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Engineering apprentices head off to national competition

A team of Engineering apprentices have secured their place in the WorldSkills Nationals after designing and building an electric wheelchair from scratch.

Belinda Nightingale, from Telford, Chloe Millington, from Bridgnorth and Tom Mills, from Shrewsbury, all 19 and Ricoh apprentices, make up the team. They were set the brief, by WorldSkills, to design and manufacture an electric wheelchair. This is the first time an Engineering team from Shrewsbury Colleges Group have applied for WorldSkills.

Instead of relaxing this summer holidays, one student trained for and completed a charitable challenge.

Charlie Howard, 17 years old, from Westbury, is studying A Level Biology and Music and Level 3 BTEC Sport, and is hoping to join the Royal Air Force as a Physical Training Instructor once he has completed his education.

Aged 18, Betty Webb, was living in south Shropshire and studying a domestic science course at Radbrook College in Shrewsbury.

Betty, now 95, and living in Wythall near Birmingham/Worcestershire was born in Aston-on-Clun in 1923 and was home schooled through the National Education Union, which was developed to help families who lived or worked abroad.

AGA Rangemaster Group presented a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to the vocational Art and Design students of Shrewsbury Colleges Group.

Over 50 students took part in a design competition that AGA arranged specifically for Shrewsbury Colleges Group students. The renowned British manufacturer collaborated with the vocational Art & Design department to create new print designs for their textiles collection. Students produced original patterns that eventually got whittled down to one successful winner.

Students at Shrewsbury Colleges Group were celebrating an excellent set of results today, with those results confirming the college’s reputation for academic excellence. 

This year more than 750 students took 2200 A Level exams with Shrewsbury Colleges Group. Students were welcomed to the English Bridge Campus this morning to collect their results, alongside the option for the students to get their results online if they were unable to make the trip.

Shrewsbury Colleges Group is celebrating after being accepted as a Focus College via the Rugby Football Union – meaning it can expand its rugby-focussed qualifications and provide a better future for anyone wishing to work in the field of rugby or sport.

Two students who met while studying at Shrewsbury Colleges Group where they discovered they had both tragically had stillborn sons, have decided to take on a physical challenge to raise awareness and funds and bring the difficult conversation of stillbirth to light.

Kylie Brennan, 29 and Anna Fitch, 35, both from Shrewsbury, met last year when they started on the Access to Higher Education Course at the London Road Campus.

Shrewsbury Colleges Group’s Higher Education programmes were inspected by the national Quality Assurance Agency last month with the review team awarding the College the highest possible ratings.

QAA is the equivalent of Ofsted for universities and higher education in colleges and the recognition of the excellent work at the College is proof that Shrewsbury’s Higher Education students receive a fantastic experience at the College.

A record number of students graduated yesterday (Friday 13) from Shrewsbury Colleges Group, when they collected a range of degree-level awards in a prestigious ceremony at St Chad’s Church in Shrewsbury.

Led by the Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Peter Nutting, a line of 105 mortar boards and graduation gowns made its way from Shrewsbury Market Square to St Chad’s Church in the annual Shrewsbury College graduation parade.

Charlatans bass guitarist, Martin Blunt presents trophy to Music Technology student

Music Technology students at Shrewsbury Colleges Group were rewarded for their efforts at their annual awards ceremony last week - with one scooping the main accolade, named after former Charlatans’ drummer, the late Jon Brookes.

The Jon Brookes Award for Endeavour was established after Mr Brookes, former drummer with world-renowned British Indie band The Charlatans, became affiliated with the College when he helped to launch its Roland Academy for Music in 2009.

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