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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.
 

Announcement, News

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

 

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

Announcement, Football Academy, News

Bath City Football Academy Trials – Registration now open!

 

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

Announcement, News

UCU Industrial Action Statement

 

We have learned that a small number of our staff are taking industrial action on 29th and 30th January. Whilst we are disappointed that some staff are striking, we understand the reasons why. The reality is that Further Education Colleges are inadequately funded by central government and, in fact, we recently took part in the national Love Our Colleges campaign to highlight the lack of central funding and the fact that nationally FE lecturers are not paid well when compared to other education professionals in schools and universities.
 
Our focus is on our students, and I can confirm that the College will remain open throughout the industrial action as we expect the majority of teaching and learning activity to proceed as usual. Staff who are working will ensure that there is minimal disruption to students’ studies and students should continue attending college as normal on the two days of industrial action.
 
We recognise that over the past couple of years we have been through difficult financial times, which has resulted in job losses and no cost of living pay awards. However, we have all worked hard to secure the future of Bath College and prior to the ballot for strike action taking place we had already proposed a 1% pay increase and although we recognise the limitations of the offer we believe that this is the maximum that we can afford whilst still ensuring that the financial wellbeing of the College is secured for all our staff and students.
 
We look forward to continuing to work with the Unions as appropriate.
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College
 

Announcement, News

Cats Protection Pens now at Bath College

 
Bath College Animal Care students are looking after cats that need rehoming in brand new cat pens opened this week at the Somer Valley Campus.
 
The Frome and District Branch of Cats Protection will be running the pens by making appointments for potential new owners to adopt them into their homes whilst the students take care of the cats, giving them valuable industry experience.
 
Poppy and Monty the cats120 cats get rehomed by the Frome and District Branch of Cats Protection each year, which may be able to increase now that the cat pens at Bath College have opened.
 
Volunteers are often hard to come by, so Emma Harrison at Cats Protection thought it would be a great opportunity to work with students.
 
She said: “Previous to my role at Cats Protection, I was Head of Animal Management at a Land-Based College in Berkshire and felt that my experience in education and my understanding of the Animal Care and Management curriculum would be really useful in exploring a possible collaboration with Bath College.
 
“After a lot of careful planning, we now have a 4 pen cattery unit situated at the college. The students and staff will provide the day to day care of the foster cats and our Cats Protection volunteer will manage admissions, vet visits and adoptions. This resource will allow the Frome and District Branch of Cats Protection to be able to help more cats but will also provide students with a fantastic opportunity to gain experience working with cats and with a National charity.”
 

Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College, opened the cat pens by cutting the ceremonial ribbon.
 
She said: “We are delighted to be working with the Cats Protection on this project, which offers invaluable experience for our learners. We would like to thank the Frome branch, who have carefully planned the logistics of holding the pens at the College with our Landbased staff.
 
“The pens are start-of-the-art, and it was great to see new residents, Pansy, Buddy, Monty and Poppy, settle in.”
 
Appointments to re-home cats will open soon. For more details, contact: fromecp@gmail.com
 

Announcement, News

Life and Independent Living Skills Students running Bath College Shop

 

A huge well done to the Bath College Life and Independent Living Skills (LILS) Students who have successfully taken over the day-to-day running of the College Shop.
 
The LILS programme is for SEND learners and focuses on preparing young people for adulthood by promoting independence wherever possible.
 
Bruno Elliott, Inclusion Facilitator at Bath College, is overseeing the learners in the shop. He said: “Students say that it helps them get ready for employment. It does this by making them realise the importance of customer service in a retail setting and improving their communication skills.
 
“Handling money plays an important role in preparing for the workplace. It also enables them to feel more part of the College.”
 
The College Shop sells a variety of art equipment, stationery and other useful items such as reusable coffee cups and is open Monday-Friday 10.00-11.45 and 12.50-14.45.
 
Shop customers are kindly asked to be patient with the students staffing the shop as they learn the ropes of a retail environment.
 

Announcement, News

Bath College launch series of free courses to help further develop skills in the community

 

Bath College have put together some brand new free courses to help local people and businesses.

 

Whether it’s short courses to help get back into employment, computing courses or English language courses, the College can help you upskill.

 
These courses are in addition to the existing Adult Community Learning programme that Bath College currently runs, which provides a wide range of courses intended for those who want to improve their chances to find work, support their families or live independently.

 
Free Short Courses

 
These courses are perfect for people who are looking to get back into the workplace and include:
• Health and Safety in the Workplace (Free CSCS Card)
• Working as a Door Supervisor/ Stewarding (Free SIA Licence)
• Warehousing and Storage (Free FLT Licence)
• CCTV Operator (Free SIA Licence)
• Logistics and Transport (Free DGV Licence)
• Working in the Care Sector including Work Placement (Free Care Certificate Portfolio)

 
All courses include:
• Functional Skills English and Mathematics;
• Personal Development for Employability; and,
• Emergency First Aid in the Workplace.

 
We also offer:
• Bookkeeping, SAGE & Business Administration (Free AAT Registration)

 
Free IT / Computer Courses
These courses are designed for those who are either completely new to computers or want to brush up on existing IT skills.
The Bath College Learning Centre is located in a professional adult learning environment located at the City Centre Campus.
Courses include:
• IT Level 1 Certificate – This course is designed to develop your skills in Microsoft Office programmes including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
• IT Level 2 Extended Certificate – This course is aimed at learners who have either achieved the Level 1 Certificate or already have experience, and a good understanding of Microsoft Office programmes.

 
Free ESOL – English Language Courses
These courses are to help develop English Reading, Writing or Speaking and Listening Skills for those whose first language is not English.
The courses lead to recognised qualifications and are free to most people, including those from other European Union countries. They are for all levels of ability to enable people to learn at their own pace.

 
For more information about any of our new free courses, visit www.bathcollege.ac.uk/freecourses or call 01225 312720

 

Announcement, Events, News

Chef v Chef 2019

 

All the ingredients are being prepared for the annual Chef v Chef contest which pits the best local cooks against one another and also gives the next generation a chance to show what they can do.
 
It was back in 2006 that Catering Services International, Bath College and the Initiative in B&NES dreamt up the idea of a competition to celebrate the talent operating in our restaurants, hotels and bars.
 
Since then prize-winners have gone on to become Head Chefs in a wide variety of establishments. This year’s competitors will hope to follow in their footsteps by impressing the glittering jury of judges, including Gary Jones, Scott Lucas, Stuart McLeod, Stuart Ash and Damien Wager.
 
“There’s no doubt that the competition has played a part in encouraging ever higher standards which brings a great boost to the local economy,” said Ian Bell, Executive Director of the Initiative in B&NES.
 
Andrew Berman, MD of Catering Services International, the UK’s leading specialist in catering and hospitality recruitment is really looking forward to this year’s competition which will be held on February 15th: “We have a phenomenal pool of talented chefs throughout the region and Chef v Chef is the ideal platform to showcase their culinary excellence. Entries are open to all, creating a very diverse competition.”
 
Bath College hosts the competition, which gives a range of their students the chance to display their skills under the pressure of a contest. Ryan Hanson said: “It’s fantastic to have Chef v Chef back at College this year, previous competitors have found it the launch pad to opportunities at some of the best places in the country.”
 
The competition is split into two sections, with professionals in one and students in the other. The pros have to produce two courses, this year featuring guinea fowl, whilst the students will be judged on both kitchen and restaurant skills.
 
There are cash prizes and a chance for work experience in a two Michelin starred restaurant in Cambridge.
 
All the details are available at www.chefvchef.co.uk and entries close on January 25th.
 

Bath College Massage Students

Announcement, Events, News

Bath Half Family Fun Run 2019 sponsored by Bath College opens for entries

 

The 2019 Bath Half Family Fun Run is now open for entries and with 1250 spaces for runners, it is set to be the biggest fun run the race organisers have held to date. This year’s Fun Run is sponsored by Bath College, who are also providing massages in the Runner’s Village to those who are running the half marathon.
 
The Family Fun run is open to all ages and abilities and takes place immediately after the start of the half marathon, starting and finishing under the main gantry in Great Pulteney Street. The course is ¾ mile long and completely traffic free. Runners use the first section of the half marathon course, running down Pulteney Road to North Parade Road before turning and running back again.
 
Entry to the Family Fun Run costs £6.80 for a child under 16yrs and £10.80 for an adult, and there is a free t-shirt for every entrant and a medal and goody bag for all finishers.
 
Race Director, Andrew Taylor said “We are delighted to welcome Bath College as another local partner for the Bath Half. As the largest community event in the city, we particularly value the support of the local community.
 
“The Family Fun Run is an ideal way to introduce people to running in a safe race environment and to find out what it is like to run a bit of the main course too. It is great fun and open for people of all ages and abilities to take part. It is hugely popular and every year the fun run sells out very quickly, so if you are keen then my advice is to sign up as soon as you can.
 
“If you have a loved one running the Bath Half you can take part in the fun run and still have plenty time to be finished and support them on the course, it is also a good way to keep the kids entertained while you are waiting to cheer your runner over the finish line.”
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College said “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Bath Half Family Fun run this year. We know what an important event this is to the Bath Community and as a college with our roots in the heart of the city, we feel this is a fantastic partnership.
 
“Having our Sport, Complementary Therapy and Beauty students running the post-half marathon massage tent is a wonderful opportunity for them to gain more experience, whilst also showcasing their skills to the community.”
 
The Bath Half Family Fun Run 2018 takes place on Sunday 17th March. Entries can be completed online at www.bathhalf.co.uk/entries.
 
General entries for the Bath Half sold out 2 months ago but there are still some charity places available on the website www.bathhalf.co.uk
 

Announcement, Apprenticeships, News

Bath Colleges Top Three Apprenticeships of the Month

December Edition

 

It’s the last day of our Apprenticeship Takeover and we thought we’d wrap it up with the top three apprenticeship opportunities for this month!

 

Our first one is Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations Apprentice

This is based in Bath at The Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Assembly rooms, some beautiful places to work! You will be required to work 37 hours a week, this includes your time at College. On Completion of the course you will have a NVQ Level 2 in Creative and Cultural Venue Operations. The salary is £11,406.67 in your first year. You can find all the details in the above link, this is not an opportunity you want to miss, make sure to get your application in before the closing date on Sunday 9th December!

 

 

 

Our second one is Level 2 Commis Chef Apprentice

This is a perfect opportunity for an aspiring Chef. You will receive full training and guidance in all aspects of preparing and cooking the freshest ingredients to the highest standards, based in Fuller’s Kitchen establishments across the south of England. You will spend one day a week at Bath College studying, and the rest of your learning with be hands on in the Kitchen. The salary is £246.00 – £328.00 per week, not including any tips you get. Click the link above for more information including wages and requirements. The closing date will be in March so make sure to get your applications in early!

 

Our last top opportunity is a Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship at The Bath Mill

This is another great opportunity for an aspiring Chef and is more local to Bath. You will be providing prompt preparation and food service delivery to a five star standard, learning hands on skills as well as studying at College. Bath Mill are a great employer to work with an all the training will be provided by their talented Chefs and Front of House staff. The salary is £8.21 per hour. Click the link above for more information and if you’re interested make sure to get your application in before the close date in January!

 

 

Have we piqued your interest with Apprenticeships? Be sure to have a look at our Apprenticeship page for all the information and all our other fantastic opportunities! You can find it here.

Announcement, News

UCU Industrial Action Statement

 

We have learned that a small number of our staff are taking industrial action on 28th and 29th November. Whilst we are disappointed that some staff are striking, we understand the reasons why. The reality is that Further Education Colleges are inadequately funded by central government and, in fact, we recently took part in the national Love Our Colleges campaign to highlight the lack of central funding and the fact that nationally FE lecturers are not paid well when compared to other education professionals in schools and universities.
 
Our focus is on our students, and I can confirm that the College will remain open throughout the industrial action as we expect the majority of teaching and learning activity to proceed as usual. Staff who are working will ensure that there is minimal disruption to students’ studies and students should continue attending college as normal on the two days of industrial action.
 
We recognise that over the past couple of years we have been through difficult financial times, which has resulted in job losses and no cost of living pay awards. However, we have all worked hard to secure the future of Bath College and prior to the ballot for strike action taking place we had already proposed a 1% pay increase and although we recognise the limitations of the offer we believe that this is the maximum that we can afford whilst still ensuring that the financial wellbeing of the College is secured for all our staff and students.
 
We look forward to continuing to work with the Unions as appropriate.
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College
 

Careers Adviser Launch

Announcement, News

New 2019/2020 Full-time FE prospectus launched at Careers Advisers’ Event

 

This week we launched our brand new full-time FE prospectus at our annual Careers’ Adviser Day.
 
Careers advisers from fifteen schools in the local area came into Bath College to hear from Heads of Department discuss the changes in the curriculum and all about the provision the college has to offer.
 
The new prospectus is focusing on learners ‘starting their journey’ at Bath College.
 
Sarah Cooper, Schools Liaison Officer at Bath College said that: “We were delighted to see so many representatives from schools attend the launch event.
 
“It was really encouraging to see so much interaction between advisers and College staff.
 
“I’m confident that they now have all the tools to signpost students to the wide range of vocational and academic courses we offer.”
 
 
The new prospectus is available to pick-up from the Student Advice Centre at both campuses.
 

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