’ve also have the privilege of working alongside great people at the club such as Mark Seltzer and Fred Moore and previously Sami El-Abd before he moved on to a new role at Albion in the Community.”

Captain of both the College team and Whitehawk Under 18s is James Seltzer, who adds:

“Having players who are in both the College team and in Whitehawk Under 18s enables us to be effective for both teams in consistent ways. On top of playing youth football at a semi-professional level at Whitehawk, studying for the Sports BTEC award at the College will help us to pursue careers in sport. For instance, I’m planning to be a PE teacher and I know of other students who are interested in that path too, as well as other careers such as becoming personal trainers.”

 “The link between City College and Whitehawk FC has seen the club’s Under 18 side come on leaps and bounds, especially when you consider that the club had to withdraw their Youth team just a few seasons ago due to lack of interest,” says Whitehawk FC’s Manager, Steve King. “The attraction of football at a good standard has seen the side match the 1st team’s progression on the pitch. The partnership has proved to be a great success, with several players from the Under 18s coming to support the first team this season and show their commitment to the club. Seeing some of these players on the bench for the 1st Team recently shows they have come a long way in a short space of time.”

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From aspiring actress to TV production professional – Chloe’s story

Meet former City College student Chloe – a TV professional working on top shows such as Pointless and Dave Gorman’s Modern Life is Goodish!

Post Production Supervisor/Producer Chloe Blackwell has had an impressive and exciting career in the TV industry since completing a Performing Arts course at City College in 2000Chloe Blackwell though she had very different ambitions when she began her studies. ‘When I first started the course, I wanted to be an actress,’ recalls Chloe. ‘However, during the course I also learnt about editing and shooting videos and that started another whole interest off that I’d never thought of before. I found with my tutors’ help that I really enjoyed the back stage and technical side far more than acting.’

After leaving College, Chloe did various temp work before securing a job as a secretary at a local TV production company, where she managed to move up the industry ladder: ‘Eventually I was moved into Post Production, where I really felt at home,’ she explains. ‘I then got my first major job in London, post-producing BBC Science shows. Following that contract, I decided to set up my own limited company Click Post Production and go freelance.

‘It took a giant leap of faith but I’m so glad that I made that decision because since then I’ve worked on lots of very exciting and rewarding projects, across all terrestrial channels. If I could speak to my younger self, I would say go freelance as soon as you can. I think I played it safe for too long!’

With studio productions such as Pointless and Dave Gorman’s Modern Life is Goodish, Chloe faces the challenge of working on programmes that require a very quick turnaround to meet broadcasters’ demands, but when it comes to projects she has found most personally satisfying, she cites the BBC programme Celebrating Victory from 2015: ‘It was a 90 minute special for the 70th anniversary of V E Day that featured some previously unseen archive footage and was a very moving programme, so it felt special to have been involved in that. Overall though, probably the most rewarding aspect is just seeing shows go out on TV with my name on the credits. I’m also proud of being a woman in a man’s world, staying focused and working hard to get where I want to be.’ 

With freelance work keeping her booked up until 2017, these are busy times for Chloe and she still harbours long-term ambitions to work in TV drama or feature films. She shares the following advice with City College students who would like to follow in her footsteps: ‘My advice to anyone who is just starting out on their career path is be brave, be bold and don’t lose faith!’ 

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College opens doors into employment for Yulia

Former jobseeker Yulia Rudd, who spent seven frustrating months looking for work, has now secured a full-time job in City College Brighton and Yulia Rudd Jan 16Hove’s Professional Development team thanks to a free course she’d previously completed at the College. City College’s flexible Opening Doors programme, which is aimed at  providing jobseekers with the skills that employers are looking for, runs throughout the year and is open to everyone aged 19+ who is unemployed, claiming benefits and currently seeking work.

“Before I started the Opening Doors IT and Business Administration courses at the College, I didn’t have the sort of working experience in UK that I’d been hoping for, though I’d found work locally as a coffee shop manager and as a sales assistant,” says Yulia, who’d previously had managerial roles in her native country of Russia. “I wanted to find more suitable work and I thought that the Opening Doors course would help me to do that. As it turned out, it was very good to refresh my IT knowledge and learn a few new skills, while the Business Administration course helped me to gain more confidence. I also studied an ESOL Speaking & Listening course at the College which helped me to improve my language skills not just for everyday life but for work too.”

After completing her Opening Doors course, Yulia was offered work experience in the College’s HR Department for eight weeks which led to a short term contract during the Summer. She was then offered the permanent position of Staff Development Administrator in the College’s Professional Development team, providing administrative support for learning and development events as well as helping to plan and organise internal training and workshops. “I’m very glad that I’ve achieved this position and am doing something that I enjoy, so I really appreciate how much the Opening Doors course created opportunities for me at the College,” says Yulia.

Opening Doors courses, which range in duration from four days to four weeks, provide training in areas such as Microsoft Office IT, self-development, employability, CV-writing and interview techniques. Students can also gain industry-specific training in areas such as Health & Social Care, Service Industries, Team-leading, IT and Business, Administration & Accounting. The courses provide the chance to achieve accredited qualifications and some also guarantee interviews on successful completion.

For more details on Opening Doors, contact 01273 667712 or email

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Why my Apprenticeship worked for me – Rachel Maddison, Procurement Advisor

After realising that University wasn’t for her, Rachel is now in a job that she loves – thanks to an Apprenticeship!

I left 6th form with three decent A levels, and after a gap year I started at the University of Rachel Maddison 2 crop low resBrighton. I choose Biology as it was my favourite subject but had no real idea of what I wanted to do career-wise. After two years I left due to poor performance, and started to look for a job. Apart from a few temporary bar jobs, I couldn’t find a full-time position anywhere.

Previously, I’d dismissed Apprenticeships as an option for people who weren’t suited to university and assumed they were really only for trade or beauty professions. However, after learning more about the range of subjects and training involved, I realised that not only were Apprenticeships the best way to start off in a wide range of sectors, but that it was simply a different, more practical way of learning.

I decided to go for a Level 3 Business and Administration Apprenticeship with Brighton & Hove City Council , and was excited to be able to work full-time while also studying. City College helped me to work out what units to take that would suit my job and main duties, and helped me understand how to complete my portfolio. My assessor visited me at work once a month to go through my work, and was always available by email if I needed any help. I also attended the College to complete my functional skills in English and ICT, and found the lessons easy to understand and very relevant to the tests.

My role at the Council was in the Procurement department, and after nine months of starting my Apprenticeship, I successfully applied for a permanent position in the team as a Procurement Advisor. The hands-on practical style of learning I’d experienced had taught me so much more in those few months than I feel two years of University would have. I’m still working for the Council and am about to start my second Apprenticeship in Procurement and Supply Management.

My day-to-day work involves providing consultancy services to clients and commissioners from across the Council, mainly in the Children’s Services department. I ensure that when they are buying services, it is in line with the law, council regulations, and is also good value for money. It’s a challenging role but a rewarding one as I feel I’m making a positive difference in the delivery of vital services.  It still astounds me to think two years ago I was unemployed and lacking any kind of confidence or direction, and now I’m happy in a job I love.

I would definitely recommend all young people to consider an Apprenticeship, as it is not only a way to start a career by actually working full-time, but a great way to gain qualifications and learn in a more realistic, practical environment. Plus you not only avoid the debt of university, but get paid a decent wage.

If you’re interested in Apprenticeships, contact City College’s Apprenticeships team on 01273 667700 or email

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An actor’s journey – Robin’s story

Talented young actor Robin Kuhr, who studied Performing Arts at City Robin Kuhr cropCollege from 2011 to 2013, is now thriving on a BA World Performance degree course at East 15, one of the UK’s most innovative acting schools. ‘The course builds on skills I learnt at City College and has just opened my eyes to what a vast and exciting profession acting can be,’ says Robin. Since leaving City College, Robin has worked with Brighton Film School on various projects, as well as having stints with Firecracker Youth Theatre and Crimson Horse Theatre. His role as Prince Charming in the pantomime Cinders at the Brighton Emporium, however, is what he’s most proud of: ‘Not many 19 year olds complete their life dreams, but seeing those smiles on children’s faces and that belief in magic again was very special. Everything the College taught me was applied there such as being in the here and now and making the other person look good, and I didn’t need much more. I loved it so much that I wanted to take it further and that required more training, so I’m now very proud to now be part of a World Performance degree at such a prestigious drama school.’

Robin looks back at his time at City College with much fondness: ‘I remember the great philosophy and practice of technique in class, the friends with huge smiles and the rooms that transformed the working space into unforgettable events and beautiful memories. I remember one Tuesday afternoon I sat with a friend in the College library, laughing at the librarian’s joke, reflecting on the day, and looked around to notice the moment I was in, and how lucky I was. Before College, I was lost. It really helped me understand the profession and the steps you take. I was fortunate to have some very good teachers who’d been in the business for years. I’m eternally thankful for their knowledge. With it, I aim to take myself far.’

As Robin continues to learn his craft as an actor, it’s working in collaboration with others that provides the biggest inspiration. ‘You never meet people quite like actors,’ he says. ‘The connections you make will strengthen everything you do, and the rewards of being with other actors provide a challenge that keeps you entertained and ambitious. My fondest memories were made at College but it gave me the confidence to pursue those moments again – constantly living in them and appreciating all the wonders that pave my way.’

In the long term, Robin harbours ambitions to start his own theatre company but in the meantime, he feels that patience is the most important virtue for any aspiring actor. ‘Good things come to those who wait,’ he says. ‘To constantly be energetic, positive and motivated during a time of rejection and brick walls may feel challenging but if you believe in your character and the passion of your dreams, as Shakespeare says, the world’s mine oyster.’

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