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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

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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

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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).
 

Elisa Rossetto with plastic bag balloon

Events, News, Student Spotlight

Thank you to our Student Volunteers at Forest of Imagination

 

Last weekend saw Forest of Imagination return to the streets of Bath. The series of creative, family friendly art installations and events were helped by a group of Bath College student volunteers.
 

Elisa Rossetto (pictured above) volunteered all weekend helping on both the maze and also managing Kingsmead Square.
 

Elisa is an International student from Italy, studying English as a Second Language at Bath College as well as Photography and Graphic Design and is gearing up for her CIE exam.
 

“The best bit of Forest of Imagination was working with the giant balloon made of plastic bags.
 

“It was great to be in the middle of the square with so many people and so many activities taking place.”
 
Rhys Evans with college Forest of Imagination display
Rhys Evans, (pictured above) who is studying Level 3 Performing and Production Arts was also volunteering across the weekend, stewarding and keeping an eye on all the activities.
 

He said: “The thing about this weekend I enjoyed most was being able to work as part of a team and building my teamwork skills.
 

“I thought the best was the performances going on at the riverside, they were really good fun.”
 
Yehee volunteering
Yehee Kim (pictured above) is currently studying the University of Bath International Foundation Year course at Bath College. She volunteered as she saw it as a great opportunity to be drawn into the Bath community.
 
“One of the most memorable activities was the Confuserphones. It is a headphone connected with a twisted tunnel that fakes the place of where the sound is coming from. The principle is easy but I was so amazed about it.
 
“I was also at the Forest Den at the Kingsmead Square. I really loved it because it was a nice place to read books while stewarding. Many books with different genres were equipped on the shelves and there were log chairs that anyone could come in, grab a book and read it. I have never imagined a den library at a crowded city. Frankly, I felt like I was in a fairly tale.
 
“I do really recommend other students to volunteer for social activities held in Bath.”
 
Bath College are delighted to have been involved again with Forest of Imagination and were collecting crisp packets and plastic bags in reception to add to the installations. The Willow tree outside Roper Reception was transformed into a forest spectacle as well.
 

A big thank you to all of our student volunteers for all your hard work.
 

Careers Adviser Launch

Announcement, News

New 2019/2020 Full-time FE prospectus launched at Careers Advisers’ Event

 

This week we launched our brand new full-time FE prospectus at our annual Careers’ Adviser Day.
 
Careers advisers from fifteen schools in the local area came into Bath College to hear from Heads of Department discuss the changes in the curriculum and all about the provision the college has to offer.
 
The new prospectus is focusing on learners ‘starting their journey’ at Bath College.
 
Sarah Cooper, Schools Liaison Officer at Bath College said that: “We were delighted to see so many representatives from schools attend the launch event.
 
“It was really encouraging to see so much interaction between advisers and College staff.
 
“I’m confident that they now have all the tools to signpost students to the wide range of vocational and academic courses we offer.”
 
 
The new prospectus is available to pick-up from the Student Advice Centre at both campuses.
 

Forest of Imagination at Bath Abbey

Events, News

Forest of Imagination is back in Bath for 5th anniversary

 

City-based arts pop-up Forest of Imagination is to take place in Bath again tomorrow, from 28–30 September 2018, connecting people to nature with a series of fantastical forests, art trails and innovative sculptures.
 
Returning to the city for its fifth consecutive year, this year’s free event will see spaces in Kingsmead Square, down Avon Street to the River Avon at Bath Quays North, all transformed into a series of ‘Future Forests’ designed to spark people’s imaginations.
 
Bath College collecting crisp packetsBath College are delighted to be involved again and have been collecting crisp packets and plastic bags in reception to add to the installations. The Willow tree outside Roper Reception is being transformed into a forest spectacle.
 
Each Forest will offer a sensory kaleidoscope of playful installations, art trails and workshops, exploring different aspects of forest life – from the forest floor to the forest canopy.
 
This year’s event is also being launched in partnership with Bath Children’s Literature Festival (28 September – 7 October 2018), one of the city’s most popular annual events.
 
Amongst a host of creative installations by artists, schools and local businesses, highlights for this year’s Forest of Imagination event will include:

 
Forest of Imagination 2018 has been made possible thanks to generous funding from Arts Council England, Grant Associates and Herman Miller Cares, together with the support of a host of other local businesses and organisations including Bath Spa UniversityBristol ZooWessex Water and Bath BID.
 
A ‘home grown’ event, Forest of Imagination was co-founded by Bath based landscape architect Andrew Grant of Grant Associates, whose work on the iconic Gardens by the Bay featured in Planet Earth 2 – the BBC’s most watched natural history programme to date.
 
Grant Associates is part of a collective of local companies and creatives who co-design the event including arts charity 5x5x5=creativity, Bath Spa University and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.
 
If you would like to volunteer for the event, contact info@forestofimagination.com
 
Volunteer call out poster

 

Catherine Roberts, Printmaker at work

Love2Learn, News

Love2Learn Printmaking student’s work in prestigious London exhibition

 

Bath College Printmaking student, Catherine Roberts, has been selected to have her work displayed at the National Original Print Exhibition at Bankside Gallery, London.
 

The National Original Print Exhibition, established by the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), is an international open submission competition celebrating the best of contemporary printmaking.
 
Catherine’s piece ‘After Käthe’ is one of three prints she made that got through the competition to appear in the exhibition.
 
After Käthe

Catherine’s work is usually abstract this piece is inspired by Käthe Kollwitz, a German Expressionist artist best known for her print, the Weavers.
 
Catherine has taken the Love2Learn printmaking course for the last three years following her Fine Art degree.
 
She said: “I wouldn’t have been able to create this work without the Printmaking course at Bath College.
 
“The teaching staff are knowledgeable and really helpful and there is a great atmosphere.
 
“Despite not living locally, I keep coming back for the course from Swindon as the facilities at the college are excellent.”
 
‘After Käthe’ is on display on display at the National Original Print Exhibition until 30th September. Catherine hopes to have her work on display next year’s exhibition.
  
For more details about the Printmaking course, click here.

BANES Interns

News

B&NES Council welcomes new Bath College interns

 

Eight young people with learning disabilities have started a year-long employability programme with Bath & North East Somerset Council.
 

This is the 10th year the council has welcomed interns from DFN Project Search – an initiative led by the council in partnership with Bath College and Virgin Care. The aim of the scheme is to support young adults with learning disabilities into work.
 

Councillor Paul Myers, Cabinet member for Economic and Community Regeneration, said: “The average employment rate for young people aged 18-24 with a learning disability in the UK is just seven per cent. We need to do all we can to increase their opportunities and help them develop the skills they need to find sustainable employment. Every year we’ve seen our graduates find community-based employment through the programme and I’m sure this year’s intake will benefit greatly from their time with us.”
 

During their time at the Council the interns receive on-site tutoring from Bath College and Job Coach support from Virgin Care. The partners also work with local organisations to help interns find vacancies and apply for jobs in the community.
 

Following the successful completion of their internships next June all graduates will be presented with certificates at a special ceremony at the Guildhall.
 

For more information on DFN Project Search, visit our Project SEARCH page or contact Bath College on 01225 312 191.
 

News

A warm welcome to Bath College’s new students

 

Enrolment week saw over 2200 students come through the City Centre doors to enrol on courses across both campuses.
 

New students were excited by the holiday theme of this year’s enrolments and swapped their boarding cards for a passport before meeting their new course tutors.
 

There was a mixture of excited and nervous faces (students and parents!) coming in but all looked happy as they left with their goody bags.
 

Amanda Jennings, whose son Thomas came to enrol was delighted with the experience: “What a wonderful atmosphere in the Bath College today. My son and I were made to feel very welcome from the second we walked in.
 

“All the concerns we had, were addressed in the most professional yet caring way. Thank you.”
 

Students and staff alike got into the holiday theme with flower garlands, giant sunglasses and got on the giant deckchair in Rope Reception to pose for pictures.
 

Mark Fuller took to Twitter to share his enrolment experience: “Well done @BathCollege – went with my daughter to enrol today and made to feel really welcome.
 

“Special thanks to Health & Social Care staff for their time yesterday to reassure her (and Dad)! All looking forward to a new start now.”
 

 
From all the staff at Bath College, a very warm welcome to our new students. We hope you have a wonderful time learning here.
 

If you would like to enrol on a course at Bath College, it’s not too late. For more details pop in or call 01225 328720.
 

Kim and Billie jumping with their results

News

Students jumping for joy at Bath College as they open their GCSE results

 

Students across both Bath College campuses have been nervously opening their GCSE results this morning.
 

Students who study at the College often take GCSE Maths and/or English alongside their studies to maximise their employability or future study options.
 
Lisa with her Results
The sun shone as envelopes were opened by shaky hands. Lisa, who came to the Somer Valley campus with her two sons to collect her results, was absolutely delighted when she opened her envelope.
 

She said: “I can’t believe it! I’m so pleased. And the best thing is, I have now secured my dream job at Fosseway School.”
 

Harry, with tutor Carol, who achieved 9 in his EnglishHarry took his GCSE English alongside his Access to Higher Education course. He was in shock when he opened his results to find he had scored a 9, the equivalent of an A*.
 

His tutor Carol said: “We are so proud of all our students, but Harry has worked particularly hard. What a fantastic achievement.”
 

Students Kim and Billie were jumping up and down they were so proud of their achievements, with Kim stating: “I’m so happy! I haven’t taken an exam for so many years so to get so much higher than I expected is amazing. I can go to University now!”
 

GCSE results day can be a stressful time for many, so Bath College has careers advisers on hand between 10am-2pm on Friday 24th August for anyone to come in for advice and guidance on what your results mean, help with online course applications or answer questions about coming to College or applying for an apprenticeship.
 

For more information, call 01225 328501 or email enquiries@bathcollege.ac.uk
 

Inside Saga's Magazine '21st Teens'

News

Bath College Creative Media Production Student has work displayed at prestigious London exhibition

 
Talented Bath College Creative Media Production & Technology Student, Saga El Banna showcased her work at Origins, a creative arts festival run by awarding body UAL. The exhibition was at the esteemed Bargehouse in Oxo Tower Wharf, London between 3rd – 5th August 2018.
 
The festival showcased an exciting range of painting, drawing, sculpture, video and fashion, complemented by a programme of music and performing arts, all created and performed by pre-¬degree level students.
 
Saga’s work displayed was ‘21st Teens’, a fashion magazine that presents the relationship between fashion and self-expression for 21st Century teenagers.
 
The Creative Media Production and Technology course at the College introduces students to the world of designing and publishing, leading to a UAL Level 2 Media Award.
 
At the end of the course, students will have gained the skills to be able to progress their own publications.
 
Jo Dolby, Lecturer in Media, Arts & Creative Enterprise at Bath College commented that: “I was so incredibly proud to see one of our students’ work at the Origins exhibition.”
 
She added: “Well done Saga – big things are in your future!”
 
Saga was delighted to have had her work be picked for the Origins festival: “I never thought I would reach something like that and see my work in an exhibition and I never thought someone would call me an artist.
 
“College made me more confident thanks to the teachers and staff. I believe that I always can improve and be better at things with hard work and experience.
 
“The things that I want to do next is to improve and try new things that I am passionate about. All of this is thanks to my beautiful parents and teachers who helped me to believe in myself.”
 
For more information about the UAL Creative Media Production and Technology Level 2 Award click here.
 

The partnership group for the awards

News

Nominations for Chairs Community Awards 2018/19 launched

 

The search is on to find unsung heroes in Bath and North East Somerset with the launch of special awards celebrating volunteers, community leaders, staff and businesses that make a positive contribution to the local community.
 
The Chair of Bath & North East Somerset Community Awards 2018/19 was officially launched on Friday (August 3) at the Guildhall, in Bath, by the Chair, Councillor Karen Walker.
 
Nominations are now open for inspirational people who put others first and contribute to the council’s vision to make Bath and North East Somerset an even better place to live, work and visit.
 
The awards are organised in partnership with B&NES Clinical Commissioning Group, CURO, Sirona Care and Health, B&NES Virgin Care and the Student Community Partnership and Bath College.
 
There are three main categories in the Community Awards: Volunteering, Business and Service to the Community. Service to the Community is a new category and it recognises the exceptional service made by individuals and teams working across the Chair’s Award partner organisations.
 
Bath & North East Somerset Council Chair, Councillor Karen Walker, said: “On a daily basis I meet people who do so much for our community and their work often goes unsung. The Community Awards are an annual celebration to recognising those people, and organisations, who are dedicated and committed to helping others and make our area a better place.
 
“This year we have introduced a new category called Service to the Community which recognises partnership working and staff who share their good work.
 
“I would encourage people to nominate those around them who they think deserve recognition for their hard work and contribution to their communities.”
 
In addition to the awards the Chair may also identify one or more individuals or groups from the nominations received to present a ‘Special Award’.
 
Barbara Owen, director of HR & OD at Bath College, said: “We are delighted to be a partner of the awards this year. Here at Bath College we pride ourselves on our sense of community and actively encourage our students to contribute, both on our college campuses and across Bath and North East Somerset. We are very much looking forward to recognising those who share these values at the Community Awards.”
 
“The Student Community Partnership is proud to support the Chair’s Community Awards which recognise outstanding contributions to the local community. The winners are an inspiring example to us all,” added Chair of the SCP, Pro-Vice Chancellor Peter Lambert at the University of Bath.
The awards categories are:
 
Category 1 – Volunteering in the Community Awards
Volunteer of the Year / Young Volunteer of the Year (25 and Under)

Volunteer Leader of the Year / Young Volunteer Leader of the Year (25 and Under)

Volunteer Team or Young Volunteer Team (25 and Under)

Carer of the Year / Young Carer of the Year

The Peter Duppa-Miller Lifetime Achievement
 
Category 2 – Business in the Community Award

Business of the Year
 
Category 3 – Service to the Community

Employee of the Year

Employee Team of the Year

Above and Beyond (Employee)
 
Residents, staff, councillors, businesses, organisations and groups, teachers, and volunteers from Bath and North East Somerset can nominate people and nomination forms must be returned by no later than Friday 21st December. You can nominate online or send a nomination form email or post clearly marked The Community Awards 2018/19.
 
Everyone nominated for an award will be presented with a certificate in recognition of their contribution. The winners of each category will receive a certificate and an award presented by the Chair of the Council at an Awards Ceremony held on Wednesday 27th February 2019 in the Banqueting Room, at the Guildhall in Bath.
 
For more information and how to nominate, please go to www.bathnes.gov.uk/CommunityAwards or
Email: community_awards@bathnes.gov.uk
 
The partnership group for the awards
(names from left to right): Tom Box, Curo, Jo Scammell, Virgin Care, Lisa Harvey, CCG BANES, Alice Stevens, Bath College, Dawn Cronin, Sirona Care & Health, Cllr Karen Walker, Chair of Council, Enya-Jayne Battersby, Bath Spa University, Debbie Thornton, University of Bath, Theresa Hallett, Bath College, Matthew Harmer, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Mike Plows, Volunteer Service at Virgin Care.
 
 

Steph Smith, Best Overall Engineering Student

News

Engineering Department at Bath College celebrates Student Talent

 

Bath College Engineering Department held their annual End of Year Presentation Evening in celebration of the hard work and effort expended by the students over the course of the year.
 
Employers, family and friends were invited and many were impressed to see not just the quantity of work produced, but the high standards set and achieved.
 
The event prizes were sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Esther Dunstan-Sewell (a former apprentice and IET member) presented the awards and Maurice Poole from the IET gave a short motivational speech.
  
Mechanical Engineering Awards
Best Welding Project – Anton Parker (Bristol Port)
Best Electrical Project – Matt Durbin (Johnston Controls)
Best CAD Project – Karl Jefferies (Rotork)
Best Turning Project – Jacob Darvile (Rotork)
Best Milling Project – Ben Harvey (Bristol Port)
Best Hand Fitting Project – Ben Mogg (Bristol Port)
Best Folder/Written Work – Joe Paget (Bristol Port)
Best Improved Project – Rhys Jennings (Full time student)
Best Project – Matt Durbin (Johnston Controls)
 
Engineering Awards
Best Level 1 student – Nathanael Wadsworth,
Best Level 2 student – Will Oborne
Best City Campus Student – Matt Durbin
Best Overall Student – Steph Smith
 
The Mechanical Engineering Awards were given out to apprentices for their projects.
 
Simon Preston, Mechanical Engineering Lecturer said: “I am very proud of how both the full time students and apprentices have done this year, moving to a new qualification with a huge amount of work to cover within the 9 months; all have passed with the quality exceeding previous years.
 
“The learners that got awards deserved them as the standard was very high throughout the whole year.”
 
Matt Durbin winning his awardMatt Durbin (pictured left) won the Best Project award for which he was given £60 from the IET.
 

The Engineering Awards saw four winners collect their prize for the best student in each category.
 
Stephanie Smith (pictured below) won the Best Overall student award. She is starting an apprenticeship with British Aerospace (BAE) in September for which there were 3000 applicants and only 42 jobs.
 
She commented: “I am looking forward to learning more about engineering in a world class company, with the support that brings.
 
“The apprenticeship is a great way to start my career and I’m looking forward to the development I can get from it.”
 
Matt Driver, Engineering Lecturer said “We’re really proud of Steph and her achievement in getting such a prestigious apprenticeship. She has performed really well across the whole year and has set high standards for other students to emulate.
 
“We wish her continued success in the coming years and look forward to her coming back and letting us know how her career is progressing.”
 
Matt continued: “The awards evening was the culmination of a very successful year at Bath College with over 90% successful in their qualification.
 
“Work Experience was a particular success this year generating lots of interest from employers, many of whom went on to offer jobs and apprentices directly to the students with no further interviewing, such is the strength and impact of Bath College.
 
“We look forward to seeing our students returning on various local Apprenticeships in the near future.”
 
For more information about Bath College Engineering courses, click here.
 

Tim-Bowles-with-Aimee-Wyld-and-Charlie-Coggans

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West of England secures new Careers Hub

 

A new West of England Careers Hub is being set up to improve career opportunities for young people.
 
It was announced last week that the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have secured £220,000 from the Careers & Enterprise Company to establish the new Hub.
 
Managed by WECA and the LEP, it will initially work with 25 schools and colleges from across Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. Bath College, along with other schools and colleges will be supported to improve careers opportunities and work experiences for young people, allowing them to make more informed choices about their careers.
 
Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor, said: “Our region is home to over 40,000 businesses and has one of the highest skilled workforces in the country. We have many high-quality jobs and we want to give locally grown talent every opportunity to secure employment here in our region.
 
“The new Careers Hub will ensure young people have more opportunities to connect with the world of work and potential future employers. Evidence shows that if a student has four or more opportunities to engage with an employer, they are more likely to secure employment, and earn more during their career.”
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and Chief Executive of Bath College said that: “Part of our strategic focus is to ensure that Bath College continues to build business links across the South West of England so this announcement is incredibly exciting. Developing these opportunities to enhance links with industry, as well as educational partners, can only benefit the region”.
 
Chair of the West of England LEP, Prof Steve West, said: “This is great news for our region. The new Hub will play a key role in the long-term success of our economy, building on the success of our existing Enterprise Adviser Network, and strong partnerships with UWE, schools, colleges, and businesses to ensure young people get timely and relevant careers advice and meaningful work experience.”
 
There are currently 40 Enterprise Advisors in the West of England, who are trained volunteers from the local business community. They work with headteachers and school leaders, sharing their knowledge and experiences and helping to deliver better careers support and work experience opportunities.
 
The network is looking for more professionals from local businesses to volunteer as Enterprise Advisors. If you are interested in getting involved please contact enterprise@westofengland.org.
 
Additional funds for the Hub will be provided by WECA, the LEP and Future Quest.
 

Roots to Work Students

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Bath College ‘Roots to Work’ students grow in confidence after successful plant sale at Bath City Farm

 

A group of Bath College students have successfully completed a course in which they put on a hugely successful plant sale at Bath City Farm, all the while gaining skills in business planning, marketing, IT, budgeting, customer service as well as developing practical gardening skills.
 
 
The ‘Roots to work’ programme in partnership with Julian House is one of many free Adult Community Learning courses that Bath College run.
 
The students worked twice a week at Bath City Farm for 9 weeks growing hundreds of plants from seed, while also creating promotional materials for their sale.
 
 
The course is designed for anyone who needs to build confidence to get into the work place, whether they have been out of work for a number of years or have yet to be successful in securing a job.
 

The sale was held at the beginning of July up at the farm and the students had hundreds of herbs, vegetables and flowers for sale. With each item being £1-£5 they were very affordable.
 
 
Families were welcomed to the farm with brightly coloured ‘Roots to Work’ bunting made by the students and tables full of every plant you can think of.
 
The students were delighted when it was revealed that they had raised £400 for charity from their carefully nurtured plants. They decided to donate £100 to Bath City Farm for hosting them and £300 to Julian House.
 
Andy Charlton from Julian House commented that: “It has been fantastic to see the positive change that the course has had in those who have been involved.
 
“We are incredibly pleased that everyone really enjoyed the experience and are now keen to implement and develop the skills that they have learned on the course, it has helped to boost aspirations for the future.”
 
For more information about Adult Community Learning courses click here.
 
 

Bath College Graduates

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Students celebrate their success at Bath College Higher Education Graduation Ceremony

 
Higher Education graduates from Bath College celebrated their success at their Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday.

 

More than 80 students dressed in mortar boards and gowns gathered at The Assembly Rooms to collect their certificates.
 

The students have all completed degree level and higher education courses, including programmes validated by the University of Bath, The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
 

The ceremony opened with an impressive Civic Procession made up of the Senior Management Team of the College, Heads of Departments, academic staff, Governors, and The Mayor of Bath, councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones, led by the City Sword-Bearer and two Mace-Bearers.
 

Bath College Graduates throwing hats in the air
Once everyone was seated, guests were welcomed by Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College and certificates were handed out to graduates from Carole Stott, the Chair of Governors.
 

Two keynote speakers inspired the crowds with their words; Gavin Strange, Senior Designer & Director at Aardman Animations and Nick Isles, Managing Director of Corporate Agenda advice consultancy.
 

Gavin pointed out to the graduates that: “We all have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyoncé does or Mozart did. It’s how we choose to use those hours that count.”
 

Nick said that: “What Bath College has done is to offer you all an immersive, supportive learning world that has hopefully strengthened your self–confidence and self-belief and helped you all grow in stature.
 

“A great learning environment is also about creating life skills such as communication, teamwork, self-reliance, self-control, and an unshakeable belief that you can be the very best you want to be.”
 

Proud friends and family looked on as graduates collected their awards in subjects such as Accounting, Business, Construction, Engineering, Computing, Marketing, Music Production and Education and Training.
 

After the Ceremony the graduates gathered outside the Assembly Rooms and threw their hats in the air to the cheers of guests and passers-by including a city tour bus full of applauding tourists.
 
A drinks and canapé reception was held at Woods restaurant where the graduates and their families continued their celebration.
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College said that: “It has been a wonderful day.
 

“These students remind us that success comes to those who work – and I know the extra work they have undertaken through their studies will, at times, have been difficult and gruelling, but they have made it through.
 

“I am very proud of our Higher Education graduates and I wish them all the very best in their exciting futures.”
 

For more information about our degree level courses click here.
 
Photo credit: Steve Parker

Events, Exhibition, Love2Learn, News

BATH COLLEGE MIX UP – Art and Design end of year show

Bath College is celebrating the work of talented art and design students with an end of year show open to the public.

 

Final year students studying graphic design, art and design, photography, fashion and textiles, product design and fine art are all displaying their work at the exhibition.

 

Prospective students are encouraged to visit and see the wide range of art specialisms available to study at the college.

 

Jo Sanders, Deputy Head of Department for Creative Arts and Enterprise, said the display would give students valuable exhibition experience. “We are very pleased with this year’s innovative exhibition.

 

“I would advise everyone with an interest in a creative career to come along and have a look at our fantastic facilities and work.”

 

Students studying art and design benefit from access to specialist equipment in a highly regarded department.

 

“A high proportion of students are going on to study at university, including Rhianne Good and Amber Bowerman who have secured places at the Old Vic Theatre School to study costume design, Joseph Amies, who is going to Magdalen College, Oxford University to study Fine Art and Caitlin Allison, who is going to Central St. Martins to study Architecture.”

 

“I’m really proud of our students when I see the journeys they have made. It’s particularly rewarding for staff to be able to help students in a new environment.”

 

The exhibition is open to the public on Thursday 21 June to Saturday 23 June from 10am to 4pm.

Josh and Hartaj, Skillbuild

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Bath College students win first and second place in SkillBuild Stonemasonry competition

 

Last month, Bath College hosted the regional final of the SkillBuild Stonemasonry competition in the stonemasonry workshop at the Somer Valley Campus.

 

Bath College students have been announced as the top two, Josh Underwood in first and Hartaj Hunjan in second.
 

Josh and Hartaj have worked incredibly hard to get to the top of the Regional Qualifiers and are now awaiting their final results, released in July, to see if they have made the top eight competitors who will go onto the UK National Final, held at the NEC Birmingham in November.
 

SkillBuild is the biggest and longest running multi-trade construction skills competition in the UK, delivered by CITB (Construction Industry Training Board).
 

Skills represented in the competition include: Bricklaying, Furniture and Cabinet Making, Carpentry, Joinery, Painting and Decorating, Plastering, Plastering and Drywall Systems, Roof Slating and Tiling, Stonemasonry and Wall and Floor Tiling.
 

Hartaj was delighted to come in second place in the competition: “I was quite surprised to finish where I did as I tried last year and didn’t quite make it. It’s great to see how much I’ve improved in a year.”
 

Hartaj has just finished the Stonemasonry course at Bath College and is an apprentice at A F Jones Stonemasons.
 

“I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as they are enabling me to hone my skills. It’s a great way to learn and improve, as eventually I would like to go self-employed.”
 

Josh is also doing an apprenticeship at a Stonemasonry business, his is with Phidias Neo Classical, based in Bristol. After his apprenticeship finishes he would also like to start a business.
 

Paul Maggs, Stonemasonry lecturer at Bath College was very impressed with his students: “We are incredibly proud of Josh and Hartaj who worked so hard for the competition.
 

“To have our only two competitors come first and second is a real testament to their talent.”
 

For more information about our Stonemasonry courses, click here.
 

Mock interviews

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Access to HE students with their certificates

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

The Roper Prize WinnersDaniel being awarded his Roper Prize
 

Sheldon Hibberd
Daniel Currell
Levina Testa
Hannah Hillier
Lucy Williams
 

The Part Time Prize Winner
 

Pearl Bartlett
 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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