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Catering students with chefs Michael Nizzero, Tony Casey and Damien Wager

News

Top Bath Chefs and College students raise £5000 for Dorothy House at Charity Gala Dinner

 

Bath College hosted a Charity Gala Dinner in their Shrubbery Restaurant in aid of local Hospice, Dorothy House. A four course tasting menu was served with each course prepared by a different high-profile, local chef with the assistance of the College’s catering students.

Bath College held the Charity Gala Dinner as the finale of their annual programme of collaborative fine dining events featuring top, local chefs working alongside staff and students, offering their inspiration and expertise.

Catering Students preparing canapes

 

It was the last event to be held in the Shrubbery Restaurant, which is housed in the Ralph Allen building. The College are moving the Catering & Hospitality facilities into the Roper Building, after securing £2million in funding from the West of England Joint Committee’s Local Growth Fund.

Each course of the dinner was created by a different chef including Michael Nizzero, Executive Chef at The Bath Priory, Tony Casey, Head Chef and Proprietor of the Bunch of Grapes Bradford on Avon and Damien Wager, a self-taught patisserie chef, who runs his own pastry academy, Edible Art Patisserie.

 

It was a college-wide collaboration as the dinner was served by front-of-house students from the Hospitality course and table decorations were designed and created by the Floristry students and staff.

The evening was a huge success, with diners enjoying four stunning courses all the while raising £5000 for Dorothy House.

 

Phillippa Watson, Philanthropy Manager at Dorothy House Hospice Care said: “Our sincere thanks go to those who attended the dinner, Bath College, the students and each of the local chefs who supported this excellent fundraising event for Dorothy House. The funds raised are gratefully received and will help us provide vital palliative and end of life care in the community as well as at the Hospice.”

 

Stephen Garrod, Lecturer/Restaurant Manager at Bath College , added ” We are so pleased that our sell out event supported such a great charity. Working together with some excellent chefs, Bath College catering students delivered a fantastic gala dinner to raise charity for Dorothy house. This was an important dinner also due to being the last ever service in the College’s Shrubbery Restaurant thanks to a £2 million grant from WECA to help create a more modern and contemporary restaurant experience here at Bath College which is scheduled to open in 2020.”

 

For more information about Catering & Hospitality at Bath College, visit www.bathcollege.ac.uk

 

Jahméne Douglas

News

Bath College alumnus, Jahméne returns to Bath for homecoming gig

 
Jahméne Douglas is coming back to Bath to do a gig at the Chapel Arts Centre on 22nd June.

 

Jahméne was runner-up in the 2012 series of the X Factor, of which James Arthur was the winner.

 

His soul, gospel and R&B voice is unmistakeable, and since the X Factor has gained a No. 1 album, MOBO and Premier Gospel nominations and an Urban Music Award.

 

Jahméne was a student at Bath College in 2011-2012.

 

He said: “A healthy community to me is the key to progression, growth and unity. Bath College housed a community of all these things for me, within a friendly approachable environment, that enabled me to learn and be a part of a group of peers who were passionate about succeeding.

 

“Education to me is extremely important and outstanding teachers are some of my favourite people within our communities. To be able to learn is a privilege I don’t take lightly.

 

“I’m grateful for my time spent at Bath College and thankful that I felt welcomed, comfortable, encouraged and supported during my studies.”

 

Jahméne is touring with Gabrielle as her special guest during her nationwide tour in 2019.
 
Get tickets to his show in Bath on 22nd June at https://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/jahmene-with-his-band/
 
Jahmene, Live in Bath 22 June
 

Children building a bridge at the Bath and West Show

Construction & Engineering, Events, Fair, News

Bath College’s Technology Department inspires young minds at the Bath and West Show

 

Last week saw nearly 20,000 people come through the Imagineering Tent at the Royal Bath and West show.
 
Children were immediately drawn to the Bath College stand as there were so many interactive activities from the College’s Technology Department, promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.
 
Activities included wooden puzzles made by the carpenters, stone carving initials with the stonemasons, a steady-hand pipe game made by plumbers, bricklaying, bridge building, metal pipe sawing, robot programming and more.
 
Stone and Brick activities
The Imagineering tent is run by the Imagineering Foundation, a charity whose aim is to introduce young people of 8-16 years to the exciting world of engineering, science and technology through fun, hands-on activities and personal involvement.
 
Nearly 200 people took part in the sawing competition – with an under 15 and over 15 category, with the fastest times winning a £15 voucher.
 
Engineering activities
 
Bath College’s stand was alongside a whole host of other businesses and colleges including 105 Bn Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Bahçeşehir College, Baker Hughes, BMT, Bridgwater & Taunton College, EDF Energy, GE Aviation, UWE, IET and Wessex SETPOINT, Leonardo Helicopters, Rolls-Royce, Wessex Water and Wiltshire College.
 
Bath College staff enjoyed working with thousands of children, adults and even some VIPs including Bath & West Society joint Presidents, Earl and Countess Bathurst and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, take part in their carefully crafted activities.
 
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP and Countess Bathurst
 
Live bricklaying demonstrations and activities were going on over the first two days of the show, giving the other companies a chance to show what they could create.
 
On Friday and Saturday, stonemasonry students Gary and Callum were outside the Imagineering tent crafting some impressive work for all to see. A stonecarving of ‘Yoda’ by Gary was also up for grabs in a raffle to raise money for Wateraid.
 

 

There were happy faces all round as children had their Imagineering passport stamped after they had taken part in one of Bath College’s many interactive activities. It was wonderful to see so many talented children, we hope they will be enrolling in a course at the College in 5-10 years!
 
Plumbing and Carpentry activities
 

Care Academy, News

Bath College students mark Dementia Action Week with Cleeve Court Residents at Summer Garden Party

 

Bath College Level 1 Health & Social Care students have been working with Sirona care & health, putting on fortnightly dementia cafés at Cleeve Court Residential Home, providing activities and a safe and fun space for residents.
 
Sirona is a not-for-profit social enterprise providing community health and care services across South Gloucestershire, parts of Bristol and beyond plus residential and extra care services in Bath and North East Somerset.
 
Cleeve Court is a Community Resource Centre which is home for 45 people, it specialises in care for individuals with dementia.


As the students came to the end of their course, they celebrated by holding an all-day garden party for residents, which coincided with Dementia Action Week.
 
Activities included bingo, dominoes, paper flower making and arranging, a raffle, name the teddy, singing, a BBQ and plenty of cake.
 
The students have really enjoyed working with the residents of Cleeve Court and have grown in confidence over the year. They have gained so many skills in both employability skills and life experience.
 

Georgia Pinker, a current Health & Social Care student said that: “I have really enjoyed my Level 1 course. It’s been nice seeing everyone mixing together.
 
“I’m looking forward to going onto the Level 2 next year and afterwards I want to do an apprenticeship in a hospital, hopefully Bristol Children’s Hospital.”
 
The Cleeve Court residents have been delighted to have young people working with them, with some very intense games of dominoes taking place in the garden.

 
Maggie Dance, Manager of Cleeve Court said: “The residents have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the students over the past year and had a splendid day at the garden party. There were lots of smiles.
 
“Although our residents live with dementia and short term memory loss, they have enjoyed being in the moment with the students, interacting in their planned activities. We do hope that we can carry on with the Dementia café with next year’s students.”
 
Moira Aldred, Lecturer in Health & Social Care at Bath College said: “It’s been great to see the students who started the year very anxious and who initially held back, who have been actively working with and encouraging residents to participate.
 
Over the course of the year I have seen the students grow and develop into maturity, ready to progress onto the next year when they will have the confidence to take part in a full work placement.”
 
For more information on Health & Social Care courses at Bath College, click here.
 

News

Bath Theatre Academy students showcased in brand new production. OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE, egg theatre, Thursday 23 & Friday 24 May

 

Final year students of the Theatre Royal’s award-nominated Bath Theatre Academy are crafting a unique and brand new piece of theatre to blow your socks off!

 

Directed by Julia Head, part of the Bristol Old Vic Young Director’s programme and a previous collaborator with Headlong, OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE is the culmination of two years of study in one final performance project.
 
With bold movement, direction and original music, this is an exciting piece of theatre made in collaboration with some of the South West’s most exciting theatre makers, with students being given the chance to make the theatre that they would want to see. Devised entirely by the company and harnessing the wide range of skills at their disposal, which have been developed over the two years of this ground-breaking course, expect an urgent tour of the world our young people inhabit…
 
OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE is at the egg theatre on Thursday 23 & Friday 24 May. Tickets are on sale from the egg reception on 01225 823409, the Theatre Royal Box Office on 01225 448844 and online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk
 
Bath Theatre Academy is the Theatre Royal Bath’s unique collaboration with Bath College, providing students with unparalleled training, education and an insight into the theatre industry. The full time Level 3 UAL Performing and Production Arts course also offers students a direct link to one of the most successful theatres in the country, allowing students genuine experience of the theatre and entertainment industries alongside professional training in movement, voice, technical theatre, design, fitness, stage and screen acting, and directing.
 
Bath Theatre Academy is a finalist in this year’s Creative Bath Awards. The course is based at both the Theatre Royal Bath and Bath College, and open to students aged 16+. Applications are currently being taken for students to join from September 2019. For more details, please call James Moore, Head of Creative Learning on 01225 823421 or email james.moore@theatreroyal.org.uk
 
OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE

Venue: egg theatre, Bath
Dates: Thursday 23 & Friday 24 May 2019
Times: 7pm
Tickets: £9 adults / £8 children / £6.50 schools
Box Office: 01225 448844 (Box Office) / 01225 823409 (egg reception)
Website: www.theatreroyal.org.uk (booking fees apply)
Age guidance: 14+
 

News

WIDJET Q&A with Dr Daisy Walsh, Head of Technology

 

Bath College is running a brand new course: WIDJET. WiDJET’s focus is to get Women into Digital Jobs, Education and Training. We spoke to Dr Daisy Walsh, Head of Technology at Bath College all about the new programme:
 

What is WIDJET?
WIDJET (Women into Digital Jobs, Education and Training) is a new skills programme from the West of England Combined Authority, funded by the Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, to help and support women to find jobs in digital roles.
It’s a play on the word ‘widget’ as in our sessions, we will be working with robots. Bath College is running a free taster session that will give people a chance to experience programming, which if they enjoy, they can then sign up to a free 6 session course to develop their skills further.
 

Why is it important for women to be involved in digital jobs?
If you look at a cross-section of IT/computing jobs, you see that it is still very male dominated. That’s not to say that there aren’t lots of very successful females, but we need to keep at it and keep promoting these opportunities to women. Our WIDJET sessions could be for women who have already forged a career in another discipline, perhaps you think it’s too late, but it’s not! Computing roles are vast, and programming is a key skill that employers are looking for. Our free session offers a sound base so that you can progress onto a specific course after if you wish.
 

Tell us a little bit about your background.
I am heading WIDJET at Bath College because I was accidentally introduced to Computing and IT through a ‘Women in New Technology’ scheme 30 years ago, which focused on machine programming languages. At the time, I was a Secondary School Science Teacher. After learning programming I worked for Avon and Somerset Police as a programmer before moving to Bath College to teach IT. I am now the Head of Technology at Bath College and have just completed my PhD in Education Management.
 

What do you have planned for the sessions at Bath College?
After the first taster session, the course will focus on basic programming principles, getting robots to move, getting them to respond to sensors and interacting with the environment. At the end of the 6 sessions the participants will have the fundamentals of programming and could look to pursue a career in web development, app development and general programming.
 

How can women get more info/apply?
To sign up to the taster session on 18th June, email me, Daisy Walsh at WIDJET@bathcollege.ac.uk or call 01225 328533
 
 

 
To look at a whole range of Computing/IT courses at Bath College, click here.
 

Adult Community Learning, News

Free vocational courses at Somer Valley Campus

 

Bath College have launched a programme of short vocational courses which are designed to give people a taster of a new possible career or just to learn a new skill. All courses run for 6 weeks, and are once a week either in the morning, afternoon or evening. All of the courses are taking place at the Somer Valley Campus in Radstock which is easy to get to on a bus and has lots of free parking.
 
Run by a tutor with years of experience on the building site and in and around these trades, the courses are all hands on which really gives learners a chance to experience these vocations properly and without just sitting in a classroom environment.
 
The course dates are as follows:
 
Plastering Tuesday 23rd April – 21st May 13:30 -16:30
Bricklaying Wednesday 1st May – 19th June 13:30 -16:30
Painting & Decorating Tuesday 30th April – 18th June 18:00 – 21:00
Plumbing Monday 3rd June – 27th July 09:30 – 12:30
Stonemasonry Wednesday 1st May – 19th June 09:30 – 12:30
Woodwork Monday 3rd June – 22nd July 13:30 – 16:30
Car Mechanics TBC
 
All courses are fully funded as long as you are over the age of 19, unemployed and in receipt of benefits or earning under £15,736 p/a. All you need to bring with you are safety boots and a willingness to learn and enjoy it.
 
There is no limit to the number of courses that a learner can enrol on, so if you can’t decide which one you would like to do then why not just try them all!
 
To register your interest, contact acl@bathcollege.ac.uk, 01225 328 822 or click here.
 

News

Lucknam Park launches Spa progression programme with Bath College

 

Lucknam Park has launched a spa therapist programme in which they will pick two top students from Bath College to get trained up to their highest standard every two years.

 

The programme starts by giving students a part-time job while they are in their final year of college and sets them on a fast-track pathway to senior positions.

 

Adele Adams and Bobby Thomas, who are just 18, are the first two Spa Therapies Level 3 students to get onto the programme. They have been working at Lucknam Park around their studies and they will start working there full-time from July.

 
Adele said: “I’m really looking forward to the next stage of the programme. Working at Lucknam, I’ve learned the standards of a high-end spa and have got to know regular clients.

 
“I’m sad to be coming to the end of college but excited to start full-time work.”

 
Adele and Bobby are coming to the end of Year 1 of the programme as entry level Spa Therapists before progressing to Year 2 when they become Spa Specialist Therapists after a week of intensive ESPA training. In Year 3 of the programme they will become Senior Therapists, gaining skills and knowledge in all areas of the spa, from reception to treatments with the option to train in specialist cancer care.
 

Sharon Rooney, Spa Director at Lucknam Park said: “We are really excited about our Lucknam Park Spa Development programme which is a wonderful collaboration with ESPA and Bath College.
 
“This is a wonderful opportunity for newly qualified therapists really to learn and grow their skills in a 5-star environment, and to reach the role of senior therapist in 3 years will secure therapists a successful career path for their future”
 
Diana Rowe, Lecturer in Complementary and Spa Therapies said: “This is brilliant for our students to have the chance to progress towards spa excellence, working with Lucknam Park, guiding and mentoring them at every step.
 
“We are so happy to collaborate with a 5-star spa to enable a further increase in the students’ standard of work, ensuring their employability and longevity in the industry.
 
“The relationship with Bath college and Lucknam Park Spa has been strengthened and consolidated by this development for our spa students who have been given an achievable aspiration and inspiration to become super skilled therapists and employees.”
 
ESPA, who train over 5,000 therapists worldwide per year, are partners of Lucknam Park: “The Bath College students will not only profit from attending intensive Essentials and Advanced training weeks where we focus on honing their skills and overall knowledge, but our extensive on-line course education in addition. Once completed, the students will benefit from being a fully qualified ESPA therapist who are among the best in the World.
 
“The affiliation between Lucknam Park and Bath College can only benefit everyone involved and it is wonderful to be a part of such a superb initiative”.
 
To find out more about Bath College’s Spa Therapies course, click here.
 

Announcement, News

Institute of Technology success in the West of England

 

The 12 winning bids by colleges and universities, which will share £170m, have been announced by the Department for Education– today.
 
The application to create an ‘Institute of Technology’ (IoT) is one of those winning bids and will now progress to the pre-award stage.
 
The application titled the South West Institute of Future Technologies (SWIFT) will potentially receive £14m of government funding.
 
SWIFT is a consortium of education providers and key employers across the South West. It has been led by Weston College and includes the University of the West of England, Bath College, Gloucestershire College, and Yeovil College as well as a network of key local employers, including; GKN Aerospace, Airbus, GE Aviation, Renishaw, Weston Area Health Trust, St Monica Trust, Jisc, Mayden Academy, National Composites Centre (NCC), North Somerset Council and Tech OP Solutions.
 
The Government’s aim for IoTs is to offer an alternative to universities by specialising in delivering higher level technical training in STEM subjects. This will boost young people’s skills and provide a route for students taking T levels or A Levels to move onto higher level technical education; IoTs will also cater for those people already in work, with higher level technical training at Level 4 and above in STEM subjects. IoTs will set all learners on a path to high-skilled, high-wage careers in health and social care; advanced engineering and high-value manufacturing, and the creative, digital and high-tech industry sectors.
 
SWIFT’s combined foundation of expertise will extend learning beyond physical boundaries to maximise engagement of under-represented individuals through digital innovation. The next generation will be fully equipped to apply their skills increase productivity and position the region as the ‘creators and makers’ of the future.
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and Chief Executive of Bath College said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for current and future students of Bath College as well as a national vote of confidence in the quality and commitment of the College and its staff to be part of this nation-wide initiative. It is fantastic to be part of such a rigorous and innovative process working with other FE and HE establishments developing appropriate qualifications in liaison with employers.”
 
Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group, commented: “We are thrilled to have received this news. Working collaboratively with other institutes and employers is key, and the Government have recognised that this project will significantly influence skills development and innovation on both a regional and national basis.”
 
Tim Bowles, Regional Mayor commented: “This is fantastic news for our region. Our region’s new Institute of Future Technologies will attract more learners to higher education from under-represented groups in technical and higher education, addressing the emerging skills gaps in our economy. New learners will benefit from the technical skills and training programmes that will be provided by the institute – helping them into high skilled jobs in the West of England.”
 
Prime Minister Theresa May said: “These new institutes will help end outdated perceptions that going to university is the only desirable route and build a system which harnesses the talents of our young people.”
 

Cameron Carpenter and Daniel Kimmins

Announcement, News, Student Spotlight

Project SEARCH students celebrate securing jobs for B&NES

 

Project SEARCH students Daniel and Cameron are over the moon as they have been offered paid employment after just 6 months on the programme.
 

Project SEARCH is an employability programme based at Bath and North East Somerset Council, which helps young adults with learning disabilities gain the skills they need to become employed.
 

It is a unique programme of work based experience, originating from Cincinnati, which sees a Business (the Council) team up with an Educator (Bath College) and Supported Employment provider (Virgin Care) to run the programme.
 

Cameron Carpenter has secured a seasonal position working for Bath and North East Somerset Council as an assistant stock keeper.
 

His tasks will include: supporting with deliveries to the shops within Heritage Services, taking delivery of stock, unloading and storing in the warehouse, checking orders and maintaining a secure environment of valuable stock.
 

Cameron said: “I have a mix of feelings about securing the job, but I feel excited and content and looking forward to earning money.
 

“Project SEARCH has got me to the place where I can get a job and has helped my confidence.”
 

Daniel Kimmins is about to begin work for Bath and North East Somerset Council as a porter at the Roman Baths.
 

His tasks will include retrieving and retrieving, issuing and returning audio guides and giving a high level of customer service at this top attraction in Bath.
 

Daniel Said: “It means a lot to have been given this job. I’ve worked hard and made a good impression on my placement so have really bonded with the staff and the porter team at the Roman Baths.
 

“Through Project SEARCH I have gained skills in applying for jobs and filling out forms and it’s been great for getting me ready for interview, practicing the questions, I was very prepared.”
 

Catherine Stargatt, Lecturer in Foundation Learning (Project SEARCH), commented: “Since Dan and Cameron started at Project SEARCH in September 2018 they have learned valuable work related skills both in their departments and in the Project SEARCH training room in the Guildhall.
 

Both have showed maturity and professionalism at their time on this programme, we wish them every success in their new employment.”
 

For more information about Project SEARCH click here.
 

Students handling Darcy the bearded dragon, getting a taste of the Bath College Animal Care course

Events, News

Writhlington School students get taste of Bath College at the Big Interview Day

 
Last week our Schools Liaison Officer, Sarah, attended The Big Interview Day along with a selection of teaching staff from Bath College.
 
Over 200 students currently in year 10 at Writhlington School took part in the Big Interview Day.
 
After having interviews with industry experts students came into the give it a go area. There were a range of activities on offer from the College:
 
Sport – A “keepy up” challenge with a leader board of who had done the highest number
 
Painting and decorating – Learning the technique of wood effect using paint
 
Animal Care – handling Cornelius the snake and Darcy the bearded dragon and learning how to care for them
 
Stonemasonry – using equipment to carve their initials into stone
 
Public Services – A race against time to see which team of three could build the tallest tower. Two of the students were blindfolded and the third student wasn’t allowed to touch anything and could only instruct the other two how to put it together
 
Health and Social Care – Students had the opportunity to use various items of healthcare equipment on each other to learn how they operate
 
Complementary Therapies – learning about the course whilst receiving a hand massage using various different types of oils
 
Three Bath College students who were previous Writhlington School students attended.
 
The activities were then followed by an assembly talking about what you can study at College and what College life is like.
 
Emma Pascoe, Head of Careers at Writhlington School said: “Thank you so much to everyone from Bath College, our students loved meeting you all and had a great time.”
 

News, Student Spotlight

Tom Bowling: My Work Experience in the Marketing Team at Bath College

Hi I’m Tom, an international business student at Bath College, and Ive been doing work experience in the marketing department at the college.
 

During my work experience I got to see what Bath College’s marketing department do and what their team consisted of it has two Graphic Designers, a Schools Liaison Officer, Web Development Officer and Marketing Officer, Marketing Manager and Deputy Marketing Manager.
 

I attended college events for Bath College’s social media such as, sugar smart and Kooth in the student union, early years talk, the stone masonry competition at Somer Valley.
 
I wrote write ups for Bath college’s website like, Bath college’s top three apprenticeships for the month, showing which top 3 apprenticeships are available. Read it here.
 
I also wrote about Eliwell controllers supporting bath college’s refrigeration students by briefing them about controllers and panels as they have begun their electric module. Read it here.
 
I also spoke with Tom Wills, a student from Bath College who has recently opened his own business in a renovated horse box and wrote an article about it here.
 
I also attended the the Somer Valley ‘space’ themed stone carving competition. I spoke to the judges and staff and did a write-up. See the art and how the competition progressed here.
 
One of my tasks was to go and take photos for marketing purposes and to use for the website. I went into several classes and took pictures, picked the best ones and uploaded them onto the website. I also spoke with Bath College’s graphic designers and got to have a go at a graphic design task.
 
On my last day, I got to do a twitter takeover, where I had questions from the public and even got a mention from innocent smoothies! During the twitter takeover I learned how to use Hootsuite which is used for scheduling social media.
 
I personally learnt and understood what skills are needed for a college marketing department, what software they use, what the day to day life is like and got more of an insight into what marketing is actually like.
 

Announcement, News

Bath College £2million Catering and Hospitality provision to open in Autumn term

 

Bath College is being awarded more than £2 million from the West of England Joint Committee’s Local Growth Fund to support the refurbishment of its Catering and Hospitality Education and Training Hub. This will create a state-of-the-art hub with specialist training facilities to keep pace with the growing demand for hospitality and catering sector skills.
 
The College held a consultation meeting with local hospitality businesses to get ideas about how to develop the catering and hospitality provision to further meet local demand.
 
The consultation was attended by representatives from Chaine des Rottisseurs, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Bath Pub Company, Hotel Indigo, Corkage, Babington House, Searcy’s, Edible Arts Patisserie, Koffman & Mr Whites and The Manor House.
 
The Ralph Allen Building currently houses the catering facilities, however this building has recently been sold, so architects are currently planning with the College how they can move it into the Roper Building.
 
The brand new facilities will include a full commercial restaurant as well as both a skills and production kitchen, set to open in the Autumn term.
 
Students will be learning skills including 5 course menus to industry standards as well as training high-end front of house skills.
 
The kitchens will each hold space for sixteen students including a disabled access station and a lecture space.
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College said: “We are delighted at the allocations of the capital funds for catering/hospitality as we know how beneficial it will be to the local economy.
 
“Furthermore, it’s a real vote of confidence in Bath College’s staff and students, who will benefit greatly.”
 
Bath College regularly works with local restaurants and hotels such as Lucknam Park, The Pig, The Bath Priory and others to give students the best possible industry experience whilst studying.
 
With the College’s own restaurant being moved to Roper Building, the hope is that more members of the public take advantage of the facilities, giving students the experience they require.
 
For more information about Catering & Hospitality at Bath College click here.
 

Apprenticeships, Events, News

Bath College Apprenticeships & Jobs Fair huge success as 1,600 people attend

 

1,600 people had the chance to network with employers at the Bath College Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair on Wednesday at The Assembly Rooms.
 
There were over 90 stands of prospective employers at the fair, which was attended by schools, college students, young people, parents and members of the public.
 
The Mayor and Mayoress of Bath attended the event and spoke to College staff, local businesses and current apprentices about opportunities.
 
The Mayor, Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones, commented that the fair was “informative, friendly and encouraging” after discussing the differences between levels of apprenticeships, going all the way up to post-graduate at Level 7.
 

Bath Building Society, B&NES, Creative Bath, Barratt Homes and Curo all sponsored the event and had stands in the Octagon room.
 
Students and businesses alike found the event very useful, with plenty of promising conversations taking place.
 
There was a lot of activity on social media, with exhibitors all using the hashtag #BathAJF.
 
Deeley Group commented: “We’ve been blown away by the interest today from Bath College students who are polite and courteous! We have a Mixed-Use Development in Bath starting on site later this year and we would also like the local supply chain to get in touch.”
 

 
B&NES Council commented: “Yesterday we were at the Bath College Apprenticeship & Jobs fair, we even had some of our own Apprentices helping on our stand – it was a fun day, we had good chats with a lot of people.”
 

 
Bristol Port commented: “Great to meet so many potential apprentices of the future Bath College Apprenticeship & Jobs Fair.”
 

 
Nick, from a Bath based company that exhibited at the event, took on an apprentice following last year’s Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair. He said: “Pivoting our recruitment strategy to Apprenticeships has been a revolutionary shift for our company.
 
“There is quite simply no way that we would have grown to the stage that we are without the support of the National Apprenticeship Service, and our Apprenticeship provider.
 
“I could not recommend apprenticeships highly enough as a strategy for recruitment, training and growth.”
 
His apprentice, Oliver, commented: “Having an apprenticeship has allowed me to not only work within my field of interest, but to earn money and develop my professional skills with a well reputed company.
 
“I would highly recommend considering an apprenticeship to anyone looking for post GCSE or A level prospects.”
 

 
Bath College is the largest provider of apprenticeships in Bath and North East Somerset. If you would like any information about the apprenticeships the College has to offer, click here.
 

Love2Learn, News

Bath College Ceramics students work on BBC’s Great British Menu

 
Two Bath College Love2Learn students are delighted to have their platters featured on BBC’s Great British Menu.

 

Top chef, Gordon Jones, took the plates with him to display some of his delicious creations.
 
Julie and Gwyn are on Bath College’s part-time Ceramics course where they have perfected their craft.
 
After seeing some of their work, Gordon Jones asked to use the plates to display his food at his Bath restaurant, Menu Gordon Jones.
 
Julie and Gwyn were dining at Menu Gordon Jones when they noticed the interesting crockery the food is plated on.
 
Julie said: “It started when we went in with little rectangular dishes for butter after seeing some of the unusual ceramics Gordon serves his food on.
 
“He really liked the butter dishes so we thought we’d show him some of our other work that we’ve made at the College.”
 
Gwyn added: “We make a load of stuff, bring it into the restaurant and Gordon says I want this, that and that!”
 
Great British Menu is on at 8pm on Wednesdays on BBC Two.
 
For more information on Bath College’s Love2Learn Ceramics course, click here.
 

Apprenticeships, Events, Futures, News

Bath College Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair offering opportunities to young people

 
Over 1000 young people will get the opportunity to meet potential apprenticeship providers and employers at Bath College’s annual Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair.

 

The event is taking place at the Assembly Rooms on 27th March between 12pm and 5pm, giving local businesses the chance to showcase their vacancies to local people.
 
This year’s lead sponsors are Bath Building Society, B&NES, Creative Bath and Curo, all who will be found in the Octagon offering apprenticeship opportunities.
 
Many attendees of the 2018 event went onto secure positions at local companies after attending and making the most of networking opportunities.
 
Nick, from a Bath based company, took on an apprentice following last year’s Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair. He said: “Pivoting our recruitment strategy to Apprenticeships has been a revolutionary shift for our company.
 
“There is quite simply no way that we would have grown to the stage that we are without the support of the National Apprenticeship Service, and our Apprenticeship provider.
 
“I could not recommend apprenticeships highly enough as a strategy for recruitment, training and growth.”
 
His apprentice, Oliver, commented: “Having an apprenticeship has allowed me to not only work within my field of interest, but to earn money and develop my professional skills with a well reputed company.
 
“I would highly recommend considering an apprenticeship to anyone looking for post GCSE or A level prospects.”
 
Apprenticeships offer a way to progress quickly in your chosen field, as Ryan Legge, Account Executive at Hayes Parsons found.
 
Ryan completed his A Levels and decided on an apprenticeship rather than going to university: “I was keen to carry on my education but in a working environment, learning on-the-job and being paid, leaving the classroom behind.
 
“The Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers apprenticeship scheme immediately stood out to me. Not only could I work in an evolving industry with an incredible amount of opportunity, but Hayes Parsons passionately support apprentices in their industry training. Fast-forward almost 6 years; I am now a Chartered Insurance Broker (the highest recognition available, equivalent to a degree) and work within our sales team as an Account Executive.”
 
Ben King, a Bath College student and apprentice at Bath Building Society said: “For me, an apprenticeship is better than going into a job from uni as I’m building my skillset now while I’m at College.
 
“I’m in a business environment, answering phones, working in an office, learning the skills on the job.”
 
Katherine Banks at Bath Building Society explained the importance of apprentices: “We really like to help people to grow. As they’re younger, we can develop their skills and mould them into what’s required.”
 
To find out about apprenticeship opportunities in the local area and beyond, come along to The Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair on 27th March, no registration required.
 

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New skills programme to get more women into digital careers

 

A new skills programme to help and support women to find jobs in digital roles has been announced.

 

The West of England Combined Authority has secured £238,000 funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) for the new Women into Digital Jobs, Education and Training (WIDJET) programme.
 
Bath College; digital training businesses Mayden Academy and Boomsatsuma; Knowle West Media Centre and the Dot Project will all be involved in delivering activities and training starting almost immediately and running until the summer of 2019.
 
WIDJET will work with women across the region, providing digital skills and training from entry-level taster sessions through to high-level industry specified courses. Participants can take part in a range of skills courses, training or seminars designed directly with business needs in mind, with the aim of them securing jobs in digital roles.
 
Minister for Digital, Margot James said: “I am thrilled to announce that the West of England Combined Authority was one of our Digital Skills Innovation Fund winners. Its fantastic work with Bath College, Mayden Academy, Boomsatsuma, Knowle West Media Centre and the Dot Project will change lives.
 
“Women are underrepresented in tech roles and this funding aims to help develop a more gender diverse workforce because it is not only the right thing to do but also makes business sense.”
 
West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “This is fantastic news and supports one of my key ambitions of improving job opportunities across the region. I want to ensure that everyone, regardless of background or personal circumstances, can access support to develop workplace skills so that they can fulfil their potential. Digital and tech is an important part of the West of England’s economy, and businesses have a particular need for skilled employees now, and this demand is expected to grow in future.
 
“Women are currently under-represented in digital roles and this new project will seek to tackle this by engaging with a wide group of women in communities, with the aim of moving us towards more representative and inclusive employment in digital roles across the region. This could include roles in virtual reality, VFX design or software development.”
 
Each partner organisation already has their own strong networks that they will use to raise awareness of the project, which aims to improve the skills and experience of at least 350 women.
 
More details about WIDJET can be found on our webpage www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk or by emailing – widjet@westofengland-ca.gov.uk
 

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Bath College Stonemasonry Student on Road to Russia

 

A stonemasonry student from Bath College is taking on their toughest skills challenge to date this week, when they compete against other stonemasons to try and win a place to represent the UK at WorldSkills Kazan 2019 this summer.
 

Known as the ‘Skills Olympics’, the WorldSkills Competition sees the world’s best apprentices and students battle it out to win Gold, Silver and Bronze in their chosen skill. The UK is currently tenth in the WorldSkills rankings following its medal success at the last WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi in 2017.
 
Ethan Conlon, who studies at Bath College and is also an apprentice with APS Stonemasonry in Oxford, was invited to compete for a place in Team UK for WorldSkills Kazan 2019 after excelling in the WorldSkills UK National Competitions. He will compete from 4 – 7 March at York College.
 
Joe Leber, Stonemasonry Lecturer at Bath College said: “We are delighted that Ethan has reached the final three for selection to compete at world skills in Kazan 2019, we are very proud of him and wish him the very best of luck in the final selection stage next week!”
 
WorldSkills UK is responsible for selecting, developing and training the team for the WorldSkills Competition. A partnership between business, education and governments, WorldSkills UK runs skills competitions for thousands of young people every year in key economic skill areas, boosting the technical skills, mindset and employability skills of young people.
 
Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, Chief Executive of WorldSkills UK said: “I wish Ethan the very best of luck as he competes for a place in the team to represent the UK at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
 
“By entering the WorldSkills Competition, we can transfer the insights gained from competing against other countries into the wider economy, driving up training standards in the UK to world-class levels, boosting productivity.”
 
Team UK for WorldSkills Kazan 2019 will be announced on 11 March.
 
Inspired by Ethan? WorldSkills UK is looking for apprentices and students to take part in WorldSkills Shanghai 2021. Register at www.worldskillsuk.org by 5 April and see how far your skills can take you.
 

 

International student being interviewed for International Foundation Year promotional video.

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Students star in promotional video for Bath University International Foundation Year programme

 

Our students have been busy making a new promotional video for our Bath University International Foundation Year (IFY) course.

 

Six students took part, Liza, Ricardo, Ethan, Anjani, Erin and Pearl, who were fantastic on the day of filming.
 
The students come from across four continents and really represent the diversity of the students we have on the IFY course.
 

“The students were great to work with and we are really pleased with the finished product. It tells the story of the course from the student point of view, which we think is really important.”

Simon Bracken, HE Manager at Bath College

 

Watch our new IFY promotional video below:
 

 

IFY is a one-year full-time course, beginning in September each year, which prepares international students for entry onto their chosen degree at the University of Bath.

 

The course is for international students whose qualifications are not considered for direct entry to a degree programme because of their home country’s education system, or for those who have studied the correct qualification but are not quite at the standard required for direct entry. It is designed to cover the key principles, theories and practical skills which are the standard entry criteria for the University of Bath, and broadly based on the A-level syllabus.

 

 
 

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£32m investment approved by the West of England Joint Committee, giving Bath College £2m

 

More than £32 million investment in projects to drive economic growth and support residents’ skills was approved by the West of England Joint Committee on Friday 15 February.

 

Committee members agreed to invest £23.9 million from the Economic Development Fund and £7 million through the Local Growth Fund to support Bath & North East Somerset Council’s initial development works on Bath Quays North. The project will see the creation of around 200,000 square feet of offices on the Bath Quays North site in the Enterprise Zone.

 

The West of England Joint Committee also awarded Bath College more than £2 million from the Local Growth Fund to support the refurbishment of its Catering and Hospitality Education and Training Hub. This will create a state-of-the-art hub with specialist training facilities to keep pace with the growing demand for hospitality and catering sector skills.

 

Professor Steve West, Chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We are happy to approve the funding for these schemes which support our ambitions for clean and inclusive economic growth in the West of England, through improving skills opportunities for people across the region, helping more start-up businesses to develop and grow, and increasing productivity.”

 

Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor, said: “These are big, exciting projects that will make a real difference to our residents’ lives, boosting business, skills and job opportunities in Bath and the wider region.”

 

Councillor Paul Myers, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s cabinet member for Economic and Community Regeneration, said: “This funding both contributes to the physical development of key office space in Bath as well as delivering facilities essential for skills development for a future workforce and is to be welcomed. I am especially pleased that Bath continues to attract new business and with this funding we are demonstrating our commitment to economic vitality in the city and across the wider area.”

 

Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College: “We are delighted at the allocations of the capital funds for catering/hospitality and the next steps for the digital centre as we know how beneficial it will be to the local economy. Furthermore, it’s a real vote of confidence in Bath College’s staff and students, who will benefit greatly.”
 

The committee also invited the following colleges to develop further business cases for new projects, totalling more than £10 million, to benefit local learners and businesses:
• Bath College’s Digital and Creative Innovation Centre at the Bath city centre campus
• South Gloucestershire and Stroud College’s sub-regional Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths Hub, at its West of England Institute of Specialist Education campus at Stoke Gifford
• Weston College’s Animal Management Education Centre – a new education facility for the delivery of the animal management curriculum at Puxton Park.
 

The Joint Committee is the decision-making body for issues relating to the West of England Combined Authority, Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils, and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.
 

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