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Spaces available for the Bath City Football Academy in September


The Bath City Football Academy is searching for talented young players interested in developing a professional sports career.

Twenty-five spaces are available for players aged 16 to 19, to start training with head coach Billy Clark in September.

Teenagers will have the chance to play at Twerton Park in the South West Youth Counties League and will complete a national diploma in sport at Bath College.

Bradley Champion, 16, from Bath, started at the academy last year and has enjoyed the opportunity to train regularly.

He said: “I have made new friends, my teammates have become my best friends. When I see them play it encourages me to develop.”

Players at the academy will train three or four afternoons each week, with one or two matches per week.

They will be picked to compete in the ECFA Premier League, the South West Counties League or the ECFA South West North League.

Students can also choose to study two types of diplomas, designed to prepare students for employment or higher education.

Sports lecturer Paul Blenkinsopp said: “A lot of people think ‘you go to an academy and if you don’t make it where can you go?’ We have the right exit routes to help them progress into different careers.

“We’re giving them the best of both worlds. If you’re interested in going to university you will follow our route to higher education course and study for a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport, which is the equivalent of three A-levels.

“If you’re more interested in employment you will follow our route to employment course and study for a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport, which is the equivalent of two A-levels, as well as additional qualifications.”

Head coach Billy Clark spent most of his career with Bristol Rovers and is keen to give players the best start for the future.

He said: “In the past we’ve recruited players from far and wide, from Swindon, Westbury, Radstock, Bristol and Bath.

“My aim is to enhance and develop the players, as footballers and as people, preparing them for adult life. Ultimately I am aiming to develop players that will be good enough to play for Bath City.

“An important part of this process is the club’s link with the University of Bath, where players can go to continue their football and education program.

“Some players who progress from the academy programme take up scholarships in America. Others have become coaches and most continue to play for clubs at western league, southern league and conference league levels.

“To date, six players have played for the Bath City first team and many more have played for the club’s under 21 development squad.

“The overall opportunity for students is excellent.”

To find out about the Bath City Football Academy call (01225) 312191 or e-mail paul.blenkinsopp@bathcollege.ac.uk

For website information click here.


Project Search students secure paid work with Bath employers


Project Search students are proving they have the right skills for the workplace by securing paid employment just halfway through their course.

Two students have been offered casual contracts with major employers in the city: The Assembly Rooms and the Bath Recycling Centre.

Eighteen-year-old Kyle Longstaff started with Project Search in November and will be helping with housekeeping at The Assembly Rooms.

As part of the team at The Assembly Rooms, he will work to clean the venue for visitors and set up for important functions and weddings.

Ashley Westcott, 21, from Bath, has also secured paid work helping customers sort their waste at the Bath Recycling Centre.

He will be working alongside Roxy Garraway, a former Project Search student who is now in full-time employment at the centre.

Project Search is a programme run in partnership with Bath College, Bath and North East Somerset Council and Sirona Health and Care.

The aim is to help young people with learning difficulties and disabilities secure paid permanent jobs at the end of a year-long employability programme.

Kyle, from Saltford, was advised to apply for Project Search after starting a woodworking course at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus.

The programme has given him a big confidence boost, helping him to get ready for work and improve his customer service skills.
He said: “Project Search is helpful for me because I wasn’t able to get a job before. This is my first paid job so it feels good.

“I was quite quiet at first and I didn’t want to do much, but now I feel more confident and I enjoy getting out of the house and doing something.”

Project Search tutor Catherine Stargatt said: “The thing about Project Search is there’s an end product, there’s something they’re working towards, which is a full-time job. Last year we ended up getting eight out of ten students employment.

“We’re really pleased that some of our students have already found some casual work. Kyle came to the programme late, he missed the first couple of months, and he worked really hard to catch up.

“He has gone from strength to strength, he has been exceptionally quick to learn new tasks and has impressed his employer no end. He has been advised to apply for a permanent position when he finishes Project Search.”

Project Search is accepting applications for new students, who must have an EHCP (Statement of Educational Needs).
Visitors are welcome to an open event at the Guildhall, Bath, on May 4 from 10am to 2pm.
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Tutor’s head shave raises nearly £500 for cancer charity CLIC Sargent


A Bath College tutor has had her head shaved to raise money for charity and encourage young people to talk about cancer.

Public services tutor Sarah Bishop has raised nearly £500 for children diagnosed with cancer after braving CLIC Sargent’s Big Buzz Challenge.

Students from the college supported the fundraiser and were keen to rally round after hearing how Sarah’s family has been affected by cancer.

Sarah’s mum, Karin, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and her dad, Islwyn, has also been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Karin, who worked as a nurse for 52 years, is a big charity fundraiser and used to look after terminally ill adults and young people as part of her job.

Sarah, from Bristol, was keen to get students talking about cancer to raise awareness and stop it being a taboo subject.

She said: “The first time I had my head shaved was when my mum was going through chemotherapy and her hair had fallen out.

“There are lots of ways to fundraise, but when a female has her head shaved it’s noticeable. Hopefully people will say to me ‘why did you have it done?’ and then I can support the charity and say ‘I’m raising money for CLIC Sargent’.

“It’s a case of trying to raise awareness to get as much money to fund the research and hopefully find a cure.”

Students watched Sarah have her head shaved in the Bath college salon. Seventeen-year-old Beth Rivers was part of the volunteering team and helped to collect money on the street and order t-shirts and posters.

She said: “Sarah was very open about her story and it almost shocked us to speak about it, because we didn’t want to say the wrong thing. Now we can just talk about it.”


Sarah said: “When you hear cancer on the news it’s always about adult cancer, but with the students being teenagers, it was good to relate things back to that group.

“They have done really well, they have t-shirts and balloons and they have been collecting around offices in the town. I know it’s my head being shaved, but it’s them doing all the publicity, they have taken the responsibility for it.”

CLIC Sargent fundraising manager James McDonald, who attended the fundraiser, said: “This is the best bit of my job. It’s great that Sarah could take part in the Big Buzz Challenge for CLIC Sargent to support children and young people with cancer.

“It’s thanks to supporters like Sarah that we could help 6,800 children and young people with cancer last year.”

To sponsor Sarah click here.


Students to showcase their music by running a new club night at The Nest


A new club night at The Nest will feature original compositions created by music technology students at Bath College.
Level 3 students entertained a large crowd at the first Isotropic club night in March, playing a mixture of electronic and urban music.
After a successful first night, they have been offered a regular slot at The Nest, which is keen to support young and emerging artists.
The night will be an opportunity for students to play their music in public and learn valuable skills in event management.
Mark Smithers, learning coordinator for music technology, is excited to see the club night become an established part of the Bath music scene.
He said: “This is an exciting opportunity for students to showcase their own compositions in a public venue. It’s quite a big step up from DJing and performing in college, and we’re very proud they’re doing that.
“It was extremely busy on our opening night, which was a very promising sign- it shows that the students can put on a good event.
“It got to midnight and people just kept coming in, so that by 1.30am the venue was completely full. To fill a venue with that many people was testament to how hard the students worked.”
Students made £150 profit from their first night at The Nest and this money will be used to turn the club night into a successful business, paying for décor and merchandise.
Each night will be organised by students, giving them experience of organising an event from start to finish.
Music technology student Taylor Lyon, 18, said: “It’s exciting to have the chance to show people what you can do. As soon as you see people enjoying it, it takes the pressure off. I’m glad everyone enjoyed it and I hope we get more people next time.”
Bath College has a thriving music department and counts chart toppers Gabrielle Aplin and Laura Doggett amongst its alumni. Laura, who studied music performance, played at The Nest last year before going on to support Taylor Swift at the British Summer Time festival.
It is hoped the club night will help other students build successful careers and find employment in the music industry.
Mr Smithers said: “We used the first event as a bit of networking opportunity. We invited people from industry down, our local radio stations, record labels and any movers and shakers in the music world.
“It’s all about work-based learning opportunities and linking with employers. The events management industry has a range of roles that students can work in and this is giving them direct experience of a job they can do on completion of their course.”
Max Johnson, who owns The Nest, said: “We like to encourage young musicians, whether they are DJs, acoustic musicians or live bands.
“They are the people who are producing new music for the future, so I’m really pleased to have this link with Bath College.”
The next Isotropic club night is on April 18, starting at 10pm.


Hundreds visit the Bath College Futures Apprenticeship and Jobs Fair

Hundreds of people had the chance to network with employers at the Bath College Futures Apprenticeship and Jobs Fair.


Over 800 pupils and college students came along with parents and carers to find out about career opportunities at the event on March 23.


They were able to choose from over 50 stallholders, from a wide range of industries such as travel and tourism, construction, law, healthcare and retail.


There was the chance to try out an ejector seat, brought by QinetiQ, and taste flambéed pineapple from the Bath Hotel and Restaurant School.


Apprenticeships at Rotork, a major employer in the South West, were on hand to speak to people and brought in an actuator to display.


Bath Mayor William Sandry visited the event and had a go at stonemasonry with the help of Bath College apprentice Michael Colston.


He said: “The Apprenticeship and Jobs Fair was a genuinely impressive event. It was great to see such a diversity and quantity of both local and national employers, all of whom had good quality apprenticeships on offer to the visitors.


“The event was very well attended and all the visitors were able to talk to existing apprentices who all seemed enthusiastic, engaged and happy in their roles and were great ambassadors for apprenticeship programmes.”


As well as speaking to stallholders, visitors had the chance to take part in mock interviews and listen to several short talks. A number of experience placements and interviews were offered on the day.


The government has a target to recruit three million apprenticeships by 2020, and during the event, Bath College hosted the Ambition 2020 torch.


Katherine Lusty, from the Co-operative food store in Radstock, said: “Today wasn’t all about offering jobs, it was about educating people about what else is available in retail – not just stacking shelves and working on tills, but the varied career paths in finance, logistics and HR, as well as general retail.”


Employability officer Lucy Beattie said the event had helped introduce apprenticeships to students and dispel some of the myths surrounding them.


She said: “It was a great networking opportunity and there was a real buzz around the college. The employers gave really positive feedback and benefitted from speaking to a huge number of people.


“Parents were scouting for opportunities for their children and plenty of links were made between employers, the college and visitors.


“Several people at the fair were offering higher-level apprenticeships, up to degree and masters level, showcasing what is on offer in our community.”


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Apprentices put the focus on customer service at Gradwell Communications


Taking on apprentices has altered the way business operates at Bath-based company Gradwell Communications.
The communications technology company has taken on five apprentices from Bath College over a two year period.
Each of these has gone on to work full-time at Gradwell and have helped to put customer experience at the heart of the company.
Martin Lippiatt has tracked the career progression of all five former apprentices, who started out studying for a Level 2 customer service NVQ.
He said: “We used to take on technical people that weren’t necessarily customer focused, so the rapport that needs to be built with customers wasn’t necessarily there.
“We flipped that round and said ‘let’s get customer focused people in and we can teach them the technical side of things.’
“It’s much easier to recruit. Going through agencies can be really expensive and sometimes it doesn’t work out, but with the apprenticeship scheme they can learn from us and we can develop them in a way that fits with Gradwell.”
Rory Larsen-Baker was 18 when he applied for a customer service apprenticeship at Gradwell through Bath College.
As a new recruit, he started out helping customers with product queries, and last year he was given a new job as technical account manager.


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He said: “It’s similar to the customer services job, but it pinpoints you in a different direction. I call up new customers to see how they’re getting along.
“I didn’t have a job at the time and I was looking for something IT based. It was a lot more of an adult environment, at least compared to school.
“You got a lot more freedom and responsibility, which was what I needed at the time. I’ve already recommended trying an apprenticeship to other people. It’s a great thing to do.
“I know quite a few people who need jobs and are looking for them. Part of the reason is they have the qualifications, but not the work experience.
“With an apprenticeship you get both – it’s experience and qualifications.”
Mr Lippiatt said: “With the apprenticeships, a lot of people still have this idea that they will be photocopying and making coffee all day, but it’s a proper experience.
“Our apprentices study for customer service NVQs and their time with us allows them to put into practice what they’re learning at college.”


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What are the next steps to becoming an apprentice?


Our programmes are designed for young people who have either found an employer who will take on an apprentice, or for those looking to find an employer.
Please complete the form below giving details of the apprenticeship you want to take and the employer who has offered you a placement.



Register your interest in becoming an Apprentice using the form above.

College Placement Officer contacts you to discuss the next steps.

Interviews, start dates and enrollments are arranged for you.

You begin paid employment through the programme.



Speak to employers at the Bath College Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair


Over 50 employers will be on hand at an Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair, held at Bath College on March 23.

The event is an opportunity for school pupils, students, young people and parents to speak to regional and national employers.

Top companies signing up to take part include First Group, BT, the MoD, Halsall Construction and Premier Inn.

Current apprentices working at Curo, Bath Aqua Glass and Bath College will be at the event to take about their experiences.

There will also be opportunities to take part in mock interviews with some companies, such as The Pig Hotel near Bath.

Parents and young people can book into short talks about apprenticeships from 4pm to 6.30pm.

The event will give visitors the chance to find out about a wide range of apprenticeships, including degree-level apprenticeships.

Law firm Lyons Davidson will be one of many companies advertising current vacancies.


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The Bristol-based firm provides a law apprenticeship that can lead to becoming a qualified solicitor or going onto university.

During the event, Bath College will host the Ambition 2020 torch, which is travelling between employers and apprenticeship providers.

The government aims to provide three million apprenticeships by 2020 and Bath College has its own target of 800 apprenticeships by 2020.

Employability adviser Lucy Beattie is organising the event.

She said: “I’m really excited by the range of employers and opportunities we have to showcase at the fair.

“I’m sure if I’d had the opportunity to be paid while I learnt a job I would have jumped at it.

“Before I started organising the fair I had no idea you could be an apprentice in such a wide range of career pathways, from jewellery making to stonemasonry, engineering, business administration, landscaping and working in the health care sector.

“I hope that the opportunity to meet employers face to face will help dispel some of the myths around apprenticeships.

“This is about showing that apprenticeships offer an opportunity for everyone.”

The Futures Apprenticeship and Jobs Fair is free to attend and open to school and college pupils from 12pm to 3.30pm.

From 4pm to 6.30pm, the event is open to parents, young people and members of the public.

To pre-register for the event click here.


Bath College Principal Matt Atkinson to leave at the end of the academic year


After nine years at Bath College, Principal Matt Atkinson has announced he will be leaving at the end of the academic year.
Mr Atkinson, who has led the college since August 2007, joined Bath College from Andover, where he was Acting Principal for 15 months.
Under his leadership, the college has strengthened its reputation, delivered new buildings and, most recently, completed a merger with Norton Radstock College.
Mr Atkinson, who will continue to live in Bath, plans to set up a business offering leadership support services to education providers.
He said: “Leading the college over the past nine years has been the significant highlight of my long career in the college sector.
“The experiences I have had here have been career defining and over my time here I have become very attached to the college and the areas we serve.
“Having led the college into the next phase of its development, I have decided that now is a good time for to pursue new interests in the college sector.
“The college sector is undergoing a period of significant change at the moment and I intend to offer a range of leadership support services to colleges and other organisations to help them deliver strong and effective organisations.
“I am grateful to staff, governors and students for their support in making the college a better place to learn and work.”
Mr Atkinson’s highlights during his career at Bath College include opening the new multi-million pound Roper Building, on James Street West, in 2012.
A year later, the college received its highest inspection rating in six years in an overwhelmingly positive Ofsted report.
Since then, the college has maintained an Ofsted rating of good and has built up links with local businesses, increasing its number of apprenticeship programmes and making sure that students gain key employability skills.
Carole Stott, Chair of the Board of Governors at Bath College, said that the college had gone from strength to strength under Mr Atkinson’s leadership.
She said: “Following the recent successful merger with Norton Radstock College, Matt and the board have developed ambitious plans for the new Bath College. Together we remain committed to delivering on those ambitions.
“The board has discussed the process of appointing Matt’s successor and the post of Principal and Chief Executive will be advertised in April 2016.
“The board’s priorities over the coming year are to continue to embed the merger, deliver the new vision and strategy and ensure the ongoing success of Bath College.
“The board is enormously grateful for Matt’s leadership and commitment to this college. Matt has positioned the college so that it is an essential partner for business and the local communities.
“The quality and reputation that the college now enjoys owes much to his leadership.
“We wish Matt all the best in his next endeavour and are determined to secure someone of equal calibre to lead the college during its next important phase and fulfil our role supporting our local community.”


Students help to tidy the Kennet and Avon Canal


Students from Bath College have been working hard to make sure cyclists, walkers and boat users can enjoy a trip along the Kennet and Avon Canal.

The students, who are studying for a Step-Up Diploma at the college, have been volunteering their time to clear the canal since September.

Starting at Widcombe, they have been using the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust boat to clear hedgerows and paths, cutting back overhanging trees.

The group of ten have also repaired benches at the teashop in Widcombe and painted bat boxes, to encourage bats to roost.

Last month, the group helped plant 125 trees at the Caen Hill Flight, in Devizes, as part of the Caen Hillside Diamond Jubilee Woodland scheme.

The project, funded by the Forestry Commission, will see 30,000 trees and two wildflower meadows planted to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Bath College’s Step-Up Course is for 16 to 18-year-olds looking to gain independence and move into further study or employment.

Step-Up Coordinator Julie Tonks said: “The course helps to develop life skills, independence and confidence for young people that need more support to be in college.

“This project has given them valuable work experience and improved employability skills like timekeeping. It has also developed communication and teamwork skills.

“They have benefitted from new experiences, working with people they don’t know as well, and learning more about their local environment.

“For some of them, it’s the first time they’ve been on a boat or picked up a spade.”

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Student shares her story for Facial Palsy Awareness Week


A teenager born with facial palsy has made the brave decision to share her story as part of a national awareness raising week.


Freya Beaumont was born with unilateral congenital facial palsy – a condition which meant she couldn’t move the left side of her face.


As a young child, she needed two operations to help her smile and her appearance meant she found it hard to fit in at school.


Now a student at Bath College, Miss Beaumont is using Facial Palsy Awareness Week to highlight the difficulties of living with facial paralysis.


The 17-year-old, who is studying childcare, said: “Having facial palsy meant that I couldn’t smile and couldn’t close my left eye, in fact I had no movement at all on the left side of my face.


“When I was five I had surgery at a hospital in London, which was the first of two operations intended to give me a smile.


“While the surgery has left me with a lot of scars – the back of my legs, my chest and both my jaw lines, there is no doubt it has made a big difference.


“I wanted to take part in Facial Palsy Awareness Week because it’s something that I have lived with. I know how it can affect a young person’s self-esteem, as well as their emotions.


“I thought that if more people, especially young people, were aware of the difficulties, they would treat sufferers with more understanding.”


On March 1, Miss Beaumont set up an information stand at Bath College with the help of Students’ Union President Kez Hawkins.




She had half her face made up as part of Facial Palsy UK’s #FaceMyDay challenge and encouraged other students to join in the challenge.


The idea of the challenge is to get people thinking about how others react when they look different from those around them.


Miss Beaumont was inspired to set up the stand after sharing her story on Facial Palsy UK’s website.


Her story struck a chord with parents caring for young children with facial palsy, who wrote to say how it had encouraged them.


In the future, she hopes to use her college course to work with young children in hospital, or become a healthcare assistant.




Miss Beaumont said: “I find it easier to talk about my facial palsy to family and friends, but sometimes I feel it’s difficult to talk to strangers.


“Psychologically my facial palsy has affected me in many ways. When I was little I didn’t appreciate that my face was any different from other children’s faces.


“But when I started school it soon became more apparent. Other children would tease, point, stare and laugh at me. I felt like I didn’t fit in.


“Over the last six months or so, I’m feeling much more positive about myself. My future is bright and the challenges I’ve faced have served to make me stronger as a person.


“I think people need to know that there are support groups out there for anyone who has facial palsy and wants to share their experience.


“I have always had a passion to help children who have special needs or disabilities and I would love to do this in my career after college.


“I can achieve anything I want to and I won’t allow my condition, or other people, to hold me back.”


Bath College comes out top at the Bath Good Food Awards

Photos by Ferla Paolo


The head of Bath College’s Hospitality and Catering Department has been named as an ambassador for food in the city.


Judges at the Bath Good Food Awards chose Bridget Halford as Best Ambassador for Bath Food, in recognition of her work with students at the college.


They handed Bridget a trophy at an annual awards ceremony, along with three of her students: George Ormond, Sam Battrick and Calleb Drake.


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The three teenagers won prizes for the Best Cookery Student, Best Front of House Student, and Best Apprenticeship Student.


Students at Bath College prepared and served a three-course menu at the awards ceremony, held at the Bath Pavilion.


During the evening, they worked under the supervision of David Campbell, from The Royal Crescent Hotel, and Chris Staines, from the Allium Restaurant.


Top chefs and industry professionals at the ceremony enjoyed a hay-smoked salmon starter, slow braised beef, and a pudding made from rosemary cream, cider granita, honeycomb and rosemary pepper.


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Bridget started her career at Henley College in Coventry and went on to work in all areas of the catering industry in Leicester, Bristol and London.


She has a passion for educating young people and will be launching a new two-year BA in Hospitality Enterprise with Bath Spa University in September.


Bridget said: “I’m incredibly proud of the students and what they have achieved.


“They had a really good night and they really enjoyed the experience. It’s great to showcase how good our students are.


“It was a surprise to receive an award. I was very honoured, especially as I was up against the Great Bath Feast and Bath Farmers’ Market.


“I enjoy seeing the students doing well. I like it when you get that student coming in at Level 1 in the first year.


“You watch them progress on the course and leave as a professional able to work in some of the best establishments, both nationally and locally.”


Plans go on show for new £3.3 million construction skills centre


Plans for a £3.3 million state-of-the-art construction skills centre at Bath College went on show at a public consultation last week.
The new centre, at the college’s Somer Valley Campus in Radstock, would be a one-stop shop for students looking to develop a career in the construction industry.
Courses on offer will include brickwork, building services, carpentry, construction, painting and decorating, plumbing, refrigeration and air conditioning, stonemasonry and electrical
It is hoped the centre will become a regional centre of excellence for the industry, creating a talent pool for employers to find their future workforce.


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Located on existing car park space, the new 2,665m2 centre will:
• Focus on full-time programmes for 14 to 16-year-olds and 16 to 18-year-olds, apprenticeships and higher education, alongside programmes for the unemployed.

• Help learners to gain the skills they need to secure and sustain employment in the construction industry.
• Support local economic development, job creation, business growth and regeneration.
The project will cost £3.342 million to complete. Funding worth £2.506 million has already been secured from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Local Growth Fund.
A planning application will be submitted shortly after the consultation, and the aim is to get the centre ready to open in early 2017.


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Bath College Principal Matt Atkinson said: “The new facility will prioritise the development of skills for employability, prioritise an increase in apprenticeships, and raise skills levels within the construction workforce.
“The centre will offer a variety of training in a range of trades and disciplines, which are needed by local employers and businesses operating in the West of England.
“Bath College will establish an employer panel to ensure that our course offering remains responsive to local employer needs.
“The project will support the vision of the newly merged college to create a specialist learning hub at the Somer Valley Campus, where skills are closely linked to economic needs in support of local economic development.”


Exhibition showcases artwork produced by Love2learn students


A four-day exhibition at 44AD Artspace showcased the creative talents of students studying part-time Love2learn courses at Bath College.

Artists, friends and family gathered for a first look at the exhibition, titled Open House, at a private viewing on Thursday February 25.

The gallery space was arranged by curatorship students Sal Smart, Danielle Arundel and Geoff Dunlop, who are studying a new Love2learn course.

Artwork on display ranged from fine art paintings, photographs and prints to jewellery, ceramics, sculptures and glasswork.



Four awards were handed out on the night, with student George Bush winning Bath College Love2learn Student of the Year.

Gill Smith was awarded the fine art award and Jacqueline Young won the 3D award after creating an impressive sculpture of a horse’s head.

Artist Chris Vercoe, who was chosen for the printmaking and photography award, said: “It was a complete bolt out of the blue.

“Doing a course gives me time out to indulge. I tend to wake up with a new idea every morning and it’s great to have the classes to explore that.

“I’m lucky to have some space at home where I can bring things back and continue working on them.”


David Merriman, Head of Department for Art and Design, said: “A lot of people enrol on Love2learn courses purely for leisure and produce high-end professional work.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate these talented people and give a focal point in the year to our huge array of diverse artistic courses.”


Students to work in the tourism industry welcoming visitors to Spain


Students at Bath College have been offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to live and work in Spain for six weeks.


Ten travel and tourism students will have their flights, accommodation and food paid for as part of the trip, funded by ERASMUS Plus.


They will work in Seville welcoming thousands of visitors to southern Spain as tour operators, walking tour guides, and receptionists.


The teenagers, aged 17 to 19, will live independently and work a variety of shifts for around 30 hours a week.


Student Tom Humphreys will be flying out to Spain for the first time and is looking forward to working abroad.


Tom, 18, has five conditional offers to study tourism management at degree level after finishing his course and hopes to go to Bournemouth University.


He said: “Someone suggested I study travel and tourism at college and I haven’t looked back since.


“You can go into aviation or you can be working on a cruise ship. It’s such a broad industry you’re not restricted in any way.


“I’m looking forward to learning about some of the culture and how the Spanish do things differently to us.


“In my third year of university I have to do a placement overseas, so it will be good preparation for that.”


ERASMUS Plus is a European Union programme offering opportunities for students to study, work and train abroad.


Students at Bath College went through a robust process to receive funding and were put on the spot during interviews.


They will study on an intensive six-week Spanish course at the college and will continue to take weekly Spanish lessons in Seville.


Kate Hobbs, Deputy Head of Department for Sport, Business and Health, said: “This is a vocational course and it’s important to provide the students with opportunities to gain practical experience.


“It’s a hugely beneficial opportunity for them to learn about what it’s like to live and work in a different culture, as well as develop key employability skills that will support their progression when they finish college.”


Students visit Western Power Distribution’s training facility


Students at Bath College were given a tour of Western Power Distribution’s (WPD) training facility in Taunton.


Head of training Jake Ramsden and team manager Theresa McConville organised the trip for Level 2 electrical installations students.


The group listened to a PowerPoint presentation explaining how electricity supplies are generated and transmitted throughout the National Grid.


They were also given a tour of the facilities, including a tour of an 11,000 volt (KV) substation, an undercover power line training centre and a guided tour of the cable yard.


The students were given a demonstration of an 11KV circuit breaker in operation and were treated to lunch by the company.


WPD 11KV insulators and distribution panel


Western Power Distribution is the biggest DNO (Distribution Network Operator) in the UK, delivering electricity to over 7.8 million customers.


It manages an area covering 55,500 km sq, including Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Bath and Plymouth.


The trip, a first for a college group, allowed students to take a look at high voltage systems and gain some exposure to equipment they would not normally come across.


The electrical department is hoping to build a relationship with Western Power Distribution as time goes on.


WPD Powerpoint presentation


Electrical installation assessor Adam Mutlow said: “WPD play a key role in distributing electricity in our region and it is very important for our electrical students to have some understanding of the processes and equipment involved.


“Jake did a really good job of putting all of this information into perspective. He managed to refer everything back to a standard 230 volt supply, which all of our Level 2 students are familiar with.


“He also explained three phase systems, which have not yet been covered by the Level 2 students, although it is inevitable that this will be encountered by them at some point in the future.


“WDP runs its own apprenticeship scheme taking on 120 apprentices per year, so it’s possible some of our Level 2 students could progress in that direction.”


Bath Rugby players visit to try plumbing and electrical installation

A group of Bath Rugby players spent the day at Bath College trying their hand at plumbing and electrical installation.


Team members David Wilson, Leroy Houston, Levi Douglas and Liam Forsyth took some time out to learn new skills and prepare for a potential post-rugby career.


The session was organised in conjunction with The Rugby Players’ Association’s (RPA) Personal Development Programme (PDP), which aims to support and guide players with their personal and professional development.


Bath College lecturers Gerald Craig and Nick Hawkins were on hand to show the players around the plumbing and electrical installation workshops.


They demonstrated how to wire a 30 amp plug, how to thread a pipe by hand and how to connect pipes and fittings.




Mr Craig said: “I went through all the different materials they would use in industry, they just had a practical taster of it all.


“The electrical installation workshop is a very mixed workshop, we get lots of different types of students, some people are fresh out of school and some people want a change of career.


“It’s the first time I’ve done a workshop for the RPA and I think it went really well. They were very enthusiastic.


“It’s nice to see the Bath Rugby players looking into their future, because their careers could potentially end at the age of 30/35.”




Julian Springer, who is the RPA’s Personal Development Manager for Bath Rugby and London Irish, spoke of the importance of helping the players prepare for life after rugby.


He said: “Rugby is a fantastic career, but it can so often be a short career. It can end so suddenly and without any preparation in place.


“The players who attended today have all expressed an interest in learning more about the trade industry, as well the property development sector.


“Today has been a taster session, allowing the players to experience the industry and assess whether or not they want to take their interest further. It’s all been really useful information, in particular having the expertise of the instructors who are knowledgeable and passionate about their subject area.”


Bath Rugby prop, David Wilson, said: “We’ve learned a few skills today and it’s been really interesting. I own a house and I do want to try and fix it up.


“You do things yourself at home and you don’t get it quite right, so it’s important to learn some of the basics. It’s good for your ongoing career after rugby and it’s good to know what you’re doing around the house.


“I’m 30 now so it’s not going to be long, you’ve got to see how you’re playing and take everything into consideration. I’m getting a bit of enjoyment out of it, seeing what other people do in their jobs.”


Photography students to work with the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association


Photography students at Bath College will be working closely with the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association on a new project offering them unique access to two of the world’s fastest sports.


Three students have been chosen to photograph the national team when athletes begin training at the University of Bath in May.


They will have the chance to photograph the training ground, meet athletes, capture the action on the track, and sit in on fitness training sessions.


Their work will count towards an end of year assessment at Bath College and could be used by the team on marketing and promotion materials.


Second year photography student Georgia Puckett is taking part in the project, along with third year photography students Kate Dickinson and Kate Hunter.


The 16-year-old, who is a big sports fan, said: “I’m very excited, it will be a very different experience. I do a lot of motorcross and I enjoy action photography.


“I want to work with teams and clubs as a photographer in the future, so to get this opportunity is fantastic.”


The new partnership between Bath College and the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association could lead to further opportunities, such as a student travelling out with the team to photograph athletes training on ice.


Students will be asked to produce high quality images that could be used for the team’s Instagram account, as well as for banners, flyers and individual athlete websites.


This February, athletes took part in the in 2016 World Championships in Innsbruck and the Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, with GB winning medals in both bobsleigh and skeleton in the latter.


It’s possible the group’s work could document the early careers of future Olympic medallists, following in the steps of Amy Williams and Lizzy Yarnold.


David Merriman, Head of Art and Design at Bath College, is looking forward to seeing the students’ work.


He said: “I’m really pleased that the photography students in our department continue to have the opportunity to broaden their horizons and work on live briefs.


“This venture is particularly exciting as it will provide them with an opportunity to explore some dynamism in their photography and widen their experience of teamwork and travel.


“Our photography tutors will be working with the individual students selected, giving them advice about how to tackle this subject matter.”


Bath College Principal Matt Atkinson said: “At Bath College we have a significant focus on developing the employability skills of our students and this fantastic partnership with the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association will enable our photographers to develop the skills they need to thrive as professionals.”


Richard Parker, CEO of the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association, added: “We are delighted to team up with Bath College for what should be an exciting project for both parties.


“We are keen to build links with local businesses and institutions and I’m very pleased that we can offer students at Bath College the opportunity to photograph our elite sportsmen and women on their journey to the next Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang in 2018.


“Our sports lend themselves to fantastic action imagery and we hope that the students will learn a lot from this unique experience.”


First-ever Bath Education Trust conference is a hit with teachers


Hundreds of teachers came together to discuss ways of preparing young people for employment at the first-ever Bath Education Trust conference.


The BET Trust aims to get schools and colleges working together, with employers and the community, on issues of significance to young people.


Held at the Forum, the conference was the first event catering for staff from the eight academies signed up as members of the BET Trust.


Staff from Bath College, a BET Trust partner, also attended and the day was organised by business administration students from the college.


Students worked with Andrew Wright, from Axis Events Ltd, to manage the event from start to finish, including on the day itself.


They found a venue, secured sponsors and exhibitors, creating delegate packs and promoted the event using social media.


Pupils from the Bath Studio School were visible wearing volunteer t-shirts and helping to film the conference.


Conference speakers asked how schools and teachers can help to develop young people’s character so that they are prepared for work.


They included psychologist Barry Hymer, Rotork CEO Peter France and Mike Nicholson, Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions at the University of Bath.


Neil Carberry, Director for Employment and Skills at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), spoke about the need to equip students with life skills, as well as qualifications.


He said: “The future of our economy is bright because it’s built on the talent of young people, but we need to help them more than we do to adapt into adult life.


“The technical skills employees have are important, of course they are, but beyond that it’s the attitude and aptitude that businesses look for – resilience, team working and a bit of global awareness.


“We need to develop a shared understanding that the curriculum should be about the people we’re developing, and their ability to navigate the world, as well as the subject they know.”


After a morning at The Forum teachers visited Bath College, where they enjoyed lunch prepared by catering and hospitality students.


The afternoon was a chance for teachers to take part in workshops and network with professionals at an exhibition.


Bath College Principal Matt Atkinson said: “The directors and members of the Bath Education Trust were absolutely delighted with our first-ever conference.
“We should not underestimate just how significant it was to bring together 900 staff from all BET partner institutions to network and learn together, focusing on employability outcomes for the young people of the city and surrounding areas.


“We know that we have a unique state education sector in Bath and BET forms a crucial part of that. We are now looking forward to building on the work we began yesterday, working collaboratively for the benefit of children and young people.”


Bath College is a BET Trust partner along with Bath Spa University, the University of Bath and engineering company Rotork.


Schools signed up as members of the BET Trust include Beechen Cliff, Hayesfield, Oldfield School, Ralph Allen, St Gregory’s, St Mark’s, Three Ways School, and the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust.


Celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford visits Bath College for demonstration event


Celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford turned staff and students into glamour models during a demonstration event at Bath College.


Lee, originally from Essex, visited the college to speak to students and industry professionals as an ambassador for Redken hair products.


He spent time working with Level 3 hairdressing students, and demonstrated three hairstyles with the help of assistant Rory McPhee.




A popular personality within the hairdressing industry, Lee found fame in 1998 when he won Men’s British Hairdresser of the Year.


The award boosted his career, allowing him to open a second salon in Soho and launch his own product range.


In 2002, he won Most Influential Hairdresser of the Year – an award chosen by votes from industry professionals.


He has stared in a number of television shows, including the BBC series Celebrity Scissorhands and the Channel 4 series Secret Millionaire.


Students Lucy Francis and Fee Phimunchat had their hair styled for the demonstration alongside Bath College lecturer Clare Yildiz.




The theme of the evening, attended by industry professionals from across the South West, was how to give hair body without losing length.


Karen Baker-Polis, deputy head for hospitality, hair, beauty, and spa industries, said the visit was a great opportunity for students.


She said: “It’s special to have someone like this visit. It was a really nice day because it was really relaxed – he was really down to earth.


“We have taken on Redken products and he’s an ambassador for Redken, so they gave us the contact and helped us arrange it.


“Lee worked with students in the daytime and then we had a little run-through before the evening. He started by telling everyone his story.


“He taught himself and started a business in his mum’s front room cutting hair, he was very passionate about hairdressing and training.


“It was really inspirational for the students.”


Product design students take on jobs at German manufacturing companies


Students studying product design took on jobs at German manufacturing companies during an Erasmus trip to Helmstedt.


Five students from Bath College travelled abroad to stay with host families and experience life working in a foreign country.


They were given five-day work placements with car manufacturing companies and a business producing self-build kit homes.


Natalie Shaw


The trip, funded by Erasmus Plus, included a two-day cultural visit to Berlin, when the group visited the Bauhaus Museum of Design.


First year student Callum Wardle worked at IGS Development, a company producing parts for car giant Volkswagen.


The 18-year-old used CAD software to produce designs for car parts, which could be modelled with the help of a 3D printer.


He said: “The companies in Germany have special training packages for apprentices. In England it can be hard to get into a massive company and have the same experience.


“I was solving a real world problem. I made an engine mount for one of the new cars. They are going to pitch that and a few other ideas to Volkswagen.


“I wanted some idea of what I could do as a job in the future. I definitely enjoyed it, and the experience will be invaluable for university interviews.”


Tom Barnes


Erasmus Plus is a European Union programme offering opportunities for students to study, work and train abroad.


This year is the first time product design students at Bath College have received funding to travel abroad.


Bath College lecturer James Purslow said: “What was really good is that the employers seem to be a lot more set up to take on young people and give them a good experience.
“So that was fantastic, because they could drop right in. They seemed to have a lot of businesses that were appropriate to our course.


“It was a really good experience all round, we’re hoping to make it part of the curriculum and replicate it every year.”


Bath College is looking for businesses in Bath who can offer a five-day placement to German and French students aged 16 to 17.


Students from the Lycee du Premier Film in Lyon, France, are looking for hair and beauty and graphic design placements, as well as sales assistant roles.


German students from the Gymnasium am Bötschenberg, Helmstedt, are also looking to gain experience in fitness, hotels and handicraft.


To get in touch e-mail International Director Sarah Pigott on Sarah.pigott@bathcollege.ac.uk

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