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National College for Nuclear wins Semta Skills award

Bridgwater & Taunton College’s National College for Nuclear, Southern Hub (NCfN) has won the Skills Innovation of the Year category at the Semta Skills Awards, beating stiff competition from Jaguar Land Rover and Toyota Manufacturing.

The Skills Innovation of the Year category examines the ways in which organisations have harnessed the latest technology to improve their delivery of skills training, and the positive impact this has had on the workforce. Recognising that unskilled and unqualified staff cannot practise in a live nuclear power plant, the College has used Virtual Reality simulation to recreate a ‘live’ installation, meaning that students can become immersed in a nuclear environment.Working in teams on ‘live’ work-based projects, they assimilate and practise skills in complete safety, whilst also coming to understand the protocols and behaviours so important to nuclear safety. Andy Berry, Principal of Bridgwater & Taunton College (BTC) said: “New technology has an important role to play in training the nuclear workforce of tomorrow. Virtual reality enables students to experience and learn from a range of different scenarios, honing their skills and required behaviours in a safe environment, which would not be possible in a live i nstallation.”

National College for Nuclear wins Semta Skills awar

He continued: “To be recognised as a leader in this field against stiff competition, is a demonstration of our commitment to partner industry and support them in the creation of a highly skilled and dynamic workforce needed t o re-energise UK industry and drive its future success. ” ww

Apprentices first in Plymouth to pass Hair and Barbering End Point Assessment

Abigail Foster, Olivia Bolt, and ChloeWebber are the first apprentices in the Plymouth area to pass the End Point Assessment for the Hair Professional Standard with examining body, City and Guilds.

The learners were the first to go through the new assessment process as part of the

apprenticeship reforms that are being rolled out nationally. All three have completed their apprenticeships thr ough training provider Skills

Group whilst working with top local employers. Abigail achieved her Barbering Standard at Revelations Hair Studio in Ivybridge, Olivia completed her Hairdressing Standard at Rapture Hair and Beauty, Plymouth, and Chloe finished the Hairdressing Standard at Daroma Hair and Beauty in Newton Abbot.

The new Standard that includes End Point Assessment (EPA) replaces Apprenticeship Frameworks, aiming to provide a more thorough

Apprentices first in Plymouth to pass Hair and Barbering End Point Assessment

and practical foundation to the trade. The new Standard was designed by employers for employers and so focus on equipping learners with the essential skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to flourish in the industry. City and Guilds has confirmed that the

learners were the first in Plymouth to underg o the new EPA .



April 2019


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