Hereward College News

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Students from Hereward College visit National Grid

Students from Hereward College in Coventry gained some valuable experience about the recruitment process by participating in an Interview Skills Workshop at the National Grid headquarters in Warwick. Learners gained valuable experience in practical interviewing skills and got an insight into how this business organisation operates. 


The objective of the visit was to give students from the college of further education for all learners including those with disabilities and /or diverse and complex support requirements, the opportunity to participate in mock interviews in order for them to develop their interview skills and techniques. This was also an opportunity for them to build links with National Grid and find out more about the organisation.

Four students received interview tips and guidance on CV writing and each
participated in an interview for a job at National Grid. In between interviews Students were given a guided tour of the Control Room, as well as receiving individual and group feedback on their performance. 

Students saw this as a great opportunity to improve their employability skills and to create a relationship with National Grid which might be extremely useful once they finish college:

“It was useful because I got practice at being interviewed and it allowed me to learn from my mistakes” Jon Parsons

“It helped me see my strengths and also identify where I can improve. I would love to work for National Grid once I finish college” Craig Mawby

Judy Brook said that National Grid employees Ben Graff, Alaine Large and Suzanne Reid all said how much they had enjoyed working with the students and would like to repeat the experience as soon as possible.



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Congradulations from Hereward College, Stephen Tomphson!

Stephen Thompson has secured a placement with Sainsbury's! You can see Stephen in the picture at his Induction for his work Experience at Sainsbury`s Warwick.  Stephen will work  there for 3 days a week  for a 4 week trial .
If all goes well Stephen will continue to work for the rest of the academic Year.
Stephen will continue to attend Herewar College during his work experience.
Congratulations and well done!
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Interview with Chris Badger on Physiotherapy

Here is an audio clip of Hereward College student Chris Badger. In this clip we hear how important his Physio routine is at Hereward College. Physio helps Chris to increase his mobility, improve his general posture and get more comfortable in his wheelchair.
Aditionally, Chris talks about how the Physio sessions have a fun and enjoyable atmosphere at the College even though Physiotherapy can be painful from time to time.
Click the link to hear how Hereward College has changed Chris’ life!


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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Hereward College is a collection point for Coventry West Credit Union Limited

The Coventry West Credit Union Limited is a financial co-operative owned and controlled by its members. It is run by a board of volunteer directors who are elected by the members at the Anual General Meeting.

A credit union might be more suitable for students for the following reasons:
  • you have the flexibility to save what you can, when you can
  • you are having difficulty to open an account with a high street bank or building society
  • a credit union can help you get your finances under control. They are usually more willing to help if you have a low income, or do not have a previous record or borrowing
  • they encourage people to save money on a regular basis
  • they accept small amounts and are willing to lend small amounts
  • interest rates are low
Hereward College has recently become a collection point for the Union in order to:

  • Provide work experience for students
  • Develop numeracy skills for students
  • Develop Customer Service skills for students
  • Promote independence (i.e. budgeting)
  • Provide a safer way to save for staff and students
Hereward College does not charge a joining fee or use the prepayment card. 
We are open for collection of money every day at the Business Studies Center but the money is counted and banked by the NVQ Customer Service Students on Wednesday morning.

For more information find us at the Business Studies Center or contact Ingrid Terry (ingrid.terry@hereward.ac.uk)

START SAVING FOR CHRISTMAS!!!
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Hereward College organises 1Voice Event!

Many children and adults have plenty to say, but are unable to control their mouth muscles to speak clearly. They can use aids such as pictures, written words and technology to communicate. This is known as AAC (alternative or augmentative communication).

On the 15th of Octobre AAC users, their carers, families and associated professionals will be attending an event organized by 1Voice at Hereward College.

1Voice takes a family and social perspective on communication and recognises the great need for adult role models to inspire children and families alike. 1Voice promotes families supporting each other to overcome the isolation that being unable to speak can bring. Several adult role models will talk about 1Voice and develop links with Hereward students!
There will also be a range of manufacturers bringing along communication equipment and games (computer games, Boccia).Our students have been invited to come along and look at the latest equipment being demonstrated!
If you want to participate at the event, or for more information contact Lynn Weekes (Lynn.Weekes@hereward.ac.uk).
For more information about 1Voice visit http://www.1voice.info/./

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Monday, 26 September 2011

Hereward College will attend the Learning Disability Today Conference

On November 29th Hereward College will be attending the Learning Disability Today Conference.
Learning Disability Today attracts over 3000 visitors who participate in seminars featuring speakers from across the community – people with a learning disability, ministers, frontline workers, policy makers, carers.

The event also features interactive zones celebrating innovation in the field – new projects, technology, art, music and film made by and for people with learning disabilities.
Over 70 key organisations, suppliers exhibit projects at the event, making Learning Disability Today the biggest events on learning disability in the UK with over 3000 people participating
People with learning disabilities, unwaged, students, and natural supports attend for free. For more information contact Jon Clugston (jon.clugston@hereward.ac.uk).
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Friday, 23 September 2011

Hereward College and Remploy partner up for the Learning to Work 12 Project

The 'Learning to Work 12 project' is a partnership between Remploy and Hereward College. The partnership is now in its 4th year.
Remploy's mission is to transform the lives of disabled people and those experiencing complex barriers to work by providing sustainable employment opportunities. They believe that work is a key element of an independent and fulfilling life, and that everyone has skills and abilities to offer. They work extensively with people to help them to identify, develop and make the most of their skills and abilities.
In the past, students from Hereward College have spent the first two terms working at the Factory site, completing work experience on the shop floor, Quality, the Cafe and Reception. After Easter they have completed a placement in the community in such places as:
  • University Hospital
  • Coventry City Council
  • Sainsbury`s
  • Curriers Enterprises.
The project has been very successful in the past with some students going on to Employment and Apprenticeships.
The Project receives strong support from the Factory manager Ian MacDonald and his staff.
If you would like to get involved in this project please contact Patrick Fox (Patrick.Fox@hereward.ac.uk), the work experience officer.



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Hereward Collge will attend the University of Warwick`s Freshers Volunteer Fair

For the third year Hereward College will be attending the University of Warwick`s Freshers Volunteer Fair , to be held on 7th October.Patrick Fox and 2 students will be representing Hereward College.

Warwick Volunteers provides opportunities for students and staff at the University to volunteer in a variety of roles, within the local community. We have a range of different projects - some require a regular commitment, whereas others are flexible and allow you to give as much time as you are able to.


After last year`s attendance 12 Warwick volunteers came yo the college to assist in Transition to Independence courses such as:

  • British Sign
  • LanguageTheatre
  • What`s in the News
  • Past and present
  • creative writing
  • Wheelchair football

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Thursday, 22 September 2011

Hereward College attends the Independent Education Exhibition

On the 30th Sept/1st Oct Hereward College will attend the Independent Education exhibition at Alexandra Palace London.
The Independent Education Expo will bring together the world of independent education under one roof, showcasing over 100 exhibitors encompassing all aspects of independent education and support services. It will create a unique platform for families from across the UK and overseas to explore the range of educational opportunities available to them.
The Expo will be run by the globally renowned educational consultants, Gabbitas, in partnership with market leading exhibition organisers Prospects Events. Gabbitas will be offering personal advice and guidance to parents to help direct them through to appropriate exhibitors.
Other features will include:
  • free seminars covering relevant topics featuring key note speakers
  • competitions
  • managed children’s activities
  • a cafĂ©
  • a range of shopping, finance and lifestyle stands
You can visit Hereward College at stand 132!

Go to http://www.independenteducationexpo.com/visiting/visitor-registration/ to register for the event.
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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

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Hereward College has just launched it's official blog. Any article related to Hereward College is welcomed. Our articles are usually written by our staff, students or alumni. If you have an interesting storry that you would like posted please contact us!
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