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Bath Rugby Foundation Bath College Advantage students

Adult Community Learning, News

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

 

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

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.

 

 

Construction & Engineering, News

End of Year Engineering Awards celebrates student success

 

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.

 

Departments, News

The Department of Education has announced that Bath College will deliver T levels from 2021

 

The College will be a part of the second wave of further education providers that will see T Level qualification delivery within the following routes from the 2021 to 2022 academic year:

  • Digital Route
  • Education and Child Care Route
  • Health and Science Route

 

T Levels have been heralded as the biggest overhaul in post-school education for 70 years and are a key part of the Department for Education’s 10-year ambition to transform technical education. Bath College will be part of that transformation, helping the young people of Bath to get the career they want.

 

T Levels will be high-quality technical alternatives to A Levels, combining classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement – of at least 315 hours, or approximately 45 days – where students will build the knowledge and skills they need in a workplace environment.

 

Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, said: “The second wave of post-16 providers we have announced today demonstrates our commitment to making this happen. They will play an important role in ensuring more young people across the country can access these courses and help develop the skilled workforce the country needs for the future.”

Laurel Penrose, Principal & Chief Executive, of Bath College said: “We are very pleased to have been selected as part of the second wave of T Level delivery. This is extremely positive news for our students, staff and business community alike both here in Bath and further afield throughout North East Somerset.”

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.
 

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.
 

Hair & Beauty, News

Incredible Undersea Creations at The Media Makeup Assessment

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higher Education, News

Why study a Degree Level Course at Bath College?

 

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.

 

Lifestyle Fit

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.

 

Continuous Study

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.

 

Employability

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 Silver

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.

 

Familiarity

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 info@bathcollege.ac.uk for more information or have a look at our Degree Level courses for yourself by clicking here.

 

Hair & Beauty, News

Enter a Fantasy World with Bath College Hair and Makeup Students

 

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!

 

Apprenticeships, Events, Futures, News

Bath College Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair offering opportunities to young people

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

 

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

Football Academy, Football Academy

Emily and Mollie become Activators

 

Womens Football Academy players Mollie Cavaciuti and Emily Petteford have become football activators for the College. This role is a football leadership position in Further Education that aims to give young people realistic experience of working in a football development role. As activators Mollie and Emily will develop employability skills whilst inspiring more young people (14-19) to take part in football.

 

The role has a focus on increasing participation and increasing student activity, with specific targets around the number of new female players. Mollie and Emily will also be involved in the college’s delivery of football coaching sessions out in the community to primary and secondary schools.

Adult Community Learning, Fair, News

Success at the Adult Community Learning Christmas Fair

 

On Friday the 7th December, a group of our hard working Adult Community Learning students ran stalls and sold their own hand made Christmas gifts and decorations at the St John’s Christmas Fair. They had an incredibly successful day of sales, selling out all but one of their boxes before 1:30!

 

At Bath College, the Adult Community Learning programme provides a wide range of courses aimed at those who want to improve their chances of finding work, support their family or live independently. These courses will involve free English and Maths assessments to those who have not already obtained a C or above at GCSE. The courses themselves are led in small groups by supportive and experienced tutors, and will always be fun and engaging!

 

The group have spent the past few weeks creating beautiful jewellery and Christmas decorations in preparation for the St Johns Christmas Fair, this was held in St Johns Chapel alongside the seasonal Bath Christmas Market, so they were not pushed for custom. The products themselves have been made from wire and beads, and show a creative flair and attention to detail.

 

(some of the jewellery created by the group)

 

During the fair the students manned their own stall, engaging directly with customers and selling their own products. This was great people facing and customer service experience, and each student was professional and friendly. One of the students, Martin stated that the day was ‘Really successful and the group really enjoyed it and did really well’, I think we can agree with Martin, as the group nearly sold all their products!

 

(A photo by Heather)

 

Heather, another student took her camera along to take photos of the fair and products, Heather was extremely proud of everything the group has created and said ‘I decided to take my camera along to take photos to show how well we did and how good our crafts were.’.

 

(A Photo by Heather)

 

Overall the day was a great success, and we are so glad to see all the hard work our Adult Community Learning students put in pay off. We hope all the students had a good day and we wish them all the best for the future!

 

Adult Community Learning, Awards, News

Adult Community Learning students receive their Certificates whilst enjoying afternoon tea

At the beginning of the month our Adult Community Learning students received their hard earned certificates alongside some delicious afternoon tea and cakes.

 

At Bath College, the Adult Community Learning programme provides a wide range of courses aimed at those who want to improve their chances of finding work, support their family or live independently. These courses will involve free English and Maths assessments to those who have not already obtained a C or above at GCSE. The courses themselves are led in small groups by supportive and experienced tutors, and will always be fun and engaging!

 

All the students have been working hard towards their English and Maths qualifications, and some of them even achieved 3 or 4 different awards, an incredible achievement! Each learner has taken the biggest step in coming back to College to achieve these qualifications and we couldn’t be more proud of the hard work and dedication that they have showed towards their work.

 

 

Sharon Purvis read each award out, these were then given out by Laurel Penrose, Bath College Principal. Each student got the opportunity to have a photo taken with their awards to mark the day, and will be given these to take away as a memento. After the awards were given out Laurel addressed the whole group, stating:

 

“Thank you for being part of the college and for showing the tenacity to complete the course. Congratulations!”

 

 

 

It was then time to enjoy some afternoon tea and cake, to really celebrate the day’s achievements. There was such a good atmosphere, everyone was laughing and celebrating receiving their certificates. One learner said:

 

“I would like to say to anyone who is thinking of doing an English course, do it. Please don’t do what I did and put it off for so long. I had no skills at the start but I’ve worked to gain Level 1 and 2. I have met some wonderful people and I look back with pride in myself.”

 

We really couldn’t be more proud of our community learning students, and we are looking forward to seeing where they’re new qualifications take them!

 

If you would like to sign up to an Adult Community Learning course, or would like some more information, you can find all the information and contacts here

Chandler next to SkillFridge poster

Construction & Engineering, News, Student Spotlight

Four Bath College students make WorldSkills UK competition final

 

Bath College have four students who are competing in WorldSkills UK live, the home of the UK National Finals of more than 70 WorldSkills UK Competitions, giving the most talented apprentices and students the chance to be named as the UK’s best in their chosen skill.
 
The competitions challenge and assess an individual’s applied knowledge, technical ability and employability skills against a set of performance criteria, with finalists competing for gold, silver and bronze medals and the opportunity to be selected to join Squad UK to train for future international competitions.
 
Two Refrigeration students, Chandler and Kevin, have made the top six for SkillFRIDGE as well as two Stonemasonry students who have made the top eight for Stonemasonry in SkillBuild.
 
Bath College is the only training provider in the 2018 SkillFRIDGE competition to see two of its students make the top six: Chandler Davison and Kevin Ballantine.
 
Chandler (pictured above), who has topped the national rankings and will be the recipient of the SkillFRIDGE National Winner accolade, is employed by Thermocold Ltd – a family-run business working in and around the South West region – and is set to complete his four year apprenticeship course in September.
 
Speaking on what led him into the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, Chandler said: “It was a great apprenticeship programme to enter at college and was a subject that I was interested in, especially due to the fact that my Dad has worked in the industry his entire life.”
 
Kevin spent fifteen years in other trades before pursuing a career in RACHP (refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems), after his elder brother asked him to partner with him and start their own company; TKB Air Conditioning.
 
Following a year on the tools, Kevin opted for a course with Bath College. He notes: “We decided it would be beneficial for me to get a qualification in the industry to help us progress further.
 
“I signed up to a two-year apprenticeship with a possibility of doing a third after. I’ve just completed my first year and it’s all going well so far.”
 
Josh and Hartaj, by Skillbuild poster
Josh Underwood and Hartaj Hunjan (pictured above) came first and second in the regional heats of the SkillBuild Stonemasonry competition in the stonemasonry workshop at the Somer Valley Campus and have now made it to the final at WorldSkills UK live.
 
Hartaj is delighted to have made the final: “I was quite surprised to finish where I did as I tried last year and didn’t quite make it. It’s great to see how much I’ve improved in a year.”
 
Hartaj has just finished the Stonemasonry course at Bath College and is an apprentice at A F Jones Stonemasons Ltd.
 
“I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as they are enabling me to hone my skills. It’s a great way to learn and improve, as eventually I would like to go self-employed.”
 
Josh is also doing an apprenticeship at a Stonemasonry business, his is with Phidias Neo Classical, based in Bristol. After his apprenticeship finishes he would also like to start a business.
 
Paul Maggs, Stonemasonry lecturer at Bath College is very impressed with his students: “We are incredibly proud of Josh and Hartaj who worked so hard for the competition.
 
“To have our only two competitors enter the final is a real testament to their talent.”
 
WorldSkills UK live takes place on 15th-17th November at the NEC Birmingham.
 

Roots to Work Students

Adult Community Learning, Events, Fundraising, News

Bath College ‘Roots to Work’ students grow in confidence after successful plant sale at Bath City Farm

 

A group of Bath College students have successfully completed a course in which they put on a hugely successful plant sale at Bath City Farm, all the while gaining skills in business planning, marketing, IT, budgeting, customer service as well as developing practical gardening skills.
 
 
The ‘Roots to work’ programme in partnership with Julian House is one of many free Adult Community Learning courses that Bath College run.
 
The students worked twice a week at Bath City Farm for 9 weeks growing hundreds of plants from seed, while also creating promotional materials for their sale.
 
 
The course is designed for anyone who needs to build confidence to get into the work place, whether they have been out of work for a number of years or have yet to be successful in securing a job.
 

The sale was held at the beginning of July up at the farm and the students had hundreds of herbs, vegetables and flowers for sale. With each item being £1-£5 they were very affordable.
 
 
Families were welcomed to the farm with brightly coloured ‘Roots to Work’ bunting made by the students and tables full of every plant you can think of.
 
The students were delighted when it was revealed that they had raised £400 for charity from their carefully nurtured plants. They decided to donate £100 to Bath City Farm for hosting them and £300 to Julian House.
 
Andy Charlton from Julian House commented that: “It has been fantastic to see the positive change that the course has had in those who have been involved.
 
“We are incredibly pleased that everyone really enjoyed the experience and are now keen to implement and develop the skills that they have learned on the course, it has helped to boost aspirations for the future.”
 
For more information about Adult Community Learning courses click here.
 
 

Mock interviews

Events, Futures, News, Training

Futures Team at Bath College invite local businesses in for student mock interviews

 

Bath College has had six days of mock interviews with over 36 interviewers from the business world including Bath Building Society, Ministry of Defence, Civil Service, FWD Thinking Recruitment, Simple Recruitment, Barclays, Lucknam Park and Space.
 

The Futures team have organised interviews for over 250 students from Business, Travel and Tourism, Product Design, Fashion and Graphic Design.
 

Interviewers have commented on what a massive difference it makes to students to have a mock interview, as you see students growing in confidence. The interviewers have been able to help students identify the skills they have gained through their time at College or in part time work.
 

Employers have seen the students’ shyness and lack of confidence and have really enjoyed playing a small part in overcoming this in preparation for their next steps.
 

Students have commented on how useful it has been to have a trial run at interviewing before applying for jobs, apprenticeships and university. Having someone there to talk them through their CV, help them identify and draw out skills that they have and may not even realise has been a huge confidence boost. The feedback about simple things like how to sit, what to wear and how not to dwell on negative factors have been invaluable to the mock interviewees.
 

For many students this was their first interview and to have members of the business community giving honest feedback makes a massive difference to them. Bath Building Society came away from one day wanting to interview a candidate for a vacancy they have and many others have gained confidence and new contacts.
 

Noel Broomfield from Bath Building Society commented: “It has been a pleasure for the society to be involved once again with the student interviews.
 

“Hopefully the experience will have been beneficial for the students who have come across very well, but also, for the society staff who have been involved.”
 

Event organiser Lucy Beattie, Employability Adviser at Bath College said that: “In talking to businesses throughout the year many commented that students who have had part time jobs or work experience, whether it is related to their course or not, have noticeably better confidence and communication skills.
 

“They are more able to communicate effectively and knowledgeably about their key employability skills and that is why we try to ensure all students get the opportunity to complete work experience and mock interviews with external interviewers.”
 

Brides and Wedding Beetle outside Bath College

Events, Fair, Floristry, Hair & Beauty, Love2Learn, News

Bath College holds crafty Wedding Fair for DIY Brides and Grooms

Bath College opened its doors to brides-and-grooms-to-be looking to add their own personal stamp on their wedding day.

 

The Wedding Fair had a wide range of local exhibitors, as well as information on evening/Saturday courses in crafts that would be perfect for adding a DIY element to visitors’ upcoming weddings.
 
The College offers part-time Love2Learn leisure courses in floristry, cake decoration, photography, graphic design, pattern cutting, jewellery, make-up artistry, video editing, threading, nail art and millinery, all of which generated a lot of interest.
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal, with bridesmaidLaurel Penrose, Principal, opened the inaugural Wedding Fair with a ceremonial cutting of a ribbon. She was delighted to be presented a beautiful bouquet, prepared by floristry students, by a young girl in a bridesmaid dress from Solitaire Brides.
 
Attendees were wowed as they approached the College with Fizzbox bar, a converted horsebox, outside the doors, as well as a beautiful vintage VW Beetle from Lovebug Wedding Cars.
 
Other exhibitors included The Cake Architect, Boo Delicious Sweet Cart, Paul Gillis Photography, Bath Bridal Hair, Bunting by Jen, Clayzer Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting, Suave Owl Menswear, Bath Function Rooms and more.
 
The College were delighted to hold their first Wedding Fair and are already planning the next one, which will be early 2019.
 

Construction & Engineering, Events, News

Man Engine wows crowds at Somer Valley

Last Friday, 36-foot tall mechanical puppet Man Engine came to Bath College Somer Valley Campus to put on an amazing show, all the while giving an insight into Radstock’s mining history.

 

The sun was shining at the ‘Afternooner’ performance which brought in hundreds of local families.
 
Crowds were entertained by The Natural Theatre Company and the Midsomer Norton & Radstock silver band.
 
The ‘Afterdarker’ performance continued to thrill crowds with the added spectacle of uplighting and pyrotechnics.
 
Nicki Smith attended the evening performance and said “What a fantastic experience! Inspiring story-telling, incredible engineering and poignant details. Thank you for coming to the Somerset coalfields.”
 
The Man Engine show told the story of 14-year-old Harry Sage, who worked as a powder boy at the colliery at Norton Hill and was brought to life by a young actor in the performance. The colliery had a good safety record, however in 1908 a pit explosion killed 10 miners.
 
The event was very well received and brought thousands of local people to the Somer Valley Campus.
 
Daisy Walsh, Commercial Director at Bath College said of the event: “We were delighted to host Man Engine at Bath College.
 
“Somer Valley Campus was the perfect location to host this impressive machine as it is the home of our Engineering Provision covering apprenticeships and 16+ learners and also our Construction Centre.
 
“It was lovely to see the local community from Radstock and the surrounding area enjoying a family day out and taking advantage of having such an exciting event on their doorstep.
 
“We thought the Man Engine show was so impressive and really brought the mining history of Radstock alive.”
 
See below for some of the pictures of the event.
 
 






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