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Two prestigious London hotels have purchased artwork by Uxbridge College students.
Lancaster London and sister hotel K West bought a number of pieces by Art & Design students following an exhibition at the four-star Lancaster in West London.
The purchases follow the event at the hotel, which featured over 40 pieces of artwork ranging from small A4 sets to large A0 pieces including paintings, prints and photographic work. Students who sold their work included Chloe Hill (pictured).
The pieces were produced on the basis of a brief from the Lancaster, with students from the UAL Level 3 Diploma & Extended Diploma in Art & Design visiting the hotel and wider area to meet staff, gain inspiration and research their projects.
David Storer, Art & Design Lecturer, said: “This was an amazing opportunity for our students and Uxbridge College was delighted to be approached by the Lancaster to create this inspiring exhibition.”
Some of the students’ pieces were also chosen to feature in the hotel’s ARTea afternoon tea as edible treats, which is served in a painter’s box and includes miniature edible canvasses displayed on easels.
Lancaster London prides itself on nurturing young talent. In 2014, Lancaster London became heavily involved with youth charity, Vital Regeneration. The hotel ran a programme enabling less advantaged young people develop skills and break into the hospitality industry. Similarly, the hotel constantly seeks to offer a platform to young creatives and help students showcase their work to a wider audience, reflected in its recent partnership with Uxbridge College.
Pictured: (L-R) Back: Jose Luis, David Watts, Perry Scott, Gary Penticost, Barry Cooper, Alan Galloway, Robert Ojo, Andrew Antonsen (Hillingdon Council, and Barry Cooper Uxbridge College). Front: Apprentices Bradley Ranger, Elmi Llugiqi, Alfie Wilson, Jason Clark.
Hillingdon Council have welcomed four new apprentices to their Repairs team. These students are the first of many who will be taking up the council’s offer of employment and learning over the coming years.
Bradley Ranger, Elmi Llugiqi, Jason Clark and Alfie Wilson all come from Hillingdon. They will spend four working days at the council and one day a week at college, learning a mixture of theory and practical skills.
Working in partnership with Uxbridge College the council will help these four young men to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their chosen trade apprenticeship qualifications and set them on their way to a bright future career.
Bradley (16), is the youngest of the group, he comes from West Drayton. Bradley went to Stockley Academy and is embarking on a Level Three electrical installations apprenticeship.
Bradley says he was inspired by an electrician who came to fix something in his home as a child and found out about Hillingdon Council’s apprenticeship programme by a council worker who came to fix a window some years later.
In his first week Bradley said that he learned how to turn the power off and has assisted with fixing a storage heater, light fittings and power sockets. He hopes to complete his course and continue to work with the council.
Barry Cooper, Apprentice Manager at Uxbridge College, said: “Uxbridge College is delighted to join Hillingdon Council in supporting its commitment to create opportunities for young people, through its work with schools and colleges. Our recent involvement in recruiting and training four of the Council’s apprentices is a great example of the successful partnership work which both our organisations value so highly.”
Councillor Bianco, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property & Business Services, said: “It’s important for the council to nurture young, local talent but there is also the need to keep traditional skills alive. By taking on these apprentices, we are ensuring young people are coming through to continue providing important services.
“Hillingdon’s Repair teams have assigned the apprentices to mentors, experienced Hillingdon employees, who will teach and support them throughout their journey, as they visit council-owned properties to learn their new trades. I would like to welcome them to the council and wish them the best of luck.”
Uxbridge College students have entered the final year at university or boosted their employment prospects thanks to their HNC and HND successes.
The students wore traditional gowns and mortar boards to officially graduate in their qualifications, at the ceremony at Brunel University London. HNCs and HNDs are Higher Education courses, taught at university level at Uxbridge College. HNDs can offer access to a ‘top-up degree’, where students enter an honours degree course in the final year.
During the ceremony, awards were presented to graduates in: Business; Computing & Games Development; Computing & Systems Development; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Health & Social Care; Travel & Tourism Management, and Sport (Coaching and Development).
Laraine Smith, Principal of Uxbridge College, said: “Congratulations to all our HNC and HND Diploma graduates on achieving their qualifications. It was wonderful to see everyone in their gowns and mortar boards, and during our celebrations afterwards to hear more about where their successes are taking them, whether to a top-up degree or straight into employment. These qualifications are where university level education, professional skills and a cost-effective route to completing a degree all come together, making them a brilliant option whatever your plans for the future.”
The graduates received their BTEC HNC Level 4 and BTEC HND Level 5 Diplomas from Uxbridge College Governor Mike Crane.
Over 50% of the College’s HND graduates each year go on to top-up degrees at universities around the UK.