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Students and Staff at Launch of Slow Shopping project at Waitrose

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Slow Shopping pilot takes off as Bath College students set up assisted shopping scheme

 
From 10am-12pm every Tuesday at Waitrose Bath, shopping becomes a little more manageable for those who ordinarily find it a difficult experience.

 

Slow Shopping UK, helps anyone with visible, invisible or intellectual disabilities who may find shopping stressful or challenging. Bath College Care Academy are working in partnership with St John’s Foundation and Waitrose to create peaceful and calming atmosphere, all the while having social care students, volunteers and staff assisting shoppers.
 

The Care Academy at Bath College has recently been accredited as a Skills for Care Endorsed Provider, demonstrating high quality learning and development in the adult social care sector.
 

The pilot launched in January and has been met with much enthusiasm. It will be running until June, but students hope it will become a permanent fixture.
 
Katelyn, a Health & Social Care student at Bath College explained why it’s important to her: “My Nan has dementia and my grandad used to help her with her shopping. This is a great opportunity to help others who may be in a similar position”
 
“This project also helps challenge the stereotypes older people may have of us as young students, as well as the preconceptions we may have of them.”
 
Slow Shopping is an inclusive and safe environment for anyone who feels vulnerable to safely and slowly shop. On entering the store, shoppers are welcomed by a member of the team and shown an information point where they can seek help.
 
Staff and volunteers are located at help points around Waitrose to help people with their shopping – be it helping with queries, answering questions or helping with lifting and carrying.
 
Shoppers are welcome to just show up on the day, or if you would like to book assistance in advance then please contact Sally Wilson, Care Academy Coordinator at Bath College on 01225 328692 or Sally.Wilson@bathcollege.ac.uk and she will arrange for you to be met on arrival.
 
 
Who is Slow Shopping for?
The service is set up for anyone who may find shopping difficult. Slow Shopping founder Katherine Vero said the service is for: “Anyone who needs more time and presents a space in which it is safe to take time to think.”
 
“This might include those who suffer from anxiety, those with communication or literacy difficulties, the elderly, those suffering with dementia as well as those who have more visible disabilities.”
 
“It is not just for people with disabilities though – absolutely anyone is welcome and no-one will be identified. This is an inclusive project and is not meant to exclude anyone.”
 
“If people would like some help they can chat to a member of staff, but equally if people just want to be left alone and shop in peace, they can do that too.”
 
“Shopping is an essential part of our lives and involves social interaction, health, financial awareness and being out in the everyday day world. Many carers and friends and families also find shopping very challenging.”

 

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Executive Chefs’ Spring Lunch left Hospitality Students with a taste for fine dining

 

The Chefs’ Forum Educational Foundation held its first Executive Chefs’ Spring Lunch for sixty guests. The sell-out event showcasing four multi-award-winning Executive Chefs generated over £4,000 for the foundation incorporated to support young chefs coming into the hospitality industry. The event with Bath Audi as Headline Sponsor, took place at The Bath Priory and was attended by Bath College Hospitality students, who were impressed and inspired by the experience.

 

Michael Nizzero, Executive Chef of The Bath Priory hosted the event which saw three other guest Executive Chefs join him on the pass. Michael has been at The Bath Priory for two years but prior to his appointment at this beautiful hotel, he has worked with many industry greats including Michel and Alain Roux at the three Michelin-starred Waterside Inn and most recently The Ritz (London). The Spring Lunch saw him cook with three peers, each with a combination of Michelin stars, TV appearances and industry accreditations to raise money for The Chefs’ Forum Educational Foundation. Each chef expertly cooked one of four courses to showcase the best cooking that the Bath & Cotswolds area has to offer. The Executive chefs who took part were:

 

Michael Nizzero (The Bath Priory), Niall Keating (Whatley Manor), Hywel Jones (Lucknam Park) and Richard Davies (Calcot Manor).

 

Host Michael Nizzero said:

“The Spring Lunch was an amazing experience – it was a real privilege to work with such talented chefs from the Bath & Cotswolds area in our kitchen at The Bath Priory. Huge thanks to Bath College and Gloucestershire College for arranging for their top students to work with us in the kitchen – they were a real credit to their colleges.”

 

Paola Cassoti, General Manager at The Bath Priory added:

“We are very happy to host The Chefs’ Forum Educational Foundation’s Spring Lunch. It is great to see so many industry experts in one room and a really rewarding experience to support the next generation of hospitality professionals.”

 

A silent, sealed bid auction made up of luxury dinners and stays donated by the chefs taking part, with a Hallgarten Wines sponsored Magnum and 6 Vinoteque crystal glasses from Artis helped to boost monies raised making this a highly successful fundraising lunch. Sponsors including Walter Rose & Son, Flying Fish, Santa Maria, Dorset Sea Salt, Koppert Cress, French Garden, Premier Cheese, Clifton Coffee and Hallgarten Wines all donated ingredients driving down the food cost, making the most money possible for The Chefs’ Forum Educational Foundation. The chefs who took part in the lunch often give up their time to work with and mentor hospitality students at the Gloucestershire College via The Chefs’ Forum Academy and demos at Bath College enabling them to learn from the best.

 

Catherine Farinha gave a speech about the fabulous work The Chefs’ Forum Educational Foundation does in helping young chefs and hospitality professionals overcome problems with travel, relocation and equipment costs.

 

Catherine commented:

“The work we do is vital in offering support to young people entering the hospitality industry. From helping schools transport GCSE students to hospitality industry taster days, to paying for driving lessons or a first month’s rent, it is fund-raising Chefs’ Lunches like these that facilitate our offering help to the next generation, bridging the chef shortage.

 

At the lunch, hospitality and catering students from Gloucestershire and Bath Colleges got the opportunity to sample the best in Michelin-starred fine dining, most of them, for the very first time. All students who attended were chosen for outstanding performance on their hospitality courses.

 

Ryan Hanson, Deputy Head of Hospitality at Bath College concluded:

“Monday was a fantastic advert for collaborative and inspiring teaching and learning with industry. Our students had a fantastic chance to work alongside some of the South West’s top talent both in the kitchens and front of house and a lucky few even had the chance to sit down and savour the experience as guests. The meal and event itself were superb, no doubt leaving long lasting impressions with both our students and the professionals in the room who were in no doubt about the potential that is being developed at college.”

 

For more information on Hospitality & Catering courses at Bath College please see our course listings.

 

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This Saturday at The Egg Theatre, Bath support Bath College students by going to see their production of [BLANK]

[BLANK] is a play about absence, about the disparate yet connected stories of the thousands of adults and children affected by the criminal justice system.

 

In this outstanding piece of new writing by Alice Birch, a challenge is presented to the company, who must create their own play from a selection of 100 non-linear scenes. Bath Theatre Academy first-year students will work as an ensemble to piece together a narrative from these vignettes. Their version of [BLANK] will be the result of an experiment in finding order in chaos, or exposing the messy reality of a system that fails to serve its most vulnerable members. [BLANK] offers a glimpse into the world of the children who are the invisible victims of crime.

 

For tickets and information visit https://www.theatreroyal.org.uk/event/blank/ or call The Egg Box Office on 01225 448844.

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Bath College paving the way in Highways Sector

 

Bath College has met with local employers, contractors and a professional institute in the Highways sector to develop flexible training courses.

 

Representatives from Bath & North East Somerset Council, the Institute of Highway Engineers and Aggregate Industries met with College staff to discuss ways in which prospective students can be attracted to the sector and how best to develop the careers of those working in the sector.

 

Bath College is one of only a few F.E. colleges nationally which has been successful in securing financial backing from the HEFCE Catalyst Fund to develop Higher Education Courses.

 

The FAR project, (Flexible & Accelerated Routes) centres on Computing and Civil Engineering HNC/D courses. Working with employers it will enable students to achieve in a shorter period of time as well as helping address local, regional and national skills shortages as identified in the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

 

Rosaleen Courtney, Contracts and Distance Learning Manager at Bath College says that “There is a skills shortage in the Highways sector and it is important that we develop routes for people to enter the sector and continue to develop their skills.”

 

“The Highways distance learning courses offered by Bath College are available online and will be updated in line with market needs, which is why it is so important to work cohesively with employers, contractors and the Institute.”

 

If you would like to find out more about the project, or would like any more information, please contact Simon Bracken, Higher Education Manager on 01225 328 627 or email simon.bracken@bathcollege.ac.uk

 

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Bath College Apprenticeships & Jobs Fair huge success as 1,000 people attend

 

Over 1,000 people had the chance to network with employers at the Bath College Futures Apprenticeship and Jobs Fair on Wednesday at The Assembly Rooms.

 

There were 86 stands of prospective employers at the fair, which was attended by schools, young people, parents and members of the public. The Mayor of Bath, Cllr Ian Gilchrist, came to the event and spoke to College staff, local businesses and successful apprentices.

 

Event sponsors Wessex Inspiration Network (WIN), The Bath Building Society, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Hotel Indigo, Skills West, Dimensions and Gradwell all had stands at the fair and were interacting with potential apprentices in the Octagon. There were careers advisors from Bath College Futures team on hand to help with applications and CV’s and give advice on interviews.

 

Event organiser Lucy Beattie said: “The fair keeps growing year on year and we have lots of new employers joining us.”

 

“This year we had companies offering some really exciting apprenticeships ranging from Level 2 right up to degree level.”

 

“These include a customer service apprenticeship with The Bath Building Society, a healthcare apprenticeship with Dimensions and new opportunities with Hotel Indigo.”

 

A number of students went on to secure positions at local companies after the 2017 fair including Curo, Rotork, Wessex Water and Combe Grove Manor Hotel. Ben King, a Bath College student and apprentice at Bath Building Society says that “For me, an apprenticeship is better than going into a job from uni as I’m building my skillset now while I’m at College. I’m in a business environment, answering phones, working in an office, learning the skills on the job”.

 

Katherine Banks at Bath Building Society explained the importance of apprentices: “We really like to help people to grow. As they’re younger, we can develop their skills and mould them into what’s required.”

 

Wessex Water have four apprentices working for them, including Kuani Blow, who was studying Business at Bath College, he said that “I found hands on learning a beneficial approach for me, and I love doing the business apprenticeship at Wessex Water”.

 


 

For more information about apprenticeships, please visit our apprenticeships page, call us on (01225) 328687 or e-mail us at futures@bathcollege.ac.uk

 

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College catering students prepare Winter Olympic Skeleton team for record Medal winning haul

 

Young chefs at Bath College had the chance to cook for some of our medal winning athletes, including gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold and bronze medallists Laura Deas and Dom Parsons whilst preparing for the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

 

The students, Jake Starnes and Dan Curtis, studying Catering and Hospitality, created a nutritional buffet for the British Skeleton team whilst the athletes and team were in holding camp prior to departing for the games.

 

They were supervised by Freddy Brown, an experienced performance nutritionist who helped the team put together their menu.

 

The Level 3 students served a buffet-style menu, allowing athletes to select proteins, carbohydrates and vegetables depending on their needs.

 

The menu included pulled beef with fajitas, butterfly chicken in burger buns with couscous and salads high in antioxidants.

 

Freddy Brown said, “Working together to turn my nutritional requirements into a practical menu, Dan and Jake managed to serve up dishes high in micronutrients to support the athletes, without taste being compromised, with the slow-cooked beef fajitas, lemon and thyme chicken, and various accompaniments all being ravenously received!”

 

Lizzy Yarnold, Dom Parsons, Laura Deas and Jerry Rice from the British Skeleton & British Bobsleigh Association (BBSA) team train at the University of Bath, home to the UK’s only bobsleigh and skeleton push-start track.

 

Their success at the games followed in the footsteps of previous Gold medallist, Amy Williams and topped the team’s best ever result.

 

Jake said, “it was a great opportunity to be able to cook the meals for the GB skeleton team before they went to the Olympics.”

 

Dan agreed; “I really enjoyed myself and it was a great learning experience. We got great feedback and were really pleased to get the opportunity.”

 

For more information about Bath College’s Catering and Hospitality courses please visit our course search or contact us on 01225 312 191 or info@bathcollege.ac.uk for advice.

 


 

Pictured are Jake Starnes, Freddy Brown and Dan Curtis with a signed shirt from the British Skeleton & British Bobsleigh Association (BBSA) team.

 

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