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News, Student Spotlight

Case Study: Emily Bryan, Sport and Exercise Science Student

 

We spoke to Emily Bryan, a passionate Irish dancer who is currently studying Bath College’s new Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science course.
 
 

How did you get into Dancing?
When I was in year 1 (5 years old) there was an after school club for Irish dancing and I really liked the sound of it so I went to it and haven’t stopped since.
 
What is your favourite aspect of competing?
My favourite aspect of competing is performing in front of the judges and showing them how much I love to dance. I also love travelling and meeting lots of people. Its also an amazing feeling when I do well at competitions as it tells me that all the hard work I put into dance is worth it.
 
What is the highest level you have competed at?
International. I qualified for the world championships in November 2018 and attended the worlds this April in North Carolina.
 
What attracted you to the Sport and Exercise course at Bath College?
P.E. was always my favorite subject for GCSE as I found it very interesting so when I saw what the sport and exercise science course consisted of I knew that’s what I wanted to do as I knew I was going to enjoy it and find it interesting.
 
How do you balance college/training?
I can find this difficult sometimes, especially leading up to bigger competitions. But whenever I’m not dancing I just do any college work I have and make sure I still have time to do it even when I have dance a lot of the time. When I do not have training I usually do any college work I have then practise dance at home after.
 
How do you feel your course at the College has helped you?
In the future, I know that doing this course will benefit me a lot and give me an option of pathways that interest me.
 
What are your aspirations after finishing College?
My biggest aspiration when I leave college is to travel the world in a dance show. However I also love the idea of being a physio or something along those lines. I would also love to become a qualified dance teacher one day as I like teaching others how to dance.
 
 
For more information about the Sport & Exercise Science courses, click here.
 

Molly Cook SU Equality & Diversity Officer

News, Students Union

Meet our new SU Equality & Diversity Officer, Molly Cook

 

We spoke to our brand new Equality & Diversity Officer, Molly, who got elected onto the Students’ Union after running a successful campaign at the end of last academic year.

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Molly Cook and I have autism. I love to socialise with different people. I like to make new friends and get to know people. I love music and I like to chat to people about things. I love to be out and about with people and on my own. I go to clubs outside of college. I am a lovely person. I just love chatting to people to get to know them.
 
What course are you doing at Bath College?
I am doing the LILS (Life and Independent Living Skills) course at Bath College at Somer Valley Campus.
 
Why did you apply to be Equality & Diversity Officer?
I applied to be Equality and Diversity Officer because I want to make a difference around the college and make college a better place. And I want to share my personal experience of autism and raise awareness of other disabilities and make college a more equal place.
 
What would you like to achieve during your time on the Students’ Union?
To make college a better place and to make people aware that I am the same as everybody else in college including all of my college friends. And I want to plan some events about different things. I’m looking forward to starting my campaigns.
 
Where can you be found on campus?
I can be found in the Wellow Building at Somer Valley Campus.
 

Group Photo - Agricultural Mechanics Alumni

News

Agricultural Mechanics students return to College after 50 years

 

Nine ex-students of Norton Radstock College returned to what is now the Somer Valley Campus of Bath College to have a 50-year reunion.

 

They studied Agricultural Mechanics from 1967-69 and decided to meet up to catch up with each other, share memories and see if the course itself led to the paths they took with their careers.
 

The alumni had a tour of Somer Valley Campus in Radstock, where they spoke to lecturers from a range of disciplines including carpentry & joinery, bricklaying, refrigeration, electrical, plumbing, animal care, stonemasonry, engineering and motor vehicle.
 

Stuart King, Head of English & Maths at Bath College, led the tour and gave the group a brief overview of how College has changed since they left. He said: “it’s been fantastic having the alumni with us. Hearing their stories of 50 years ago and how successful they have gone on to be is really heart-warming.”
 

The ex-students very much enjoyed their tour of the College before heading off to a reunion lunch at a local pub.
 

Steve Crowe said: “Years ago when we studied here it was far more based on mechanical and hand-skills. Now I get the impression it’s much more diverse focusing on many different skills. I’ve been so impressed, especially with the stonemasonry workshop which is a real unique selling point.”
 

Mike Church said: “Coming back to the College has shown an incredible change. Like everything, including all the people here today, everything has moved on. I have been very impressed seeing the broad curriculum that is taught here, it has really opened my eyes.”
 

Nick Dee Shapland, who organised the reunion added: “We couldn’t have asked for more this morning, what an enterprising college! Each lecturer has really given us an insight.”
 

Football Academy, News

Bath College secures funding for women’s futsal team

 

Bath College is delighted to have been selected as one of thirty colleges to receive English Colleges FA Growth Funding to support the formation of a new women’s futsal team.
 

The college was chosen out of 100 applicants to receive the funding which will help establish a sustainable futsal team over the next 3 years, allowing new and existing students to participate and therefore creating a more inclusive extra-curricular offer.
 

The money will help provide qualified and licensed coaches, referees and kit to help the futsal team improve their skills and abilities, and give them a positive and enjoyable experience of futsal whilst studying at college.
 

Bath College is extremely passionate about ensuring their students are able to join a sporting community to keep them physically active and positively impact their mental wellbeing.
 

Shaun Mullen, who will be head of futsal provision, is a UEFA B licence futsal coach and FA Tutor.
 

Shaun reflected on how the funding would help the college by saying that this would: “Increase the participation rates among not just sports students but also the wider student community of the college. This will give students an opportunity in potentially a new sport to learn core values and skills and create a new social group within a team environment.”
 

Callum Cocks unveiling the stone seat for Ralph Allen Mine Project

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Historic stone wall restored and made into bench in Combe Down

 
A Bath College Stonemasonry student has been restoring part of a historic wall as part of the Ralph Allen stone mine project by the Museum of Bath Stone, B&NES Council and the UNESCO World Heritage Enhancement Fund.

 

The shaft wall, where Combe Down freestone used to be hauled out, has been turned into a seat, which has been supported by many locals who have crowd-funded the project and came out to see the finished result.
 
Callum working on the stoneCallum Cocks, Stonemasonry student at Bath College, said: “I’ve been working on the lettering on the coping stone that sits on top of the remaining wall.
 
“The things I most enjoyed about this project were working the stone and seeing the remarkable result of how it looked when it was finished.”
 
The stone reads: “Rebuilt in 2018 site of access shaft to Ralph Allen stone minesthe stone that built Bath”.
 
Callum’s tutor, Joe Leber, Stonemasonry lecturer at Bath College said: “Callum came to the college in 2017 age 16, he has been a pleasure to teach, improving his skills year on year.
 
“Last academic year he achieved his level 2 diploma and his NVQ ahead of time and got involved in designing and building a garden for the special educational needs centre.
 
“He also set out and produced the lettering for the Ralph Allen stone mine project with some help from Stephen Shute our technician. He is now working towards his level 3 Stonemasonry diploma and his NVQ level 3 here at Bath College.
 
“We are all very proud of Calum and are expecting him to achieve more stretch and challenge tasks at the college after completing his diploma with us.”
 
For more details about stonemasonry at Bath College, click here.
 

News

Bath College and Bath & North East Somerset Council are hosting “Have a Go” as part of the nationwide Festival of Learning

 

• Bath College offers local communities the chance to try and learn a new skill
• 30th September 2019 10am till 12pm at the Roman Baths
 
As part of the 2019 Festival of Learning, Bath College and B&NES Council are inviting local residents to small taster sessions i.e. try their hand at a range of new skills or take part in a taster session.
 
Festival of Learning, led by Learning and Work Institute, invites organisations and communities to take part in adult learning activities to showcase the wide range of opportunities and resources available to adults hoping to continue or resume their education. The Festival recognises the inspiring achievements of adult learners nationwide.
 
**At the “Have a Go” visitors will have the opportunity to try and experience an Art Class, Mindfulness, Health and Wellbeing **
 
Stephen Evans, CEO of Learning and Work Institute, commented: “The Festival of Learning helps people to learn and to discover the wide range of opportunities there are to gain new skills, expand their abilities and transform their lives.
 
“I hope that people take advantage of this exciting event at the Roman Baths and recognise that you’re never too old to learn.”
 
For more information about the event click here.
 

Apprenticeships, News

Meet the new Head of Apprenticeships, Business & Community at Bath College

 

Bath College has appointed a new Head of Apprenticeships, Business & Community.

 

Paul Gilmore has worked at Bath College for 16 years, starting as a lecturer in joinery before progressing to Head of Technology in 2018 and into his new role this Spring.

 

His new remit is to oversee the development of Apprenticeships, Love2Learn leisure courses, free courses and Adult Community Learning.

 
Bath College is the largest provider of apprenticeships in B&NES, so Paul’s first objective is to work with local businesses to develop the apprenticeship provision to suit local demands.
 


How do you plan to improve quality of delivery of apprenticeships?

By ensuring the apprenticeship is tailored accordingly to suit the needs of the employers and the individual, the apprenticeship will be planned in a partnership with the employer to make sure that a high level of training take place at college and whilst the apprentice is in the workplace. The progress of the apprentice will be closely tracked and monitored by the assessment team to ensure the development and skills of the apprentices meet employer’s needs and the training needs of the apprentice. The college is also committed to providing high quality facilities for all college based training which is complimented by highly qualified staff who undertake regular continuous professional updating.
 

How do you plan to improve communication with employers?

We aim to provide an effective and timely recruitment service to our employers to meet their requirements and organisational needs, communication with the employer will take place frequently as part of the apprentice’s progress reviews meetings. We value input from our employers as this helps shape and develop our apprenticeship offer.
 

How is Bath College meeting employers’ needs?

The college will continue to review its apprenticeship offer in collaboration with our employer network to ensure it is fit for purpose and meets our local, regional and national economic needs and skills shortages. As a college we are aware the changing landscape in the workforce and we remain committed to training and upskilling employees and apprentices that benefits our employers and the relevant sectors.
 


What benefits do apprentices get from their Bath College apprenticeships?

Any Bath College apprentice will be fully supported and guided through their apprenticeship programme which will encourage the individual to take ownership over their own development and career progression. The additional advantages of being an apprentice ranges from earning whilst being trained and receiving a national recognised qualification at the end of apprenticeship programme.
 
To find out more about apprenticeships at Bath College, click here.
 

Project SEARCH interns in the Guildhall

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New Project SEARCH interns start the year with afternoon tea

 

Last week the new Project SEARCH interns gathered in the Guildhall to meet their coursemates for the first time over a cup of tea.
 
Project SEARCH is an employability programme in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset Council and Virgin Care, which helps young adults with learning disabilities gain the skills they need to become employed.
 
The students have a mix of classroom based learning and workplace experience within one of the B&NES departments, with placements varying from working in a kitchen to working in a museum.
 
Laurel Penrose and Alice Honey
Alice Honey (right), who has been through the project SEARCH programme, came to chat to the new interns about what a positive impact the programme can have.
 
She said: “I found Project SEARCH really encouraging. It was good because I learnt the skills to get a job and now I am working 16 hours at Action on Hearing Loss which is great because I live so close. I really enjoy my job, it’s pretty good.”
 
Laurel Penrose (left), Principal CEO gave an informal welcome to the new group: “Project SEARCH is very close to our hearts. It’s amazing to see how much students change and grow in confidence from the beginning to the end.
 
“Sometimes the course will be hard, so please talk to us, everybody needs some help sometimes. It’s a lovely course, you’ll get some really good employment opportunities and experience.”
 
For more information or to apply for Project SEARCH, click here.
 

Bath Rugby Foundation Bath College Advantage students

Adult Community Learning, News

Bath College and Bath Rugby Foundation work with young people to boost confidence and employability skills

 

Bath College and Bath Rugby Foundation have been running a Summer course working with unemployed young people to improve their job prospects.
 
The Advantage course is in partnership with the Department of Work & Pensions and Bath Rugby’s charity and is for 18 to 24 year olds who are, or in danger of becoming, NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).
 
Working with Bath Job Centre, the course was created to not only encourage young people to enrol on college courses or gain the confidence to find job roles, but also to create a peer support group within them in which they could encourage and support each other on their journey.
 
The learners started the course finding it difficult to engage and ended with enthusiasm and a new-found confidence.
 
The opportunities the Advantage students have gained access to have been very broad, with one offered a place on a performing arts course at college; one enrolled on a sports coaching course; one has moved into supported housing after being homeless and sofa surfing; one has created a CV and is volunteering in order to gain experience in a retail environment; one is starting volunteering in a youth drug and alcohol support group with a view to becoming a youth support worker or counsellor, drawing on his own experiences.
 
Leah being filmed at the RecLeah (left), who has just completed the Advantage course said: “I have enrolled on a college course as I have enjoyed this course so much that I want to continue. It has made me feel safe and confident and I have had fun too.”
 
Luke found his confidence while completing the course: “This course has given me something that school and college didn’t manage to. I now know what I want to do and this makes me get up in the morning. I now have self-belief that I can make something of myself and this motivates me to get up.”
 
Joe Aygul, Employability Officer at Bath Rugby Foundation said: “Working in partnership with Bath College this summer has been incredible, we have been able to create a unique and bespoke training course that has without doubt positively impacted the lives of young people in our community.
 
Advantage students on interview day“Watching our students grow in confidence over the past five weeks has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career. The journey these young people have been on in this short time has been remarkable, from starting as un-engaged ‘NEETs’ at the beginning of the course to now leaving us with aspirations and opportunities for further education, employment and training.
 
“The future looks bright for these guys and the team at Bath Rugby Foundation look forward to collaborating with Bath College again in the future.”
 
Anna Wheeler, Community Engagement Manager at Bath College said: “The Advantage programme has been so much more than a collaboration between Bath College and Bath Rugby Foundation to upskill a group of young people. It has been innovative and dynamic with input from a huge range of local partner organisations and experiences both challenging and exciting.
 
“The group’s confidence has grown alongside new skills and experiences and every member of staff involved has been inspired by the enthusiasm, talent and positivity they have shown”.
 
For more details about the ‘Advantage’ course, visit: www.bathrugbyfoundation.com/advantage
 

Dan SU President

News, Student Spotlight, Students Union

Meet our new Student Union President, Dan Ball

 

We spoke to our brand new SU President, Dan, to find out all about him and his plans for the year.
 
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi my name is Dan Ball. I’m 19 years old. In my spare time I like to meet up with friends and take my dogs out for a walk. My favorite sport is Rugby. I support Bath and England Rugby club.
 
What did you study at Bath College?
I studied Uniformed Public Services for three years. I started at level two and finished level 3 year two.
 
Why did you apply to be the SU President?
I applied for the Student Union President Job role because I would like a future career in pastoral care and applying for this role can give me an insight what it is like.
 
Why do you think the SU is important?
The SU is important as this gives the chance for all students to put forward their suggestions on how the college can improve based on their needs. I also think the SU is important as this students can work as a team.
 
What would you like to achieve during your Presidency?
I would like to achieve in my year as president is to raise money to a chosen charity by the majority of students getting involved into different kinds of fundraising. I would also like to achieve a good outcome towards the campaigns I have created for this year.
 
What vision do you have for the SU at Bath College?
The vison I have for the SU is that the Student Union will be there to support students throughout the year so they can also get involved with us and learn more about what the Student Union does.
 
Where can you be found on campus?
I can be found in the Student Union and Participation office on the bottom floor of the Macaulay building in the new Student Union area.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom or advice for new and returning students?
The words of wisdom I would say to students is to keep a positive mind set to your studies. Have fun and a laugh with friends and staff members and always smile.
 

News, Student Spotlight

Bath College students celebrate their GCSE results

 

Students across both Bath College campuses have been nervously opening their GCSE results this morning.
 
Harvey has been studying Level 2 Childcare and has passed both his English and Maths, so will be going on to Level 3 Childcare.
 
Students who study at the College often take GCSE Maths and/or English alongside their studies to maximise their employability or future study options.
 
He said: “I was hoping to pass but not expecting to, and I’ve passed both!”
 
Megan, Katie and Luci all came back to college as mature students to take their GCSEs.
 
Megan got a 4 in Maths and 6 in English and can now apply to do an Access Course so she can become a teacher.‬
 
‪Katie got 11 GCSEs and went onto her A-Levels when she was at school but failed her maths so made the decision to come back to college to take it as an adult and got a 4.‬
 
Electrical students Dom and Josh were delighted when they opened their GCSE English results. Dom got a 6 and is now progressing onto the Level 2 and Josh got a 5 and is off to do an Electrical apprenticeship.
 
‪Luci left school at 15 so came to college to do her Maths and English GCSEs in which she got 5 and 8 and is now off to do a Maternity course at Swansea University before training to be a midwife.‬
 
 
Stuart King, Head of English and Maths said: “We are very proud of our learners who have worked so hard for their GCSEs.”
 
“Many of them are studying alongside a full-time course, apprenticeship or full-time job, which can be really tough.”
 
“It’s been fantastic to see so many smiles across our campuses today.”
 
GCSE results day can be a stressful time for many, so Bath College has had careers advisers on hand to talk to anyone who picked up results today to offer them impartial advice about what their next steps are.

 

News, Student Spotlight

Case Study: Jessica’s Erasmus Catering placement in Seville

 
We spoke to Jessica Porch about her REYeurope Erasmus+ placement in Seville.

 

Name: Jessica Porch
Course Name: Catering and Hospitality Level 3
Placement Location: Seville
 
Why did you apply for the placement?
I applied for my placement because I was interested in working abroad.
I was encouraged by my tutors and lectures at college to go as it would be and was a good experience.
I prepared myself by writing a CV and cover letter and also organised my passport, EHIC card, travel money card and budget.
 
Describe your work placement and tasks.
My work placement was joined onto an English Hotel so served English food as well and Spanish tapas food. Some tasks that I carried out were preparing starter dishes, preparing all food that needed to be cooked in advanced and also cleaning down the kitchen after service.
 
What was your biggest learning experience and achievement during your placement?
Learning about different cuisine and learning a new language.
 
Do you feel that your international placement will help you professionally in the future and if so, how?
I think that it will help me in the future as it shows that I have no limit to what I think I can achieve.
 
Jessica in Seville
What did you like best about your destination abroad and why?
The city was really beautiful and had lots of amazing attractions that we visited throughout the 3 weeks. I also liked the restaurants and shops we went in and the people were very welcoming. It was also really hot which is always nice when you are not used to it.
 
What next for you and do you have any advice for future participants?
Next for me is going into a full time job away from home. And my advice would be don’t get too caught up in missing parents or loved ones as the time goes so fast that you have to enjoy all of your time there and use your days off wisely – go sight seeing or to the beach.
 
 

Thanks to Jessica for sharing her placement experience. If you would like any information about our Catering & Hospitality courses, click here.
 

Callum Morris in Prague

News, Student Spotlight

Case Study: Callum’s Erasmus IT placement in Prague

 

We spoke to Callum Morris about his REYeurope Erasmus+ placement in Prague.
 
Name: Callum Morris
Course: Computing & IT Level 3
Placement Location: Prague, Czech Republic
 
Why did you apply for the placement?

I applied for the placement for a few reasons. One was just because I wanted to be able to live in Prague for a short time. I’ve always really enjoyed travelling abroad and Prague seemed like a really nice place to stay. Being able to stay there for an entire 6 weeks (which was also during college time and not holiday time) was a very attractive offer.
 
The work was the other main reason I wanted to do this placement. I really wanted to work with a real IT company doing programming. It was made clear to us that we might not be doing exactly what we specifically wanted to do on our placements with our companies, but I was okay with doing anything IT related really – programming was just my preference.
 
Describe your work placement and tasks.

I had the pleasure of being able to do exactly what I wanted to do with my company. My specific role was a back-end developer for a web application. This job was absolutely perfect for me, which is why I am very thankful that I was the one chosen to do it. My main job was to write modules that would perform various tasks on the back-end. I would be given this tasks in the form of online tickets and when completed I would mark these tickets for testing and push the modules I had developed to a remote repository using GIT. Each of the modules were written using python – this was also perfect for me as python is my best language.
 

What was your biggest learning experience and achievement during your placement?

It’s difficult to choose one experience during the placement that was the biggest for me overall. I would say that the placement as a whole was the biggest learning experience for me. The work that I did, places I saw and people I met all contributed to a massive learning experience for me that has taught me a lot.
 
As for my biggest achievement, that would definitely be being offered a job by the company that I worked with. This was a huge achievement for me as it showed that they were very impressed with my work and wanted to continue working with me.
 
Do you feel that your international placement will help you professionally in the future and if so, how?

Without a shadow of a doubt this placement has and will help me in my professional future. It has helped me already, in that I now have a job in IT because of it. It is also sure to help me in the future as well though and this is for many reasons: it looks great on a CV, I have learned a huge amount about my field during the placement and it gave me a great insight into how IT companies operate.
 
What did you like best about your destination abroad and why?

Prague is a brilliant city. The public transport is amazing – you can get where ever you need to in the city with ease thanks to the high quality public transport system. Plus you cannot get lost in Prague, because there is always a tram stop nearby and locals are almost always happy to give you directions.
 
The local people in Prague are super nice and the majority of the younger locals speak really good English. I was honestly quite surprised by how kind the locals are there.
 
Prague as a city is also absolutely beautiful. There are so many huge parks around Prague that are great fun to visit and explore. The buildings there have a very interesting style; many are very old and historic, while others were very modern. It made for a very nice contrasting appearance around the city.
 

What next for you and do you have any advice for future participants?

I will be continuing my work with the company from my placement shortly, which I am very much looking forward to. I am hoping that continuing to work with them part-time will evolve into a full-time position in time or perhaps lead to a job with another company in the UK. Either way it’s likely that working with this company will jumpstart my career in IT.
 
My advice to future participants would be the following:
• Work hard in the placement and show initiative with the company you end up with, because it could end up in a job for you.
• Don’t go in with massive expectations for your placement – while the company I had was great, others were disappointed with the companies they had to work with because they expected more. You should treat the placement as a learning experience and not a dream job in a foreign country – the best parts of the placement are made by you and your friends.
• Travel around and explore the country you visit – don’t just visit some monuments or go to the same places over and over. The most fun thing to do is just walk in one direction with friends and see what happens.
• Learn some basic phases and pronunciation in the language before starting the placement – it helps more than you expect.
 
 
Thanks to Callum for sharing his placement experience. If you would like any information about our Computing and IT courses, click here.
 

Events, Hair & Beauty, News

Complementary Therapies, Spa and Media Make-up students pamper Glastonbury Festival Glampers

 

Our Complementary Therapies, Spa and Media Make-up students worked at an off-site glamping site located close to Glastonbury Festival this year. Under supervision from Bath College and Bath Priory staff, the girls delivered top class massage treatments to guests as well as getting them festival-ready with glitter make-up. They were professional and hard-working, representing the college well.

 

Throughout the year there are opportunities for students to get industry experience at high-profile events such as this one.

 

If you would like any info on any of our Hair, Beauty and Complementary Therapies courses, click here.

 

Below is the gallery from the weekend.

 

 

News

Bath College makes commitment to support students and staff with their mental health and wellbeing

 

Bath College has reaffirmed their commitment to staff and students by signing up to a brand new national mental health and wellbeing charter – created by the Association of Colleges in conjunction with mental health experts.
 
The 11-point document includes commitments to:
• Promoting equality of opportunity and challenging mental health stigma
• Providing appropriate mental health training for staff
• Providing targeted individual mental health support where appropriate
 
Colleges across England teach and train 2.2 million people each year – including 685,000 young people. Every year, 1 in 10 young people experience a mental health problem and 1 in 5 young people aged 16-24 experience a common mental illness such as anxiety or depression at any one time. Add to these facts, 75% of adults with a diagnosable mental health problem experience their first symptoms before the age of 24 means Bath College plays a vital role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of its 8,000 students and 450 staff.
 
Bath College staff at their mental health training
Laurel Penrose, Principal & CEO of Bath College, said: “Mental Health is something we take very seriously at Bath College. We ensure that we have designated youth mental health first aiders who are trained by Mental Health First Aid England. We have now equipped a wide range of departments with the tools to support our students and staff when required.”
 
Richard Caulfield, Mental Health lead at the Association of Colleges, said: “Every single day colleges like Bath College provide a world class education and transform the lives of millions of people. This includes providing support for both staff and student wellbeing at the right time, in the right place. This charter gives colleges the chance to publicly state their commitment to the mental health agenda.”
 
Clare Stafford, CEO of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, said: “We passionately believe that mental health support of the highest standard should be available to all young people and college staff. The launch of the Charter further enhances the Association of College’s long-standing commitment to this.
 
“As a charity, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust is delighted to be working in collaboration with AoC and fully endorses the principles and intentions of this important new Charter.”
 

Graduation 2019

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Congratulations to Bath College Higher Education Graduates

 

Higher Education graduates from Bath College celebrated their success at their Graduation Ceremony on Thursday.
 
More than 60 students dressed in mortar boards and gowns gathered at The Assembly Rooms to collect their certificates.
 
The students have all completed degree level and higher education courses, including programmes validated by the University of Bath and The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) among others.
 
The ceremony opened with an impressive Civic Procession made up of the Senior Management Team of the College, Heads of Departments, academic staff, Governors, and The Mayor of Bath, Councillor Gerry Curran, led by the City Sword-Bearer and two Mace-Bearers.
 
Once everyone was seated, guests were welcomed by Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College, and certificates were handed out to graduates from Carole Stott, the Chair of Governors.
 

Keynote speaker, Professor Sue Rigby, Vice Chancellor of Bath Spa University, inspired the crowds with her words: “Reading through the graduation programme I realised your degrees are an exact list of the skills that are needed in this region.
 
“We [Bath Spa University] really value the relationship we have with the college. You are a fantastic college. You are an asset to your city.”
 
After the Ceremony the graduates gathered outside the Assembly Rooms and threw their hats in the air to the cheers of guests and passers-by.
 
A drinks and canapé reception was held at Woods restaurant where the graduates and their families continued their celebration.
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College said that: “It has been a wonderful day.
 
“Behind each graduate, I’m sure, is a dream. One that is full of hope and one that is borne of ambition, aspiration.
 
“Our students remind us that success comes to those who work – and I know the extra work they have undertaken through their studies will, at times, have been difficult and gruelling, but they have made it through and we are incredibly proud.”
 
Click here to see the Facebook album.
 

Jacob Rees-Mogg with Bath College staff, Jon Domaille and Tim Goode

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Bath College representatives meet Jacob Rees-Mogg MP to save BTEC qualifications

 

• Bath College leaders hold a special meeting in Parliament with Jacob Rees-Mogg MP.
• Attendees raised concerns about government plans to drop BTECs and Applied Generals from curriculum.
• Government has consulted on defunding the qualification in favor of the new, more limited, T-Levels – rather than letting them exist simultaneously.

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP took part in a special meeting with Bath College representatives on Wednesday 17th July, to hear directly the vital, positive impact BTECs and Applied General qualifications have on the life chances of young people and adults in Somerset after the government announced it is considering dropping the qualifications.
 
The meeting was attended by leaders from Bath College, including Head of Creative Arts and Enterprise, Jon Domaille and Music Performance Learning Coordinator, Tim Goode.
 
A significant amount of learners at Bath College are currently studying for BTEC and Applied Generals qualifications which are a mixed part-vocational part-academic qualification that offers an alternative, less academic focused 16 – 19 education than A-Levels.
 
BTECs are equivalent to A-Levels and are taken by young people and adults across the country who want academic qualifications as well as preparation for the workplace and employment. The government is considering withdrawing funding from August 2020 despite the fact 90% of BTEC students are employed full-time after university graduation.
 
Jon Domaille, Head of Creative Arts and Enterprise at Bath College, said: “I am completely open and willing to being held accountable to ensuring our provision meets the needs of local employers and industry and wholly understand the need to work closely with employers in the provision of quality, vocational training whilst meeting local needs and employment priorities. I know this to be a value that Bath College holds dear, as do many other colleges across the country.
 
“We do though, truly believe that the provision of choice for learners at such an early age in their careers is vital, and Applied General qualification still have a part to play in providing learners with choice, freedom and flexibility to discover their own pathway in this ever changing world.”
 

Xavier Theobald

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Case Study: Xavier Theobald, Level 2 Art & Design student

 

Xavier, who has progressed through three Bath College courses, spoke to us about his time at College, the skills he has gained and what he’s enjoyed the most about studying here.
 
What skills have you gained whilst at Bath College?
The L2 Art & Design course has given me the confidence to speak to members of the public and I now know how to put on exhibitions and speak about my artwork. College has given me so many opportunities this year, it’s been amazing. Before, I thought opportunities were a myth, now I know they are real if you work hard.
 
Being at Bath College has helped me decide what I really want to do. I have really enjoyed learning about printing techniques this year. I may wish to look at job doing surface pattern design in the future.
 
Tell us about your journey through College?
I started on the LILS course (Life and Independent Living Skills) and then progressed to L1 Art & Design before moving onto the L2 Art & Design course this year. As I have progressed from course to course I have got a better understanding of art and feel I have more freedom to find my own style.
 
Tell us about your course?
I have had a really good time, there’s great support from the tutors who have given me ideas and suggestions on what to change or how to improve my work. Being part of the end of year Art Exhibition has given me an insight into how an exhibition works and allowed me to speak to people about my work and I gained a lot of confidence doing that.
 
On the course I also designed my own t-shirts which I now sell online and I also used a laser cutter to design my own phone cover.
 
I never thought I’d be given the opportunity to be a case study for Bath College, it has really boosted my confidence.
 

Ethan Conlon, stonemasonry apprentice at Bath College

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Bath College stonemason Ethan Conlon to compete in Russia at WorldSkills 2019

 

Bath College apprentice, Ethan Conlon, has been travelling around the world preparing to demonstrate his stonemasonry skills against the world’s best.
 
He will compete with finalists from 60 countries at WorldSkills 2019 in Kazan in Russia next month.
 

The 18-year-old will compete in the architectural stonemasonry category after triumphing over stonemasons from across the country earlier this year.
 

Ethan, who studies at Bath College and is also an apprentice with APS Stonemasonry in Oxford, was selected for the college’s shortlist for WorldSkills back in early 2018 after impressing lecturers with his natural ability and commitment.
 
Ethan Conlon at workHe was invited to compete for a place in Team UK for WorldSkills Kazan 2019 after excelling in the WorldSkills UK National Competitions.
 
After taking part in a four-day competition, he was chosen to join Team UK. He received 10 weeks of specialist training and is now off to Kazan as Team UK’s only stonemason in the squad of 30.
 

Joe Leber, Stonemasonry Lecturer at Bath College said: “We are delighted that Ethan is off to compete at world skills in Kazan 2019, we are very proud of him and wish him the very best of luck! He is a fantastic young mason.”
 

Ahead of the competition, which takes place from 22nd – 27th August, the teenager has built up his experience by travelling to competitions in Russia and Brazil for final preparation.
 

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.
 

Visit worldskills2019.com for more information.
 

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

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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

 

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