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Coventry school supports former pupils by appointing them as IT apprentices


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A Coventry secondary school is nurturing the careers of two of its former students after it employed them as ICT apprentices once they finished their studies.


Ben Allsopp and Amir Delic-Saracevic, both 19, have been taken on by CardinalWiseman Catholic School, part of the Romero Catholic Academy.


Both showed great interest and skill in ICT during their time at CardinalWiseman – and the school has shown faith in their abilities by employing them as ICT apprentices.


Ben and Amir work as network infrastructure technicians within CardinalWiseman and deal with any technical issues within the school’s ICT infrastructure that may arise.


Amir, who went to Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, another school from the academy, before joi ning CardinalWiseman in


by appointing themas IT apprentices


Year 7 said he is delighted to be working at the school he once attended.


Ben, who joined CardinalWiseman Catholic School as a sixth-former, was encouraged by his Head of ICT and business studiesMandip Marwaha to do some casual work over the summer in 2018 – just after Ben finished his studies.


Ben’s work impressed his fellow staff members, and he expressed his interest in doing an apprenticeship in ICT.


Patrick Taggart, Business director of Romero Catholic Academy, said he was deligh ted with the progress Ben and Amir have made.


He added: “We’re really keen at The Romero Catholic Academy to support our pupils and students in whatever they want to do in life.We educate our students from age 2 to 19 and it is great to be able to offer them excitin g job


opportunities as well.We have appointed students into ICT, Sports and Teaching based apprentices and some of our students return as teachers once they have completed their degrees. “Amir and Ben were both excellent ICT


students, and it made perfect sense to offer them apprenticeships.


“They’ve taken to the role brilliantly and it’s a pleasure to have them as staff members here.We hope it’s the start of a long and successful career for both of them. ”


https://cardinalwiseman.coventry ry.sch.uk/ rts former pupils


Nigel Duncan, Fareham College Principal awarded OBE for services to Further Education


Nigel Duncan, Fare serv


rehamCollege Principal award rvices to F rturther Education


lecturer in Birmingham, Nigel started time career in Further Education as a Solihull College of Technology in 1981.


lecturer at his full-


Following this he moved on to hold senior posts at Lowestoft College, as Director of Faculty for Vocational and Technical Studies, andWest Herts College as Director of Curriculum.


Nigel joined Fareham College in 2005 as Vice Principal Curriculum and Corporate


Development, before being appointed Principal and Chief Executive of the College inMarch 2012.


On Friday 22March, the Principal of Fareham College, Nigel Duncan was presented with his OBE by HerMajesty the Queen atWindsor Castle for his services to Further Education, during a career spanning nearly 40 years. After a number of years as a part-time


Over the next few years, Nigel led Fareham College to win the prestigious TES Be College Award in 2018. The steps to


position included Fareham College opening a Centre of Excellence in Engineering,


Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training


this prime st FE


(CEMAST), a leading centre in the UK for apprenticeships and technical qualifications and being judged ‘outstanding’ at its most recent Ofsted inspection in 2017.


This Autumn, the College is to open a £4.1m Civil Engineering Training Centre (CETC) created to deliver more than 1,600 civil


engineering and groundworks apprenticeships during the next five years.


Accepting his award, Nigel said, “Today has been a day I will never forget. This award is a huge honour and one I simply would not have received were it not for the amazing support of my family, friends, and the fantastic colleagues I have had the opportunity and privilege to know and work with over the years.”


www.fareham.ac.uk


West Midlands student wins fully paid-for university scholarship are all so passionate about their chosen subjects


estMidlands studentwins fully paid-for university Environment at Birmingham City University (BCU),


secured a fully paid-for degree, after presenting to a panel of top industry judges and a captive audience during a live final event atMillennium Point.


Laura said: “Winning theMillennium Point Trust Scholarship programme is a dream come true and I’m so grateful to be given this incredible opportunity to kickstart my career.


Laura Avis, 17, from Redditch, has been named as the winner of this year’sMillennium Point Trust Scholarship programme.


Laura, who is set to begin studying Film Production Technology at the faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built


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“It’s important that young people are aware of the wide range of exciting STEM-related careers that are available to them and I am keen to tackle the misconceptions surrounding the subject.My chosen degree course is a proven example of this as it combines the art of film with the technological detail that is also require line of work, and I can’t wait to get started. “I'm very proud of all the other finalists. They


d in this intricate


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and I wish them the very best of luck in their careers for the future.”


The scholarship programme, now in its fifth year, saw a record number of applicants, with almost 100 young people applying for 2019 – the highest entry level in the scholarship’s history. The flagship initiative from theMillennium Point Charitable Tru charity, which in 20


18 invested more than £4.8m st is fully funded by the


in STEM-related org anisations, projects an d initiatives, based in theWestMidlands.


Applications for the 2020Millennium Point Charitable Trust Scholarship open in September this year.


https://www.millenniumpoint.org.uk/ scholarship/


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