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Announcement, News

Bath College £2million Catering and Hospitality provision to open in Autumn term

 

Bath College is being awarded more than £2 million from the West of England Joint Committee’s Local Growth Fund to support the refurbishment of its Catering and Hospitality Education and Training Hub. This will create a state-of-the-art hub with specialist training facilities to keep pace with the growing demand for hospitality and catering sector skills.
 
The College held a consultation meeting with local hospitality businesses to get ideas about how to develop the catering and hospitality provision to further meet local demand.
 
The consultation was attended by representatives from Chaine des Rottisseurs, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Bath Pub Company, Hotel Indigo, Corkage, Babington House, Searcy’s, Edible Arts Patisserie, Koffman & Mr Whites and The Manor House.
 
The Ralph Allen Building currently houses the catering facilities, however this building has recently been sold, so architects are currently planning with the College how they can move it into the Roper Building.
 
The brand new facilities will include a full commercial restaurant as well as both a skills and production kitchen, set to open in the Autumn term.
 
Students will be learning skills including 5 course menus to industry standards as well as training high-end front of house skills.
 
The kitchens will each hold space for sixteen students including a disabled access station and a lecture space.
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College said: “We are delighted at the allocations of the capital funds for catering/hospitality as we know how beneficial it will be to the local economy.
 
“Furthermore, it’s a real vote of confidence in Bath College’s staff and students, who will benefit greatly.”
 
Bath College regularly works with local restaurants and hotels such as Lucknam Park, The Pig, The Bath Priory and others to give students the best possible industry experience whilst studying.
 
With the College’s own restaurant being moved to Roper Building, the hope is that more members of the public take advantage of the facilities, giving students the experience they require.
 
For more information about Catering & Hospitality at Bath College click here.
 

Apprenticeships, Events, News

Bath College Apprenticeships & Jobs Fair huge success as 1,600 people attend

 

1,600 people had the chance to network with employers at the Bath College Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair on Wednesday at The Assembly Rooms.
 
There were over 90 stands of prospective employers at the fair, which was attended by schools, college students, young people, parents and members of the public.
 
The Mayor and Mayoress of Bath attended the event and spoke to College staff, local businesses and current apprentices about opportunities.
 
The Mayor, Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones, commented that the fair was “informative, friendly and encouraging” after discussing the differences between levels of apprenticeships, going all the way up to post-graduate at Level 7.
 

Bath Building Society, B&NES, Creative Bath, Barratt Homes and Curo all sponsored the event and had stands in the Octagon room.
 
Students and businesses alike found the event very useful, with plenty of promising conversations taking place.
 
There was a lot of activity on social media, with exhibitors all using the hashtag #BathAJF.
 
Deeley Group commented: “We’ve been blown away by the interest today from Bath College students who are polite and courteous! We have a Mixed-Use Development in Bath starting on site later this year and we would also like the local supply chain to get in touch.”
 

 
B&NES Council commented: “Yesterday we were at the Bath College Apprenticeship & Jobs fair, we even had some of our own Apprentices helping on our stand – it was a fun day, we had good chats with a lot of people.”
 

 
Bristol Port commented: “Great to meet so many potential apprentices of the future Bath College Apprenticeship & Jobs Fair.”
 

 
Nick, from a Bath based company that exhibited at the event, took on an apprentice following last year’s Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair. He said: “Pivoting our recruitment strategy to Apprenticeships has been a revolutionary shift for our company.
 
“There is quite simply no way that we would have grown to the stage that we are without the support of the National Apprenticeship Service, and our Apprenticeship provider.
 
“I could not recommend apprenticeships highly enough as a strategy for recruitment, training and growth.”
 
His apprentice, Oliver, commented: “Having an apprenticeship has allowed me to not only work within my field of interest, but to earn money and develop my professional skills with a well reputed company.
 
“I would highly recommend considering an apprenticeship to anyone looking for post GCSE or A level prospects.”
 

 
Bath College is the largest provider of apprenticeships in Bath and North East Somerset. If you would like any information about the apprenticeships the College has to offer, click here.
 

Love2Learn, News

Bath College Ceramics students work on BBC’s Great British Menu

 
Two Bath College Love2Learn students are delighted to have their platters featured on BBC’s Great British Menu.

 

Top chef, Gordon Jones, took the plates with him to display some of his delicious creations.
 
Julie and Gwyn are on Bath College’s part-time Ceramics course where they have perfected their craft.
 
After seeing some of their work, Gordon Jones asked to use the plates to display his food at his Bath restaurant, Menu Gordon Jones.
 
Julie and Gwyn were dining at Menu Gordon Jones when they noticed the interesting crockery the food is plated on.
 
Julie said: “It started when we went in with little rectangular dishes for butter after seeing some of the unusual ceramics Gordon serves his food on.
 
“He really liked the butter dishes so we thought we’d show him some of our other work that we’ve made at the College.”
 
Gwyn added: “We make a load of stuff, bring it into the restaurant and Gordon says I want this, that and that!”
 
Great British Menu is on at 8pm on Wednesdays on BBC Two.
 
For more information on Bath College’s Love2Learn Ceramics course, click here.
 

Hair & Beauty, News

Enter a Fantasy World with Bath College Hair and Makeup Students

 

Bath College hosted its annual Hair and Beauty competition and this year it was bigger and better than any other previous year. The running theme this year was a fantasy avant-garde look, and students had complete free reign to come up with their looks, which included Hair, Makeup and Clothing.

 

The students have been preparing for a while, creating mood boards to help inspire their look. They also had to source their own models and complete their look under time constraints. Special judges from within the industry were brought in to assess the students working, as well as their final looks. These included Natalie Yates from Melanie Giles; professional makeup artists, Kellie Moody and Liv Day; Rebecca Catton and Chelsea Gregory from Babington House Cowshed and Abi Greenslade from The Pig Hotel and Spa.

 

 

The hairdressing students had an hour to complete their styles, and the makeup artistry students had two hours, after which they had to stop what they were doing and the judging commenced. The students all worked incredibly hard and the results were incredible. The judges themselves were astounded at the level in which the students were working, and the level of professionalism they showed when at work in the studio. The judges decided on a first, second and third place winner from each group, aside from the Level 1 Festival look, where only a first and second place were awarded. The winners were given fantastic prizes, which were sponsored by Ellisons Hair and Beauty, Bath Academy of Media Makeup, Liv Day MUA, Lucknam Park Spa, Cowshed and The Priory Hotel. Each prize package included an array of beauty tools and products, with one lucky winner getting a £150 voucher for a Special Effects Makeup course at Bath Academy of Media Makeup!

 

Lisa Nelson, Bath College Hospitality, Spa and Landbased lecturer was absolutely thrilled with the work the students put it, stating: “Students were from full time and industry based learning, they were given a free hand to complete a Fantasy Avant Garde total look to include hair make-up and clothing. The Students invested a great deal of time creating these amazing looks, they really let their imaginations run wild. We couldn’t be more proud of the effort made.”

 

At the same time as the Hair and Makeup Challenges, Bath College Spa and Complementary therapy students were taking part in a competition of their own. For the complementary therapy students these included a 45-minute aromatherapy back, neck, shoulder and face massage, with each student blending their own essential oils tailored to their client’s needs; a 45-minute reflexology treatment, using pressure points on the soles of the feet to induce a feeling of relaxation and well-being. The Spa students performed a deep tissue Swedish massage on their clients. Aside from being a competition, this was a great opportunity for students to showcase their talent and skills to local industry professionals, and discuss work opportunities and employment. One student even left the competition day having secured employment in a top establishment! The prizes again were incredible, and included a Spa Day for two at local spas such as Lucknam Park, The Bath Priory and No. 15 Great Pulteney Street.

 

The winners List:

 

Level 2 Hairdressing Fantasy total look

1st Jade Nicholls

2nd Chloe Hooper

3rd Eloise Phelan

 

Level 3 Avant-Grade total look

1st Ellie James

2nd Ruby Gapper

3rd Alicia Kosminska

 

Hair and Make-up Artistry Avant- Garde total look

1st Beth Ingham

2nd Hannah Bottomley

3rd Megan Nash

 

Level 2 Barbers Commercial Cut and Finish

1st Harry Meredith

2nd Aaron Barrett

3rd Colby Cottle

 

Level 1 Festival total look

1st Ellie Mae Mundin

2nd Yazmin Gray-wood

 

Complementary level 3 Aromaflex Therapy

1st Jade Pocock

2nd Agata Rokicka

3rd Beth Albury

 

Spa Level 3 Swedish Deep Tissue Massage

1st Emily Hormon

2nd Charlotte Smith

3rd Bobbie Thomas

 

Overall competition Complementary Therapy and Spa Star & Winner

1st Ella Adams

 

The students themselves had a fantastic time, and although there could only be a handful of overall winners, each one should be incredibly proud of their work and creations. Congratulations to all the winners. We’re looking forward to next year!

 

Apprenticeships, Events, Futures, News

Bath College Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair offering opportunities to young people

 
Over 1000 young people will get the opportunity to meet potential apprenticeship providers and employers at Bath College’s annual Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair.

 

The event is taking place at the Assembly Rooms on 27th March between 12pm and 5pm, giving local businesses the chance to showcase their vacancies to local people.
 
This year’s lead sponsors are Bath Building Society, B&NES, Creative Bath and Curo, all who will be found in the Octagon offering apprenticeship opportunities.
 
Many attendees of the 2018 event went onto secure positions at local companies after attending and making the most of networking opportunities.
 
Nick, from a Bath based company, took on an apprentice following last year’s Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair. He said: “Pivoting our recruitment strategy to Apprenticeships has been a revolutionary shift for our company.
 
“There is quite simply no way that we would have grown to the stage that we are without the support of the National Apprenticeship Service, and our Apprenticeship provider.
 
“I could not recommend apprenticeships highly enough as a strategy for recruitment, training and growth.”
 
His apprentice, Oliver, commented: “Having an apprenticeship has allowed me to not only work within my field of interest, but to earn money and develop my professional skills with a well reputed company.
 
“I would highly recommend considering an apprenticeship to anyone looking for post GCSE or A level prospects.”
 
Apprenticeships offer a way to progress quickly in your chosen field, as Ryan Legge, Account Executive at Hayes Parsons found.
 
Ryan completed his A Levels and decided on an apprenticeship rather than going to university: “I was keen to carry on my education but in a working environment, learning on-the-job and being paid, leaving the classroom behind.
 
“The Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers apprenticeship scheme immediately stood out to me. Not only could I work in an evolving industry with an incredible amount of opportunity, but Hayes Parsons passionately support apprentices in their industry training. Fast-forward almost 6 years; I am now a Chartered Insurance Broker (the highest recognition available, equivalent to a degree) and work within our sales team as an Account Executive.”
 
Ben King, a Bath College student and apprentice at Bath Building Society said: “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.”
 
To find out about apprenticeship opportunities in the local area and beyond, come along to The Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair on 27th March, no registration required.
 

News

New skills programme to get more women into digital careers

 

A new skills programme to help and support women to find jobs in digital roles has been announced.

 

The West of England Combined Authority has secured £238,000 funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) for the new Women into Digital Jobs, Education and Training (WIDJET) programme.
 
Bath College; digital training businesses Mayden Academy and Boomsatsuma; Knowle West Media Centre and the Dot Project will all be involved in delivering activities and training starting almost immediately and running until the summer of 2019.
 
WIDJET will work with women across the region, providing digital skills and training from entry-level taster sessions through to high-level industry specified courses. Participants can take part in a range of skills courses, training or seminars designed directly with business needs in mind, with the aim of them securing jobs in digital roles.
 
Minister for Digital, Margot James said: “I am thrilled to announce that the West of England Combined Authority was one of our Digital Skills Innovation Fund winners. Its fantastic work with Bath College, Mayden Academy, Boomsatsuma, Knowle West Media Centre and the Dot Project will change lives.
 
“Women are underrepresented in tech roles and this funding aims to help develop a more gender diverse workforce because it is not only the right thing to do but also makes business sense.”
 
West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “This is fantastic news and supports one of my key ambitions of improving job opportunities across the region. I want to ensure that everyone, regardless of background or personal circumstances, can access support to develop workplace skills so that they can fulfil their potential. Digital and tech is an important part of the West of England’s economy, and businesses have a particular need for skilled employees now, and this demand is expected to grow in future.
 
“Women are currently under-represented in digital roles and this new project will seek to tackle this by engaging with a wide group of women in communities, with the aim of moving us towards more representative and inclusive employment in digital roles across the region. This could include roles in virtual reality, VFX design or software development.”
 
Each partner organisation already has their own strong networks that they will use to raise awareness of the project, which aims to improve the skills and experience of at least 350 women.
 
More details about WIDJET can be found on our webpage www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk or by emailing – widjet@westofengland-ca.gov.uk
 

Apprenticeships, News

Apprentice of the Month: March 2019

 

 

 

Our March Apprentice of the Month is Callum Cocks. Callum is a Level 2 NVQ Stonemason working for Well’s Cathedral and has been nominated by his tutor Ash.

 

The Stonemasonry Apprenticeship provides a practical hands on experience of stonemasonry. You’ll learn to prepare for the job as well as produce architectural stone work. An apprenticeship offers you a broad opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to become a qualified Stonemason, through instruction in the classroom and practical work experience on the job.

 

Callum’s tutor Ash told us:

“Callum is a model student and works to a very high standard as a stonemason and sometimes even matches the level 3 learners for skill.  He is methodical and is always challenging himself to become better, both at college and at work. Callum works very well within the classroom and is a popular figure, he is likely to finish his apprenticeship early and also complete his Diploma well within the deadlines given. He is also supporting other colleagues in the same class where required and helping with knowledge and tips on gathering evidence for the apprenticeship.  Callum has helped on open days for the college and promoting stonemasonry for department, he is engaging and passionate about his job and loves working with stone.”

 

Callum is well deserving of this month’s title of Apprentice of the Month, good luck with the rest of your studies Callum!

 

If you’re interested in an Apprenticeship be sure to check out our Apprenticeship vacancies here or alternatively you can look at our top three Apprenticeships for this month (March 2019), simply click here.

 

We also have an Apprenticeship and Jobs fair coming up later this month, which is ideal for anyone looking to get an Apprenticeship, talk to prospective employers or change their career. This will be hosted at The Guildhall on the 27th March, between 12pm and 5pm. You can find out more information and sign up to this event here.

 

 

Apprenticeships, News

Bath College’s Top Three Apprenticeships of the Month

 

March Edition

 

#1
Trainee Electrical Engineer

This exciting Apprenticeship is with Facade Hoists Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of suspended access equipment (window cleaning cranes). The systems for these hoists are electrically controlled and as an apprentice you would be learning how to prepare control panels for the machines, running electrical cables onto the system, wiring control systems and motors as well as testing and fault finding. Alongside this practical, hands on experience you would complete a Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification, which should take around 36 months. Facade are looking for an adaptive team worker with a desire and willingness to learn. Ideally you would have a years’ worth of electrical experience under your belt, and 5 GCSE’s graded A-c including English and Maths. This is an ideal opportunity for an electrician to expand their skillset and get a brand new set of skills. The salary for this Apprenticeship is £4 an hour, and the deadline to apply is the 22nd March 2019. Click here for more information or to apply.

 

#2
Business and Skills Apprentice

This interesting Apprenticeship is in Bath and North East Somerset Council, helping to deliver their strategies and projects. BaNES have ambitious plans for the future, and are aiming to create over 10,000 jobs by 2036 to make their local economy more competitive and encourage residents to enter employment and progress their careers. This Apprenticeship is based in the Business and Skills team, who are responsible for the promotion, co-ordination and direction of economic development within Bath and North East Somerset. As an apprentice you’ll have a range of responsibilities, giving you lots of valuable experience. You will be tasked with updating the ‘invest in Bath’ pages on the council website; marketing and promoting business news and events; maintaining the CRM systems, performing regular data cleanses; general day to day administration and support; ensuring business enquiries are sent to the relevant person or department and also ensuring these have been fulfilled by your colleagues in a timely manner. Alongside your apprenticeship you will complete an administration or customer service qualification. During the first year of your employment you will be paid a wage of £12,113.85 per year, which will then increase depending on your age. The deadline to apply for this apprenticeship is the 29th March 2019, and you can find all the information or apply by clicking here.

 

#3
Apprentice Care and Support Worker

This Apprenticeship allows you to make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people in the community. You’ll be training as a Care and Support worker for Safe & Sound Homecare, in a varied and fulfilling role. Your regular activities will include, domiciliary care, personal care, domestic services, shopping, taking people to appointments, medication management and social outings. The work is done in shifts, with regular weekday shifts being 7am to 2pm and 4pm to 10pm. Weekend hours are varied, but you get paid extra for working weekends and bank holidays. Aside from being paid more for weekends and bank holidays, there are a host of other benefits that Safe & Sound Homecare offer you as an employee, these include; paid mileage and travel time, 28 days’ holiday (pro rata) and a Christmas Bonus after two years’ continuous employment. Alongside your working days you’ll study a Level 2 Diploma in Care. The experience and qualification combined provide the perfect footing for entry into the care sector, and you could eventually progress onto a team leader/supervisor role and complete a Level 3 in Adult Health and Social care. The apprenticeship is expected to last 18 months, and you will need access to your own transport and at least 4 GCSE’s grades D-E (3-1) or an NVQ Level 1. The wage is £6.15 per hour during the week and £7.15 per hour over the weekends. The deadline for this apprenticeship is the 10th March 2019 and you can find out more about this apprenticeship or how to apply here.

 

Love2Learn, News, Student Spotlight

Gab Hatter: A Bath College Love2Learn Success Story

 

On Thursday 28th February, Bath College hosted a Wedding Fayre allowing local exhibitors to showcase their wedding accessories, services and stationery. Exhibitors from all over Bath and the surrounding areas came down to showcase the amazing things they offered.

 

Alongside many other exhibitors, Gwenda Bryce, founder of Gab Hatter, attended with a large collection of her hand made wedding hats and fascinators. Gwenda has a very unique relationship with Bath College and we caught up with her to ask her about her journey into Millinery.

 

Gwenda told us that she attends the Ascot Horse Races every single year, and she would always dream of making her own hat to take along with her. Originally from Edinburgh, she found a millinery course to attend there and decided to bite the bullet and attend it. However, at the last minute she decided to look locally and saw that Bath College were offering a Love2Learn leisure course in Millinery. She enrolled on to this course and loved it; so much in fact, she decided to continue studying and enrolled onto more Love2Learn leisure courses, doing 18 months of millinery work on an evening course.

 

Gwenda then went on to train at The British School of Millinery and has also had the opportunity to work with top milliners, such as Bridget Bailey, Ani Townsend and Jane Taylor (whose hats have been worn by members of the Royal family, including The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Eugenie).

 

Gwenda then started her own business and operates out of her home in Bath. She makes bespoke hats to order, and also has a huge collection of unique hats she has created in her free time. Her business is called Gab Hatter, Gab being her initials and also a likeness to the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.

 

Gwenda absolutely loves what she does and this is apparent when you speak to her. She’s now looking into expanding her skillset into working with leather, and likes to look around her for inspiration for her hats. It’s always fantastic to see our learners achieve great things after their time at College and we couldn’t be more proud that Gwenda is now doing what she loves as a business, what an incredible achievement!

 

Have a look at our Love2Learn Leisure courses to see what you can learn, you never know, you might find your dream business venture just like Gwenda!

 

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