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Colleges Week 2020 - Activate Learning at the centre of growing and supporting individual sectors

20 October 2020

As part of College Week 2020, Activate Learning are celebrating a different theme each day. Today, we look at how all of our colleges have been at the centre of growing and supporting individual sectors.

We’re so proud of the variety of diverse industry sectors we get to train our students in, as well as the expertise of our teachers and the local and national businesses we often work alongside.

 At Activate Learning, our career pathways offer students unique learning experiences with industry-standard equipment and diverse work opportunities.  

Many of our students train onsite in hair and beauty salons, construction centres, creative workshops, hospitality and catering kitchens and healthcare suites, to name a few.  

Here are some examples of the variety of sectors we work in and the fantastic industry expertise we offer at Activate Learning: 

Our Care Skills Training Centres and work with the NHS  

Across our Guildford, Oxford and Reading campuses, we offer hospital wards, fully-equipped home care rooms, emergency care centres, and fully immersive, 3D, VR learning spaces, all using state of the art IT monitoring and diagnostic equipment. 

Our Care Skills Training Centres at Guildford College, City of Oxford College and Reading College provide acute clinical and residential care facilities for simulated teaching and learning.  

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These state-of-the-art facilities mirror a real-life hospital ward and care home, giving students an enhanced learning experience, which is tailored to their educational and training needs, preparing them for work in the healthcare sector.  

As well as using the facilities for inhouse learning programmes, Activate Learning also help its local communities to meet the training and development needs of local health care organisations, schools and colleges. 

In addition to this, Activate Learning run industry placements within the NHS with five different trusts. This allows Level 3 health and social Care students to spend two days per week over the second year of their course within a hospital placement. These placements included working within A&E, theatres, outpatients, rheumatology and cancer care departments. 

Learn more about the Care Skills Training Centres at Activate Learning.  

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Restaurants and onsite training kitchens at Activate Learning  

Hospitality and catering students at Activate Learning train in industry-standard kitchens and restaurants which are open to the public that give students a full experience of the breath of roles within hospitality. 

Learn more about restaurants and the training kitchens at Activate Learning: 

Please note, these restaurants are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Rycotewood Furniture Centre 

Rycotewood is a renowned centre of excellence, offering impressive workshop facilities alongside a skilled and knowledgeable teaching team to offer an exceptional experience in furniture education. 

Students are assigned their own workbench from the beginning and work side-by-side with peers to find their feet. Programmes are highly practical and will spend a lot of time in the workshop developing transferable skills.  

Students regularly receive the City & Guilds Medal of Excellence, and individuals on the degree programme have won the prestigious Alan Peters Award, Mixology Designer of the Year and Young Furniture Makers’ Design and Bespoke Awards. 

Learn more about furniture programmes at Rycotewood Furniture Centre at City of Oxford College.  

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Hair and beauty salons at Activate Learning 

Hair and beauty salons offer hair and beauty students at Activate Learning the opportunity to learn and practise their hair and beauty treatments in industry-standard salons, as well as their services on members of the public, enabling them to become work ready. 

Student learning companies at Activate Learning 

Student learning companies are at the heart of the Activate Learning colleges, giving learners the opportunity to gain professional experience, skills and qualifications - and offering customers a first-class service at very reasonable prices.  

Learning companies are real businesses, allowing learners to put new skills into practise and gain an understanding of the expertise and attitudes that employers value in their staff, and how to exceed customers' expectations. 

This helps boost student confidence, knowledge and employability skills, giving them a headstart in their career. 

Public nurseries at Activate Learning 

College nurseries at Activate Learning offer an environment where young children can flourish and reach their full potential in a friendly and caring environment.   

Places are offered to children from three months till children are ready to enter full time education. Nurseries are bright, modern and welcoming.   

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Reading Studio of Dramatic Art  

Reading Studio of Dramatic Art is an employment-focused theatre studio for talented, emerging performance artists in the South East and beyond.  

As a partnership between Reading Rep and Reading College, Reading Studio of Dramatic Art offers a unique approach to theatrical training that combines expertise in teaching and learning with the skills and experience of leading performance industry professionals.  

Learn more about Reading Studio of Dramatic Art at Reading College

Merrist Wood College's unique facilities for animal management, horticulture and landscaping

The indoor riding arena at Merrist Wood College is one of the largest of any college in the country and is home to a large, diverse range of animals in our Animal Management Centre.  

Facilities include specially designed studios and workshops for floristry, garden design, horticulture and landscaping and access to an adjoining 18-hole golf course.  

Guildford College launches new Electrical AM2 Assessment Centre  

Earlier this year, Guildford College launched an Electrical Installation Assessment Centre.  

Known as the AM2 Assessment Centre, the facility which is based at the college is a licensed National Electrotechnical Training (NET) centre authorised to deliver NET assessments for electrical apprentices and trainees in the area.   

This brand-new facility, located on the top floor of the college’s Technology Tower, includes four installation bays and two fault finding bays to complete assessments, as well as close links to the A3/M25 and Guildford Railway Station.    

Learn more about the new Electrical AM2 Assessment Centre at Guildford College.  

Cycle mechanic training centre opens at Merrist Wood College 

Earlier this year, Activate Cycle Academy has opened a brand-new workshop at Merrist Wood College in Worplesdon.  Delivering Cytech courses, Activate Cycle Academy’s facility will initially be utilised by staff in the bicycle trade as well as people looking to retrain and join the cycle trade, and will deliver cycle maintenance training to people from across the South of England. Cytech Home Mechanic courses for cycling enthusiasts are also available.  

Learn more about the cycle mechanic training centre at Merrist Wood College

Reading College launch Esports course for September 2021

A new course has launched at Reading College – the two-year Esports, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma.

Esports is a rapidly growing industry and this new programme will help students gain the skills and knowledge needed to progress to careers in competitive gaming, coaching and event management.

Learn more about the new Esports, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship programme at Reading College.