Harrogate College Business Newsletter – February 2022

Harrogate College prides itself on working hand in hand with local businesses and organisations to provide the skills and training they need to ensure that our economy grows and thrives. Our monthly newsletter is a handy way of keeping our partners informed of developments at the college.

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Business Newsletter – February 2022
Dear Partners,

As we enter a new month the environment, which is always one of our top priorities, becomes our main focus in terms of on-campus activities.

Harrogate College is embracing March as Green Month and will be hosting all kinds of events, ranging from litter picks to art competitions, to raise awareness. Aimed at both our students and staff and the wider local community, the month will involve several events featuring local businesses and organisations.

In February, meanwhile, we were pleased to hold two events as part of our ongoing commitment to the local economy (and, in retrofitting’s case, its environment) – a retrofit awareness evening along with a week of sector-specific Harrogate College Employers’ Network sessions. Both were well attended and generated lots of positive feedback, which will help us as we plan future events.

We are also delighted to report here on some great funding news for the charity we have been working closely with on retrofit initiatives, Zero Carbon Harrogate.

We hope you enjoy the read.

Danny Wild
Principal
Harrogate College

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Networking in specialist areas
The Harrogate College Employers’ Network was established last autumn to help local firms, including those with connections to the college, link up and discover mutually beneficial links.

Our successful launch event was open to any interested businesses and in February we followed this up with a week of sector-specific networking events.

These took place between Monday 14 and Friday 18 February and covered Energy & Construction, Digital, Business & Finance, Health & Social Care, Hospitality & Retail and Education & Training. The feedback that has been gathered will help us influence current courses, start new short courses, develop bespoke upskilling programmes for businesses, and create direct employment opportunities for our students with local employers.

If you would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact us. All are invited to the next Employers’ Network event on Thursday 16 June. This will be a celebration of the network and an opportunity to share details about the impact, to date, of the feedback it has generated.

To sign up click here
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Retrofit success – and funding boost for a valued partner
We have been promoting the many benefits of retrofitting – the energy efficiency skills needed for eco-renovation – for a number of months now, in an initiative that has involved close collaboration with Zero Carbon Harrogate.

In January the college teamed up with People Powered Retrofit to hold a two-day Foundations of Eco-Retrofit course, aimed specifically at construction industry professionals, that proved a big hit and was fully booked. Then on February 17 we staged a second retrofit awareness event, featuring expert speakers from local businesses and representatives from Zero Carbon Harrogate, that also proved popular.

We are now delighted to share the news that Zero Carbon Harrogate, following its link-ups with the college, has received grants totalling more than £135,000 to pursue further retrofitting projects.

The money, from Ofgem’s Energy Redress Scheme and the National Lottery’s Together for our Planet fund, will pay for a major retrofit programme, including training and engagement, in the Harrogate District.
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Green Month
As part of its commitment to the green agenda, March will be ‘Green Month’ at Harrogate College, with a schedule of environmentally-focused events lined up for students and the wider Harrogate community.

The activities will include panel discussions, litter picks, environmentally themed art exhibitions, wildflower planting, poster competitions and more.

Many of the events are open to local residents, as well as our students and staff, and will involve the participation of local businesses and other organisations.

For full details follow the Green Month events link here
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Harrogate College Business Newsletter – January, 2022

Harrogate College prides itself on working hand in hand with local businesses and organisations to provide the skills and training they need to ensure that our economy grows and thrives. Our monthly newsletter is a handy way of keeping our partners informed of developments at the college.

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Business Newsletter – January, 2022
Dear Partners,

2022 may only be a month old but Harrogate College is already pushing ahead with initiatives designed to further strengthen our ties with, and support for, local employers – along with our commitment to sustainability.

Retrofitting is a fast-growing sector and, as the demand for eco-renovation soars, one that represents a world of exciting opportunities.

The college, keen to support both environmentally conscious householders and tradespeople, has been proud to be at the forefront of efforts to raise awareness of this field. You can find out more below about our forthcoming retrofit awareness evening, and the success of the retrofit course we launched recently in partnership with another organisation.

We are also looking forward to hosting a week of sector-specific sessions through the Harrogate College Employers’ Network. Open and free to anyone who books a place, these events will give professionals working in our district’s key industries the chance to meet and share ideas.

Our support for the local economy, of course, also involves supporting jobseekers – not least through the many vocational courses and apprenticeships we run. We are delighted to also now announce that, as a practical way of helping, our beauty salon is offering free haircuts and manicures for anyone who has an upcoming interview.

That is just another example of our ongoing commitment to make our area, and its residents and businesses, flourish as we push on into the new year.

Danny Wild
Principal
Harrogate College

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Build contacts in your field through our Employers’ Network
The Harrogate College Employers’ Network (HCEN), which launched last autumn, is all about helping local businesses support each other – and using their feedback to tailor our courses to meet their needs.

This February we are holding a week of sector-specific networking sessions to help people working in the same or linked industries build new contacts and explore future collaborations.

The meetings, which are free and open to non-members, take place between Monday 14 and Friday 18 February and will cover Energy & Construction, Digital, Business & Finance, Health & Social Care, Hospitality & Retail and Education & Training.
Places can be booked here.

Each session will include an open table discussion plus a chance to network, while enjoying complimentary tea and cake.

Feedback from the events will also influence the content of our courses as we strive to deliver an employer-led curriculum.

HCEN members enjoy a range of benefits including the chance to shape the curriculum, course discounts, and free advertising and promotion across the college’s media platforms.

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A cut above
Who doesn’t feel better after a haircut or/and a manicure? And who doesn’t want to look as smart as possible before a job interview? That is the thinking behind the college’s generous new offer to jobseekers.

Interviewees can book themselves in for a free haircut or manicure, which will be carried out by students at the college’s fully equipped, professional standard training salons, by sending an email to katie.sharman@harrogate.ac.uk.

The haircuts are being offered between 3pm and 7pm on Wednesdays, while the manicures can be booked in slots from 10am on Thursdays.

Programme Manager for Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, Steph Keedy, said: “We really enjoy working with the local community and initiatives like this are very rewarding for our students – while also helping them complete their qualifications.

“We hope that by offering someone a new haircut and manicure it will give them a confidence boost that may help them on their way to finding a new job.”

For the full story click here

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More awareness – and high demand – for retrofit
Our new two day Foundations of Eco-Retrofit course, which we are running with People Powered Retrofit, has already proved to be a hit. The first course, held on Saturday 22 and Saturday 29 January, was fully booked with attendees travelling from as far as Newcastle to take part.

The specialist course has been structured to help construction industry professionals obtain some of the key skills that are needed to break into the increasingly lucrative eco-renovation sector, and will run again at the college on Saturday 12 and Saturday 19 March.

The college is also keen to promote the benefits of retrofitting to the wider community and will host a second awareness raising event on Thursday 17 February. Open to everyone – including householders, builders, landlords and estate agents – the event runs from 5pm to 7pm.

Attendees will be able to put questions to experts in the field, including Adam Harper, a certified passive house tradesperson, and Chris Wilde, MD of Yorkshire Energy Systems Ltd. Representatives from Zero Carbon Harrogate will also be sharing details about some exciting upcoming changes to retrofit in the local area that have been made possible thanks to new funding.



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Harrogate College Business Newsletter – December, 2021

Harrogate College prides itself on working hand in hand with local businesses and organisations to provide the skills and training they need to ensure that our economy grows and thrives. Our monthly newsletter is a handy way of keeping our partners informed of developments at the college.


Business Newsletter – December, 2021

Dear Partners,

Welcome, as we start a new year full of exciting fresh opportunities, to our monthly newsletter.

Harrogate College prides itself on working closely with businesses to provide an employer-led curriculum, and on helping to provide the green skills training that will be so crucial to our economy as we transition to a more environmentally supportive model.

So we are proud to focus, in this month’s edition, on a new course that we are launching this month, which is focused on what is becoming an ever more important part of the sustainability toolkit – retrofitting. Our securing of Department for Education funding to run a retrofit course follows on from our key role in helping the Harrogate district stage its first ever Climate Action Festival last year, and reflects our commitment to both the green skills agenda and the local construction industry.

We also have a number of Harrogate College Employers’ Network events to look forward to as we progress into the new year, and seek to consolidate our ties with our local business partners while exploring new opportunities.

I hope you enjoy the read and look forward to working with you throughout 2022.

Danny Wild
Principal
Harrogate College
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Leading the way on green skills with our Retrofit course

We are delighted to be launching a specialist new course, Foundations of Eco-Retrofit, that is designed to give local construction industry members a route into the ever-growing energy efficient homes market.

Run by experienced retrofit contractors and experts from not-for-profit organisation, People Powered Retrofit, the two-day course is focused on helping small businesses and sole traders build on their existing knowledge and skills so they can carry out eco-renovation works.

Those taking part will also benefit from meeting other local businesses, gain insights into how to stay up-to-date with the latest green building techniques, and learn how to find new retrofit opportunities.

Harrogate College’s Partnerships and Development Lead, Holly Hansen-Maughan, said: “We are proud to be launching such a progressive course, and one that has been tailored to help those working in our local construction industry get ahead of the curve and be part of the green recovery.

“This is a great example of how all of the excitement and networking which arose from last year’s Harrogate Climate Action Festival is translating into concrete action and movements towards positive change.”

The first course takes place in January over two days, Saturday 22 and Saturday 29, and runs from 10am to 4pm. A second course will then be held in March, on Saturday 12 and Saturday 19. Places can be booked here.

An £80 discount will be available to the first 15 course applicants – who should use the code ZEROCARBON80 – courtesy of Zero Carbon Harrogate.

The college will also be hosting a retrofit awareness event in February, after staging a successful initial awareness evening, in partnership with Zero Carbon Harrogate, last November. It takes place on Thursday 17 February.

Click here for more details.

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Bringing local businesses and the college closer together

Representatives from a wide variety of businesses turned out for the launch of Harrogate College Employers’ Network in 2021, and there are plenty of forthcoming opportunities for more firms to get involved as the network (HCEN) heads into 2022.

First up will be a series of industry-specific sub-group meetings that will be held at the college between Monday 14 and Friday 18 February. Designed to encourage fruitful dialogue between employers in similar fields, the sessions will cover Energy & Construction, Health & Social Care, Hospitality & Retail, Digital, Education & Training and Business & Finance.

Each will also feature an open table discussion plus a chance to network while enjoying complimentary tea and cake.

Then on Thursday June 16, existing and new members will be invited to meet to review the network’s progress to date, explain what kinds of courses and skills they would like the college to provide, and discuss future activities.

Harrogate College launched the network as part of its ongoing work to deliver a truly employer-led curriculum, and participating businesses can help shape the courses, and skills, that are on offer.

HCEN members take part in quarterly discussion groups and enjoy a range of benefits including course discounts, plus free advertising and promotion across the college’s media platforms.

For more details about upcoming network events, and booking links, click here.

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Harrogate College Business Newsletter – November, 2021

Harrogate College prides itself on working hand in hand with local businesses and organisations to provide the skills and training they need to ensure that our economy grows and thrives. Our monthly newsletter is a handy way of keeping our partners informed of developments at the college.

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Business Newsletter – November, 2021

Dear Partners,

Welcome to our monthly newsletter which provides updates on how Harrogate College is working closely with businesses to provide an employer-led curriculum that delivers the in-demand skills to best support our local economy. As part of that we recently launched an Employers’ Network which we now have some exciting follow-up events planned for in 2022.

Encouraging more adults back into education is part of the wider challenge of filling the nation’s skills gaps, so the college has also been pleased to put on a number of free taster sessions for over-19s, in support of the Festival of Learning, to show the opportunities we can offer to adult learners.

Promoting sustainability by providing the green skills that are increasingly in demand as we transition to a more circular economy is also a key part of what we do, and our students recently demonstrated their environmental credentials by supporting Green Jumper Day. Also included in this edition are details on how our students enthusiastically backed I Will Week, and some very positive recent media coverage for the college.

I hope you enjoy the read and wish you the very best for the festive season!

Danny Wild
Principal
Harrogate College
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Retrofitting success
The college kicked off November by teaming up with Zero Carbon Harrogate to host a Retrofit Awareness event, aimed primarily at construction industry professionals but also open to the public. The 30 attendees, who heard from expert speakers about the skills and techniques that are needed to help homeowners increase the efficiency of their properties, gave positive feedback about the usefulness and quality of the information that was shared on the night. The college is now busy developing retrofit skills courses and will be announcing full details of these early in the new year.
If you think your business could be involved, get in touch with holly.hansen-maughan@harrogate.ac.uk

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HCEN – Next steps in 2022
Collaborating with local businesses to provide the skills that will help them flourish is central to what we do. The launch of Harrogate College Employers’ Network in October was a great opportunity to bring businesses from lots of different sectors together and hear about their training needs. We are now pleased to announce further network events for the coming year, starting with a series of industry-specific sub-group meetings to encourage in-depth conversations between employers in connected fields. These will be held from 14 to 18 February and each will include an open table discussion plus a chance to network, while enjoying complimentary tea and cake. The sessions will cover Energy & Construction, Health & Social Care, Hospitality & Retail, Digital, Education & Training and Business & Finance.
Then on June 16 the college will be holding a feedback event for employers to meet and look back on the first year of the network, review progress and agree on the way ahead. Network members, who take part in quarterly discussion groups, enjoy a number of benefits including discounts on courses and free advertising and promotion across the college’s media platforms.

For full details about both events and how to book a place click here

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Green is the colour
Staff and students donned green on Friday, November 26 for Green Jumper Day, an environmental initiative designed to raise awareness of climate change while getting people to wrap up – while turning their heating down. The college’s involvement attracted messages of support from groups like Zero Carbon Harrogate and attention from the local media, including Your Harrogate, which interviewed Student Enrichment Officer Megan Hawkswell. She told them: “Obviously sustainability is going to be really important for the future, for all of our students. It’s where all the jobs are going to be; we’re really committed to providing them with the skills for all those jobs so getting them involved in Green Jumper Day is the real start point of that.”
Donations to Green Jumper, a not-for-profit environmental organisation which funds tree planting projects and awareness-raising talks for young people, were also collected on the day.

Click here for more.

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Having a go and lifelong learning
We put on a number of special taster sessions in November as part of our support for the national Festival of Learning campaign, which celebrates lifelong learning. The sessions, designed to encourage adults to find out more about the exciting educational and re-skilling opportunities the college offers, covered a range of subjects including still life drawing, ceramics and print, film and animation and computer software for interior design. Ceramics and still life drawing were both popular choices, to the delight of Creative Arts Tutor at Harrogate College, Alison Carney. She said: “The still life drawing session was really positive and enjoyable, it was great to see new faces in a relaxing and social environment. All attendees were keen to know more about the course; it was great to see them all engaged and eager to learn.” The tasters were organised during the college’s Have a Go Fortnight for the Festival of Learning.

For more information click here

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Leading the way – Principal explains the challenges, and opportunities, ahead
Principal Danny Wild was the focus of an in-depth article in The Stray Ferret, recently, where he talked about his duties in the ‘hot seat’ of leadership – and the college’s specialist role in delivering vocational and technical training.
Danny also elaborated on how the college was delivering green skills, forging ever closer bonds with local businesses, and providing apprenticeships.
His interview with the online news site also describes how the college and its facilities have benefitted from the substantial investment it has received since being taken over by Luminate Education Group two years ago.

Click here for the full article.

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Where there’s a will…
As a college, kindness is one of our primary values and we aspire to be an important part of our local community and to support social initiatives. Our students demonstrated their commitment to social action recently by taking part in #iwill week, a celebration and promotion of social action amongst young people. Activities on the day included a student social media takeover on the Students’ Union Instagram page and a pop-up cake stand in reception, where students could find out more, suggest future social action projects and share information about causes they care about.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of our Business Newsletter – we’ll be back with more next month!