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Crawley carpentry students get cutting edge advice



Crawley College carpentry students gained valuable insight into their future industry after meeting a local business owner.

Last week, the college welcomed Abdollah Nafisi from Nafisi Design.

Abdollah – who recently appeared on BBC2’s The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts as a specialist – spent three hours in the workshops chatting to the students individually and giving advice.

He then gave a lecture on his journey from Iran to Britain and how he built his own furniture business up with his wife. The lecture was followed by a question and answer session with the students.

He talked to the class about how his current work developing interesting strategies. He talked about his current plans of implanting microchips into his furniture so clients can scan and examine the provenance of the materials and makers and find out information such as where the timber was grown and sourced.

Trevor Francis, lecturer in carpentry & joinery at Crawley College, said:

“This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to learn about diversity, equality, marketing, positive social media skills, sustainability and expectations of employers in the modern workplace.

“In preparation for the lecture all the students researched Nafisi Design to discover more about the development of the company, its partners, products, their history and its values.”


Elf Day at Crawley College helps raise money for Alzheimer’s society



Staff and students at Crawley College Group joined other colleges across their group including Chichester, Brinsbury, Haywards Heath and Worthing Colleges – as they dressed as elves earlier this month in support of Elf Day, a festive themed fundraising event for Alzheimer’s Society.

The days helped to raise nearly £1,500 for the group’s charity of the year.

Lisa Humphries, Director of Student Services and Pastoral Support for the Chichester College Group, said:

“Everyone out-elved themselves in support of Alzheimer’s Support.

“We were overwhelmed by the support everyone gave us, raising an incredible amount to kick-off our fundraising efforts for our chosen charity of the year.

“The elves really were out in force on all campuses, from making treats to sell to walking many memory miles and attending virtual workshops to find out more about dementia.

“The support our students and staff gave us was phenomenal, especially our student experience team who organised events at all of our colleges.”

The Chichester College Group will be fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society throughout the remainder of the academic year, with more events planned over the coming months/

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