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Restaurant event: Sample four-course menu created by award-winning chef

 

Bath College is partnering with Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa for an evening of foodie delights, offering diners a unique chance to sample dishes created by award-winning chef Hywel Jones.
 

Hywel, Executive Chef at the five-star country house hotel near Bath, is stepping out of his Michelin-starred kitchen to work with hospitality and catering students at Bath College on Thursday November 16.
 

Under his guidance, students will prepare a delicious four-course menu. The evening will be supported by Chris Kidd, Restaurant Manager at Lucknam Park, who will keep a close eye on front of house.
 

In the kitchens at Bath College, photo by Philip Edwards
 

Bath college is excited to be working with Lucknam Park as part of the Bath Hotel and Restaurant School, set up to link students at the college with leaders in the South West hospitality and catering industry.
 

A number of students have progressed to work at the hotel and spa after finishing their course, including Bath College alumni Stephen Cunningham, Natalie Knight, Leon Parsons and Connor Gale.
 

Chris, who also supports students with work experience, said: “I see the students at Bath College as possible future employees and we need to make sure they are inspired to work for Lucknam Park when they graduate.
 

Chris Kidd with Bath College students Connor Gale and Lucy Fry
 

“It’s important for me to put back into the industry. I always hear how there is a skills shortage in hospitality, and I believe we’re partly responsible for improving this and developing young people.”
 

Ryan Hanson, Deputy Head for Hospitality and Catering at Bath College, said: “Working with Hywel and Chris is always a thrill for the students.
 

“It’s a great opportunity to be involved at the sharp end with top professionals and feel the pressure that comes with carrying a Michelin star.
 

“It will be a chance for them to be inspired, to demonstrate their mettle, skills and abilities. Who knows, they may end up working at Lucknam Park like some of our alumni.”
 

The meal is taking place at Bath College’s Shrubbery Restaurant in the centre of Bath on Avon Street. Tickets are on sale and cost £50 per head.
 

Please arrive between 6.30pm and 6.45pm. To book call (01225) 328502 or e-mail shrubberyrestaurant@bathcollege.ac.uk
 

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Project SEARCH interns prepare for employment by starting work placements

 

A group of ten interns have started work placements with Bath and North East Somerset Council as part of this year’s Project SEARCH programme.
 
Project SEARCH, run in partnership with Bath College, Bath and North East Somerset Council and Virgin Care, helps young people with learning difficulties and disabilities get ready for employment.
 
Last year, five interns graduated from Project SEARCH, and this year ten young people aged 18 to 24-years-old are following in their footsteps.
 

 
Popular placements include working with the housekeeping team at the Assembly Rooms, at Odd Down Sports Ground and the Bath Recycling Centre.
 
Chelsea Taylor is looking forward to a year with Project SEARCH after completing Bath College’s Life and Independent Living Skills (LILS) course.
 
The 18-year-old, from Keynsham, is starting her first placement at The Pump Room, working in the restaurant as a waiter.
 
She said: “I’m looking forward to being treated as an adult in the workplace, and being able to work independently. I haven’t got any nerves, I know I’ll enjoy it and it’ll make a nice change to be out and about.”
 
When they’re not on work placements, Project SEARCH interns learn about appropriate behaviour in the workplace, health and safety, equality and diversity, customer service and budgeting.
 
They are visited during their placements by job coaches from Virgin Care who make sure they understand their duties and employer policies, as well as checking they are happy and confident in their role.
 

 
Project SEARCH intern Nick Baxter will be working in the kitchens at The Pump Room, and before this he also spent two years as a LILS student at Bath College.
 
He said: “I’m enjoying the chance to go out as a class. We’ve been visiting the Roman Baths, the Assembly Rooms and the parks department – all the different places we might go for our work placements.
 
“It’s important to have a job which gives you something to do each day and I like cooking. I’m looking forward to preparing food in a busy kitchen.”
 
Catherine Stargatt, lecturer in foundation learning at Bath College, said: “What a fantastic start to the new academic year at Project SEARCH.
 
“We have ten interns who are enthusiastic and dedicated to the course. If they continue with their positive outlook and professional behaviour, they will be well prepared to apply for jobs next year.”
 
There are a limited number of spaces on the Project SEARCH programme. To apply for next year e-mail Catherine.Stargatt@bathcollege.ac.uk
 

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International business students sign up to support Dorothy House’s Santa & Elf Run

 

Bath College is partnering with Dorothy House Hospice Care on an employability project as part of the college’s Academy of Business.
 

Level 3 students from the international business studies BTEC course will be supporting the hospice with event management activities for their 7th Santa & Elf Run in Winsley on Sunday December 3rd.
 

The Academy of Business was set up to prepare students for working life by giving them access to industry roles and experts.
 


 

A number of local organisations have signed up to offer work placements, company visits, student mentoring and business talks, including Dorothy House.
 

The hospice has worked with Bath College before, when they hosted a ‘Before I Die…’ Wall for the hospice during Dying Matters Week in May 2017.
 

Entries are now open for the Santa & Elf Run, starting and finishing in the hospice grounds in Winsley, near Bradford on Avon.
 

Runners of all ages can choose from a 2.5k or 5k fun run. They will be raising valuable funds to support the work of the hospice, which provides specialist palliative and end of life care for people living with a life-limiting illness.
 

Lucy Beattie, Employability Advisor at Bath College, said: “It’s an amazing opportunity for our students to get involved with a top local charity and help organise an event for a great cause while gaining real life experience in event management.
 

“The college aims to give students as much exposure to local employers as possible and give them experience to put their learning into practice.”
 

Emily Knight, Event Fundraiser at Dorothy House Hospice Care, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Bath College’s Academy of Business and to have the support of their business studies students in organising the Santa & Elf Run this year.
 

“We’ll be passing on our years of experience in event management during the project and we can’t wait to see all the Santa’s and elves taking to the lanes of Winsley to raise money for the hospice. Why not sign up the whole family!”
 

This year the race will take place on a new, flatter course. Dogs are welcome if on a short lead, and there will be exciting snow stations to run through in the scenic grounds of the hospice.
 

Spectators are welcome and mulled wine, hot food and other refreshments will be available to buy, so there is something for everyone to enjoy.
 

The fun run starts at 11am on December 3rd with registration from 10am and a warm up session at 10.50am. Entry costs £15 for 12+ years and £7.50 for 5-11 year olds.
 

All 12 + year old participants will receive a Santa suit at registration and 5-11 year olds will receive elf accessories included in their entry fee, plus free refreshments after the run.
 

All runners aged 16 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Entries will close at 5pm on Thursday 30th November. Adult entrants are encouraged to raise £40 in sponsorship or make a donation of £40 in lieu of sponsorship to help support Dorothy House Hospice Care.
 

To sign up visit www.santaandelfrun.org.uk.
 

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Celebrating Success Awards Ceremony recognises outstanding students’ achievements

 

Outstanding students at Bath College had their achievements recognised at a special ceremony, where they collected awards in front of tutors, family and friends.
 
Over 30 students were nominated by their tutors and invited to the annual Celebrating Success Awards Ceremony at the Guildhall.
 
The ceremony included students from departments across the college, studying subjects from graphic design, hairdressing and performing arts to computing, construction and sport.
 

Arboriculture Student of the Year,  Kristian Hallett
 
Jade Carr-Daly was one of the first students to collect her award as Photography Student of the Year. The 18-year-old, who is now studying photography at degree level, was praised by exam moderators who said her final major project was “detailed, informative and creatively powerful”.
 
She said: “I was quite shocked to get the invitation in the post, but I was really happy that my hard work had paid off and I was able to get an award.
 
“It was a surprise to get the grades I did at college, I achieved more than I thought I could. I would like to say a big thank you to my tutor Ozzie, who was there any time I needed support.
 
“If I hadn’t gone to college, I probably wouldn’t have learned film photography and that’s one of my favourite styles. My dream is to go into the music industry documenting and working with black and white film.”
 

Tutor Adrian Drake with Carpentry Student of the Year Daniel Stiff
 
The college’s floristry, catering and hospitality and music departments helped make the evening special by decorating the Guildhall, as well as providing food and entertainment.
 
As well as course awards, the ceremony included a number of special awards, recognising outstanding students across the college.
 
Tutors chose Ryan Dunford for the Sarah Woodhouse Achievement Award, Rachelle Wabissa for the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and Freya Game for the Young Person’s Service in the Community Award, sponsored by the Rotary Club.
 

Freya Game with her award
 
Freya, who is a 2nd year health and social care student, gives up her time to care for young people via a number of different organisations.
 
She said: “I just like helping people, it’s really enjoyable. You’re doing something for them, to help improve their lives, but it also makes you feel good to be doing something at the same time.”
 
Hayley Hayward-Boyle, Student Participation Officer at Bath College, said: “Freya volunteers for social services providing respite care for a nine-year-old boy with severe autism on a weekly basis.
 
“In addition, she volunteers as a befriender for Time to Share, befriending a five-year-old boy with ADHD and foetal alcohol syndrome, taking him out to different places.
 
“Freya also volunteers every Saturday for Keynsham Mencap Group, providing fun activities and trips for children aged five to 18 with learning disabilities.
 
“She gives opportunities to many young people in a selfless and caring manner, and is a great example of students volunteering to help within the local community.”
 

Health and Social Care Student of the Year, Paige Cottle
 
Bath College Principal Laurel Penrose told students at the ceremony: “As a college we want to ensure that each and every one of you achieves well and is highly employable. Our aim is to develop your individual talents and equip you to stand out from the crowd.
 
“Qualifications are important, but our tutors go beyond this, encouraging resilience and determination. Behind each award is a person determined to make their way in the world, determined to do their friends and family proud, and to play their part in their local community.
 
“I’d like to offer my sincere congratulations to each and every one of you, knowing that that without your individual perseverance, grit and tenacity, we wouldn’t be here tonight.”
 

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Teaming up with Menu Gordon Jones: Ceramics students plate up their own meal

 

Ceramics students at Bath College teamed up to work with Michelin-trained chef Gordon Jones and create plates for his award-winning restaurant.
 

Gordon, of Menu Gordon Jones, was keen to find replacements for his quirky restaurant plates, which were made in Thailand. A chance comment during a meal at his restaurant in Bath led to Love2learn ceramics students Gwyn Chanter and Julie Watt forging a deal – ‘you make the plates and I’ll supply the food’.
 


 

Gwyn and Julie took up the challenge and sourced an American glaze, which was food safe and matched the original colour of the plates.
 

They took advice from their tutor and mentor Julia Warin about shrinkage after firing and experimented with methods and materials.
 


 

Both students found it an exciting and educational challenge to take on, and a month later they presented the finished plates to Gordon and his manager and partner Amelia.
 

Having done this, they are looking forward to a meal from the tasting menu at Menu Gordon Jones in a couple of weeks’ time.
 

Julie, who has been studying ceramics as a Love2learn student for six years, said: “The original plates were hand-made, so we had to work out the size and how to achieve something similar.
 


 

“We made four plates to begin with, each with a small size difference, just to see the finished size after firing (so that we knew what we were working with).
 

“I enjoy making things at the college and it’s also about the people here. It’s a nice group of people- we all get inspired by The Great Pottery Throw Down when it’s on TV and try to replicate things.
 

“I enjoy thinking about decorative effects. When I first started, I thought it was all about making the pot, but there’s a world of decorative techniques out there and you learn quite a few over the years.”
 

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Stonemasonry apprentice shortlisted for the 2017 Young Builder of the Year Awards

 

A stonemasonry apprentice at Bath College has been shortlisted for the 2017 Young Builder of the Year Awards.
 
Morwenna Harrington is through to the next stage of the awards, organised to celebrate the achievements of young people in construction.
 
She is one of 15 finalists in the 18 to 24-year-old category and has been invited to the House of Commons for a special awards ceremony.
 

 
Morwenna, 24, is in her third year studying at Bath College after securing an apprenticeship with Bristol Stonemasonry last month.
 
She said: “When I first started stonemasonry I couldn’t really lift a hammer. I didn’t know if I’d made the right choice, but I put in extra time and caught up. I’m pretty happy with my decision now.
 
“As a stonemason you’re using both parts of your brain, it’s a good mixture of creativity and maths. I enjoy working in the banker shop because you can get into a zone and focus on what you’re doing.
 
“It’s the last year I could have applied for the awards, so I thought it was worth a go. We had to write a bit about ourselves for the application form, but I wasn’t expecting to hear anything back.
 
“I’m quite nervous about going up to London, but I’m pleased to have been shortlisted. Anything like this looks good on your CV.”
 

 
Applications for the Young Builder of the Year are open to students and apprentices from across the UK aged 14 to 24-years-old.
 
The competition aims to show how young people from a variety of different backgrounds, including males and females, can succeed in industry.
 
The winner will receive a prize fund and all shortlisted finalists receive a certificate and tools vouchers.
 
Morwenna will travel to the House of Commons with her parents and stonemasonry lecturer Paul Maggs on October 18.
 
She said: “When I first signed up to stonemasonry I assumed there wouldn’t be as many females, but there were more than I expected.
 
“It’s a perception that women don’t study stonemasonry, but I haven’t found it to be a problem. If you’re a female and you’re thinking about a construction course, this shouldn’t hold you back in any way.
 
“I look back at the drawings I did in first year and I think ‘I can do that easily now.’ It’s not just about females and males, there’s a good range of ages on my course and people from different backgrounds.
 
“It’s the same in my job, the people I work with are really nice and we’re doing some interesting work.”
 
Stonemasonry lecturer Paul Maggs, from Bath College, said: “Morwenna has always worked hard to achieve her goals and I believe she will go a long way in the stonemasonry industry. Who knows, maybe she could be running her own company in the not so distant future.”
 

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College event: Help hairdressing student Mitchell fundraise for a standing wheelchair

 

A student left paralysed after a motorcycle accident is fundraising for a standing wheelchair to help him train as a hairdresser.
 
Mitchell Chalmers needs £4,900 for the wheelchair, which would make a big difference to his learning as a student at Bath College.
 
He was just 22-years-old when he came off his bike at a motocross racing event three years ago, suffering severe spinal injuries as a result.
 
Going back to college, to train for a profession and secure a job, is an important step along his road to recovery.
 
Mitchell, who is paralysed from the stomach down, said: “I’d been riding since I was eight-years-old and I’d got to British Championship level.
 
“I loved it and I still love it now. I feel I have had so much taken away from me and I need to fight and get something back.
 
“It’s been hard to find a job since my accident, but I think I’m young enough to try something new and being in a wheelchair won’t stop me.
 
“I have a dream to become a hairdresser so I can support myself financially, I’m quite creative and I think there’s a real art to hairdressing.”
 
The standing wheelchair will give Mitchell extra height and support, making it easier for him to lift and cut peoples’ hair.
 
Students in his class are getting behind the appeal and are planning a fundraising event at the Bath College salon.
 
For the week after half-term, starting on Monday October 30, students are organising a rowing machine challenge.
 
Participants will pay £1 to see how fast they can row 1,000 metres, with a prize for the fastest time.
 
Friends and family have already supported Mitchell, raising £700 with a charity raffle and barbecue at the Crossways in Midsomer Norton.
 
He is more than halfway to reaching his target of £4,900 after collecting £2,020 from 63 supporters on his JustGiving page.
 
Mitchell, from Radstock, said: “The wheelchairs are made specifically for your height and weight. I’ve had a demonstration and it felt really good.
 
“One of the biggest struggles is funding equipment to help me do the things I was able to do before. I don’t think there’s enough help out there.
 
“When I set up my JustGiving page, everyone pulled together to help. It’s been amazing really – the funds shot up in the first two weeks.
 
“For some time after the accident I shut myself away, but coming to college and meeting new people has given me a real confidence boost.”
 
To support Mitchell visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mitchell-chalmers.
 

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Students showcase ocean’s bounty for Seafood Week

Photographs by Philip Edwards
 

Hospitality and catering students served up a fishy feast for Seafood Week.
 
Running from October 6 to October 13, Seafood Week celebrates the variety and quality of seafood in the UK and is supported by businesses nationwide, including supermarkets, restaurants, processors and fishmongers.
 

 
To mark the occasion, Bath College held a three-course Ocean Bounty dinner, supported by Billingsgate Seafood School, at the Shrubbery Restaurant.
 
Designed to challenge students’ skills in preparing and serving seafood, the menu included seabass, Cullen skink soup and yuzu and wasabi cured salmon.
 
Deputy Head of Hospitality Ryan Hanson said: “We’ve had e-mail compliments from several diners who were waxing lyrical about the quality of the meal and the service.
 

 
“The students got a real buzz out of preparing the menu, researching for sustainable fish stocks and using that knowledge to create and produce dishes for the event.
 
“This focus on seafood is a great chance for students to work with species they may not have used or tasted in the past, and they are getting great feedback from their customers, which is a huge achievement.
 
“I’m very proud of them and the work they have produced. They have bright careers ahead.”
 

 
Dishes at the Shrubbery Restaurant are prepared, served and cooked by Bath College hospitality and catering students under professional supervision, with a focus on fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.
 
Heather Middleton is Marketing Manager at Seafish, the organisation responsible for running Seafood Week.
 
She said: “Part of the Seafood Week campaign focuses on educating future generations about the benefits of fish and seafood. By engaging with college chefs and teaching them how to prepare seafood, our hope is that our future chefs will develop a lifelong passion for producing seafood dishes.”
 

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Apprentice of the month: Veronica Savaia from Figo Hair

 

Veronica Savaia is a Level 2 hairdressing student working at Figo Hair and studying at Bath College. She has been working at the salon, near the Royal Crescent, since June and attends college one day a week.
 
Can you tell me about your apprenticeship?

I shampoo clients’ hair and help with blow-dries. I do the hair up hairstyles for the salon, no-one else does them so I really enjoy that. I do hair for weddings and proms and it’s nice to be part of peoples’ special day. Even when I’m at home, I’m practicing and watching videos so I know how to do different styles. I also have my family and friends in the salon to do their hair. I’m still building up my client base, but they know what I’m capable of.
 

 
Why did you apply for an apprenticeship?

I always wanted to do hairdressing, even before I reached the age of 14 and started working. I used to work in another hairdressers where I had a Saturday job. I like art and I’m quite creative. I chose an apprenticeship because I wanted to be in a working environment, to get my foot in the door and gain experience with clients.
 
What do you learn when you come into college?

At college we do practical sessions in the morning and theory in the afternoon. We talk about clients, how to greet them and how to behave in the salon. We also practice hairstyles on a hairdressing block. Some people say if you can complete a hairstyle on the block, you can do it on anyone because it’s harder – it depends on the hair, but the blocks aren’t sectioned in the same way as human hair. It’s been good to meet other students who are at the same level.
 

What do you enjoy about your job?

I enjoy being part of the team. We have five to six people working in the salon each day, and because we’re a smaller team I can build up a good relationship with people. We get a lot of young clients and clients who are retired. We’re really precise about what we do, and we talk to clients to try and make them feel at home. It’s about their experience visiting the salon, as well as the haircut. I enjoy seeing regular clients come in.
 
What advice would you give someone considering an apprenticeship?

It’s really important to think about the kind of salon you’re working in. You might want to start a career in hairdressing, but you need to find somewhere you enjoy working and somewhere you’re able to grow. Studying for a hairdressing apprentices takes two years, instead of one year on a full-time course. However, you’re earning money, you’re already gaining work experience and you’re treated as an adult. If you’re studying a full-time course, it might be harder to find a job with less experience.
 
What are your hopes for the future?

I already have my job, and they want me to stay there when I’m qualified. I earn less as an apprentice, but when I’m qualified (and I’m working on more clients) I’ll be paid more. I’m happy with where I am at the moment, because I know this will be good for me in the long-term. In the future, I could have the option to open my own salon using the experience I’ve gained.
 

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Bath College re-opens crèche and gym facilities for new academic year

 

Bath College’s crèche and gym facilities have re-opened this month.
 
The crèche and gym, at the college’s City Centre Campus, offers parents affordable childcare and the chance to develop their fitness.
 
Parents can drop off their children at the crèche and visit the college gym, which includes running machines, rowing machines and cross trainers.
 

 
For this academic year, both facilities have been moved to a new ground-floor room in the main building which has been newly decorated.
 
The project, set up in November last year, is run by sports staff and childcare students and gives them the opportunity to gain valuable work experience.
 
Members of the sports team, who will be supervising the gym, will be on hand to carry out gym inductions and offer training advice.
 

 
Level 1 childcare students are also planning an exciting range of activities at the crèche, including arts and crafts, messy play, sensory exploration and story time. They will develop their skills under supervision from tutors.
 
Childcare lecturer Abigail Holt said: “The crèche and gym project has allowed us to work with parents to provide excellent childcare within the local community.
 
“It has given our students the opportunity to build on their confidence and develop skills related to sports coaching and the early years sector.
 
“So far, the project has been a rich learning experience for all the students involved and we’re looking forward to seeing it develop further.”
 
Students will be opening the crèche and gym on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 11am. To book a place e-mail gymandcreche@bathcollege.ac.uk, or pop into the College Shop, in the main building of Roper Reception.
 

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Students serve at prestigious event raising over £50,000 for charity

 

Students at Bath College served top industry professionals at a charity polo day raising over £50,000 for Hospitality Action.
 
Seven award-winning chefs from the South West came together for the event in September at Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire.
 

 
The event, which sold out in record time, was catered for by:
 
• Richard Davies, Calcot
• André Garrett, Cliveden House
• Robby Jenks, The Vineyard
• Hywel Jones, Lucknam Park
• Niall Keating, Whatley Manor
• Rob Potter, The Manor House
• Tom Jenkins, Abbey Hotel
 
Well-known industry figures, including William Baxter CBE, Harry Murray MBE Chairman of Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa and Philip de Ternant Managing Director of Creed Foodservice, attended the event.
 
Hospitality and catering students from Bath College acted as front of house staff alongside service professionals from the Abbey Hotel, Barnsley House, Calcot, Cliveden House, Lucknam Park, The Manor House, The Painswick, The Pig and The Vineyard.
 

 
Guests enjoyed a Tattinger Champagne and canapé reception, before the final of the Sidebottom Cup. Afterwards, they tucked in to a three-course lunch, which included roast belly and cider braised cheek of Wiltshire pork, sage and caramelised onion risotto, tender stem broccoli and Brillat Savarin cheesecake.
 
Hospitality Action offers assistance to those who work, or have worked, within hospitality in the UK and find themselves in a crisis.
 
Hywel Jones, Executive Chef at Lucknam Park Hotel, said: “I am proud to have been involved with this event for a number of years now.
 

 
“This year, as we celebrate Hospitality Action’s 180th birthday, it felt even more special than normal. I was joined by some fantastic chefs – and I’m sure they’ll agree we were lucky enough to work with some great ingredients, provided by Walter Rose and Sons butchers, Total Produce and Flying Fish Seafoods. It’s great to see so much generosity and support for such a worthwhile cause.”
 
Andrew Foulkes, General Manager of the Abbey Hotel, Bath, and Hospitality Action South West Board Member said: “I used to attend this event as a guest, but in recent years I jumped at the chance to help organise it.
 
“The Polo Day exemplifies everything I love about the industry and it is great to see everyone pull together to ensure its continued success. Yet again tickets sold out almost instantly which is a true testament to the hard work everyone puts in.”

 

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