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Freddie Burns and Nathan Catt

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Bath Rugby’s Freddie Burns and Nathan Catt do Q&A with Bath College Students

 

Bath College Sport Alumni Freddie Burns and Nathan Catt from Bath Rugby came in to do a Q&A session with our Sport and Public Services students.
 

The players discussed the differences in training as a fly-half and a prop, including their eating routine, praising their chef for their high protein meals.
 

Nathan Catt said: “We literally eat, train, eat, train, eat train. We have an amazing chef that alters our food to suit the different intensity training we’re doing each day.”
 

The professional players described how they manage injury, by grading their physical well-being from 1-5 to their club doctor. Freddie Burns said “We are very lucky to have the club doctors who care the way they do. With the kind of injuries players can get in the game, it’s important that we get seen to straight away.”
 

The students were keen to ask the pair about the worst injuries they’ve endured or have witnessed to which they described some horrific injuries that made the audience wince.
 
Students were interested to hear about the wide range of careers a club like Bath Rugby have to offer, as the players explained about roles including the Community Rugby Coach, Rugby Operations/Player Welfare Manager, Project Manager, Financial Controller, Chef and Physiotherapist.
 
Stuart King, Head of English and Maths and former Sport lecturer at Bath College said that: “Nathan and Freddie were both my sports students who had had lively, friendly and funny personalities. Even though rugby always came first in their lives they did not miss out on college work. They clearly recognized the value of an education.
 

“I remember very clearly chatting with them about their weekly rugby routines and how well they were progressing. How fantastic that they have both done so well! We have kept in touch since they left and I have felt so proud of their careers. A couple of months ago, seeing Nathan with his baby daughter in his arms certainly made me feel my age.”
 

Their talk to staff and sports students really identified the training schedules and rigors of being professional sportsmen. It is easy to watch a video or read an article but having England and Bath rugby players in the same room is inspiring for us all.
 

“They were pleased to give a little back to college, since they both recognise how much college supported them. I have already booked them to return next year. Long may their careers flourish!”
 
Thank you to Freddie and Nathan who really brought to life the different careers that sport has to offer, we look forward to your next talk at the college.
 

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Year 2 Product Design Students pitch their ideas to Designability

 

On Friday the 23rd November our incredibly talented Year 2 Product Design students pitched their final ideas for accessible products to Designability. This was the final step of their project that they have been working towards over the past few weeks.

 

Designability are an independent charity dedicated to making everyday life easier for people with disabilities or a long term health condition by inventing new life-changing assistive products and technologies. They follow the principle of human centered design, responding to real issues raised by real people living with real disabilities. This is a principle the students have also chosen to follow, as they are responding directly to real issues raised by Stephen, Kate and Wills (their end users).

 

Last week the students did their final testing with their end users, gathering vital information about ergonomics, colours and measurements. Stephen, Kate and Wills were thrilled with the progress and offered their opinions on how each product could be improved, and what they found ergonomically comfortable. This has informed the final prototype products the students made for their pitch. You can read about the end user testing here.

 

 

Following on from this vital feedback the students had one week to finalise and improve their products, as well as create their pitch for Designability (No small feat for one week!). After a week of final preparations, the day of the pitch finally arrived. In a set up much like Dragon’s Den, each student needed to present their ideas to a panel of three experts, including Rob, their mentor from Designability. Each student had prepared a short presentation, collated their prototypes and had a mood board and book with which to present. It was amazing to see the thought and care that had gone into each and every design, how ergonomics and client test data had informed the final prototypes, and how every detail right down to the appropriate colour had been considered. Rob seemed very impressed with the work that the students had undertaken in the short run time of the project, frequently asking students about their thought process and listening to the students recount all the research they had put into it.

 

 

Each student pitched their idea to the panel one by one, explaining what in their discussions with the end user had inspired the product. They then presented their initial designs, tests and prototypes, and explained what data had informed the final prototype, as well as the colours, sizes and shapes. Finally, they discussed commercial costs and methods for production, showing again their ability to think about the logistics within the real word of Product Design. There was then an opportunity for questions and comments from the panel. Rob was very interested in all the products and had lots of ideas for progression. Some students had thought about the environmental impact of their products, utilising recycled plastics rather than brand new ones, this was an idea that Rob loved!

 

It was incredible to see the range of products produced by the students, and how much feedback they have taken on and acted upon since the end user testing. The contrast in ideas across the board reflects the amazing spectrum of creativity within the class and all the students should be incredibly proud of not just the quantity of work that they did in a short space of time but the quality as well.

 

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Bath College Students lead successful work shops at Hayesfield Girls School

 

On Friday the 23rd of November a number of Bath College students and staff went over to Hayesfield Girls School for an employability day. The day aimed to provide pupils with more information about their post GCSE options, and over the course of the morning pupils attended different workshops and talks from employers, University students and College’s alike.

 

Post GCSE options can be a really daunting time for pupils, they face the prospect of the first real educational decision that they need to make for themselves about what they want to do with their future. Going to College can seem like a really big step, away from the comforts of School and into a brand new environment. This is why our staff and students were on hand to try and reduce the size that that step seems.

 

Over the morning Bath College students and staff delivered 4 workshops to students. A handful of Hair and Beauty students did some free hair curling whilst they talked about how they were finding the course and what they wanted to do after College. Two of our amazing Chef lecturers did a demonstration of a dessert with a flambé, whilst talking pupils through everything available on the Catering and Hospitality course. Complementary Therapy students gave out free hand and arm massages, allowing them to talk one on one with interested pupils about all the aspects of the course. Finally, Rob and Daisy, our Apprenticeship Gurus talked interested pupils through the steps to take to get onto an Apprenticeship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having small workshops means that pupils can talk to current College students in a more informal way, asking about College life as well as the course content. It also gives them a chance to see what skills they will learn at College via demonstrations of skill from current students. They could also engage directly with the College student’s enthusiasm for what they’re doing, by seeing current students enjoying what they’re studying rather than having a lecturer talk through course content. The pupils themselves were a little shy at first, but as the morning went on they grew more confident, asking questions and wanting to take part in the demonstrations. It was great to see the positive interactions between the two sets of students. Some of the Bath College students in attendance had actually completed their GCSE studies at Hayesfield school, and were able to talk to the current pupils on a one to one level about the transition from school to College.

 

Sarah Cooper, Bath College Schools Liaison Officer, oversaw the day. She was incredibly pleased with how the day progressed and the interaction between the staff, students and pupils, stating; “It was great to see so many Hayesfield students engaged in the Careers Day and getting a taste of different industries and careers. Students were really inspired by the various hands on workshops that the College provided.”

 

All in all, it was an incredible successful morning and we hope that we have helped to assure students that College is one of many fantastic options to start your future career. We look forward to working with Hayesfield in the future and we wish all the pupils success in their GCSE’s!

 

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Bath College student selected to be in Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet

 

We are very pleased to announce that one of our first year Performing Arts students, Dillon Berry, has been selected to make his debut with New Adventures in Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet. This is an incredible achievement and a fantastic opportunity he has secured for himself. He is one of 6 young cast members making his debut at The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton.
 
Dillon will be performing from the 24th September to the 28th September 2019, tickets are on sale now! If you would like anymore information then please see below:

 

 

 

 

New Adventures is delighted to announce full casting for the world premiere of Matthew Bourne’s “ROMEO AND JULIET” opening at Curve, Leicester on Monday 13 May 2019, as part of a UK tour to 13 venues including a four-week summer season at Sadler’s Wells from Wednesday 7 August to Saturday 31 August 2019. Full tour schedule below.

 

Matthew Bourne’s “ROMEO AND JULIET” is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, Britain’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company for this World Premiere production.

 

As part of New Adventures’ ambition to support the next generation of on-stage talent “ROMEO AND JULIET” will feature the finest emerging male and female dancers from around the UK. The search began in April 2018 with a call-out for young dancers currently in training aged between 16 and 19. Attracting over 1000 applications and following a UK-wide audition tour, Young Cast members will perform at each venue alongside the New Adventures company.

 

Matthew Bourne said today “New Adventures’ “Romeo and Juliet” will be a celebration of youthful energy, talent and creativity both on and off-stage and, uniquely, in all aspects of Choreography, Design and Music through the appointment of a series of “Young Associate Artists”. As we enter our fourth decade as a company I’m finding the development of young talent ever more important and fulfilling. Our new company of “Romeo and Juliet” features a staggering 97 young dancers making their debuts with us; some are joining us as part of their third year of training, others have come through our Company initiatives such as “Swan School”, “A Summer Adventure” and of course, our production of “Lord of the Flies” which inspired so many young men to seek careers in dance. This time we have focused on nurturing young male and female dancers, and I have been overwhelmed by the talent that we have had to choose from throughout the UK. I’m particularly happy to be working alongside my Young Associate Choreographer, Arielle Smith, an exceptional young dancemaker of great maturity and vision. In turn, after 30 years as a professional choreographer, I look forward to being refreshed and inspired by what this team of young artists will bring to Shakespeare’s classic tale of tragic conflict and young love”.

 

As previously announced the title roles of ‘Romeo’ and ‘Juliet’ will be played by six New Adventures rising stars and two exciting new dancers making their professional debuts.

 

Creating the role of Juliet will be Cordelia Braithwaite, currently performing as ‘Cinderella’ on the international tour; Seren Williams, who joined New Adventures in 2016 with Matthew Bourne’s award-winning production of “The Red Shoes” and Bryony Harrison who is making her debut with New Adventures on tour with Matthew Bourne’s legendary production of “Swan Lake”

 

The role of Romeo will be created by Andrew Monaghan, currently ‘The Pilot’ in “Cinderella”, Paris Fitzpatrick who is playing the ‘Angel’ in “Cinderella” and João Carolino who joined the company in 2017 with “Early Adventures”

 

Making their professional debuts with the company are Harrison Dowzell, as ‘Romeo’, who auditioned for the Young Cast in Nottingham, and Bryony Wood, as ‘Juliet’, discovered during the Young Cast auditions in Southampton. Both are in their graduate years at Performers College and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts respectively.

 

They are joined by leading New Adventures artists, Madelaine Brennan, Daisy May Kemp, Danny Reubens and Daniel Wright who will create the “adult” world of “Romeo and Juliet”.

 

Ben Brown, Reece Causton, Jackson Fisch, Kate Lyons, Stephen Murray and Mark Samaras who will come to this production direct from our USA Tour of Matthew Bourne’s “Cinderella”.

 

In addition there are sixteen young artists making their debut with New Adventures: Natasha Chu, Gaby Conn, Monique Jonas, Sharol Mackenzie, Hannah Mason, Asher Rosenheim, Catrin Thomas, Chris Thomas and Roisin Whelan; along with Benjamin Derham from Canterbury, Cameron Flynn from Aberdeen and Billy Scott from Plymouth who all performed in the Young Cast in the acclaimed New Adventures production of “Lord of the Flies” in 2014; and Alexander Fadayiro at Central School of Ballet, Jana Baldovino at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and Stanley Duventru-Huret at Urdang Academy who are completing their third year of dance training while on tour with “ROMEO AND JULIET”.

In addition to the full time cast above we will be joined by 6 young cast members (81 in total) at each venue making their debut with New Adventures:

  • At Curve, Leicester: Cerise Bedder, Austin Bladon, Megan Ferguson, Christian Knight and Alexander Love.
  • At Alhambra Theatre, Bradford: Pattarapong Chomchan, Zac Crowe, Bethany Curry, Yvette Levine, Hollie Smith and Tom Sutton.
  • At Royal & Derngate, Northampton: Matthew Brion, Jamie Blackadder, Edwin Cheng, Alanah Corbridge, Elise Ward and Karishma Young.
  • At Theatre Royal Plymouth: James Knott, Jamel Maarfi, Maea Morgan, Samuel Parham, Ella Roberts and Jessica Tarrant.
  • At The Lowry, Salford: Katie Agarwal, Georgia Collier, Orla Collier, Brandon Hunter, Patrick King and Kayde-Samuél Wright.
  • At Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff: Rachel Brookes-Brent, Llewelyn Brown, Berwyn Cooper, Atlanta Hatch and Francesca Rees.
  • At Sadler’s Wells, London, Cast One: Tanisha Addicott, Dan Baines, Emily Galvin, Ashton Hall, Hannah Kremer and Janacek Wood.
  • At Sadler’s Wells, London, Cast Two: Matt Cotton, Alexandra De Le Bastide, Hannah Joseph, Matthew Rawcliffe, Cleo Rose and Thomas Walton.
  • At Norwich Theatre Royal: Joe Barbrook, Chandi Brading, Freya Brown, Isis Clunie, Amonik Melaco and Jack Richardson.
  • At Birmingham Hippodrome: Lewis Baker: Órla Baxendale, India-Rose Cox, Savannah Ffrench, Alexander Love and Enrique Ngbokota.
  • At Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury: Matthew Amos, Eleanor McGrath, Charlie Mellor, Casper Mott, Rossana Samele and Holly Saw.
  • At Mayflower Theatre, Southampton: Dillon Berry, Samuel Dilkes, Bethany Hunt, Isabelle Evans, Arianne Morgan and Jago Mottart.
  • At Theatre Royal, Nottingham: Austin Bladon, Megan Ferguson, Alistair Fernie, Victoria Keal, Jaimie Tank and Sua Tsubokura-Aguiriano.
  • At Theatre Royal, Newcastle: Louis Baxter, Sam Carruthers, Kayleigh Oborka–Letman, Lisa Robinson, Andrew Scott and Chloe Shutt

 

New Adventures is committed to finding and developing diverse young talent from across the UK. Since “Lord of the Flies” in 2014 New Adventures has been supporting young dancers from this production on their journey into training and professional work. The company have delivered various initiatives, including Swan School, two week-long intensives designed to prepare graduate level dancers for the audition process.

 

Continuing New Adventures’ commitment to developing off-stage talent we have recruited a team of Young Associate Artists to work alongside the Artistic team in the creation of this world premiere production. Arielle Smith joins as Young Associate Choreographer; Elin Steele as Young Associate Set & Costume Designer and Ali Hunter as Young Associate Lighting Designer.

 

“ROMEO AND JULIET” is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, collaborating with his entire New Adventures Associate Artistic team; Etta Murfitt, Associate Artistic Director, set and costume design by Lez Brotherston; lighting by Paule Constable; sound by Paul Groothuis; and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live at every venue by The New Adventures Orchestra conducted by Brett Morris.

 

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FURTHER INFORMATION:

New Adventures is an iconic and ground-breaking British dance-theatre company, famous for telling stories with a unique theatrical twist. For over 30 years Matthew Bourne and New Adventures have delighted, inspired and nurtured people of all ages and backgrounds: audiences, artists and the next generation. We create world class productions and engaging projects, reaching thousands worldwide every year.
New Adventures has received numerous international awards and an incredible 12 Olivier Award nominations, including 6 wins. Over the past 30 years New Adventures has created 11 full-length productions and a triple-bill of short works. This award-winning repertoire has inspired and thrilled over 6 million people worldwide. Investing in the future of dance and theatre, New Adventures engages in inclusive projects with thousands of people of all ages and ability, as well as emerging artists across the UK and around the world. New Adventures is a national portfolio organisation supported using public funds by Arts Council England.

 

LISTINGS

ROMEO AND JULIET TOUR DATES 2019

 

MONDAY 13 MAY – SATURDAY 18 MAY
CURVE, LEICESTER – ON SALE NOW

WEDNESDAY 22 MAY – SATURDAY 25 MAY
ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BRADFORD – ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 28 MAY – SATURDAY 1 JUNE
ROYAL & DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON – ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 4 JUNE – SATURDAY 8 JUNE
THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH – ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 11 JUNE – SATURDAY 15 JUNE
THE LOWRY, SALFORD – ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 18 JUNE – SATURDAY 22 JUNE
WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF – ON SALE NOW

WEDNESDAY 7 AUGUST – SATURDAY 31 AUGUST (PRESS NIGHTS 9 AUGUST & 23 AUGUST)
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON – ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER
NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL – ON SALE SPRING 2019

TUESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME – ON SALE 3 DECEMBER 2018

TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER
MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY – ON SALE SOON

TUESDAY 24 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER
MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON – ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 1 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER
THEATRE ROYAL, NOTTINGHAM – ON SALE NOW

WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER
THEATRE ROYAL, NEWCASTLE – ON SALE NOW

 

Please note: Alexander Love will perform in both Birmingham and Leicester. Austin Bladon and Megan Ferguson will perform in both Leicester and Nottingham.

 

 

Announcement, News

UCU Industrial Action Statement

 

We have learned that a small number of our staff are taking industrial action on 28th and 29th November. Whilst we are disappointed that some staff are striking, we understand the reasons why. The reality is that Further Education Colleges are inadequately funded by central government and, in fact, we recently took part in the national Love Our Colleges campaign to highlight the lack of central funding and the fact that nationally FE lecturers are not paid well when compared to other education professionals in schools and universities.
 
Our focus is on our students, and I can confirm that the College will remain open throughout the industrial action as we expect the majority of teaching and learning activity to proceed as usual. Staff who are working will ensure that there is minimal disruption to students’ studies and students should continue attending college as normal on the two days of industrial action.
 
We recognise that over the past couple of years we have been through difficult financial times, which has resulted in job losses and no cost of living pay awards. However, we have all worked hard to secure the future of Bath College and prior to the ballot for strike action taking place we had already proposed a 1% pay increase and although we recognise the limitations of the offer we believe that this is the maximum that we can afford whilst still ensuring that the financial wellbeing of the College is secured for all our staff and students.
 
We look forward to continuing to work with the Unions as appropriate.
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College
 

News

Year 2 Product Design students create products for disabled users

 

Last week our Year 2 Product Design students had the opportunity to ask some questions and get feedback to help finalise their products ahead of their pitch to Designability.
 
The students have been working with three members of the community who have an extra need, Stephen Early, Kate Clark and Wills Aston. At the start of the project the users briefed the students on what everyday life was like, and the challenges that they face each day. It was then up to the students to think about what sort of product would be useful to alleviate a certain problem, as well being commercially viable and flexible to all sorts of need levels.
 
Their end client is Designability, who are an independent charity dedicated to making everyday life easier for people with disabilities or a long term health condition by inventing new life-changing assistive products and technologies. Designability follow the principle of human centred design, they respond to real issues raised by real people living with real disabilities. This is a principle the students have chosen to follow, as they are responding directly to real issues raised by Stephen, Kate and Wills.
 
Student Pitching Idea

The sheer range of ideas from the students is outstanding, each one pulling from an issue they interpreted from their talks with Stephen, Kate and Wills. Stephen, who uses a wheelchair, mentioned that he struggled to clean the wheels after he drives through mud. One student has designed a brush that can be operated with a standard drinks bottle.   Stephen was thrilled with the idea, as all he would have to do it screw it in, give the bottle a quick squeeze and move his chair forward. Kate uses a walking stick to assist with her mobility and had off-handedly mentioned she was thinking about getting a dog. One student took this on board and designed a clip on lead that would allow Kate to continue using her walking stick, whilst also keeping her other hand free in case she has a fall.
 
The students have really thrown themselves into the project, thinking about what the users really needed, how they would work and how they could be adapted to people with more complex needs and how user-friendly they were. The feedback session proved invaluable for the users and students alike. The students were able to get real user feedback, final measurements and gather vital ergonomic data about what handles, motions, lengths and weights were comfortable to use. The users got to help finalise and see what products could soon be out there on the market to assist them.
 
Product Design tutor James Purslow stated “The students have outdone themselves this year, fantastic engagement with the project, their consideration for needs of the ‘end users’ and their willingness to adapt and adopt to the feedback from both the Designability mentor Rob Hanson and the users themselves. They have faced both engineering and ergonomic challenges that are beyond what is usually expected of students at this level and, not only have they stepped up to these challenges, they have developed some fantastically innovative, surprising and commercially viable products.” – the students really should be proud of themselves!
 
The students now have a final week to amend their products, utilising their newly gathered feedback. The final pitch to Designability will be Friday 23rd November, and we wish them the best of luck!
 

News

Students get top results in Refrigeration and Stonemasonry at WorldSkills UK live competition

 

Bath College had four students competing in WorldSkills UK live last week, which held the UK National Finals of more than 70 WorldSkills UK Competitions, giving the most talented apprentices and students the chance to be named as the UK’s best in their chosen skill.
 
The competitions challenge and assess an individual’s applied knowledge, technical ability and employability skills against a set of performance criteria, with finalists competing for gold, silver and bronze medals and the opportunity to be selected to join Squad UK to train for future international competitions.
 
Two Refrigeration students, Chandler Davison and Kevin Ballantine, made the top six for SkillFRIDGE as well as two Stonemasonry students, Josh Underwood and Hartaj Hunjan,  who made the top eight for Stonemasonry in SkillBuild.
 
Chandler, SkillFRIDGE finalist

Bath College was the only training provider in the 2018 SkillFRIDGE competition to see two of its students make the top six, with Chandler (pictured left) winning Silver in the competition.
 
In the SkillBuild completion, Hartaj received Highly Commended and Josh received Silver for their Stonemasonry work.
 
Chandler, who topped the national rankings and was the recipient of the SkillFRIDGE National Winner accolade, is employed by Thermocold Ltd – a family-run business working in and around the South West region – and is set to complete his four year apprenticeship course in September.
 
Kevin,, SkillFRIDGE finalist
Kevin (pictured right) spent fifteen years in other trades before pursuing a career in RACHP (refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems), after his elder brother asked him to partner with him and start their own company; TKB Air Conditioning.
 
Simon Robinson, Refrigeration & Electrical Learning Coordinator said: “I am over the moon with the result, the lads have equally put a lot of their personal and work time in to this competition, so support from the employers must be equally applauded.
 
“Both lads have inspired the Refrigeration classes and staff with their efforts to do well and use their initiative to overcome weaknesses prior to entering the finals. The competition is always fierce as this is as much as massive title for the apprentice as an accolade for the college or training establishments.
 
“To have the pair in the finals is a first for Bath College and to come away with a silver medal is well deserved.”
 

Josh and Hartaj, Skillbuild finalists

Josh and Hartaj, Skillbuild Stonemasonry finalists


 
Hartaj has just finished the Stonemasonry course at Bath College and is an apprentice at A F Jones Stonemasons Ltd.
 
Josh is also doing an apprenticeship at a Stonemasonry business, his is with Phidias Neo Classical, based in Bristol. After his apprenticeship finishes he would also like to start a business.
 
Paul Maggs, Stonemasonry lecturer said: “The lads worked extremely hard and I am very proud of their achievements at the world skills competition.”
 
If you would like more information on apprenticeships at Bath College, click here.
 

Charlie, Health Social Care Student

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Bath College commemorates WWI Centenary

 

Sunday marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, and to commemorate the Centenary, some of our Level 3 Health and Social Care students, such as Charlie Munan (pictured above), have been interviewing older people about their experiences in the War to go into a book ‘A Century’s Memories’.
 
The heritage lottery funded project was a collaboration with B&NES council and age UK to bring together the old, the young and the community to record memories. The book was launched in October and has been delivered to local schools, libraries and museums.
 
Participants included Keynsham Detachment of the City and County of Bristol Army Cadet Force, Midsomer Norton Platoon of the Somerset Cadet Battalion (The Rifles) Army cadet Force, Larkhall Friendship Circle, Bath Branch of the Women’s Royal Army Corps Association, Keynsham Day Centre, Somerset District Miner’s Welfare Trust and Radstock Museum.
 
Reverend Ian Rousell and Rob PopejoyIn the run up to Remembrance day, Bath College has held remembrance services at each campus, allowing staff and students to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in war.
 
The Revd Roger Driver from St Michael’s Without delivered a service at the City Centre Campus on Wednesday and The Revd Ian Rousell from Westfield Church delivered a service at the Somer Valley Campus on Thursday.
 
Along with the prayers and two-minute silence, students heard from Rob, our Student Welfare Officer, who read some beautiful poetry.
 
The services were dynamic and powerful, with newspapers from 1918 being shared with the congregation to give some historical context to the end of WWI.
 
Thank you to the crowds of staff and students who attended the services, it was wonderful to see such a large group of young people show their respects.
 

Our Young Stars launch

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The James Dyson Foundation backs B&NES ‘Our Young Stars’ Awards

 

The James Dyson Foundation has been confirmed as a main supporter of Bath and North East Somerset’s Our Young Stars Awards.
 
The awards will recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of extraordinary young people in the district.
 
The James Dyson Foundation, which introduces young people to the exciting world of engineering, is the fifth major supporter to back the awards.
 
Sir James Dyson, founder of The James Dyson Foundation, said: “I am constantly impressed with the ingenuity of young people. My foundation has worked with school children in Bath for many years to encourage their inventive spirit. It is these creative minds who will solve our future world problems. I hope this award will inspire more young people to achieve great things.”
 
In launching the awards at the Guildhall, Bath & North East Somerset Council Leader, Tim Warren said: “I was inspired to create the awards after hearing the remarkable stories of young people, who make a valuable contribution to their community, at Bristol’s Young Heroes Awards, organised by Community of Purpose earlier this year.
 
“I know that across Bath and North East Somerset there are many selfless and courageous young people, who may have forsaken some of the joys and freedom of childhood to make a difference to the lives of others or to achieve great things in the face of adversity or personal challenges.
 
“I think it’s important to recognise these young people, share their stories and celebrate their achievements.
 
“If you know a young person worthy of an ‘Our Young Stars Award’ please make a nomination – we don’t want to miss anyone.”
 
Residents, schools and organisations are now being asked to nominate a young person who they feel is worthy of such an award and receive the recognition they deserve.
 
There are five categories and our thanks go to the sponsors for their generosity and support:
Education – YTL / Wessex Water
Unsung – IESIS Group Ltd (Rengen Developments)
Courage – Kersfield
Sport – Bath Rugby
Innovation – The James Dyson Foundation
 
A panel of judges will look at all the nominations in December and select three of the most deserving young people from each category to become finalists. The fifteen finalists will then be invited to a Gala Awards Dinner on 9th March 2019 for a celebration of their achievements, where the winners will be announced and awards presented to all of the finalists.
 
The Our Young Stars Awards are supported by Wessex Water, Bath Rugby, IESIS (Rengen Developments), Kersfield and The James Dyson Foundation, Bath Bid and Southgate.
 
Colin Skellett, CEO of YTL Power International, which owns Wessex Water, said: “Wessex Water is delighted to help sponsor these awards to celebrate the outstanding achievements of many of our young people who not only manage their own lives, but look after and care for others.”
 
Iestyn Lewis, CEO of IESIS Group, a multi-disciplinary property consultancy, development and engineering company, said: “IESIS Group is proud to be a sponsor of this incredible event recognising young leaders and volunteers who have a positive impact on the Bath and North East Somerset Community.”
 
Tarquin McDonald, Chief Executive of Bath Rugby, said: “We are delighted to support the Young Stars Awards and to help celebrate amazing children and young adults. Their example is an inspiration and something they, and more widely all of us, should be very proud of. By celebrating their achievements other people will hopefully be inspired and realise the profoundly positive impact they too can have in their community.”
 
David Newton, Chief Executive at Kersfield, a Bath-based property developer, said: “We know from personal experience that we have some truly inspirational young people living in Bath and the surrounding area. This is a great initiative to acknowledge the achievements and contributions these fantastic and often under-celebrated young people make. We are proud to sponsor the Courage category and look forward to meeting and celebrating with the nominees and winners at the awards evening.”
 
Nominees must be 18 or under on December 31st 2018 and live in Bath and North East Somerset.
 
The deadline for nominations is Friday 30th November 2018.
 
Nomination forms are available online at: www.bathnes.gov.uk/ouryoungstars
 
Completed forms can also be returned by post to: Bath and North East Somerset Council, The Leader’s Office, Guildhall, Bath. BA1 5AW
Or emailed to: Leader&cabinetoffice@bathnes.gov.uk
 

Chandler next to SkillFridge poster

Construction & Engineering, News, Student Spotlight

Four Bath College students make WorldSkills UK competition final

 

Bath College have four students who are competing in WorldSkills UK live, the home of the UK National Finals of more than 70 WorldSkills UK Competitions, giving the most talented apprentices and students the chance to be named as the UK’s best in their chosen skill.
 
The competitions challenge and assess an individual’s applied knowledge, technical ability and employability skills against a set of performance criteria, with finalists competing for gold, silver and bronze medals and the opportunity to be selected to join Squad UK to train for future international competitions.
 
Two Refrigeration students, Chandler and Kevin, have made the top six for SkillFRIDGE as well as two Stonemasonry students who have made the top eight for Stonemasonry in SkillBuild.
 
Bath College is the only training provider in the 2018 SkillFRIDGE competition to see two of its students make the top six: Chandler Davison and Kevin Ballantine.
 
Chandler (pictured above), who has topped the national rankings and will be the recipient of the SkillFRIDGE National Winner accolade, is employed by Thermocold Ltd – a family-run business working in and around the South West region – and is set to complete his four year apprenticeship course in September.
 
Speaking on what led him into the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, Chandler said: “It was a great apprenticeship programme to enter at college and was a subject that I was interested in, especially due to the fact that my Dad has worked in the industry his entire life.”
 
Kevin spent fifteen years in other trades before pursuing a career in RACHP (refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems), after his elder brother asked him to partner with him and start their own company; TKB Air Conditioning.
 
Following a year on the tools, Kevin opted for a course with Bath College. He notes: “We decided it would be beneficial for me to get a qualification in the industry to help us progress further.
 
“I signed up to a two-year apprenticeship with a possibility of doing a third after. I’ve just completed my first year and it’s all going well so far.”
 
Josh and Hartaj, by Skillbuild poster
Josh Underwood and Hartaj Hunjan (pictured above) came first and second in the regional heats of the SkillBuild Stonemasonry competition in the stonemasonry workshop at the Somer Valley Campus and have now made it to the final at WorldSkills UK live.
 
Hartaj is delighted to have made the final: “I was quite surprised to finish where I did as I tried last year and didn’t quite make it. It’s great to see how much I’ve improved in a year.”
 
Hartaj has just finished the Stonemasonry course at Bath College and is an apprentice at A F Jones Stonemasons Ltd.
 
“I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as they are enabling me to hone my skills. It’s a great way to learn and improve, as eventually I would like to go self-employed.”
 
Josh is also doing an apprenticeship at a Stonemasonry business, his is with Phidias Neo Classical, based in Bristol. After his apprenticeship finishes he would also like to start a business.
 
Paul Maggs, Stonemasonry lecturer at Bath College is very impressed with his students: “We are incredibly proud of Josh and Hartaj who worked so hard for the competition.
 
“To have our only two competitors enter the final is a real testament to their talent.”
 
WorldSkills UK live takes place on 15th-17th November at the NEC Birmingham.
 

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