November 2023 - Capital City College Group
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CONEL Students Attend Spotlight on Horror Workshop with The British Board of Classification

Students from CONEL take part in a workshop led by The British Board of Film Classification to learn about the classification process and its issues. 

Students from The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) were invited to a Spotlight on Horror workshop in collaboration with The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). The event, which took place on 23 November, gave students from Level 2 Music and Media courses the opportunity to learn about the classification of films in the horror genre.

The event started with an introduction to the BBFC which is an independent, non-governmental body that has classified cinema films since it was set up in 1912. Students were given insight into the classification process and its challenges.

Ian Mashiah, a compliance officer for the BBFC then led a workshop where he explained the reasoning behind various ratings of a range of films. Students were able to watch a range of vintage and contemporary clips and listen to a detailed analysis of each film’s rating. They also heard about factors that would cause a rating to be changed, such as viewer responses.

Nicholas Adesulure, a Level 2 Music Student, said: “I really enjoyed this trip, it has opened my eyes and given me a deep understanding as to why movies are given certain age ratings. We currently have an assignment on foley sounds for films and this trip has definitely given me loads of ideas on how to create horror foley sounds.”

Scarlett Squire, a teacher at CONEL, said “This trip was great for our students who want to understand how to create films for their projects. Understanding age ratings will help them create content for their correct target audiences. Students really enjoyed watching different clips and guessing the age ratings. Some were shocked to see that Hotel Transylvania was given a U rating!”

You can find out more about our Music courses here.

You can find out more about our Film and Media courses here.

CANDI’s Performing Arts and Music Students Take to the Stage in a Series of Performances

Performing Arts and Music students showcase their skills in a series of performances to students, parents and teachers.

Students at City and Islington College (CANDI) have been preparing and performing a series of shows, ranging from a modern take on Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Tom Wells’ coming-of-age drama Broken Biscuits.

CANDI students from Performing Arts and Music courses have been involved at every stage of preparing these shows, from reworking classical texts to participating in technical rehearsals. Students have already performed their own version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Morning by Simon Stephens, and Old Times by Harold Pinter. 


Some scenes from the Performing Arts show yesterday at City and Islington College! 🎭 The students performed a modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in front of an audience of students, parents and teachers. 🎬 Our upcoming performances at CANDI include 👇 Friday 24 Nov – Morning (3pm & 7pm) Tuesday 28 Nov – Old Times (3pm & 7pm) Thursday 30 Nov – Broken Biscuits (3pm & 7pm) Thursday 5th Dec – Music Show (3pm & 7pm) Wednesday 6th Dec – Music Show (3pm & 7pm) To learn more about our performing arts courses, click the link in our bio. #performingarts #drama #MSND #shakespeare #show #college #london #lifeatcccg

♬ original sound – Capital City College Group

Performances are taking place at CANDI’s Centre for Business, Arts and Technology (CBAT) on Camden Road (no booking required).

There are more performances still to come:

  • 30 November – Broken Biscuits (3pm and 7pm)
  • 5 December – Music Show (3pm and 7pm)
  • 6 December – Music Show (3pm and 7pm)

Georgia Gomes Pozzebon, who is studying for a Performing Arts Diploma and played Ophelia in the student’s revamped version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, said: “It’s been a really interesting process, getting to see how different people work, getting to learn different techniques and different ways of performing.”


The Performing Arts shows at City and Islington College have started! 🎭 Today the students performed a modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in front of an audience of students, parents and teachers. 🎬 Our upcoming performances at CANDI include 👇 Friday 24 Nov – Morning (3pm & 7pm) Tuesday 28 Nov – Old Times (3pm & 7pm) Thursday 30 Nov – Broken Biscuits (3pm & 7pm) Thursday 5th Dec – Music Show (3pm & 7pm) Wednesday 6th Dec – Music Show (3pm & 7pm) To learn more about our performing arts courses, click the link in our bio. #performingarts #drama #MSND #shakespeare #show #college #london #lifeatcccg

♬ original sound – Capital City College Group

You can find out more about our Music courses here.

You can find out more about our Performing Arts courses here.

CONEL Students Gain Insight Into Top Agency VMLY&R at Advertising Unlocked Event

CONEL students take part in the Advertising Unlocked event to learn more about careers, and campaigns and put their media skills to the test.

A group of students from The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) met with the global agency VMLY&R on 15 November at Sea Containers London to learn more about the world of advertising. VMLY&R is an agency with global reach and has worked with an impressive list of international brands such as Coca Cola, Oreos, Dell and Wendy’s.

Advertising Unlocked is a UK-wide initiative that encourages schools and colleges to participate in an industry-wide open day. On 15 November, top UK advertising and media agencies opened their doors to the next generation of talent, giving insight into how campaigns are made. The Advertising Unlocked event, organised by the college, allowed a group of 28 students from the Level 3 Extended Games and Media courses to gain knowledge and practical experience relating to the world of advertising. 

The day began with representatives from VMLY&R presenting the agency’s history and sharing details about its most memorable campaigns. Then, students took part in a networking session with people from the advertising industry which helped them build a bigger picture of the agency environment. They had the opportunity to learn about different roles within an agency and the skills needed in each area. 

Hannah Nwogu, a Level 3 Media student said: “Incredibly positive experience, the agency were very welcoming. The environment was amazing and all the staff were so friendly. The agency helped break down the different jobs in the advertising agency and take the mystery away from what job titles do what. I would 100% consider a job in advertising after this.”

To consolidate what they had seen and learnt, students then took part in a group task. They were presented with a brief for a “Drink Driving Safety” campaign with a target audience of 18 to 26 year olds.

After discussing their ideas, students worked together to pitch their campaign and advertisement proposals.

Francesca Perilli, a Level 3 Media student said: “This trip was so useful, I enjoyed speaking to people in the industry. I had so much fun doing the practical tasks as it put us in the same shoes as them for the day. The feedback we received back from the practical sessions was very helpful and made us think outside the box.”

You can find out more about our Digital Media courses here.

CANDI Students Receive OCN Awards for Achievement and Commitment

CANDI students Vlad Starchenko and Thamina Rahman from the Access to Engineering Diploma receive OCN Michael Sargent Bursary Awards.

Two City and Islington College (CANDI) students have received recognition for their academic performance and dedication to their studies as part of the Open College Network (OCN) Awards. Vlad Starchenko and Thamina Rahman, who completed the Access to Engineering Diploma at CANDI, were awarded Michael Sargent Bursary Awards.

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Vlad Starchenko received the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. He was nominated for the award because of the exceptional quality of his work, his commitment to assisting his peers and his dedication to the pursuit of knowledge. 

Vlad’s teachers said: “Vlad is an extraordinary individual whose journey and accomplishments are truly inspiring. His outstanding academic achievements, particularly in the face of adversity and personal challenges, demonstrate a level of excellence and dedication that is rarely seen.”

Vlad will go forward to be considered for the National Access to Higher Education Keith Fletcher Prize. Having completed the Access to Engineering Diploma, he has gone on to study Games Programming at Ravensbourne University, London

Thamina Rahman was selected as runner up for the Outstanding Commitment to Study Award.

Thamina completed the Access to Engineering Diploma after facing numerous challenges. The award recognises her dedication, resilience, and unwavering commitment to her studies. 

Thamina’s teachers said: “Thamina’s journey began with an initial setback, as she joined the course as a late enroller around a month later than her peers. Despite this delay, she exhibited an unmatched work ethic, and although she had to work so much harder than the rest of her classmates to catch up, she ultimately achieved outstanding results in her Access to Engineering Diploma, achieving far more Distinctions than she believed possible.”

After successfully completing her course at CANDI, Thamina has been able to pursue her dreams and has accepted a place to study Aeronautical Engineering at Queen Mary University. 

Congratulations to both students on their awards!

You can find out more about the Access to Engineering Diploma here.

Mayor of London’s Skills Academies Helps 10,000 Londoners Gain Employment

The Mayor of London’s Skills Academies has worked with 10,000 people across the city and supported them in gaining employment across various sectors.

The Mayor of London’s Skills Academies have helped over 10,000 Londoners progress into work in the digital, green, health and social care, hospitality and creative industries. 

The programme coordinates training provision and employer demand, helping Londoners to prepare for the future and enabling employers to access the skills they need to thrive. Over 2,500 employers have engaged with the Mayor’s Skills Academies programme since it launched in January 2022.

Capital City College Group (CCCG) is proud to run four academy hubs which focus on supporting the creative, construction, digital, and hospitality sectors:

  • Creative Skills Hub – providing training and industry networks to jumpstart a career in the creative sector
  • Green Hub – working towards retrofitting environmentally friendly energy systems to reduce emissions whilst creating job opportunities
  • Digital Skills Hub – supporting training and guidance with high-tech equipment to develop a career in the digital sector
  • Hospitality Hub – offering bespoke training opportunities and support packages to facilitate employment in the hospitality sector

All four of CCCG’s Mayor’s Skills Academies are credited by The Quality Mark, which identifies them as excellent, industry-relevant training providers.

You can find out more about our Mayor of London Skills Academies here.

TEAM CCCG SPORT Crowned AOC London Regional Basketball Champions for the Second Consecutive Year

Basketball teams from CANDI and CONEL beat the competition to become the Association of Colleges (AOC) Sport Basketball London Regional Champions. 

Two basketball teams from The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) and City and Islington College (CANDI) represented Capital City College Group (CCCG) at the SCORE Centre in Leyton on 22 November. They took part in an intense competition and played some of the region’s top basketball teams.

The CONEL basketball team faced a difficult start to the competition with a narrow 11-9 victory in their opening game. The team soon found its rhythm and went on to have five consecutive wins. The CANDI basketball team also had notable victories and finished third in the competition.

The TEAM CCCG SPORT volleyball team also showcased their remarkable skills and experienced sporting success. Despite only having become a team four weeks before the tournament, the players demonstrated their enormous potential and came second in the regional volleyball competition.

Thanks to their excellent performances, all three have secured their places in the upcoming AOC Sport National Championships which will take place on 19 April 2024 in Nottingham.

Jonathan Silman, the Head of Sport for CCCG, and Rob Murphy, the Sports Development Manager, were both delighted with the achievements of TEAM CCCG SPORT. Jonathan Silman said: “Our ambition is to become the number one Sports college in the country. The rapid growth of our Sports Academies, combined with a strong desire and a collectively group-wide approach, is fast-tracking our goal.”

Congratulations to all TEAM CCCG SPORT teams on their fantastic performances!

Find out more about our Sport and Fitness courses and Sport Academies here.

Mark Martin MBE delivers inspiring talk to students at WestKing

Westminster Kingsway College students attend a talk by Mark Martin MBE as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Westminster Kingsway College (WestKing) welcomed Mark Martin MBE to the Kings Cross Centre to deliver an inspiring talk to students as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The event, which took place on 16 November, was organised in collaboration with Central District Alliance (CDA).

Mark Martin, Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Education Practice at Northeastern University, is a key figure in the UK technology scene. In addition to contributing to edtech and Computer Science education, he is also an advisor to the government, big tech companies, institutions, and charities. As co-founder of UKBlackTech, Mark champions home-grown talent, digital skills, and education equity. In recognition of his contributions, he was awarded an MBE  for services to education, technology and diversity in UK technology in 2019.


We had the pleasure of welcoming @Mark Martin MBE to our Westminster Kingsway College, King’s Cross campus to give an inspirational speech to our students as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week! 🙌 This event is brought to you by Central District Alliance, Business Development District and is in partnership with Capital City College Group. 🤝 During this week, people from various countries worldwide will come together through local, national and global events to create solutions for worldwide economic growth. 🎉 #growth #entrepreneurship #college #london #lifeatcccg

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During his lunchtime talk, Mark spoke to around 180 students and shared valuable insights into how to prepare for the future. He encouraged students to connect with like-minded individuals, stand out by delivering beyond expectations and stay focused on their individual goals. Students at WestKing took the opportunity to ask him questions and chat with him after his motivating and informative talk.

Inspired by Mark’s speech? Find out more about our Computing and IT courses here!

CANDI’s Future Architects Programme Shortlisted for the Thornton Education Trust Awards

City and Islington College’s Stanton Williams Future Architects programme is a finalist in the Thornton Education Trust Inspire Future Generations Awards.

City and Islington College (CANDI) is delighted to announce that it has been selected as a finalist for Thornton Education Trust’s Inspire Future Generations Awards. The awards recognise and celebrate excellent projects and programmes that engage and empower young people to have a voice in shaping their built environment.

CANDI’s Future Architects programme has been shortlisted in the Educational Collaborations category, which recognises the development of creative projects between schools and building environment practices or organisations.

The Future Architects programme, which has been running at CANDI for three years, is part of an ongoing collaboration with internationally renowned architect Stanton Williams. Over 100 students have participated in the programme which consists of talks, workshops, portfolio or career advice and summer internships at Stanton Williams

The programme was set up to support Year 12 students with an interest in architecture and encourage curiosity about sustainability in architecture while developing skills. The 2023 cohort included a mixture of visual arts students from the Sixth Form College and Engineering students from the Centre for Applied Sciences. The Future Architects programme aims to encourage students from marginalised groups to explore the field of architecture and provide work experience opportunities.

Amelia Tran, a Fine Art and Graphics student, said, “My experiences on the project have helped me expand my creativity, and not just that, but the talks, portfolio workshop and summer internship also helped me to build my confidence and realise that I can become an architect. I will be applying to study architecture at UCL next year.” 

Nana Brew, Curriculum Leader for Performing and Visual Arts at CANDI Sixth Form College, said: “The Future Architect programme with Stanton Williams has greatly influenced our Performing and Visual Arts students, elevating their aspirations and motivating them to explore careers in architecture and design. I would like to express gratitude to our generous partners at Stanton Williams for their valuable time and resources. Special thanks to the participating students and our dedicated teachers who supported and facilitated the programme.”

Winners of the Thornton Education Trust’s Inspire Future Generations Awards will be announced on 4 December at the Building Centre.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the Future Architects programme on becoming a finalist!

Find out more about our Visual Arts courses here.

Find out more about our Engineering courses here.

Angel Shed’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations Are Underway

CANDI’s resident theatre company, Angel Shed, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an exciting timetable of performances and events.

Angel Shed Theatre Company is currently celebrating 20 years of providing inclusive performing arts for children and young people with a range of events and fundraising activities.

Based at City and Islington College’s (CANDI) Centre for Business, Arts and Technology, Angel Shed is a charity that creates inspirational and outstanding youth-led theatre. The charity provides a safe space for children to express themselves, develop confidence and take an active part in the creative process.

To celebrate reaching this impressive milestone, Angel Shed is hosting an array of events across 2023 and 2024, including special performances, screenings and a celebration event.

Angel Shed aims to raise £20,000 to mark its 20 years of providing inclusive, high-quality training to children and young people. There are a number of fundraising events taking place, including a pub quiz, a staff marathon entry and numerous other exciting events. For those wishing to support the charity directly, donations can be made on the Angel Shed’s PayPal donation page.

The funds raised will help the charity provide support for participants, their families, and volunteers. Angel Shed hopes to maximise its impact by ensuring that as many young people can participate in activities regardless of their situation.

David Mabbott, Artistic and Executive Director of Angel Shed, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating how Angel Shed has survived and thrived over the past 20 years. Thousands of children and young people have taken part in our performances and weekly sessions, while many thousands more have participated in holiday workshops and community projects.

Thank you to everyone who has been part of Angel Shed’s story so far, your generosity is greatly appreciated. Without your time, experience, donations, and support, we simply could not exist. We are proud of what we have achieved and look forward to building on this over the next 20 years.”

Congratulations to everyone at Angel Shed on reaching this impressive milestone!

Find out more about Angel Shed Theatre Company here.

Apply now for Performing Arts courses at CANDI here.

Prime Minister and Chancellor Visit Capital City College Group

British Prime Minister and Chancellor’s visit to Enfield Centre highlights Capital City College Group’s commitment to innovative education and skills development in green and renewable technologies

Yesterday, we welcomed the British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, to our state-of-the-art facilities at the Enfield Centre, where we showcased our work in meeting the skills needs of the UK’s economy, and the visitors met students, apprentices, employers and staff.  

20/11/2023 – The Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visited Capital City College Group – Enfield Centre, where he delivered a speech on the economy and then accompanied by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt, he met with students, apprentices and staff. Picture by Simon Walker / No 10 Downing Street.

The visit included the Construction and Engineering departments featuring a hands-on rail maintenance training track, train carriages and equipment that are used within the rail industry, and the newly launched state-of-the-art Wind Operations Training Centre, with specialist equipment and simulation exercises to train a new generation of wind power specialists. 

During the tour, Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt had the opportunity to explore the training facilities, witnessing firsthand our emphasis on working closely with employers to support their skills needs and help Londoners into good quality, well-paid work. The visit underscored our role as a UK leader in innovative education and skills training, aligning our curriculum with the evolving needs of industry, and contributing to the UK Government’s targets to cut CO2 emissions and achieve skilled worker targets. 

During the visit, the Prime Minister reiterated the Government’s commitment to get young people the skills they need to get great jobs by providing a world-class education through the creation of a new Advanced British Standard qualification that will place technical and academic qualifications on an equal footing, teaching Maths and English to every child through to 18 years old, and by extending teaching grants to further education colleges.  

20/11/2023 – The Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visits Capital City College Group – Enfield Centre. Picture by Simon Walker / No 10 Downing Street.

Angela Joyce, Chief Executive designate of CCCG, Pablo Lloyd OBE, Interim Chief Executive of CCCG, Kurt Hintz, Executive Principal of CCCG, and Robin Hindley, Vice Principal, led the tour, emphasising the significance of our specialised training centres. 

Angela Joyce commented: “We are delighted that Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt visited CCCG’s Enfield Centre today to see the excellent work of staff, students and apprentices.  We are also pleased that our college was chosen to make the announcement, which we hope indicates an increased recognition from Government of the pivotal role colleges play in training the UK’s workforce”.

Angela went on to say; “This visit recognises our commitment to innovation in our curriculum and how we are building the next generation of skilled experts in green technologies”.

Kurt Hintz said: “Our Engineering and Construction Departments and Wind Operations Training Centre are prime examples of how we align our curriculum with the evolving needs of industries. This visit served as a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and students in shaping the future of the green and renewable technology sectors”. 

Level 3 Science student, Isaiah, said: “Studying [at Capital City College Group] I know it will open doors for me to choose different careers. For example, by doing science, I can do engineering, medicine, nursing…The college is really great. If you want to do anything, for example, Science, Pharmacy, Engineering…the college is crucial, because the staff are really helpful and the equipment is brand new”.

As CCCG continues to bridge the gap between education and industry needs, today’s visit serves as a recognition of our pivotal role in contributing to the national agenda for skill development and economic growth.

Find out more about our incredible range of courses here.

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