As the Rugby World Cup draws to a close, some of you may have noticed some of the games have been played at the Olympic Stadium. And with West Ham United set to move into the ground next year, there has been a hell of a lot of engineering work going on to make sure the venue was ready. This fantastic article from iCould demonstrates why engineering outperformed the home nations’ rugby teams:
Since the end of the Olympic Games in 2012, a major project has been underway to transform the park’s stadium for future use. This means installing a new roof and strengthening the building, new seating, lighting, toilets, turnstiles, and kitchens, and refitting the interiors with new dressing rooms and executive boxes.
The project involves a large number of apprentices, from office roles to pipe laying and ground-leveling works. For trainee engineer Zavier, working on such an iconic project has been a real bonus, “For years to come, I can say I partook in that, which is awesome, ” he says. WATCH VIDEO
“You’re not stuck at a desk all day long,” explains package manager Chris who is responsible for works to hold the new roof up and to make the bridges more in keeping with those around the park. “We’ve got ground workers, who are sort of the guys digging the holes. We’ve had steel fixers and the guys placing the concrete and the reinforced concrete works,” he continues, “Painters, pipelayers, bricklayers, people building dry line plasterboard walls. This job’s got everything.” WATCH VIDEO
Stuart is the project director in charge of the transformation project and oversees everything from design management to buying materials, “It’s been really exciting and really satisfying,” he says,”It’s very much a people business and it’s about working with people, building teams, working as part of teams and really adding something to that team.” WATCH VIDEO
Work has been paused to host five matches of the Rugby World Cup 2015 and will start again in December. The stadium is due for completion in summer 2016 when it will become the new national competition centre for UK Athletics and the home of West Ham United.
The stadium in numbers
- 21,000 seats
- 995 toilets
- 540 lamps in 14 floodlight panels
- 90 turnstiles
- 35 catering outlets
- 16 executive boxes
At The Sheffield College, we offer an incredible range of engineering courses and apprenticeships. To find out more, and whether it might be right for you, please follow this link.
Last call for Halloween recipes!
Here are 12 favourites that we’ve seen
Starting from today, we are going to bring a you a new feature every Friday – Job of the Week!
Job of the Week is here to bring you all the latest information on occupations in the Sheffield City Region to help you decide whether it may be the right career path for you, or not for that matter. Every Friday, we will bring you a new occupation, be it your standard Nurse, Construction worker or Police Officer, or something slightly more left-field such as Groundsmen and Greenkeepers or Boat and Ship Builders and Repairers. We want to arm you with the latest and most up to date information so that you can make the best decision about your future, with all the facts and figures to back it up!
This week we will be casting our eye over Nursing in the Sheffield City Region.
As you can see in the table below, there are currently 18,573 Nurses employed in the Sheffield City Region, with the majority likely to be working for the NHS or private healthcare clinics.
|Jobs (2015)||% Change (2015-2020)||Median Earnings|
But good news for those of you wanting to pursue it is a career, there is set to be an 8.9% increase of jobs in the region for you to sink your teeth into. That means, over the next 5 years, there will be a whopping 1,663 new job positions as a Nurse available in the Sheffield City Region – which is pretty good to say the least!
And the pay’s not shabby bad either. On average, Nurses in the region earn a cool £15.86 per hour which will definitely mean you’ll be able to treat yourself on your days off; with the average starting salary seeing you earn between £21,692 and £28,180 a year.
If you think that’s good, then wait ’till you see how it checks out against the rest of the country (Sheffield City Region is the blue line!!):
|Region||2015 Jobs||2020 Jobs||% Change|
|●||Sheffield College City Region||18,573||20,236||8.9%|
Again, not bad eh! As you can see the job growth in the Sheffield City Region over the next 5 years is 3.5% higher than the rest of the United Kingdom’s. Why would you want to look anywhere else?!
That’s all well and good, but what do you actually need to be good at and interested in to become a Nurse? Well…
- Strong communication and listening skills.
- A genuine desire to help people.
- A non-judgemental attitude to care.
- A clear understanding of confidentiality.
- Good teamwork skills and the ability to work on your own initiative.
- Physical and mental stamina.
- A mature, compassionate and sensitive manner.
- Good practical skills.
- Patience and empathy.
- The ability to inspire confidence and trust.
- The ability to remain calm under pressure.
- Good organisational and time management skills.
- A flexible approach to work
Seems pretty straight forward. Throw into the mix that the NHS are desperately looking for new, young Doctors and Nurses due to the current lot retiring, your prospects in the Sheffield City Region are looking pretty good from where we’re stood.
Sorted. So where next? Well once you’ve made the decision to become a Nurse you can start your training here with us at The Sheffield College. To find out more about the range of courses we have on offer, please follow: http://goo.gl/q5bRH4.
Halloween may be grabbing all the headlines, but it is also the Day of the Dead in Mexico tomorrow – which isn’t half as scary as it sounds.
Again though, it is a fantastic excuse to cook up some delicious treats and we have just the thing for you courtesy of BBC Good Food.
- For the biscuits
- 175g cold slightly salted butter, cubed
- 250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- 100g icing sugar
- 1 large egg yolk
- 500g royal icing sugar, plus a little for dusting
- 500g pack ready-to-roll white sugarpaste or fondant icing
- food colouring pastes in a variety of colours, you’ll need red for the roses and black for the eyes and mouth
You will also need
- skull cookie cutter (ours was 12cm x 8cm)
- small round cookie cutter (about 1½ cm) or use the end of a piping nozzle
- To make the dough, tip the butter, flour and a good pinch of salt into a food processor. Blend until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, and the butter is well mixed in. Add the icing sugar, egg yolk and 2 tsp cold water. Blend again until the mixture starts to clump together, add another 1 tsp water if the dough looks too dry, but try to avoid adding any more, as this will make the biscuits tough. Tip the crumbs out onto a work surface and squash everything together to make a ball of dough, you may have to knead it a few times for an even texture. Wrap in cling film, pat into a flat disk and chill for 30 mins.
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line 2 large baking sheets with baking parchment. If the dough is very firm, leave it at room temperature for 10 mins, or until softened a little. Dust your work surface with flour, then unwrap and roll out the dough to the thickness of a £1 coin. Stamp out as many skull shapes as you can, then squash the scraps of dough back together, reroll and stamp out a few more. Arrange the skull shapes over the trays, bake for 18-20 mins, until just golden, swapping the trays over halfway through if your oven cooks unevenly. Leave to cool on the trays for 10 mins, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
- Whilst the biscuits cool, prepare the icing. In a large bowl, mix the royal icing sugar with enough water to make a thick icing. Divide the icing into as many bowls as the number of colours you’d like to use (you’ll need to colour 1 batch black for the mouth) then use the food colouring to colour each a vivid shade – a tiny drop of the food colouring paste goes a long way, so start with a little, then add more if you like. If the icing is too thick to pipe, add a drop more water. Transfer each colour to a separate disposable piping bag and secure the ends (clothes pegs do a good job of keeping the ends closed.)
- Break off 50g of the sugarpaste and set the rest aside, wrapped in clingfilm (This will prevent it from drying out and cracking.) Use the red food colouring to dye the small lump of sugarpaste red, kneading until evenly coloured. To make the roses, take hazelnut-sized balls of the red sugarpaste, and press them into long slim oval shapes on the work surface (roughly 1cm x 4 cm, use a little icing sugar on the surface if it gets too sticky.) Roll up the sugarpaste from one end to create a rose. Whilst still on its side, cut off the bottom to give you a flat base. Continue with the rest of the red sugarpaste until you have about 20 roses (enough for 4 biscuits.)
- Clean down the surface, and dust with a little extra icing sugar. Roll out the remaining sugarpaste to the thickness of a 50p piece, then cut out as many skull shapes as you have biscuits. Use a little of one of the coloured icings to stick the sugarpaste skulls to the biscuits.
- Scrunch any sugarpaste scraps back together and dye the ball of sugarpaste black with the black food colouring, kneading until you have an even colour. Roll out the black sugarpaste and stamp out circles for the eyes (use a round cutter, or the end of a piping nozzle.) Stick the eyes and roses to the biscuits with a little of the coloured royal icing. Snip off the corner of all the piping bags to make a tiny opening and decorate the biscuits as you wish – flowers, hearts and dotty designs all look good. Leave the biscuits to dry for 1 hr before serving. The decorated biscuits will keep for 3 days in a sealed container.
Fancy yourself as quite the baker, or simply just want to improve? Well, come and put your skills to the test whilst gaining a qualification on one of our brilliant bakery courses!
Just two days to go until Sheffield will be awash with witches and ghosts, zombies and skeletons.
Don’t fall into the trap of looking like everyone else though! BuzzFeed have collated 19 utterly petrifying makeup ideas that will frighten the life out of anyone and everyone, and ensure you look nothing like anyone else – or yourself for that matter!
3. Killer Snail
Watch Ellimacs sfx makeup’s tutorial here if you can stomach it.
4. Neon Skull
Here’s the entire tutorial for Desi Perkin’s Neon & Blacklight makeup.
Always thought there was so much more to makeup than the day to day designs?! As you can see from above, you were exactly right! Check out our makeup courses and soon you’ll be able to produce utterly terrifying designs with ease/
Culture secretary John Whittingdale has piled pressure on the BBC to create another flagship music show like Top of the Pops.
BuzzFeed News proudced the below article after the Tory cabinet minister spoke at the parliamentary launch of the Let It Beeb campaign, which aims to protect BBC Music – the part of the organisation that deals with its musical output – from budget cuts ahead of next year’s charter renewal.
Whittingdale was not meant to speak at the event but took to the stage after hearing pleas from BBC director-general Tony Hall and Jo Dipple, the chief of industry group UK Music, to leave music on the BBC alone.
He insisted the BBC’s contribution to music was “absolutely essential”, declaring: “In some ways, actually my criticism of the BBC is that they don’t do enough for music. Radio is very well-served but TV, I’d actually like to see a bit more music…”
His unexpected comments were drowned out by applause. Whittingdale went on: “All I will say to you is as long as I am secretary of state I will continue to support the BBC in highlighting the incredible talent we have in this country. And I haven’t seen the petition but I think I would be very willing to sign it.”
Later he told BuzzFeed News he had been a big fan of Top of the Pops – which was broadcast weekly between 1964 and 2006 – and wanted to see more big music shows back on television. He also said he used to enjoy The Old Grey Whistle Test, a late-night music show that aired between 1971 and 1988.
Jake Bugg at the Let It Beeb launch.
Musician Jake Bugg performed live at the event, which took place in Portcullis House on Monday night with guests including singers Sam Smith and Sandie Shaw and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason. TV stars Nick Grimshaw, Patrick Kielty, and Anneka Rice also showed their support alongside MPs and ministers.
In a passionate speech at the event, Dipple said: “During this [BBC] charter renewal period, when questions are rightly asked by many of you in the room, tonight is a chance for us in the music industry to put on record our support.
“Yes, the management of the BBC might be made more efficient, and that’s not for me to argue here, but wider efficiencies must not impact on BBC Music services – it’s just not worth the risk.”
She said there was “no commercial alternative to BBC Music”, adding: “So if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it.”
At The Sheffield College Hillsborough Campus we have just opened our new Centre for Creative Industries, which includes state of the art music and radio studios! To view our music courses on offer, please follow the link.
Another day closer to Halloween, and another day closer to needing to make some delightfully scary treats for your party!
BBC Good Food have a dead easy, dead quick recipe for toffee apples that are sure to tickle the taste buds of all that try. Here it is:
- 8 Granny Smith apples
- 400g golden caster sugar
- 1 tsp vinegar
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- Place the apples in a large bowl, then cover with boiling water (you may have to do this in 2 batches). This will remove the waxy coating and help the caramel to stick. Dry thoroughly and twist off any stalks. Push a wooden skewer or lolly stick into the stalk end of each apple.
- Lay out a sheet of baking parchment and place the apples on this, close to your stovetop. Tip the sugar into a pan along with 100ml water and set over a medium heat. Cook for 5 mins until the sugar dissolves, then stir in the vinegar and syrup. Set a sugar thermometer in the pan and boil to 150C or ‘hard crack’ stage. If you don’t have a thermometer you can test the toffee by pouring a little into a bowl of cold water. It should harden instantly and, when removed, be brittle and easy to break. If you can still squish the toffee, continue to boil it.
- Working quickly and carefully, dip and twist each apple in the hot toffee until covered, let any excess drip away, then place on the baking parchment to harden. You may have to heat the toffee a little if the temperature drops and it starts to feel thick and viscous. Leave the toffee to cool before eating. Can be made up to 2 days in advance, stored in a dry place.
At The Sheffield College we have a fantastic catering department offering courses in Professional Cookery, Patisserie and Confectionery and many, many more. Have a look through our courses and it give it a try today!
Halloween is never easy. Getting that blend of scare factor without looking like everyone else is tough.
Take a look at their spook-tacular suggestions below.
1. Alice in Wonderland characters
Any Tim Burton-esque costumes are popular at Halloween and these character-based costumes are some of our most popular ones. They’re both iconic and effective, and customers can easily complete the look with simple make up and eye accessories.
2. Davy Jones
Pirates – one of our favourite themes – lend themselves to a lot of ‘dark’ interpretations. With these stunningly tailored costumes and with some liquid latex, makeup and perhaps eye accessories you can create a very dramatic effect.
3. Sweeney Todd & Mrs Lovett
Another Tim Burton interpretation of a classic horror character! Great for couples, Mrs Lovett and Sweeney Todd are easy to wear, and require the minimum of makeup to create maximum effect – dark eyes, blacked out teeth, backcombed hair with white/powder streaks through all mean you don’t have to wear masks/wigs (a lot of customers want to avoid this as it adds heat).
4. Zombie Hunters
A new one for this year; we get asked loads for zombies, but someone has to hunt them! The coat can also be used to interpret different characters if required, so we do try to encourage customers to look at a lot of our non-Halloween costumes and make them into gothic/horror versions.
A style that is emerging more and more – essentially Victorian or period costumes fused with sci-fi / mechanical accessories.
Fancy putting costumes together, or even creating them yourselves as a living? Have a look into our fashion and clothesmaking courses and apprenticeships on offer at The Sheffield College now!
So you’ve filled out the easy parts of your UCAS form but still have your 47 lines to complete. Don’t be scared! Here’s how to make your statement sing.
The biggest hurdle is where to begin when you’re staring at a blank page. Once you’ve written your first draft it gets easier. This skeleton plan may help get you thinking:
Why do you want to do this course? What inspired your choice? Show you understand what you’ve applied for and most of all be positive and excited about the course.
Middle section (up to two paragraphs)
Give evidence to prove your enthusiasm for the course and why you deserve a place. Include the research you’ve done to understand the subject. Have you attended talks or written blog posts, for example? What inspired you? Use recent extra-curricular activities and work placements to demonstrate how you’ve developed relevant qualities and skills for the course. If you’ve chosen a variety of courses, write about the common themes. Try to include what’s unique about you and what makes you stand out.
Positive end paragraph
This is the personal touch where you talk briefly about your interests. End on a positive note and keep your conclusion short and sharp without repeating what you’ve already said.
Advice from admissions tutors
“Before you start drafting your statement check the entry profiles for the courses you’re interested in at UCAS.com,” advises June Hughes, registrar and secretary at the University of Derby, “”This will enable you to understand what experience and qualifications are required.”
“You need to demonstrate, above all else, focus and commitment. Prioritise what it is you have to say; be explicit about your skills and qualities, ” advises Nicola Murray-Fagan, head of UK student recruitment at Bournemouth University, “A simple rule to remember is whenever you say you have a skill or quality – demonstrate how, when and where you acquired it.”
Dos and Don’ts
- Make sure you have the correct spelling, grammar and punctuation and your statement has been proofed.
- Keep your sentences short and don’t waffle or repeat information you have already included elsewhere in your application..
- Say what you hope to achieve from the course.
- Don’t use flattery like, ‘it would be an honour to study at your university,’ or include the specific names of universities. Remember your UCAS application and personal statement will be seen by all the universities you apply for.
- Don’t try to be funny or use rhetorical questions or clichés.
- Don’t copy an already existing personal statement you have found on the internet – you will get caught!
- Most of all be positive and DO show lots of genuine engagement and enthusiasm about the course.
- Do check the UCAS deadline for your courses as timings vary and allow plenty of time to submit your application.
Many people assume that completing a degree level qualification means having to go to university to study. This isn’t the case. There are loads of benefits to doing your degree at The Sheffield College, and we offer a whole range of fantastic courses. To find out more please follow http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk/University-Centre