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Lucknam Park launches Spa progression programme with Bath College

 

Lucknam Park has launched a spa therapist programme in which they will pick two top students from Bath College to get trained up to their highest standard every two years.

 

The programme starts by giving students a part-time job while they are in their final year of college and sets them on a fast-track pathway to senior positions.

 

Adele Adams and Bobby Thomas, who are just 18, are the first two Spa Therapies Level 3 students to get onto the programme. They have been working at Lucknam Park around their studies and they will start working there full-time from July.

 
Adele said: “I’m really looking forward to the next stage of the programme. Working at Lucknam, I’ve learned the standards of a high-end spa and have got to know regular clients.

 
“I’m sad to be coming to the end of college but excited to start full-time work.”

 
Adele and Bobby are coming to the end of Year 1 of the programme as entry level Spa Therapists before progressing to Year 2 when they become Spa Specialist Therapists after a week of intensive ESPA training. In Year 3 of the programme they will become Senior Therapists, gaining skills and knowledge in all areas of the spa, from reception to treatments with the option to train in specialist cancer care.
 

Sharon Rooney, Spa Director at Lucknam Park said: “We are really excited about our Lucknam Park Spa Development programme which is a wonderful collaboration with ESPA and Bath College.
 
“This is a wonderful opportunity for newly qualified therapists really to learn and grow their skills in a 5-star environment, and to reach the role of senior therapist in 3 years will secure therapists a successful career path for their future”
 
Diana Rowe, Lecturer in Complementary and Spa Therapies said: “This is brilliant for our students to have the chance to progress towards spa excellence, working with Lucknam Park, guiding and mentoring them at every step.
 
“We are so happy to collaborate with a 5-star spa to enable a further increase in the students’ standard of work, ensuring their employability and longevity in the industry.
 
“The relationship with Bath college and Lucknam Park Spa has been strengthened and consolidated by this development for our spa students who have been given an achievable aspiration and inspiration to become super skilled therapists and employees.”
 
ESPA, who train over 5,000 therapists worldwide per year, are partners of Lucknam Park: “The Bath College students will not only profit from attending intensive Essentials and Advanced training weeks where we focus on honing their skills and overall knowledge, but our extensive on-line course education in addition. Once completed, the students will benefit from being a fully qualified ESPA therapist who are among the best in the World.
 
“The affiliation between Lucknam Park and Bath College can only benefit everyone involved and it is wonderful to be a part of such a superb initiative”.
 
To find out more about Bath College’s Spa Therapies course, click here.
 

Announcement, News

Institute of Technology success in the West of England

 

The 12 winning bids by colleges and universities, which will share £170m, have been announced by the Department for Education– today.
 
The application to create an ‘Institute of Technology’ (IoT) is one of those winning bids and will now progress to the pre-award stage.
 
The application titled the South West Institute of Future Technologies (SWIFT) will potentially receive £14m of government funding.
 
SWIFT is a consortium of education providers and key employers across the South West. It has been led by Weston College and includes the University of the West of England, Bath College, Gloucestershire College, and Yeovil College as well as a network of key local employers, including; GKN Aerospace, Airbus, GE Aviation, Renishaw, Weston Area Health Trust, St Monica Trust, Jisc, Mayden Academy, National Composites Centre (NCC), North Somerset Council and Tech OP Solutions.
 
The Government’s aim for IoTs is to offer an alternative to universities by specialising in delivering higher level technical training in STEM subjects. This will boost young people’s skills and provide a route for students taking T levels or A Levels to move onto higher level technical education; IoTs will also cater for those people already in work, with higher level technical training at Level 4 and above in STEM subjects. IoTs will set all learners on a path to high-skilled, high-wage careers in health and social care; advanced engineering and high-value manufacturing, and the creative, digital and high-tech industry sectors.
 
SWIFT’s combined foundation of expertise will extend learning beyond physical boundaries to maximise engagement of under-represented individuals through digital innovation. The next generation will be fully equipped to apply their skills increase productivity and position the region as the ‘creators and makers’ of the future.
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and Chief Executive of Bath College said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for current and future students of Bath College as well as a national vote of confidence in the quality and commitment of the College and its staff to be part of this nation-wide initiative. It is fantastic to be part of such a rigorous and innovative process working with other FE and HE establishments developing appropriate qualifications in liaison with employers.”
 
Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group, commented: “We are thrilled to have received this news. Working collaboratively with other institutes and employers is key, and the Government have recognised that this project will significantly influence skills development and innovation on both a regional and national basis.”
 
Tim Bowles, Regional Mayor commented: “This is fantastic news for our region. Our region’s new Institute of Future Technologies will attract more learners to higher education from under-represented groups in technical and higher education, addressing the emerging skills gaps in our economy. New learners will benefit from the technical skills and training programmes that will be provided by the institute – helping them into high skilled jobs in the West of England.”
 
Prime Minister Theresa May said: “These new institutes will help end outdated perceptions that going to university is the only desirable route and build a system which harnesses the talents of our young people.”
 

Hair & Beauty, News

Incredible Undersea Creations at The Media Makeup Assessment

 

This year the Media Makeup assessments had a distinct underwater theme, with lots of seabeds, starfish and fins. The students have spent some time brainstorming ideas around the theme, and needed to bring their own models to suit their ideas. They then had a set amount of time to bring their creation to life.

 

Some of the creations were fantastic, and to pull them off in a time limit was astonishing. It was also incredible to see some of the ways the theme was interpreted. Although the theme is distinct throughout, the different tangents that students took and the way they processed the theme was entirely unique. There were fish people, underwater scenes and seabed and scale effects; their only canvas being their model. What an incredible achievement in that time!

 

Media Makeup is a unique course, after which you can go on to University, study a Level 3 Diploma or go on to work as a makeup artist, either freelance or within the media industry such as film and photography. There are so many different units covered at Bath College, with access to some incredible tools, some of the mandatory units include, airbrush makeup, cosmetic science, cosmetic camouflage makeup and many more. You can also opt to do extra units, such as creating small prosthetics and individual lash application. You’ll have access to our great facilities in The Academy and the knowledge from some of our great tutors.

 

If you’re interested in a Media Makeup course please click here to read more about it, otherwise scroll on to take a trip under the sea!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cameron Carpenter and Daniel Kimmins

Announcement, News, Student Spotlight

Project SEARCH students celebrate securing jobs for B&NES

 

Project SEARCH students Daniel and Cameron are over the moon as they have been offered paid employment after just 6 months on the programme.
 

Project SEARCH is an employability programme based at Bath and North East Somerset Council, which helps young adults with learning disabilities gain the skills they need to become employed.
 

It is a unique programme of work based experience, originating from Cincinnati, which sees a Business (the Council) team up with an Educator (Bath College) and Supported Employment provider (Virgin Care) to run the programme.
 

Cameron Carpenter has secured a seasonal position working for Bath and North East Somerset Council as an assistant stock keeper.
 

His tasks will include: supporting with deliveries to the shops within Heritage Services, taking delivery of stock, unloading and storing in the warehouse, checking orders and maintaining a secure environment of valuable stock.
 

Cameron said: “I have a mix of feelings about securing the job, but I feel excited and content and looking forward to earning money.
 

“Project SEARCH has got me to the place where I can get a job and has helped my confidence.”
 

Daniel Kimmins is about to begin work for Bath and North East Somerset Council as a porter at the Roman Baths.
 

His tasks will include retrieving and retrieving, issuing and returning audio guides and giving a high level of customer service at this top attraction in Bath.
 

Daniel Said: “It means a lot to have been given this job. I’ve worked hard and made a good impression on my placement so have really bonded with the staff and the porter team at the Roman Baths.
 

“Through Project SEARCH I have gained skills in applying for jobs and filling out forms and it’s been great for getting me ready for interview, practicing the questions, I was very prepared.”
 

Catherine Stargatt, Lecturer in Foundation Learning (Project SEARCH), commented: “Since Dan and Cameron started at Project SEARCH in September 2018 they have learned valuable work related skills both in their departments and in the Project SEARCH training room in the Guildhall.
 

Both have showed maturity and professionalism at their time on this programme, we wish them every success in their new employment.”
 

For more information about Project SEARCH click here.
 

Students handling Darcy the bearded dragon, getting a taste of the Bath College Animal Care course

Events, News

Writhlington School students get taste of Bath College at the Big Interview Day

 
Last week our Schools Liaison Officer, Sarah, attended The Big Interview Day along with a selection of teaching staff from Bath College.
 
Over 200 students currently in year 10 at Writhlington School took part in the Big Interview Day.
 
After having interviews with industry experts students came into the give it a go area. There were a range of activities on offer from the College:
 
Sport – A “keepy up” challenge with a leader board of who had done the highest number
 
Painting and decorating – Learning the technique of wood effect using paint
 
Animal Care – handling Cornelius the snake and Darcy the bearded dragon and learning how to care for them
 
Stonemasonry – using equipment to carve their initials into stone
 
Public Services – A race against time to see which team of three could build the tallest tower. Two of the students were blindfolded and the third student wasn’t allowed to touch anything and could only instruct the other two how to put it together
 
Health and Social Care – Students had the opportunity to use various items of healthcare equipment on each other to learn how they operate
 
Complementary Therapies – learning about the course whilst receiving a hand massage using various different types of oils
 
Three Bath College students who were previous Writhlington School students attended.
 
The activities were then followed by an assembly talking about what you can study at College and what College life is like.
 
Emma Pascoe, Head of Careers at Writhlington School said: “Thank you so much to everyone from Bath College, our students loved meeting you all and had a great time.”
 

News, Student Spotlight

Tom Bowling: My Work Experience in the Marketing Team at Bath College

Hi I’m Tom, an international business student at Bath College, and Ive been doing work experience in the marketing department at the college.
 

During my work experience I got to see what Bath College’s marketing department do and what their team consisted of it has two Graphic Designers, a Schools Liaison Officer, Web Development Officer and Marketing Officer, Marketing Manager and Deputy Marketing Manager.
 

I attended college events for Bath College’s social media such as, sugar smart and Kooth in the student union, early years talk, the stone masonry competition at Somer Valley.
 
I wrote write ups for Bath college’s website like, Bath college’s top three apprenticeships for the month, showing which top 3 apprenticeships are available. Read it here.
 
I also wrote about Eliwell controllers supporting bath college’s refrigeration students by briefing them about controllers and panels as they have begun their electric module. Read it here.
 
I also spoke with Tom Wills, a student from Bath College who has recently opened his own business in a renovated horse box and wrote an article about it here.
 
I also attended the the Somer Valley ‘space’ themed stone carving competition. I spoke to the judges and staff and did a write-up. See the art and how the competition progressed here.
 
One of my tasks was to go and take photos for marketing purposes and to use for the website. I went into several classes and took pictures, picked the best ones and uploaded them onto the website. I also spoke with Bath College’s graphic designers and got to have a go at a graphic design task.
 
On my last day, I got to do a twitter takeover, where I had questions from the public and even got a mention from innocent smoothies! During the twitter takeover I learned how to use Hootsuite which is used for scheduling social media.
 
I personally learnt and understood what skills are needed for a college marketing department, what software they use, what the day to day life is like and got more of an insight into what marketing is actually like.
 

Stone carving submissions for space themed competition

News

Student creations wow judges in ‘Space’ themed stone carving competition

 

This week Bath College held its annual stone carving competition in the stonemasonry workshop at the Somer Valley campus.

 

The theme of the competition was ‘Space’, to celebrate 50 years since the moon-landing, which the students chose to interpret in different ways.

 

This extracurricular stone carving competition was judged by Directors Simon and James Hart and Bryan Newton, head mason from Lovell Stone. the competition was made up out of stonemasonry students who had to carve stone into something space themed.

 

The Bath stone that the stonemasons at the college use is generously donated from Lovell Stone’s quarry in Corsham.

 

The student entrants involved had worked on their pieces to perfection, using precision and steady hands they created pieces of art. All of the pieces enter were eye catching and very well done, the four pieces that got through to be taken to the Natural Stone Show at ExCeL London were, “Read All About It” a newspaper with detailed pages and an astronaut’s glove, “Comet” which was a smooth and winding comet, a “Yoda” from Star Wars and “Snoopy” from NASA’s Apollo 10 mission. There was also a notable mention from the judges about a piece called, “Apollo” for its technical skills and difficulty.

 

Stone carving of an astronaut's glove
Stone carving of Yoda
Stone carving of Snoopy
Stone carving of comet

 

Once at the Natural Stone Show starting on 30th April, the favourite piece will be put to the public vote.

 

James Hart director at Lovell stone Group Ltd said after the competition “We support Bath college stonemasonry department as much as possible. We are happy to sponsor the competition and we are also overwhelmed with the quality of the work this year “he then followed up with “Ideally we would have taken all of them, the standard has been so high its really tough”.

 

Paul Maggs Stonemasonry lecturer at Bath College said “Very very impressed with the quality of the carving we’ve been presented with this year. Thanks to Lovell Stone for their support for the masonry department at the college”.

 

The final pieces:
‘Connections’ by Joseph Franklin-Willis
‘Snoopy’ by Tobias Lemgerg
‘Apollo’ by David Lambard
‘Yoda’ Gary Balman
‘The Journey’ by Alex
‘Comet’ by Luke Lyster
Unnamed by David Davidge
‘Read all about it’ by Jeni Wood
‘Mellies Moon’ by Elliot Lyster
 
Please see our course search for further information on the stonemasonry courses provided at Bath College.
Collage of stonework photos

 

Apprenticeships, News

Apprentice of the Month: April 2019

 

Our April Apprentice of the Month is Jake Wheeler. Jake is an Apprentice Commis Chef working for Fullers at The Crystal Palace in Bath, and has been nominated by his tutor Hazel.

 

The Commis Chef Apprentice aims to give students experience working in a busy kitchen, allowing them to progress onto full employment as a Chef. A commis chef works hands on in a kitchen, meaning you can gather experience in many different areas of work. You’ll assist the head chef in food preparation, cooking and clearing down.

 

Jake’s tutor Hazel told us:

“As part of National apprenticeship week, Jake Wheeler represented Bath College and Fullers at the Hospitality Apprenticeship showcase at the House of Commons. There he talked to local MPs on the importance of investing in apprenticeships. Jake continues to be an asset to his workplace and is exceeding in his Commis chef apprenticeship.”

 

Jake is well deserving of this month’s title of Apprentice of the Month, good luck for the future Jake!

 

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 (April 2019), simply click here.

 

News, Student Spotlight

Bath college student renovates a horse box for his own pizza business

 

This week at Bath college Tom Bowling (student currently undergoing work experience) spoke to Tom Wills, a bright and motivated second year student working towards his Level 3 technical diploma in professional cookery at Bath College, about his ambitions of starting his own business converting a horsebox into a mobile pizza business.
 
We asked Tom where the idea came from he replied with “My ambitions of being a chef came from my uncle working on a farm. I have memories of going on holiday there and working hard on the land, and cooking proper food in the kitchen. Opening a mobile pizza business has been a dream of mine for four or five years. I love street food, really enjoy going to food festivals and wanted to be a part of it.”
 
Tom is currently converting a horse box by himself, while managing a full time course at bath college with the help of his father who is a technician in the RAF. Tom said he is hoping that the horse box will be completed from 6-7 months from now. Tom is also looking into pizza ovens for the box now, he has to be interviewed by the pizza oven companies to make sure he gets a suitable oven for the box. Tom’s journey is available for all to see on Instagram (@pizza_revolution), showing his process from purchasing the box through to working on the box.

 

Tom is hoping that his business will first open in Swindon or near Royal Wootten Bassett, he will also try and open at local events, weddings, birthdays and festivals. We are looking forward to opening day so we can get some yummy pizza!

 

 
 

 

News

Eliwell Controllers Support Bath College Refrigeration Students

 

Robert gave a brief on the Eliwell EWPlus defrost controllers and Coldface Cold Room Panel and their uses in refrigeration applications. The refrigeration course students have recently begun their electrical module and will be using the controllers in their installations, like the one shown in the photo.
 

Bath College offers vocational and academic courses in a wide range of subjects and helps students find a course to make sure they have the knowledge and skills for their chosen career. Working together with Eliwell and Axair Refrigeration, the College acts as a fantastic example of industry and education working together to provide up-to-date learning.
 

Bath College Refrigeration Course

The Refrigeration course is held in the Somer Valley Construction Skills Centre, where there is a specialist Refrigeration workshop. The Construction Centre caters for 500 students and apprentices studying bricklaying, construction, carpentry and stonemasonry, as well as plumbing, electrical installation and refrigeration.
 

As the largest provider of apprenticeships in Bath, the College also offers excellent opportunities for young people to earn and learn on the job. Find out more here.
 

Events, News

Travelling along the Silk Road at the Spiciest Shrubbery Event yet

 

Last week our Shrubbery Restaurant hosted its spiciest event yet, with the Silk Road Spice Night. The dishes were inspired by places such as Pakistan, India and Shanghai, with each one have an element or interpretation of spice.

 

The dishes included Tuna Tataki, Poached Seabass, Spicy Pork Soup, Chocolate Tart and many more. Each one being designed and executed by Catering students in the kitchen, and served by Hospitality students in the restaurant. The food itself was presented akin to a professional kitchen and tasted incredible, there were very few unfinished plates left in the dining room.

 

The Shrubbery is a great way for students to get real job experience from within the College. Every aspect of the Restaurant and Kitchen is run by the students, including making bookings, running the bar, table service, preparation, clearing up, cooking and decoration. The students in the kitchen create their own menus for certain themes and have freedom in their creativity, they are then responsible for executing their dishes to order on the night of service, and they do a fantastic job every time.

 

The next Shrubbery event is Flavours of the Caribbean on the 25th April at 6:30pm. If you would like to reserve a table, please get in contact with The Shrubbery on 01225 328 502. Please note that the phone is manned Tuesday – Friday and only between 10am and 2pm. Alternatively you can email the restaurant to book at shrubberyrestaurant@bathcollege.ac.uk

 

If you’re interested in a Catering and Hospitality course you can find more information by clicking here. Otherwise scroll on for lots more pictures of the night!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apprenticeships, News

Bath College’s Top Three Apprenticeships of the Month

 

April Edition

 

Level 3 technical engineering at Rotork PLC

This is a 4-year apprenticeship that includes, Service workshops, Electronics, Mechanics, R&D and Production engineering.

The wage for this Apprenticeship is £10,263, and you’ll also get an annual bonus, private healthcare, pension matched 9% and access to the Cycle to work scheme, some great perks!

Rotork offers three apprenticeship schemes:

  1. Engineering apprenticeship
  2. Craft apprenticeship
  3. Administration apprenticeship

 

Be sure to apply for this Apprenticeship before the closing date of 30/04/2019. You can apply by clicking here

 

 

Level 2 Adult care worker apprenticeship at Safe & sound Homecare LTD

This is a 16-month apprenticeship, of which the main activities involve, Personal Care, Shopping, Domestic Services, Bathing/Showering/Strip Wash, getting residents dressed/undressed, Attending appointments (Doctor, Hairdresser, etc.), 24-hour live-in care, Financial Care, Social Care, Hair and Skin Care, Welfare Checks and many other services

The wage for this Apprenticeship is a generous £6.15 per hour on weekdays and £7.15 on weekends.

 

The closing date for this Apprenticeship is 14/04/2019 so make sure to apply before this date. You can apply here

 

 

Level 3 Electro technology apprenticeship at MW smart home LTD 

This is a 36-month apprenticeship and you would be working mainly on domestic electronics on new build properties or listed buildings that need renovating. The successful candidate will be completing a level 3 Electrical Installation Qualification at the same time as working with their employer, which will also include English or Maths functional skills if required. Before you undertake this Apprenticeship you’ll need to attend an initial assessment session at our Somer Valley Campus. The wage for this Apprenticeship is £3.90 per hour.

 

The closing date for this Apprenticeship is 07/04/2019 so make sure to apply before this date. You can apply here

 

 

 

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