Reaseheath welcomes Czech dairy students

A few weeks ago Reaseheath became home to a group of 13 dairy students and a tutor from the Czech Republic for two weeks.

The students have been enjoying an Agri-Food study visit funded by the European Erasmus+ VET programme, which aims to promote vocational educational training within the European community.

Our visitors spent three days with our Agriculture team milking cows, lambing and learning some basic theory about UK agriculture. They then joined our Food Department for a week, where they learnt some fundamentals about meat, dairy, and bakery technology. This included a variety of practical sessions to support their learning, including making soft cheeses, butter, lemon curd and croissants – they certainly ate well!

 

The group with Agriculture Programme Leader Iain Clarke and lecturer Alan Brown.

The group with Agriculture Programme Leader Iain Clarke and lecturer Alan Brown.

The students, ages 18-20, stayed in Platt Hall, our newest student halls of residence. For nine it was their first time in England, so this not only gave them a taste of life on a UK campus but also helped them develop their English language skills and gave them an appreciation of UK culture.

They also enjoyed a visit to Liverpool and its many museums and arts centres. Their final day was particularly memorable, with the solar eclipse ending their stay.

The students are all final year students at VOSP SPSM Kromeriz, a specialist dairy college several hours from Prague. We hope this visit will be the first of many – and plans are already afoot to arrange a return visit for our students in the near future.

Kathy Merrett, Food Programme Leader

Top training helps Cody kick-start career

Successful motor vehicle alumnus Cody Brookes returned to Reaseheath to share how his time at college helped kick-start his career in the motor industry.

Cody,19, from Nantwich, addressed a captive audience of 40 students in our state-of-the-art Motor Vehicle Technology Centre, with a presentation on starting out in the industry. He shared with students how the knowledge and training gained whilst studying at Reaseheath helped him to secure his first professional role as an apprentice technician with the well-known automotive manufacturer, Audi.

Cody Brookes addresses students in Reaseheath’s Motor Vehicle Technology Centre

Cody Brookes addresses students in Reaseheath’s Motor Vehicle Technology Centre

Based at the Crewe Audi dealership, Cody explained to students how he is supported in his role through Audi’s prestigious Modern Apprenticeship Programme. This 3 year scheme combines full-time employment with block-release training and is designed to equip employees with the technical skills and knowledge to become fully qualified service technicians for the brand.

Cody studied both IMI Levels 2 and 3 in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair during his time at Reaseheath and was thrilled to be invited back to the campus. Our latest cohort of motor vehicle students were very impressed with Cody’s industry knowledge and drive to succeed.

Said Cody: “I’m so grateful for support and training I received at Reaseheath. The experience and skills I gained gave me the confidence to focus my career aspirations and get a great job with good career prospects.”

Motor vehicle students joined by Cody Brookes, Programme Leader Ryan Johnson and Course Manager Steve Ellis

Motor vehicle students and staff joined by Cody Brookes

 

 

Reaseheath rugby team show great promise

Reaseheath rugby team demonstrated great sportsmanship during their recent game against Crewe and Nantwich Colts.

The two teams met at the Vagrants on Wednesday February 25th and played a celebratory match to mark the installation of Crewe and Nantwich RUFC’s new floodlights.

Despite Reaseheath loosing 29-3 to the Colts, our students demonstrated plenty of promise and it was a great experience for all of the players.

The game was exciting to watch and was played in good spirit with fantastic support on the touchline for both teams.

Reaseheath Rugby Team

It is hoped that playing against the Colts will become a regular fixture for the Reaeheath team, as this will be great experience for the students. This will also help to maintain and strengthen the link between the College and the Crewe and Nantwich RUFC.

Reaseheath rugby team have a number of fixtures left to play this season. Please continue to show your support as the team strive to finish top of their league.

You can keep up to date with the Reaseheath Sports department on Twitter @RHC_Sports

Tattenhall blacksmith forges his mark on village

 

War horse reduced MB and brighter

Talented Blacksmith Andrew Smith helped Tattenhall commemorate the centenary of the First World War with a fitting sculpture.

Andrew, a former Reaseheath engineering student, was commissioned by Tattenhall and District Parish Council to create a steel ‘Horse of War’ sculpture as part of Tattenhall Remembers, the village’s community event marking the centennial year. Having previously been commissioned to update Tattenhall’s village sign, Andrew was delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the community once again.

IMG_1797Christened ‘George’ by local primary school pupils, the horse was unveiled to crowds by the Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs MBE, K.St.J., on Monday 4th August. George has now taken permanent residence adjacent to the Tattenhall War Memorial.

Andrew studied on the City and Guild’s ‘015’ agricultural engineering and farm mechanisation course 1978-79, back in the days when we were known as the ‘Cheshire College of Agriculture’. Speaking fondly of his time at college, Andrew commented: “College provided me with a great set of skills and grounding in the basics of engineering, which has certainly stayed with me as I’ve progressed in my career. One thing we made as part of the course was a toolbox – and I actually still use that to this day. I also made a drawbar to put on a trailer or back of a car, I’ve still got that too – some things are truly timeless!”

With an interest in the blacksmith’s craft from a young age, Andrew spent much of his early career researching, self-teaching and essentially ‘working and learning’ simultaneously to build up his forging techniques and skills.

After working in the agricultural industry for some time after finishing college, Andrew decided it was time to dedicate his workload to his passion. He built his own blacksmith workshop and has now been running his own business at Hill View Forge for 28 years.

You can find out more about the history of Tattenhall and the Tattenhall Rememebers event by visiting the Tattenhall and district local history website.

Horse of War

Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture

Level 2

Horticulture



This course is a great starting point if you’re interested in horticulture or its many associated industries.

You’ll be introduced to a range of horticultural careers including grounds maintenance, nursery stock production and retail. When you’ve gained your qualification, you’ll be in a great position to get a job or continue learning.

Theory sessions are balanced with plenty of practical experience working across our campus grounds and on off -site projects.


What will I study?

  • Plant and soil science
  • Plant identification
  • Hard landscaping
  • Establishing and maintaining plants outdoors
  • Maintaining specialist horticultural features
  • Plant selection
  • Work experience
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Assistant nursery worker
  • Assistant gardener
  • Assistant greenkeeper or groundsperson





Student Profile
Tabitha Clare



Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture

School: Hulme Hall Grammar School then Macclesfield College

Next step: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Heritage Horticulture

Ambition: Horticulturist

“I’ve loved my course. It’s been fun and I’m really excited about being here for another
two years on the Level 3 Extended Diploma. I’ve had so many opportunities, helping to
build show gardens and even working on Alan Titchmarsh’s volunteer team for ITV’s
‘Love Your Garden’. I never dreamed I would be on TV when I joined Reaseheath!”

Level 1 Land-Based Diploma

Level 1

Land-Based Diploma

With Agriculture, Countryside or Horticulture options



If you’re interested in finding out about agriculture, horticulture and the countryside, this is the course for you.

You’ll be introduced to the land based industry and enjoy working with our farm animals, gardens, wildlife and growing plants.

You’ll also have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience as well as develop your personal and social skills, helping you to progress on to further study or work.


What will I study?

  • Safe and effective working practices in land-based industries 
  • Develop performance in land-based industries 
  • Assist with the care of animals  
  • Assist with the movement, handling and accommodation of animals 
  • You will complete a 3 week work placement
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

These units are subject to change. 

How long will it take?

  • 1 year

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • You do not need exam passes to start but you do need to be at entry level in literacy and numeracy
  • You will have at least one interview and an assessment of your literacy and numeracy and support needs before you are offered a place

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • A wide range of land and environment based jobs, such as working with animals, conservation or farming
  • Combine work with training on an Apprenticeship or Advanced Apprenticeship in an agriculture or horticulture based career





Student Profile
Thomas Plant



School: Congleton High School

Next step: Level 2 Diploma in Countryside and Environment

Ambition: Countryside ranger

“As a foundation student I studied agriculture, countryside and horticulture and found I enjoyed countryside the most. I like being outside, doing fencing, building stone walls and making paths.

“I worked with the rangers at Astbury Mere Country Park in Congleton every Tuesday from late October to May and I had a couple of full weeks’ work experience there too. It was good fun, even being outside during winter, and I got a good reference.

“I’ve enjoyed the practical sessions at college and I’ve done well with my maths and English. I’m now looking forward to studying in the countryside department.”

Apprenticeships in Horticulture

Apprenticeships in

Horticulture



Available for those aged 16 or over, this is your opportunity to earn as you learn. You’ll blend working for a landscape gardener/contractor or a similar job with one day a week at Reaseheath.

You’ll have the opportunity to study industry appropriate modules relevant to your place of work. These could include amenity and decorative horticulture, maintaining landscaped areas or the safe use of horticulture machinery.



View current vacancies


What will I study?

  • Principles of plant growth and development
  • Plant nutrition requirements
  • Ways to reduce waste
  • How to use equipment correctly
  • Cultivating soils for differing purposes
  • Controlling plant pests and diseases
  • Identifying plants
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
  • You will have the opportunity to work towards additional qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 18 to 24 months depending on previous experience (1 day per week)

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Preferably GCSEs at grade 2 or above including English and Maths

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Hard landscaper
  • Decorative landscaper
  • Grounds maintenance operator
  • Grounds commercial growers

  • apprenticeships





Student Profile
Rebecca Dawson



Ambition: Specialist in global plant conservation, South Africe

Employer: Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

Age: 26

Reaseheath’s ‘Horticulture Apprentice of the Year’, Rebecca is one of seven gardeners who look after the historic gardens and grounds at Cholmondeley.

Often based in the popular terraces and temple garden, she’s also helped to build award winning show gardens at RHS Tatton Park and RHS Chelsea.

Reaseheath’s award was the second accolade which Rebecca has received. She also holds the title of ‘New Gardener of the Year’, presented by the Professional Gardeners Guild.

Rebecca says: “An apprenticeship is a really good qualification because it’s recognised by all employers and it can lead to so many opportunities.”

City and Guilds Level 2 in Floristry

City and Guilds Level 2

Floristry



If you’re creative and keen to develop practical floristry skills, this course will give you an overview of the industry.

Our expert staff will teach you the design principles and technical skills required by a junior florist through ‘hands-on’ practical sessions and relevant work experience.


What will I study?

  • Identification and processing of cut materials
  • Introduction to art and design for florists
  • Identification and maintenance of plants and planted designs
  • Hand-tied and presentation designs
  • Funeral and sympathy designs
  • Simple wedding designs with floral materials and accessories
  • Display of goods
  • Introduction to working within the floristry industry
  • Floral arrangements for various occasions
  • Function decorating using floral displays
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Some GCSEs at grades 3/D or above, or
  • A dedicated and professional approach towards commercial floristry skills

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Florist in retail industry
  • Floral designer for external venues and occasions
  • Employment in holiday and leisure industries in the UK and abroad





Student Profile
Robyn Longden



Current job role: Florist with Ian Lloyd Events

Previous courses: Level 1, 2 and 3 Diplomas in Floristry at Reaseheath

“I studied floristry at Reaseheath for three years and I now work for Ian Lloyd, who’s a former Reaseheath student too. Ian is an award winning florist and judge and we work at some amazing weddings and events.

“Since working for Ian I’ve won gold and silver medals at RHS Chelsea’s ‘Young Florist of the Year’ and when I was a student I represented Reaseheath at the WorldSkills UK national finals.

“I love the variation of floristry. No day is the same and there are endless techniques to use and refine. I’m constantly learning and I find that so exciting.”

City and Guilds Level 3 in Floristry

City and Guilds Level 3

Floristry



This comprehensive course offers specialist training and advanced techniques such as creative floral design, botany, business skills and design innovation.

You can join study tours and get your designs noticed at prestigious competitions like the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park and WorldSkills UK.



It’s never too late to pursue your dream job. Read how former lawyer Karen found her true vocation as a florist at Reaseheath College!


What will I study?

  • Diverse flower and plant care
  • Creative design processes for florists
  • Diverse tied floral designs
  • Diverse floral designs for weddings and formal occasions
  • Assemble diverse floral designs
  • Assemble diverse funeral designs
  • Working in the floristry industry
  • Negotiate and agree terms and conditions for the sale of floristry products and services
  • Function and event decoration using floral displays
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Florist/Manager in retail industry
  • Floral designer for external venues and occasions or wedding planner
  • Work in holiday and leisure industries in the UK and abroad
  • Teaching, assessing and demonstrating floristry
  • Self employment





Student Profile
Dave Billington



Current job role: Floristry technician, Reaseheath College

Previous courses: Certificate in Garden Design, Level 3 Diploma in Floristry

“I originally studied garden design and brickwork at Reaseheath and ran my own garden design business. Some clients asked me to suggest decorative plants for indoors as well as outside their home so I decided to study floristry too. I loved the creativity – and I’m now on the college teaching team!

“Floristry is a test of originality, inventiveness and imagination. It’s about pushing boundaries with creations that people may have not seen before as well as creating dreams in magical settings. I enjoy interacting with people and seeing their reactions to floral displays. It’s very rewarding.”

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