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In January, our HNC Level 4 Computing students experienced current and future technological developments at the Bett Show 2020 in the ExCeL Centre. Visitors, ranging from professionals to students from 146 countries, shared their ideas and practices, discussed the future of education and discovered how innovative technology will benefit future generations.

Billy Mercer, HNC Level 4 Computing student at RuTC, said, “It was amazing experience new technology. In class, we worked on a smart city with robotic cars and at the Bett Show we could actually see the use of such cars in practice.”

His classmate, Tristan Robayo, added, “It is rewarding to see how elements of technology are integrated into everyday life. In college, schools and even nurseries technology will change and enhance practices significantly.”

Sanjay Shah, Computing teacher at RuTC, said, “Visiting the Bett Show was beneficial for our students to see how the projects they worked on in class are professionally used in the industry. The exhibition gave us a good insight into which technologies to look out for in the future and also gave us inspiration for upcoming projects.”

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Lecturers from partner colleges delivering the Early Years Foundation Degree programme with Toni Whitehouse, Head of School at RuTC, in the middle.

In January, our Level 5 Early Years Foundation Degree students collected their certificates at the graduation ceremony at the Rose Theatre in Kingston.

Richmond upon Thames College delivers the Level 4 and Level 5 Early Years Foundation Degree programmes in partnership with Kingston University as one of the longest standing partner colleges. All students finished their course successfully, with Minoli Munasinghe and Asha Ibrahim securing the highest grades of the year across all eleven London college partners.

After their graduation, RuTC students have various education and career options. Lindsey Hills-Babb and Sherri Ann Hadley, for example, are continuing their studies with a BA Hons in Early Years Teaching at Kingston University.

Well done to all our students!

If you are interested in the Early Years Foundation Degree programme, sign up today to secure your place for September.


RuTC students and graduates, Lindsey Hills-Babb and Sherri Ann Hadley

On Friday 7 February, Travel & Tourism Level 3 students invited students and staff to their Destination Show, where they took visitors on a journey around the world.

The event was part of their Conference and Events course unit and they were in charge of the planning process, marketing and production. The students focused on a number of countries including Australia, Brazil, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico and Thailand and promoted fun facts about each country, examples of their languages and geographical information.

In addition, the show offered visitors food from around the world, prepared by Catering Level 1 and Supported Learning students. Dishes ranged from sweet Brazilian brigadeiro and Australian pavlova to savoury Greek spanakopita, Indian samosa and Mexican taco salad.

Hannah Talabany, Travel and Tourism teacher at RuTC, said, “All students did an amazing job organising and hosting this event. The display stands gave visitors a great insight into the individual countries and students represented cultural aspects authentically. The dishes Catering students prepared were such a great aspect of the show and we are looking forward to working with them at future events.”

On Monday 3 February, Munira Wilson MP for Twickenham, visited the brand-new Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) building. Munira received a comprehensive site tour, led by RuTC’s Executive Director - Business Development & Innovation Sheila Fraser Whyte, Interim Principal Diane Dimond and the building contractors behind the new development, ISG Plc.

With just weeks until the new college building is open for business, the tour took the MP around the new spectacular education space for Richmond upon Thames, showcasing the future of education for young people across South West London, Middlesex and Surrey.

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RuTC Digital Marketing Assessor with Apprentices

From 3 to 9 February, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) celebrated the amazing benefits apprenticeships offer individuals and businesses by taking part in the 13th annual National Apprenticeship Week, coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service.

This year’s theme, ‘Look Beyond’, celebrated the diversity in apprenticeships today. Bringing the whole apprenticeship community together, the Week celebrated the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy. RuTC is a member of the Association of Colleges (AoC) which wants to see funding set aside to promote access to and raise the quality of apprenticeships and improve the diversity of apprentices.

RuTC’s Apprenticeship team visited students of different curriculum areas of the college, including business, construction, childcare, engineering and media. The team highlighted the progression routes that students can take after finishing their studies, such as starting a Business Administration, Digital Marketing or Plumbing apprenticeship.

In addition, Anna Dobbin, Employer Engagement & Apprenticeship Levy Advisor at RuTC, was involved in several employer events during the week. These included networking with major employers at the London Progression Collaboration Launch, this initiative boosts apprenticeship opportunities for low-paid Londoners and progression from low to mid skilled levels. A visit to the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) Forum with Lee Roberts, RuTC Head of School for Computing and Science, as part of the college's close collaboration with ECITB in the delivery of Engineering and Construction apprenticeships. Also, RuTC’s apprenticeship team gave advice to visitors at the Job Centre in Twickenham, highlighting how apprenticeships help people back into employment.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges (AoC), said: “Apprenticeships are an important way for people to enter the labour market and develop a career. The average college trains more than 1,000 apprentices and AoC will continue to work with Government to ensure that the apprenticeship system works as well as it can with a proper strategy for the levy so we can deliver the skills the country needs.”

RuTC’s new college building, due for completion in spring this year, will offer the opportunity to strengthen relationships with local businesses, which will benefit apprentices and work experience students. The Chamber of Commerce will be based in the new building and the college works closely together with Haymarket Media Group and Harlequins.

The new building can be visited at the college’s Open Events on 10, 21 and 25 March.



ECITB Forum. Dawn Thompson, Senior Account Manager at ECITB, said, "We had a very full day of information sharing and networking in the amazing surroundings of Schlumberger’s headquarters in Central London."



London Progression Collaboration Launch


Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) started 2020 with a major project by welcoming the film crew of the ITV and Red Production Company drama series ‘Finding Alice’, starring Keeley Hawes. The filming took place at the college’s 80 year old building before it will be demolished and students move to a brand new building.

Over the two shooting days in January, James Roberts, RuTC Level 3 Creative Media Production & Technology student, spent time with the crew working behind the scenes and gained valuable experience of the reality of working in the film industry.

About his work experience, James said, “The best thing was to understand all the different operations and job roles behind the camera. In class, we have been researching different jobs in the media industry and it was beneficial to see these in action. I was surprised by the amount of work and time spent filming for a relatively small amount of screen time. I made some contacts on set and the experience itself will be great on my CV and for my future career.”

ITV says that the six-part contemporary drama series ‘Finding Alice’ “focuses upon Alice’s honest, raw, blackly comic journey of grief, love and life after the death of her husband Harry. His accidental sudden death kicks up a storm of secrets and mess, debt, suspicion and criminality which Alice is forced to confront in order to survive.” A release date has not yet been announced.

Sheila Fraser Whyte, Executive Director – Business Development and Innovation at RuTC, said, “Our 80+ year old building has been immortalised on screen by serving the drama series ‘Finding Alice’ and we were very excited to have Keeley Hawes on site. Past and present students will be able to see their old college in the series long after we moved into our new college building this spring.”

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