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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.
 

Little girl rolling mortar

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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.
 

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