North Warwickshire and Hinckley College

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North Warwickshire and Hinckley College
Nwhc logo.png
Established 1996
Type Further Education College
Principal & Chief Executive Marion Plant OBE
Location Hinckley Road
Nuneaton
Warwickshire
CV11 6BH
England Coordinates: 52°31′49″N 1°26′55″W / 52.5302°N 1.4486°W / 52.5302; -1.4486
Local authority Warwickshire
DfE URN 130836 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students c.26,000
Gender Coeducational
Ages 14+
Website www.nwhc.ac.uk

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College is a Further Education College with main campuses in Nuneaton and Hinckley. The College offers Full-time, Part-time and Higher Education courses, as well as Apprenticeships and training solutions for employers.

History[edit]

The College began in 1910 as the 'Nuneaton Technical College' and the 'Nuneaton School of Art' respectively, with the Technical College catering mainly to mining students. In 1913 the College moved to a larger building containing a laboratory, lecture room, drawing room and handicraft room only for the College to close between 1914 and 1919 due to the First World War. When the College reopened after the war it changed its structure to include general education courses. The College grew further and relocated again in 1923 and became the 'County Mining and Technical School' in 1932. The size and scope of the education provided continued to grow over the next two decades and in 1952 the Art School was amalgamated with the College to form the 'Nuneaton Technical College and School of Art' and in 1958 the main campus was relocated to Hinckley Road where it remains.

The college was subsequently renamed to 'North Warwickshire College of Technology and Art" until the merger with Hinckley College to become North Warwickshire and Hinckley College in 1996.

Campus developments[edit]

New Hinckley Campus

In September 2011, the College opened a new Hinckley Campus located on Lower Bond Street in the town centre. The £13m campus is home to the College’s Creative Arts provision.

Engineering Centre

In September 2011, a £1.5m investment from Warwickshire County Council funded the development of a new engineering facility at the College's Nuneaton Campus. The Advanced Engineering Centre has workshop space, conference facilities and classrooms, as well as specialist equipment.

Harrowbrook Construction Centre

The Construction Centre is home to the College's Brickwork, Carpentry, Environmental Technologies, Painting and Decorating and Plumbing courses.

Competitions[edit]

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College is one of the few colleges in the country with a specific strategy around competitions. In November 2013, 29 students from North Warwickshire & Hinckley College competed in the WorldSkills UK finals at the Skills Show held in Birmingham.

Campus locations[edit]

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College has six campuses located in Hinckley & Bosworth, Nuneaton & Bedworth and North Warwickshire.

  • Nuneaton Campus - located on Hinckley Road, Nuneaton
  • Atherstone Campus - located on Ratcliffe Road, Atherstone
  • Hinckley Campus - located on Lower Bond Street, Hinckley
  • Construction Centre - located on Harrowbrook Industrial Estate, Hinckley
  • Bedworth Civic Hall - located on High Street, Bedworth

Higher Education[edit]

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College runs over 30 Higher Education and Professional Courses and works closely with leading universities to provide an offer covering a variety of sectors and aiding progression into a broad range of industries.

The College has links with Coventry University, Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, and the University of Warwick. There are also additional agreements with other partner universities to offer guaranteed interviews at Nottingham Trent University and Leicester University.

The most recent development is a partnership between North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and the University of West London to offer courses and progression routes in Health & Care.

Apprenticeships[edit]

An Apprenticeship is a work-based learning programme for an employee who gains a nationally recognised qualification. There are over 250 different types of Apprenticeship frameworks covering 1,400 job roles and are available at three levels: Intermediate, Advanced and Higher.

Apprenticeships are available to those who are leaving school, already in employment or looking to start a new career. North Warwickshire & Hinckley College offers Apprenticeships in a range of industries from Business to Teaching and Engineering to Media.

Employers[edit]

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College works with over 1,000 local, regional and national employers. The College has experience in delivering training to a wide range of sector areas including engineering, construction, health and care, logistics and service industries – as well as leadership, management and business skills training and support.

The College currently works with over 350 employers to deliver a variety of Apprenticeships, including MIRA, Triumph and Toyota Material Handlings.

Midland Academies Trust[edit]

The Midland Academies Trust (MAT) is an independent charitable organisation established by North Warwickshire & Hinckley College, a Department for Education approved academy sponsor, to support local schools.

Schools currently part of the Trust include: The Nuneaton Academy, The George Eliot School, Hartshill School, William Bradford Community College and The Midland Studio College Hinckley and The Midland Studio College Nuneaton.

Open to the Public[edit]

Budding Florists[edit]

Floristry students at North Warwickshire & Hinckley College have launched a florist retail outlet at the Nuneaton Campus. The aptly named, “Budding Florists”, is staffed and managed by a group of more than 50 students selling arrangements created during practical sessions on their courses, as well as taking commissions for weddings, funerals and special occasions.

Glebegate Restaurant[edit]

The Glebegate Restaurant offers a range of lunch time and evening dining. The restaurant is open to the public and serves lunch time meals and fine dining in the evenings. All meals are produced and served by College students and staff. The premises are fully licensed and offers a broad range of wines and locally sourced and continental beers.

Refresh[edit]

Refresh is the College’s lunch time eatery, where all food is freshly prepared to order and served by College students.

Sport & Fitness Centre[edit]

The College’s Sport & Fitness Centre is located at the Nuneaton Campus is open seven days a week to College staff and students and the public. The Centre provides equipment, an all new fitness class timetable, one to one personal training and advice, and a Spinning studio.[clarification needed]

The Salons[edit]

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College’s Hair & Beauty Salons are open to the public with students and the College’s team of therapists and stylists. A wide variety of treatments are offered including hair styling, perms, hair colouring, aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, reflexology, nail treatments and massage.

WiseOwls Nursery[edit]

WiseOwls Nursery, located at the Nuneaton Campus, was inspected by Ofsted in December 2013 and received a Good Inspection.

Notable alumni[edit]

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