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Announcement, News

Cats Protection Pens now at Bath College

 
Bath College Animal Care students are looking after cats that need rehoming in brand new cat pens opened this week at the Somer Valley Campus.
 
The Frome and District Branch of Cats Protection will be running the pens by making appointments for potential new owners to adopt them into their homes whilst the students take care of the cats, giving them valuable industry experience.
 
Poppy and Monty the cats120 cats get rehomed by the Frome and District Branch of Cats Protection each year, which may be able to increase now that the cat pens at Bath College have opened.
 
Volunteers are often hard to come by, so Emma Harrison at Cats Protection thought it would be a great opportunity to work with students.
 
She said: “Previous to my role at Cats Protection, I was Head of Animal Management at a Land-Based College in Berkshire and felt that my experience in education and my understanding of the Animal Care and Management curriculum would be really useful in exploring a possible collaboration with Bath College.
 
“After a lot of careful planning, we now have a 4 pen cattery unit situated at the college. The students and staff will provide the day to day care of the foster cats and our Cats Protection volunteer will manage admissions, vet visits and adoptions. This resource will allow the Frome and District Branch of Cats Protection to be able to help more cats but will also provide students with a fantastic opportunity to gain experience working with cats and with a National charity.”
 

Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College, opened the cat pens by cutting the ceremonial ribbon.
 
She said: “We are delighted to be working with the Cats Protection on this project, which offers invaluable experience for our learners. We would like to thank the Frome branch, who have carefully planned the logistics of holding the pens at the College with our Landbased staff.
 
“The pens are start-of-the-art, and it was great to see new residents, Pansy, Buddy, Monty and Poppy, settle in.”
 
Appointments to re-home cats will open soon. For more details, contact: fromecp@gmail.com
 

Announcement, News

Life and Independent Living Skills Students running Bath College Shop

 

A huge well done to the Bath College Life and Independent Living Skills (LILS) Students who have successfully taken over the day-to-day running of the College Shop.
 
The LILS programme is for SEND learners and focuses on preparing young people for adulthood by promoting independence wherever possible.
 
Bruno Elliott, Inclusion Facilitator at Bath College, is overseeing the learners in the shop. He said: “Students say that it helps them get ready for employment. It does this by making them realise the importance of customer service in a retail setting and improving their communication skills.
 
“Handling money plays an important role in preparing for the workplace. It also enables them to feel more part of the College.”
 
The College Shop sells a variety of art equipment, stationery and other useful items such as reusable coffee cups and is open Monday-Friday 10.00-11.45 and 12.50-14.45.
 
Shop customers are kindly asked to be patient with the students staffing the shop as they learn the ropes of a retail environment.
 

Access to HE, Awards, News

Case Study: Pearl Bartlett, Access to Higher Education

 

 

Pearl is an Access to Higher Education student hoping to go on to University. She has overcome many personal obstacles and has showed a tenacity to learn that will serve her well in the future. Pearl has also recently won a prestigious award for her hard work as a voluntary peer mentor on a ward and her assistance with helping to keep people well, the NHS Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Award for Recovery and Hope. This was presented by none other than Frank Bruno! We caught up with Pearl to ask her about her experiences and aspirations:

 

 

What course did you study at Bath College?

I studied GCSE English and Maths at Bath College in 2016/17 and after successfully passing them, last year I began Access to HE Health and Social Care part time. I will be completing the Access course this year.

 

What was/is the most enjoyable aspect of your course?

The most enjoyable part was studying Psychology, this allowed me to gain further knowledge into mental illnesses and insight into therapies that I had undergone myself to get well.

 

What have you done on your course that you feel is most valuable?

Psychology and Sociology have given me the most valuable knowledge base to assist me further with going to University and furthering my career.

 

What made you apply to Bath College?

I looked at the local college in my hometown and then Bath. The success rate, support and the general feedback from previous students made me decide that Bath was in my best interests.

 

What do you want to after College?

After college I want to go to University and be the first generation in my family to go, but also to see change within the treatment of people with poor mental health.

 

What piece of advice would you give to students looking to study Access to HE?

The advice I would give to future students is take on board the advice given in study skills and pace yourself. Never leave assignments until the last minute and always ask for help if you need it. The lecturers are helpful and want to assist you and allow you to get the best from yourself. Their support is amazing.

 

How did you overcome your personal challenges to complete the course?

I suffered with extremely poor mental health and was very scared to move to a new city and begin education again. However, being honest with the lecturers about my wellbeing and being able to talk to fellow students about my personal journey really boosted my confidence and gave me a sense of pride.

 

What was the award you won and why did you win it?

I was recently a winner of the NHS Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Award for Recovery and Hope. I was nominated for this prestigious award for my volunteer role as a peer mentor. I won this due to the nominations I received and for ongoing presentation of my story and explanations and promotion of the peer mentoring project. I volunteer supporting mentees on the ward and within the community assisting them to keep well.

 

 

We’re very proud of all Pearls achievements whilst at College and special congratulations are in order for this incredible Award. We’re positive you’ll smash it at University and we wish you all the best with your future aspirations!

 

If you’re interested in going to University but you’re not sure how you can then have a look at our Access to Higher Education courses, we have a full time course that takes 1 year to complete, and a part time course that takes 2 years to complete. All our Access to HE students have incredible success going on to University and a high number even secure places at top Russell Group Universities studying topics such as Paramedic Science and Veterinary Medicine.

 

You can find the full time course here and the part time course here. Or you can talk to one of our helpful staff members about what you want to study at University and how the Access course can help, either call 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk

 

 

Announcement, News

Bath College launch series of free courses to help further develop skills in the community

 

Bath College have put together some brand new free courses to help local people and businesses.

 

Whether it’s short courses to help get back into employment, computing courses or English language courses, the College can help you upskill.

 
These courses are in addition to the existing Adult Community Learning programme that Bath College currently runs, which provides a wide range of courses intended for those who want to improve their chances to find work, support their families or live independently.

 
Free Short Courses

 
These courses are perfect for people who are looking to get back into the workplace and include:
• Health and Safety in the Workplace (Free CSCS Card)
• Working as a Door Supervisor/ Stewarding (Free SIA Licence)
• Warehousing and Storage (Free FLT Licence)
• CCTV Operator (Free SIA Licence)
• Logistics and Transport (Free DGV Licence)
• Working in the Care Sector including Work Placement (Free Care Certificate Portfolio)

 
All courses include:
• Functional Skills English and Mathematics;
• Personal Development for Employability; and,
• Emergency First Aid in the Workplace.

 
We also offer:
• Bookkeeping, SAGE & Business Administration (Free AAT Registration)

 
Free IT / Computer Courses
These courses are designed for those who are either completely new to computers or want to brush up on existing IT skills.
The Bath College Learning Centre is located in a professional adult learning environment located at the City Centre Campus.
Courses include:
• IT Level 1 Certificate – This course is designed to develop your skills in Microsoft Office programmes including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
• IT Level 2 Extended Certificate – This course is aimed at learners who have either achieved the Level 1 Certificate or already have experience, and a good understanding of Microsoft Office programmes.

 
Free ESOL – English Language Courses
These courses are to help develop English Reading, Writing or Speaking and Listening Skills for those whose first language is not English.
The courses lead to recognised qualifications and are free to most people, including those from other European Union countries. They are for all levels of ability to enable people to learn at their own pace.

 
For more information about any of our new free courses, visit www.bathcollege.ac.uk/freecourses or call 01225 312720

 

Events, News

Top local chefs support Bath College students at Charity Gala Dinner in aid of Dorothy House

 

Bath College announces they are hosting a Charity Gala Dinner in their Shrubbery Restaurant on Thursday 31st January 2019 at 6.30pm in aid of local Hospice, Dorothy House. A four course tasting menu will be served with each course prepared by a different high-profile, local chef with the assistance of the College’s catering students.
 
Bath College are launching the Charity Gala Dinner as part of their annual programme of collaborative fine dining events featuring top, local chefs working alongside staff and students, offering their inspiration and expertise.
 
The line-up of four well-known local chefs will be similar to a round of Professional Masterchef as the chefs will present a brief commentary on the food they have prepared. Each course of the dinner will be created by a different chef including: Chris Cleghorn, Head Chef from The Olive Tree who has worked with Heston Blumenthal, Michael Caines and Adam Simmonds; David Campbell, Head Chef at the 3AA rosette award winning Dower House Restaurant at the Royal Crescent Hotel; Garry Rosser of the award winning fish and chip restaurant, The Scallop Shell, who trained under Mitch Tonks at Fishworks and Damien Wager, a self-taught patisserie chef, who runs his own pastry academy, Edible Art Patisserie
 
This is truly a college-wide event as the dinner will be served front-of-house by students from the Hospitality course and table decorations will be designed and created by the Floristry students and staff. There will also be live music from local guitarist JD and a full bar.
 
Phillippa Watson, Philanthropy Manager at Dorothy House commented: “This Charity Gala Dinner is an exciting new event for Bath to raise funds for vital patient care at the hospice.
 
“We believe this could become an annual ‘hot ticket’ for the Bath calendar bringing together the professional experience of top local chefs and the creative ideas of up and coming Bath College catering students. We’re indebted to the Bath College team for organising this fabulous event.”
 
Damien Wager said that: “I am honoured to be involved in this event and look forward to working alongside not only the best local chefs Bath has to offer, but the culinary students who aspire to be as successful as them one day.”
 
Ryan Hanson, Deputy Head of Hospitality and Catering at Bath College added that: “Students and staff alike are really excited and proud to be working on this event. As caterers these are the occasions that inspire and enthuse teams and for our students it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn and show what they can do.
 
“Couple that with the charitable aim of Dorothy House, a charity we have raised money for before and it’s a wonderful recipe for success.”
 
A limited number of sixty tickets are available for this prestigious event. Tickets are £60 per head with tables available in groups of six, eight and ten as well as individually. To book a table or a ticket visit https://www.dorothyhouse.org.uk/events/charity-gala-dinner/ or contact Phillippa Watson, Philanthropy Manager at Dorothy House on 01225 721480.
 


 

Events, News

Catering and Hospitality Employability Week

 

Our Catering and Hospitality students have enjoyed three days of amazing talks, workshops and masterclasses as a part of their employability days. These included a Spice Masterclass, Chocolate Voyage, Cocktail Masterclass, a Hospitality and Customer service talk and workshop, Venison butchery and speed dating interviews with top industries.

 

The purpose of the employability days is to allow students to network with real industry professionals, as well as learn valuable skills that will help them to get and maintain a solid career in their chosen industry.

 

There was a huge selection of classes, talks and workshops on offer, so the students were really spoiled for choice. Tracy Chapman’s Chocolate Voyage went down a storm on the first day as students were able to take part in a chocolate tasting workshop. Tracy is an expert in all things chocolate and a member of the Institute of Chocolate and Cacao tasting London. She talked about the difference between taste and flavour and led the students through an interactive tasting workshop on how to identify flavours, a good skill for any chef transferable across all types of food. Callum Rixson from The Hideout in Bath was also popular, leading students through a cocktail masterclass. He was incredibly passionate about each drink, talking through not only how to make it, but the decisions behind each flavour addition and the choice of alcohol. He also spent time informing the students about each piece of equipment and what they’re used for and how to use them correctly.

 

 

On the second day the students were treated to another collection of amazing opportunities, these included Customer Service talks and Venison Butchery classes from The Pig, Seafood masterclasses led by Sean Wood from the Billingsgate Seafood School and Wine workshops led by Richard Guest from Talking Wines. Steph Young from The Pig led an engaging talk and workshop on Customer Service and hospitality. As Restaurant Manager for The Pig near Bath, hospitality is one of her day to day jobs and she talked at length about her experiences, and what it took to get to where she was in the industry. She also then led a more interactive workshop, giving groups of students a particular type/group of customers and tasking them to think of how to provide the correct type of hospitality and service to suit their client’s needs. The Pig were also on hand again to lead a masterclass on Venison Butchery. They brought up one of their own fresh deer, reared on site, and led students through where each of the cuts originates. Showing students how to prepare the meat for cooking, what to remove and how to remove each cut safely. They talked about what each part of the animal can be used for in order to minimise any waste produced and to get as much from the animal as possible. This was an incredibly useful workshop for any aspiring chefs who want to work with completely fresh meat, and invaluable knowledge for the industry.

 

 

On the final day of their employability workshops our students had workshops and talks from Noya Paladim on Vietnamese food, Chris Cleghorn (Head Chef from The Olive Tree Bath) and Ed Twitchett former student and founder of Round Hill Roastery. There was also a speed dating interview workshop, where students were interviewed by industry professionals from The Bath Pub Company, Royal Crescent Hotel, The Bath Priory and Catering Services International. These interviews not only allowed them to meet industry professionals, but to network and get valuable practice and feedback on their interview skills. This will be invaluable when they leave College and are entering the real world of Catering and Hospitality.

 

 

We hope that the students enjoyed their three days of workshops, masterclasses and talks and we would like to thank all the Industry Professionals for giving up their time to come and in and work with our students.

 

If you are interested in a Catering and Hospitality course then please click here for more information

 

Announcement, Events, News

Chef v Chef 2019

 

All the ingredients are being prepared for the annual Chef v Chef contest which pits the best local cooks against one another and also gives the next generation a chance to show what they can do.
 
It was back in 2006 that Catering Services International, Bath College and the Initiative in B&NES dreamt up the idea of a competition to celebrate the talent operating in our restaurants, hotels and bars.
 
Since then prize-winners have gone on to become Head Chefs in a wide variety of establishments. This year’s competitors will hope to follow in their footsteps by impressing the glittering jury of judges, including Gary Jones, Scott Lucas, Stuart McLeod, Stuart Ash and Damien Wager.
 
“There’s no doubt that the competition has played a part in encouraging ever higher standards which brings a great boost to the local economy,” said Ian Bell, Executive Director of the Initiative in B&NES.
 
Andrew Berman, MD of Catering Services International, the UK’s leading specialist in catering and hospitality recruitment is really looking forward to this year’s competition which will be held on February 15th: “We have a phenomenal pool of talented chefs throughout the region and Chef v Chef is the ideal platform to showcase their culinary excellence. Entries are open to all, creating a very diverse competition.”
 
Bath College hosts the competition, which gives a range of their students the chance to display their skills under the pressure of a contest. Ryan Hanson said: “It’s fantastic to have Chef v Chef back at College this year, previous competitors have found it the launch pad to opportunities at some of the best places in the country.”
 
The competition is split into two sections, with professionals in one and students in the other. The pros have to produce two courses, this year featuring guinea fowl, whilst the students will be judged on both kitchen and restaurant skills.
 
There are cash prizes and a chance for work experience in a two Michelin starred restaurant in Cambridge.
 
All the details are available at www.chefvchef.co.uk and entries close on January 25th.
 

Apprenticeships, News

Bath College’s Top Three Apprenticeships of the Month

January Edition

 

It’s 2019 and what better way to start the year than with three brand new opportunities. We’ve taken our pick of the top three apprenticeships that you can apply for and have compiled them into this post. (Click the headers to look at the full job description).

 

#1

 

Level 2 IT Support Apprentice

This role is working with DHI (Developing Health and Independence) who are a local charity dedicated to getting people back on their feet. They work closely with people on the fringes of society to help them get back into work and live independently. They are looking for an IT apprentice to come in and assist with the day to day running of the charity as well as bring new ideas in to shape their technology strategy. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone who is looking to get into the IT industry, as you will be trained on the job in support, configuration and have the opportunity to bring your own ideas and knowledge to the table. The staring salary is £4.90 per hour.

 

#2

 

Level 3 Apprentice Office Administrator

This is an advanced apprenticeship in Business Administration working with Timbersource Ltd. Timbersource are a leading supplier of timber in the UK, championing a sustainable approach. Sustainable wood is a natural and eco-friendly solution to many material costs and problems we face today. Timbersource are looking for a hardworking apprentice to join their team on the back of significant growth. You will be working directly with managers and directors to deliver an efficient administration process, such as communicating with customers, processing orders and invoices, and preparing statistics for meetings. As well as your time spent in the office you will complete a Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration. The Salary is £10,400 per year.

 

#3

 

Level 2 Apprentice Receptionist

Our third and final Apprenticeship is a Level 2 Apprentice Receptionist. This would be working at a busy secondary school in Bath, St Marks. The role is in the administration team, ensuring the reception area runs smoothly. The receptionist will be the first point of contact for all visitors and callers and so St Marks are after someone who is calm, approachable and has a cheery disposition. The apprenticeship is expected to take 16 months, during which you will complete an NVQ Level 2 Qualification in Business Administration. On completion of the Apprenticeship there are many opportunities for progression, promotion and additional training. The salary is £5.90 an hour.

 

 

News

ED IS ONE STEP NEARER TO HOLLYWOOD!

Bath College Creative Media Production course leader  is one step nearer to Hollywood as he’s been shortlisted for the international film competition ‘The Pitch’.

 

Ed, pitched his short film idea, ‘Clay’ and has successfully made it through to the finals. Along with nine industry professionals he attended a residential course in the Lake District last week then will go on to pitch his story idea at Pinewood Studios in the New Year.

 

The overall winner will receive a unique opportunity to have their film made with production support and a budget of £30K.  The winner will go to Hollywood, meet Ralph Winter, producer of X-men and Fantastic Four, and host of other industry professionals who will give feedback on the completed film.

 

Ed, a Lecturer in Media Production at Bath College said: “I’ve entered the competition a few times, but never got this far before so I’ve learnt a few things along the way.  In fact this year’s pitch was inspired from last year’s pitch that needed development.  When I reflect I would say there are a few themes I am dealing with such as masculinity, parenting and death.

 

Looking forward to the course Ed said, “If it’s anything like the masterclass we had with Laurie Hutzler at the Watershed last month then it’s going to be hugely beneficial.  As a father of 2 young kids finding time to think through your ideas and concepts is hard work so to have 3 days and exclusive access time to industry professional such as David Baboulene, Jackie Sheppard and Luke is going to be so invaluable.”

 

Luke Walton, the project’s director says:  “2018 has seen a leap in the number, variety and quality of pitches submitted to us for funding, and Ed should feel proud to have reached this stage. This is talent that deserves investment and that is why we offer them development through this residential course. David Baboulene has made extensive study of how story telling works in film and this course will be a prize in and of its self.”

 

You can have a look at Ed’s entry here, and find all the entries on Enter the Pitch’s website here

 

For more details and interview opportunities please contact Bridget Batty, Limetree Public Relations on bridget@limetreepr.co.uk or 07771 870400

 

 

Apprenticeships, News

Apprentice of the Month: January 2019

 

Our January Apprentice of the Month is Ruth Powell. Ruth has been nominated by her tutor Romina Silva, she is studying Level 2 Business Administration and completing her apprenticeship at Monkton Combe School as a HR Assistant.
The Business Administration Apprenticeship requires you to play and important support role within a business or organisation. This could be a Business Support Officer, Receptionist, Junior Legal/medical Secretary. It’s a great route into a more senior role, as many apprenticeships will have opportunities for progression and further training after completion. You can also progress onto a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship and continue your studies.
Romina Silva is incredibly proud of Ruth’s achievements and her hard work in her role, she stated:

 

“Ruth has impressively progressed within her role. She has shown eagerness and willingness to learn and strived for perfection.”

 

Ruth’s Assessor also added:

“Ruth joined Monkton Combe School in Bath in November 2017 as a level 2 Business and Administration Apprentice. Since joining Monkton Combe School, Ruth has progressed impressively within her role as a HR Assistant. As an Apprentice at Bath College, Ruth always shows a willingness and eagerness to learn new skills and strives for perfection with both her work and College assignments. Ruth is very much a valued member of the team at Monkton Combe School.”

 

 

 

Although we are proud of all our hard working Apprentice’s at Bath College, only one can win the Apprentice of the Month. Ruth more than deserves the title and we are proud to award her Apprentice of the Month for January 2019, the first star Apprentice of the year! Well done Ruth, we wish you all the best with the rest of your Apprenticeship and the future.
If you’re interested in a Business Administration Apprenticeship you can find all the information here. We also currently have a vacancy for a Level 2 Business Administration Apprentice at St Marks secondary school in Bath. The role is as an Apprentice Receptionist, and the successful applicant will need to be calm, approachable and have a cheery disposition. You can find all the details here, be sure to get your applications in before the closing date on the 20th January.

 

 

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