October 21, 2014 / 0 Comments

Meet the team: Bhumeet Kala-Lee (Cold Fever)

Cold Fever, commonly known to colleagues and friends as Boom is a tutor for Music Production at DV8 Training. He grew up with a musical diet of reggae and jazz, also influenced by traditional Indian music which featured in old fashioned bollywood movies that he would watch alongside his grandmother. Growing up he was influenced by hip-hop artists such as J-Dilla and Jay-Z as well as electro-rock band Enter Shikari and heavy metal ensemble Slipknot.

With such diverse influences, he was bound to create a genre that was unique and paid homage to his cultural background, and so Desi-Reggae was born. He is currently spreading his time between teaching classes at DV8 and working on an album with Grammy award winning reggae singer Mykal Rose recreating songs from the Black Uhuru album.

Cold Fever links:

Website: http://coldfevermusic.co.uk

Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/coldfevermusic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coldfeverofficial

Twitter: https://twitter.com/coldfevertweets

October 17, 2014 / 0 Comments

Shawn Mayer’s Masterclass

Nashville Star contestant Shawn Mayer paid us a visit on Thursday 16th October to give an intimate performance to our level 2 and 3 Music Production and Performance students. Shawn performed a few of her own songs, and spoke about her inspiration when writing the lyrics; mainly inspired from a break up. Her song “The View” was written to describe a derelict house with a post box rusted shut; like her heart with descriptions about the old swing on the front porch in relation to how she felt her relationship was at the time. As well as a few of her own songs, she sang a cover of “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac, a band she had grown up listening to on an old cassette, or “8-track” as they are doted in the United States. Her performance was followed by a Q&A session with the students where Shawn stressed the importance of networking as an artist who wants to break into the industry. In the early stages of her career she would offer to play shows for free in small bars and friend’s living rooms so that she could slowly distinguish herself as an artist until one day her friend tricked her into auditioning for a place on the singing show “Nashville Star”.

 “I love being able to see people get into music and be inspired by music, it re-inspires me all over again.”

“It’s very inspiring for myself to see people want to learn, it makes me want to go back and learn some more. I think that music is constantly evolving and is a way to talk to people without using words; it’s a universal language.”


October 10, 2014 / 0 Comments

DV8 Academy Grand Opening

DV8 Academy Principal Sacha Corcoran and staff were proud to officially launch the new DV8 Campus on Wednesday 8th October at Silver Birch House.

The evening was organised by our Event Management students who just two weeks into their first term, were responsible for making sure the evening was one to remember, for all of the right reasons.

After many hours of planning, assigning roles and ensuring the guest list was watertight, the Events team sprang into action to welcome guests from our governing body, Waltham Forest Council, our sponsors and Cllr Terry Wheeler (Mayor of Waltham Forest). Upon arrival, guests were split into small groups and taken on a grand tour around the building which was the perfect opportunity to show off the new training rooms and equipment.

Student host Joel McEwan kept the crowd entertained in between speeches from Governor Barnaby Collier, Sacha Corcoran MBE, Cllr Terry Wheeler (Mayor of Waltham Forest) and the three founding members of DV8 Training; Alexis Michaelides, Ben Jolly and Ian Morton. To celebrate, Mayor Terry Wheeler did the honours of cutting the DV8 cake followed by a toast and brisk round of applause. Once the speeches were over and everyone raised their glasses to our new building, guests filed downstairs where a buffet was served provided by My Big Fat Greek Caterers.

“DV8 has a great set of staff and an amazing set of students to really begin to make an impact on transforming lives.” – Barnaby Collier

The atmosphere was electric; DV8 Campus was illuminated in our signature colours with the BBQ provided on full heat outside by reception. It was a fantastic night and great opportunity to showcase our new home and the talented students that we house. Thank you very much to all the guests who attended, there will be many more events to come from us in the future; watch this space!

October 10, 2014 / 0 Comments

Group Forming Challenge – Tallest Tower

Students in our enterprise class were put into groups and given a task to build the tallest tower using the limited resources they were given. The idea of the activity was to better their knowledge on Tuckman’s stages of group development. The stages are as follows; Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing. Tuckman proposed that each of these phases are all necessary in order for a team to grow, tackle problems, find solutions and plan work delivering exceptional results. Each group of students worked together, following the guidelines of this theory of group development in order to sufficiently work together and build a tower using spaghetti and marshmallows. The winners of the challenge was the Enterprise; Fashion, Dance and Music group, well done to Cresselle Jules, Miriam Karamoko, Rochette Valencia, Rakesha Booth and Priscilla Ibanichuka with a tower at 110cm. Each winner was presented with a £5.00 gift voucher presented by Sacha Corcoran, principle at DV8 Academy.


The Winning Tower

September 26, 2014 / 0 Comments
Nathan Bennett, our student of the year/ambassador with one of the visitors



Our Event Management team who helped to organise and promote the event.

On Friday 26th September DV8 Academy and DV8 Training hosted a coffee and cake morning in order to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support; a charity devoted to helping people diagnosed with cancer as well as relatives and friends who have been affected by the disease. The event was organised and promoted by our Event Management students who distributed flyers to local residents and companies in the area. They were able to receive cake donations from a local bakery as well as the co-operative. Staff and students also contributed by bringing in a variety of cookies, cakes and pastries.


The T-shirts customised by our Fashion Students which were auctioned.

Nathan Bennett, our student of the year/ambassador with one of the visitors

The event began with a talk from Sacha Corcoran, our principle at DV8 Academy to encourage students, staff and visitors to donate money to Macmillan emphasising the importance of the charity and how their donations can help to provide support for people who have been affected by cancer. During the cake sale, our Event management students auctioned some hand customised t-shirts created by our Fashion students. Bidding for the shirts and shoes started at £5.00, going up to £8.00 with all money being doubled by DV8 Academy and donated to Macmillan. The fundraising event also featured live performances from the students in our Level 3 Music Performance course. This was their first performance since the beginning of their course and was a great opportunity to showcase their talent. The stage hosted a number of diverse acts ranging from an acoustic version of “Everlong” by the Foo fighters to a hip hop trio rendition of TLC “no scrubs”. From the money raised from the cake sale and fashion auction we made £160, which has been doubled by DV8 Academy to make a total of £320 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Cynthia and Alan performing "Video Games".


September 23, 2014 / 0 Comments

Painting with NCS The Challenge & BlingwearUK

On September 20th, we had a helping hand from eleven young people from surrounding boroughs who have been working with us for NCS “The Challenge”.  The week before, the team were sent out to Walthamstow Central in order to promote who DV8 are, what we do and what exciting courses and apprenticeships we have to offer.  However, in this case their time was not spent handing out flyers, instead they came to our new building at Silver Birch House to assist our staff with painting the walls in our building. The idea was to create something visually appealing to inspire our students to feed their creative side whilst studying. The campaign team dressed appropriately in overalls then split into groups to paint different walls with the DV8 colour scheme. Supervising the groups were Fusion, founder of “Industry in The Streets” (iitsfusion) Stewart, our music and media tutor as well as Sam Templa, a graffiti/customisation artist (@blingwearuk).

September 22, 2014 / 0 Comments

Project SEARCH Documentary

During the first three weeks in September 2013, two of our Apprentices; Martin Irwin (Digital Media) and Mariam Musa (Live Events) helped to produce, shoot and edit a short documentary exploring how young people with disabilities gain access to internships and employment opportunities at Whipps Cross Hospital. Project search is a work-based programme for young people in their last year of full-time education with the intended outcome to gain full-time, permanent employment. Waltham Forest Council, Barts Health Trust and William Morris School partner the programme. The support of Anne O’Bryan, UK Project SEARCH Co-ordinator led to Sabre/ Kaleidoscope being commissioned by the local authority to be the supported Employment Agency. Five interns were recruited, three from Whitefield and two from William Morris ready to start on-site at Whipps Cross Hospital. The interns comprised of four young men and one young woman aged between 16 and 19 years, all of whom were keen to get started in the world of work. Their parents were briefed and encouraged to support their children in being independent in order to secure a permanent job; the first hurdle was to train them in travel as they previously had transport to take them to and from school that was provided by a local authority.


















There were a number of departments willing to offer interns a work placement, typical tasks included:

  • Orthodontics: Interns made models of patient’s teeth using the five step process involving plaster of Paris, core maths and English skills were used to label and file patient teeth mouldings.
  • Outpatients New Appointments: Computers were used in order to access patient information through the Patient Appointment System (PAS). File management techniques and scanning document for archiving was also taught.
  • Outpatients Reception: Communicating with patients both face to face as well as over the telephone, fielding calls and passing them through to the appropriate colleagues as well as booking appointments using PAS.
  • Medical Engineering: Using EXCEL speadsheets to document information on various equipment gathered as well as completing a medical equipment audit from each of the different wards including ECG machines, Flowtron pressure pumps and oxygen regulators.
  • Oral Surgery: Assisting with surgical procedures, adhering t infection control practices, using suction machine, calling & directing patients from waiting room to treatment, delivering biopsies to path labs, collecting controlled substances from pharmacy as well as general administration duties.


Our Apprentices captured the journey of the interns as well as chatted to the parents and co-workers which was edited into a short documentary which can be seen below.

Of the three interns still on-site at Whipps Cross two have remained in the departments they went to for their second rotation as they are increasing their skill set and it will possibly lead to a permanent job and the final intern has moved into Medical Records.

September 12, 2014 / 0 Comments

DV8 Access to Apprenticeships Event

On Friday 12th September we hosted an Access to Apprenticeship Event, which featured talks from Alexis our Director, Sacha our Principal at DV8 Academy as well as tutors and students who attended DV8 in the past.

One of our ex Tutors Fusion (@iitsfusion) gave advice to aspiring Apprentices on how to make a good impression and how to stand out from the crowd. Since teaching at DV8 he has started his own creative youth agency called “Industry In The Streets” which enables young people to gain experience within the creative industry by working with established companies and practitioners by arranging and planning events and seminars as well as marketing campaigns for brands.

Hadija, an ex student who completed a level 3 course in events and promotion was also on hand to give expert advice on how to break into the industry and what steps you can take to get you where you want to be. After completing her level 3 course, she went on to do an Apprenticeship in Live Events and Promotion which enabled her to become the Management Executive at EGA Music Group.

Individual discussions took place with hopeful students to help them gain the right advice on how to build up a portfolio and how to network with people in the desired industry which was then followed by enrolment onto a chosen course which would allow them to then complete an Apprenticeship.