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Aviation Minister Visits Students and Apprentices at the Flybe Training Academy

Fri, 2018-11-16 16:36

Aviation Minister Liz Sugg today visited Flybe’s Exeter HQ which, as part of her fact-finding tour of the South West, served to highlight the importance of aviation and connectivity for the South West’s regional economy and the role Flybe plays in the national transport infrastructure.

During her visit the Minister met Exeter College engineering students and apprentices at the Flybe Training Academy and spoke to some of the home-grown engineers that had recently graduated and who are working with Flybe. She also saw first-hand the intensive ground and simulator training that its new pilots undergo at the Training Academy.

Aviation Minister Liz Sugg, said: “It has been fantastic meeting some of the talented apprenticeship engineers today at Flybe’s Training Academy in Exeter.

“The UK aviation sector faces a number of challenges to ensure it has the skills it needs so I am delighted to see the investment Flybe is making to help young people in the South West to pursue these roles.

“And we want to encourage even more young people to start a rewarding and creative career in science, technology, engineering and maths through our Year of Engineering Programme.”

Flybe’s well established and globally recognised Training Academy has a key role in training the pilots and engineers of the future, a key role needed to address the skills’ shortage that is evident within the ever-growing global aviation sector.

Ms Ourmières-Widener added: “We are honoured to have had the opportunity to show the Aviation Minister what Flybe is all about and to showcase the excellent local partnership we have established with Exeter College. Flybe’s economic impact cannot be underestimated both in terms of job creation, skills’ training and providing business and leisure travellers the opportunity to connect seamlessly with all parts of the UK, and internationally via Manchester and Heathrow hubs to destinations worldwide. 

“There is no doubt that, through the training we offer especially for those with aspirations to become aviation engineers and in attracting new pilots into the workforce, Flybe has a key role in supporting the future growth of the UK commercial aviation industry from right here in the South West.” 

Flybe’s long-standing pioneering partnership with its local education partner, Exeter College, delivers a unique Engineering Diploma which, when launched in 2007, was the country’s only four-year programme in Aerospace Engineering with EASA Part 147 Approval, combining the necessary academic qualifications alongside practical hands-on experience. 

This jointly run Diploma programme has gone from strength to strength and, to date, some 176 students have graduated all going on to immediate fulltime employment throughout the aerospace industry, including with Flybe itself in Exeter. To date this includes 12 female engineers, and this representation is expected to increase with the airline’s positive steps to address gender imbalance in the aviation industry evident through its recently announced FlyShe programme. 

Exeter College Principal, John Laramy, said: “Our long-standing partnership with Flybe is not only award winning, it's growing and most importantly it has a positive impact on both young people and productivity in the region.  Each year around 30 highly qualified Aeronautical Engineers emerge from the programme. They are work-ready and employable - evidenced by a 100% employment rate for the last three years. 

“The growth is further evidenced by the addition of a specialised course that gives young people in Devon access to training as a member of cabin crew, by using industry standard equipment in the setting of a real airport. 

“We believe our successful partnership with Flybe is an exemplar of a college and industry working together to make a difference.”

New partnership to provide high quality Early Years Education in China

Fri, 2018-11-16 09:43

Poppies China provide training to Chinese investors to assist them in opening Early Years settings that educate children using the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Poppies China have already successfully collaborated with partners in China to open British-Style Early Years settings. In their first year the group successfully worked with a partner in Chengdu. In June 2018 Kento-Poppies was opened, the first day care of its kind in Sichuan province delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Poppies China are also providing extensive support and teacher training to ‘Our Glory’ a Chain of Early Years establishments in Nanjing. Our Glory will open three centres by Early 2019 with further centres planned across major cities in China.

This exciting opportunity to work in partnership with Exeter College will help to establish a strong relationship with China and the UK.

Employer of the Month for October

Tue, 2018-10-30 10:01

Continuing the first anniversary celebrations of the Great Western Railways (GWR) and Exeter College Apprenticeship partnership, we are delighted to announce GWR as our October Employer of the Month.

We spoke to Andrew Perry, Learning and Development Manager at Great Western Railways who told us all about their outstanding Apprenticeship programme and why Apprentices are so valuable to the organisation.

How many Apprentices do you employ, what do they do and what courses are they on?

Our award-winning Apprenticeship programmes encompass all strands of our business, Operations Level 2 and Business Improvement Level 2, Engineering Level 3 and our Aspire into Management program is a Level 5 Apprenticeship. We currently have 50 apprentices on programme across 4 schemes.

Why do you employ Apprentices in your company?

Our need for skilled and innovative talent has never been so important, as the significant changes to our network draw ever nearer (including Electrification and the Intercity Express Programme). Apprenticeships are at the very centre of our future recruitment plans and mission critical to business success. These programmes encourage more participants and deliver against our core objectives to improve our community reputation, encourage a learning culture and improve retention.

How do Apprentices add value to your business?

With ‘Great People’, a key strategic priority for our business, we see our Apprenticeships as an opportunity to inspire future talent. Talent that knows what it’s here to do from day one, cares about it, feels part of our journey, and is proud of it, providing the foundation to deliver our long-term franchise goals.

What do they bring to your team?

Our Apprentice programmes are important to the business as they provide young people the opportunity to evolve into talented professionals and dynamic careers within GWR. Our goal as a team is to deliver Apprentices who have a passion for the brand, with a determination to learn, develop and excel in their careers. Having the Apprentices ensures our team develop theirs skill set to keep pace with the ever changing face of Apprenticeships and the business sector.

Tiverton Apprentice Wins Prestigious Regional Award

Fri, 2018-10-26 15:51

A talented Exeter College Apprentice from Tiverton has won a prestigious regional Apprentice award at this year’s EEF Future Manufacturing Awards. 

Tobias Cowan, aged 21, who works for HepcoMotion, came up trumps by taking gold in the Engineering Manufacturing Apprentice Award.

The award recognises the outstanding contribution being made by manufacturing apprentices across the region. The award is highly-respected and hotly contested with winners selected by a panel of judges drawn from business leaders, industry experts and academics.

Tobias beat off competition from across the region and won the title after impressing judges with his commitment, ambition and drive to pursue a career in manufacturing. Tobias’ passion, hard work and attention to detail, along with his ambitions for a teaching role within the sector were the deciding factors for the judging panel.

Judges said they had been overwhelmed by the high calibre of apprentices nominated this year, making Tobias’s win even more of an achievement.

Tobias is now in the running for the national title where he will go head-to-head with regional winners from across the UK at the national awards gala in London in January next year.

Tobias Cowan, Apprentice at HepcoMotion, says: “I am delighted to have won this award and to have been crowned regional winner. It’s an amazing feeling to be recognised for doing something I genuinely enjoy and is setting me up for my future. I’m only at the very start of my career, so to receive gold at these awards and be singled out in this way is a real boost and will motivate me even more.

“My apprenticeship is challenging and rewarding and I hope my success encourages others to think hard about taking up an apprenticeship in manufacturing too. Now I can’t wait to get to the national finals to meet the other regional winners and see how I compare.”

Jim Davison, Membership Director for the South at EEF says: “Tobias undoubtedly deserves this award. He won the judges over with his hard work, enthusiasm and dedication. It’s right that he should be congratulated for doing so well, especially when up against other candidates of such high quality.

“Manufacturing is essential to British economic success and apprentices have a vital role to play in securing the future of our sector. It’s great to see Tobias’ efforts being recognised and I wish him the best of luck at the national finals, he’s a fantastic role model.”

For more information about the awards visit: www.eef.org.uk/awards/.

Boost for Exeter's construction workforce

Wed, 2018-10-24 13:19

The construction sector across Greater Exeter is set to benefit from additional support to help attract, retain and upskill its workforce. 

Building Greater Exeter is a partnership which brings together the public and private sectors to help address anticipated labour and skills shortages in the industry. 

It aims to inspire the future workforce through engaging with schools and young people, while supporting employers to fill vacancies through upskilling and reskilling.

Sponsors of the project include Exeter College.

Cllr Rachel Sutton, Exeter City Council’s Lead Councillor for Economy and Culture, said: “Building Greater Exeter is a fantastic opportunity for the City Council to work with the construction sector to help meet their recruitment requirements.

“Through the project we will inspire new people into the sector and help to upskill those already in it. The sector is growing quickly and we are determined that, with the partners we already have on board, we can make a positive impact.” 

Across the South West the construction sector is booming. The project team are incredibly grateful for the support and guidance provided by the Building Plymouth team during the set-up of Building Greater Exeter. The experience they have gathered over the past 3 years of running their successful programme has been invaluable, and we will continue working together to ensure consistency in supporting the construction sector across the South West.

Cllr Philip Skinner, Deputy Leader of East Devon District Council, said: “Greater Exeter is an area that is experiencing high levels of growth, and in order to continue this upward trend we must ensure that our construction firms have the ability to grow accordingly.

“The annual recruitment requirement in the South West is forecasted to be just under 4,500. At East Devon District Council, we are pleased to partner in the initiative and are looking forward to working with the private sector to deliver construction activity in the area.”

Matthew Cousins, of Apex Scaffolding, said the new initiative was welcomed by the private sector.

He said: “At Apex Scaffolding we have been involved in the project from inception. We see a real benefit in supporting the construction industry, and are pleased to work with the training providers to influence more people into the sector and inspire those already working in it to upskill.”

Building Greater Exeter sponsors include Exeter City Council, East Devon District Council, Exeter College, University of Exeter, Apex Scaffolding, Galliford Try Partnerships, Kier, McLaughlin and Harvey, Mi-space and Midas, Willmott Dixon, University Partnerships Programme and VINCI Construction UK Limited.

The project is continuously seeking project sponsors and is keen to speak with anyone working within the construction industry.

To get involved, email info@buildinggreaterexeter.co.uk or for more information visit buildinggreaterexeter.co.uk

'Golden' Degree Graduation Day for Exeter College Students

Thu, 2018-10-18 13:48

Degree Level students at Exeter College celebrated their ‘Golden’ graduation in the magnificent setting of Exeter Cathedral.

Hundreds of guests, friends and family, came together to celebrate the graduation of more than 165 students from the college’s Centre for University Level Studies.

Students donned their gowns and caps to be awarded their degree level qualifications ranging from BA to Foundation Degrees, HNCs, HNDs in subjects ranging from photography to civil engineering.

The guest speaker at this year’s event was Nicola Dandridge CBE, Chief Executive of the Office for Students.

Spirits weren’t damped by the rainy weather, which prevented the annual procession through the city centre from going ahead.

Exeter College is rated ‘Gold’ in the UK Government’s assessment of teaching excellence in higher education. The college is only one of 16 colleges in the country to be rated gold, alongside the very best universities. 

About our Centre for University Level Studies

Exeter College is a ‘Gold’ rated college that offers a wide range of University Level courses with our partner universities including BA, Foundation Degree, HNC and HND programmes.

University level education at the Centre for University Level Studies is a part of the college’s learning community.  The college works in partnership with well-respected university partners and awarding bodies, enabling students to study in Exeter and at the same time benefit from teaching excellence and a wide choice of courses. 

If you aren’t quite ready for higher education, the college has a number of Access to HE programmes and other routes for you to start your higher education journey. 

To find out about the range of degree level qualifications on offer, click here. Read our degree level prospectus today at: https://www.exe-coll.ac.uk/HE/Courses/Prospectus

Exeter College is supporting Love our Colleges

Wed, 2018-10-17 16:13

The main thrust of the ‘love our colleges’ campaign is to highlight the funding challenges for all post 16 provision, that is now impacting on colleges and school sixth forms.

We are the only OECD country that funds its post 16 provision at a lower rate than its pre 16 provision. In short, GCSE Geography is part of a larger funding package in a school environment pre 16, than studying advanced level subjects or technical subjects in a college or school sixth form, post 16.

In addition, the Institution for Fiscal Studies says that post 16 education has been the phase of education that has been hardest hit by the period of austerity.

Today, funding for students drops by 24% at the age of 16, this gap applies equally to school sixth forms and colleges.

John Laramy, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, said:

"At Exeter College, we have been able to buck many of the National trends and despite having to deal with a funding reduction each year, since 2008, our students and apprentices have excelled.

However, for us, our aim is to level the playing field with private education so that our students have a broad curriculum and can access a wide range of support services and extra-curricular activities - it is these services that are now starting to be impacted by the ongoing and illogical funding reductions.

As a country we have a productivity problem, we are also the only OECD country that invests less in technical post 16 education than our international competitors - for me the equation is simple:

Invest the same in post 16 education as all other developed nations + great colleges + a broad curriculum = Increased productivity.

I really hope you will feel able to support the ‘love our colleges’ campaign."

Find out more here.

Law firm Stephens Scown grow their Apprenticeship programme with Exeter College

Tue, 2018-10-16 16:44

Exeter College continue their partnership with the South West based leading law firm Stephens Scown, as they recruit their largest cohort of Apprentice students ever. 

Based in the firm’s Exeter offices in Southernhay, Exeter Apprentices will receive a unique insight and direction from senior level management under the guidance of Emma King who oversees the programme and the Managing Partner Robert Camp.

Stephens Scown have long appointed Apprentices in a variety of support roles but this initiative takes their Apprenticeship programme in a completely new and exciting direction through the appointment of Apprentice Data Analysts and Digital Marketers.

Robert Camp, Stephens Scown’s Managing Partner said:

“Our Apprenticeship programme has grown dramatically over the last few years. We now have six Apprentices, five are with Exeter College and we are in the process of recruiting our first paralegal Apprentice. We hope that we can give our Apprentices a great start in their career, but this is not one-sided, we most definitely benefit too. From our marketing department to our intellectual property team, our Apprentices are making an impact across the firm.” 

With just over 300 staff including 50 plus partners across their three offices in Exeter, Truro and St Austell, Stephens Scown are a law firm with a regional focus but all the benefits of a big city competitor. 

Exeter College and Stephens Scown look forward to seeing their Apprentices develop their careers over the coming years and hope to be able to do the same for many more learners in the future.

Exeter College is an award winning provider of Apprenticeships and is ranked in the national Top 10 for Apprenticeship achievement rates amongst Further Education (FE) colleges, according to national figures. Apprenticeship achievement rates at the college have been measured at 83.1 per cent for 2016/17, significantly higher than the national average of 67 per cent for FE colleges. Meanwhile, the college has also recorded strong growth in Apprenticeships against national trends.

To find out more about how Apprenticeships can help grow your business and develop your staff please call our Apprenticeship team on 01392 400800 or email us at apprentices@exe-coll.ac.uk

The Duke of Gloucester visits new £3 million Advanced Engineering Centre

Mon, 2018-10-15 14:02

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester has visited Exeter College’s new £3 million Advanced Engineering Centre– meeting with key industrial partners.

His Royal Highness found out more about the work of the students and staff during a tour of the centre – a leading centre of excellence for robotics and virtual welding.

The Duke was welcomed by John Laramy, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, who spoke to His Royal Highness about the ethos of the college and the high standards of training given with state-of-the-art facilities.

During the visit, The Duke also met with employer representatives from Axminster Tools, Arconic, and Hepco Motion showing the very strong links and collaboration between the college and its industrial partners. The visit took place on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

Alan Styles represented Axminster tools, who were instrumental in the location of industrial machinery for both the machine shops and advanced manufacturing workshop. Elliot Knight represented Arconic, presented the innovative robotics and CNC cell work station. Meanwhile, Maurice Porter, represented Hepco Motion, who have worked with the faculty in the design of a safety cell for the advanced manufacturing workshop.

Alan Styles, from Axminster Tools, said: “It was a proud moment to meet The Duke of Gloucester. We at Axminster Tools are keen to encourage and support Exeter College in any way we can. We’ve worked very closely with the college for several years by sending apprentices each year, providing advice and supplying a number of machines in the Advanced Engineering Centre which students are now able to take advantage of.

“We are delighted to have been involved in the setting up of such a fantastic facility here in the South West – a facility which makes Exeter College one of the best in the UK for engineering disciplines. The machines and equipment together with the high quality teaching will give Exeter College students a head start when it comes to future employment."

Maurice Porter, from Hepco Motion, said: "Hepco Motion enjoys a valuable partnership with Exeter College. The outstanding teaching and cutting edge resources ensure the HepcoMotion apprenticeship programme remains world class."

John Laramy, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, said: “It was a real pleasure to welcome the His Royal Highness to Exeter College, he spent time with students, staff, stakeholders and employers. The Duke is clearly interested in engineering and robotics.”

The Duke also met a number of other representatives during his visit, including the Lord Mayor, the police, and David Allen OBE, Chair of the Board of Governors, Exeter College.

The new £3 million Advanced Engineering Centre was officially opened by CEO of Flybe in July. The centre is a 780 square extension to the Exeter College Technology Centre on edge of Exeter and is meeting the growing demand regionally for skills in engineering, automated manufacturing and robotics.

The centre is partly funded from the Heart of the South West LEP’s Growth Deal funding. The centre has also benefited from a grant from the Arconic Foundation of $51,000.

College Charity of the Year

Thu, 2018-10-11 11:03

Every year it is a college tradition for students and staff at Exeter College to select a charity to become the college Charity of the Year. This year we are excited to announce that our chosen charity is homeless charity, Nightstop.   

We will now be working hard to raise as much money as we can for this charity. Past charities have included Mind and Devon Air Ambulance. In 2017/18 the college raised an amazing £19,000.36 for Mind.  

Nightstop provides emergency overnight accommodation for young homeless people who are facing a night on the streets or sleeping in an unsafe place. Communities and charities run Nightstops in more than 30 locations around the UK, led and supported by the Nightstop team at Depaul UK. 

Sarah Lakey, Senior Community and Events Fundraiser said;

Nightstop Devon is a community response to a community problem and it is fantastic to see Exeter College students passionate about supporting young people, of the same age, in a homeless situation. We are excited to be working with Exeter College over the next academic year to help raise funds and awareness of the service we provide and reasons why young people come into our project.  Every pound raised by Exeter College will be helping to provide an opportunity to support local young people who are in urgent need." 

Our Student Representative Committee will be collecting money for Nightstop at the colleges Festival of Carols on Wednesday 5th December. The service is free to attend and open to anyone who would like to come along and celebrate with us.  

At Exeter College we offer a wide range of onsite services to ensure our students are safe and happy, you can find further information about how we support our students here.  

Visit Your First Choice Ofsted Outstanding College

Sat, 2018-10-06 14:05

We are excited to open our doors for our first open event of the academic year on Thursday 18th October, 5-8pm.

Why come along to an open event? 

This is the best way to see the college and to understand what we’re all about. Our staff and students are passionate about what they do so by talking to them you can find out all you need to know about life at Exeter College. Deciding on your next steps is an exciting time and we hope that a visit to us will inspire you to think about your future.  

If this is your first time visiting us then there are some things we would recommend to get the most out of your visit. We also have some top tips to ensure your trip is as successful as possible.  

Pre-Register then plan your evening 

If you pre-register your attendance here then we will email you the programme for the evening prior to the event. This means you can plan which subjects you want to visit and make the most out of your time with us. 

Request a School Leavers course guide 

You can do this here and we will post you a copy. This way you can have a read about the subjects you are interested in and get your questions ready for when you arrive. You can pick up a course guide on the evening too. 

Speak to subject lecturers 

Talk to our experts about A Levels, BTECs, vocational and technical programmes, Access to HE, Degrees and Apprenticeships, that way you have all the information you need and you can make an informed decision. You can search through our courses online too. 

Find out about our wide range of academies and enrichment opportunities 

We recognise that during your time at college you will want to do more than study. Our enrichment programme and academies enhance your core programme of study and help you to enjoy, achieve and make a positive contribution to life at college. 

Don’t miss out and make sure you tick these things off your list – by the way there is a handy notes section on the programme so you can be sure you visit everything you need to. 

  • Pick up a School Leavers Course Guide
  • Talk to teaching staff 
  • Go to a Principal's talk
  • Find out about Travel and Financial Support
  • Apply online when you get home

Want some 1-1 advice? 

Our College Advice Team are on hand at all our open events. They are trained in giving advice and guidance and would be happy to talk you through your options. Just ask a member of staff and we will point you towards them. You can read more about them here.   

Can’t make it? 

Don’t worry, we have more open events throughout the year. Take a look here to find one that suits you. You may find that you want to visit us a number of times throughout the year and that’s fine too! 

Don’t forget! 

If you are coming from out of town then please remember that we don’t have any on-site parking. Please take a look in advance at where you can park to save any stress on the night. You will find some parking information on the Open Event registration page. You can see where all our sites are here and find the nearest car park here.   

Grab a cuppa 

All of our on-site cafes will be open on the night where you can pick up a free tea or coffee. Our School Leavers course guide provides some great reading material too. 

One more thing... 

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all our latest news. Just search Exeter College. 


Great Western Railway Marks First Anniversary of Apprenticeship Partnership

Fri, 2018-10-05 11:47

Great Western Railway (GWR) and Exeter College are celebrating the first anniversary of their Apprenticeship Partnership.

If you are one of the millions of passengers travelling with Great Western Railway (GWR) between Penzance and London Paddington each year you may very well come across one of GWR’s Apprentices studying with Exeter College, providing assistance with tickets, manning the gate line or serving on-board refreshments. Other Apprentices are working hard behind the scenes at GWR stations and depots, being guided to be the managers and engineers of the future.

Ofsted Outstanding Exeter College is the single source of Apprenticeship training for GWR. Under the programme, Apprentices across the South West, from Cornwall to Reading, are being trained as they earn.

Speaking about the success of the partnership, Joe Graham, Business Assurance Director, Great Western Railway (GWR), said: “GWR invests heavily in training for all staff, including our Apprentices. We expect our teams to deliver excellent customer service and, in return we expect this from our partners. Exeter College are an outstanding provider and it is an exciting development for us to be partnered with them for our Apprenticeship training.”

Rob Bosworth, Vice Principal at Exeter College said: “The opportunities that GWR affords its Apprentices are second to none. We are delighted to be partnered with them to deliver the new Passenger Transport Apprenticeships which will enable GWR apprentices to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by the industry and meet the standards.”

Mike Blakeley, Director Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement at Exeter College added: “The College has successfully adapted its traditional delivery model in order to become more agile and flexible – delivering a wide range of Apprenticeships of the highest quality standard across multiple sites. Working from Paddington to Penzance is an exciting development for us.”

The impact on the lives of young people on the GWR Apprenticeship programme cannot be underestimated.

As Thomas Hicks, Operations Apprentice, from Cornwall said: “After sixth form I wasn't too sure about what I wanted to do in terms of my future. I started working for GWR as a part time station assistant at Newquay station. My manager encouraged me to apply for a position on GWR’s Operations Apprenticeship Scheme.

Now I am on an 18-month programme with GWR and have never looked back. The programme has enabled me to learn all about customer service both on trains and at the station - from serving on-board refreshments through to checking tickets at the gate line. My future ambition is to go onto becoming a Train Manager.”

He added: “Being an Apprentice has opened up new opportunities for me and I am on track for a successful and rewarding career on the railway.”

For further information about Apprenticeships contact Jenny Vince Apprenticeship Partnership and Development Manager at Exeter College 01392 400800 or email apprentices@exe-coll.ac.uk

Festival of Carols

Tue, 2018-10-02 13:56

Join us for our annual Festival of Carols at Exeter Cathedral, with fantastic performances from college students. The evening starts with a candle lit procession through the Nave followed by performances by the Exeter College students, orchestra and choir. All proceeds will go to our college charity of the year, Nightstop Devon

We are proud to support Nightstop Devon, a unique project which relies on community hosting to provide a safe, welcoming place for young people in crisis. Volunteer hosts, who are ordinary members of the community, open their homes to young people aged from 16 to 25 years to offer a private spare room, a hot meal, a shower, laundry facilities and a listening ear.  

Hosting the Festival of Carols each year enables us to boost donations to our charity of the year but more importantly show off the exceptional talents of our students across a number of faculties including Foundation Studies, Media and Performing Arts and from our Centre of Music and Performance.  

John Laramy, Principal of Exeter College said:

The Festival of Carols provides an opportunity for us to recognise the start of the festive season and celebrate the talent of our student musicians, readers, staff and college community.” 

This year the Festival of Carols will be held on Wednesday 5th December with doors opening at 6.30pm. 

The service is free to attend and open to anyone who would like to come along and celebrate with us.   

Time: Doors open at 6.30pm, Festival of Carols starts at 7.30pm 

Mental Health Update

Tue, 2018-10-02 13:02

This year we are proud to introduce WHAM; our wellbeing service at Exeter College. With a strong focus on Wellbeing Health Activity and Motivation across the college, we hope to widen accessibility to essential wellbeing information and equip students with skills to boost their emotional resilience.

WHAM information and advice is designed to help our learners succeed and our team are available in Greystone House to support learners during term time. There is a WHAM drop in service as well as a blog with video content, podcasts and a range of other resources including inspiring talks to help boost learner wellbeing. 

Learners with health or wellbeing needs are encouraged to visit the team to ensure they receive appropriate help or consideration at college. They can also access a whole host of information on the student portal or our website.

Watch out for our upcoming promotion of World Mental Health Day 2018 where we will be encouraging our learners to share what’s #BehindTheMask in an attempt to get our young people talking about how they’re really feeling.

If you want to know more about what support is available outside of the college then there are some useful links here and below.

Learn 2 Live

Tue, 2018-10-02 11:38

The focus at Exeter College is always on teaching, learning and supportive tutoring which meets the needs and aspirations of our Learners. As part of this, we provide students with an opportunity to attend Big Tutorials across the academic year including a road safety education event called Learn2Live. This event is run by road safety teams made up of representatives from local government and emergency services including, among others, Devon County Council, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and Devon and Cornwall Police. To date over 100,000 Devon and Cornwall students have seen the presentations. 

In the South West young drivers have the highest crash risk of all age groups. This is true for all types of crashes, from those involving only minor property damage, through to those causing injury and death. The risk is greater in the first few years of driving, when limited driving experience, and risk taking behind the wheel, can result in disaster. 

Providing our students with an opportunity to attend this event will provide them with invaluable skills and knowledge to prepare them for the future. The Learn2Live event this academic year is taking place on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th November. The Learn2Live event carries powerful messages and can create emotional responses from the audience, both tutors and students. While the audience will hear stories relating to real collisions, L2L works hard to ensure that their audiences come away with positive messages and practical ideas of how to keep safe on the roads, either as drivers or as passengers. Students will all attend with their Tutor/Subject Lecturers who will be able to offer information and support. The event is also attended by the College’s Wellbeing Team who are available to support students during and after the event. 

All students attending will also have a tutorial before the event, the presentation for this can be found on the L2L website, along with more information and resources. The event will then be followed up with an opportunity for students to attend Road Safety tutorials to ensure the knowledge and skills they learnt at the event are embedded. For more details please contact megansnell@exe-coll.ac.uk.

University Application Support

Tue, 2018-10-02 10:48

All 2nd year students applying to university should now have their UCAS applications underway. UCAS has now opened the application cycle for this year and we encourage students to make an application as soon as possible. Increasingly there is a trend across the country towards making early applications. Students should keep in regular contact with their tutor if making a UCAS application and check their college email account regularly for updates on UCAS support, deadlines and key messages, and events.  

To support this process we run regular UCAS drop in clinics. These are currently taking place daily 12:00-2:30 in the Progression and Employability hub, Tower Foyer. As we near the UCAS deadline these will reduce so please encourage your son/daughter/young person to check their college emails for Progression and Employability updates. 

Students can attend a UCAS drop in for support with:  

  •  Researching university courses 
  •  Completing the UCAS application form 
  •  Personal statement writing  

We also look forward to hosting a number of university institutions at the college for bespoke sessions throughout October and November, together with our own sessions to support students with studying abroad, medical applications and personal statements for all courses. 

The Exeter College Medical Society has been supporting with various activities in partnership with Exeter Medical School and we are also now pleased to be partnering with the Exeter RD&E to offer all of our students, particularly those with interest in medicine or the healthcare professions, volunteering opportunities. Students interested in a medicine, veterinary or dentistry pathways are encouraged to email the progression and employability team in order to join our extra-curricular medical society, if they have not already done so. 

If UCAS is new to you, or you’d like to make sure you’re up to date with the college process, please view the Parents Talk that we gave in June 2018 ready for this cycle.   

Receiving offers from universities and making choices 

After submitting their UCAS form, students will start receiving decisions from universities via their online ‘track’ account. Students are only able to keep two offers from the maximum of five original choices applied for. It is recommended that students ensure that they are happy with their programme choice, university location and accommodation before applying and certainly before accepting an offer. Should students fail to receive offers from their first round of applications or change their choice of course they can take advantage of UCAS ‘Extra’ which starts in February 2018. This enables students to make additional choices. Students can visit the UCAS website for how this system operates or talk to the progression and employability team. 

Higher education student finance 

It is important for students and parents to be aware of the financial implications of going on to higher education, not only in terms of the loans which will be accumulated over the period of study, but also the level of repayments and the availability of university specific bursaries and scholarships. The Student Finance England website contains information on the financial support available to students. There is also a calculator on the site which will assess how much support applicants can expect from the Government and higher education institutions that they are applying to. All 2018 UCAS applicants will need to make an application for their student finance package. This can be done online from January 2019 and should be completed by the end of May 2019 to ensure arrangements are in place for the beginning of the university academic year in September.  

Did you know Exeter College offers a wide range of university level courses? 

Working in partnership with other educational institutions, including Plymouth University, University of Exeter and University of St Mark & St John, we deliver a variety of higher national certificates (HNCs), higher national diplomas (HNDs), bachelor of arts (BA Ord) and bachelor of science (BSc) degrees and foundation degree (FdA and FdSc) programmes. To find out more visit our website or contact our higher education adviser, Candice Tooze, on 01392 400909 or headviser@exe-coll.ac.uk  

Other news from the progression and employability team 

This term we have been working with the National Citizen Service to promote this fantastic programme to our students. We have had several visits and presentations from the local NCS Team. This programme is designed to support students in enhancing their personal development through an exciting programme consisting of:  

  • Adventure activities (as part of a residential) 
  • External speaker workshops and mentoring 
  • Community engagement project  

For more information please visit the website or contact the progression team.  


Our dedicated progression and employability team offers advice to all students, whether they are considering university, a foundation degree, an Apprenticeship or a job or training after college. We encourage any learner who feels they need help and support in finding the right direction to come and talk through their options. Students can book an appointment during their free periods via the homepage of their eILP (their student intranet).   

For more information and advice the team can be contacted on 01392 400330 or progressionteam@exe-coll.ac.uk. 

Exeter College Apprentice Ella is South West Finalist for National Awards

Wed, 2018-09-19 12:20

Exeter College Apprentice Ella Fielding has been announced as a South West Finalist for the National Apprenticeship Awards 2018.

The National Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the best Apprentices, committed Apprenticeship employers and individuals who go above and beyond to champion Apprenticeships across England.

The national awards identify and commend incredible achievements and challenge applicants to show how Apprenticeships have made a difference to their organisations and their careers.

From over 1,000 applications, Exeter College Apprentice Ella is one of 48 Apprentices and ‘Apprentice Champions’ to have been announced as a regional finalist across England.

Ella, who lives in Exeter, but is originally from Ottery St Mary, has been recognised as one of the best in the South West for the work she has done for Apprenticeships, the impact she makes and the impact her Apprenticeship has had on her career.

Ella, 21, said: “After three years of commitment to Apprenticeships and to my various roles within the Apprenticeship world, it is amazing to receive this recognition. To be named the South West Apprentice of the Year would be incredible.”

Mike Blakeley, Director of Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement at Exeter College, said: “The positive impact Ella creates is remarkable. So much so, people often associate Exeter College’s Apprenticeships with her more than myself, an imbalance I actively promote.

Seeing the younger generation develop and flourish within our organisation is key for us all and Ella’s nomination is testimony to the hard work and endeavour she puts in to everything she does.” 

Currently studying a Higher Level Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing, Ella has gone from strength to strength in the last three years of employment at Exeter College. In May this year Ella won ‘Apprentice and Young Employee of the Year’ at the Pride of Devon Awards.

She is also the chairperson of the Devon, Cornwall and Somerset Young Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, a national government initiative in which young people use their own Apprenticeship experiences to inform and inspire as positive advocates for young people beginning their employment.

Following the exposure and recognition of the awards, previous winners have gone on to become inspirational speakers for national events, appeared in campaigns and progressed considerably in their employment.

The South West finals will be held at DoubleTree by Hilton Cadbury House, in Bristol, in September and the winners will have the chance to contest as national winners.

Follow in Ella’s footsteps. Kick-start Your Future – Think Apprenticeship.  Call our Apprenticeship Hotline 01392 400800 today.