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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

News

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

News

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

News, Student Spotlight

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

News

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

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.
 

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