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What’s it like at Bath College? Interview with student and SU team member Katie

 

Last September we interviewed Katie – a level 3 student studying music performance. We’re following Katie throughout the year to find out what students enjoy about life at Bath College. This week, we caught up with Katie to find out how the new term is going.
 
Welcome back after the Christmas break! How have you found your first two terms as a second year at Bath College?
 
We were quite busy in the run-up to Christmas. We had a lot of assignments in the last two weeks of term, which had to be done just before Christmas.
We start our Final Major Project in the next couple of months. That’s quite an important assignment. It’s about proving we can work on our own. We can ask our tutors questions, but it’s our choice what we do for the project and there’s a lot more freedom. Everyone seems keen and people have already thought about what they’d like to do.
 
What have your highlights been for this year so far?
 
One of the highlights so far has been employability week. We had a music therapist come in and he could see I was interested in music therapy. He’s going to ask if I can visit him at Three Ways School. That would be really good experience, just to sit and watch some of the sessions.
 
How about your role as equality and diversity officer for the students’ union – how has this been going?
 
I went to an equality and diversity meeting, and a health and safety staff meeting. They were talking about the ID badges, the security system and the online health and safety course for staff. I was asked to talk about my idea about an online support group for students. I wasn’t expecting to be asked about it, and I ended up pitching it to people I’d never met before, but it went down well.
 
We had an SU trampolining trip, which was exhausting. I thought an hour wouldn’t be enough, but after 20 minutes we had to sit down again! It was a good chance for us to get to know each other. I’m planning motivation week and mental health awareness week. We have an idea to do a ‘body love’ sofa – you cover it with a big white sheet and get people to write one thing they like about themselves and one thing they don’t. The idea is to get people talking.
 
Are new students getting involved with the Students’ Union?
 
People are starting to engage and answer things like ‘question of the month’. Because there’s more of us than last year, people are used to seeing us and they are more likely to answer and fill things out. We have our new Change It website. It’s a good idea and if students don’t want to talk to us, they can still submit their ideas online.
 
Can you tell us more about applying for university?
 
I’ve sent off my UCAS form to apply for university. I’ve applied to study at Keele, Luton, Bedfordshire and Bath Spa University. Keele is my first choice.
We went to an open day and we intended to be there for three hours, but we were there for the whole day – I didn’t want to leave! The accommodation was affordable and I can take my car and park it for free, so it seems like the perfect place.
 
I’ve applied to study psychology at university. After studying a music BTEC, it isn’t the easiest route, but that’s what you need to become a music therapist. I had to explain this on my personal statement. I have as much music background as I need, but I need the scientific qualifications and hopefully they will see that when they read my application.
 
When I started this course, I had no idea I would end up applying to university for psychology, but when I spoke to the lecturers at Keele they said your personal statement is the important thing. They seemed to understand that people change their minds and decide to do something different.
 
What about life after Bath College – do you have any plans after finishing?
 
Leaving college will be quite difficult. There’s so many people I know that I can speak to (my teachers and the SU team) but when I go to university I won’t know anyone. I’ll be leaving that comfortable environment behind and I’ve never been out of Bath for a long period of time (other than on holiday). Everyone is going off to do their own thing, which is nice, but we won’t be in the same place anymore.
 
I have booked a three-day ticket to watch motorbike racing in the Netherlands. I wanted to do it while I had the chance and I leave the day after my course finishes. I have my own bike and I have always loved watching motorbike racing.
 

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Childcare students raise £650 for charity in just one week

 

Childcare students at Bath College have collected £650 in just one week for Time is Precious – a charity set up to help families facing a long stay in hospital.
 
The Level 1 childcare students brought a smile to peoples’ faces by dressing up as Mickey and Minnie Mouse for a street collection in the centre of Bath.
 
They also completed a four-hour sponsored onesie walk from Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus in Radstock to its City Centre Campus in Bath.
 
Students planned their fundraising week as part of a college assessment, working as a team to delegate tasks, design posters and raise awareness.
 

 
As part of this, they made cakes and sweets to sell outside the Students’ Union during lunchbreaks at the college’s City Centre Campus.
 
Time is Precious was set up by Nicky and Neil Halford in memory of their son Ben to help families facing long stays in hospital with terminally ill children.
 
The charity funds improvements to hospitals for families and in September it opened a new sensory room and teenage chill out room at Bath RUH.
 

 
Students at Bath College chose Time is Precious as their charity of the year for 2016 and collected over £2,000 for the teenage chill out room.
 
They have just voted to continue fundraising for the charity this year and will be organising fundraising activities through the Students’ Union.
 
Childcare students would like to thank Special Occasion Mascots, based in Bristol, for the loan of the Mickey and Minnie Mouse costumes.
 
Lecturer in early years Sarah Demirci said: “The students have worked so hard to make their fundraising activities successful.
 
“They have demonstrated excellent organisational skills, professionalism and teamwork, all of which are important life skills that will support their future studies and employment.
 
“They chose a local and worthwhile charity to support and raised a great deal of money, I am very proud of them all.”
 

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Bath College Care Academy: Students learn from professionals in the health and social care sector

 

Professionals working in the health and social care sector volunteered their time to work with students at Bath College, passing on knowledge and expertise during a busy and interactive employability day.
 
The day marked the launch of the college’s Care Academy, designed to link health and social care students with a wide range of employers working in the South West.
 
Last year, Bath College was awarded £40,000 worth of government funding to kick-start the Care Academy and recruit an academy coordinator.
 
As a result, the college has been working with its Care Academy partners to strengthen training, increase work experience opportunities, and help students find employment within the health and social care sector.
 
Students studying at the college had the chance to meet professionals working in a variety of health and social care roles over the course of the day.
 

 
Third year student Lauren Pearl, 17, said: “I’ve been learning about mental health issues and talking about how you can help people who have an addiction.
 
“This is my final year at college and it has definitely helped me to speak to these health professionals, who have given me a lot of useful information.”
 
Dawn Corse, an occupational therapist with Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, led a workshop demonstrating the best way to communicate with people with dementia.
 
Media make-up and drama students were involved in the workshop, preparing a role-play about a dementia patient and her carer.
 
Throughout the day, students met representatives from Sirona care & health, Creativity Works, BANES Youth Connect & Health, Dorothy House, Bath Mind, Action on Addiction, healthcare company Dimensions and the Red Cross.
 
They also learnt how to use a hoist and move patients with limited mobility during a workshop led by Les Taylor and Rachael Sheppard, from Way Ahead Care.
 

 
Claire Hurford, from Way Ahead Care, said: “We’ve been working with the Care Academy from the beginning. If we start working with these students now, they will come to us with more experience and be work-ready.
 
“It’s about showing students what career routes they can take and how they can progress. I started as a community care and support worker, and now I’m working as a care manager.
 
“We know there’s a huge deficit for social care staff and, as people are living longer, we need more staff working with people to help them stay in their homes.”
 
Lilly Webb, widening participation officer at Bath RUH, was part of a team showing students how to resuscitate someone using CPR.
 
She said: “For us it’s great to have an opportunity to spend time with Bath College students to help them understand what a career in health looks like and to help them gain relevant skills and knowledge.
 
“Last year we ran a pilot programme, with Bath College students coming into the RUH. This was really successful and we hope to be able to welcome some more students this year.”
 
Sally Wilson, Care Academy Coordinator, said: “There has been a real buzz in the Care Academy today, with students sharing their experiences with staff and their peers. The variety of workshops on offer was fantastic and gave them a real insight into the broad range of careers and environments they could work in within the sector. We are very grateful to all network partners who have facilitated exciting sessions today.”
 
Next week, Bath College will launch an eight-week pilot course for students and care home workers in partnership with Creativity Works.
 
The course, taught on Tuesday evenings, will explore the benefit of using the arts in care homes, including drama, visual art, dance and poetry.
 
Spaces are still available for the course, which starts on January 31 and takes place in the evenings between 6pm and 8pm.
 
Visit http://www.creativityworks.org.uk/ or e-mail ailsaeaglestone@zoho.com
 

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Travel and tourism students provide a first-class flying experience

 

Jet-setting pupils at Kingswood School checked in for a relaxing flight to New York with Bath College’s own private airline.
 

The key stage 1 pupils are starting a new topic learning about different countries and cultures around the world.
 

As part of this, they visited Bath College to take part in a training exercise with Level 3 travel and tourism students.
 

After handing over their passports and collecting their boarding cards, the children boarded their flight to ‘New York’.
 


 

They enjoyed in-flight snacks and entertainment in the college’s mock air cabin, including a ‘where in the world?’ quiz.
 

Travel and tourism students at Bath College are studying a children’s representative unit and learning about working with children.
 

On their course, they also learn about working as a holiday representative, working on a cruise ship, customer service and European and long haul travel destinations.
 

Student Libby Ashworth, 17, said: “We have been really excited about the task and the children were lovely to work with.
 

“We chatted to them about their holidays and the places they have travelled to. I might want a job as a children’s rep and we might have children in the air cabin if we go on to work as cabin crew. It helps with your confidence.”
 


Becci Howe, from Kingswood School, said: “We come to Bath College at the start of our new topic ‘up, up and away’.
 

“Some of the children have had no experience of going on a plane. The students at Bath College take them on this learning journey using the passports made at school.
 

“This is a very exciting experience for them and a great start for learning about other countries around the world.”
 

Colette Williams, Learning Coordinator for Travel and Tourism, said: “This activity gives the students hands-on experience of what it is like to work with children in a travel and tourism context.
 

“It also provides excellent employability skills for those who wish to pursue a career as a children’s rep or working for an airline.
 

“This was a very successful visit, which the schoolchildren enjoyed and it has supported the college student with their college assessments.”
 

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Network with employers at the Bath College Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair

 

Hundreds of young people will be looking for new jobs and opportunities at the Futures Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair in March.
 
This is an ideal opportunity for South West employers to promote apprenticeships and vacancies to students and to speak to potential new employees.
 
Free stands are available at the event, organised by the Bath College Futures team, which is open to all 16 to 18-year-olds in Bath.
 
More than 800 people visited last year’s event, and a number of students secured interviews and apprenticeships after networking on the day.
 

 
Becky Howard, 17, was hired as a Level 2 apprentice administrator after visiting the fair and speaking to housing association Curo.
 
She said: “I went to the Bath College Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair and I spoke to Lisa, Curo’s Employment, Training and Engagement Coordinator.
 
“I got a good idea of what they did and that made me apply for an apprenticeship. Within a few days I had an interview.
 
“I really like it here. You can’t get a job without experience, so an apprenticeship is a good way of getting your foot in the door.”
 

 
The Futures Team at Bath College works to create job opportunities, contact with employers, opportunities for live projects and work placements for students.
 
This year, the event has been moved to a bigger venue, at the Guildhall thanks to support from Bath and North East Somerset Council.
 
Over 60 employers are expected to attend and the fair will represent employers from a wide range of sectors, including the Royal United Hospital, healthcare company Dimensions, Rotork, and Mark’s and Spencer’s.
 
Lucy Beattie, Employability Adviser at Bath College, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming a huge variety of employers to the event, and giving students from the college and the wider community the chance to explore as many apprenticeship and work opportunities as possible.
 
“I hope the event will open students’ eyes to the myriad of opportunities available locally and nationally. If you are thinking of taking on an apprentice in the next few years or looking for new staff we’d be delighted to have you at the event.”
 
The event takes place at the Guildhall on Wednesday March 22nd from 12pm to 6.30pm. For more information call 07811980607 or e-mail futures@bathcollege.ac.uk.
 


 

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

 

 

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

College Placement Officer contacts you to discuss the next steps.
 
 

Interviews, start dates and enrollments are arranged for you.
 
 

You begin paid employment through the programme.
 

 

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Open in Sept 2017: Building work starts on new construction skills centre

 

Building work has started on a new state-of-the-art construction skills centre at Bath College which will be ready for students in September 2017.
 
The purpose-built facility at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus in Radstock is an exciting new step for the college, and means that all construction trades will be taught under one roof.
 
New workshops will cater for 500 students and apprentices studying bricklaying, construction, carpentry and stonemasonry, as well as plumbing, electrical installation and refrigeration.
 
To mark the start of the building work, Bath College Principal Laurel Penrose joined project manager Miranda Hill, from the construction company Midas, to take part in a sod-cutting ceremony.
 
She said: “This investment, supported by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP), demonstrates the college’s commitment to enhance student opportunities and support local employers.
 
“It is envisaged the centre will become a regional centre of excellence for the construction industry, creating a talent pool for employers to find their future workforce.”
 

 
Designs for the two-storey centre, by BBA Architects, were approved last year and, after archaeological surveys undertaken at the end of 2016, building work was started at the beginning of January.
 
Applications are open for students who would like to be part of the first cohort learning a construction trade at the new centre.
 
Places are available for full-time vocational courses for 16 to 18-year-olds, as well as apprenticeships. Higher education courses will be taught at Bath College’s City Centre Campus.
 
Daisy Walsh, Head of Department for Technology at Bath College, said: “The facilities will be second to none, it will be state-of-the-art.
 
“It’s all about building students’ confidence in their trade and giving them access to the best training and technical expertise.
 
“Students are taught by specialists in their field and we have fantastic links with employers who work with us to provide training opportunities.
 
“All our courses come with the option to study as an apprentice and they have a very strong reputation. Our students achieve very well, they progress onto jobs and continue to study on our higher education programmes.”
 
To apply for a course at Bath College click here.
 

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New opportunity to study English and maths at Somer Valley Campus

 

New English and maths courses will begin running at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus in Radstock next month.
 
Bath College’s Adult Community Learning (ACL) team is planning a range of group classes suitable for learners at various levels.
 
To make sure people join the best group for them, the team is holding assessment sessions on January 16 and January 23rd.
 
Bath College runs a well-established English and maths programme, offering over 10 different classes at the Twerton Learning Centre in Bath.
 
This will be the first time the college has run English and maths classes in Radstock and course dates will depend on the level of interest received.
 
Courses run by the ACL team are aimed at people not in education or employment who want to learn in a fun and relaxed environment.
 
Studying English and maths can help learners gain confidence, improve their CV and support their children at school.
 

 
Paul Grant, from Bath, has been attending English and maths lessons at the Twerton Learning Centre for two years.
 
He said: “You’ve got to get your confidence back to sit in a classroom. It’s not scary, but you can have your doubts.
 
“I would say give it a go. I’ve found the teachers at Bath College to be friendly and bubbly, you can have a proper chat with them.
 
“Employers want to see what you’ve been doing and this makes employers look at you in a different way.”
 
Learners can study English and maths, gaining a qualification and a certificate, from entry level 1, 2 and 3 to level 1 and level 2.
 
Assessment sessions will run from 10am to 1pm on January 16th and January 23rd. To book call Lynsey Parsons on (01225) 328822 or e-mail lynsey.parsons@bathcollege.ac.uk

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Students take on the Bath College Business and Accounting Challenge

 

Students taking part in the Bath College Business and Accounting Challenge were given just two hours to respond to a real-life scenario.
 

Thirty students worked in teams to meet the tight deadline and produce a presentation for a panel of financial experts.
 

The challenge, sponsored by Mogers Drewett, began with a case study from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
 

Students were given three real-life business proposals and asked to assess them before recommending the best option to the panel.
 

The panel included Sean McDonough, from Mogers Drewett, Julian Newton and Chris Hanney, from Barclays, and Ian Sheppard, from Curo.
 

Teams were supported by student mentors, who took part in the regional heats for the ICAEW BASE competition last year.
 


 

Competition winners Daniel Meleady, Ben Flint, Joseph Davies, James Perkins and Katie Harrison
 

Students studying business and accounting have the opportunity to work with local companies through the Bath College Academy of Business.
 

The academy was set up in September to create employment opportunities for students and create a talent pipeline for companies to recruit from.
 

Ian Sheppard, Head of Financial Services at Curo, said: “I thought the standard of presentations was excellent. They only had a short space of time and every single one of them did a good job.
 

“These are the sort of things that should happen regularly in colleges because it’s good experience for people to meet employers.
 

“We want Curo to be known as someone who wants to recruit the best talent in Bath and further afield, and this gives us a platform to meet people.”
 

Second year student Dan Meleady is studying level 3 business with accounting and was part of the winning team.
 

He said: “I enjoyed the opportunity to work in a team and on a real-life case. It was quite competitive and it was definitely a surprise to win.
 

“We watched the other teams and they did brilliantly, we didn’t really want to follow the group that went first! This has given me a good idea of what it would be like to work in the accountancy business.”
 

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Students inspired by industry professionals during employability week

 

Industry professionals volunteered their time to inspire the next generation during an employability week at Bath College.
 
The week, at the college’s City Centre Campus, was organised by the Hospitality, Hair, Beauty & Spa Industries department.
 
Students studying hospitality and catering, as well as hairdressing, media make-up and complementary therapy, had the chance to network and learn new skills.
 
In the Bath College kitchen, hospitality and catering students met Chris Cleghorn and Claire Wilkins, from The Olive Tree Restaurant.
 

 
Chris, Head Chef at The Olive Tree Restaurant, gave a cooking demonstration and Claire ran a black box trade test.
 
Bath College’s young chefs received a surprise set of ingredients, placed in the box, and were challenged to make a dish using these.
 
Students studying at The Academy, the college’s beauty and hairdressing salon, learnt a range of techniques during employability week, including eyebrow threading, bamboo massage and cupping therapy.
 
They listened to employer talks from Center Parcs, complementary health practitioner Celia Stewart, and Eden Rose Beauty, as well as workshops on how to run your own business and how to create a YouTube channel.
 
Former student Josie Troy visited the college with Jess James to show students how to apply micro bead hair extensions.
 

 
Lecturer Donna Ford, who taught Josie nine years ago, said: “When Josie started our level 3 course she was expecting her second child.
 
“She has had her business for two years and, in my opinion, she a great role model for the industry – if you put your mind to something you’re passionate about you can achieve your goals.”
 
Students studying hospitality and catering had a busy programme of activities, including a cocktail masterclass led by Tim Spiller, Beverage Manager at the Abbey House Hotel.
 
Visitors to the college’s Shrubbery Restaurant included Richard Guest, from Talking Wines, and former student Eddie Twitchett, from the Round Hill Roastery, who talked about making your own coffee.
 
Lecturer Ryan Hanson said a highlight was the customer service masterclass, run by Daryl Harris and Tom Ross from The Pig Near Bath.
 
He said: “We want our students to be inspired by the people they meet and what they learn. Darryl and Tom are really good at doing role-plays, getting the students to work in teams and putting them out of their comfort zone.”
 

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Working to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds access higher education

 

Picture caption: Careers & Employability Manager Ben Cocks
 
Bath College is recruiting for two new posts as part of a programme to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds access higher education.
 
Four full-time jobs for widening participation officers are being created in Bath and North East Somerset and Wiltshire as part of the Wessex Inspiration Network (WIN).
 
Local colleges, the University of Bath and Bath Spa University have joined together to form the network and secure funding for the new programme.
 
The new officers will work with specific community groups, including ethnic minority groups and young men from disadvantaged backgrounds.
 
Nationally, the government wants to improve social mobility and double the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education by 2020.
 
Funding for the posts will come from the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) financed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
 
WIN has identified 13 wards in the region where progression to higher education can be improved. In Bath, this includes Southdown and Twerton.
 
Officers will work with groups to support them with activities, such as residentials, homework clubs and careers advice, as well as employer and university visits.
 
At Bath College, funding for a full-time widening participation officer will be split between two part-time roles.
 
The new officers will be part of the college’s futures team, which works to provide careers advice and increase employability opportunities.
 
Ben Cocks, who will be managing both roles at Bath College, said: “It is fantastic that we have secured this resource to aid us in further raising the awareness of higher education to people in Bath and the surrounding area.
 
“I strongly believe that we have a duty to make sure all young people should be made aware and encouraged to access all available types of learning and training.
 
“This two-year project will no doubt have a real impact on the local community and enhance the prospects of the young people involved.”
 
Annette Hayton, who is leading the project from the University of Bath, said: “We are proud to have been recognised by HEFCE as one of the successful consortia for this new programme.
 
“I have always been passionate about supporting young people to be able to take part and reap all the benefits higher education provides.”
 

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New affordable prices for Bath College’s crèche and gym facilities

 

New prices are starting for parents using Bath College’s crèche and gym facilities.
 
The crèche and gym, run by Level 2 childcare and sports students, offers parents affordable childcare and the opportunity to develop their health and fitness.
 
Parents can drop off their children at the crèche and visit the college gym, which opened to members of the public for the first time in October.
 
Many students undertake work experience in the community, and the crèche and gym is providing students with another opportunity to experience a real working environment.
 
The project ran free of charge for the first couple of months, and the new prices will help towards its future.
 

 
Lecturer in early years Abigail Holt said: “We have had an incredible response so far and I would like to thank parents for the way they have supported our learners.
 
“The students have enjoyed the work experience, and it is great to see such fantastic learning taking place for both early years and sports students.”
 
The crèche and gym, at Bath College’s city centre campus, is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am to 11am during term time.
 
Bookings will be taken in advance, and block bookings can be made. There is a first-come, first-serve system, as well as a waiting list.
 
Non-refundable payments can be processed at the college shop, in the main Roper Building, behind the café. These can be paid for per term or a week in advance.
 
For more information call (01225) 328649 or e-mail gymandcreche@bathcollege.ac.uk
 

New prices for the crèche and gym

Single booking with one child (Monday or Wednesday) £4.00
Booking for both Monday and Wednesday £7.00
Single booking with two children (Monday or Wednesday) £6.00
Booking with two children for both Monday and Wednesday £10.00
Booking for single gym use only £3.00
Booking for double gym session only £5.00
Full term booking for crèche and gym one day a week only £20.00
Full term booking for gym and crèche two days a week £30.00
Full term booking for gym use only one day a week £15.00
Full term booking for gym use only two days a week £20.00

 

The opening hours for the College Shop are:
 
Monday, Tuesday & Friday
 
9:00am – 12:30pm 9:00am – 12:30pm
 
Wednesday & Thursday
 
1:00pm – 2:00pm 1:00 – 7.00pm
 
Payments can be made by cash or card.

 

College Term Dates
 
Term 1: Monday 5th September – Friday 21st October
 
Term 2: Monday 31st October – Friday 16th December
 
Term 3: Wednesday 4th January – Friday 10th February
 
Term 4: Monday 20th February – Friday 7th April
 
Term 5: Monday 24th April – Friday 26th May
 
Term 6: Monday 5th June – Friday 30th June
 

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Apprentice of the month: Becky Howard from Curo

 

Becky Howard, 17, is Bath College’s apprentice of the month for January. Becky is a Level 2 apprentice administrator working with Curo’s customer contact team on the key management desk. 
 
What do you do on a day to day basis?
 
I work on the administrative side of things, processing all the information that comes in and out of the company. I sort incoming letters and send out letters. I create ID badges, manage purchase orders and sort keys for contractors, tenants and staff.
 
Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship?
 
It’s hard to study administration at college, it’s easier to get hands-on experience. I feel I’ve learnt more, and the more experience you get the more you can do within the business.
 
I’ve worked since I was 14-years-old so it’s not as strange as I thought it would be. I worked in retail before, it’s different but I much prefer it here – you’re definitely treated as a grown up.
 
How did you become an apprentice?
 
I kept getting notifications about apprenticeships with Curo. I looked at these and liked the idea of working there. When I went to the Bath College Apprenticeship Fair I spoke to Lisa, Curo’s Employment, Training and Engagement Coordinator. I got a good idea of what they did and that made me apply. It was a really quick process. I applied and within a few days I had an interview. The day after, I was back for the second stage of the interview.
 
What do you enjoy about your apprenticeship?
 
I like the fact that every day is different. The post always comes in at 11.30am and it has to be gone by 3.30pm, but in between those times you never know what’s going to come your way. I like it when people say thank you for something, because whatever you do it’s a massive help to someone else. All the people here are so happy to be here, it makes you want to be here too.
 
What do you need to do to complete your apprenticeship?
 
I need to go into college for one day a week for 15 weeks. We have an assessor who meets with us regularly and we have a lot of online contact as well.
 
They are just checking you’re getting the work done rather than doing it all last minute. Work has allocated me two hours a week to sit somewhere quiet and get on with college work which is nice. I thought I would have to go home from work, do college work and then go back into work again.
 
What advice would you give to someone looking for an apprenticeship?
 
If you’re interested in a company, go for jobs within that company, rather than just going for the post itself. The chances are you will end up enjoying what you do, even if you didn’t think of doing that job initially. There are bits of my job that I didn’t think I’d be doing that I enjoy.
 
There are lots of different apprenticeships out there. My friends did apprenticeships in technical subjects like car mechanics or engineering. I didn’t think there would be apprenticeships for administration. If you want to go into administration for a job, they’re looking for someone with experience. You can’t get a job without experience, so an apprenticeship is a good way of getting your foot in the door.
 
What are your hopes for the future?
 
I really like it here and now I know this is the sort of career I want to do, but at the moment I don’t know where I will be going from here.
 


 

Interested in an apprenticeship? Let us know!

 

 


 

What are the next steps to becoming an apprentice?

 

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

 

 

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

College Placement Officer contacts you to discuss the next steps.
 
 

Interviews, start dates and enrollments are arranged for you.
 
 

You begin paid employment through the programme.
 

 

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