• Mar 03 / 2014
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Capital Fm College Competition Goes Live

capital-logoYou may have heard the College getting a few name checks on Capital Fm Drivetime this week.

This is part of promotions for the Inkwell Salons and Food Academy Restaurant at Printworks Campus.

Capital Fm are running a competition for one lucky individual and three friends to enjoy a great Printworks Campus experience with Adam from Capital Drivetime.

Complete with £200 worth of hair and beauty treatments in The Inkwell Salon and then afternoon tea in The Food Academy, the winner will also get £250 cash to make the day out last even longer!

To enter the competition, just watch the video of Adam getting the full Printworks Campus treatment at The Inkwell below and then answer the question on the Capital FM website before 23:59 on Sunday 2nd March for your chance to win.

Answer the competition question on the bottom of the Capital Fm page here:

  • Mar 03 / 2014
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Top Industry Figures Open Commercial Facilities


THE College’s new Printworks Campus played host to two industry experts who paid a visit to help officially open its on-site commercial facilities.

Chef, author, cookery school proprietor and star of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Rosemary Shrager served up a special master class to mark the opening of the Food Academy at Printworks restaurant on Thursday (September 19th).

Rosemary took pride of place behind the impressive Charvet unit, a hand-built French bespoke cookery range, which forms the centre piece of a theatre kitchen demo area in the new restaurant.

The College purchased the unit thanks to a grant from the Savoy Educational Trust, awarded for hospitality related projects.
Joining Rosemary for the demo was Level 3 Professional Cookery student Jordan Ellis who provided a helping hand with the preparation and plating up of her dishes of squid and duck.

Prior to her demonstration, Rosemary was given a tour of the new training kitchens, bakery and butchery teaching facilities, and accompanying deli/bakery and butchery, along with a number of specially invited guests, including employers from the industry.

“I am completely speechless at what I have just seen,” she said. “It’s fantastic”.

Rosemary was then asked to unveil a special plaque to mark the occasion.

She said it was an honour to be invited along to officially open the Food Academy at Printworks and to be the first to use the Charvet unit.

The following day, Patrick Cameron, global educator in hairdressing artistry, was on-site to officially open Inkwell Hair & Beauty Spa, the new on-site commercial hairdressing, beauty and complementary therapy salons at the campus.

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Patrick and his senior stylist Jo Wilcox toured the facilities and met students on courses at all levels, from under 16s on schools partnerships programmes through to the new Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management. They walked round classes, offered tips and praised the students’ work, as well as commenting on the new facilities which Patrick described as ‘phenomenal’.

After his tour, Patrick and Jo delivered a series of styling demos using students as models and focusing on the current trend for glamour and vintage looks. They wowed their audience of students and tutors with a collection of elegant styles which were inspired by the forties, fifties and sixties and gave practical advice on techniques such as finger waving and back-combing. He also emphasised the importance of customer care in the hair and beauty industries, in particular the art of communication.

Assistant Principal for Hair and Beauty Maxine Walker said: “Patrick Cameron was both charismatic and inspirational in his presence, motivational speech and talented demonstrations for the learners who were so excited, making for a successful launch event all round. Having such a globally respected figure share his experience and expertise has shown the students what can be achieved when talent is combined with hard-work and determination. I’m sure the experience will provide an inspiration that the students will draw on throughout their professional careers.”

  • Feb 03 / 2014
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Beauty Course Sets Excellent Example


Leeds City College is one of ten providers across the country to be featured in a set of good practice case studies published by Ofsted to highlight excellent vocational teaching and learning.

Focusing on the College’s level 3 diploma in theatrical, special effects, hair and media make-up, the case study was compiled in conjunction with the Education and Training Foundation. It covers the course’s blend of practical and theoretical teaching and learning that has been co-designed with industry and the experience students gain on the course that helps prepare them for the workplace. Innovative elements of the programme are discussed, such as the professional photo shoot that all students participate in after just six weeks on the course, and the industry professional visits to share expertise in niche skills and careers.

For the full case study, click here.

Ofsted director of FE and skills Matthew Coffey said: “We were keen to trial an innovative approach to identifying good practice case studies and we have been pleased to work with CAVTL and the ETF on the development of these case studies.

“I would encourage vocational teachers, trainers and leaders in all types of providers to take a look at the case studies and the practical resources they include, and to consider how they might adapt them to their own contexts.”

The case studies were compiled in response to a report by the Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning (CAVTL), called ‘It’s About Work’, which focused on excellent vocational teaching and learning and identified underpinning design and delivery processes.