Truro And Penwith College News December 2015
Aspirational students had the opportunity to learn more about securing a career in the media when a successful BBC journalist visited Truro College.
Ros Atkins hosts his own programme on BBC News called ‘Outside Source’ and visited the College to talk about his own experiences, explaining the issues he faced and overcame when progressing from Cornwall to Cambridge University, and later securing a successful career at the BBC.
Andy Stittle, Quality Assurance Leader for the College, said: “This was part of our very successful programme of events, including guest speakers to support our students in gaining confidence and aspiring high.
“Coming from Cornwall meant Ros’ story resonated with the students present. They were clearly inspired by his talk on commitment and achieving their long term goals which we expect to further increase our already high interest in applications to top higher education institutions and careers. Already this year fifty nine students have applied to Oxford or Cambridge and last summer 307 students progressed to Russell Group universities.”
Abu Dhabi Bound For Newquay Beauty Therapist
After two days of competing in a range of beauty techniques, a team of three students came home to Cornwall with two medals following the WorldSkills UK Final in Birmingham, with one selected to be in with a chance of representing the UK in the World Finals in Abu Dhabi.
After competing in regional heats, former Truro College students Shannon Morris, from Newquay, and Bethany Leach, from St Ives, together with Penwith College’s Samantha Taylor, from Penzance, qualified for the WorldSkills UK Final where they pitted their talents against other therapists and nail technicians from across the country.
Shannon and Samantha showcased their skills in the Advanced Beauty Therapy category, which included demonstrating a manicure with nail art and a make-up look based on a Far East theme. The second day of the competition required them to deliver a back treatment, a full body massage and an electrical facial.
Bethany shared her creativity and talent in the Advanced Nail Art category, which featured a ‘Wonders of the World’ theme. Prior to the competition, pre-made nail adornments were fixed to the left hand of Bethany’s model, before the finished look was created on the right hand during the competition.
Following the two days of tough competition, the hard work paid off as Shannon secured the silver medal in her category, as well as being awarded a place in the UK Squad to continue competing for a chance to represent the UK in the WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi in 2017.
Adding to the College’s success, Bethany achieved the bronze medal in the Nail Art competition, with outstanding work set to be an inspiration for future competitors.
Shannon, who now works for The Headland Hotel in Newquay, said: “It was an amazing atmosphere. You train so hard for it and in the back of your head you’re thinking that, even if you don’t win anything, it is an amazing experience and we couldn’t have done it better. But it’s always there that you do want to win.
“The top 5 therapists out of the 10 competing went through to the UK Squad, and we will be trained up over quite a few months to get us ready for the finals to go through to Dubai. It will be quite intense!”
Bethany, employed by Beautopia Nails and Beauty in St Ives, spoke about winning bronze: “It was so good, so much of a relief. I feel like everything’s lifted. I didn’t find out I was taking part until 6 weeks beforehand as someone dropped out, so I had less time than everyone else to prepare. So I was trying to practise, think of all the designs and backgrounds. The support from the College was amazing. We’ve already finished college, but we were invited to come in whenever we wanted to any classes.”
Hayley McKinstry, Programme Team Leader for Hair, Beauty, Complementary Therapies and Catering, said: “We are so proud of all of the competitors for displaying such a high standard of work and achieving fantastic results on a national stage. We will continue to support Shannon on her journey through the UK World Squad selection process and hope to see more success from her in the future.”
All three competitors spent the time prior to the event practising and working on their treatments with the support of their lecturers at Truro and Penwith College, who all ensured that they were ready to compete against the best of the UK: Jo Lello-Dunn, Deputy Team Leader at Penwith College; Lisa Harrow, Beauty Therapy and Nail lecturer at Truro College; and Veronica Fisher, Beauty Therapy lecturer at Truro College.
Overwhelmed By Donations
An appeal by a group of students for donations to help those affected by the refugee crisis in Syria has had an overwhelming response.
The Student Council at Truro College set up their collection appeal in October, requesting students and staff at the College to donate spare clothes and essential items to help the 8 million people currently fleeing their country for safety. Items required included men’s clothes and shoes, blankets, tents and tarpaulin, plus personal hygiene products such as toothpaste, soap and shampoo.
The community at Truro College rallied round the cause with collection points around the campus filling up regularly since the appeal began.
Billy Rickards, Assistant Chair of the Student Council, said: “The crisis is really bad and the government isn’t doing enough to help. I thought it would be great to get everyone to come together to donate. It’s been a really good team effort.”
Grace Harding, Student Governor, added: “The response has been much better than we thought it would be!”
All of the items donated were passed on to All Saints Church, Highertown in Truro who shipped out their collection at the end of November.
Students Rise To The Catering Challenge
Catering for a large number of guests at a prestigious event is the dream for many qualified chefs, but this dream became a reality for a group of Cornish students recently.
A team of Hospitality students from Truro and Penwith College were asked to help out with the Cornwall Tourism Awards at The Headland Hotel in Newquay. The hotel’s management team contacted Mark Lewin, Assessor at the College, asking for Professional Cookery students to provide a selection of canapes for 300 guests and for a team of Food and Beverage Service students to work closely with the hotel’s staff on the night.
First up were Level 2 Professional Cookery apprentices Rosie Cockton from Hotel Tresanton, Connor Chenoweth and Andy Hawkins from Sam’s Cornwall, Corey Wills and Jack Gilbert from St Austell Brewery, who spent the day of the event busily preparing 1200 canapes in the training kitchens at Truro College, led by lecturer Tony Duce. The delicious selection included Cornish goats cheese and spinach tarts with truffle mayonnaise, pressed Cornish ham with piccalilli, and beetroot cured salmon with pickled celery.
During the evening, full-time students Jay Jose, Courtney Penaluna and Adam Ingleby-Oddy helped put the canape ingredients together, display them on Cornish slates and add the finishing touches ready for service. They then joined Executive Head Chef Christopher Archambault to assist his team with the dinner menu.
The College’s Level 2 and 3 Food and Beverage Service students, Martin Young, Ellie Fitch-Goodwin, Matt Walker, Dane Clark, Lewis Strutton, Toby Cooper and Chloe Dennis, organised by lecturer Claire Frearson, then joined teams at the hotel with specific roles, including serving the superb four course meal with coffee, petit fours and port, wine service and drinks.
The evening went perfectly, ending with the students having their photo taken on stage and receiving a certificate from the hotel in appreciation of their hard work.
Professional Cookery student Jay Jose said: “The experience at the Headland was one of the most amazing and exciting opportunities that Truro College has ever given to me. The head chef was kind and professional and really included me in the service and I’d happily love to do it again.”
Jamie Crossman, Assistant Manager at The Headland Hotel, said: “I was pleasantly surprised to see Jay stand up in front of over 100 staff members and visitors to read out the selection of canapés he helped prepare also. It is this kind of confidence that all the students showed on the day that is lacking in many who enter our industry today. I’m sure they will all go far!
“I would be honoured to work with the College and its students again and support their development as they supported us so well last week.”
Truro and Penwith College and the Headland Hotel share the same goal in wanting to promote the hospitality industry as a real career choice with great prospects. The partnership was aimed at offering students and apprentices the experience of working on large scale events and to build a relationship between the College and the Headland Hotel to continue offering the best experiences possible to hospitality students.