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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.

 

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
 

Announcement, Apprenticeships, News

Bath Colleges Top Three Apprenticeships of the Month

December Edition

 

It’s the last day of our Apprenticeship Takeover and we thought we’d wrap it up with the top three apprenticeship opportunities for this month!

 

Our first one is Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations Apprentice

This is based in Bath at The Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Assembly rooms, some beautiful places to work! You will be required to work 37 hours a week, this includes your time at College. On Completion of the course you will have a NVQ Level 2 in Creative and Cultural Venue Operations. The salary is £11,406.67 in your first year. You can find all the details in the above link, this is not an opportunity you want to miss, make sure to get your application in before the closing date on Sunday 9th December!

 

 

 

Our second one is Level 2 Commis Chef Apprentice

This is a perfect opportunity for an aspiring Chef. You will receive full training and guidance in all aspects of preparing and cooking the freshest ingredients to the highest standards, based in Fuller’s Kitchen establishments across the south of England. You will spend one day a week at Bath College studying, and the rest of your learning with be hands on in the Kitchen. The salary is £246.00 – £328.00 per week, not including any tips you get. Click the link above for more information including wages and requirements. The closing date will be in March so make sure to get your applications in early!

 

Our last top opportunity is a Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship at The Bath Mill

This is another great opportunity for an aspiring Chef and is more local to Bath. You will be providing prompt preparation and food service delivery to a five star standard, learning hands on skills as well as studying at College. Bath Mill are a great employer to work with an all the training will be provided by their talented Chefs and Front of House staff. The salary is £8.21 per hour. Click the link above for more information and if you’re interested make sure to get your application in before the close date in January!

 

 

Have we piqued your interest with Apprenticeships? Be sure to have a look at our Apprenticeship page for all the information and all our other fantastic opportunities! You can find it 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

 

Performance of Blank at The Egg

News

Association of Colleges commends Bath College and Theatre Royal’s Theatre Academy with Beacon Standard

 
Bath College staff are delighted to have been informed by the Association of Colleges that their Performing and Production Arts Provision has met Beacon Standard for practical delivery of technical and professional learning. Bath College are therefore recognised as a Beacon Award commended college for this provision.
 
In August 2017, Bath College launched an exciting new partnership with Theatre Royal Bath and formed Bath Theatre Academy, offering full-time Level 3 UAL Performing and Production Arts course, a unique curriculum that combines a practical theatre programme with real-life industry experience.
 
Jon Domaille, Head of Creative Arts and Enterprise at Bath College commented, “to be recognised in this way is testament to the hard work and dedication of our learners as well as the exceptional and committed staff from both institutions.
 
“With theatre as my background and passion, I am blown away by the overall experience and opportunities our learners get, the industry contacts that they can build and the level of work that they are producing as a direct result of this partnership.
 
“I’m incredibly proud of the platform that this provision provides for theatre makers of the future.”
 
Throughout the Performing and Production Arts course, students get to work with industry professionals and put on performances at the egg theatre. The egg is a driving force of creativity, innovation and young people’s art at the heart of Theatre Royal Bath. It presents around 50 different and bespoke young people’s productions every year, operates a rigorous Creative Learning and Theatre School Department, and has pioneered an ideas-led Artist Development programme, each between them amassing 50,000+ admissions per year, and a number of unique new productions for the children’s theatre touring network.
 
Through its activity it has developed strong international relationships, this year alone partnering with companies from France, Spain and Australia. Since creating this fruitful partnership with Bath College less than two years ago, the egg has plugged a gap in its provision by creating a bridge between children’s participation and talent development for the theatre industry.
 
Kate Cross, Director of the egg and Chair of TYA UK commented: “At a time when creative subjects in educational settings are being compromised from all sides, Bath College’s championing of young people’s talent development through the Level 3 UAL Performing and Production Arts course is laudable.
 
“We feel privileged to be playing a part in ensuring that young adults from a range of backgrounds are given a significant insight into the theatre industry and a guiding hand for their chosen route into it.
 
“We were lucky to have, in James Moore, Head of Creative Learning at the egg, an experienced Secondary School Drama teacher and someone who was able to swiftly navigate their way through the syllabus and adapt it for this industry-based qualification, that has, still in its infancy, gained this acknowledgement.”
 
Applications are now open for September 2019, for more information about the Bath Theatre Academy and course, click here or contact James.Moore@theatreroyal.org.uk
 

Apprenticeships, News, Student Spotlight

Case study: Ellie Selway, Electrical Apprentice

 

This week is Apprenticeship takeover week and we thought we’d kick it off by looking at the success of one of our current Apprentices, Ellie Selway.

 

 

Ellie is a current Electrical Apprentice; she started off her journey on the Access to Building Services course and moved more towards electrics from there.

 

Currently she is working with a company called Bridges, giving her valuable on the job experience and training, a key aspect of Apprenticeships.

 

We caught up with her for a short Q&A about her experience at College and on the Apprenticeship.

 

 

 

What course do you study at Bath College?

“1st year I did Access to building services to get a taster of a few different construction courses as I had no previous experience and knew I’d like to do something in construction but not what specific trade.2nd year I did electrical installation. 3rd year I started working for bridges doing the level 3 electrical apprenticeship and currently have just began my 2nd year in the apprenticeship, making it my 4th year at the college.”

 

What’s the most enjoyable aspect of your course?

“My current lecturer has excellent knowledge of the course content and I feel like I come away from every lesson with a stronger understanding of what we’re learning. It’s nice to come into college and be able to socialise with other apprentices your own age and in the same position as you.”

 

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

“Health and safety and learning about the electrical regulations as I will always have to follow these throughout my career and I feel these are most important.”

 

What made you apply to Bath College?

“Bath college is the most local college to me with a good reputation, providing a wide range of construction courses and their application process is simple and well organised.”

 

What do you want to after College?

“After college I would like to stay with the company I am currently with for a couple of years to gain more on site experience within the field and then to go on to start my own business eventually with the possibility of going on to higher level courses as well to gain further knowledge.”

 

What piece of advice would you give to students looking to study an Apprenticeship?

“Personally, from my experience this is the best route to go down you get paid whilst you’re learning and get a variety of hands on work and theory, an apprenticeship offers a lot of opportunities for progression and as long as you have the right attitude and make the most of what is being offered it can take you far.”

 

 

If you’re interested in applying for an Apprenticeship you can check our Apprenticeship vacancies here

 

If you’re an employer interested in taking on an Apprentice we have all the information here

 

Love2Learn, News

Try Pictorial Quilt Making this New Year

 

In the new year Bath College will be bringing you a brand new leisure course, Pictorial Quilting. This will be led by Penny Leaver Green, professional textile artist and Love2learn student herself. Penny is a graduate of Leamington Spa and Exeter University and currently works from her studio in Bristol as a professional textile artist and freelance interior design consultant.

 

We caught up with Penny to ask about the new course and what it entails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is a pictorial quilt?

Over the past 10 years I have developed a method of quilt- making called ‘pictorial quilting‘. This is a simple but effective form of quilt-making which allows the maker to explore a theme or idea within individual squares and then work on the quilt topper as a whole. It is a is a non-traditional technique which allows for freedom of expression and personal creativity and can be as simple or sophisticated as the maker wishes. The essence lies in illustrating moments, ideas or objects through stitch and fabric to create a personal and individual piece of work.

Pictorial quilts can be made to celebrate a birthday, marriage or christening, explore a personal story or journey, investigate a favourite subject matter e.g. birds, or flowers, an event in family history; or just reflect this moment in time.

 

How did you develop the technique?

While my children were young, I felt compelled to make work for their bedrooms. This was, perhaps, the motivation to become a full time textile artist. At the time I made a few quilts for them based on nursery rhymes. Over the years I have periodically returned to making quilts on a variety of themes, from exploring native British birds as an A-Z quilt, to a very personal quilt made during a transition period in my family’s life. I have also undertaken private quilt commissions.

 

What can students expect to gain from the course?

Students will leave the course with their own small quilt and the techniques required to continue to make pictorial quilts at their leisure. They will have explored blackwork, appliqué, ribbon work, free machine embroidery and the skills required to design and stitch the quilt.

 

Do you need any prior skills?

Students need to be able to use a sewing machine and to hand stitch at a basic level.

 

If you would like to sign up, you can find the course here.

You can follow Penny’s work online and on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Until December 21st 2018 you can get 5% off all Leisure Courses with code MINCEPIE5, perfect for trying something new in the New Year!

 

 

Freddie Burns and Nathan Catt

News

Bath Rugby’s Freddie Burns and Nathan Catt do Q&A with Bath College Students

 

Bath College Sport Alumni Freddie Burns and Nathan Catt from Bath Rugby came in to do a Q&A session with our Sport and Public Services students.
 

The players discussed the differences in training as a fly-half and a prop, including their eating routine, praising their chef for their high protein meals.
 

Nathan Catt said: “We literally eat, train, eat, train, eat train. We have an amazing chef that alters our food to suit the different intensity training we’re doing each day.”
 

The professional players described how they manage injury, by grading their physical well-being from 1-5 to their club doctor. Freddie Burns said “We are very lucky to have the club doctors who care the way they do. With the kind of injuries players can get in the game, it’s important that we get seen to straight away.”
 

The students were keen to ask the pair about the worst injuries they’ve endured or have witnessed to which they described some horrific injuries that made the audience wince.
 
Students were interested to hear about the wide range of careers a club like Bath Rugby have to offer, as the players explained about roles including the Community Rugby Coach, Rugby Operations/Player Welfare Manager, Project Manager, Financial Controller, Chef and Physiotherapist.
 
Stuart King, Head of English and Maths and former Sport lecturer at Bath College said that: “Nathan and Freddie were both my sports students who had had lively, friendly and funny personalities. Even though rugby always came first in their lives they did not miss out on college work. They clearly recognized the value of an education.
 

“I remember very clearly chatting with them about their weekly rugby routines and how well they were progressing. How fantastic that they have both done so well! We have kept in touch since they left and I have felt so proud of their careers. A couple of months ago, seeing Nathan with his baby daughter in his arms certainly made me feel my age.”
 

Their talk to staff and sports students really identified the training schedules and rigors of being professional sportsmen. It is easy to watch a video or read an article but having England and Bath rugby players in the same room is inspiring for us all.
 

“They were pleased to give a little back to college, since they both recognise how much college supported them. I have already booked them to return next year. Long may their careers flourish!”
 
Thank you to Freddie and Nathan who really brought to life the different careers that sport has to offer, we look forward to your next talk at the college.
 

News

Year 2 Product Design Students pitch their ideas to Designability

 

On Friday the 23rd November our incredibly talented Year 2 Product Design students pitched their final ideas for accessible products to Designability. This was the final step of their project that they have been working towards over the past few weeks.

 

Designability are an independent charity dedicated to making everyday life easier for people with disabilities or a long term health condition by inventing new life-changing assistive products and technologies. They follow the principle of human centered design, responding to real issues raised by real people living with real disabilities. This is a principle the students have also chosen to follow, as they are responding directly to real issues raised by Stephen, Kate and Wills (their end users).

 

Last week the students did their final testing with their end users, gathering vital information about ergonomics, colours and measurements. Stephen, Kate and Wills were thrilled with the progress and offered their opinions on how each product could be improved, and what they found ergonomically comfortable. This has informed the final prototype products the students made for their pitch. You can read about the end user testing here.

 

 

Following on from this vital feedback the students had one week to finalise and improve their products, as well as create their pitch for Designability (No small feat for one week!). After a week of final preparations, the day of the pitch finally arrived. In a set up much like Dragon’s Den, each student needed to present their ideas to a panel of three experts, including Rob, their mentor from Designability. Each student had prepared a short presentation, collated their prototypes and had a mood board and book with which to present. It was amazing to see the thought and care that had gone into each and every design, how ergonomics and client test data had informed the final prototypes, and how every detail right down to the appropriate colour had been considered. Rob seemed very impressed with the work that the students had undertaken in the short run time of the project, frequently asking students about their thought process and listening to the students recount all the research they had put into it.

 

 

Each student pitched their idea to the panel one by one, explaining what in their discussions with the end user had inspired the product. They then presented their initial designs, tests and prototypes, and explained what data had informed the final prototype, as well as the colours, sizes and shapes. Finally, they discussed commercial costs and methods for production, showing again their ability to think about the logistics within the real word of Product Design. There was then an opportunity for questions and comments from the panel. Rob was very interested in all the products and had lots of ideas for progression. Some students had thought about the environmental impact of their products, utilising recycled plastics rather than brand new ones, this was an idea that Rob loved!

 

It was incredible to see the range of products produced by the students, and how much feedback they have taken on and acted upon since the end user testing. The contrast in ideas across the board reflects the amazing spectrum of creativity within the class and all the students should be incredibly proud of not just the quantity of work that they did in a short space of time but the quality as well.

 

News

Bath College Students lead successful work shops at Hayesfield Girls School

 

On Friday the 23rd of November a number of Bath College students and staff went over to Hayesfield Girls School for an employability day. The day aimed to provide pupils with more information about their post GCSE options, and over the course of the morning pupils attended different workshops and talks from employers, University students and College’s alike.

 

Post GCSE options can be a really daunting time for pupils, they face the prospect of the first real educational decision that they need to make for themselves about what they want to do with their future. Going to College can seem like a really big step, away from the comforts of School and into a brand new environment. This is why our staff and students were on hand to try and reduce the size that that step seems.

 

Over the morning Bath College students and staff delivered 4 workshops to students. A handful of Hair and Beauty students did some free hair curling whilst they talked about how they were finding the course and what they wanted to do after College. Two of our amazing Chef lecturers did a demonstration of a dessert with a flambé, whilst talking pupils through everything available on the Catering and Hospitality course. Complementary Therapy students gave out free hand and arm massages, allowing them to talk one on one with interested pupils about all the aspects of the course. Finally, Rob and Daisy, our Apprenticeship Gurus talked interested pupils through the steps to take to get onto an Apprenticeship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having small workshops means that pupils can talk to current College students in a more informal way, asking about College life as well as the course content. It also gives them a chance to see what skills they will learn at College via demonstrations of skill from current students. They could also engage directly with the College student’s enthusiasm for what they’re doing, by seeing current students enjoying what they’re studying rather than having a lecturer talk through course content. The pupils themselves were a little shy at first, but as the morning went on they grew more confident, asking questions and wanting to take part in the demonstrations. It was great to see the positive interactions between the two sets of students. Some of the Bath College students in attendance had actually completed their GCSE studies at Hayesfield school, and were able to talk to the current pupils on a one to one level about the transition from school to College.

 

Sarah Cooper, Bath College Schools Liaison Officer, oversaw the day. She was incredibly pleased with how the day progressed and the interaction between the staff, students and pupils, stating; “It was great to see so many Hayesfield students engaged in the Careers Day and getting a taste of different industries and careers. Students were really inspired by the various hands on workshops that the College provided.”

 

All in all, it was an incredible successful morning and we hope that we have helped to assure students that College is one of many fantastic options to start your future career. We look forward to working with Hayesfield in the future and we wish all the pupils success in their GCSE’s!

 

News

Bath College student selected to be in Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet

 

We are very pleased to announce that one of our first year Performing Arts students, Dillon Berry, has been selected to make his debut with New Adventures in Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet. This is an incredible achievement and a fantastic opportunity he has secured for himself. He is one of 6 young cast members making his debut at The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton.
 
Dillon will be performing from the 24th September to the 28th September 2019, tickets are on sale now! If you would like anymore information then please see below:

 

 

 

 

New Adventures is delighted to announce full casting for the world premiere of Matthew Bourne’s “ROMEO AND JULIET” opening at Curve, Leicester on Monday 13 May 2019, as part of a UK tour to 13 venues including a four-week summer season at Sadler’s Wells from Wednesday 7 August to Saturday 31 August 2019. Full tour schedule below.

 

Matthew Bourne’s “ROMEO AND JULIET” is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, Britain’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company for this World Premiere production.

 

As part of New Adventures’ ambition to support the next generation of on-stage talent “ROMEO AND JULIET” will feature the finest emerging male and female dancers from around the UK. The search began in April 2018 with a call-out for young dancers currently in training aged between 16 and 19. Attracting over 1000 applications and following a UK-wide audition tour, Young Cast members will perform at each venue alongside the New Adventures company.

 

Matthew Bourne said today “New Adventures’ “Romeo and Juliet” will be a celebration of youthful energy, talent and creativity both on and off-stage and, uniquely, in all aspects of Choreography, Design and Music through the appointment of a series of “Young Associate Artists”. As we enter our fourth decade as a company I’m finding the development of young talent ever more important and fulfilling. Our new company of “Romeo and Juliet” features a staggering 97 young dancers making their debuts with us; some are joining us as part of their third year of training, others have come through our Company initiatives such as “Swan School”, “A Summer Adventure” and of course, our production of “Lord of the Flies” which inspired so many young men to seek careers in dance. This time we have focused on nurturing young male and female dancers, and I have been overwhelmed by the talent that we have had to choose from throughout the UK. I’m particularly happy to be working alongside my Young Associate Choreographer, Arielle Smith, an exceptional young dancemaker of great maturity and vision. In turn, after 30 years as a professional choreographer, I look forward to being refreshed and inspired by what this team of young artists will bring to Shakespeare’s classic tale of tragic conflict and young love”.

 

As previously announced the title roles of ‘Romeo’ and ‘Juliet’ will be played by six New Adventures rising stars and two exciting new dancers making their professional debuts.

 

Creating the role of Juliet will be Cordelia Braithwaite, currently performing as ‘Cinderella’ on the international tour; Seren Williams, who joined New Adventures in 2016 with Matthew Bourne’s award-winning production of “The Red Shoes” and Bryony Harrison who is making her debut with New Adventures on tour with Matthew Bourne’s legendary production of “Swan Lake”

 

The role of Romeo will be created by Andrew Monaghan, currently ‘The Pilot’ in “Cinderella”, Paris Fitzpatrick who is playing the ‘Angel’ in “Cinderella” and João Carolino who joined the company in 2017 with “Early Adventures”

 

Making their professional debuts with the company are Harrison Dowzell, as ‘Romeo’, who auditioned for the Young Cast in Nottingham, and Bryony Wood, as ‘Juliet’, discovered during the Young Cast auditions in Southampton. Both are in their graduate years at Performers College and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts respectively.

 

They are joined by leading New Adventures artists, Madelaine Brennan, Daisy May Kemp, Danny Reubens and Daniel Wright who will create the “adult” world of “Romeo and Juliet”.

 

Ben Brown, Reece Causton, Jackson Fisch, Kate Lyons, Stephen Murray and Mark Samaras who will come to this production direct from our USA Tour of Matthew Bourne’s “Cinderella”.

 

In addition there are sixteen young artists making their debut with New Adventures: Natasha Chu, Gaby Conn, Monique Jonas, Sharol Mackenzie, Hannah Mason, Asher Rosenheim, Catrin Thomas, Chris Thomas and Roisin Whelan; along with Benjamin Derham from Canterbury, Cameron Flynn from Aberdeen and Billy Scott from Plymouth who all performed in the Young Cast in the acclaimed New Adventures production of “Lord of the Flies” in 2014; and Alexander Fadayiro at Central School of Ballet, Jana Baldovino at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and Stanley Duventru-Huret at Urdang Academy who are completing their third year of dance training while on tour with “ROMEO AND JULIET”.

In addition to the full time cast above we will be joined by 6 young cast members (81 in total) at each venue making their debut with New Adventures:

  • At Curve, Leicester: Cerise Bedder, Austin Bladon, Megan Ferguson, Christian Knight and Alexander Love.
  • At Alhambra Theatre, Bradford: Pattarapong Chomchan, Zac Crowe, Bethany Curry, Yvette Levine, Hollie Smith and Tom Sutton.
  • At Royal & Derngate, Northampton: Matthew Brion, Jamie Blackadder, Edwin Cheng, Alanah Corbridge, Elise Ward and Karishma Young.
  • At Theatre Royal Plymouth: James Knott, Jamel Maarfi, Maea Morgan, Samuel Parham, Ella Roberts and Jessica Tarrant.
  • At The Lowry, Salford: Katie Agarwal, Georgia Collier, Orla Collier, Brandon Hunter, Patrick King and Kayde-Samuél Wright.
  • At Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff: Rachel Brookes-Brent, Llewelyn Brown, Berwyn Cooper, Atlanta Hatch and Francesca Rees.
  • At Sadler’s Wells, London, Cast One: Tanisha Addicott, Dan Baines, Emily Galvin, Ashton Hall, Hannah Kremer and Janacek Wood.
  • At Sadler’s Wells, London, Cast Two: Matt Cotton, Alexandra De Le Bastide, Hannah Joseph, Matthew Rawcliffe, Cleo Rose and Thomas Walton.
  • At Norwich Theatre Royal: Joe Barbrook, Chandi Brading, Freya Brown, Isis Clunie, Amonik Melaco and Jack Richardson.
  • At Birmingham Hippodrome: Lewis Baker: Órla Baxendale, India-Rose Cox, Savannah Ffrench, Alexander Love and Enrique Ngbokota.
  • At Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury: Matthew Amos, Eleanor McGrath, Charlie Mellor, Casper Mott, Rossana Samele and Holly Saw.
  • At Mayflower Theatre, Southampton: Dillon Berry, Samuel Dilkes, Bethany Hunt, Isabelle Evans, Arianne Morgan and Jago Mottart.
  • At Theatre Royal, Nottingham: Austin Bladon, Megan Ferguson, Alistair Fernie, Victoria Keal, Jaimie Tank and Sua Tsubokura-Aguiriano.
  • At Theatre Royal, Newcastle: Louis Baxter, Sam Carruthers, Kayleigh Oborka–Letman, Lisa Robinson, Andrew Scott and Chloe Shutt

 

New Adventures is committed to finding and developing diverse young talent from across the UK. Since “Lord of the Flies” in 2014 New Adventures has been supporting young dancers from this production on their journey into training and professional work. The company have delivered various initiatives, including Swan School, two week-long intensives designed to prepare graduate level dancers for the audition process.

 

Continuing New Adventures’ commitment to developing off-stage talent we have recruited a team of Young Associate Artists to work alongside the Artistic team in the creation of this world premiere production. Arielle Smith joins as Young Associate Choreographer; Elin Steele as Young Associate Set & Costume Designer and Ali Hunter as Young Associate Lighting Designer.

 

“ROMEO AND JULIET” is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, collaborating with his entire New Adventures Associate Artistic team; Etta Murfitt, Associate Artistic Director, set and costume design by Lez Brotherston; lighting by Paule Constable; sound by Paul Groothuis; and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live at every venue by The New Adventures Orchestra conducted by Brett Morris.

 

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FURTHER INFORMATION:

New Adventures is an iconic and ground-breaking British dance-theatre company, famous for telling stories with a unique theatrical twist. For over 30 years Matthew Bourne and New Adventures have delighted, inspired and nurtured people of all ages and backgrounds: audiences, artists and the next generation. We create world class productions and engaging projects, reaching thousands worldwide every year.
New Adventures has received numerous international awards and an incredible 12 Olivier Award nominations, including 6 wins. Over the past 30 years New Adventures has created 11 full-length productions and a triple-bill of short works. This award-winning repertoire has inspired and thrilled over 6 million people worldwide. Investing in the future of dance and theatre, New Adventures engages in inclusive projects with thousands of people of all ages and ability, as well as emerging artists across the UK and around the world. New Adventures is a national portfolio organisation supported using public funds by Arts Council England.

 

LISTINGS

ROMEO AND JULIET TOUR DATES 2019

 

MONDAY 13 MAY – SATURDAY 18 MAY
CURVE, LEICESTER – ON SALE NOW

WEDNESDAY 22 MAY – SATURDAY 25 MAY
ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BRADFORD – ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 28 MAY – SATURDAY 1 JUNE
ROYAL & DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON – ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 4 JUNE – SATURDAY 8 JUNE
THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH – ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 11 JUNE – SATURDAY 15 JUNE
THE LOWRY, SALFORD – ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 18 JUNE – SATURDAY 22 JUNE
WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF – ON SALE NOW

WEDNESDAY 7 AUGUST – SATURDAY 31 AUGUST (PRESS NIGHTS 9 AUGUST & 23 AUGUST)
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON – ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER
NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL – ON SALE SPRING 2019

TUESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME – ON SALE 3 DECEMBER 2018

TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER
MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY – ON SALE SOON

TUESDAY 24 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER
MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON – ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 1 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER
THEATRE ROYAL, NOTTINGHAM – ON SALE NOW

WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER
THEATRE ROYAL, NEWCASTLE – ON SALE NOW

 

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Announcement, News

UCU Industrial Action Statement

 

We have learned that a small number of our staff are taking industrial action on 28th and 29th November. Whilst we are disappointed that some staff are striking, we understand the reasons why. The reality is that Further Education Colleges are inadequately funded by central government and, in fact, we recently took part in the national Love Our Colleges campaign to highlight the lack of central funding and the fact that nationally FE lecturers are not paid well when compared to other education professionals in schools and universities.
 
Our focus is on our students, and I can confirm that the College will remain open throughout the industrial action as we expect the majority of teaching and learning activity to proceed as usual. Staff who are working will ensure that there is minimal disruption to students’ studies and students should continue attending college as normal on the two days of industrial action.
 
We recognise that over the past couple of years we have been through difficult financial times, which has resulted in job losses and no cost of living pay awards. However, we have all worked hard to secure the future of Bath College and prior to the ballot for strike action taking place we had already proposed a 1% pay increase and although we recognise the limitations of the offer we believe that this is the maximum that we can afford whilst still ensuring that the financial wellbeing of the College is secured for all our staff and students.
 
We look forward to continuing to work with the Unions as appropriate.
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College
 

News

Year 2 Product Design students create products for disabled users

 

Last week our Year 2 Product Design students had the opportunity to ask some questions and get feedback to help finalise their products ahead of their pitch to Designability.
 
The students have been working with three members of the community who have an extra need, Stephen Early, Kate Clark and Wills Aston. At the start of the project the users briefed the students on what everyday life was like, and the challenges that they face each day. It was then up to the students to think about what sort of product would be useful to alleviate a certain problem, as well being commercially viable and flexible to all sorts of need levels.
 
Their end client is Designability, who are an independent charity dedicated to making everyday life easier for people with disabilities or a long term health condition by inventing new life-changing assistive products and technologies. Designability follow the principle of human centred design, they respond to real issues raised by real people living with real disabilities. This is a principle the students have chosen to follow, as they are responding directly to real issues raised by Stephen, Kate and Wills.
 
Student Pitching Idea

The sheer range of ideas from the students is outstanding, each one pulling from an issue they interpreted from their talks with Stephen, Kate and Wills. Stephen, who uses a wheelchair, mentioned that he struggled to clean the wheels after he drives through mud. One student has designed a brush that can be operated with a standard drinks bottle.   Stephen was thrilled with the idea, as all he would have to do it screw it in, give the bottle a quick squeeze and move his chair forward. Kate uses a walking stick to assist with her mobility and had off-handedly mentioned she was thinking about getting a dog. One student took this on board and designed a clip on lead that would allow Kate to continue using her walking stick, whilst also keeping her other hand free in case she has a fall.
 
The students have really thrown themselves into the project, thinking about what the users really needed, how they would work and how they could be adapted to people with more complex needs and how user-friendly they were. The feedback session proved invaluable for the users and students alike. The students were able to get real user feedback, final measurements and gather vital ergonomic data about what handles, motions, lengths and weights were comfortable to use. The users got to help finalise and see what products could soon be out there on the market to assist them.
 
Product Design tutor James Purslow stated “The students have outdone themselves this year, fantastic engagement with the project, their consideration for needs of the ‘end users’ and their willingness to adapt and adopt to the feedback from both the Designability mentor Rob Hanson and the users themselves. They have faced both engineering and ergonomic challenges that are beyond what is usually expected of students at this level and, not only have they stepped up to these challenges, they have developed some fantastically innovative, surprising and commercially viable products.” – the students really should be proud of themselves!
 
The students now have a final week to amend their products, utilising their newly gathered feedback. The final pitch to Designability will be Friday 23rd November, and we wish them the best of luck!
 

News

Students get top results in Refrigeration and Stonemasonry at WorldSkills UK live competition

 

Bath College had four students competing in WorldSkills UK live last week, which held the UK National Finals of more than 70 WorldSkills UK Competitions, giving the most talented apprentices and students the chance to be named as the UK’s best in their chosen skill.
 
The competitions challenge and assess an individual’s applied knowledge, technical ability and employability skills against a set of performance criteria, with finalists competing for gold, silver and bronze medals and the opportunity to be selected to join Squad UK to train for future international competitions.
 
Two Refrigeration students, Chandler Davison and Kevin Ballantine, made the top six for SkillFRIDGE as well as two Stonemasonry students, Josh Underwood and Hartaj Hunjan,  who made the top eight for Stonemasonry in SkillBuild.
 
Chandler, SkillFRIDGE finalist

Bath College was the only training provider in the 2018 SkillFRIDGE competition to see two of its students make the top six, with Chandler (pictured left) winning Silver in the competition.
 
In the SkillBuild completion, Hartaj received Highly Commended and Josh received Silver for their Stonemasonry work.
 
Chandler, who topped the national rankings and was the recipient of the SkillFRIDGE National Winner accolade, is employed by Thermocold Ltd – a family-run business working in and around the South West region – and is set to complete his four year apprenticeship course in September.
 
Kevin,, SkillFRIDGE finalist
Kevin (pictured right) spent fifteen years in other trades before pursuing a career in RACHP (refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems), after his elder brother asked him to partner with him and start their own company; TKB Air Conditioning.
 
Simon Robinson, Refrigeration & Electrical Learning Coordinator said: “I am over the moon with the result, the lads have equally put a lot of their personal and work time in to this competition, so support from the employers must be equally applauded.
 
“Both lads have inspired the Refrigeration classes and staff with their efforts to do well and use their initiative to overcome weaknesses prior to entering the finals. The competition is always fierce as this is as much as massive title for the apprentice as an accolade for the college or training establishments.
 
“To have the pair in the finals is a first for Bath College and to come away with a silver medal is well deserved.”
 

Josh and Hartaj, Skillbuild finalists

Josh and Hartaj, Skillbuild Stonemasonry finalists


 
Hartaj has just finished the Stonemasonry course at Bath College and is an apprentice at A F Jones Stonemasons Ltd.
 
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 said: “The lads worked extremely hard and I am very proud of their achievements at the world skills competition.”
 
If you would like more information on apprenticeships at Bath College, click here.
 

Our Young Stars launch

News

The James Dyson Foundation backs B&NES ‘Our Young Stars’ Awards

 

The James Dyson Foundation has been confirmed as a main supporter of Bath and North East Somerset’s Our Young Stars Awards.
 
The awards will recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of extraordinary young people in the district.
 
The James Dyson Foundation, which introduces young people to the exciting world of engineering, is the fifth major supporter to back the awards.
 
Sir James Dyson, founder of The James Dyson Foundation, said: “I am constantly impressed with the ingenuity of young people. My foundation has worked with school children in Bath for many years to encourage their inventive spirit. It is these creative minds who will solve our future world problems. I hope this award will inspire more young people to achieve great things.”
 
In launching the awards at the Guildhall, Bath & North East Somerset Council Leader, Tim Warren said: “I was inspired to create the awards after hearing the remarkable stories of young people, who make a valuable contribution to their community, at Bristol’s Young Heroes Awards, organised by Community of Purpose earlier this year.
 
“I know that across Bath and North East Somerset there are many selfless and courageous young people, who may have forsaken some of the joys and freedom of childhood to make a difference to the lives of others or to achieve great things in the face of adversity or personal challenges.
 
“I think it’s important to recognise these young people, share their stories and celebrate their achievements.
 
“If you know a young person worthy of an ‘Our Young Stars Award’ please make a nomination – we don’t want to miss anyone.”
 
Residents, schools and organisations are now being asked to nominate a young person who they feel is worthy of such an award and receive the recognition they deserve.
 
There are five categories and our thanks go to the sponsors for their generosity and support:
Education – YTL / Wessex Water
Unsung – IESIS Group Ltd (Rengen Developments)
Courage – Kersfield
Sport – Bath Rugby
Innovation – The James Dyson Foundation
 
A panel of judges will look at all the nominations in December and select three of the most deserving young people from each category to become finalists. The fifteen finalists will then be invited to a Gala Awards Dinner on 9th March 2019 for a celebration of their achievements, where the winners will be announced and awards presented to all of the finalists.
 
The Our Young Stars Awards are supported by Wessex Water, Bath Rugby, IESIS (Rengen Developments), Kersfield and The James Dyson Foundation, Bath Bid and Southgate.
 
Colin Skellett, CEO of YTL Power International, which owns Wessex Water, said: “Wessex Water is delighted to help sponsor these awards to celebrate the outstanding achievements of many of our young people who not only manage their own lives, but look after and care for others.”
 
Iestyn Lewis, CEO of IESIS Group, a multi-disciplinary property consultancy, development and engineering company, said: “IESIS Group is proud to be a sponsor of this incredible event recognising young leaders and volunteers who have a positive impact on the Bath and North East Somerset Community.”
 
Tarquin McDonald, Chief Executive of Bath Rugby, said: “We are delighted to support the Young Stars Awards and to help celebrate amazing children and young adults. Their example is an inspiration and something they, and more widely all of us, should be very proud of. By celebrating their achievements other people will hopefully be inspired and realise the profoundly positive impact they too can have in their community.”
 
David Newton, Chief Executive at Kersfield, a Bath-based property developer, said: “We know from personal experience that we have some truly inspirational young people living in Bath and the surrounding area. This is a great initiative to acknowledge the achievements and contributions these fantastic and often under-celebrated young people make. We are proud to sponsor the Courage category and look forward to meeting and celebrating with the nominees and winners at the awards evening.”
 
Nominees must be 18 or under on December 31st 2018 and live in Bath and North East Somerset.
 
The deadline for nominations is Friday 30th November 2018.
 
Nomination forms are available online at: www.bathnes.gov.uk/ouryoungstars
 
Completed forms can also be returned by post to: Bath and North East Somerset Council, The Leader’s Office, Guildhall, Bath. BA1 5AW
Or emailed to: Leader&cabinetoffice@bathnes.gov.uk
 

Chandler next to SkillFridge poster

Construction & Engineering, News, Student Spotlight

Four Bath College students make WorldSkills UK competition final

 

Bath College have four students who are competing in WorldSkills UK live, the home of the UK National Finals of more than 70 WorldSkills UK Competitions, giving the most talented apprentices and students the chance to be named as the UK’s best in their chosen skill.
 
The competitions challenge and assess an individual’s applied knowledge, technical ability and employability skills against a set of performance criteria, with finalists competing for gold, silver and bronze medals and the opportunity to be selected to join Squad UK to train for future international competitions.
 
Two Refrigeration students, Chandler and Kevin, have made the top six for SkillFRIDGE as well as two Stonemasonry students who have made the top eight for Stonemasonry in SkillBuild.
 
Bath College is the only training provider in the 2018 SkillFRIDGE competition to see two of its students make the top six: Chandler Davison and Kevin Ballantine.
 
Chandler (pictured above), who has topped the national rankings and will be the recipient of the SkillFRIDGE National Winner accolade, is employed by Thermocold Ltd – a family-run business working in and around the South West region – and is set to complete his four year apprenticeship course in September.
 
Speaking on what led him into the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, Chandler said: “It was a great apprenticeship programme to enter at college and was a subject that I was interested in, especially due to the fact that my Dad has worked in the industry his entire life.”
 
Kevin spent fifteen years in other trades before pursuing a career in RACHP (refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems), after his elder brother asked him to partner with him and start their own company; TKB Air Conditioning.
 
Following a year on the tools, Kevin opted for a course with Bath College. He notes: “We decided it would be beneficial for me to get a qualification in the industry to help us progress further.
 
“I signed up to a two-year apprenticeship with a possibility of doing a third after. I’ve just completed my first year and it’s all going well so far.”
 
Josh and Hartaj, by Skillbuild poster
Josh Underwood and Hartaj Hunjan (pictured above) came first and second in the regional heats of the SkillBuild Stonemasonry competition in the stonemasonry workshop at the Somer Valley Campus and have now made it to the final at WorldSkills UK live.
 
Hartaj is delighted to have made the final: “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 Ltd.
 
“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 is 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 enter the final is a real testament to their talent.”
 
WorldSkills UK live takes place on 15th-17th November at the NEC Birmingham.
 

Patisserie in the shape of strawberries

News

Bath College students tutored by top pastry chef

 

Bath College Hospitality and Catering students have been lucky enough to be guest-lectured by top pastry Chef, Damien Wager.

Damien with catering studentsDamien has been a Pastry Chef for over two years and owns and operates his own company, Edible Art Patisserie Limited where he teaches others how to make his signature ‘edible fruits.

 

Damien said: “The best thing I have found about working at Bath College sounds like a cliché and that I have been paid to say it, but it is genuinely the eagerness and willingness to learn I have encountered from the majority of the students.

 

“A vast majority of the students travel on average an hour to and from the college on a daily basis and that is portrayed in their work ethic also. I am sure it would be ‘easier’ for them to attend a college closer to their home, but the facilities and working environment obviously warrant that commitment each student has to attend Bath College.”

 

“I was sceptical about guest lecturing at first as I have encountered numerous colleges and hundreds of students across the UK over the past year, so I understand the strain that the lecturers are under on a daily basis, and this portrayal that it is a ‘wind down’ or a chapter that a chef undertakes in their ‘twilight’ years couldn’t be further from the truth.

 

“Each and every faculty member I have encountered in the culinary department run the whole operation like a high end hotel, from the ladies who organise and order in the supplies for the stores, right up to the lecturers who juggle practical, skills & theory lessons all in the same day.

 

“This role isn’t for the faint hearted or the chef looking for an easy ride!”

 

Bath College have been delighted to have Damien work in the Shrubbery restaurant kitchens.

 

Steve Bywater, Catering Lecturer said: “Damien has been an inspiration to both students and staff in the six weeks he has been with us, a real treat to have a masterclass type experience for our students for this length of time, what an amazing opportunity for learning”

 

The students have learned some incredible dessert recipes from Damien. To book in for a meal at the Shrubbery restaurant, call 01225 328502.

 

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.
 

Carole Stott and Wera Hobhouse

News

Bath College gets support from local MP for increased funding

 

Bath College joined colleges from across the country this week for the Association of Colleges #LoveOurColleges campaign to showcase the critical value of the work it does and make the case for increased investment from government.
 
Bath College’s Chair of Governors, Carole Stott MBE, met local MP, Wera Hobhouse, at the House of Commons to explain the urgent need for more investment.
 
It is now widely recognised that Further Education Colleges like Bath have been unfairly and dramatically disadvantaged by funding cuts. In the eight years since 2011 annual funding for each young student has dropped by over £1,300, whilst education and training opportunities for adults have dropped by 62%. The Children’s Commissioner, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Education Select Committee have all highlighted the issue.
 
Local MP Wera Hobhouse is supporting the call for better investment and has signed a cross-party early day motion calling on the Chancellor for improved investment.
 
She said: “Bath College demonstrates time and time again that young people don’t have to go to university to advance in their lives. Bath’s businesses need young people who are work ready, with specific skills, and Bath College provides this. Young people also need to know that their education will stand them in good stead for progressing in to the world of work.
 
“Bath College do a fantastic job in the face of a very difficult funding environment. I would like to see people given a lifelong learning account, which they can spend at any point in their lives on educating themselves, at institutions like Bath College.”
 
Carole Stott said, “Failure to invest in our college is a failure to invest in our young people and our future.
“Bath College plays a vitally important role in our community. It educates and trains over 2000 young people and 9000 adults each year, leading to successful careers and to jobs so important to our local economy.
 
“We train the engineers, the construction workers, the care workers and the chefs that our society and our community need. We work with hundreds of local businesses providing the skilled workforce they need to thrive.”
 
Despite the funding cuts the college was recognised as Good in all areas by Ofsted earlier this year. They described Bath College learners as developing a “strong range of skills, attributes and ways of behaving which prepare them well for employment.”
 
While “Learners with low confidence or few previous qualifications quickly feel at ease and establish excellent relationships with their teachers. As a result, they swiftly develop new skills in learning, and personal and social skills.”

 
Sarah Kean-Price, the UCU union rep at Bath College said that: “#LoveOurColleges raises a crucial issue in FE – the choice to engage in austerity continues to slash our budget: leaving us overlooked, underfunded and less able to support our community to learn, develop and flourish.

 

“There is an imperative need to challenge the government to fund FE properly for the betterment of all.”
 

Amanda Spielman , Ofsted Chief Inspector commented that: “While it is true to say that spending per pupil in primary and secondary schools has increased significantly in real terms since the early 1990s, the same is not true for further education and skills (FES) spending.
 
“I have expressed my concerns before, based on our inspection evidence, that the real-term cuts to FES funding are affecting the sustainability and quality of FES provision. My strong view is that the government should use the forthcoming spending review to increase the base rate for 16 to 18 funding.”
 
Carole Stott said, “We always put the success and well-being of our students first but recently the college has been operating at a loss which means we’ve had to make severe cuts and have not been able to offer pay increases for our hard-working and dedicated staff. We need to be able to recruit the best staff, and with increased pension costs just around the corner this position is not sustainable.
 
“With skills shortages looming the government must invest in our colleges and our future.”

 
If you would like to show your support and sign the petition, please do so by clicking here.
 

Love our colleges poster

News

Bath College supports campaign to increase college funding

 

Bath College, together with many other FE Colleges across England fully supports the #loveourcolleges campaign during Colleges Week 2018.
 

Colleges Week, which takes place from Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October 2018 and is part of the ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign, is an opportunity to highlight the brilliant work that goes on nationally and locally at Bath College, and the brilliant staff that make it all possible.
 

Colleges Week is our opportunity to call on government for better investment in colleges, and fair pay for college staff.
 

Bath College is a vital part of the Bath & North East Somerset area, supporting over 11,000 students to learn, train and develop confidence and employability skills.
 

We believe Further education colleges are an essential part of England’s education system. Colleges and college staff transform lives – they help people make the most of their talents and ambitions and drive social mobility; they help businesses improve productivity and drive economic growth; they are rooted in and committed to their communities and drive tolerance and well-being. They are an essential part of England’s education system – educating and training 2.2 million people every year.
 

Over the last decade, colleges have had to deal with an average 30% funding cut, whilst costs have increased dramatically. This has resulted in a drastic drop in learning opportunities for adults, fewer hours of teaching and support for young people, and teacher pay at less than 80% of schools and support staff seeing no increase in pay for several years. This situation is not sustainable and ultimately impacts upon students, businesses, communities and the wider economy.
 

Whether it’s through top-class technical education, basic skills or lifelong learning, colleges like Bath College help people of all ages and backgrounds to make the most of their talents and ambitions. Mostly rooted in local communities, Colleges are crucial in driving social mobility and providing the skills to boost local and regional economies.
 

However, there is currently a reduction in education funding once a student turns 16 – whether they are in a school sixth form or a college. ‘Love Our Colleges’ is calling on government to increase 16-19 funding by 5% a year for 5 years.
 

It is also asking Department for Education to provide exceptional funding, ring-fenced for teacher pay.
 

This College matters – to our students, our staff and our local community. But for too long the vital work we do has been overlooked and underfunded.
 

Laurel Penrose, Principal & CEO of Bath CollegeLaurel Penrose, Principal at Bath College, said: “Our young people are being short-changed compared with their counterparts in other countries and compared with previous generations. The hours of teaching and support, the choice they have and the enrichment they are offered have all reduced as funding cuts have bitten. This cannot continue if we are to secure the future of our nation.
 

“Bath College is at the heart of the community here in Bath & North East Somerset and unfortunately the lack of Government funding restricts the resources we are able to support our students with which in turn restricts the local economy as we are central to the technological skill development in the local region. We also believe we have excellent staff who, again due to the lack of funding, aren’t fully appreciated.
 

David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges, said: “Every single day colleges like Bath College provide a world class education and transform the lives of millions of people.
 

Colleges Week is an opportunity to celebrate the brilliant things that go on and a chance to showcase the brilliant staff that make it possible. It is simple, if we want a world-class education system then we need to properly invest in it.”
 

The ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign is a partnership between Association of Colleges (AoC), National Union of Students (NUS), Association of College and School Leaders (ASCL), University and Colleges Union (UCU), Unison, GMB, TUC and National Education Union (NEU).
 

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