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Access to HE, Awards, News

Case Study: Pearl Bartlett, Access to Higher Education

 

 

Pearl is an Access to Higher Education student hoping to go on to University. She has overcome many personal obstacles and has showed a tenacity to learn that will serve her well in the future. Pearl has also recently won a prestigious award for her hard work as a voluntary peer mentor on a ward and her assistance with helping to keep people well, the NHS Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Award for Recovery and Hope. This was presented by none other than Frank Bruno! We caught up with Pearl to ask her about her experiences and aspirations:

 

 

What course did you study at Bath College?

I studied GCSE English and Maths at Bath College in 2016/17 and after successfully passing them, last year I began Access to HE Health and Social Care part time. I will be completing the Access course this year.

 

What was/is the most enjoyable aspect of your course?

The most enjoyable part was studying Psychology, this allowed me to gain further knowledge into mental illnesses and insight into therapies that I had undergone myself to get well.

 

What have you done on your course that you feel is most valuable?

Psychology and Sociology have given me the most valuable knowledge base to assist me further with going to University and furthering my career.

 

What made you apply to Bath College?

I looked at the local college in my hometown and then Bath. The success rate, support and the general feedback from previous students made me decide that Bath was in my best interests.

 

What do you want to after College?

After college I want to go to University and be the first generation in my family to go, but also to see change within the treatment of people with poor mental health.

 

What piece of advice would you give to students looking to study Access to HE?

The advice I would give to future students is take on board the advice given in study skills and pace yourself. Never leave assignments until the last minute and always ask for help if you need it. The lecturers are helpful and want to assist you and allow you to get the best from yourself. Their support is amazing.

 

How did you overcome your personal challenges to complete the course?

I suffered with extremely poor mental health and was very scared to move to a new city and begin education again. However, being honest with the lecturers about my wellbeing and being able to talk to fellow students about my personal journey really boosted my confidence and gave me a sense of pride.

 

What was the award you won and why did you win it?

I was recently a winner of the NHS Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Award for Recovery and Hope. I was nominated for this prestigious award for my volunteer role as a peer mentor. I won this due to the nominations I received and for ongoing presentation of my story and explanations and promotion of the peer mentoring project. I volunteer supporting mentees on the ward and within the community assisting them to keep well.

 

 

We’re very proud of all Pearls achievements whilst at College and special congratulations are in order for this incredible Award. We’re positive you’ll smash it at University and we wish you all the best with your future aspirations!

 

If you’re interested in going to University but you’re not sure how you can then have a look at our Access to Higher Education courses, we have a full time course that takes 1 year to complete, and a part time course that takes 2 years to complete. All our Access to HE students have incredible success going on to University and a high number even secure places at top Russell Group Universities studying topics such as Paramedic Science and Veterinary Medicine.

 

You can find the full time course here and the part time course here. Or you can talk to one of our helpful staff members about what you want to study at University and how the Access course can help, either call 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk

 

 

Events, News

Top local chefs support Bath College students at Charity Gala Dinner in aid of Dorothy House

 

Bath College announces they are hosting a Charity Gala Dinner in their Shrubbery Restaurant on Thursday 31st January 2019 at 6.30pm in aid of local Hospice, Dorothy House. A four course tasting menu will be served with each course prepared by a different high-profile, local chef with the assistance of the College’s catering students.
 
Bath College are launching the Charity Gala Dinner as part of their annual programme of collaborative fine dining events featuring top, local chefs working alongside staff and students, offering their inspiration and expertise.
 
The line-up of four well-known local chefs will be similar to a round of Professional Masterchef as the chefs will present a brief commentary on the food they have prepared. Each course of the dinner will be created by a different chef including: Chris Cleghorn, Head Chef from The Olive Tree who has worked with Heston Blumenthal, Michael Caines and Adam Simmonds; David Campbell, Head Chef at the 3AA rosette award winning Dower House Restaurant at the Royal Crescent Hotel; Garry Rosser of the award winning fish and chip restaurant, The Scallop Shell, who trained under Mitch Tonks at Fishworks and Damien Wager, a self-taught patisserie chef, who runs his own pastry academy, Edible Art Patisserie
 
This is truly a college-wide event as the dinner will be served front-of-house by students from the Hospitality course and table decorations will be designed and created by the Floristry students and staff. There will also be live music from local guitarist JD and a full bar.
 
Phillippa Watson, Philanthropy Manager at Dorothy House commented: “This Charity Gala Dinner is an exciting new event for Bath to raise funds for vital patient care at the hospice.
 
“We believe this could become an annual ‘hot ticket’ for the Bath calendar bringing together the professional experience of top local chefs and the creative ideas of up and coming Bath College catering students. We’re indebted to the Bath College team for organising this fabulous event.”
 
Damien Wager said that: “I am honoured to be involved in this event and look forward to working alongside not only the best local chefs Bath has to offer, but the culinary students who aspire to be as successful as them one day.”
 
Ryan Hanson, Deputy Head of Hospitality and Catering at Bath College added that: “Students and staff alike are really excited and proud to be working on this event. As caterers these are the occasions that inspire and enthuse teams and for our students it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn and show what they can do.
 
“Couple that with the charitable aim of Dorothy House, a charity we have raised money for before and it’s a wonderful recipe for success.”
 
A limited number of sixty tickets are available for this prestigious event. Tickets are £60 per head with tables available in groups of six, eight and ten as well as individually. To book a table or a ticket visit https://www.dorothyhouse.org.uk/events/charity-gala-dinner/ or contact Phillippa Watson, Philanthropy Manager at Dorothy House on 01225 721480.
 


 

Events, News

Catering and Hospitality Employability Week

 

Our Catering and Hospitality students have enjoyed three days of amazing talks, workshops and masterclasses as a part of their employability days. These included a Spice Masterclass, Chocolate Voyage, Cocktail Masterclass, a Hospitality and Customer service talk and workshop, Venison butchery and speed dating interviews with top industries.

 

The purpose of the employability days is to allow students to network with real industry professionals, as well as learn valuable skills that will help them to get and maintain a solid career in their chosen industry.

 

There was a huge selection of classes, talks and workshops on offer, so the students were really spoiled for choice. Tracy Chapman’s Chocolate Voyage went down a storm on the first day as students were able to take part in a chocolate tasting workshop. Tracy is an expert in all things chocolate and a member of the Institute of Chocolate and Cacao tasting London. She talked about the difference between taste and flavour and led the students through an interactive tasting workshop on how to identify flavours, a good skill for any chef transferable across all types of food. Callum Rixson from The Hideout in Bath was also popular, leading students through a cocktail masterclass. He was incredibly passionate about each drink, talking through not only how to make it, but the decisions behind each flavour addition and the choice of alcohol. He also spent time informing the students about each piece of equipment and what they’re used for and how to use them correctly.

 

 

On the second day the students were treated to another collection of amazing opportunities, these included Customer Service talks and Venison Butchery classes from The Pig, Seafood masterclasses led by Sean Wood from the Billingsgate Seafood School and Wine workshops led by Richard Guest from Talking Wines. Steph Young from The Pig led an engaging talk and workshop on Customer Service and hospitality. As Restaurant Manager for The Pig near Bath, hospitality is one of her day to day jobs and she talked at length about her experiences, and what it took to get to where she was in the industry. She also then led a more interactive workshop, giving groups of students a particular type/group of customers and tasking them to think of how to provide the correct type of hospitality and service to suit their client’s needs. The Pig were also on hand again to lead a masterclass on Venison Butchery. They brought up one of their own fresh deer, reared on site, and led students through where each of the cuts originates. Showing students how to prepare the meat for cooking, what to remove and how to remove each cut safely. They talked about what each part of the animal can be used for in order to minimise any waste produced and to get as much from the animal as possible. This was an incredibly useful workshop for any aspiring chefs who want to work with completely fresh meat, and invaluable knowledge for the industry.

 

 

On the final day of their employability workshops our students had workshops and talks from Noya Paladim on Vietnamese food, Chris Cleghorn (Head Chef from The Olive Tree Bath) and Ed Twitchett former student and founder of Round Hill Roastery. There was also a speed dating interview workshop, where students were interviewed by industry professionals from The Bath Pub Company, Royal Crescent Hotel, The Bath Priory and Catering Services International. These interviews not only allowed them to meet industry professionals, but to network and get valuable practice and feedback on their interview skills. This will be invaluable when they leave College and are entering the real world of Catering and Hospitality.

 

 

We hope that the students enjoyed their three days of workshops, masterclasses and talks and we would like to thank all the Industry Professionals for giving up their time to come and in and work with our students.

 

If you are interested in a Catering and Hospitality course then please click here for more information

 

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
 

Events, News

Students get festive at Big Christmas Sing

 

It’s the final week of term so all students have got their eyes fixed firmly on the Christmas holidays.
 
To mark the end of term, the Student Participation team put on ‘The Big Christmas Sing’ where students and staff could get together to sing carols over a mulled punch and a mince pie.
 
Participants were encouraged to wear their Christmas jumpers, raising money for Save the Children‘s Christmas Jumper Day campaign.
 
Carols included The Twelve days of Christmas, Jingle Bells and Silent Night.
 

Silent Night at City Centre
 

Jingle Bells at Somer Valley
 
We were very impressed with the enthusiastic singing! It was a lovely way to end 2018.
 
Wishing all our students and staff a restful break over Christmas.
 

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

Awards, News, Student Spotlight

Bath College Young Enterprise Group Scoops Award at St Nicholas Market

 

‘Candles for Occasions’ wins ‘Best Customer Service’ Award at St Nicholas Market in Bristol

 

On the 1st of December two Young Enterprise groups from Bath College went to St Nicholas Market in Bristol. Each group had a stall and were selling their products to the public. This was the first opportunity for each team to start selling to the public, and the first time either team had experienced market selling.

 

The two teams were BathHB and Candles for Occasions. BathHB were selling unique handmade soaps will small prizes inside; these are to encourage hygienic habits in children. Candles for Occasions were selling eco-friendly scented candles, where everything from the box to the wick is environmentally friendly.

 

Products being sold by each team

 

Each team spent the day chatting and selling to members of the public, getting a sense for public facing selling in a busy market environment. Across the course of the day there were ‘Mystery Shoppers’ who were sent to test each teams’ customer service skills. There was also a group of Young Enterprise judges who would quiz each team in detail about their products and business, so they had to know exactly what they were talking about inside and out to win them over!

 

 

Candles for Occasions were commended for their ‘clear pricing’, being ‘very friendly and approachable’ and having a ‘nice product’. The team was headed up by Managing Director Clarice Izatt, and consisted of Paddy O’Regan, Oscar Grimes, Tamzin Kirkman, Tyler Robson, Andrew Stokes, Jess Wood, Harry Edward and Sam Bax. As a result, they won an award for having the best customer service over the day, and out of all the teams from 11 other Colleges and Schools Candles for Occasions placed third overall, an achievement they should be incredibly proud of!

 

 

If you’re interested in a Business Course you can find one here

 

Question Time Panel

Events, News

IT students ask probing questions at Bath Digital Festival

 

As part of Bath Digital Festival, Bath College IT students attended a Question Time debate at The Francis Hotel, discussing the future of digital sector with industry experts.
 
The Bath Digital Festival is an annual event, run by volunteers, which works to bring people and technology together, exploring the digital scene in Bath.
 
The panel was chaired by Jim Morrison, CEO at Deep Blue Sky and consisted of Annie Legge, Co-founder at The Dot Project, David Kelly, Founder of Bath Digital Festival and CEO at Storm, Siobain Hone, Graduate Enterprise Manager at University of Bath Innovation Centre, Shane Xu, Co-founder of Ready and Morgan Plumstead, a Bath College Level 3 IT Student who has aspirations of becoming a Software Engineer.
 
The theme of the event was ‘How do we make sure that digital technology improves society?’ Students asked the panel about how we can safeguard the future of tech jobs with the development of A.I. to which Annie Legge replied:
 
“When thinking about the future of jobs in the sector, it’s important to think of the softer skills such as critical thinking and empathy.
 
“These are the skills robots will not be able to emulate.”
 
Morgan Plumstead added that: “Any A.I. currently has the software designed by people. We are always going to need people to make and repair the software required.”
 
The panel continued to discuss issues surround identity and social media, targeted advertising and political campaigns.
 
Shane Xu commented: “Social media didn’t exist 15-20 years ago, and think of the jobs that’s produced. We probably can’t accurately predict what jobs will exist 15-20 years from now.”
 
The last topic for debate was if the panel accept that they’ll be looked after by robots in old age as we are already seeing the development of automatic speech recognition technology such as the Amazon Alexa.
 
At varying ages, some of the panel felt they had less to worry about than others as it’s a long way off until robots can understand human conditions such as dementia.
 
Morgan ended the session with the comment: “I don’t anticipate the day I’m looked after by robots, I fear it! As a programmer, I know what can go wrong!”
 
To read more about the Level 3 IT course, click here.
 

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Awards, Events, News

Bath College students recognised at Celebrating Success Award Ceremony

 

Bath College students had their achievements celebrated by tutors, family and friends at an annual award ceremony last week.
 

The Celebrating Success Awards were held at The Guildhall, with awards being given out to over 40 students in front of an audience made up of family, tutors, governors, the Chair of the Council, Cllr Karen Walker and The Mayor of Bath, Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones.
 

The awards were held during #LoveOurColleges week, a campaign calling on the government to increase funding for colleges and focusing on all the positive work staff and students do in the Further Education sector.
 

Guests arrived at the Guildhall to the sound of talented music students, Emily and Ceasar, who performed before the awards were announced.
 

The flower arrangements on each table were prepared by Bath College’s floristry department and the catering and hospitality on the night was prepared by students too, who got a roaring round of applause from the crowds.
 

Tutors from every department took to the stage to share stories of students going above and beyond to meet the demands of their course.
 

Proud parents and partners watched on as students received their awards from the Principal and CEO of the college, Laurel Penrose.
 
She said: “I offer my sincere congratulations to each and every one of the award winners – knowing that behind each award is a story – of hard work, dedication and determination.
 
“Success is also a team effort. Behind each award there is also a team of people – fellow students, families, friends, tutors, lecturers, employers; all who have supported students through good times and also helped during difficult times throughout the year.
 
“Although this celebration may seem like a conclusion for all the hard work – in many ways it’s just the beginning of future opportunities.”
 
The annual awards took place on Thursday 18th October at The Guildhall Bath, with handcrafted awards made by Bath Aqua Glass.
 
View the Facebook album here.
  
Award Winners
 
Catering Student of the Year
Jessica Porch
Hospitality Student of the Year
Carla Sarkissian
Hairdressing Student of the Year
Charlotte Newman
Complementary Therapies Student of the Year
Fee Phimunchat
Beauty Student of the Year
Scarlett Hayward
Hair and Media Make-up student of the year
Isabelle Mountain
Animal Care Student of the Year
Kieran Scott
Additional Learning Support Student of the Year
Patryk Bakowski
Foundation Learning Life and Independent Living Student of the Year
Calandra Maynard
Step Up Foundation Learning Student of the Year
Alicia Murray
Most improved Foundation Learning Student of the Year
Ellie Mae Mundin
Most consistent Foundation Learning Student of the Year
Joe Mulhearn
English Student of the Year
Emily LLoyd
Art & Design Student of the Year
Emily Lloyd
Fashion Student of the Year
Amber Bowerman
Graphics Student of the Year
Tamsin Histon Davies
Photography Student of the Year
Rob Geeves
Design Student of the Year
Tallulah Lloyd Allum
Foundation Learning Vocational Access Student of the Year
Kye Winchester
Project Search Student of the Year
Kirsty Gibbs
Business Student of the Year
Charles William Oliver-Cork
Performing Arts Student of the Year
Jenna Newport
Media Student of the Year
Charlotte Nind
Music Student of the Year
Jasper Sheppard
Information Technology Student of the Year
Daniel Joscelyne
Engineering Student of the Year
Matt Durbin
Electrical Engineering Student of the Year
Liam Clarke
Motor Vehicle Student of the Year
Josh Lucus
Carpentry Student of the Year
Jordan Jones
Plumbing Student of the Year
Michael Griffin
Bricklaying Student of the Year
Jade Jennifer Josephine Downer
Painting & Decorating Student of the Year
Ava Hamblin
Stonemasonry Student of the Year
Sam Bradley
Lewis Halfacre Stonemasonry Achievement Award
Jiya Baker
Sport Student of the Year
Emily Petteford
Public Services Student of the Year
Daniel Ball
Travel & Tourism Student of the Year
Olivia Poolman
Health & Social Care Student of the Year
Rachael Hawkins
Early Years Student of the Year
Tai Jay Phao
International Foundation Year Student of the Year
Kazuki Martin
Access to Higher Education Student of the Year
Rossana Padget
Apprentice of the Year
Daniel Allsopp
Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement
Jamie Whiston
The 2018 B&NES Chairman’s Award for Inspirational Teaching
Suzann Taylor
 
 
View the Facebook album here.
 

Elisa Rossetto with plastic bag balloon

Events, News, Student Spotlight

Thank you to our Student Volunteers at Forest of Imagination

 

Last weekend saw Forest of Imagination return to the streets of Bath. The series of creative, family friendly art installations and events were helped by a group of Bath College student volunteers.
 

Elisa Rossetto (pictured above) volunteered all weekend helping on both the maze and also managing Kingsmead Square.
 

Elisa is an International student from Italy, studying English as a Second Language at Bath College as well as Photography and Graphic Design and is gearing up for her CIE exam.
 

“The best bit of Forest of Imagination was working with the giant balloon made of plastic bags.
 

“It was great to be in the middle of the square with so many people and so many activities taking place.”
 
Rhys Evans with college Forest of Imagination display
Rhys Evans, (pictured above) who is studying Level 3 Performing and Production Arts was also volunteering across the weekend, stewarding and keeping an eye on all the activities.
 

He said: “The thing about this weekend I enjoyed most was being able to work as part of a team and building my teamwork skills.
 

“I thought the best was the performances going on at the riverside, they were really good fun.”
 
Yehee volunteering
Yehee Kim (pictured above) is currently studying the University of Bath International Foundation Year course at Bath College. She volunteered as she saw it as a great opportunity to be drawn into the Bath community.
 
“One of the most memorable activities was the Confuserphones. It is a headphone connected with a twisted tunnel that fakes the place of where the sound is coming from. The principle is easy but I was so amazed about it.
 
“I was also at the Forest Den at the Kingsmead Square. I really loved it because it was a nice place to read books while stewarding. Many books with different genres were equipped on the shelves and there were log chairs that anyone could come in, grab a book and read it. I have never imagined a den library at a crowded city. Frankly, I felt like I was in a fairly tale.
 
“I do really recommend other students to volunteer for social activities held in Bath.”
 
Bath College are delighted to have been involved again with Forest of Imagination and were collecting crisp packets and plastic bags in reception to add to the installations. The Willow tree outside Roper Reception was transformed into a forest spectacle as well.
 

A big thank you to all of our student volunteers for all your hard work.
 

Forest of Imagination at Bath Abbey

Events, News

Forest of Imagination is back in Bath for 5th anniversary

 

City-based arts pop-up Forest of Imagination is to take place in Bath again tomorrow, from 28–30 September 2018, connecting people to nature with a series of fantastical forests, art trails and innovative sculptures.
 
Returning to the city for its fifth consecutive year, this year’s free event will see spaces in Kingsmead Square, down Avon Street to the River Avon at Bath Quays North, all transformed into a series of ‘Future Forests’ designed to spark people’s imaginations.
 
Bath College collecting crisp packetsBath College are delighted to be involved again and have been collecting crisp packets and plastic bags in reception to add to the installations. The Willow tree outside Roper Reception is being transformed into a forest spectacle.
 
Each Forest will offer a sensory kaleidoscope of playful installations, art trails and workshops, exploring different aspects of forest life – from the forest floor to the forest canopy.
 
This year’s event is also being launched in partnership with Bath Children’s Literature Festival (28 September – 7 October 2018), one of the city’s most popular annual events.
 
Amongst a host of creative installations by artists, schools and local businesses, highlights for this year’s Forest of Imagination event will include:

 
Forest of Imagination 2018 has been made possible thanks to generous funding from Arts Council England, Grant Associates and Herman Miller Cares, together with the support of a host of other local businesses and organisations including Bath Spa UniversityBristol ZooWessex Water and Bath BID.
 
A ‘home grown’ event, Forest of Imagination was co-founded by Bath based landscape architect Andrew Grant of Grant Associates, whose work on the iconic Gardens by the Bay featured in Planet Earth 2 – the BBC’s most watched natural history programme to date.
 
Grant Associates is part of a collective of local companies and creatives who co-design the event including arts charity 5x5x5=creativity, Bath Spa University and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.
 
If you would like to volunteer for the event, contact info@forestofimagination.com
 
Volunteer call out poster

 

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.
 
 

Bath College Graduates

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Students celebrate their success at Bath College Higher Education Graduation Ceremony

 
Higher Education graduates from Bath College celebrated their success at their Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday.

 

More than 80 students dressed in mortar boards and gowns gathered at The Assembly Rooms to collect their certificates.
 

The students have all completed degree level and higher education courses, including programmes validated by the University of Bath, The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
 

The ceremony opened with an impressive Civic Procession made up of the Senior Management Team of the College, Heads of Departments, academic staff, Governors, and The Mayor of Bath, councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones, led by the City Sword-Bearer and two Mace-Bearers.
 

Bath College Graduates throwing hats in the air
Once everyone was seated, guests were welcomed by Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College and certificates were handed out to graduates from Carole Stott, the Chair of Governors.
 

Two keynote speakers inspired the crowds with their words; Gavin Strange, Senior Designer & Director at Aardman Animations and Nick Isles, Managing Director of Corporate Agenda advice consultancy.
 

Gavin pointed out to the graduates that: “We all have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyoncé does or Mozart did. It’s how we choose to use those hours that count.”
 

Nick said that: “What Bath College has done is to offer you all an immersive, supportive learning world that has hopefully strengthened your self–confidence and self-belief and helped you all grow in stature.
 

“A great learning environment is also about creating life skills such as communication, teamwork, self-reliance, self-control, and an unshakeable belief that you can be the very best you want to be.”
 

Proud friends and family looked on as graduates collected their awards in subjects such as Accounting, Business, Construction, Engineering, Computing, Marketing, Music Production and Education and Training.
 

After the Ceremony the graduates gathered outside the Assembly Rooms and threw their hats in the air to the cheers of guests and passers-by including a city tour bus full of applauding tourists.
 
A drinks and canapé reception was held at Woods restaurant where the graduates and their families continued their celebration.
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College said that: “It has been a wonderful day.
 

“These students remind us that success comes to those who work – and I know the extra work they have undertaken through their studies will, at times, have been difficult and gruelling, but they have made it through.
 

“I am very proud of our Higher Education graduates and I wish them all the very best in their exciting futures.”
 

For more information about our degree level courses click here.
 
Photo credit: Steve Parker

Events, Exhibition, Love2Learn, News

BATH COLLEGE MIX UP – Art and Design end of year show

Bath College is celebrating the work of talented art and design students with an end of year show open to the public.

 

Final year students studying graphic design, art and design, photography, fashion and textiles, product design and fine art are all displaying their work at the exhibition.

 

Prospective students are encouraged to visit and see the wide range of art specialisms available to study at the college.

 

Jo Sanders, Deputy Head of Department for Creative Arts and Enterprise, said the display would give students valuable exhibition experience. “We are very pleased with this year’s innovative exhibition.

 

“I would advise everyone with an interest in a creative career to come along and have a look at our fantastic facilities and work.”

 

Students studying art and design benefit from access to specialist equipment in a highly regarded department.

 

“A high proportion of students are going on to study at university, including Rhianne Good and Amber Bowerman who have secured places at the Old Vic Theatre School to study costume design, Joseph Amies, who is going to Magdalen College, Oxford University to study Fine Art and Caitlin Allison, who is going to Central St. Martins to study Architecture.”

 

“I’m really proud of our students when I see the journeys they have made. It’s particularly rewarding for staff to be able to help students in a new environment.”

 

The exhibition is open to the public on Thursday 21 June to Saturday 23 June from 10am to 4pm.

Josh and Hartaj, Skillbuild

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Bath College students win first and second place in SkillBuild Stonemasonry competition

 

Last month, Bath College hosted the regional final of the SkillBuild Stonemasonry competition in the stonemasonry workshop at the Somer Valley Campus.

 

Bath College students have been announced as the top two, Josh Underwood in first and Hartaj Hunjan in second.
 

Josh and Hartaj have worked incredibly hard to get to the top of the Regional Qualifiers and are now awaiting their final results, released in July, to see if they have made the top eight competitors who will go onto the UK National Final, held at the NEC Birmingham in November.
 

SkillBuild is the biggest and longest running multi-trade construction skills competition in the UK, delivered by CITB (Construction Industry Training Board).
 

Skills represented in the competition include: Bricklaying, Furniture and Cabinet Making, Carpentry, Joinery, Painting and Decorating, Plastering, Plastering and Drywall Systems, Roof Slating and Tiling, Stonemasonry and Wall and Floor Tiling.
 

Hartaj was delighted to come in second place in the competition: “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.
 

“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 was 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 come first and second is a real testament to their talent.”
 

For more information about our Stonemasonry courses, click here.
 

Mock interviews

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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.”
 

Little girl rolling mortar

Construction Skills Centre, Events, News

Bath College inspires young minds in the Imagineering Tent at the Bath & West Show

 

Last week saw hundreds of people come and participate in fun and educational activities at Bath College’s stand in the Imagineering Tent at the Bath and West Show.
 

Imagineering TentChildren were immediately drawn to the Bath College stand as there were so many interactive activities from the College’s Department of Engineering, Construction and Computing for them to participate in.
 
Wednesday saw the opening of the show, and despite the drizzle, the crowds descended on the tent. There were queues for the brickwork activity, where children had a go at rolling mortar and laying bricks, all with the help of two of our friendly and upbeat students.
 
Mechanoid the Meccano RobotAll generations were impressed with the technology on show as many people were seeing virtual reality headsets for the first time, staggering around amusing the crowds! Mechanoid, Bath College’s Meccano robot, was a real crowd pleaser, showing off his best dance moves to anyone who would watch and everyone enjoyed learning about the inner workings of motor vehicles.
 

On Thursday the temperatures started to soar, which encouraged a lot of visitors to our air conditioning unit where they could cool down and have a go at using the refrigeration thermometer.
 

Plumbing Steady Hand GameNo one could resist having a go on the steady hand game, sending beeps and screams across the tent when they were a bit too shaky!
 

Kids of all ages were enticed by programming minibots on the Mars rover activity, where they navigated their minibot around the surface of Mars and also won a Mars Bar!
 

On Friday and Saturday, the weather had improved again and the Bath & West Show visitors were queuing for ice-creams around the site.
 

The stonemasonry stand ran out of tablets for people to carve their own initial as it was such a popular activity. There was a lot of talent coming through the Imagineering tent.
 
Junior stonemasonsAnother crowd-pleaser was the carpentry stand, as children were amazed at seeing how a roof was built (and seeing power tools and saws in action!).
 

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!
 
 
Feedback from parents was extremely positive too, with lots of selfies and posts on social media.
 

Staff and students at the Bath College stand worked extremely hard to ensure that everyone enjoyed the stand. We’re looking forward to next year already.
 

Panorama of SVC Wellbeing Festival

Awareness, Events, News

Bath College Summer Wellbeing Festival has students basking in the sunshine in Mental Health Awareness Week

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Bath College put on a Summer Wellbeing Festival. The festival, which ran across both campuses, had students leaving their exam stress aside and enjoying playing in the sunshine for a couple of hours.

 

With a focus on positive mental health, exhibitors from local businesses and health and wellbeing organisations held stalls at the festival, which enabled students to be signposted to the right people should they have any concerns.
Climbing Wall 
Exhibitors included Project 28, Curo, Vault 29, Tamara Pitelen Yoga, Comptoir Libanais, the Young Carers’ Centre and Off the Record.
 
Day one of the festival at the Somer Valley Campus saw students braving a giant climbing wall, letting loose on a bouncy castle and eating ice-cream in the 22-degree May sunshine.
 
Day two of the festival at the City Centre Campus had students participating in group yoga and Eft tapping to relieve stress, while others bashed each other around on the giant inflatable ‘Extreme Demolition’.
 
Hannah Backstrom from Vault 29, a company who sell comic books with a focus on mental wellbeing, said of the festival: “It’s so good to see the College taking ownership of their students’ mental health.
 
“With events like this, they now know where to go.”
 
In between visiting the stalls, students took part in karate sessions, learned how to box and rowed as far as they could on a rowing machine in a minute. There were also students from the Hair and Beauty Academy giving hand massages to help festival goers relax.
 
 
Positivity stones decorated by students with positive messagesThe stonemasonry department provided the festival with stones that were decorated to build a miniature wellbeing wall, on each stone an individual representation of positivity.
Students were in high spirits as they played Frisbee, football and ping pong. Many of the tutors also decided to get involved, with a surprising amount making a bee-line for the bouncy castle.
 
People were stumbling around the courtyard as they had lost all sense of direction when they got to try out beer goggles from the staff at Project 28, who were there to raise awareness for their services for young people, which help people with problems surrounding substance abuse. Jahnene Green from the project was very impressed with the festival, remarking: “Great food, great staff, great students!”
 
Harriet Rose, an LGBT+ development worker from Off the Record found that her stall was busy: “We’ve had so many young people come and have a chat.
 
“We’ve had some great discussions with allies, not just those who identify. Off the Record’s slogan is ‘you talk, we listen’ and that sums up today really.”
 
Bath College Welfare and Participation team did an excellent job of creating a safe environment where staff and students could have a break from the stresses of their day-to-day routine and connect with their inner child, everyone leaving in a more positive headspace than when they arrived.
 
For more information about Mental Health Awareness Week and The Mental Health Foundation, click here.
 

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