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The College’s income has grown by more than 55% in the last eight years, with significant increases in the number of students aged 16 to 18.

College has so much to offer, from building the foundations for the future you dream of, to making lifelong friends. It’s important to make the most of this opportunity – and here’s how!

Monday, 11 April 2022

Ten tips for your CV

In job applications, CVs are the most commonly requested document. A CV is essentially a summary of your educational background, work experience, credentials, and other achievements and talents. 

Being a newbie in a place can be very lonely. It can be frightening going to college knowing that you might not know anyone there. A friend would help in calming your nerves in the newness and strangeness that college unveils. If you are looking for how to make friends in college, keep reading. These tips and hacks are sure to get you making friends in your first week in college.

As part of the admissions process, a lot of colleges schedule interviews with their prospective students. When reviewing your application, admissions staff will take the interview into account - albeit with an equal interest in your grades. 

Although sometimes the interview will not determine if you’re successful or not, it is important to take it seriously. A college interview is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your distinctive personal qualities and establish contact with the admissions team. If you’re looking at applying to a college where an interview is part of the process, here are five top tips to help you smash it!

A college interview is almost like any other kind of interview - formal and well structured. Make sure you’re on time, and even if your interviewer is someone you already know, you must maintain all formalities. 

Prepare ahead of time

Interviewing is a skill that needs practice to master. Whether it’s your first ever interview or you’re a seasoned pro, before you leave, double-check that you have everything you'll need. A notebook and a pen are a good place to start and anything else that you’ve been asked to bring, such as a portfolio for creative courses or certificates from prior achievements.

some past interview questions from your parents, teachers, or friends and practise answering them honestly and thoughtfully. Then question your "interviewer's" impression of you. Make sure you are adequately prepared for your interview way before the date itself - you can never prepare too early.

Central Bedfordshire College has decided to merge with The Bedford College Group, it has been announced on Monday 28th March 2022. The merger is proposed to take effect from 1st February 2023.

Central Bedfordshire College, which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, serves communities across southern Central Bedfordshire and Luton, with campuses in Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Leighton Buzzard and Luton.

For both learners and staff at Central Bedfordshire College it is ‘business as usual’ with classes and courses continuing as expected. Behind the scenes, the management teams and governing bodies will be working closely together to ensure a seamless transition, and to put plans in place to expand the educational offer to meet the future skills needs of Central Bedfordshire and Luton communities.

Prof James Crabbe JP, Chair of The Corporation at CBC, said:

“I am delighted to say that the Governing Body of Central Bedfordshire College agreed to a merger with The Bedford College Group. The merger will allow our vision of skills and vocational education for our region, which we as a College have developed over many years, to become an actuality, with enormous benefits for our learners, our staff, local employers and the community of Bedfordshire as a whole. I am confident that this merger of our College, with its strong culture of an inclusive, calm and caring environment for learners and staff, will fit well with the ethos of The Bedford College Group, and could become a model for mergers in the FE sector.”

Dr Ali Hadawi CBE, Chief Executive of CBC, added:

“We at CBC are excited by the prospect of merging with The Bedford College Group. This merger will enable us to offer additional courses in a wider range of subjects to a larger number of learners, young and old. In line with the FE White paper, we will be able to serve our communities through richer and more diverse curricula. We will also be able to meet the needs of a broader range of businesses across a wide range of industries locally, hence enhancing their competitiveness and success. This important strategic merger will help ensure that the technical and vocational education and training in the local area are best placed to meet the challenges of our economy in the future. This presents an opportunity for us to work with Ian Pryce and colleagues across TBCG to enhance learning and progression for students and create advancement possibilities for our staff.”

The Bedford College Group was formed in 2017 when Bedford College, which includes Shuttleworth College near Biggleswade in the Central Beds authority area, merged with Tresham College in Northamptonshire. Tresham College has maintained its own identity but benefited from being part of the group which went to to be awarded The Best FE College in Britain status by the TES (Times Educational Supplement - the textbook of the teaching profession). Now across all campuses of TBCG students have access to great facilities, resources and teaching. 

Allan Schofield, Chair of The Corporation at TBCG:

 “The Bedford College Group is delighted to have been selected as the merger partner for Central Bedfordshire College.  It brings together the two largest post-16 educators in the local authority area and creates a financially strong institution which will allow us to expand the educational opportunities to everyone in Central Bedfordshire and Luton.”

Ian Pryce CBE, Chief Executive TBCG:

 “We are really looking forward to working with Ali Hadawi and his team.  We already have a great relationship with the College but this will allow us to deepen and build that relationship to create something very special for our community, employers, staff and students.”

A consultation period will take place from June 2022.

Part-time courses are more popular now than ever

Do you want to learn a new skill or gain new knowledge, but don't have the time to commit to a full-time course? Well, you're in luck! Part-time courses are more popular now than ever, and there are plenty of options available that can fit around your busy schedule. So whatever it is you want to learn, check out the part-time courses we offer at Central Bedfordshire College and get started today!

Job hunting can be a long and tiresome process. But before you decide to neglect your ambitions and prepare to accept any position that presents itself to you, consider adapting your approach. Luckily there are tips you can bear in mind on how to get a job that you want.

Your time at school is coming to an end after over a decade. You can’t wait to move on to the next stage of your life and start an exciting course learning something you’re really passionate about. You’re looking at our course explorer page, and… you’re stuck. What do you actually want to do?

If you’re starting to look into your options for education after you leave school, chances are you’ve heard about the traditional A Levels followed by university route, and maybe a little about FE colleges and apprenticeships. But there are still some misconceptions floating around about colleges and what they offer – so we’re here to debunk the most common myths!

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