Seven students from the Bath College Care Academy spent the day in Bristol at the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences Department of University of the West of England (UWE).
During the day they were paired with current first and second year Nursing Students and attended lectures and seminars with them.
They were able to find out more about Nursing study programmes and about student life. One student said “I learnt lots from the students, I asked lots of questions, they were very nice and they tried to answer all my questions.”
During lunch there was a reflective practice session where students were able to speak to both students and lecturers to find out further information.
The students really enjoyed the day. One student said “It makes thinking about going to University less overwhelming, and I now have an understanding of the process”
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The team is one of three contenders in the Star Team award, recognising the dedication of volunteers that helps improve feline welfare.
The volunteers were nominated after organising an innovative new collaboration with Bath College to increase the number of cats they can help.
Previously, cats in the branch’s care were all looked after by volunteers in their own homes before they found a new owner. But after exploring ways to increase capacity, the branch approached staff at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus.
After months of planning and training, volunteers have now positioned a four-pen Cats Protection unit at the college, with students from Animal Care courses providing day-to-day care.
Cats Protection’s Frome & District Branch Homing and Welfare Officer Mandy Wescott said:
“We’re always looking for ways to help more cats and one of our volunteers had the idea to approach Bath College, which teaches a number of Animal Care courses. It took a lot of planning and hard work, but we now have a fully-fledged cattery at the college where up to eight cats can be cared for until they find new homes. We provide on-going training and guidance, as well as organising admissions, vet checks and rehoming. The students provide the daily hands-on cat care, under the supervision of their teachers. It’s a win-win situation for everyone – we’re able to help more cats and the cats themselves enjoy plenty of care and attention from a large number of capable students. The students themselves benefit not only from the experience of providing hands-on care, but also from working with Cats Protection on feline welfare.”
The team now needs to wait until Thursday 8 August when winners will be announced and trophies presented at an awards ceremony at London’s Savoy, an event attended by celebrities including entrepreneur Deborah Meaden, former England goalkeeper David Seaman and his wife, Dancing on Ice star Frankie Seaman.
Cats Protection’s awards organiser Kate Bunting said:
“The commitment of our volunteers is truly inspiring and has a hugely positive, long-lasting impact on cat welfare. It’s a privilege to hear their stories and celebrate such amazing achievements.”
Cats Protection’s National Cat Awards, organised by the UK’s largest cat charity and sponsored by PURINA®, is an annual celebration of the real-life stories of heroism, loyalty and companionship in the feline world. You can vote in the National Cat Awards, and read the feline testimonials by clicking here
Bath College Engineering Department held their annual End of Year Presentation Evening in celebration of the hard work and effort expended by the students over the course of the year.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), family and friends were invited and many were impressed to see not just the quantity of work produced, but the high standards set and achieved.
The event prizes were sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Stephen Pearson (IET member) presented the awards, with Maurice Poole, another member, giving a short motivational speech.
Bath College Engineering Awards 2018/19
- Best Welding Level 1 Student – Ryan Gosman
- Best Welding Level 2 Student – Charlie Purchase
- Best Turning Student – Miles Tucker
- Best Milling Student – Greg Pawaczek
- Students with 100% attendance – Will Rabbitts, Kieran Cullen Hardwick & Oliver Clark
IET Engineering Awards
- Best Overall Student – Oliver Clark – £100 prize
- Best Level 1 student – Kieron Bradley – £75 Prize
- Best Level 2 student – Jae Crawford – £75 Prize
The IET Engineering Awards saw three winners collect their prize for the best student in each category.
Jae Crawford won the Best Level 2 student award which he was given £75 from the IET. Jae has also been offered an apprenticeship with Dyson which he hopes to start in September.
He says, “I’m looking forward to learning more about engineering and starting my career, it’s great I get to earn money at the same time.”
Oliver Clark won the Best Overall student award. He has completed Level 1 and 2 Engineering and is now looking at a wide variety of progression options, such as apprenticeships and further education. The course has provided him with an industry standard qualification and he now has skills in fitting, turning, milling, welding and CAD. Oliver says, “I now have a great portfolio of work which I’ll be able to show to potential employers and I’m looking forward to the next step of my engineering journey.”
Matt Driver, Mechanical Engineering lecturer said, “The standard of work this year has been excellent and the awards evening was the culmination of a very successful year at Bath College with over 90% successful in their qualification.
For more information about Bath College Engineering courses, click here.
Bath College held an award ceremony to celebrate the incredible achievements of the Access to Higher Education students at the Bath Function Rooms last week.
The students were presented with their course certificates over a prosecco and canapé reception, followed by specially nominated awards.
The Access to Higher Education course provides students with a nationally recognised qualification and an alternative career pathway for those who want to study at university.
Carolyn Guy, Learning Co-ordinator for the Access to HE department, said that:
“We are delighted and proud of the outstanding achievements of our Access students who have made fantastic progress this year and are moving on to such a wide range of degrees. Many of our students gained the confidence to pursue career goals and ambitions which they would not have thought possible a year ago. This event was a celebration of their hard work, determination and success. The students created a culture of excellence and support of one another.”
The top prize of the afternoon was the much coveted Roper Prize, named after Brian and Maggie Roper, who were incredibly generous benefactors of Bath College who left a legacy gift to the College to recognise the achievements of students, particularly on the Access Course. This year there were five Roper prize winners, who were nominated by staff for outstanding dedication to their studies.
The Roper Prize Winners:
- Ameka Francis
- Kim Penhey
- Jaydee-Leigh Emery
- Stacey Rawlings
- Joshua Salisbury
Roper Award winner Ameka Franis commented,
“I think it’s a wonderful course with really supportive staff and tutors, all of whom are so friendly. Everyone wants to help you succeed and you get a sense that they’re rooting for you all the way; it feels like they really care. The course allows you to surround yourself with like-minded people who have similar intentions and approachable attitudes, all of which helps to foster the friendly atmosphere. Everyone is in the same boat and it feels like we are all in this together, going on this journey, helping and inspiring one another along the way. It’s just been amazing; I am going to Uni next year so it has been a success for me.”
Bath College Principal Laurel Penrose attended the awards ceremony to meet students and hand out course certificates.
After presenting the awards Laurel commented:
“Listening to the list of universities you have been excepted to I am so proud to hear the depth and breadth of courses you’re going onto. The Access Course is very challenging, especially when you have family commitments or similar at the same time. You should all be so proud of yourselves. Congratulations.”
Destination Universities and courses of this year’s Access Course Students
University of Exeter- Conservation, Biology and Ecology
University of Exeter- Diagnostics Imaging
UWE- Physiotherapy x2
Oxford Brookes- Primary Teaching
University of Bristol -Liberal Studies
Bath Spa University -Primary Education x 2
York St John University – Japanese, TESOL and Linguistics
Swansea University- Business Management
University of Bristol – Archaeology and Anthropology
Oxford Brookes University- Law
University of Bristol – History
Sheffield Hallam University History
Cardiff University – Economics and International Relations
University of Leeds- Arts and Humanities
Bath Spa University -History
University of Bristol- Law
University of Exeter – Accounting and Finance
Cardiff University- Journalism, Media and English Lit
University of Bristol- Childhood Studies
UWE- Adult Nursing x2
University of Bath- Social Work and Applied Social Sciences x5
Bournemouth University- Paramedic
UWE- Midwifery x3
UWE- Paramedic x2
University of Bristol– Dental Hygiene and Therapy x2
University of Exeter- MSc Zoology
University of Bristol- Veterinary Medicine
University of Bristol- Biomedical Sciences
University of Birmingham- Physiotherapy
University of Bristol –Psychology x2
UWE- Primary Teaching
University of Leeds- Biomedical Sciences
University of Sussex -Psychology
University of Bath- Biochemistry
University of Bristol- Pharmacology
University of Bath -Business Management
University of Bristol- Biology
University of Bath- Biology
University of Bristol – Economics
If you would like more information about Bath College’s Access to Higher Education course click here.
Our May Apprentice of the Month is Lewis Jones. Lewis is an Apprentice Stonemason working at Worcester Cathedral, and has been nominated by his assessor Ash.
Part of Lewis’ work as an Apprentice Stonemason involves him working on the restoration of ancient artefacts, as well as the Cathedral itself; some really exciting work! The Stonemasonry apprenticeships come in two levels at Bath College, Level 2 Intermediate Stonemasonry and Level 3 Advanced Stonemasonry. The level two course provides a practical hands on experience during which you will be learning to prepare for the job, setting out and producing architectural stone work, during which you will work as a Banker/Fixer Mason and produce bespoke work and carve architectural features, cut and shape blocks and lay or fit stonework into place on construction projects. The level three is more advanced and you could either work as a Banker Mason, working in a workshop shaping different components from sawn stone, using templates and drawings as a guide to produce complex stone for new and existing buildings; or as a Fixer Mason, cladding or positioning and fixing stone onto buildings. They are both fantastic stepping stones into the world of Stonemasonry and will help you gain the skills you need to become an accomplished Stonemason.
Aside from his fantastic work at Worcester Cathedral, Lewis has also secured work at York Cathedral as a part of a knowledge building exercise, looking to expand his skills and help him towards his goal of becoming a Heritage Specialist. Paul Maggs, Lewis’ tutor has told us that Lewis is “diligent, hardworking and has a good eye for detail, already completing his NVQ and on track to finish his diploma early”. Lewis’ assessor Ash has also told us that Lewis is a “real character” with lots of musical interests including Mongolian throat singing and playing the violin and ukelele.
It sounds like Lewis has a bright future ahead, and we wish him the best of luck in both his Stonemasonry and his musical hobbies!
This year the Media Makeup assessments had a distinct underwater theme, with lots of seabeds, starfish and fins. The students have spent some time brainstorming ideas around the theme, and needed to bring their own models to suit their ideas. They then had a set amount of time to bring their creation to life.
Some of the creations were fantastic, and to pull them off in a time limit was astonishing. It was also incredible to see some of the ways the theme was interpreted. Although the theme is distinct throughout, the different tangents that students took and the way they processed the theme was entirely unique. There were fish people, underwater scenes and seabed and scale effects; their only canvas being their model. What an incredible achievement in that time!
Media Makeup is a unique course, after which you can go on to University, study a Level 3 Diploma or go on to work as a makeup artist, either freelance or within the media industry such as film and photography. There are so many different units covered at Bath College, with access to some incredible tools, some of the mandatory units include, airbrush makeup, cosmetic science, cosmetic camouflage makeup and many more. You can also opt to do extra units, such as creating small prosthetics and individual lash application. You’ll have access to our great facilities in The Academy and the knowledge from some of our great tutors.
If you’re interested in a Media Makeup course please click here to read more about it, otherwise scroll on to take a trip under the sea!
University isn’t for everyone; not everyone wants to move away, not everyone wants to take out huge student loans, some people simply cannot afford it and others are worried they won’t get on with University life. This means, for most, the only options remaining are going straight into work, or looking for a traineeship or higher apprenticeship. However, there is a third option; you can study a Degree at Bath College.
At Bath College we have a range of degree level courses, ranging from Creative Enterprise to Applied Computing, meaning there’s something for everyone, without having to uproot your life and move miles across the country, this is ideal for people who don’t want or are unable to move away. We’re going to look at some of the pro’s for studying a degree at Bath College.
Expense (or lack of)
It’s no secret that University is expensive, you have tuition fees, living expenses, travel expenses to and from campus (or to visit home in the holidays), and then there will be hidden costs, like studio fees, trip fees and printing and equipment costs. These can all add up, making University an expensive endeavour.
Whilst the degree level courses at Bath College aren’t free, they are considerably cheaper. Most Higher Education courses start at £2,770 and rise to £7,700. Compare this with average University fees of £9,250 per year and you’ve got a clear winner. You can also still apply for student loans to help cover this cost, or a Higher Education Bursary. You’ve also got the advantage of being able to live at home, erasing those expensive student living costs.
Almost going hand in hand with our lack of expense, is the way some of courses can fit around your lifestyle. Not everyone looking to study a degree is fresh out of College or Sixth Form, and even if you are, you may have commitments that you can’t move around, such as a full time job or being a full time carer or parent. Some of our degree courses are evening courses, or distance learning courses (study from home), meaning you can fit them around your life, getting a degree alongside your other commitments, without one impacting the other.
One to One support
University is a popular option for Higher Education, and lots of University courses are full to the brim. Whilst this is not necessarily a bad thing, as it shows that as a community we are striving to get as educated as possible, it does mean that classes are very full, and it’s harder to get that crucial one to one support with your tutor. Class sizes at Bath College are smaller, and there are more opportunities to talk to your tutor, allowing you to ask questions, clarify your learning and get that important critical feedback to help you improve your work.
You can complete one of our courses and progress onto another, or you can take your new found knowledge and enter the work place, or look for a higher apprenticeship. For example, the HNC in Business can progress straight into the work place, or onto the HND in Business. You can also opt to finish your study at University, completing a Bachelors Degree fully and have it accredited by the University. You have a whole range of paths ahead of you, rather than a solid three years of study, with each year giving you a qualification, rather than parts of a whole qualification.
At Bath College we have connections with many local businesses in a variety of sectors, and we work very closely with them. We look at local industry demands and tailor our courses and learning to these demands, meaning our students leave College able to go into industries in Bath and begin gaining experience in their chosen sectors, giving them better grounding to move forwards in their chosen industry. For some the idea of being able to work within the City of Bath is tantalising, for other it may be a necessity due to commitments, we prepare you to enter the local industry and you will have the opportunity to meet and network with lots of local employers, rather than prepare you for your chosen industry generically.
TEF stands for Teaching Excellence Framework, and is used to examine how good the quality of an institutions teaching is. We share our TEF Silver ranking with Universities such as University of Liverpool, University College London and Warwick University. TEF Silver is awarded to Higher Education providers who ‘deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students, and consistently exceeds “rigorous national quality requirements” for higher education in the UK.’ (The Complete University Guide). Studying a Degree at Bath College isn’t going to be any less valuable than studying a Degree at a University, the standard of teaching that we have is amongst some of the best Universities in the UK, and we get you ready for the work place in the process.
If you’ve just spent several years at College, studying BTECS, Apprenticeships or Diplomas, you will be familiar with the campus, the journey and the tutors. If you have any problems with anxiety, or any reason why you would rather not move away to University, then you can opt to stay at College and stay in a familiar environment. This can be really beneficial for being able to settle into the demands of Degree level study, and skipping over that bedding in process. You won’t need to familiarise yourself with your journey to campus, the nearest shop, the best bus into town, or your group of new flatmates; as it’s been a part of your life now for several years.
Hopefully this has dispelled some of the myths and worries you may have had about choosing Bath College as your Higher Education provider.
If you’re a current student you can talk to your tutor about how to progress onto your chosen HE course. If you’re not a current student then email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or have a look at our Degree Level courses for yourself by clicking here.
Our April Apprentice of the Month is Jake Wheeler. Jake is an Apprentice Commis Chef working for Fullers at The Crystal Palace in Bath, and has been nominated by his tutor Hazel.
The Commis Chef Apprentice aims to give students experience working in a busy kitchen, allowing them to progress onto full employment as a Chef. A commis chef works hands on in a kitchen, meaning you can gather experience in many different areas of work. You’ll assist the head chef in food preparation, cooking and clearing down.
Jake’s tutor Hazel told us:
“As part of National apprenticeship week, Jake Wheeler represented Bath College and Fullers at the Hospitality Apprenticeship showcase at the House of Commons. There he talked to local MPs on the importance of investing in apprenticeships. Jake continues to be an asset to his workplace and is exceeding in his Commis chef apprenticeship.”
Jake is well deserving of this month’s title of Apprentice of the Month, good luck for the future Jake!
If you’re interested in an Apprenticeship be sure to check out our Apprenticeship vacancies here or alternatively you can look at our top three Apprenticeships for this month (April 2019), simply click here.
Last week our Shrubbery Restaurant hosted its spiciest event yet, with the Silk Road Spice Night. The dishes were inspired by places such as Pakistan, India and Shanghai, with each one have an element or interpretation of spice.
The dishes included Tuna Tataki, Poached Seabass, Spicy Pork Soup, Chocolate Tart and many more. Each one being designed and executed by Catering students in the kitchen, and served by Hospitality students in the restaurant. The food itself was presented akin to a professional kitchen and tasted incredible, there were very few unfinished plates left in the dining room.
The Shrubbery is a great way for students to get real job experience from within the College. Every aspect of the Restaurant and Kitchen is run by the students, including making bookings, running the bar, table service, preparation, clearing up, cooking and decoration. The students in the kitchen create their own menus for certain themes and have freedom in their creativity, they are then responsible for executing their dishes to order on the night of service, and they do a fantastic job every time.
The next Shrubbery event is Flavours of the Caribbean on the 25th April at 6:30pm. If you would like to reserve a table, please get in contact with The Shrubbery on 01225 328 502. Please note that the phone is manned Tuesday – Friday and only between 10am and 2pm. Alternatively you can email the restaurant to book at email@example.com
If you’re interested in a Catering and Hospitality course you can find more information by clicking here. Otherwise scroll on for lots more pictures of the night!
Level 3 technical engineering at Rotork PLC
This is a 4-year apprenticeship that includes, Service workshops, Electronics, Mechanics, R&D and Production engineering.
The wage for this Apprenticeship is £10,263, and you’ll also get an annual bonus, private healthcare, pension matched 9% and access to the Cycle to work scheme, some great perks!
Rotork offers three apprenticeship schemes:
- Engineering apprenticeship
- Craft apprenticeship
- Administration apprenticeship
Be sure to apply for this Apprenticeship before the closing date of 30/04/2019. You can apply by clicking here
Level 2 Adult care worker apprenticeship at Safe & sound Homecare LTD
This is a 16-month apprenticeship, of which the main activities involve, Personal Care, Shopping, Domestic Services, Bathing/Showering/Strip Wash, getting residents dressed/undressed, Attending appointments (Doctor, Hairdresser, etc.), 24-hour live-in care, Financial Care, Social Care, Hair and Skin Care, Welfare Checks and many other services
The wage for this Apprenticeship is a generous £6.15 per hour on weekdays and £7.15 on weekends.
The closing date for this Apprenticeship is 14/04/2019 so make sure to apply before this date. You can apply here
Level 3 Electro technology apprenticeship at MW smart home LTD
This is a 36-month apprenticeship and you would be working mainly on domestic electronics on new build properties or listed buildings that need renovating. The successful candidate will be completing a level 3 Electrical Installation Qualification at the same time as working with their employer, which will also include English or Maths functional skills if required. Before you undertake this Apprenticeship you’ll need to attend an initial assessment session at our Somer Valley Campus. The wage for this Apprenticeship is £3.90 per hour.
The closing date for this Apprenticeship is 07/04/2019 so make sure to apply before this date. You can apply here
Bath College hosted its annual Hair and Beauty competition and this year it was bigger and better than any other previous year. The running theme this year was a fantasy avant-garde look, and students had complete free reign to come up with their looks, which included Hair, Makeup and Clothing.
The students have been preparing for a while, creating mood boards to help inspire their look. They also had to source their own models and complete their look under time constraints. Special judges from within the industry were brought in to assess the students working, as well as their final looks. These included Natalie Yates from Melanie Giles; professional makeup artists, Kellie Moody and Liv Day; Rebecca Catton and Chelsea Gregory from Babington House Cowshed and Abi Greenslade from The Pig Hotel and Spa.
The hairdressing students had an hour to complete their styles, and the makeup artistry students had two hours, after which they had to stop what they were doing and the judging commenced. The students all worked incredibly hard and the results were incredible. The judges themselves were astounded at the level in which the students were working, and the level of professionalism they showed when at work in the studio. The judges decided on a first, second and third place winner from each group, aside from the Level 1 Festival look, where only a first and second place were awarded. The winners were given fantastic prizes, which were sponsored by Ellisons Hair and Beauty, Bath Academy of Media Makeup, Liv Day MUA, Lucknam Park Spa, Cowshed and The Priory Hotel. Each prize package included an array of beauty tools and products, with one lucky winner getting a £150 voucher for a Special Effects Makeup course at Bath Academy of Media Makeup!
Lisa Nelson, Bath College Hospitality, Spa and Landbased lecturer was absolutely thrilled with the work the students put it, stating: “Students were from full time and industry based learning, they were given a free hand to complete a Fantasy Avant Garde total look to include hair make-up and clothing. The Students invested a great deal of time creating these amazing looks, they really let their imaginations run wild. We couldn’t be more proud of the effort made.”
At the same time as the Hair and Makeup Challenges, Bath College Spa and Complementary therapy students were taking part in a competition of their own. For the complementary therapy students these included a 45-minute aromatherapy back, neck, shoulder and face massage, with each student blending their own essential oils tailored to their client’s needs; a 45-minute reflexology treatment, using pressure points on the soles of the feet to induce a feeling of relaxation and well-being. The Spa students performed a deep tissue Swedish massage on their clients. Aside from being a competition, this was a great opportunity for students to showcase their talent and skills to local industry professionals, and discuss work opportunities and employment. One student even left the competition day having secured employment in a top establishment! The prizes again were incredible, and included a Spa Day for two at local spas such as Lucknam Park, The Bath Priory and No. 15 Great Pulteney Street.
The winners List:
Level 2 Hairdressing Fantasy total look
1st Jade Nicholls
2nd Chloe Hooper
3rd Eloise Phelan
Level 3 Avant-Grade total look
1st Ellie James
2nd Ruby Gapper
3rd Alicia Kosminska
Hair and Make-up Artistry Avant- Garde total look
1st Beth Ingham
2nd Hannah Bottomley
3rd Megan Nash
Level 2 Barbers Commercial Cut and Finish
1st Harry Meredith
2nd Aaron Barrett
3rd Colby Cottle
Level 1 Festival total look
1st Ellie Mae Mundin
2nd Yazmin Gray-wood
Complementary level 3 Aromaflex Therapy
1st Jade Pocock
2nd Agata Rokicka
3rd Beth Albury
Spa Level 3 Swedish Deep Tissue Massage
1st Emily Hormon
2nd Charlotte Smith
3rd Bobbie Thomas
Overall competition Complementary Therapy and Spa Star & Winner
1st Ella Adams
The students themselves had a fantastic time, and although there could only be a handful of overall winners, each one should be incredibly proud of their work and creations. Congratulations to all the winners. We’re looking forward to next year!
Our March Apprentice of the Month is Callum Cocks. Callum is a Level 2 NVQ Stonemason working for Well’s Cathedral and has been nominated by his tutor Ash.
The Stonemasonry Apprenticeship provides a practical hands on experience of stonemasonry. You’ll learn to prepare for the job as well as produce architectural stone work. An apprenticeship offers you a broad opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to become a qualified Stonemason, through instruction in the classroom and practical work experience on the job.
Callum’s tutor Ash told us:
“Callum is a model student and works to a very high standard as a stonemason and sometimes even matches the level 3 learners for skill. He is methodical and is always challenging himself to become better, both at college and at work. Callum works very well within the classroom and is a popular figure, he is likely to finish his apprenticeship early and also complete his Diploma well within the deadlines given. He is also supporting other colleagues in the same class where required and helping with knowledge and tips on gathering evidence for the apprenticeship. Callum has helped on open days for the college and promoting stonemasonry for department, he is engaging and passionate about his job and loves working with stone.”
Callum is well deserving of this month’s title of Apprentice of the Month, good luck with the rest of your studies Callum!
If you’re interested in an Apprenticeship be sure to check out our Apprenticeship vacancies here or alternatively you can look at our top three Apprenticeships for this month (March 2019), simply click here.
We also have an Apprenticeship and Jobs fair coming up later this month, which is ideal for anyone looking to get an Apprenticeship, talk to prospective employers or change their career. This will be hosted at The Guildhall on the 27th March, between 12pm and 5pm. You can find out more information and sign up to this event here.
Trainee Electrical Engineer
This exciting Apprenticeship is with Facade Hoists Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of suspended access equipment (window cleaning cranes). The systems for these hoists are electrically controlled and as an apprentice you would be learning how to prepare control panels for the machines, running electrical cables onto the system, wiring control systems and motors as well as testing and fault finding. Alongside this practical, hands on experience you would complete a Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification, which should take around 36 months. Facade are looking for an adaptive team worker with a desire and willingness to learn. Ideally you would have a years’ worth of electrical experience under your belt, and 5 GCSE’s graded A-c including English and Maths. This is an ideal opportunity for an electrician to expand their skillset and get a brand new set of skills. The salary for this Apprenticeship is £4 an hour, and the deadline to apply is the 22nd March 2019. Click here for more information or to apply.
Business and Skills Apprentice
This interesting Apprenticeship is in Bath and North East Somerset Council, helping to deliver their strategies and projects. BaNES have ambitious plans for the future, and are aiming to create over 10,000 jobs by 2036 to make their local economy more competitive and encourage residents to enter employment and progress their careers. This Apprenticeship is based in the Business and Skills team, who are responsible for the promotion, co-ordination and direction of economic development within Bath and North East Somerset. As an apprentice you’ll have a range of responsibilities, giving you lots of valuable experience. You will be tasked with updating the ‘invest in Bath’ pages on the council website; marketing and promoting business news and events; maintaining the CRM systems, performing regular data cleanses; general day to day administration and support; ensuring business enquiries are sent to the relevant person or department and also ensuring these have been fulfilled by your colleagues in a timely manner. Alongside your apprenticeship you will complete an administration or customer service qualification. During the first year of your employment you will be paid a wage of £12,113.85 per year, which will then increase depending on your age. The deadline to apply for this apprenticeship is the 29th March 2019, and you can find all the information or apply by clicking here.
Apprentice Care and Support Worker
This Apprenticeship allows you to make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people in the community. You’ll be training as a Care and Support worker for Safe & Sound Homecare, in a varied and fulfilling role. Your regular activities will include, domiciliary care, personal care, domestic services, shopping, taking people to appointments, medication management and social outings. The work is done in shifts, with regular weekday shifts being 7am to 2pm and 4pm to 10pm. Weekend hours are varied, but you get paid extra for working weekends and bank holidays. Aside from being paid more for weekends and bank holidays, there are a host of other benefits that Safe & Sound Homecare offer you as an employee, these include; paid mileage and travel time, 28 days’ holiday (pro rata) and a Christmas Bonus after two years’ continuous employment. Alongside your working days you’ll study a Level 2 Diploma in Care. The experience and qualification combined provide the perfect footing for entry into the care sector, and you could eventually progress onto a team leader/supervisor role and complete a Level 3 in Adult Health and Social care. The apprenticeship is expected to last 18 months, and you will need access to your own transport and at least 4 GCSE’s grades D-E (3-1) or an NVQ Level 1. The wage is £6.15 per hour during the week and £7.15 per hour over the weekends. The deadline for this apprenticeship is the 10th March 2019 and you can find out more about this apprenticeship or how to apply here.
On Thursday 28th February, Bath College hosted a Wedding Fayre allowing local exhibitors to showcase their wedding accessories, services and stationery. Exhibitors from all over Bath and the surrounding areas came down to showcase the amazing things they offered.
Alongside many other exhibitors, Gwenda Bryce, founder of Gab Hatter, attended with a large collection of her hand made wedding hats and fascinators. Gwenda has a very unique relationship with Bath College and we caught up with her to ask her about her journey into Millinery.
Gwenda told us that she attends the Ascot Horse Races every single year, and she would always dream of making her own hat to take along with her. Originally from Edinburgh, she found a millinery course to attend there and decided to bite the bullet and attend it. However, at the last minute she decided to look locally and saw that Bath College were offering a Love2Learn leisure course in Millinery. She enrolled on to this course and loved it; so much in fact, she decided to continue studying and enrolled onto more Love2Learn leisure courses, doing 18 months of millinery work on an evening course.
Gwenda then went on to train at The British School of Millinery and has also had the opportunity to work with top milliners, such as Bridget Bailey, Ani Townsend and Jane Taylor (whose hats have been worn by members of the Royal family, including The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Eugenie).
Gwenda then started her own business and operates out of her home in Bath. She makes bespoke hats to order, and also has a huge collection of unique hats she has created in her free time. Her business is called Gab Hatter, Gab being her initials and also a likeness to the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.
Gwenda absolutely loves what she does and this is apparent when you speak to her. She’s now looking into expanding her skillset into working with leather, and likes to look around her for inspiration for her hats. It’s always fantastic to see our learners achieve great things after their time at College and we couldn’t be more proud that Gwenda is now doing what she loves as a business, what an incredible achievement!
Have a look at our Love2Learn Leisure courses to see what you can learn, you never know, you might find your dream business venture just like Gwenda!
On the 15th February our Catering Department and Shrubbery Restaurant once again hosted the annual Chef v Chef Competition. This was an incredible day showcasing not only the talent of local Chefs but also of the Bath College Catering and Hospitality students.
To kick off the day students undertook a Canapé and Knife Skills Challenge. Tasked to create a selection of delicious canapés to be served at the awards ceremony at the end of the day. The students made a delicious selection, including a range of perfect Macarons! The winner of the Canapé Challenge was Modesta Petrauskaite, well done Modesta! Knife skills involved students preparing ingredients in different cutting styles, such as julienne and brunoise. They were then marked on how well they had prepared the ingredients and the accuracy of their cutting, the gold award winner of knife skills was Will Evans, closely followed by Fred Veal and Leon Dyer in second and third place respectively.
The Level 3 students were tasked with creating a two course meal to serve to guests in ample time. They had to design, cook and serve the meals, all whilst being keenly watched by our judges. This was a fantastic opportunity for them to practice in an environment much like a lunch service in a restaurant, with many high profile guests including the Mayor and Mayoress of Bath. The atmosphere in the kitchen was very tense, but the lunch service was a success and there wasn’t a scrap of food left on any of the plates! This meant the judges had an incredibly difficult decision to make, but ultimately it was Team Connaught who came out on top, consisting of Florence Sewell, Keziah Morgan and Thomas Will.
The day culminated in the Professional Chef Challenge, which saw Chefs from all over the local area coming down to compete. They needed to prepare a two course signature dish, consisting of a main and a dessert, all whilst being watched by our keen eyed judges. These plates were then tasted by the judges and a display plate was placed in the restaurant for viewing by attendees during the awards ceremony. Once the Chefs were finished they came out and mingled with the audience of the awards, where our Catering and Hospitality front of house students served drinks and the canapés made earlier to guests who were eagerly awaiting the winner’s announcement. After a long period of deliberation, the judges came to a decision, and Jethro Lawrence, Head Chef of Woolley Grange Hotel, was crowned the Professional Chef Champion! The celebration continued on, with more bubbly and canapés making the rounds as winners and runners up chatted about their dishes and collected their awards. What an incredible day! We can’t wait for next year.
We would like to thank our esteemed judges:
We would also like to thank our sponsors, without whom the day would not have been possible.
- Catering Services International
- Fine Foods Company
- Kingfisher Brixham
- A David
- Bartlett & Sons
- Woods Restaurant
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Otherwise scroll on for our complete list of winners and short gallery
Gold: Modesta Petrauskaite
Silver: Molly Wilson
Bronze: Samuel Rossiter
Knife skills challenge:
Gold: Will Evans
Silver: Fred Veal
Bronze: Leon Dyer
Level 3 team challenge:
Gold: Team Connaught
- Florence Sewell
- Keziah Morgan
- Thomas Will
Silver: Team Goring
- Maddie Dodd
- Jasmine Barnett
- Ben Colley
Bronze: Team Savoy
- Rosa Juodaky
- Connor Adamson
- Lewis Nash
Level 2 Team Challenge:
Gold: Team Pineapple
- Destiny Smith
- Liam Cottle
Silver: Team Strawberry
- Lucy Knight
- Emily Hunt
Bronze: Team Orange
- Vikki Pearcey
- Kaitlin Ellis
Front of House challenge
Winner: Ben Colley
Highly Commended: Thomas Will
Gold: Jethro Lawrence. Head chef at Woolley Grange hotel.
Silver: Andrew jenkinson, Lucknam Park Hotel
Bronze: Fraser Jones (best western plus centurion hotel)
Have a look at some of these snaps from the day!
Bath College Business and Accounting students wow local Accounting Experts during Business Challenge
Last week 23 Level 3 Business BTEC and Accounting students participated in the annual Business and Accounting challenge. To complete the challenge Students had to look at a business case study and prepare a presentation to suggest the direction this business should take for the future. They had to work in teams to create their plans, thinking about how the business might grow and develop and what obstacles may be in their way. Midway through they were given newspaper articles and memos, which altered the plans of the business and challenged them to rethink and adjust. They had to show the judges they could adapt to different scenarios, just like in the ever changing world of business.
The challenge was run by Jack Henman from the Accountancy body ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) and Donna West, Bath College’s own AAT Co-ordinator. The judges themselves were all from local accountancy businesses, including MHA Monahans Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, Richardson Swift LTD and Independent Vet Care. Richardson Swift Ltd were kind enough to sponsor the trophies, which were given out at the end of the day to the team with the best plan. The decision as to who was the winner took a lot of deliberation from the judges, as all the students had done so well! After much discussion they came to an agreement and announced the winning team, which consisted of Bethany, Alexandra and Maddison.
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Apprentice Care and Support Worker
This is an excellent route into the care industry. If you are reliable, caring, compassionate and organised you will be perfect for this role. This apprenticeship is based at Safe and Sound Homecare and is an ideal entry point in to the care industry, and on the apprenticeship you will gain a Level 2 Diploma in Care. Upon completion of the apprenticeship you will have the opportunity to progress within the sector. You will need to be aged 18 or older and hold a full UK driving license with access to your own transport. The salary is generous, at £6.15 per hour on weekdays and £7.15 per hour on weekends. The closing date is the 10th of February, so get your application in early! Click here to find out more information and apply.
This exciting Apprenticeship is in Bath’s brand new Casino, Century Casino. The Casino is set across three floors and includes a brand new private Beau Nash Suite which is available for private hire. The Apprenticeship will be working in the administration side providing support and ensuring the smooth running of the admin office. Some of your duties will include; payroll administration, HR administration, invoice processing, liaising with department heads plus many more. This apprenticeship is a great way to gain lots of administration experience including international liaison, as the accounts team is based in Colorado. Alongside your work you will complete an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration. The wage is negotiable, and will not be less than £8 an hour. Applications close on the 24th February so make sure to get your application in early! You can find out more information and apply here.
Junior Accounts Assistant
This last Apprenticeships is an ideal pathway into a career in accounting. The Apprenticeship is with Abel & Imray, a firm of Patent and Trade Mark Attorney’s. The role will be within the accounts team and will see you learn the systems and processes to work within and support the accounts team. Abel and Imray have offices in Bath, London and Cardiff, and this Apprenticeship is based in Bath. Alongside your apprenticeship you will study a qualification at Bath College, this will be a Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting (AAT) and a Level 3 Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting (ACCA). This is a great way to get experience and the relevant qualifications to succeed in the Accounting industry. The salary for this Apprenticeship is £250 per week, this is the minimum you will be paid, as depending on your prior or attained experience it will go up. If you’re interested in this Apprenticeship applications close on the 28th February, click here for more information or to apply.
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The Veterinary Nursing course is aimed at anyone wanting to start a career as a small animal Veterinary Nurse and has an interest in all aspects of animal health and welfare. This is a great Apprenticeship for anyone looking to become a Veterinary Nurse and can lead to jobs such as Head Veterinary Nurse and also lead on to opportunities to specialise in other areas, such as Animal Welfare and Training.
Charlotte’s assessor Naomi told us:
“Charlotte has placed an enormous effort in taking feedback on from assessors and lecturers and applied this into new found knowledge to achieve the best grades she can. Because of this brilliant achievement and extended leap in her learning, Charlotte has been nominated for being a high achiever, the whole of the vet nursing team congratulate Charlotte on being apprentice of the month.”
It’s always difficult to select the Apprentice of the month, as they are all so hard working and achieve so much on their Apprenticeship journey. However, this month Charlotte really shone out for her high achievements and so was completely deserving of this award. Well done Charlotte!
The Bath City Football Academy trials for 2019 are nearly here and registration is now open! Bath City Football Academy was set up to support the development of all students, both on the pitch as players, and in the classroom. Students will study a BTEC in Sport alongside their training schedule, and after 2-3 years will have the qualifications to progress on to a range of career opportunities. The days involve study at Bath College in the morning’s followed by training in the afternoon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Fixtures are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Successful Academy players have gone on to Bath University to study Sports Performance, gone on to play for Bath City Under 21’s or Bath City first team, take scholarships in the USA and go on to be full and part time coaches.
We’re really excited for this year’s trials, and registration is now open, so if you would like to apply you can do so by following the links below.
The Men’s Academy trials will be held at Odd Down Sports Ground on Wednesday 20th February from 10am – 4pm. Trials are open to players aged 16-19 and all selected players will start studying a BTEC in Sport in September 2019. You can register for a trial place here
The Women’s Academy trials will be held at Odd Down Sports Ground on Thursday 21st February from 10am – 12pm. Trials are open to players aged 16-19 and all selected players will start studying a BTEC in Sport in September 2019. You can register for a trial place here
One of our talented Complementary Therapy students, Malgorzata has secured a place working in Aegeo Spa in Crete. Malgorzata took part in the Erasmus exchange programme, along with 20 other Complementary and Spa Therapy students. They spent a month living and working on the beautiful island of Crete at a Greek Spa called Aegeo Spa. By the end of the month were so impressed with Malgorzata’s work that they offered her a job. We caught up with her to ask about her time at College and what she thought of the Complementary and Spa Therapy courses at Bath College.
What course did you study at Bath College?
I studied Level 3 Complementary Therapies
When did you study at Bath College?
What was the most valuable part of the College course?
The course was very practical and client heavy; it really prepares you to work in the industry. I also loved that it offered Erasmus opportunities and work placements.
What made you apply in the first place?
My mum actually did the course 8 years ago and recommended it to me. The staff are very experienced and the College is in an amazing location. I also did my A-levels at Bath college and I got to know Di and Sharon- they were very helpful and kind.
How did you get your job in Crete?
I applied and took part in the Erasmus Exchange in Crete working for Aegeo Spa. They offered me a job that I could take on completion of my course.
Describe a typical day in your day job.
I start by greeting guests and recommending appropriate services and products; I then perform face and body treatments. I also help to maintain hygiene in the staff and treatment rooms as well as storing and maintaining necessary documentation and client files. I have lunch with other members of staff, attend training and meetings at work.
What piece of advice would you give to those who are interested in working in a spa/studying complementary therapies or similar?
The course offers you the necessary skills and knowledge in order to work in a spa. Working in a spa teaches you a lot of important skills, such as time management, problem solving in the team and hygienic practice. It also improves your communication skills and client care. The course provides invaluable experience for those who wish to become self-employed in the future and it also offers you knowledge about different treatments and products and their suitability so you become much more confident as an individual.