Due to the continued threat of adverse weather for Monday 11th December, we have decided to close the College to students on Monday 11th December.
Please can all students check their Moodle accounts for work to be completed tomorrow.
We will be posting updates regarding Tuesday 12th December, so please keep an eye on our social media platforms and the ‘News’ section of our website: www.bca.ac.uk
Staff, apprentices and employers at BCA (Berkshire College of Agriculture) are delighted with the publication of the recent report from the FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey 2016 – 2017, which has showcased BCA in the top 3 specialist colleges in the UK for apprenticeship employer satisfaction.
The results of the survey, published in October 2017, captures the employers’ experiences of their training provider, with over 60,000 employers across England taking part.
BCA received a final score of 95.7 out of 100, ranking them among the top colleges in the country.
James Gillate, Managing Director of Aldermaston based business ‘Roots, Shoots and Leaves’ explains “As a former BCA student myself, I was very keen to provide the same opportunities to students, that I had benefitted from at the beginning of my work life. Now as an owner of a growing business I was in need of finding new apprentices and quickly found BCA was a fantastic source of enthusiastic young people who are looking for an opportunity to gain qualifications and work at the same time. The college not only helps me to find new staff but then provide a well-rounded education for them which they have all found to be very beneficial and well structured. The students who have finished their courses have gone on to be promoted soon after to Team Leaders and are a credit to our business. “
BCA Principal, Gillian May commented that ‘our partnership with employers is central to our apprenticeship programme, we will continue to ensure that we listen and act on feedback’.
Across Thursday 9th and Friday 10th November, Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) hosted an incredible STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) event in partnership with Adviza Careers and their WOOP (Worlds of Opportunity) campaign, part-funded by the European Social Fund.
Thursday saw students from Sir William Ramsay, St. Crispin’s, Reading Girls’ and St. Bernard’s Catholic Grammar schools, amongst others, bused into the College to attend seminars, ‘have-a-go’ sessions and presentations by organisations such as Medical Mavericks, Adviza and GlaxoSmithKline, all highlighting the fantastic career opportunities and pathways for young people into STEM industries.
Sean and Naomi, both staff at St. Crispin’s School in Wokingham explained that the 15 Year 12 students they had brought along for the day had “really had their eyes opened to exactly what is available to them after school”. Sean continued “It’s been an extremely valuable and worthwhile experience, not only for the students but also for us as staff – we had no idea that a degree could be achieved through a Higher Apprenticeship until attending Adviza’s presentation today!”.
The event invitation was extended to the public and current BCA students and their families on Thursday evening, with further presentations and exhibitions from companies such as the National Citizen Service, the Ministry of Defence and BCA’s own Apprenticeships team. With almost 100 attendees, the evening proved a great success.
Friday saw the involvement of current BCA students in activities. Medical Mavericks put on a fantastic interactive display in the Sports Hall where students could experience the process of taking blood, using ultrasound machines to monitor muscle use as well as getting to grips with laparoscopic equipment used in keyhole surgeries and ECG machines to monitor heart functions.
Medical Mavericks staff Claire and Charlotte explained that they “travel the country running workshops like these for young people. There are such varied opportunities out there for them, and currently a lot of focus from the UK government to try to fill the skills gap within the STEM industry.”
In terms of the experience of our own students, Head of Science, Early Years and Health & Social Care at the College; Clare Weller explains “It was fabulous to work with the team from Adviza, major local STEM employers and schools to showcase the facilities here at BCA and the interactive activities provided by Medical Mavericks. It was a real privilege to see our BCA students hosting the science labs with staff on the Thursday evening parents event”.
Massive congratulations to Callum, one of our Horticulture students, who took part in the London Area Universities & Colleges Senior Open for Judo on 12th November.
Callum represented BCA and won Silver in the young men under 20 section and Gold in the senior men section. He was also the youngest in both sections, loosing only one fight out of six!
A partnership now in its third year, our Level 3 Art & Design students were once again given the incredible opportunity to exhibit and sell their artwork to the public and network with other artists at Windsor Contemporary Art Fair last weekend.
We are delighted to have had another successful year with good sales and a positive experience all around.
Congratulations to all students who took part in managing the BCA stand.
Next Thursday (17th Aug) is A-Level results day.
Whether things go better than expected, or not quite to plan, Alice our fantastic Transition & Progression Manager will be on-hand to offer impartial advice and answer any queries you might have.
Hop across to our Twitter page: @BCA_Maidenhead for a live Q&A in ‘Ask Alice’ on Thursday 17th August, 8:30am – 1pm.
This is not a first for Stuart who previously won a gold medal in table tennis back in 2015 when the games were held in Argentina.
Congratulations Stuart, what a fantastic achievement.