MidKent College https://www.midkent.ac.uk MidKent College : Blog Feed Copyright 2022, MidKent College. Fri, 18 Nov 202210:25:40 GMT Apprentice of the month - Finn Reardon

Congratulating Finley - you're our apprentice of the month for November 2022!

Russell Kirby, site manager at Maidstone Phase 4 for Croudace Homes, says that he is a credit to himself, the apprenticeship team at MidKent College, and his employers. “He works to a high standard, for which we have just been awarded an NHBC Pride in the Job. Finn is polite, always wears his PPE and at such a young age is respected by all the guys on Phase 4. We have given Finn a well-earned NHBC PIJ certificate for his efforts. He really is a credit to the industry, and I look forward to working with him in the future and continue to watch him grow.”

Daniel Young, director at Youngs Building Surveying Services Limited, said: ‘When Finn came to me just over a year ago, he was very shy and unsure of himself, how things have changed! Finn is now a confident man and a very much valued member of the team, showing all the signs of wanting to progress in life as a carpenter, He displays a very good work ethic, and always follows instructions to the letter. His attendance is 100 percent. This young man has all the minerals of becoming a very good asset to our construction industry.  I hope that the College also recognises their part in achieving this.’

After his nomination, Finley Reardon told us: ‘I feel grateful that my commitment to the company and my work ethic has been recognised. It has also given me more of a boost of confidence. The company is very organised. It rewards hard work with team activities such as go karting. There is also a Christmas do to show appreciation to the workers. I feel that I am supported by the company and especially Dan as he gives his time to show me new work skills, I really enjoy working with my team which includes three other people as we all get along well.’

Congratulations Finley!


Thinking about becoming an apprentice? Find out more here.

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Apprentice of the month - Cameron Hills

Cameron is currently studying here at MidKent College and this summer was given a special commendation at the staff awards for Apprentice of the Year. 

Cameron was nominated by Steve Elks, senior apprentice trainer, who said: “Cameron continues to impress on his Level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship. He’s always willing to undertake new tasks, expanding his knowledge of college systems and government funding regulations in the process. Recently in addition to his daily activities, he has been instrumental in working with another team in MIS to produce a detailed report on student numbers for the new academic year. This was a time consuming, complex project and the results have been used by senior management. Apart from his positive attitude, Cameron has an impressively unflappable temperament and can be relied on to use his initiative to resolve many issues.”

Cameron said: “Working at MidKent College has always been a pleasure. My everyday working life fills me with excitement and some nerves. Excitement to see what can next be done in my role to help myself and the college and nerves of normal worries, timeframes, amounts of work etc. But all these things give me the great experiences that I have had and continue to have at MidKent.

The best part about working for MidKent College is developing and maintaining the necessary life and working skills I need to become a successful person. These things are encouraged and taught to me by my experienced colleagues. To have friendly and polite people around you make work and life enjoyable. I have developed great relationships with fellow colleagues. It’s a good feeling to know that something you are doing has an impact enough for you to stand out from others and be recognised.

Congratulations Cameron!


FInd out more about becoming or hiring an apprentice here.

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Staff focus of the month - Abigail Davis

Meet Abigail, our Sustainability Administrator and a former MidKent College student!

She is our staff focus of the month for September and we caught up with her to find out what she's been up to in her first four months working at the College.

When did you start your role?

I started at the beginning of May, 2022. Now it’s nearly autumn and it feels like May was yesterday…

Your role as a Sustainability Administrator is new to the College. Please can you explain a bit about what it involves?

I work alongside Cristal Li (who you would have seen in last month’s staff focus!) to help the College in it's goal to be serious about sustainability. Getting students involved in our aspirations to be a carbon neutral College by 2030 is very important and I was hired primarily as someone who enables students to have a say and give them the power to speak up about sustainability issues in the College.  I can then funnel that straight to the people who have the power to change it!

What is your work background and how did your interest in sustainability start?

Funnily enough I was a student at MidKent College studying Animal Management, and I think that’s where my interest in sustainability began. I studied a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science at the University of Greenwich, just across the road from the College – and I was lucky to have lecturers who were oozing passion about sustainability and the environment! 

I am also a Medway Young Person Champion, representing young people in Medway and ensuring the area I was born and raised in recognise and listen to young folks. So, although this is my first work role, I have a background in sustainability and youth work.

What do you enjoy most about the role?

The number of possibilities – you can incorporate sustainability into everything, it’s just how you approach it. There are so many aspects of sustainability that it can feel over-whelming.

Any frustrations so far?

Everyone is busy! I wanted to hit the ground running but understandably, students and staff were busy with assignments and ultimately that is their main priority. From September I will get to engage with students and staff more as they settle into the new academic year.

Do you have any particular success stories or moments that stand out that you’d like to share?

Earlier in the year, before I joined the College, they had collected donations for the Ukraine refugee crisis. Whilst most items did indeed go to the front line, we had a lot of boxes leftover. As students and staff were buried under work deadlines, there was a growing pressure for the room to be cleared for the new term. We were able to make the most use out of this situation. As we had an intake of Ukrainian refugees as students, I was able to distribute most items of clothing to them. We were also able to distribute items to local charities around Medway, and with everything leftover, we found a textile recycling company who paid us for the leftover clothing, distributing it to countries that need it – raising £228 in the process to go to disaster efforts in Ukraine!

So end result – nothing to landfill, items recycled as much as they could be (lots of cardboard was saved from the general waste bin), clothes were sent directly to local Ukrainian refugees, and the rest turned to money to donate to aid the crisis in Ukraine! Now that is why I joined MidKent.

Do you have any advice for young peope thinking about their next steps?

A lot of teachers in secondary school said I wasn’t cut out for College let alone university. I’m thankful my lecturers at MidKent College gave me a chance. With that I was able to pursue a degree. If you’re reading this and you feel like you've been made to feel not good enough, try not to take this to heart!  If I'd listened to what my teachers said, I would not be in this position. I’ve waited a while for this opportunity and I’m very thankful I was given a chance to prove myself.

Abigail with Cristal at our Fresher's Fair last week.

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Swap to College

Have you started at sixth form and it’s just not right for you? College could be your perfect option!

If you’re currently in year 12 and doubting your decision to stay on, don’t panic, you can swap to College at either our Medway or Maidstone Campus.

We have a variety of different programmes that will give you the skills, knowledge, and experience you’ll need to gain employment or progress to university.

You won’t be short of subject areas to choose from and we have a level to suit you. We offer full-time study programmes in Hospitality and Catering, Performing Arts, Hairdressing, Beauty, Engineering, Sport, Public Services, Applied Science, Animal Management, Art and so much more! You choose one subject area to focus on at College and you can expect to be in College for 3-4 days per week.

We train you in simulated work environments too so you can get to grips with the same equipment and technology that you’ll find in the workplace. This means for example that our Cabin Crew students learn in our aircraft cabin and our Healthcare Practitioners learn in a mock hospital ward.

We also offer apprenticeships if you’re looking to earn whilst you learn. We have a range of apprenticeships available in Accountancy, Business, Construction, Engineering, and Motor Trades.

If you’re still considering swapping to College then we’re happy to help, you can contact our impartial careers advisers on 01634 383636 or by emailing careersadviser@midkent.ac.uk

Alternatively, you can contact us on social media or via our live chat function on our website.

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Starting College Student Finance help

Are you starting College with us in September? Are you worried about student finance and not sure where to look? We’ve got you covered!

Student finance can be a scary process, especially if this is the first time you’ve had to deal with it. But we’ve put together some useful information and contact below which should help make it an easier and less stressful process.

Financial support is available for eligible students in both the 16-18 and 19+ categories.

To check your eligibility for the 2022/2023 academic year, click here.

There are a few other options available to you depending on eligibility, but you could apply for the following bursary’s/funds.

Financial support for 16–18-year-olds:

  • Discretionary Bursary – is for students aged 16-18 with a household income lower than £28,000. The bursary can help with travel, essential kit, uniform, UK trips and books for your programme. Find out more information here
     
  • Vulnerable Bursary – is to help students within the groups listed below:
    • Young people in care
       
    • Care leavers (those who are engaged with the Local Authority ‘Leaving Care’ team) 
       
    • Young people in receipt of Income Support (IS) or Universal Credit (UC) in their own right, with their own tenancy agreement
       
    • Young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit (UC) and who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments (PIP) who have their own tenancy agreement
       
    • Find out more about this bursary here.

Financial support for 19+:

  • Discretionary Learner Support Fund – this is for students aged 19+ with a household income below £28,000. Find out more information here
     
  • Advanced Learner Loan Bursary – is for students who are 19+ and who have been approved for the 19+ Advanced Leaner Loan and have a household income below £28,000. Find out more information here

Financial support for both 16-18 and 19+:

  • Free College Meals – is for students with a household income below £16,190 and students aged 19-24 who have an EHCP or LDA and meet the criteria. Find out more information here
     
  • Bursary travel – is available to students whose household income is below £28,000 per year, and who live more than 1.5miles from the campus where they study. Find out more information here
     
  • If you’re not eligible for help with travel costs then you can find out more information about Arriva’s Direct Debit Scheme here - https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/business-travel/student-and-child-direct-debit-tickets or Arriva’s Student Saver Tickers here.

If you still need some help then you can contact a student financial support adviser by calling 01634 383300 or by emailing Student.Finance@midkent.ac.uk

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Just received your results? Read our FAQs

First of all, we’d like to say a massive well done! It’s been a tough time and you are the first year group to sit actual GCSE exams since 2019, having had your learning disrupted by Covid-19. 

We hope you got the grades you wanted, but if things have turned out differently than you were expecting and you’ve achieved lower, or higher grades than you thought, then we are here to help. 

Whether you’ve already applied to College and been offered a place, were planning to stay at sixth form or start an apprenticeship, we’ve put together some of the common questions and worries we get at this time of year to help put your mind at rest. 

I've already got a place at MidKent College on a full-time study programme: 

I’ve got the grades I needed, what’s next? 

Fantastic – congratulations! Please complete the online enrolment sent to you by email and then come along to the face-to-face session at the arranged date and time. We look forward to meeting you! 

Will I be offered a place on anything else if I’ve received better/lower grades than I expected?  

If we have the availability, and the programme fits with your long-term career aim, then we’ll do our best to ensure you have a place on a programme. If you’ve already applied, please still complete the online enrolment process through the link in the email we've sent you. You can talk to the tutors at your enrolment session to ensure that you're on the right level for you.  

I don’t want to do the programme I’ve applied for anymore, can I swap to something else?  

If we have places available on the programme you’re interested in, and it’s suitable for you, then we will look to offer you a place on a different programme. Please select this option through the enrolment link we've emailed to you.  

I don’t want to attend the campus I’ve applied for anymore, can I swap to the other campus?  

If we offer the programme at the other campus, and there are places available, then we will be able to swap you to the other campus. We’ll do our best to ensure that you’re on the best programme for you. Please let us know as part of the enrolment process through the link we've emailed to you.  

I no longer want my place at College, what do I need to do?  

Please select the yellow button on the online enrolment process through the link we've emailed to you to withdraw your application.  

I’ve enrolled online, but I am on holiday for my face-to-face appointment. What shall I do? 

Please contact our Admissions Team via this enquiry form to let them know and they will confirm another date and time for you.

Where do I get my uniform from?  

The department will share information about the supplier how to order your uniform at your enrolment session.  

Will I get any help with fees/travel/childcare?  

You may be eligible for a College bursary, depending on your cirumstances. You can check the eligibility criteria and make an application on our website here.

I'm worried about starting College, is there anyone I can talk to?

Most people will be feeling nervous about transitioning to College. Our Student Support Team will be availalbe at your face-to-face enrolment session to talk to if you're feeling a bit over-whelmed. They can also let you know about the support available to you during your time at College including our counselling service, student health service and safeguarding.

I've not yet applied to College: 

Can I still apply for a programme at College?  

Yes! You can still search and apply online for an available programme. Please be advised though that some programmes may have had a large number of applications and will have a waiting list in place. If you apply for one of these programmes, we will confirm this when we receive your application. You will not be able to submit an application if a programme is listed as full on the website. 

Once you've applied, we'll be in touch to confirm when you need to come in for your interview and enrolment.

I’ve started sixth form, but it’s not for me, can I still apply to College? 

Yes, we accept applications throughout September and into October if there are places available. Search and apply online, or come along to one of our late enrolment sessions.

If you start a programme late in the term and have missed work, you must be willing to catch up on this when you start your programme.  

I need to talk to someone about my options – who should I contact?  

Please contact our course enquiries team on 01634 402020, or via  email. Alternatively, please talk to us via Live Chat on our website. Please be aware that it’s a very busy time for us, but we will deal with your enquiry as quickly as we can.  You may be referred to our Careers Team if you need help deciding on a career pathway.

I have a place on an apprenticeship and am not sure what happens next? 

Please contact our Apprenticeship Team who can answer any queries for you.  You can email them at apprenticeships@midkent.ac.uk or call 01622 625999 

I would like to do an apprenticeship, can I still apply? 

Yes, if we have places. You will also need to be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours. You can find out more about apprenticeships here. If you have any specific questions about an apprenticeship, please contact the team as above. 

Please remember, we're here to help, so please do get in touch if you are unsure or have any questions.

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GCSE results day - we're here to help

Didn’t expect the GCSE grades you got? Are you disappointed and not sure where to turn? We’ve got you covered!

You may think that you’re the only one feeling this way but there are many others in the same boat and feeling exactly the same as you.

The first thing to do is not to panic, it’s easier said than done, but panic doesn’t help you rationalise your thoughts or think clearly about your next steps. Talking to your parents, friends or a tutor can help as they can support you and help with thinking about what to do next.

It’s also a good idea to talk to an impartial careers adviser who can look at your grades and your future aspirations to see what the best route is. Whether that be a lower-level College programme or an apprenticeship.

We had a dedicated team of qualified impartial careers advisers who can help identify a career choice and help with your next step. They can offer you:

  • Advice over the phone
  • Advice through email
  • One to one appointment
  • Support with job searching
  • Career planning

And so much more. If you need some advice, then contact our careers advisors today on 01634 383636 or send them an email careersadviser@midkent.ac.uk

If you’d like to apply for a College programme, there’s still time to apply. Apply here.

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What is ESOL and how can it help you

What is ESOL?

ESOL stands for ‘English for speakers of other languages. ESOL is a popular programme for students to take where English isn’t their first language.

On an ESOL programme students will learn the essential language skills to be able to properly communicate in English. Students will learn areas such as:

  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Reading and writing
  • Speaking and listening.

Once you’ve completed your programme, you’ll be able to fully communicate with people in your everyday life, for example sorting out visas or banking.

What to expect whilst learning ESOL at MidKent College?

Our tutors are expertly trained to provide students with the skills and support they need to learn and understand English language. There are 3 different stages to ESOL, students will take a short test to decide the best entry level for your studies:

  • Entry 1: For students who can speak a little English
  • Entry 2: For students who can already read, write, speak, and understand basic English
  • Entry 3: For able speakers who need to use more formal English for work or study.

You’ll get the opportunity to have work experience whilst completing your programme to develop your skills further.

Once you’ve gained your ESOL qualification, you’ll be able to progress to another course at a higher level or gain employment within the industry of your choice.

Our Student Engagement team also put on activities for our ESOL students such as boxing, dancing classes and trips out to help students learn more about life in the UK.

We are now offering our ESOL programme at our Maidstone Campus for the 2022/2023 academic year.

There’s still time to apply for your local College.

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Top tips for GCSE results day

The dreaded wait for your exam results can be very stressful. Panic and fear are possibly some of the many feelings you are experiencing. You are not alone, and many other students are feeling the same way.

Here are some top tips and advice to help with your feelings and emotions on the build-up to results day:

  • Make sure you get plenty of rest - so you wake up in a good frame of mind and feel refreshed. Avoid too much caffeine before you go to bed and try to relax as much as you can. Take a social media break to ease your mind and read a good book
     
  • Talk to someone about your feelings - don’t bottle it up. Talking about your feelings to your friends or family can help relieve some pressure – you may think that you are the only one feeling like this, but the chances are that your friends are feeling the same way
     
  • Plan – make sure you know what time and where you need to pick up your results. Think about your next steps in case you don’t get the outcome you hoped for, so you don’t panic on the day. Also, plan something fun with family and friends for the rest of the day so you have something to look forward to/celebrate your result
     
  • Don’t go alone to pick up your results - having someone there can help to settle your nerves and be a shoulder to lean on in case you don’t get the results you expected
     
  • What if you didn’t get the results you were hoping for – don’t panic! There are plenty of options if you didn’t get the results you wanted. Breathe and talk to your parents, tutor and a careers advisor to see what your options are. There’s a possibility that you could enrol on a lower level of the same programme or maybe an apprenticeship could be for you?

Do you need to talk to a careers advisor for some advice? Our qualified and impartial careers guidance advisers can support you in identifying career choices and planning your next steps. You can contact the team on 01634 383636 or by emailing the team.

There’s still time to apply for College, apply here

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Could you be an Esports host?

We all know that the Esports industry is expanding right now and creating so many opportunities for those with the right skills! You may not be looking to become a pro player, but have you considered becoming an esports shoutcaster or host?

What does an Esports host do?

An Esports host is the key communicator between what’s happening in the competition and the audience. They’ll also talk to players and coaches about their matches too.

Skills you’ll need to have:

Confidence. You’ll need to be comfortable speaking on camera and to large groups of people in a clear and concise way – often without a script or any prompts. Practice speaking in front of groups of people or by recording yourself. This is definitely a skill that requires practice! Why not try watching an Esports competition, with the sound off, and seeing if you can communicate the action as it happens?

Versatility. You’ll need to be able to throw yourself into a range of different types and sizes of events, especially when you’re just starting off in your career. Research and follow some existing hosts – what language and knowledge do they use when they’re hosting specialist events?

Keeping calm. Not only will you have the excitement of the tournament to keep up with, but you’ll also have a producer talking to you in an ear piece giving you pointers or time cues. Closely watch professional hosts and you’ll see how they manage this, how they take cues to wrap something up or to include something that’s *just* happened

Research. You’ll have to keep up to date with all of the latest games and their developments, as well as new and emerging players. You’ll be hired on the extensive knowledge you have, and how you can communicate this in a way the audience understands and can relate to

Stamina. Some of the tournaments are LONG. And you need to be buzzy and motivated from the start right through to the end! You can only achieve this by practicing – now’s the time to start!

Communication. You’ll need great communication skills to provide indepth knowledge and fast thinking for your audience. You'll need to vary the language and phrases you use when commentating to suit different audiences.

What to do next:

  • Check out platforms such as Twitch to see how the pros do it. They’ll have years of experience building their following and trying different ways to engage their audience. You may be good at talking, but can you communicate effectively as a host?
  • Connect with existing hosts on social media and start to build a connection with them. Start a conversation, ask them questions or see if they’ll share advice! Networking is key in any industry.
  • Practice, practice, practice!
  • Make a note of key phrases or words that hosts use. How do they bring their personality into their hosting?
  • Check out the Esports programmes at MidKent College! We’re offering Esports qualifications at our Maidstone and Medway campuses from this September. You’ll learn all of the core skills needed to enter the industry from marketing and social media through to shoutcasting, leadership and teamwork.

Read more about the Esports industry here, and apply online for this September here on our website.


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Staff focus of the month - Cristal Li

Cristal is a new member of staff in the completely new role of Sustainability Officer, so we were itching to catch up with her and find out more about what her job involves!

How long have you worked at MidKent College?

I've worked at Midkent College since May 2022, so just over 3 months! Time flies!

Your role as a Sustainability Officer is new to the College. Please can you explain a bit about what it involves and what the College is looking to achieve in terms of sustainability?

The main goal is to drive the college to reduce its total carbon footprint. That can be through influencing behavioural change through staff and students' personal lives via information sharing or campaigns, procurement - where we buy our things and who we buy our things from and effective waste management. Currently, we aim to be net zero by 2030 and to lead the charge in our sector.

What is your work background and how did your interest in sustainability start?

I recently graduated from the University of East Anglia with a bachelor's in International Development. Before working my first full-time job here, I did a lot of part-time roles that involved working with and speaking to students and staff and children as well. Interestingly, my love for sustainability stems from my love and passion for helping people in as many aspects as possible, thus why I chose International Development. 

Growing up in Hong Kong, we are frequently visited by typhoons. I'm grateful that the infrastructure present keeps my family and me safe from the destruction it creates, which allows me to be amazed at the power of typhoons, almost like being able to watch an animal from the safety of the barriers. However, it has become apparent that said typhoons are becoming more frequent and strong, and not everyone has the privilege to be kept safe from increasing extreme weather events. That is where my love for sustainability begins, I want people to be able to be safe in their own homes, and if changing common habits save the planet, then you bet I'm going to help people the best way I can to achieve that. 

What do you enjoy most about the role?

I love that we as a college have so much untapped knowledge regarding sustainability! Every colleague has something to say and ideas to share, every trade has industry-specific knowledge that I can't personally keep track of. It feels great seeing people's faces light up when they share their ideas about what they would like to see in college.

Any frustrations so far? 

Too much to do, too little time! There are so many projects I want to get started and get the ball rolling. Unfortunately, (and for good reasons too), everything takes time and needs approval, especially when it comes down to spending. If only we had unlimited money to do all the sustainability projects we wanted...!

Do you have any particular success stories or moments that stand out that you’d like to share?

As mentioned, I'm still new to the role, so no projects that are worth mentioning as success stories (yet). One thing I am proud of is the digital platform I've created from scratch for staff to use internally (student one branching from this). As a brand new department, we don't have a lot to work on. Inspired by the infinite ideas that seem to come from staff and students, I am working with IT to create a digital 'ideas box' so to speak. This is to hopefully have a centralised space where staff (and students) can submit their ideas and have a say in how other ideas can be improved and implemented effectively. Making MidKent College net zero is a team effort!

Thanks Cristal!

 

 

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This August we are celebrating SIX apprentices of the month!

Congratulations to Harvey Clifton, William Menqual, Morgan Anderson, Mitchell Knight, Oliver Brown and Jake Newman from BorgWarner in Gillingham. They are all Engineering apprentices at our Medway Campus.

We talked to each apprentice in turn to find out more about them and their apprenticeship:

Harvey:

“Every day is something different in terms of the work and the skills I learn. The staff are helpful and will go above and beyond in helping me to develop. The company have offered a range of amazing opportunities and are dedicated to improving our skills.”

His employer said: “Harvey always shows an interest in his work and gives 100% at all times.”

William:

“I feel grateful for being recognised for all the hard work and effort I have put into my apprenticeship. They are helpful, understanding and will be there to help out if needed – and of course the best part is getting paid for learning.”

His employer said: “William works extremely hard to always complete of the tasks put to him.”

Morgan:

“I am very proud of what I have achieved and am very fortunate to work for the company as I am constantly learning new skills and expanding my knowledge on engineering.”

His employer said: “Morgan applies himself to all of his tasks and is a good team player.”

Mitchell:

“The best part of working for the company is being able to experience different aspects of engineering as I go around different departments and learn new skills that I can apply to each area I work in.”

His employer said: “Mitchell is a hard worker and achieves good results.”

Jake:

“The best part about BorgWarner has to be the challenges it presents and having to find ways to overcome them.”

His employer said: “Jake works hard at all times and achieves good results.”

Oliver:

“You are given the opportunity to challenge yourself by taking on new projects and to be able to see different sides of engineering and the sides of working for a global company of this calibre.”

His employer said: “Oliver always applies himself 100% to all tasks and delivers good results.”

From left to right: back row: Mark Onslow, Operations and Deputy Plant Manager, Jake, Mitchell, Oliver and Claire Winter, HR Business Partner

Front row: Tony Caby, Mechanical Maintenance Engineer/Apprenticeship Assessor, Morgan, William, Harvey.

Dave Roffe, apprentice trainer at MidKent College, said “All six BorgWarner apprentices have demonstrated a keen interest and excellent attitude. They have also shown some significant improvements over their training programme with some exceptional results. They take part in group discussions and make relevant contributions. Overall, they are a credit to themselves and their employer. A group award for Apprentice of the Month would be very well deserved.”


Find out more about becoming an apprentice or hiring an apprentice this September.

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Staff focus of the month - Joanne Daly

Jo has been a Careers Adviser at the College since April 2018 - we caught up with her to find out more about her role in supporting students before, during and after their time as a student at MidKent College.

Please can you explain a bit about what the role of a Careers Adviser at the College involves?

My role as a careers adviser at the college is to work with and support students to consider and understand their next steps with regards to their future career interests, aspirations, and choices. I work with young people and adults who can be current, prospective, or previous students. I also meet with parents to help them understand all the different pathways and choices for their young person. I usually meet students via face-to-face appointments but also over zoom or phone. I plan and deliver group works on a range of different topics, everything from ‘how to do a CV’ to ‘how to find an apprenticeship’. I represent the college at various careers fairs and events at local schools and training providers. I also belong to the Maidstone Careers network and meet with the careers advisers from the local schools once a term. This helps to share information and good practice between advisers.

What is your work background and what inspired you to become a Careers Adviser?  What training was involved?

I left school at 16 with no career aims. I worked in lots of different jobs from office work to a car wash! I returned to education as a mature student and did an Access course and degree in Anthropology and Sociology. I then got a job in an admissions department at a university. I really enjoyed meeting with the students, particularly at open events and it was this that helped me to recognise I wanted to help young people who were feeling unsure or worried about what sorts of jobs and careers they could aspire to do. The training I undertook to become a careers adviser was The Qualification in Careers Guidance (QCG) with Canterbury Christchurch University. It was a part time 2-year level 6 course.

What do you enjoy most about the role?

When you work with someone and see the recognition in their eyes that something they thought was unachievable, or out of reach for them, isn’t. Also, being able to be truly impartial within my role.

What are your frustrations?

The fact that the government have underfunded and belittled careers education for such a long time. Careers education, advice and guidance is not about one meeting with an adviser, it’s about learning how to understand, navigate and manage your career throughout your working life.

Do you have any particular success stories or moments that stand out that you’d like to share?

A while ago, I did an interview with a former student who had completed a catering course here and had gained a good career in catering. He was now mid 20s, and a bit unsure about whether to continue in that career. We talked through his interests. He had loved science and engineering at school but didn’t think he was smart enough for university so put these interests to the back of his mind. By helping him to identify, not just his interest in engineering, but also relevant and transferable skills he had developed from his life, education, and work, he was able to see that a new career, and university could be a possibility. I had an email from him a few months later to say that he had started a foundation degree in Engineering at Canterbury Christchurch University.


Need help with your next steps? Contact our Careers Team

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Worried about enrolment? We've got you covered!

The move from school to College can be scary - whether you're a parent supporting your son or daughter through enrolment or a new student worried about the process, we're here to help!

What is enrolment? 

Enrolment is the last stage in the process of becoming a MidKent College student! It's a two-step process - the first part requiring you to log into an online portal to upload more information, followed by an in-person appointment to confirm your place later on in August.

If you’ve applied for a programme, attended an interview and been offered a place, you will receive (or will have already received) an email with a link to complete the online part of your enrolment. Once you've logged into the enrolment portal you'll need to confirm the programme you are enrolling on, complete any outstanding information and upload a photo of yourself. You can also upload GCSE results at this point, if you have them.

The date that you need to attend your in-campus appointment will appear on the front page of the portal once you have logged in. At your appointment you will meet your tutor to confirm your place, get further details on uniform requirements and where to order it, and you’ll be able to ask any questions you have. You may need to bring along proof of your GCSE results if you've not already uploaded these to the portal.

I'm worried I won't get the right grades to start my programme. What shall I do?

Don’t worry! You should still complete your online enrolment via the link we have sent you by email and then attend your enrolment session on campus. If your results are not quite as expected, we’ll then be able to help you to find the right programme for you. 

I'm worried about my English and/or Maths grades, will I still be able to re-sit these?

Our tutors will be able to talk you through your options as part of the enrolment process. Students who achieve a grade 3 or below in English and maths will be able to re-sit them at College to achieve a grade 4. 

All of my friends are have had their online enrolment link, but I didn’t get an email, what shall I do? 

Firstly, double check your inbox and your spam folder! If you don't have the enrolment email please ring our applications team to confirm the next step for you on 01634 383140 or send them an email.

Why does my friend have a different enrolment date than me?

Different subject areas will be enrolling on different days in August so if they have applied for a different programme, it's likely you won't be coming along at the same time/date. Sometimes, even if you applied for the same programme, you may be enrolling at a different time if one of you has made a late application.

I am on holiday when I am due to come in for my face-to-face enrolment. What should I do?

Please contact our Admissions Team to let them know and they will confirm another date for you to come along and complete your enrolment.

I'm doing doing an apprenticeship, when do I enrol? 

You'll receive an email from the Apprenticeships Team to confirm your enrolment date.   

I haven’t applied yet, is it too late?

No, we still have places available on many programmes. Please search and apply on our website here. If a programme is marked as full on the website, you will not be able to apply. Some programmes may become full after you have applied, in which case you will be added to the waiting list.

Can I pay my fees at enrolment? 

If you’re aged 16-18 then your programme is free. If you’re 19+ you will be able to pay for your fees at enrolment, start an instalment plan, or find about any concessions you may be eligible for. 

Will I get any help with fees/travel/childcare? 

Yes, you may be eligible to apply for the College bursary, depending on your circumstances. We have a student financial support team here to help you. Check out your options here, or talk to one of our advisers at your enrolment session. 

Who can I contact during the summer if I have any questions?

Our Course Enquiries, Student Financial Support, Careers and Admissions teams are available all summer should you need more information about your place or about applying to College. You can find their contact information here. Alternatively, contact us via our Live Chat on the website.

 

 

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Bradley Walker apprentice of the month July 2022

Bradley is completing his Level 3 Motor Vehicle Service & Maintenance Technician apprenticeship at our Maidstone Campus. He is putting the skills he learns at College into practice with his employer Homebase Autos.

Lecturer David Franklin said “Bradley has proven himself to be a very resourceful and intelligent young man, and has completed all of his tasks early this year. He is always keen to be involved and help fellow students who may be struggling.

He has continually given excellent examples of real-life workshop tasks and how he has resolved the issues. I have no doubt Bradley will excel in his career as a vehicle technician.”

Bradley said “I feel honoured to be working with a team and company that value the work that I do.  That is why for me “apprentice of the month” says more about the team that I work with rather than myself as it is my colleagues that have brought me in to the team and showed me the ropes of being in a small business and how things are run. Being recognised for apprentice of the month therefore feels like a great way to show everyone at Homebase Autos that I appreciate all of their help and guidance.

Working for Homebase Autos has been my best workplace experience to date. It is a welcoming and supportive environment to work in, with friendly and encouraging staff. It has given me so many opportunities to further my career in the motor trade and I look forward to carrying this on."

His employer said “Bradley is a very good mechanic and is very good at working on vehicles independently.”

Well done Bradley – and good luck in your future career!


Thinking of hiring an apprentice or being an apprentice? Find out more here.

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Level 3 apprentice Ethan Lane is our apprentice of the month!

Ethan is currently completing the Level 3 Apprenticeship Software Development Technician at the College.

His tutor Karen said “Ethan has demonstrated a real commitment to learning both at work and in training. He has achieved a great set of results in his on-programme external assessments and has worked hard to prepare for gateway. 

He puts every effort into every task and has developed strategies for working at his best through a constantly changing work landscape, adapting to working in a new team, then working from home, hybrid working, change of office location, changes in the apprenticeship team and a new qualification.  

He is always positive, wanting to learn and wanting to work to the best of his ability. This month especially, he has prepared for a new type of online assessment for his apprenticeship, with the retention of a lot of knowledge, with a high level of demand in the types of question he was asked (quite a few multi-layered multiple choice questions).  He had faced it all with a calm attitude and a determination to do well. He very much deserves to be apprentice of the month.” 

Magdalena from Influential said “We are incredibly proud of Ethan’s nomination for the apprentice of the month and his impressive results on the exams. At the same time, we wouldn’t expect anything less, witnessing his daily, strenuous dedication to work and his studies.

Ethan is self-motivated, always eager to learn and improve, skilfully using best practices, and proactively taking up more advanced projects. It has been a great pleasure to work with Ethan; he has become an integral part of the Influential team over the years. Congratulations Ethan!”

Ethan said "Programming and computers have always been an interest to me and I knew I wanted to pursue this as a career. I enjoy being able to create a piece of software through code and seeing my additions helping to bring the final product together.

My apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to gain experience from real life, some confidence with my communication skills with clients and to work within a supportive understanding team.”

Well done Ethan!


Find out more information if you’re thinking about hiring an apprentice or whether an apprenticeship could be the option for you.

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Looking for an alternative to A Levels this September?

Are you thinking of going to university in the future, but not sure if A Levels are the right choice for you?   

Here at MidKent College, we offer a wide range of Level 3 BTEC and four new T Level qualifications. These are well regarded by universities and you can use them to gain UCAS points.

As with A Levels, universities are usually looking for you to achieve grades in the higher ranges for entry onto their degree programmes. BTEC Diplomas are graded differently to A Levels and at the end of your two-year programme you will receive three grades of either Pass, Merit, Distinction, or Distinction*. For example, you may achieve MDD, which would be Merit, Distinction, Distinction.  

T Levels are graded in a similar way with students receiving an overall grade of either Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

The UCAS website has a very handy tariff calculator which helps you to work out how many points you would get for each grade in your BTEC Diploma or T Level, which you can find here.

Remember all universities have different entry requirements and are looking for other skills and attributes as well as grades. Think about what transferable skills you will gain while you are studying on your level 3 programme either through a part-time job, your industry placement or a volunteering role. These are crucial to help make you stand out as a well-rounded candidate.  

At MidKent College you will be learning in industry-standard workshops, labs, studios, and ICT suites with state-of-the-art equipment and tutors who have worked in the field. If you prefer a more hands-on approach to learning, want to learn skills as well as theory, and gain valuable work experience, then a BTECs or T Level could be for you!  

If you want to discuss your options further, our Careers Team are available for one to one support.  You can call them on 01634 383636 or email careersadviser@midkent.ac.uk to make an appointment.


Looking for a BTEC or T Level qualification near you? Check availability and apply online here.

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Staff focus - Paolo Bottiglieri

We caught up with Paolo Bottiglieri, a Progress & Performance Tutor within our Health, Social & Childcare Department recently to find out more about his role and what inspired him to work in education.

Please explain a bit about what your role as a PPT involves

A Progress & Performance Tutor (PPT) is a unique role that is a part of a College study programme. We work alongside vocational and English & Maths tutors and run weekly PPT lessons to ensure that students’ pastoral needs are being met, and progress is being made within their programme. This is achieved by attending 1:1 PPT meetings where performance is discussed and checked. Students also attend weekly lessons where a wide range of real-life topics are discussed and explored either as a class or with employer involvement. It is also an invaluable time for students to share their thoughts and for us to identify any barriers to learning that we may need to support.

What did you do before working at MidKent College?

I’ve worked in education since 2010 in a number of different educational settings and have thoroughly enjoyed supporting students in their journey in all my roles. Being at MidKent College, I can continue this either by assisting students to progress onto university via UCAS, or applying for different employment opportunities, or engaging with employers explaining their job roles.

What inspired you to teach?

Being a youth worker before going into the education sector allowed me to experience working alongside young people, which showed that each day is different. This is especially true in education which is something I thoroughly enjoy in my current role. I have a passion for supporting young people and ensuring that they can achieve and reach their potential in any of their chosen career paths.

What do you enjoy about the role - please tell us about any success stories you've been involved with

I enjoy working alongside different students across all the groups that I’ve been assigned. Each student is different and tailoring the support they need, no matter how big or small, is what makes my role unique and special.

I started working at MidKent College in 2017 and since then I have seen students progress from our Level 1 programmes, right through to our Level 3 programmes and they are now at university. I have been able to support Level 3 students, who are now doing well at a nursery setting or studying Midwifery at university and being a COVID vaccinator alongside their studies. Most recently, I was able to invite a previous Level 3 student back to assist with our work ready interviews, as they now work for a care provider as a supervisor alongside studying Criminology at university. They were able to provide feedback to our current students, having experienced the same college journey previously, which is brilliant inspiration for them.

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Sport & Exercise Science students feel the heat in our

What's the best way to cool down after a training session in the heat?

This was the question our Level 3 Sport & Exercise Science students were looking to answer during a lesson in our amazing environment chamber recently for their Research Methods unit.

They were testing different cooling strategies using the exercise bike, first warming up for 3 minutes, then continuing with a 12 minute cycling trial, with the temperature in the chamber at 30 degrees Celsius. They then had a recovery period of 15 minutes before repeating the 3 minute warm-up and tackling another 12 minute cycling trial.

Whilst they were riding, their partner tested and noted their temperature and heart rate. During the recovery period, the students each tried a different strategy to help them cool down, with some drinking iced water, some being wrapped in wet towels and some being a control group only drinking room temperature water, so that they could test their different hypotheses.

The expectation was that the students would not be able to cycle as far or as fast on the second attempt, but that those who had access to the iced water or wet towels during the recovery period would perform better than those in the control group.

Sports Science Study Programme Coordinator Vickie Sampson said,

"Our first year sports science students spent many weeks planning their research to ensure this activity was safe and effective. On the day each student had a specific role to fulfil and they worked very hard in the heat to ensure that the data they collected was recorded accurately. Next week we will be analysing the data and conducting statistical tests so that they can accept or disprove their hypotheses. It is amazing to have this high spec environmental chamber for our students to use as part of their studies."

Students from our sport study programmes progress into a variety of careers, with many going on to study at university.  Find out more here - there's still time to apply and start this September!

 

 

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Level 3 apprentice in Accounting Grace Cox is our apprentice of the

Grace is currently studying for her apprenticeship with MidKent College Training Services in Gillingham.

Grace’s manager Abi Olabiyi said “It has been a pleasure working with Grace. She shows a positive attitude to work and has demonstrated her willingness to learn new skills and techniques.

She always puts herself out there, going above and beyond my expectations as her line manager. She is very proactive in resolving queries from suppliers and staff. I’m amazed at how quickly she picked up new things, especially when I trained her remotely due to Covid.

I have had many good comments from staff regarding how professional and efficient Grace is.”

Grace says “Working for MKCTS has been my best workplace experience to date. It is a welcoming and supportive environment to work in, with friendly and caring staff. Our team is MIS, finance and commercial, so rather than the sole focus of finance like many of the other apprentices in my class, we have a mix of roles and skills that blend together.”

Commercial director Peter Cox comments “Grace has been a fantastic addition to our team. From the very beginning she has been keen to learn and it has been great to see her level of knowledge and confidence grow over time.

Grace provides a very effective, efficient and polite service to everyone she deals with on a day-to-day basis, and I regularly receive very positive feedback.

I have been particularly impressed with Grace’s ability to adapt to different ways of working during Covid, her excellent academic results, work ethic, tenacity in problem solving and superb customer service approach. Grace has quickly become a highly valued part of the team.”

Well done Grace!


Thinking about hiring an apprentice? Or interested in an Accounting apprenticeship? Find out more here.

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