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Lunch and £20 Refer a Friend for New Sign Ups on our Employability Programme!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Are you a young person aged 16-18 looking for a college where you can achieve the qualifications you need to progress? Are you thinking about joining asphaleia college but are not quite sure? Are you a professional working with a young person who is hesitant?

We all know how good food is essential for optimum learning, so we are offering to get lunch for the whole of a young person’s first week with us, if they sign up to join our employability further education programme THIS WEEK.

Bring a friend along as well and you’ll both get a £20 high street voucher too (usually £10). Again, this is the final week of this bonus amount so act fast!

Free lunch sign up for education college course

Call us today on 01903 823546 to find out how to make a referral or sign yourself up.

Setting Targets for Achievement at asphaleia training College

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

As the last bit of tinsel is packed away and the pounding headache of New Year’s day thankfully loses its strength, we are then left to ponder resolutions that will improve our lives and well-being. Some opt for Dry January; many will attempt, some more successful than others, to push aside the habit of smoking; while others seek new careers with new opportunities and new challenges. We are no strangers to progress and achievement at asphaleia college, which is why review week at the start of 2019 has given our learners the opportunity to set targets, realise their potential and open up a world full of achievement and opportunity.

Education and qualification targets

Eyes on the prize!

Even seemingly small targets, such as: ‘answer questions in front of the class’, ‘participate in some work experience’, or ‘achieve my first qualification in English’ enable our learners to focus on overcoming their challenges so that progress is recognised, confidence is gained and new targets can be set. Chipping away these small targets allows us to climb, bit-by-bit, our own personal Everest.

At our next review in three months’ time, when others have fallen off the New-Year’s-resolution-wagon or have sneaked outside for a cheeky cigarette; we will have learners who have held their hands high, taken their first steps into employment and passed that first English qualification.

To make a referral to our English, maths and employability programme, email trainingreferrals@asphaleia.co.uk.

New Year, New Maths Game at asphaleia training College!

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019
What better way to start the new year than by practicing those mental maths skills? Brush the dust off your brain cells that have hibernated over Christmas and get the maths mind ready with a simple mental arithmetic game. In the maths Level 1/2 class in Worthing, we had circular targets printed out with a range of numbers up to 20 round the outside and 25 for the bullseye. You could easily make this yourself if you are feeling crafty! We then played the old fashioned game of ‘Tiddlywinks’ (yes it really did used to be called that many years ago), which means you ping a counter across the table by pressing another counter gently on its edge. Each learner started with 100 points then they had to subtract the number they landed on (no calculators allowed!) and the first to zero was the winner!
We then changed it up a level and combined rolling a dice with shooting a counter on the target and then you had to multiply the two numbers – the first to 500 won! An easy way to practice mental maths and it brought out the competitive edge in everyone! Use it or lose it I say! If you have any other ideas for simple mental maths games, do send them in to me at katiecolcombe@asphaleiavlc.co.uk
… Keep on playing, whoever said maths wasn’t fun?!
 If you or someone you know is aged 16-18 and needs to get a maths and/or English qualification, please contact graciethorne@asphaleia.co.uk.
 

asphaleia training college to Open for Taster Week in West Sussex and West London

Friday, January 18th, 2019

asphaleia training runs employability programmes for young people aged 16-18. Our learners can join a course at any time during the year and benefit from a learning experience tailored to their qualification and learning needs.

4th-8th February

Our taster week will take place in the first week of February in Worthing, West Sussex and Uxbridge, West London. Young people, their parents and any professionals working with this age group will be welcome to come to our college buildings and have a look around. You will be able to speak with staff and young people and find out about what we offer. There will also be taster sessions of our courses running (more details to follow). If you are interested in attending this taster week, please email graciethorne@asphaleia.co.uk to be put on our contact list.

What We Offer

On Track

  • On Track is a further education programme for young people aged 16-18 run by asphaleia in Worthing and Bognor Regis.
  • It provides practical skills, qualifications, work experience and careers guidance to support young people at the beginning of their journey towards work and a career.
  • The course is around 12-14 hours per week and offers accredited qualifications in English, Maths and Employability, real-life work experiences and workplace activities, careers guidance and transferable skills.

On Track ESOL (English as a Second Language)

  • Full-time further education provision.
  • For 16-18 year-olds who speak English as a second language, including those with very low levels of English and newly-arrived in the country.

Make Trax

  • For those not yet ready for the full On Track programme, we can offer pre-engagement support via our Make Trax project.
  • This is a bespoke 1:1 and small group programme for NEET young people facing barriers to learning and work. It acts as a tailored introduction programme for young people to enter education, employment or training.
  • For 16-25 year olds.

Throughout January we are DOUBLING our refer a friend scheme with a young person and their friend receiving a £20 voucher if their friend starts at asphaleia and attends for two weeks!

To refer a young person please contact graciethorne@asphaleia.co.uk

Christmas Celebrations for our Learners

Friday, December 21st, 2018

During this last week, our young people in both Worthing and Bognor celebrated the end of a fantastic term with a Christmas party.

At the Phoenix Centre in Bognor Regis, our learners tested their math skills by making 3D snowflakes, as well as their knowledge of Christmas songs and characters by participating in a quiz. We even had a round on asphaleia and tested their artistic skills by asking them to draw the most creative version of Christmas they could. There was also festive food and music throughout the day.

The learners in Worthing enjoyed a similar festive experience, with learners working together to make decorations and win prizes throughout the afternoon. Staff also took this opportunity to award certificates of achievement to some learners who had excelled in their studies and attendance.

For learners in Bognor, this was a chance to celebrate the amazing work they have done in the short time we have been open at the Phoenix Centre. They have been working towards a qualification in employability. One learning experience they had on this course was an art project in Bognor Regis town centre. Working with the charity U CAN SPRAY, the learners created an Aztec Christmas tree for the whole town to enjoy. A massive well done and thank you to all of those learners. We are excited to see what next term brings!

In Worthing, many of our students were also celebrating the end of their exams which they have been working hard towards all term. They thoroughly deserved some fun and food and we are looking forward to seeing them next term and celebrating some good results.

A very Merry Christmas to all of our learners!

If you would like to see more of our Christmas fun, follow us on Instagram @asphaleiainsta or twitter @asphtraining. If you, or someone you know, are aged 16-18 and are interested in achieving qualifications at asphaleia, please call us on 01903 522966 and ask to speak to Gracie.

Kinda Nice to be Kind: Anti-bullying Week 2018

Monday, December 10th, 2018

As part of anti-bullying week, at asphaleia training we focused on the positive effects of being kind to others and what acts of kindness make people feel. At the beginning of each lesson, learners were asked to consider what kindness means and how we can alter someone’s mood for the better just through a few words or a simple action. Brick by brick we constructed our own ‘Wall of Kindness’ with individual comments from our learners.

The overall response was one of thoughtfulness and consideration. The impact of being nice or putting a smile on someone’s face is not forgotten and is truly appreciated by our learners. Phrases such as, ‘feeling respected’, ‘you are worth it’, ‘be amazing’ and ‘make someone’s day’ were commonplace on our wall and reflected many of our aims and objectives.

The wall is still presented in our foyer for all to see and consider what kindness brings. It also makes people think about what would be on their brick. What would be on yours?

asphaleia staff also wore odd socks to support this important awareness week!

To refer a young people to our education and support services in West Sussex or Uxbridge, please call asphaleia on 01903 823546.

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asphaleia Learners Attend Networking Event in Bognor Regis

Friday, November 30th, 2018
asphaleia has recently opened their doors in Bognor Regis to help support more young people to achieve qualifications. As a part of their employability class, the young people had the chance to visit The Social Enterprise Networking Convention at the Pheonix Centre. This networking convention allowed young people to meet and greet a variety of people who could help them with their future careers. The young people engaged wonderfully in speaking, listening and discovering the stands themselves. At first, they were hesitant to interact with new people but afterwards stated that they felt they had overcome a big obstacle.
In class afterwards, we asked all of our young people to write about the experience they had had. One of our young people wrote: “What was so good about going to this event was that I got to see what these people needed to achieve before going into the business they are in. I am only just back in education and it gave me the ability to see further than just passing. It has reminded me that I am here for the future as well as right now.”
Well done team Bognor and a massive thank you to everyone who took part in The Social Enterprise Networking Convention for letting us talk to you.
If you are interested in our On Track or Make Trax programme in Bognor Regis, we are accepting referrals today. Contact Gracie graciethorne@asphaleiavlc.co.uk or 01903 522966.

 

Learners Create asphaleia Cafe with Halloween Themed Menu

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Last month, asphaleia learners ran their very own café for the staff. Our learners made, sold, and marketed all of the items on their very spooky menu.

Their menu included:

Boonanas – bananas with chocolate faces.
Fingernail Salad – grapes and passion fruit.
Spiders – Grapes and chocolate
Mummy’s Delight – chocolate covered shortbread with marshmallow bandages.
Blood Punch – Apple, cranberry, ginger juice and sparkling water.

Our learners wrote a clear list of what needed to be done and then spread the workload fairly so that they were working as a team. The food preparation team cleaned down the food preparation area and ensured everyone was ready to handle food. They then prepared all the food while the marketing team named and prepared the menu and calculated the cost of the food items and set the menu prices. After the food had been prepared the waiting team went to find customers. They spoke to various staff members in a polite manner and took their orders. All staff members were given chocolate coins to pay for their food, meaning that the waiting staff had to calculate the cost and give accurate change. This was an excellent opportunity to gain work experience in a safe and friendly environment. Once ordered the wait staff relayed the information to the food preparation team and they plated up the orders for the wait staff to deliver to our lovely customers.

Our learners said: “I really liked doing asphaleia café and I want to do it again.”

“I really enjoyed making all the food, I’d never really done anything like this before but I liked it.”

“I thought that I would be really bad at taking orders because I don’t really like talking to people but I was actually really good at it. It helped me know that it wasn’t that bad.”

If you or someone you know could be interested in our On Track learning programme, please call 01903 522966.

Learning at asphaleia training – What do we Offer Young People?

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

We are halfway through the autumn term with our new learners who were offered a place at asphaleia for this new academic year.  Our classes resumed on the 10th of September 2018 after a month long Intensive Summer Programme. It is indeed an exciting year ahead and we at asphaleia training are looking forward to another rewarding year of paving the way to success for our young people.

We realise that the transition from their home country to the United Kingdom can be very stressful as young people today have to navigate a complex and ever-changing world, facing challenges and pressures in numerous aspects of their lives. asphaleia aim to provide an ideal environment for promoting both intellectual and good emotional well-being among our young people. Now that our young people have a place with us, we will be making that process as smooth as possible to ensure that they have a fruitful experience at asphaleia.

At asphaleia training, our young people are at the heart of every decision. Everything we do is about ensuring their experiences here help them develop in a caring, supportive environment. We have high expectations and aspirations for every one of our learners and we believe in taking a robust approach to accomplish this as our vision is that our learners aspire to be the best they can be.  It goes hand-in-hand with Nelson Mandela’s thoughts

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 Who are we?

asphaleia is a registered Further Education Provider and has been rated Good by OFSTED recently. We run learning centres in Sussex and West London offering an alternative learning environment that is open 52 weeks of the year. We offer OCR accredited qualifications at Pre-Entry through to Level 2 as well as internally recognised certificates of achievement. Qualifications include Functional Skills Maths, English (ESOL), Vocational Courses and Employability programmes. We aim to enhance the delivery of education establishments by providing additional support for their young people who need it and will be able to complete their programme within one academic year. It is an ideal route as it provides an opportunity to get qualifications that enable young people to make a positive transition into higher level education or work. We also run personal development courses focusing on developing confidence, self-awareness and self-management.

We help learners to overcome any barriers to learning with support with travel, equipment, clothes for interviews or specialist job equipment and our facilities are accessible for all learners with disabilities or specific needs. We will work to help any young person to create their programme for progression.

We recognise that everyone has an important part to play in a young person’s development and that all contributions no matter how big or small are valued. We therefore seek to work in close partnership with parents/guardians and other professionals at all times. Please join us, and together we can take positive steps towards building a better future for our young people.

We are now offering our training service in BOGNOR REGIS!

To make a referral, please email referrals@asphaleia.co.uk or call our learning centre in Worthing on 01903 823546, or our learning centre in Uxbridge on 01895 272478.

Anti-Bullying Week

Monday, November 19th, 2018

National Anti-Bullying Week– 12th-16th November 2018

What is bullying?

“There is no legal definition of bullying. But it is usually defined as repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically, and is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.” For more information, please visit: www.bullying.co.uk

Over the week and across the different locations of Worthing, Kent, London and Bognor Regis, staff and young people have been participating in different activities and discussions for anti-bullying week.

Odd Socks

In order to raise awareness, asphaleia joined many organisations nationwide who wore odd socks on Monday 12th November. Our creative and colourful effort was rewarded with Bullying UK tweeting us to let us know how great our feet looked!

 

Choose Respect

The theme this year for Anti-Bullying week was ‘Choose Respect’. In the 1:1 mentoring sessions and lessons staff have been talking to young people about what respect means to them and what they consider to be respectful. One of our staff members remarked:

Respect was a huge part of today’s topic and the statement that I encouraged them to take away from today was ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ We’ve also talked a lot about posting only positive things online; staying away from any kind of spread of negativity and respecting people’s differences in that we all feel different things and different things will trigger us.” (Ruby, asphaleia action)

Furthermore, in our 1:1 sessions in care and SAFE WL, young people commented that:

  • I feel respected when”People listen to me, when people treat me the same”
  • Showing respect to people is important because… “It shows that you care, so that their feelings do not get hurt”
  • I demonstrate respect for myself when I…”show that I am proud ofwhat I have achieved.”
  • I wish people were more respected becauseSome people are affected more ways than others”.

Wall of Kindness

To spread kindness, asphaleia training created a Wall of Kindness to encourage positive words being shared amongst staff and young people. These are just ‘snapshots’ of some of the things we got up to this week, where staff and young people both learnt a lot and had fun at the same time.

 

For more information and pictures,  you can follow us on our social media, @asphaleiainsta, @asphtraining or ‘like’ us on Facebook as asphaleia. Alternatively, for more information on our ventures, please call 01903 522966.