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Dorset LEP invests in education

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (Dorset LEP) has allocated just over £1.3 million of Local Growth Funding to three local colleges and a university in Dorset – a significant local investment in our young people.

Dorset LEP’s investment will work to address key skills gaps and unlock talent and ambition across our local communities, supporting valued economic activity, as outlined in our emerging Local Industrial Strategy<>.

Lorna Carver, Dorset LEP Director, said: “Increasing the local education skills offering and competitiveness is of great importance in consolidating Dorset as a great place to learn, and then work. In particular, these four projects demonstrate investment in    the areas of arts, land-based studies and engineering & manufacturing.”

Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) will receive £51,000 for the purchase of new laptops and a bespoke locker unit from which further education students will be able to loan the computers, giving students free access to specialist Mac laptops fitted with the latest creative industry standard software. This project is expected to be operational in March 2020, it will upskill AUB students as well as support local creative industry businesses seeking skilled employees.

Kingston Maurward College (KMC), Dorchester, have been allocated £111,000 to build an Outdoor Education Centre and undertake college refurbishment works. The new centre will include a bouldering climbing wall which is a teaching resource and commercial asset. By late 2020, the land-based education college will have this new centre, a refurbished commercial kitchen and improved access roads.

Weymouth College will introduce an Engineering Centre of Excellence to Dorset thanks to a £605,000 investment, which will vastly improve advanced engineering teaching capabilities by paying for state-of-the-art equipment. Plans include a new digital media suite, allowing students to develop computer-aided-design and modelling skills. There are also plans to advance the College’s Electrical Engineering Centre at their Poundbury Campus, as well as the machinery and IT equipment available within the Centre of Excellence for Motor Vehicle Technology project recently completed, also supported by Dorset LEP.

Finally, £610,000 of skills funding from Dorset LEP will support Bournemouth & Poole College (BPC) in further establishing an Engineering Centre of Excellence in Dorset by increasing their engineering & manufacturing offering. This will involve the refurbishment of an existing building on Fulcrum Business Park for engineering and advanced manufacturing skills training and the creation of a workspace construction hub at BCP College’s North Road campus.

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16-year-old’s charity single and event raises £1,000 for Women’s Refuge

16 year-old Bournemouth and Poole College student Nicole Mcnally delivered a cheque for £1,000 last week to BCHA following a successful fundraising launch event for her charity CD single release.

Nicole wrote, recorded and released the track entitled ‘Annabelle’, which is about a woman trying to escape domestic abuse, to raise money for the Bournemouth Women’s Refuge, which is run by local housing and support provider BCHA.

However, rather than just release the single, Nicole decided to singlehandedly organise a special music event and called upon her local music contacts, managing to persuade 16 artists to perform for free and help raise more money for the refuge. The all-day event took place at Chaplin’s Cellar Bar in Boscombe and featured Matt Black, Si Genaro from The Voice, Jonny Phillips, Kimari Raven, Matt Griffiths, Ant Lewis and Nicole McNally herself, plus many more.

Naomi James, from BCHA’s Bournemouth Domestic Abuse Service, said, “We are absolutely overwhelmed by what Nicole has achieved for the women’s refuge and the money will go towards converting a garage at the refuge into a computer room for the children.

Nicole is not only exceptionally talented but clearly has a passion and empathy for supporting vulnerable people and we really appreciate everything she has done. I urge everyone to buy a copy of the single, it’s fantastic.”

Nicole has been performing in public since she was 10 years old and over the past six years has taken part in hundreds of live music events, talent competitions, musical theatre productions and private gigs, performing at local venues including The Pavilion, O2 Academy and Lighthouse, as well as the Queens Theatre and Royal Albert Hall in London. Last year she was a featured artist on BBC Introducing Solent radio show.

The former Avonbourne college pupil was motivated to write the song ‘Annabelle’, after she learnt about domestic abuse during one of her school lessons. Nicole said, “I was inspired to write the song after reading and discussing the topic during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. After playing the song a few times locally and seeing the reaction it received from several survivors, which promoted them to share their own experiences with me, I decided to release ‘Annabelle’ as a charity single and host the event.

It was such a fantastic event and I would like to thank everyone for their support, especially all the artists who performed, the team at Chaplin’s and to Matt Black and Hangover Studios for letting me record my single for free.”

Details of how you can purchase the single can be found at Nicole Mcnally Official on Facebook.

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BTAs has joined forces with Bournemouth University and Bournemouth and Poole College for the 2017 awards

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis and Jackie Phillipson with Bournemouth University Tourism and Hospitality students

The Bournemouth Tourism Awards has joined forces with the local Bournemouth University (BU) and with Bournemouth and Poole College for an exciting
partnership for the duration of the 2017 event.

The official launch party of the 2017 BTA’s took place on 21st September 2016 at the newly built, prestigious ‘Fusion building’ located on the Talbot
campus, and was created by ROUTEpr, marketing and events working in association with students from both the college and the university.

Hospitality and catering students from Bournemouth and Poole College created the delicious canapes under the guidance of Christophe Baffos, whilst
students studying Hospitality and Tourism courses at the university helped with hospitality/catering, car park guidance, registration and set up and
breakdown of the event, in association with Dimitrios Buhalis, Anya Chapman,Tim Gale, Crispin Farbrother, and Richard Ward.

As well as helping out at the official launch, Bournemouth University students will participate in mystery shopping and encouraging businesses to
enter the awards, as well as helping at the semi-finals and final gala dinner. The hardworking students involved will be presented with a
certificate for their assistance and additionally, there will also be a special recognition award for the students who have really made a difference
to the overall campaign and the events.

Christophe Baffos, Service Industries Operations Manager and Chef Lecturer at Bournemouth and Poole College says “Our involvement with Bournemouth
Tourism Awards is important for our Hospitality and Catering department. It gives our students the opportunity to showcase to local employers, the high
level of skills they develop whilst training with us. It keeps The College’s strong links with local businesses; and we also see it as a great platform
for promoting our vibrant and ever expanding industry to young people looking for a promising future career.”

Said Jackie Phillipson from the Bournemouth Tourism Awards, “We believe that this is an amazing opportunity for students to gain a first-hand insight
into the hospitality and tourism industry here in the heart of Bournemouth – one of the UK’s most popular tourist destination and the location they have
chosen to come and study. We want to help provide the undergraduates with a chance to network and make their own contacts as well as gain first hand
industry experience, this will also give them all a chance to connect with potential employers throughout the awards.”

Dimitrios Buhalis, Head of Tourism and Hospitality at Bournemouth University adds, “The Bournemouth Tourism Awards is an ideal event for our first year
pupils to get involved with and to gain experience in the world of Tourism, Hospitality and Events. The BTA’s are growing every year and we are excited
about the involvement Bournemouth University will have. We hope that the students utilise this great opportunity fully and enrich their university
experience with the awards.”

Des Simmons from Bournecoast and the BTMB says, “This is a fresh concept for the BTA’s and ROUTEpr are responsible for bringing this together. We are
delighted that they are bringing the trade, the academic team at BU and all of the students together. We think it is important for the future tourism
and hospitality industry professionals to experience such an important local event, bringing together and celebrating local business professionals and
the industry.

Hosting the launch of the BTAs at BU also provides a superb location for everyone to network in a surrounding that they may have never experienced
before as well as to kick and cement further relationships with the university and with the students.”

For more information about sponsorship or becoming involved in the 2017
Bournemouth Tourism Awards, contact or visit

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