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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.

 

 

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
 

Students handling Darcy the bearded dragon, getting a taste of the Bath College Animal Care course

Events, News

Writhlington School students get taste of Bath College at the Big Interview Day

 
Last week our Schools Liaison Officer, Sarah, attended The Big Interview Day along with a selection of teaching staff from Bath College.
 
Over 200 students currently in year 10 at Writhlington School took part in the Big Interview Day.
 
After having interviews with industry experts students came into the give it a go area. There were a range of activities on offer from the College:
 
Sport – A “keepy up” challenge with a leader board of who had done the highest number
 
Painting and decorating – Learning the technique of wood effect using paint
 
Animal Care – handling Cornelius the snake and Darcy the bearded dragon and learning how to care for them
 
Stonemasonry – using equipment to carve their initials into stone
 
Public Services – A race against time to see which team of three could build the tallest tower. Two of the students were blindfolded and the third student wasn’t allowed to touch anything and could only instruct the other two how to put it together
 
Health and Social Care – Students had the opportunity to use various items of healthcare equipment on each other to learn how they operate
 
Complementary Therapies – learning about the course whilst receiving a hand massage using various different types of oils
 
Three Bath College students who were previous Writhlington School students attended.
 
The activities were then followed by an assembly talking about what you can study at College and what College life is like.
 
Emma Pascoe, Head of Careers at Writhlington School said: “Thank you so much to everyone from Bath College, our students loved meeting you all and had a great time.”
 

Events, News

Travelling along the Silk Road at the Spiciest Shrubbery Event yet

 

Last week our Shrubbery Restaurant hosted its spiciest event yet, with the Silk Road Spice Night. The dishes were inspired by places such as Pakistan, India and Shanghai, with each one have an element or interpretation of spice.

 

The dishes included Tuna Tataki, Poached Seabass, Spicy Pork Soup, Chocolate Tart and many more. Each one being designed and executed by Catering students in the kitchen, and served by Hospitality students in the restaurant. The food itself was presented akin to a professional kitchen and tasted incredible, there were very few unfinished plates left in the dining room.

 

The Shrubbery is a great way for students to get real job experience from within the College. Every aspect of the Restaurant and Kitchen is run by the students, including making bookings, running the bar, table service, preparation, clearing up, cooking and decoration. The students in the kitchen create their own menus for certain themes and have freedom in their creativity, they are then responsible for executing their dishes to order on the night of service, and they do a fantastic job every time.

 

The next Shrubbery event is Flavours of the Caribbean on the 25th April at 6:30pm. If you would like to reserve a table, please get in contact with The Shrubbery on 01225 328 502. Please note that the phone is manned Tuesday – Friday and only between 10am and 2pm. Alternatively you can email the restaurant to book at shrubberyrestaurant@bathcollege.ac.uk

 

If you’re interested in a Catering and Hospitality course you can find more information by clicking here. Otherwise scroll on for lots more pictures of the night!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apprenticeships, Events, News

Bath College Apprenticeships & Jobs Fair huge success as 1,600 people attend

 

1,600 people had the chance to network with employers at the Bath College Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair on Wednesday at The Assembly Rooms.
 
There were over 90 stands of prospective employers at the fair, which was attended by schools, college students, young people, parents and members of the public.
 
The Mayor and Mayoress of Bath attended the event and spoke to College staff, local businesses and current apprentices about opportunities.
 
The Mayor, Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones, commented that the fair was “informative, friendly and encouraging” after discussing the differences between levels of apprenticeships, going all the way up to post-graduate at Level 7.
 

Bath Building Society, B&NES, Creative Bath, Barratt Homes and Curo all sponsored the event and had stands in the Octagon room.
 
Students and businesses alike found the event very useful, with plenty of promising conversations taking place.
 
There was a lot of activity on social media, with exhibitors all using the hashtag #BathAJF.
 
Deeley Group commented: “We’ve been blown away by the interest today from Bath College students who are polite and courteous! We have a Mixed-Use Development in Bath starting on site later this year and we would also like the local supply chain to get in touch.”
 

 
B&NES Council commented: “Yesterday we were at the Bath College Apprenticeship & Jobs fair, we even had some of our own Apprentices helping on our stand – it was a fun day, we had good chats with a lot of people.”
 

 
Bristol Port commented: “Great to meet so many potential apprentices of the future Bath College Apprenticeship & Jobs Fair.”
 

 
Nick, from a Bath based company that exhibited at the event, 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.”
 

 
Bath College is the largest provider of apprenticeships in Bath and North East Somerset. If you would like any information about the apprenticeships the College has to offer, click here.
 

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.
 

Events, News

Success at Chef V Chef 2019

 

On the 15th February our Catering Department and Shrubbery Restaurant once again hosted the annual Chef v Chef Competition. This was an incredible day showcasing not only the talent of local Chefs but also of the Bath College Catering and Hospitality students.

 

To kick off the day students undertook a Canapé and Knife Skills Challenge. Tasked to create a selection of delicious canapés to be served at the awards ceremony at the end of the day. The students made a delicious selection, including a range of perfect Macarons! The winner of the Canapé Challenge was Modesta Petrauskaite, well done Modesta! Knife skills involved students preparing ingredients in different cutting styles, such as julienne and brunoise. They were then marked on how well they had prepared the ingredients and the accuracy of their cutting, the gold award winner of knife skills was Will Evans, closely followed by Fred Veal and Leon Dyer in second and third place respectively.

 

The Level 3 students were tasked with creating a two course meal to serve to guests in ample time. They had to design, cook and serve the meals, all whilst being keenly watched by our judges. This was a fantastic opportunity for them to practice in an environment much like a lunch service in a restaurant, with many high profile guests including the Mayor and Mayoress of Bath. The atmosphere in the kitchen was very tense, but the lunch service was a success and there wasn’t a scrap of food left on any of the plates! This meant the judges had an incredibly difficult decision to make, but ultimately it was Team Connaught who came out on top, consisting of Florence Sewell, Keziah Morgan and Thomas Will.

 

 

The day culminated in the Professional Chef Challenge, which saw Chefs from all over the local area coming down to compete. They needed to prepare a two course signature dish, consisting of a main and a dessert, all whilst being watched by our keen eyed judges. These plates were then tasted by the judges and a display plate was placed in the restaurant for viewing by attendees during the awards ceremony. Once the Chefs were finished they came out and mingled with the audience of the awards, where our Catering and Hospitality front of house students served drinks and the canapés made earlier to guests who were eagerly awaiting the winner’s announcement. After a long period of deliberation, the judges came to a decision, and Jethro Lawrence, Head Chef of Woolley Grange Hotel, was crowned the Professional Chef Champion! The celebration continued on, with more bubbly and canapés making the rounds as winners and runners up chatted about their dishes and collected their awards. What an incredible day! We can’t wait for next year.

 

We would like to thank our esteemed judges:

 

We would also like to thank our sponsors, without whom the day would not have been possible.

 

If you’re interested in our Catering and Hospitality courses, please click here

 

Otherwise scroll on for our complete list of winners and short gallery

 

Canapés challenge:

Gold: Modesta Petrauskaite

Silver: Molly Wilson

Bronze: Samuel Rossiter

 

Knife skills challenge:

Gold: Will Evans

Silver: Fred Veal

Bronze: Leon Dyer

 

Level 3 team challenge:

Gold: Team Connaught

  • Florence Sewell
  • Keziah Morgan
  • Thomas Will

 

Silver: Team Goring

  • Maddie Dodd
  • Jasmine Barnett
  • Ben Colley

 

Bronze: Team Savoy

  • Rosa Juodaky
  • Connor Adamson
  • Lewis Nash

 

Level 2 Team Challenge:

Gold: Team Pineapple

  • Destiny Smith
  • Liam Cottle

 

Silver: Team Strawberry

  • Lucy Knight
  • Emily Hunt

 

Bronze: Team Orange

  • Vikki Pearcey
  • Kaitlin Ellis

 

Front of House challenge

Winner: Ben Colley

Highly Commended: Thomas Will

 

Professional challenge

Gold: Jethro Lawrence. Head chef at Woolley Grange hotel.

Silver: Andrew jenkinson, Lucknam Park Hotel

Bronze: Fraser Jones (best western plus centurion hotel)

 

 

Have a look at some of these snaps from the day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.
 

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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.
 

All Award winners

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

 

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