Birmingham college partners with HS2 to support Women into Construction

South & City College Birmingham has partnered with several organisations including HS2, Women into Construction, The West Midlands Combined Authority and Birmingham City Council to provide women with increased job opportunities in the construction industry. Female students are currently being given the chance to participate in a six-

week programme specifically designed to improve their employability prospects within the sector. During the first two weeks of the programme, applicants will gain essential

skills and knowledge through acquiring their Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card and completing the necessary health and safety training. The four-week work placement that follows will take place at HS2, or one

of its various supply chain companies. There are a variety of roles on offer, including Ecology, Civil Engineering, Design and Archaeology. Kate Myers, Head of Skills, Employment & Education at HS2 Ltd, said: “This

is a fantastic opportunity for women in the region to find out more about HS2 and the roles that they can play in transforming our railways and the UK economy. “HS2 provides career opportunities in so many fields and this is a great way

to find out about the jobs coming up. 7,000 people have already played a part in delivering HS2 and we want to see more women in the 30,000 roles the project will support.”


The newly elected members of the Student Council at DLD College London recently embarked on a leadership development journey, preparing them for the demanding year ahead. The group of 14 from the Westminster Bridge-based College were put

through their paces during a two-day event hosted by the ADUR Outdoor Activities Centre in Shoreham by Sea. In preparation for the challenges set during the action-packed stay,

students explored various styles of leadership, as well as learning what is required to become a more effective leader. Putting their newly enhanced skills to the test, the young adults participated in a range of activities to improve teamwork and communication. The students worked collectively to tackle construction projects such as raft

building, navigating through a low-rope assault course and scaling the heights of a rock climbing wall which helped develop their guidance and communication skills and build confidence. DLD College London Principal, Irfan Latif commented, “The leadership

development event was a great success, exposing the students to new opportunities to enhance their skillset and personally challenge themselves in preparation for their year of responsibility ahead.” “Our student council is a significant, much-valued aspect of the student

voice here at DLD College London and by actively seeking occasions for our students to engage in development projects such as this recent excursion, the group can succeed in its mission to promote a sense of community across the college, while improving the everyday life of our students.”

DLD Student Council prepares to lead the way

From the classroom to Ascot!

Kensington and Chelsea College (KCC) and the luxury watch brand Longines are collaborating to give Millinery students an opportunity to make a bespoke hat which will be featured at Royal Ascot. Students were briefed about creating a hat for

model and friend of the Longines brand, Rosie Tapner, who will attend Ascot as a guest wearing the students’ hat that she selects. She’ll also be presenting for Ascot TV and World Horse Racing which will give great exposure to the successful student.

Rachel Trevor-Morgan, a successful milliner

who has been advising on this project said, “I feel that inviting students to create a hat for a specific client to wear at Royal Ascot will give them Millinery experience in the real world and the clients they will have when they graduate.” The collection of hats will be displayed in the

Longines private box at Royal Ascot and posted on Longines social media. 4 June 2019

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