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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

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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.
 

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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.”
 

Access to HE students with their certificates

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Access to Higher Education students celebrate their success, before heading off to top Universities

 

Bath College held an award ceremony to celebrate the incredible achievements of the Access to Higher Education students at the Shrubbery restaurant last week. Excited student

 

The students were presented with their course certificates over a prosecco and canapé reception, followed by specially nominated awards.
 

The Access to Higher Education course provides students with a nationally recognised qualification and an alternative career pathway for those who want to study at university.
 

Carolyn Guy, Learning Co-ordinator for the Access to HE department, said that:
 
Carolyn Guy toasts with students“We are delighted and proud of the outstanding achievements of our Access students who have made fantastic progress this year and are moving on to such a wide range of degrees.
 

“Many of our students gained the confidence to pursue career goals and ambitions which they would not have thought possible a year ago. This event was a celebration of their hard work, determination and success. The students created a culture of excellence and support of one another.”
 

The top prize of the afternoon was the much coveted Roper Prize, named after Brian and Maggie Roper, who were incredibly generous benefactors of Bath College who left a legacy gift to the College to recognise the achievements of students, particularly on the Access Course. This year there were five Roper prize winners, who were nominated by staff for outstanding dedication to their studies.
 
 

The Roper Prize WinnersDaniel being awarded his Roper Prize
 

Sheldon Hibberd
Daniel Currell
Levina Testa
Hannah Hillier
Lucy Williams
 

The Part Time Prize Winner
 

Pearl Bartlett
 
 

Samantha has a three-year-old son and took the Access course to become a midwife, something that she was nervous about juggling before starting: “Luckily, I have a very supportive family who will care for my son when I need time for my assignments.
 

“College help part-fund my son’s pre-school hours every week to ensure I can commit to the course. This means I have more time at college to do work and ensure I can attend all my lessons.
 

“The Access Course has really helped boost my confidence, it’s supported me to receive offers from universities for competitive courses I would never have been able to achieve on my own.
 

“It’s also allowed me to improve my academic knowledge and set me up for university whilst making great supportive friends who are also going through the same process for their goals.”
 

Students at the awardsBath College Principal Laurel Penrose attended the awards ceremony to meet students and hand out course certificates.
 

After presenting the awards Laurel commented: “Listening to the list of universities you have been excepted to I am so proud to hear the depth and breadth of courses you’re going onto.
 

“The Access Course is very challenging, especially when you have family commitments or similar at the same time.
 
“You should all be so proud of yourselves. Congratulations.”
 
 

Destination Universities and courses of this year’s Access Course Students
 

Bath Spa University – Education, Creative Writing
Birmingham City University -Psychology with Criminology
Bournemouth University – Paramedic Science
Cardiff Met University – Human Nutrition and Dietetics
Cardiff University – Children’s Nursing, Optometry, Physiotherapy
City of Bristol College – Health and Social Care Practice
King’s College London – English, Nutrition and Dietetics
Manchester Metropolitan University – International Business Management
Oxford Brookes University – Operating Department Practice, Biomedical Science, History, Midwifery
Swansea University – Modern History and International Relations
University of Bath – Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences
University of Bristol – Msci Biochemistry, Psychology, Geography, History, Psychology, Sociology, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Nursing, Zoology
University of Glasgow – MA History and Politics
University of Gloucestershire – Sports Coaching
University of Leeds – Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy, Pharmacology
University of Manchester – Japanese Studies
University of Nottingham – Physiotherapy
University of Plymouth – Ocean Science and Marine Conservation
University of Portsmouth – Paramedic Science, Politics
University of Reading – Pharmacy MPharm
University of Southampton – History
University of Surrey – Veterinary Medicine and Science
University of York – Historical Archaeology
UWE – Physiotherapy, Children’s Nursing, Law, Primary teaching with QTS, Psychology
 

If you would like more information about Bath College’s Access to Higher Education course click here

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South West College Consortium Shortlisted for Government Funds

 

Bath College, as part of a consortium of local education providers, have put forward a proposal to create a South West Institute of Future Technologies (SWIFT), which has been shortlisted by the Department for Education (DfE). If approved, the proposal will see up to £14m of government funding awarded to establish SWIFT, designed to support the DfE ambition to create a network of Institutes of Technology. SWIFT aims to directly enhance the delivery of employer-led science, technology, engineering and maths provision to meet current and future workforce demands.
 

SWIFT is a consortium of education providers and key employers across the South West. A partnership between Bath College, Weston College, the University of the West of England, City of Bristol College, Gloucestershire College and Yeovil College as well as a network of key local employers, including GKN Aerospace, Airbus, GE Aviation, Renishaw, Weston Area Health Trust and St Monica Trust has been established for this project.
 

SWIFT will bring together industry, education and research to design and deliver flexible higher-level technical learning to equip young people and those already in work with the skills to fully exploit new technologies and digital innovation to increase productivity and position the region as the ‘creators and makers’ of the future.
 

Capitalising on respective partners’ areas of academic and industry expertise, SWIFT will provide training solutions to support the continued growth of regional excellence, where industry and academia work together to develop a sustainable pipeline of skilled labour to meet current, emerging and future demand. SWIFT seeks to widen participation in targeted science, technology, engineering and maths higher education to ensure the region has the skills to drive and deliver resilient, inclusive and sustainable economic growth now and for the future.
 

It aims to support regional industry as it prepares to respond to regional, national and global skills needs, and prepare the current and future workforce to embrace and maximise the impact of digital innovation on key industry sectors that have regional and national impact on economic growth.
 

Laurel Penrose, Principal and Chief Executive of Bath College said that: “Part of our strategic focus is to ensure that Bath College continues to build business links across the South West of England so this prospect is incredibly exciting. Developing these opportunities to enhance links with industry, as well as educational partners, can only benefit the region”.
 

“We have seen a sharp rise in the demand for courses in Media, I.T. and Digital Technologies recently. Couple this with the skills requirements of industry and employers the alignment to the SWIFT project provides a compelling case.”
 

Dr Paul Phillips, Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group, said: “We are thrilled to have got through to this stage and recognise that this project has the potential to significantly influence skills development on both a regional and national basis.”
 

He went on to say that the next stage would now involve detailed meetings with everyone involved in the process matched by rigorous timelines and financial analysis.
 

Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of the West of England commented: “UWE, Bristol is delighted to be supporting a very strong bid for an Institute of Technology that engages further education partners and employers from across our region.
 

“Clearly the strength of an innovative and collaborative bid focusing on developing the skills we need for the future has captured the attention of the Government. We look forward to moving to the next stage of our application where we would hope to secure the backing of ministers.”
 

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Bath College awarded TEF Silver Award for HE provision

 

Bath College has been given a Silver Award by the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) panel of The Office for Students, who recognises excellent teaching in UK Higher Education providers.
 

The award has been given to Bath College for the next three years by TEF for “delivering high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students and consistently exceeding rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education”.
 

The College offers a wide range of Access to Higher Education courses as well as over thirty Higher Education qualifications, Foundation Degrees and Degrees.
 

Simon Bracken, Head of HE at Bath College said “We are delighted to be awarded TEF Silver by panel for our Higher Education provision.
 

“We are very proud of our excellent students results and destinations, but to be officially accredited is validation of all the hard work our staff and students do.”
 

TEF reported that most HE students at Bath College achieve excellent outcomes. In particular, the panel noted that the full-time student rate of progression to highly skilled employment or further study is above the benchmark.
 

Laurel Penrose, Bath College Principal commented that “Higher Education is an important part of our work at Bath College and our Undergraduate students add to the diversity that makes the College such a special place.
 

“We believe that by continuing in education and training and developing higher level skills, you are putting yourself in a very strong position to improve your life chances. For some that will mean improving career prospects and for others it will mean expanding skills and knowledge.
 

“It is wonderful to be recognised for our HE provision by TEF.”
 

If you would like any information about Bath College HE 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.
 

Art Students with Owlet

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Bath College Students are having a ‘hoot’ in the run up to the launch of Minerva’s Owls of Bath

 

Students of Bath College are using skills learnt in class to contribute to Minerva’s Owls of Bath, the city-wide sculpture trail which launches next month.
 
Carpentry students from Bath College at the Somer Valley Campus in Radstock have been collaborating with the Owls of Bath team to create wooden plinths on which most of the painted owls and owlets will be perched. They are working with sapele ply and using traditional joinery methods. The plinths also have wheels, so they can easily be moved in and out of their nests.
 
Carpentry Students Making Plinths
Once constructed, the plinths will be finished by painting and decorating students, who are tasked with decorating the plinths to resemble traditional Bath stone.
 
The Bath Business Improvement District, which is a Gold Sponsor of the event, has donated one of the smaller owlets to Bath College for their art students at the City Centre Campus to decorate.
 
Megan Witty, Event Organiser, says: “We are so pleased to be working with Bath College and schools across Bath. We’re delighted that the Bath BID has donated an owlet to Bath College students to get owl creative. This is a great example of how businesses, schools and organizations across the Bath community are coming together to take part in the Minerva’s Owls project.”
 
Head of Marketing at Bath College, Fiona Gilbert, says “What a wonderful chance for our students to showcase their skills to so many visitors and residents of Bath this summer, whilst also supporting some very worthy causes.”
 
Owls of Bath Promotional Picture - 5 owls at the Royal Crescent
Bath College isn’t the only educational establishment jumping on board. Infant and senior schools around Bath including Farmborough Primary school, Twerton Infants, Kingswood School, Royal High Junior School and the Paragon school have been creating their own owlet masterpieces, all to be mounted on the plinths constructed by Bath College.
 
Three Ways School in Odd Down is very excited to have just been donated an owlet to decorate by the Paragon School. The Three Ways School Lions of Bath sculpture, which they decorated in 2010, still has pride of place at the school where it welcomes pupils as they arrive each morning.
 
Minerva’s Owls of Bath will see nearly 80 decorated owl and owlet sculptures perched in and around Bath from the 25 June – 10 September 2018 and extends a big winged invitation to anyone who would like to visit the World Heritage city to track down all the owls on the trail. Each sculpture will be sponsored by different local businesses and organizations, such as SouthGate Bath, the Bath Guildhall Market, Yewtrade, Norland College, the Ivy Brasserie, The Abbey Hotel and many more.
 
The owls will be auctioned on 17th October at the Assembly Rooms in Bath in aid of four local Bath charities; the new RUH Cancer Centre, Bath Young Carers Centre, Roman Baths Archway Project and the UK Little Owl Project.
 
For more information about the Minerva’s Owls of Bath Trail, visit minervasowls.org
 

Panorama of SVC Wellbeing Festival

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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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Bath Rugby gives Bath College students VIP insight into careers in Sport

Bath Rugby opened up their headquarters at Farleigh House to a select few Bath College Sports Students earlier this month.

 

The students were lucky enough to have a meet and greet with all the professionals that work there, who gave them an insightful day highlighting the variety of career options that link to sport.
 
The event was funded by WIN (Wessex Inspiration Network) which is a targeted programme of activities and personalised support for young people considering their future options and to find out whether higher education is for them.
 
Students receiving talkThe students got a tour of the impressive grounds as well as hearing talks from staff from a wide range of departments including Jack Howden (Community Rugby Coach), Michael Bache (Head Chef), Sophie Bennett (Rugby Operations and Player Welfare Manager), Jojo Bowles (Project Manager), Owen Peachey (Financial Controller) and Connor Farrell (Physiotherapist).
 
Beth, a student at Bath College said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and listening to all the different roles really helped me in choosing my job role in the future, especially hearing about the physio’s role at the club as this is hopefully the road I would one day like to go down.”
 
This opportunity offered by WIN and Bath Rugby broadened the students view of their job prospects when finishing their course and they left excitedly discussing their new aspirations.
 
Students in the gymJack Howden, Community Rugby Coach at Bath Rugby was thrilled to host the students: “It was great to have the sports students at Farleigh House for the afternoon – it gave them all an insight about the operation of a professional sports team and the many roles that come inside it.
 
“The students came with an enthusiasm to learn and asked some great questions to delve deeper into how one of the biggest clubs in professional rugby runs on and off the pitch.
 
 
“I think the experience has opened their eyes to the processes that go on behind the scenes, in order to run an effective and successful business.”
 

Brides and Wedding Beetle outside Bath College

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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.
 

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Students find Bath College Access to HE course perfect pathway to NHS Careers

Future medical professionals are finding the Access to Higher Education course at Bath College a fantastic way to achieve their career ambitions.
 
Hopeful physiotherapists, optometrists, midwives, paramedics, midwives and paediatricians are among students who are about to progress from the College onto their next steps.
 
Stephanie has a place at UWE to study Physiotherapy in September.
 
She said: “The access course has given me the skills needed to go to university. Before I never thought it’d be possible.
 
“As I’m older and have been out of education for a long time, the idea of writing an essay was really daunting! The Access Course has built up my skills and confidence in doing that.
 
“I completed an A-level in Biology when I was in college at 18 with a poor grade, as I found it so difficult to wrap my head around the content, but the Access Course at Bath College has made it a lot easier to understand and I am now getting distinctions throughout science.”
 
The Access to Higher Education course is for anyone 19 or older and lasts a year. On the course they study core subjects of English, Maths and study skills, together with subjects related to the degree choice.
 
Jasmine is studying Psychology, Sociology and Biology alongside the core subjects. She has a place to study Child’s nursing at Cardiff University.
 
“Before I came on this course I had just come back from traveling a wide range of countries and before that I worked as a Toddler Room Leader at a Nursery, particularly working 1:1 with a little boy with disabilities.
 
“I am now looking forward to the fact in 3 years’ time I will be a qualified children’s nurse and be able to begin my dream job for life, helping young people.”
 
Bath College Principal, Laurel Penrose, encourages parents to study at the College because staff can support students:
 
“We believe that by continuing in education and training and developing higher level skills, you are putting yourself in a very strong position to improve your life chances. For some that will mean improving career prospects and for others it will mean expanding skills and knowledge.”
 
Samantha has a three-year-old son and took the Access course to become a midwife, something that she was nervous about juggling before starting: “Luckily, I have a very supportive family who will care for my son when I need time for my assignments.
 
“College help part-fund my son’s pre-school hours every week to ensure I can commit to college. This means I have more time at college to do work and ensure I can attend all my lessons.
 
“The Access Course has really helped boost my confidence, it’s supported me to receive offers from universities for competitive courses I would never have been able to achieve on my own.
 
“It’s also allowed me to improve my academic knowledge and set me up for university whilst making great supportive friends who are also going through the same process for their goals.”
 
If you would like more information about Bath College’s Access to Higher Education course click here.
 

Wiktor on his plcaement

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Case study: Wiktor’s Erasmus Business Placement in Prague

 
Wiktor Blaszczyk took part in an Erasmus+ placement in Prague earlier this year, at an organisation called called Recola, a bicycle rental company. We heard from Wiktor about his month-long placement to find out all the benefits it had.

 

Completing a work placement is a requirement on my Business course. So I thought, why not do one abroad! My tutors had shared the opportunity with me but the desire to travel, meet new people and throw myself into a completely new environment, made me motivate myself to work hard and earn a place to go to Prague for 4 weeks.
 
I began researching the company that I would be working with beforehand, and discovered that it was looking to expand internationally into European markets. I read up about some of these in advance, and greatly impressed my employers with my insight during my first week on the job!
 
Getting to see how a business works internally was a great benefit. My area was in sales for the company’s bicycle-renting project, and my main role was in identifying and making international contacts, in order to introduce the project into cities across Europe. I used my initiative to develop a communication guide from the company’s existing documents, suited to the individual countries which I had to interact with. My confidence, inter-personal skills and problem-solving ability were greatly boosted through this experience.
 Wiktor and his colleagues
 
Living away from home in a foreign country in an apartment full of other students, gave me a taste of independence and responsibility, which I would not have had otherwise. Prague is a haven for delicious food, beautiful architecture, museums and general activities, so there is always something to do! The host organisation even organised an evening at an escape room which the whole team enjoyed! Our in-country contact helped us to sort any issues which we might have and would always reply to our messages immediately. He even brought food for us on our first night there when we arrived from the airport, which was much appreciated!
 
A moment to remember in the local community, was when an elderly Czech gentleman heard me speaking English to some other students on a tram, and turned to greet us warmly. He even stepped off the tram at our stop to point us to a restaurant he recommended, before he boarded again to continue his own journey home.
My efforts throughout the placement earned me the praise of my boss who asked me to continue working with the company once I returned home, and I gladly agreed! I am still carrying out my tasks whilst completing my Business Course at Bath College, and I know this will look great on my CV when I apply for a job after. The placement made me realise that I prefer developing my skills in an actual workplace.
 
My advice for future participants is to stay focussed on what you are doing and your goals to make the most of the experience. Be flexible and always look for solutions. It was a great experience for me from which I gained a lot of life lessons and skills. Thank you to Erasmus+!
 

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Student Business ‘Vintage Times’ reaches Young Enterprise finals with upcycled Vinyl clocks

Bath College International Business students have set up a successful business, ‘Vintage Times’. Vintage Times are a team of first year International Business students whose business idea is to prevent old unwanted vinyl records from entering landfill through upcycling them by converting them into clocks.
 
The company were one of just eight teams from the South West Region to be shortlisted to progress on to Regional Finals of the prestigious Young Enterprise national competition.
 
The students came up with the idea when they realised that their parents and grandparents had old, unloved vinyl records lying around waiting to be thrown away.
 
Vintage Times LogoAlessia Stefan, Managing Director of Vintage Times, described how happy they are to have reached the Young Enterprise South West finals:

“We went from having the smallest stand, from being hidden away, to being the most improved student company in the span of just 4 months.
 
“We learned so much and we pushed so hard for improvement and development. We are so proud of ourselves and of every ounce of hard work we put into this company.
 
“The skills we will have learned by the end of this competition will for sure set us apart in the fields of work and higher education.”
 
Vintage Times are currently working on new upcycled product ideas and have just launched their new website on World Earth Day to showcase their products.
 

Visit www.vintagetimes.org to take a look at their work.

 

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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
 

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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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Love2Learn Part-time leisure course students to showcase their work in exciting exhibition

Bath College Love2Learn students are holding an exhibition to showcase the work they have created during their part-time leisure courses.

 

College students told us that they wanted fun short courses they can do with friends, courses to learn ‘what they’ve always wanted to do’, as well as courses to help them with life and work. With this in mind, Bath College created a range of Love2Learn courses.
 
The show will exhibit work from a wide range of the disciplines on offer including: Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Glass, Jewellery, Sculpture and many more.
 
The art work will also be available to purchase from the gallery space.
 
The show is running from Wednesday 11th April to Saturday 14th April, 10am-4pm at 44ad Artspace, 4 Abbey St, Bath, and is exhibiting some work from some very talented students.
 
If you would like more information about Love2Learn courses click here.
 
Photograph by Michal Wegrzyn, Ceramic art by Clare Hubble
 

Laurel Penrose, Principal awarding Kelly Sheppard her Access to Higher Education Certificate

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Success at Bath College as parents excel at Access to Higher Education courses

 
Bath College offers a wide range of Access to Higher Education courses as well as over thirty Undergraduate degrees.

 

Bath College Undergraduate courses are open to all, with students aging from 19-60, and enable you to realise your ambitions whilst receiving expert support from tutors.
 
Sian Brady and her daughter Sienna

Sian Brady, pictured with her daughter Sienna, is currently studying to become a nurse at the College: “Doing the course at Bath College part time allows me to be a mum and work and study. All the teachers at the College are very supportive and I recommend any parent thinking of changing careers or wanting to go to university to do the Access to HE course.
 
“I’m finding the course very enjoyable and have met mums just like myself. I am looking forward to a completing my course and getting the qualifications I deserve.”
 
Bath College Principal, Laurel Penrose, encourages parents to study at the College because staff can support students: “Higher Education is an important part of our work at Bath College and our Undergraduate students add to the diversity that makes the College such a special place. Here at Bath College we pride ourselves on the support we provide to our students and we have a very simple purpose; that is to help people.
 
“We believe that by continuing in education and training and developing higher level skills, you are putting yourself in a very strong position to improve your life chances. For some that will mean improving career prospects and for others it will mean expanding skills and knowledge.”
 
Kelly Sheppard, pictured above with Principal Laurel Penrose, had been a stay-at-home mum for ten years while doing the admin and accounts for her husband’s business but has now gained a place at the University of Bristol to study Molecular Medicine after doing an Access to HE course at Bath College. She decided to apply to the access course after years of regretting the decision not to pursue sciences after GCSE level.
 
“I found out from a family member who was returning to education that I could obtain funding for the course and decided to take the plunge. I had applied for many entry level jobs within research and had been unsuccessful.
 
“Now I’m so glad this was the case because it pushed me to go and get a degree level qualification. It’s an extremely intense course, but it has really boosted my confidence and opened my eyes to what I can achieve.”
 
Ellen Moore and her daughter Emma
Ellen Moore, pictured with her daughter Emma, has just gained places at multiple universities to study Midwifery agrees, “I highly recommend undertaking the Access Course, it has allowed me to realise my potential and inspired me to further my goals and aspirations.
 
“The course is perfect for fitting into your family needs and all the lecturers are incredibly supportive. Prior to the course I was concerned how I would cope with study and children, but it is doable and prepares you for university. I have been lucky enough to achieve offers from universities I never imagined I would, truly the best decision I have made.”
  
For more information about Access Courses at Bath College click here
 

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