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Prince’s Trust students from Uxbridge College put their all into making Horsenden Farm a better place during a week of volunteering.
The group, who are developing their employment, teamwork and community skills through their course, also held fundraising events at college to help fund the work, raising £213 with a raffle and competitions.
Horsenden Farm in Greenford is a working farm dating from the Iron Age to the 1930's which runs open days and apple days with events such as craft sales, archery, as well as gardening workshops, forest schools and volunteering opportunities.
Students carried out a number of tasks including:
Woodland management – tree care and conserving habitats for small creatures at the farm
Cutting and stacking small trees to create hedges
Clearing and stacking wood for campfire circles to be used by the farm’s forest schools
Cutting back hedges
Painting signs to place around the farm
Shenez Gordon, Prince’s Trust Assistant Team Leader, said: “The students did a fantastic job showing tremendous dedication and grit - and there were definitely some sore muscles at the end of it! They have a lot to be proud of, including raising more than £200 towards the project, as well as making such a success of working as a team in a new environment with a community responsibility.”
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RAF Brize-Norton played host to Uxbridge College students who got a rare chance to board an official plane recently returned from peacekeeping operations.
The students from Uniformed Public Services and Travel and Tourism courses explored one of the RAF’s 8 C-17 Globemaster III including sitting in the cockpit and visiting the cargo hold; this allowed them to meet the pilots, engineers and other aircrew.
They also went to the Air Traffic Control tower, as well as discovering what life for service personnel living on the base was like, including visiting accommodation and seeing facilities such as bars and cafes, sports centre and pitches, and a swimming pool.
The site in Oxfordshire is the RAF’s largest station in the UK and home to approximately 5,800 Service Personnel, 1,200 contractors and 300 civilian staff.
Public Services student Julia Laskowska said: “All of us have really enjoyed this trip and everyone found an interest of their own in particular work placements at the RAF.”
Public Services students, whose courses involve developing skills in areas including leadership, team building, fitness drills and discipline, may go on to careers with services including the police, armed forces, fire, ambulance and prison services, or progress to university and other higher education courses. Travel and Tourism students work in a range of careers in the industry including as cabin crew, overseas holiday representatives, and management positions.
Local MP John McDonnell put his support behind increased funding for Uxbridge College during Colleges Week.
John McDonnell, for Hayes & Harlington (Lab) - also the Shadow Chancellor - visited Hayes Campus on the final day of Colleges Week, which ran from 15-19 October.
Colleges Week was part of the ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign and included a national lobby of Parliament on 17 October for increased funding.
John McDonnell, who supported the call for increased funding, said: “Uxbridge College is at the heart of a community so it is a huge resource, and the underfunding of colleges is worrying. Lack of funding for colleges is denying people the opportunity for a second chance at education and training, and it is also an issue because we’re entering the 4th industrial revolution where there is such a big challenge for skills.”
Laraine Smith OBE, Principal of Uxbridge College, said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to our MPs for their support and for their visits in advance of and during Colleges Week. Uxbridge College is incredibly proud of the work it does and we certainly feel extra finance would add significant value to both the lives of young people and adults and to businesses and the economy at every level.”
David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges, said: “Every single day colleges like Uxbridge College provide a world class education and transform the lives of millions of people. Colleges Week is an opportunity to celebrate the brilliant things that go on and a chance to showcase the brilliant staff that make it possible. It is simple, if we want a world-class education system then we need to properly invest in it.”
‘Love Our Colleges’ has called on government to increase 16-19 funding by 5% a year for 5 years to combat the reduction in education funding once a student turns 16 – whether they are in a school sixth form or a college. It is also asking the Department for Education to provide exceptional funding, ring-fenced for teacher pay.
The ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign is a partnership between Association of Colleges (AoC), National Union of Students (NUS), Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), University and Colleges Union (UCU), Unison, GMB, TUC and National Education Union (NEU).
Whether it’s through top-class technical education, basic skills or lifelong learning, colleges help people of all ages and backgrounds to make the most of their talents and ambitions. Rooted in local communities, they are crucial in driving social mobility and providing the skills to boost local and regional economies.