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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

Awards, Events, Featured, News

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

Awards, Construction Skills Centre, Events, Locations, News

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

Events, Futures, News, Training

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
 

Brides and Wedding Beetle outside Bath College

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

Bath College holds crafty Wedding Fair for DIY Brides and Grooms

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

 

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

Image of Exhibition Space

Events, Exhibition, Love2Learn, News

Love2Learn ‘Take Part’ Exhibition showcases Bath College student talent

Last week Bath College held an exhibition showcasing a wealth of talent from part-time leisure course Love2Learn students.
 
The work exhibited was from a wide range of disciplines including: Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Glass, Jewellery, Sculpture and many more.
 

The exhibition ran for four days, with a grand opening evening at which students were presented awards by The Mayor of Bath and the Deputy Principal of the College. The award categories were Fine Art, Design Crafts, 3D, 2D, Design/Photography and Student of the Year.
 
Jayne Davis, Deputy Principal said: “The College is very proud of all its learners including Love2Learn and the Take Part show is an excellent example of why it is important to the College to show off learner work to the wider community.
 
“The annual show is a clear demonstration of learners’ commitment and creativity as well as local talent. Thanks and congratulations go to all learners and staff who worked hard to put such a high quality show together.”
 
The calibre of the pieces was extremely high, leading to visitors purchasing much of the work displayed.
 
Maureen Hosier won the Student of the Year award. Stephen Handley, the course leader described why she won: “Maureen has a dedication and enthusiasm which is contagious both for tutors and fellow students. Her work always has a glimpse of humour and we never detect the hard work; so effortless is the result.
 
“She works with scrap metal but moreover a great student or Artist is the one who inspires others to go explore alternative or new disciplines to see or think in a different way.
 
“This is an Artist. She is an Artist.”
  
Award Categories and winners
Fine Art Prize – Eve Davis (Life Painting)
Design Crafts Prize – Beatrice Varna (Glass)
3D Prize – Julie Watt (Ceramics)
2D Prize – Bernadette Burt (Printed Textiles)
Design/Photography Prize – Victoria Mazurek
Student of the Year – Maureen Hosier (Sculpture and Sculpting in Metal)
 
The next exhibition will be held in Spring 2019.
 
If you would like some more information about our Love2Learn courses click here
 

Construction & Engineering, Events, News

Man Engine wows crowds at Somer Valley

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

 

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






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