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Award for Aspiral Learning

11 May 2017

Aspiral Learning have been named Provider of the Month by the Northern Council for Further Education (NCFE) Aspiral Learning, the employer-focused national provider arm of Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT), received the award in recognition of the work they have been doing in running the NCFE Mental Health qualification. Aspiral Learning specialise in providing training services for business and have recently added the NCFE Level 2 in Mental Health Awareness qualification to their progr…

BCoT prepares students for a digital future

10 May 2017

In the age of digital technology, BCoT is leading the way in ensuring its students have the digital skills needed to give them a head start in the world of work. The College has created a unique digital team whose role it is to develop the digital and technical skills of all staff and students. They work with the latest online tools such as Google Classroom to combine digital media and traditional classrooms techniques to create a new method of teaching and learning. This means that all student…

New Centre Manager starts at Bordon FSC

09 May 2017

Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) has appointed Steve Gilder as Centre Manger for the new Bordon Future Skills Centre (BFSC) which opens its doors in September. The flagship facility will offer high end construction training to meet the skills demands of employers as part of the regeneration programme in Bordon and Whitehill.  The centre will also host an extensive range of adult and community learning programmes for the wider community. Steve, who was formerly Head of Construction/Buil…

Hyundai Coupe Cup race report

11 Apr 2017

What a brilliant weekend our Motorsport students had at Silverstone recently, taking part in the Hyundai Coupe Cup. Race driver, Rob Brown's post-race report is below:   Testing I arrived early on Friday to test the car for the first time and as I pulled into the paddock I could see that Dave and the students had already arrived and unloaded the car. The car looked absolutely fantastic and very well prepared. Before the first session Dave got the team to work, checking things over and just ma…

Prince's Trust students excelling at BCoT

10 Apr 2017

Staff and students on The Prince’s Trust programme at BCoT were visited by the members of the Trust’s executive team to see how students have been getting on since starting in October. The Prince’s Trust Achieve programme was introduced at BCoT 18 months ago. It offers disadvantaged young people aged 13-19 the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence they need to reach their goals. It is designed to help students re-engage with education and support them to achieve their full potential.…

Former apprentice retires

05 Apr 2017

An employee who started his working life as an Apprentice at the age of 16 is set to retire after fifty years of service with Middlesex Aerospace in Basingstoke. Stephen Wood began his career in Engineering shortly after leaving school. His first job involved working on the factory floor as a general assistant, learning the basics. He was then offered an Apprenticeship with Weyside Engineering in Guildford, which was later bought by Middlesex Aerospace, marking the start of his career as an Eng…

Students Take Part in Barbering Competition

24 Mar 2017

Five students on Level 2 & 3 hairdressing & barbering courses at BCoT are taking part in the National Student of the Year Barbering competition run by British Barbers’ Association (BBA). As part of the competition, Level 2 students have to do a basic haircut and finish, whilst Level 3 students are tasked with doing a precision creative cut and finish. Photographic entries are then sent to the BBA and are judged by a panel of industry experts. Winners will be announced at a glittering c…

'British Hair' Masterclass in Salon Evolve

23 Mar 2017

The creative team from 'British Hair' gave a masterclass in cutting short hair to BCoT’s Level 3 Hairdressing students. Simon Ostler, founder of 'British Hair' and his Creative Director Amanda came to the College to do demonstrations and give students the chance to practice cutting techniques. Simon explained that due to current trends, there is a real shortage of opportunities for trainees to cut short hair. He said: “Over 75% of women now have shoulder length hair so there are fewer occasion…

Countdown to the Cup Final

15 Mar 2017

The BCoT & Crystal Palace Football Academy began their build up to the League Cup Final with an interactive visit to Selhurst Park. The visit was hosted by Crystal Palace Foundation Development Manager Rob Perrett and gave the opportunity for the students to get a tour of the facilities and an insight to the match day preparation undertaken by first team players at the club. On the day, players were given exclusive access to the stadium including the changing facilities, media centre hospita…

"Focus is crew-cial," rower tells students

08 Feb 2017

Rowing legend and Guinness World Record holder, Emily Blagden, had BCoT Sport and Public Services students pulling together at a motivational talk arranged by BCoT sports lecturers last week.  Emily and her crew of three other women took part in the Great Pacific Race 2014 - rowing across the Pacific. The physical and mental challenge of rowing the 2,400 mile was made more difficult by the dangerous currents, a hurricane and a tropical storm – the boat even started to break about 40 days in and…

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