Students create canapés for industry professionals at The Chefs’ Forum


Students from Bath College fed top chefs with a selection of mouth-watering canapés at a networking event for industry professionals.
The popular Chefs’ Forum, for chefs and suppliers, was held at Homewood Park Hotel and Spa in Freshford, near Bath.

Hospitality and catering students worked with Simon Addison, head chef at Homewood Park, to create the canapé menu.

Alongside students from Gloucestershire College and HIT Training, they served sesame prawn toast, truffle gougères, black pudding, scotch eggs, tartare on tapioca crisp and mini shepherd’s pies.

After the reception, Mr Addison demonstrated dishes from his menu, including confit salmon with black sesame, radish and ponzu, and rack of lamb with cucumber, falafel and pink peppercorn yoghurt.

Guests were also treated to a barbecue demonstration in the gardens and a gourmet pizza-making demonstration.


They found the chance to relax away from the kitchen, taking part in a spot of Segway racing and finishing up with a Homewood Park afternoon tea.

Homewood Park is part of Bath College’s Hotel and Restaurant School, launched to connect students with employers.

Bridget Halford, Head of Hospitality at the college, said: “The Chefs’ Forum is a fantastic platform for our students to network with local employers and secure work experience.

“One of my students, Connor Gale, has been offered a full-time job at Lucknam Park as a result of The Chefs’ Forum holding a similar event last September.”

Mr Addison, who joined Homewood Park a year ago, said: “The students were fantastic. The passion and talent that they showed was brilliant.

“It was great to invite the college to Homewood Park today as we would like to encourage more young people to join our team.”

Founder of The Chefs’ Forum, Catherine Farinha, said: “This has been a brilliant event and it’s chefs like Simon and his team who make it all possible.

“We want to be able to keep giving the young talent the opportunity to go into kitchens and work front of house, so that we can secure the successful future of the hospitality industry.”


Free games evening at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus


A free evening of music and games will be held at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus to encourage intergenerational learning.

The event, organised by Bath College, Bath and North East Somerset Age UK and Small Business Focus, takes place in the early evening on July 7th.
As well as music and games, there will be a buffet and the chance to meet animals and birds kept by the college’s land-based department.


Matt, manager of teaching and learning, at Bath College has been working to promote intergenerational learning as part of IntGen.
Business leaders from the United Kingdom, Spain, Finland, Greece and Belgium are all part of the IntGen project.
At the moment, they are working on an online course to connect young and old entrepreneurs so they can pass on business skills.
Mr Finch, who travelled to Greece for the project last month, said: “Everyone is welcome to come to the free games event.
“It’s an opportunity to get people together to have a fun evening and get different age groups mixing together.
“Intergenerational learning can be a great thing. By getting together in a social context, there will be a lot of learning going on.”
Students from Bath Spa University will be participants in the IntGen online entrepreneurs course starting in October.
Mr Finch is also planning a tea dance for young and old generations on Thursday October 27th in The Shrubbery Restaurant at Bath College’s City Centre Campus.
The Somer Valley event will run from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. To attend contact Age UK Bath and North East Somerset on (01225) 466135 or e-mail reception@ageukbanes.co.uk.
For more information about IntGen click here.


Charity superheroes abseil down Bath College’s tallest building


Charity superheroes have abseiled down Bath College’s tallest building to support sick children in hospital and their families.

Thirteen students and staff braved the 24-metre abseil, climbing over the edge of the college’s Macaulay building to raise money for Time is Precious.
They have collected over £600 for Time is Precious, bringing the amount raised by the college for the charity this year to £1,300.
Aaron Hooper, 19, from Radstock, studies performing arts and often takes part in events organised by the student participation team.
He said: “My whole life flashed before me. I knew it would be scary but I was shaking like mad when I was kneeling over the edge.
“I’m only going to be here (at college) once. It’s good to get involved with as much as you can so you can look back and be proud of it all.”
Students at Bath College have been fundraising for Time is Precious ever since it was chosen as the Students’ Union charity of the year.
The charity provides hospitals with new equipment and facilities to improve life for young patients receiving treatment.
Money collected by the college will go towards a chill-out zone for teenagers at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.
Staff and students gathered on the ground to support health and social care lecturer Vanessa Haughey, who was the first to abseil the building.
She said: “I’m not really scared of heights, but it’s different when you’re throwing yourself off a building.
“I teach health and social care, so there’s that link with the RUH. Some of my students have completed placements there and will probably work there when they have finished their courses.”
Those completing the abseil included students from Bath College’s English Language School, Antonio Perlado Ortega, from Spain, and Al-Hanouf Al-Masoud, from Saudi Arabia.
Tess Farlow, Kez Hawkins and Sarah Withers, from the student participation team, chose to dress as minions from Despicable Me for the abseil.
Martin Davey, from the Estates and Facilities Department, also raised a smile by completing the abseil dressed as Spiderman.
He said: “I’ve been at the college for seven years, but this is the first time I’ve abseiled down a college building. I think you should do something every day that scares you.
“Erin, from our department, is going to take a photo alongside me to show her son she works with Spiderman. My grandson is also a big Spiderman fan.
“Time is Precious is a fantastic charity and that was the driving force behind me getting involved.”
Students’ Union President Kez Hawkins said: “It’s great to say that you’ve abseiled down Bath College, which is one of the tallest buildings in Bath.
“This is the benefit of having a student participation team and next year we will be going bigger and better again.
“We’ve raised over £1,000 so far and we’ve had great support from Bath College – look at how many people got involved.”


High-fliers receive Access to Higher Education certificates


High-fliers, who have secured their dream place at university, raised a glass to celebrate at Bath College’s annual Access to Higher Education awards ceremony.

The Access to Higher Education programme provides students with a nationally recognised qualification, allowing them to progress to university.

Seventy-three students have successfully completed their course and will progress to study a wide range of degrees at well-known universities across the country.

Students gathered in the Shrubbery Restaurant at Bath College to enjoy a glass of prosecco and collect their course certificates.

Staff chose Ellen Barce to receive the Roper Prize, presented to a student who has gone to exceptional lengths to complete their course.

Mrs Barce, from Paulton, will study adult nursing at the University of the West of England (UWE) in September.

She completed the access course at the same time as looking after her three children and working night hours in a care home.


The 42-year-old said: “It’s always been my ambition to become a registered nurse. I’ve worked in care for almost ten years.

“When my youngest daughter reached secondary school, this time she was the one pushing me saying ‘mum you can do what you want now’.

“This course taught me about time management, how to manage my family, work and study at the same time. It was a challenge, but it’s given me a big sense of achievement.

“I would always recommend this course because you meet some wonderful people. All the teachers are very supportive and the friends I’ve made here will be friends for life.”


Students on the access programme study for a diploma in either health and social care, education, science, humanities or social science.

Karla Cabot, from Frome, will study veterinary medicine in September and has been nominated for the Access to Higher Education award.

This will be handed out at Bath College’s Celebrating Success Awards ceremony at the Guildhall in the autumn.

Miss Cabot, 21, said: “When I was doing my A-levels I planned to do something like veterinary science as I’d always loved science.

“However, my mum was ill and I wasn’t able to finish them, which really knocked my confidence, so I didn’t think I’d ever get into veterinary.

“My friend Alexa and I met up last summer and it turned out we’d both been looking at the access course. This gave us both the encouragement to do it together and we’ve both really enjoyed the year.”

Bath College Principal Matt Atkinson said: “What an amazing list of degrees that people are going onto.

“I have been at the college for nine years and throughout that time, I have always enjoyed coming to this particular awards ceremony.

“Students embark on this learning journey for the first time in years and, when they first start, they have this petrified look in their eyes.

“They get to this point and they have grown so much and become really confident learners. What we do at the college is absolutely fantastic, but I do think the access course really changes lives.”


Talented students will open art and design showcase to the public


Bath College is celebrating the work of over 160 talented art and design students with an end of year show open to the public.

Final year students studying graphic design, 3D design, fashion 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.

David Merriman, Head of Department for Art and Design, said the display would give students valuable exhibition experience.

He said: “We’re particularly pleased with this end of year show. With the development of new technology in creative industries we’re finding that much of our students’ work is finished to high industry standards.

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

Show poster
Students studying art and design benefit from access to specialist equipment in a department rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

A high proportion of students are going on to study at university, including Ruby Abba-Heney, 20, from Bath, who has received an offer to study fashion photography at the London College of Fashion.

Mr Merriman said: “We’re finding our students are continually offered places at sought after universities. Ruby started on the Level 2 art and design course and made a great success of that.

“She worked her way through Level 3 photography and has photographed several events for the college to a really high standard.

“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 when their recent educational experiences have been less successful.

“This is what further education at college is about, second chances, and all our students are very important to us.”

The exhibition is open to the public on Saturday June 25th from 10am to 2pm. Doors are also open from Monday June 27th to Wednesday June 29th between 10am and 6pm.

Fashion and textiles students are holding an end of year fashion show on Thursday June 30th. The first show runs from 6pm to 8pm and the second from 8pm to 9pm.


Bath College hosts South West Chef of the Year Competition


Bath College welcomed six ambitious young chefs into its student kitchens for the South West Chef of the Year Competition.

The college, which has a thriving hospitality and catering department, hosted the Somerset semi-final for the junior stage of the competition.

Contestants aged 11 to 16, from across Somerset, had one and a half hours to prepare their dishes and impress the judges.

They were challenged to demonstrate skill and creativity in cooking, as well as a knowledge of produce from south west England.

Bath College catering lecturer Kean Maslen joined Sam Moody, from The Bath Priory, and Elly Wentworth, from Lucknam Park, on the judging panel.

All the judges spent time chatting to contestants about their dishes and marking them for the way they worked in the kitchen.


Mr Maslen said: “Some of the dishes were really ambitious. It’s brilliant to see young people cooking with local ingredients and enjoying themselves.

“It would be great if this competition inspires them to go on to a college course or encourages them to cook for themselves instead of getting a takeaway.”

Kiara Boobyer, from Holyrood Academy, Chard, entered the competition after speaking to her food technology teacher.

“I quite enjoyed it. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did because I thought it would be nerve-wracking. I like it when people eat my food and say it’s really good, you feel proud of yourself.”



Judges presented certificates to everyone taking part and chose Ethan Bull as the winner of the semi-final competition.

The overall winner will be offered work experience with David Everitt- Matthias at the two Michelin-starred Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham.

Ethan, from Crispin School, Street, said: “I’m really surprised and pleased to have won the semi-final competition.
“I entered because I wanted to gain more experience and get more advice from chefs. I liked the pressure of the competition and trying to work to time. It’s something I really enjoy and would like to pursue in the future.”
Executive head chef Sam Moody has volunteered his time to help Ethan work on his dish before the final on October 15 at Ashburton Cookery School, Devon.
Mr Moody said: “It was great to see a real selection of dishes. It’s so important that young people enjoy cooking and it’s essential that chefs encourage young cooks to join our industry.
“I work at the top end of hospitality, so it’s important for me to come and show people what I do because not everyone is interested in working in a Michelin-starred restaurant. Cooking is such a basic thing and if you can’t enjoy it you’re missing out.”


Business student steps up to become college principal for the day


A Bath College student with a thirst for business has stepped up to take on the job of college principal for the day.
Staff at the college have been handing over their roles to students during the first-ever Student Takeover Week, organised by the Students’ Union.
Teenager Oliver Watkins successfully applied for the top role on offer and spent a day with Bath College Principal Matt Atkinson.
The Level 3 business student attended a senior leadership meeting and was asked to investigate the issue of smoking in the college.
Oliver, 19, had to decide if the college should continue to have a dedicated smoking area, or should become smoke-free.
After doing some research and interviewing students, he presented his ideas to Mr Atkinson and Carole Stott, Chair of the Board of Governors.
Oliver said: “I decided by 2020 the college should become smoke-free.
“Being principal is a big job, it’s easy coming up with ideas but the hardest thing is choosing the best idea and making sure you have the best decision. That’s when you really have to weigh it up.
“The role of principal is something you wouldn’t normally see as work experience, so I submitted my CV and went for an interview.
“At the start I had some nerves, but when I got into the role I started enjoying it. I enjoyed the responsibility of taking charge of an issue in the college.”
Students are also working with the college’s graphic designer, web development officer and sports development officer for Student Takeover Week.
Oliver, from Bristol, finishes his course this summer, but will continue to study for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) at Bath College.
As a student, he has made the most of his time at college, volunteering with the National Citizen Service (NCS) and helping the Bath branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) complete a high street survey.
He said: “The best thing about college is the opportunities. Some of these things, if you didn’t hear about them, you wouldn’t think of them – being at college has shown me what’s out there.”
Bath College Principal Matt Atkinson said: “It was great to hand over the reins to Oliver for the day. I was really impressed with his skills and contributions, and was delighted to work with him for the day.
“Giving our students a say in key decisions is really important to me and I am very pleased with the recommendations that Oliver made to myself and the chair of governors.”


Students receive prizes from the Bath Decorative and Fine Arts Society


Four students have received prizes from the Bath Decorative & Fine Arts Society recognising the progress they’ve made this year.
Stonemasonry students Joshua Underwood, Stephen Shears, Morwenna Harrington and Mike Colston have all impressed staff with their progress.
They were presented with vouchers to buy stonemasonry tools at an informal awards ceremony followed by drinks and snacks.
Students have just a few weeks left at Bath College, but several will return to study stonemasonry at a higher level in September.
First year student Morwenna, 22, worked in hospitality and catering before she switched to study Level 1 stonemasonry.
She said: “I signed up to the course on a whim, I wasn’t sure what to expect and I ended up really liking it.
“I was doing a job I didn’t really enjoy and wanted something more rewarding. I happened to know a stonemason who encouraged me to give it a go.
“The tools will make a big difference, the more tools you have the more you can do. I imagine I will get some lettering tools with the voucher, it’s helpful to have a good variety.”
Second year apprentice Michael Colston lives in Bristol and works for stonemasonry and construction company Farrel Cooper.
He said: “I’ve ended the year on a high point. I was told to come in, so I had a feeling I might have been chosen.
“I’ve definitely learned a lot this year and it shows at work. My boss says I’m getting better and sometimes I’m trusted with my own projects.
“It’s an ancient skill, stone carving. It’s so easy to go wrong, if you make a mistake you may have to start again. That’s what makes it more challenging.”
The Bath Decorative & Fine Arts Society is affiliated to the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies (NADFAS).
Chair of the society, Lynden Lever, presented the prizes at the college’s construction skills centre along with committee member Margaret Morgan.
She said: “Part of what NADFAS does is to promote young artists. Because Bath is a beautiful city featuring Bath stone, we decided to do something for the young stonemasons.
“We’re very pleased to be able to offer our support.”


Media make-up student receives job offer to work at French opera house


A student at Bath College has been offered a life- changing opportunity to work as a hair and make-up artist in France.

Caitlin Brennan was part of a group of Level 3 complementary, spa, beauty and media make-up students travelling to Lyon to work in local hotels, spas and salons.

The 18-year-old worked at the Opéra Nouvel, home to the Opéra National de Lyon and the Lyon Opera Ballet, and impressed the team so much she was offered a job.
Caitlin, from Keynsham, was part of meetings for a new production, helped with children’s hair at a full dress rehearsal, and face painting for a visitor open day.
She said: “The opera building was huge. It went up 14 floors and then went underground five floors. Underground, there was a full stage – it was absolutely massive.
“On Saturday they had an open day at the opera and I was outside face painting. 12,000 people passed through the opera house – they had different queues going in for tours, so there were queues everywhere.
“Having that work experience behind me is amazing, to say I worked in an opera house in Lyon. My best friend is working on a cruise ship at the moment and it makes me want to travel.”
Students travelled to Lyon as part of an Erasmus Plus trip – an EU programme offering opportunities for students to study, work and train abroad.
They were hosted  by the Lycée professionnel du Premier Film, a French school in the heart of Lyon, and received an invite from the mayor to represent Britain at the city’s annual war commemoration day.
Caitlin, who was working abroad for the first time, received her job offer on the last day of her work experience.
She said: “On the last day my tutors came to see me and Astrid, the lady I was working with, showed them around. We were on the way down and Astrid offered me a job, she said I could come and work there.
“I’m going to send her an e-mail to say I’m considering it if the offer is still there. I would learn French in France.”
Bath College lecturer Diane Rowe, who was part of the trip, said: “It was an extremely successful visit for the college and the lycée.
“Our students have come back with a lot of confidence in themselves. Caitlin has a real get up and go attitude, and she has very good manners.
“At the open day she was in the middle of the queues face painting. She worked her socks off and the language barrier wasn’t a problem, she got through it.
“They were so impressed with her they said ‘we would love to offer you a job if you learn French’. She would be a full-time make-up artist.”


Auditions for TV show The Voice held at Bath College


Students at Bath College have auditioned to star in one of the UK’s biggest TV singing competitions.

Talent scouts for the new ITV version of The Voice visited Bath College to film music students singing and performing.

The show’s production team are listening to hundreds of aspiring singers before picking their favourites for the 2017 series.

First year music student Josh Hobbs, 17, from Bath, is among those hoping to get to the first stage of the show, the blind auditions.

Josh, who sang his own composition, said: “I was pretty surprised when I heard they were coming and I thought I’d give it a go.

“It’s a chance to get out there and sell yourself. To be on TV would mean a lot, it would be pretty amazing for people to hear my music.

“I’ve been writing for five years and I’ve been a singer for 11 years. I’m hoping to study with the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) after college.”

First year music student Charlotte Wicks, from Warminster, also auditioned, choosing to sing Lana Del Rey’s Video Games.

Charlotte, 19, hopes to become a singer songwriter following in the footsteps of Bath College alumni Gabrielle Aplin and Laura Doggett.

Gabrielle found fame after she was selected to record the soundtrack for the John Lewis Christmas advert in 2012.

Charlotte said: “Doing this kind of thing gives you a good experience of auditioning. It’s the only show I would do if the offer came about.

“The Voice is different, they don’t try and change your image. It’s not about how you look, it’s about how you sound.”

Music lecturer Tim Goode said: “The auditions caused a bit of a buzz in the college. I put the poster up and it got an immediate response.

“The students we have here are really talented and even the first years are quite seasoned performers. Some of them are in a position to take it to the next step.
“Our goal is to give them industry experience to survive when they cross that threshold. The musicians I know (who have made a career out of music) have been successful thanks to knowledge and experience.
“Gabrielle Aplin was chosen for the John Lewis advert after entering a competition. She put her name down for every opportunity, it happened because she made it happen rather than hoping it would.
“We give the students new opportunities every week. At this stage in their careers it’s about exposing them to difference experiences.”


Studying on Access to Higher Education programme leads to university success


Students studying on Bath College’s Access to Higher Education programme have secured their dream place at university.

The programme provides students with a qualification, allowing them to progress and study at degree or diploma level.

For many students, who have changed profession to follow a new career, studying on the programme has been life-changing.

Several of this year’s students are going on to study nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, diagnostic imaging, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and operating department practice (ODP).

Jasmin Elmes, from Radstock, decided to change career after caring for her granddad when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The 26-year-old worked in banking before the course and has a place to study adult nursing at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).

She said: “When my granddad got diagnosed with terminal cancer it changed my outlook on life.

“I wanted a career that would be fulfilling and that my children can be proud of. I’m confident but I doubt myself, I didn’t think I would get a university place and I have.

“I’m just hoping to make a difference. Even if it’s the worst situation, the way you are with the family can make a real difference.”

The Access to Higher Education programme is aimed at mature students who have been out of full-time education.

Students study for a diploma in either health and social care, education, science, humanities or social science.

In most cases, students need to have a grade C GCSE English and maths qualification – which are also available to study at Bath College.

Student Tom Causer, 29, wants to become a paramedic and has an offer to study paramedic science at UWE Bristol.

He said: “I spent ten years working in IT and it got to the point where it wasn’t fulfilling. I was at the scene of an accident and I saw the paramedics doing what they do – that’s what kicked it all off.

“The course has been great for getting me used to academic writing, because it’s very different from writing reports for my old job.

“I’ve really enjoyed getting back into studying. Now I have an aim and I know where I want to go. It’s a big change, but at the end of the day it’s worth it.”

Harriet Owen, 28, from Bath, also has a place at UWE Bristol to study occupational therapy.

She said: “I have a four-year-old son and I was working as a health assessor for seven years. I wanted to do a bit more for me and for him as well.

“I have personally found it quite stressful being a single mum with a four-year-old, but there’s been a lot of support and the tutors have been really encouraging.

“There’s nothing else like this which allows you to get to university, it’s definitely worth it.”

Course coordinator Carolyn Guy said: “It’s great to see another cohort of Access to Higher Education students graduate from college and progress to study for degrees in the health sector, as well as a huge range of other subjects.

“They are academically well prepared and looking forward to the next stage in their careers. The access team has enjoyed working with students from diverse backgrounds and supporting the interesting range of ambitions they pursue.”


Apprentice of the month: Scott Jardine from Rotork


Bath College works with over 260 businesses, who employ over 450 apprentices, making it the largest provider of apprenticeships in the Bath and North East Somerset area.  
Scott Jardine is studying at the college and working as a fourth year technical apprentice at Rotork, one of Bath’s biggest engineering employers. The 21-year-old is finishing his apprenticeship this summer and has been offered a full-time job with the company.
In this interview, he shares his thoughts on his time as an apprentice. To find out about apprenticeships at Bath College click here.

Why did you choose to study for an engineering apprenticeship?
I have always had a passion for engineering from a young age. I also chose to study engineering because I was keen to follow in the footsteps of my father and grandfather, who run a family owned metal fabrication business in Bristol.
Where did you find out about your apprenticeship?
I found out about Rotork and their apprenticeship scheme by attending Bath College’s annual skills fair, which is an opportunity for young people aged 15 to 25 to meet a wide variety of industry-leading companies all under one roof.
It was a great way to meet all local companies and speak to them face to face. Rotork featured regularly in the local newspaper for large investments into their apprenticeship scheme. This showed me the business was doing well and they wanted to employ young people to benefit Rotork’s future, which made me want to work there and be a part of the journey.
What was it that attracted you to study as an apprentice?
As an apprentice I get the best of both worlds. I was taught engineering and experienced this in a working environment whilst being paid. People can leave university with large debts and no guarantee of a job, but with an apprenticeship I was one step ahead with my career.
What have you learnt as an apprentice at Rotork?
As an apprentice at Rotork I have learnt that it is important to work together in a team to share ideas and experience. I have gained valuable knowledge and experience thanks to a blend of workplace training and college learning. I have become more confident with communication and can now effectively liase with customers, suppliers and people with different responsibility levels.
What support have you had from Bath College?
Bath has become a very well-established college for engineering, with more and more people taking courses in the subject. The college has great resources available for my use, including personal computers, a library and a student advice centre. My course lecturers who teach me have been very helpful, organised, and professional throughout my learning experience.
Have there been any highlights/ what have you found most interesting?
Rotork’s technical apprenticeship scheme has greatly improved my analytical and practical skills in engineering, in particular my maths problem solving skills.
I found my voice was heard and my involvement was valued from managers, who put their trust in you to carry out tasks. I was treated the same as any other member of staff.
I have enjoyed meeting new people from all levels of authority, this has enabled me to build professional contacts which will greatly benefit my future.
You’ve now been offered a full-time job as a graduate engineer – how does it feel to secure a full-time position and to continue at Rotork?
It’s a great feeling knowing I have secured a full-time job. I’m working as a graduate engineer on a global project, using Microsoft Dynamics AX Software to develop and implement a single integrated standard system. This will support Rotork’s key business processes, activities and reporting of all the Rotork sales and marketing, valve automation centres, and centres of excellence across the globe.
What are your aspirations for the future?
My ambitions for the future are to graduate from my Higher National Certificate in Electrical Engineering and continue higher education and work-based training.
I would like to grow my roles and responsibilities whilst incorporating travel with my job. I see this as a great way of learning and exploring the many divisions and sectors Rotork cover, leading to the big goal of becoming a manager for a department with customer faced interaction.
Do you have any tips for someone considering an apprenticeship?
I would thoroughly recommend an apprenticeship because you have a foot in the industry at such an early stage in your career, which is massively beneficial. You can experience working in many areas of the business and choose what suits you – you cannot do this at university. Once you’ve completed the apprenticeship, you’ll have credentials that will be valued anywhere you go.


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Staff praise student shortlisted for national accountancy award

A Bath College student shortlisted for a national accountancy award has been praised by staff for her dedication to her course.
Tatyana Labno is about to complete a Level 4 qualification with the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians).
She was a runner-up for AAT Student of the Year, and was shortlisted for her work ethic and her determination to finish her exams.
The 24-year-old, from Frome, started at Bath College studying for her Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications.
She completed these in just one year, instead of two years, and continued to study for a Level 4 qualification while she was pregnant.
After taking one of her exams, Mrs Labno went into labour and gave birth to her daughter Yanika at 10pm the following day.
Mrs Labno, who was back in class a few days later, said: “Being nominated for this award is a big encouragement. When people notice your performance it makes you work harder.
“When I was younger school wasn’t my favourite, but I always loved to learn new skills. Studying at Bath College has been amazing.
“When I started I wasn’t as confident and I doubted myself, but luckily my teachers had no doubts and supported me throughout my studies.”
Donna West, AAT coordinator at Bath College, said: “we have over 150 students at the college and we are proud of all of our students’ achievements.
“Tatyana was nominated because of her immense determination to complete three AAT levels in two years of studying (at the same time as having her first baby).
“This is a massive achievement. We hope that Tatyana will continue to study with us for on our ACCA course, the next level of accountancy offered by the college.”
AAT tutor Sue Wride taught Mrs Labno Level 4 accountancy.
She said: “I am so impressed by Tatyana. She has passed every exam on the first attempt, which is an achievement in itself.
“Tatyana works full-time, studies two evenings per week at the college, and also has a young baby to care for.
“She is incredibly supportive of others in the classroom and will help to explain subjects in her native language (Bulgarian) to support others.
“Amazingly she never stops smiling. Other students comment on her enthusiasm, she is a role-model for us all.”


Students to combine end of year showcase with new album release



Students are releasing a new album to celebrate young musical talent and the end of their time studying at Bath College.
Bath College is holding an end of year show for music performance students at Moles nightclub on Monday June 6.
Students completing two years’ worth of study at Bath College will be performing and feature on the new CD.
Music student Emma Pettit, 18, from Chippenham, has put the album together and is helping to organise the gig.
She said: “It’s really put my artistic skills to the test – I was asked to design something that looked current and would stand out on the shelf.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Bath College. They give us so many great opportunities and I’ve enjoyed focusing on management and promotion in my second year.
“The staff are so great at supporting us all in our decisions and can advise us on a professional level to make sure we’re ready to enter the music industry.
“Producing the album has filled me with a great sense of pride. I did cry when everyone applauded it. That really made the whole process worthwhile.”


Bath College has a number of notable music alumni, including Gabrielle Aplin, Bite the Buffalo and Laura Doggett.
Miss Aplin went on to sign a deal with Parlophone Records and steal the nation’s heart with a Christmas number one in 2013.
The showcase at Moles will feature bands and acoustic singers, catering to a broad range of musical tastes.
Those playing include The Harry Miller Band, Tea and Biscuits, Just Parsons, Grace Paterson and Hope McKeever.
Music fans are encouraged to meet the performers, chat with them about their music and link with them on social media.
Music lecturer Ginny Saunders said: “The end of year show is one of our favourite nights in the college year. It’s a chance for every student to show how far they’ve come as performers, with everyone taking to the stage either as part of a band or as solo singer-songwriters.
“Throughout their two-year course students are regularly encouraged to put on live shows and release their own music.
“They work towards developing outstanding songwriting and performance skills, as well as learning ways of promoting and marketing themselves in a hugely competitive global industry.
“The end of year show, along with the release of the end of year album, is a chance for us to celebrate student talent.”
The new album will be available to buy for £3. Doors open at Moles at 6pm on Monday June 6.


Horticulture students create pop-up garden for the Royal Bath and West Show

Students from Bath College have bought a slice of sunshine to the Royal Bath and West Show with a beach-inspired pop-up garden.

The garden, designed by Level 2 horticulture student Isaac Gregory, is one of eight gardens on display at the show this week.

Named Beech on the Beach, the design uses trees and a mixture of blue and yellow flowers to mimic the colours of the sand and sea.


Students grew flowers and plants for the pop-up garden in the glasshouse at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus.

Horticulture tutor Rupert Horsey said: “I’m pleased with the way it looks.

“The thing I like about it is that Isaac designed it. It’s his vision and we have helped him to realise it. All of the bedding plants have been grown by the students.”

Organisers are expecting more than 100,000 visitors at the Royal Bath and West Show over the next few days.


Visitors to the show will be asked to vote for their favourite pop-up garden from June 1 to June 3, with the winner announced on June 4.

Bath College also has a stand at the show, featuring African snails, prickly stick insects and a corn snake from the animal care department.

Staff are available to talk about courses at the college, and beauty students are offering face painting, hand massages and nail art.

Bath College offers a range of horticulture qualifications, including part-time Love2learn courses and gardening diplomas.

Apprenticeships are available and the college is working to develop a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in horticulture.

Bath College Principal Matt Atkinson said: “We are delighted to be showcasing our students work at this year’s Royal Bath and West show.

“Our college is all about skills for employment and this is a great opportunity for our students to be stretched to demonstrate their professional skills and abilities.”

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