A A A

News

Applying to Bath College for 2020? What to expect and what we are doing FAQ’s

 

Given the current situation with COVID-19 nationally, we are conducting our interview and applications process slightly differently this year to ensure that you are fully supported and clear of what is expected of you. We have compiled a list of FAQ’s you might have about applications, and will be adding to it as more questions come in so please check back here if you have any questions.

 

If you have a question that’s not detailed on here, or want some general information please contact admissions by emailing AdmissionsTeam@bathcollege.ac.uk

 


 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

If I apply what will happen to my application next?

Great news, we can’t wait to hear from you. We know there is a little uncertainty about exams at the moment so we want to make your transition to bath college as simple as possible. Therefore if you current predicted grades meet the entry criteria for the course you are applying for, you will be guaranteed an conditional offer at our college. As part of the condition there are a couple of courses (Music and Performing Arts) which will expect you to complete an online task of two, but you will be advised of that in your offer. Welcome on board.

 

I have a conditional offer already and it is based on achieving certain GCSE results. What happens now?

Your original conditions for your course would have been based on you achieving certain grades in your exams. Given the uncertainty around exams currently, we are writing to each of you individually to let you know that we will use your predicted grades now instead. Welcome on board. Your offer with us is safe and we don’t want you to worry. Make sure you accept your place so we can get excited about meeting you again.

 

News

Riley Phillips – Bath College Case Study – IT

 

Riley is one of our hard working BTEC IT students, who is also currently working part time at an IT company called SoVisionIT, Riley is really enjoying his course, and his part time job is helping him get valuable work experience in aspects of cyber security, the sector he would like to go into after he completes his BTEC.

 

We had a chat with Riley to find out what it’s like to be an IT student at Bath College, and what he does in his part time job.

 

What course do you study at Bath College?

I study Information Technology BTEC Level 3

 

What part of your course do you enjoy the most?

The most enjoyable aspect of the course would be the Web development with Steven Harries. I enjoy coding, and Steve’s class is all about that. My future goal in IT is to become a member of a cyber security firm. HTML is a great starting point, to find an error which could lead to the development of my problem finding skills.

 

What have you done on your course that you think has been valuable?

I feel like the most valuable part of my course is the multi-subject part, being able to experience nearly all fields in the IT industry and being able to communicate with others who have the same interest of IT as I do.

 

What made you apply to Bath College?

I applied for Bath College to expand my knowledge in IT and achieve qualifications that can be shown on my CV and help me later in life.

 

What are you doing now/what would you like to do in the future?

I am currently working on software testing. This allows for me to gather experience finding errors and bugs within programs that will need to be always stable. This is similar to work they do in cyber security which is the IT field I would like to go in, in the future.

 

Can you describe a typical day on your job?

I test websites that are used to control tracking systems, web applications etc, clicking each button making sure that it does what it was programmed to do. I work with the development team, they make/fix software designed mainly for websites from clients. They finalise it, pass it on to me and I try my best to break the system. Discovering errors which then can be fixed, preventing future errors.

 

What piece of advice would you give to students looking at enrolling on a BTEC IT Course?

The best piece of advice I would give to students is to just go for it. IT may look difficult to some people, or that they can’t understand anything, but however this course is what eliminates those thoughts. If you’re interested in the subject and want to study more, don’t hesitate and just go for it!

 

If you’re interested in enrolling on our BTEC IT course, you can find it by clicking here. You can find our full IT Course list by clicking here.

 

If you’re interested in IT Leisure Courses, we do evening courses in HTML and CSS.

 

News

Face-to-face teaching suspended until further notice

**Updated 9.30am 26th March** Fully accessible link here
 
 
Bath College campuses are closed to all but a small selection of learners until further notice following the Government’s announcement regarding the Coronavirus. Tutors and teaching staff will keep in touch with students during the closure to aid learning from home.
 
Bath College’s Safe Space for vulnerable learners is due to open on Friday. Students will be contacted individually with invitations.
 
Staff are all working remotely at this time, so are contactable via email, but may take slightly longer to respond than normal as they are teaching online.
 
Please check the website, social media and your emails regularly for updates.

 

All students and parents have been emailed. If you have any queries please contact the College on closure@bathcollege.ac.uk. You can also read the letter sent to parents/guardians here.
 

Laurel Penrose, Principal & Chief Executive

 
 

 
FURTHER INFORMATION
 
Click here for Department of Education Guidance: Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers
 
Click here for B&NES information on applying for welfare support.
 
Click here for a list by B&NES of useful links about support for council tax, food banks, housing, debt and grants.
 
Emails are being sent to students and parents/carers that students have consented to be informed. If you did not receive it, you may wish to change your email address the College holds for you on ProPortal.
 

‘Closed’ does not mean you don’t need to study
Neither of our campuses will be open for normal lessons. This means that during the next few months, you will be having online or remote learning that you’ll need to do at home. Our lecturers and managers have been planning for this over the last few weeks and have done a great job in setting up arrangements for this to happen. The way it will work will be slightly different depending on which course you are doing but all College staff are committed to ensuring you are successful in your course this year.
 
Tutorials
You will still be supported by a Primary Tutor during this period. This Tutor may not be your regular Primary Tutor but they will be a lecturer you already know. All Primary Tutors have been planning how this will happen and will ensure that you get all the support you need to progress on your course. They will be ringing you every day and will share tutorial schedules with you at the start of the week. (When they ring you, their number is likely to who as ‘withheld’.
 
English and Maths
If you are studying towards English and/or Maths GCSE or Functional Skills, you will have no doubt heard that many exams have been cancelled this year. Grades are still likely to be awarded though and so it is going to become even more important that you take part in the work that your English or Maths teachers are going to be giving to you as those grades might be given based on what progress you have made in class (and now at home). Your teachers will explain more.
 
Welfare and Safeguarding
Our Welfare and Safeguarding Staff are still around to support you and so if you have a problem or if you have been talking to one of the team up to now, you will be able to do so, just not in person. They will be available during normal College hours on the numbers below.
 
07815 491988
07966 980534
 
Accessing IT at home
Please contact your lecturer or Primary Tutor if you know that you will not be able to access IT from home.
You’ll get another email today or tomorrow from me with some FAQs and advice on working at home but in the meantime please email closure@bathcollege.ac.uk if you have any specific questions.
 
 

News

A spring forward for vocational training

 

An exciting new event called Spring Forward is taking place later this month, focussing on new skills and opportunities.
 
The event is ideal for anyone interested in finding out more about training opportunities in and around Frome; whether you’re a young person getting ready to enter the workforce for the first time, or someone looking to retrain or return to work. Or maybe you could just be looking to learn some new skills and gain some new experiences.

 

Taking place on Wednesday 25th March at Somerset Skills & Learning in Frome, this new event was borne out of a steering group that Frome Town Council set up last September. The group’s aim was to explore what vocational training opportunities are available in and around Frome. The evening will showcase what is currently available, as well as finding out from residents in Frome what other types of training they would like to see in the future.
 
As a collaborative effort, training providers from Somerset Skills & Learning, Edventure, Frome Community Education, Strode College, Bath College and Wiltshire College will be on hand to give advice about the training opportunities they offer. These include a wide range of courses from subjects such as Agriculture; Arts/ Creative Media; Business Management; Catering & Hospitality; Construction; Digital; Engineering; Health & Safety; Music & Performing Arts; Social Care; through to Sports & Leisure.
 
These courses are offered on a full-time or part-time basis; but there are also other practical ways to train including placements, apprenticeships and traineeships. Jobcentre Plus and Skill Up Somerset will also be at the event to give advice.
 
Cllr Maxine Crawley who is part of the steering group said, “The event offers a great relaxed space to come and find out about what’s on offer to learn and train locally. There will be delicious free food available courtesy of the catering students from Frome College, and we will have DJ workshops and Virtual Reality experiences running throughout the event to keep everyone entertained”.
 
The free event takes place at Somerset Skills and Learning, 15 Palmer Street, Frome and starts at 4pm and goes through to 7pm, and you are welcome to drop in at any time.
 

News

Coronavirus Advice for Places of Education

Updated 17th March 6.40pm
 
 
While we have no confirmed cases of Coronavirus, the College has taken the difficult decision to suspend face-to-face teaching for the rest of this week, starting on Wednesday 18th March. We will be closely monitoring the national and local situation over the next few days and will evaluate our position before the end of Friday 20th March. We expect students to be back at College in the week commencing Monday 23rd March unless we inform you otherwise.

 

If you have a vital examination in the next few days, we will be in touch via email to give you more details. All students and parents have been emailed. If you have any queries please contact the College on closure@bathcollege.ac.uk.
 

Laurel Penrose, Principal & Chief Executive

 

 
This guidance will be reviewed daily by 4pm until further notice.
 
If you are a parent of a Bath College student and have not received updates from the College on the Coronavirus situation, please contact Jordan Wilkins on Jordan.Wilkins@bathcollege.ac.uk stating your son/daughter’s name, date of birth and the email address you would like the updates to come to.

 
 

 

Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline

 

A helpline has been set up to answer questions about COVID-19. Staff, Parents and Young People can contact the helpline as follows:

 

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening Hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 

Where to find the latest information

 

You can find regular updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) HERE

 

You can find the Government Advice for Educational setting HERE

 

 

News

Project SEARCH Interns secure jobs in Bath

 

Young people with learning difficulties or disabilities, who want to increase their employability skills and find paid work, can apply for our Project SEARCH internship programme. Each year Bath & North East Somerset Council provides internships from September through to June in professional work environments. The interns learn transferrable skills working in three different departments for ten weeks. This year, our interns have worked in places such as B&NES Offices, Better Leisure Centre, The Roman Baths, Charlton House Care Home as well as many other places.

 

During their time on the course the interns receive on-site tutoring from Bath College and Job Coach support from Virgin Care.  The partners also work with local organisations to help interns find vacancies and apply for jobs.

 

Two of this years cohort of Project SEARCH Interns have secured jobs and had a tea party to celebrate. Jake will be working as a Porter at The Roman Baths, a job he did on his first rotation of his internship. Jake is really excited to be starting his new job;

 

“The Roman Baths was my favourite job, and I’m really looking forward to starting at The Roman Baths!”

 

Jake’s Grandparents attended the tea party to celebrate and they were absolutely thrilled that he had secured his favourite job, they said:

 

“This time last year Jake was a very nervous boy, but Project SEARCH has really helped with his confidence. It’s wonderful to see him being social and happy”

 

Jake on the Job at Better Leisure Centre

 

Matthew, another Project SEARCH Intern has secured a job working as a Porter up at The University of Bath, and says he is ‘excited to do something new’. Matthew’s favourite rotation was working at The B&NES Offices, as he enjoyed being trained on how to use the computer for work.

 

Matthew (left) & Jake (right)

Matthew (left) & Jake (right)

 

Councillor Dine Romero, Council Leader said:

 

“This is the 12th year we’ve run Project SEARCH and over that time it’s proved hugely successful with our graduates finding community-based employment through the programme. It really is a fantastic way to experience the world of work while developing employability skills.  At a time when the average employment rate in the UK  for adults with a learning difficulty or disability has dropped to just six per cent, its essential we provide opportunities like this to help more young people find sustainable employment.”

 

Project Search is open to young people with learning difficulties or disabilities who are aged 18-25, and applications for next academic year are now open. If you know someone who would like to apply for a placement please click here to go to the Project SEARCH Application page.

 

Following successful completion of the nine-month internship graduates are presented with certificates at a special ceremony in front of an audience of family members, programme partners, local businesses and council staff.

 

News

Up and coming local talent competes in Chef v Chef 2020

 

Bath College hosted their annual Chef v Chef competition on 25th February. Six current local chefs, as well as groups of aspiring students competed in a variety of competitions; the Chefs vying for the Chef Champion title, and the students for best team, best knife skills and best Front of House service.

 

The morning focussed on the student competitions, students arrived and grouped into their teams. They then had 30 minutes to plan their two course dinner, including deciding what wines would pair with their food, and who would be in the kitchen and who would lead on the service. Each group had to produce a paupiette of plaice served with a suitable sauce and potato garnish of their choice, as well as a chocolate tart with appropriate accompaniment for dessert. The student selected to lead on service then took part in the Front of House challenge, demonstrating a napkin fold, cocktail and role play scenarios to the judges; Sylwia Ooger from Lympstone Manor and Stuart Shepherd, retired Front of House Manager. Once the students had completed their dishes, they presented one plate to the judges, for tasting and assessing, and served the other plates inside Bath College’s mock restaurant, where they were once again assessed on their customer interaction, their wine suggestions and how they had laid their tables.

 

 

Whilst this was happening, over in the other kitchen, more students were competing in a knife skills challenge. They had just 30 minutes to prepare 6 different vegetables, and cut them in 6 different classic styles (macedoine, paysanne, brunoise, julienne and chiffonade), and were marked from everything from their hygiene to the accuracy of their cuts.

 

 

The second half of the day was the Professional Challenge, 7 chefs from across the local area were shortlisted to compete; Andrew Jenkinson from Lucknam Park, Christian Orner from Salt Co, Dean Toon from Blunsdon Hotel, Jethro Lawrence from Woolley Grange, Henry Scott from Henry’s Restaurant, Frazer Carroll from No. 15 Great Pulteney Street and Jason Ramplin. Each professional had two and a half hours to compile a main course using game meat, and a dessert using Solkiki Chocolate, Williams Pear and Hazelnuts. Bath College students volunteered to act as Commis chefs for each professional during the challenge, to assist them with cooking but also to learn from the Professionals as they cooked. As with the student challenge, the Chefs needed to produce two plates; one for judging and one for presentation. The dishes looked fantastic, and were on display during the awards reception.

 

 

The judges really had their work cut out for them, and spent a while in the kitchen deliberating over who deserved the title. Once they had decided they joined the drinks reception ready for the awards presentation. Delicious canapés had been prepared by the students, and were being served with an assortment of drinks. The first award announced was the Knife Skills Challenge, which was taken by Joseph Rowe; next was the Front of House Challenge which was taken by Daniel Shermilt. The Team Challenge was won by Team Marcus Wareing, consisting of Lucy, Emily and Eryn. Finally, the Chef v Chef Champion was due to be announced, and Dean Toon from Woolley Grange was announced as the 2020 Chef V Chef Champion. Each competition took a long time to judge as each entry was so close, Scott Lucas from The Crafty Chef, and one of the judges commented:

 

“Sometimes you can pick a winner just by their dish, but today it was element by element, it was that close”

 

 

We want to say thank you to all our esteemed judges for taking time out of their day to judge the dishes:

 

 

We also want to congratulate all our winners:

 

Chef V Chef Champion

1st Place – Dean Toon
2nd Place – Frazer Carroll
3rd Place – Henry Scott

 

Team Challenge

1st Place – Team Marcus Wareing (Lucy, Emily and Eryn)
2nd Place – Team Angela Hartnett (Millie, Vicky and Ciara)
3rd Place – Team Paul Bocuse (Ollie, Dan and Sophie)

 

Front of House Challenge

1st Place – Daniel Shermilt
2nd Place – Destiny Smith
3rd Place – Emily Hunt

 

Knife Skills Challenge

1st Place – Joseph Rowe
2nd Place – Jack Goult
3rd Place – Rebekah Paisley

 

News

Students prepare for official Bath Half Massage Tent

 

Students from Bath College have been busy learning sports massage techniques ahead of the Bath Half Marathon on 15th March.
 
Spa Therapies, Sport and Beauty Therapy students from the College will be running the official massage tent in the Runners’ Village.
 
They have been practicing a four-minute cool down lactic acid flush sports massage to relieve the painful muscles of the competitors, who will have just completed the 13.1 mile course.
 
Diana Rowe, Spa and Complementary Therapies Lecturer at Bath College, said:
 
“After the success of last year’s massage tent we have had 50 students together in our College Spa practising their techniques.
 
“This is a fantastic opportunity for them to progress their skills and also lots of fun. We can’t wait for race day.”
 
The College students will be offering all runners a cool-down massage for £5, donating 10% of the proceeds to Bloodwise.
 
Students are offering pre-event massages on 12th March in the College Spa for £17 and post-event Thai compress massages on 18th March for £25. To book in, call the Bath College Academy on 01225 328511.
 
 

News

East Met West at The Mint Room in Bath

 

The Mint Room Bath was the venue for the latest Chefs’ Forum event which saw a celebration of Indian gastronomy led by Executive Chef Soyful Alom.  The first impression of Soyful’s food was of vibrancy and culinary excellence as he showcased his menu, perfected over the last seven years of heading-up the kitchen in the popular Bath eaterie.

 

Ever since its launch in 2012, The Mint Room Bath has been a much-talked-about foodie destination as Soyful offers diners elegant and vibrant plates, showcasing the very best in local produce. The restaurant is very stylish and the food very modern and the team now boast four sites, including the newly opened Bandook in Bath’s city centre on the former Carluccio’s site.

 

 

Soyful invited students from Bath College and Gloucestershire College into his kitchen to prepare Indian canapés for some fifty industry professionals that were to fill this fashionable venue at midday.

 

Soyful said:

 

“It was a pleasure to have the students in my kitchen today.  I was very impressed with their existing knowledge of flavours and spice combinations, their enthusiasm and willingness to learn was really pleasing.  I have offered trial shifts and a free dinner to three outstanding students from Bath College today, that shows how impressed I was with these and all students who participated in today’s event, the second that we have hosted for The Chefs’ Forum”

 

 

Soyful, inspired by his mother’s cooking has been cooking for over 20 years.  He relished the chance to pass over skills he learnt to the next generation.

 

Mark Hyde-Catton, Chef Lecturer at Gloucestershire College said

 

“It has been really inspirational for our students to work with a group of professional Asian chefs, for many it is their first attempt at cooking authentic, fine dining Indian cuisine and experimenting with such intense and rich flavour.  It was also a great chance for them to get to know their peers from Bath College – They all got on very well indeed.  We welcome chefs like Soyful into our teaching kitchens with The Chefs’ Forum Academy, that we implemented in the college in 2016.  The curriculum enrichment programme really forges links with employers, opens up opportunities and makes our students more work-ready on leaving college”

 

Alex Byrne from Walter Rose gave a fantastic beef butchery masterclass, showcasing the finest cuts of Stokes Marsh Farm steak. Soyful then cooked-up the steaks so the chefs were able to sample the finest quality Wiltshire beef, many of whom were already customers of Walter Rose, award-winning catering butcher.

 

 

Another highlight of the day was the Welsh Fine Food Cluster leading a fascinating and insightful Welsh food sampling session. Ffion Jones and Dafydd Jones gave a very interesting talk and tasting of Welsh cheeses, condiments and sauces.

 

 

The visiting chefs and students relished the chance to have a glimpse of complex Indian cooking techniques, handed down from generation to generation.  Soyful performed an excellent cookery demo of seabass moilee, one of the most popular dishes on his menu, usually made with mixed seafood as sampled in extra portions that came from the kitchen for the chefs to enjoy.

 

Bath College student Daniel Shemilt very much enjoyed his Indian cookery experience, he said

 

“Working at The Mint Room today under Soyful and his team has been different and very inspirational.  It was great to learn how to make samosas by hand and I’m delighted to have won a meal and trial shift here on the back of it.”

 

Eryn Beales (front of house) and Ellis Ali (kitchen), both of Bath College have also been awarded dinner at The Mint Room and a trial shift with a view to a part time job if successful, for being nominated as Soyful’s ‘Stars of the Day’ – A great result all round.

 

The Chefs’ Forum holds quarterly events in the Bath & Cotswolds area and forty chef events per year nationally.  Any chefs wishing to get involved should contact catherine@redcherry.uk.com

 

Photo credit: www.jcampbellphotography.co.uk

 

Josh Chambers – Commis Chef Apprentice

Apprenticeships, News, Student Spotlight

Apprenticeship Case Study – Josh Chambers – Commis Chef Apprentice

It’s National Apprenticeship Week this week, and we want to celebrate one of our Apprentices, Josh. Josh is on a Commis Chef Apprenticeship at Graze in Bath, where he learns his trade alongside other experienced Chefs in a busy restaurant kitchen. We visited Josh on site to ask about how he was finding his Apprenticeship, and see what he got up to on a typical day.

 

What apprenticeship are you studying at Bath College?

I am studying on the Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship.

 

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your apprenticeship?

I like bringing what I learn from College to my job at Graze and what I learn on the job to my College studies, it’s interesting to adapt between the two environments.

 

What have you done on your apprenticeship you feel is most valuable?

I think what’s been really valuable is being given the same work and responsibilities as my other colleagues. They don’t treat me differently because I’m an apprentice, so I get real job experience.

 

What made you apply to Bath College?

Bath College has both extensive kitchen facilities for learning in, but is also conveniently local.

 

What do you want to do after your apprenticeship?

After my apprenticeship is finished I want to keep progressing forward in my career. I want to keep learning so I can keep myself motivated and focused on securing a secure job in the hospitality industry.

 

What piece of advice would you give to someone looking to do an Apprenticeship with Bath College?

Go for it! It gives you the opportunity to learn on the job and actually experience the working environment and all that comes with it. You can put what you learn in College straight into practice in a real environment.

 

 
For more information about apprenticeships at Bath College, click here.
 
 

News

Bath Half Family Fun Run 2020 sponsored by Bath College opens for entries

 

The 2020 Bath Half Family Fun Run is open for entries and with 1250 spaces for runners, it is set to be the biggest fun run the race organisers have held to date. This year’s Fun Run is sponsored by Bath College, who are also providing massages in the Runner’s Village to those who are running the half marathon.

 

The Family Fun run is open to all ages and abilities and takes place immediately after the start of the half marathon, starting and finishing under the main gantry in Great Pulteney Street. The course is ¾ mile long and completely traffic free. Runners use the first section of the half marathon course, running down Pulteney Road to North Parade Road before turning and running back again.

 
Entry to the Family Fun Run costs £6.80 for a child under 16yrs and £10.80 for an adult, and there is a free t-shirt for every entrant and a medal and goody bag for all finishers.

 
Race Director, Andrew Taylor said “We are delighted to welcome Bath College back as a local partner for the Bath Half. As the largest community event in the city, we particularly value the support of the local community”
 

“The Family Fun Run is an ideal way to introduce people to running in a safe race environment and to find out what it is like to run a bit of the main course too. It is great fun and open for people of all ages and abilities to take part. It is hugely popular and every year the fun run sells out very quickly, so if you are keen then my advice is to sign up as soon as you can.
 

“If you have a loved one running the Bath Half you can take part in the fun run and still have plenty time to be finished and support them on the course, it is also a good way to keep the kids entertained while you are waiting to cheer your runner over the finish line.
 

Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College said “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Bath Half Family Fun run again this year. We know what an important event this is to the Bath Community and as a college with our roots in the heart of the city, we feel this is a fantastic partnership”
 

The Bath Half Family Fun Run 2020 takes place on Sunday 15th March. Entries can be completed online at www.bathhalf.co.uk/entries. General entries for the Bath Half are sold out but there are still some charity places available on the website www.bathhalf.co.uk
 

News

Bath College Care Academy hosts yet another successful Learn a Skill Day

 

On Thursday January 16th the Bath College Care Academy Learn a Skill Day took place at the City Centre Campus.

 

This has become an annual event at the Academy and this year’s event was bigger than ever. The aim of the day is for students to work with practitioners, as well as people they support, to participate in practical workshops to learn a new skill for the health and social care sector; and thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of the practitioners and services involved, there was such a broad a range of opportunities on offer during the day.

 

 

Workshops were facilitated on Occupational Therapy, Care and Support Work, Youth Offending Team Support work, Physiotherapy, Mental Health Nursing and Psychosis awareness, Midwifery Skills, supporting Children’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing, Radiography, Orthoptics, Understanding some experiences of young LGBT+ people and social work.

 

Practitioners who took part were from Designability, The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, Way Ahead Care, Wiltshire Council, B&NES Early Intervention in Psychosis service, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Butterfly Care, Off the Record (BANES), Dimensions, Wiltshire Health and Care, Relax Kids, Banes Youth Offending Team and Winchester University.

 

As well as discussions, the activities they took part in included: experiencing some Physiotherapy exercises, finding out what it is like to be moved in a hoist, looking through prisms, trying out relaxation exercises and experiencing dementia through a virtual reality headset.
As always it proved to be a fantastic way to encourage learners to consider career areas they may not have thought about otherwise, to explore a range of knowledge and skills and to see how these skills are so transferable within the sector.
The learners and staff enjoyed hands on, experiential activities and working with practitioners, and those they support, to discover more about the sector as well as the skills and knowledge needed for the range of roles within it.

 

 

As well as facilitating workshops, Practitioners had the opportunity to attend other workshops.

One of the visiting Practitioners said:

“I really enjoyed working with your students, and learning alongside them. They were very accepting of having an unknown adult in their midst. The workshops I attended were really informative, and the students appeared very engaged.”

 

Some learners have secured work experience placements and others have already starting researching next steps for new career paths they would not have even considered before.
Some of the learner’s comments are listed below.

 

“Everybody was very friendly and informative as well as letting me know about how to become what they are!”

“This really helps me to look further into different careers and what I would like to do!”

“I liked learning things that I didn’t know before, such as how people can benefit from help from us”

“The employers were very good at explaining what kind of obstacles comes in with their jobs”

 

Staff also had an amazing day and have talked about how much this has helped them to broaden their understanding of the sector and enhance their teaching. Thank you again to all involved.

 

Apprenticeships, News

Bath College Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair returns this March

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

 

This year’s event, which will be more interactive than previous years, is taking place at the Assembly Rooms on 4th March between 11am and 4pm, giving local businesses the chance to showcase their vacancies to local people.
 
This year’s lead sponsors are B&NES, Curo, EDF Hinkley Point C and Persimmon Homes all whom will be found in the Octagon offering apprenticeship opportunities.
 
The fair will be categorised by the types of careers on offer and will include Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care, Business and Administration, Care Services, Catering and Hospitality, Construction, Creative and Design, Digital, Education and Childcare, Engineering and Manufacturing, Hair and Beauty, Health and Science, Legal, Finance and Accounting and Sales, Marketing and Procurement.
 
Last year’s event was attended by over 1000 young people, with a number of these going on to secure positions at local companies after attending and making the most of networking opportunities.
 
The Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair is open to people of all ages as opportunities will vary in level. Students from schools and colleges will be in attendance but adults looking for opportunities are encouraged to attend also.
 
Ellie Selway, Electrical ApprenticeEllie Selway is currently doing a Level 3 Electrical Apprenticeship through Bath College.
 
She said: “Personally from my experience this is the best route to go down you get paid whilst you’re learning and get a variety of hands on work and theory, an apprenticeship offers a lot of opportunities for progression and as long as you have the right attitude and make the most of what is being offered it can take you far.”
 
Event organiser John Jefferies said: “The fair is a great opportunity to find out about local apprenticeships at Bath College and beyond ranging from Level 2 right up to degree level.
 
“The fair is growing year on year and we have lots of new employers joining us for what will be a more interactive event than ever before.”
 
The event is taking place on 4th March 11am-4pm at the Assembly Rooms and is free to attend.
 

Limited spaces are available to exhibit, please contact john.jefferies@bathcollege.ac.uk for info.
 
For more details about apprenticeships at Bath College visit www.bathcollege.ac.uk/apprenticeships
 

News

Eleanor Penning – Case Study – Early Years

 

It’s our second week back of 2020, and whilst we already have lots going on in the College, we thought we’d kick off the new decade with a Case Study.

 

Eleanor studied on one of our Early Years courses, and is now studying at Norland College, alongside agency work for experience and a job at Waitrose.

 

Norland are a renowned institute for Early Years Education, having moved to Bath in 2003. You may have spotted them around in their tell-tale uniforms!

 

 

 

What course did you study at Bath College?

Children’s Play, Learning and Development Level 3

 

What was the most enjoyable aspect of your course?

Whilst doing the course I think the most enjoyable aspect was placement as it allowed me to put my knowledge and learning into real life situations, increase my communication skills, meet new people and show good practice.

 

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

 During my time at college I had many opportunities to take part in charity events. One occasion was when we raised money for Children in Need which involved us coming up with ideas, planning the event, working as a team and being enthusiastic.

 

What made you apply to Bath College in the first place?

I knew I wanted to do an Early Years course therefore when I attend a jobs fair I focused on related courses, I then went to an open evening where I felt very welcomed. I also applied to Bath College because of the great support available, the friendly environment and the opportunities they give you.

 

What have you been doing since you left Bath College?

Since I left Bath College, I carried on working in a nursery that I started half way through college. I then started Norland College in September alongside an agency job called Eyears. I left my weekend job at Primark and I am now employed at Waitrose.

 

What piece of advice would you give to students looking to study Early Years?

To work or study a child base course you have to be enthusiastic, passionate and interested in the topic. It is a hard/full-on course therefore you need to be organised and prepared. The opportunities you receive from the course is phenomenal e.g jobs, trips, practice and experience.

 

Eleanor kindly came in to talk to our current Early Years students about progression routes after College and her own progression into Norland College. It was really inspiring for our students to see the success that our past students have had, and we hope it helps spark excitement for their future and career.

 

Sketch view of proposed building - looking east from James Street

Announcement, News

Bath College reveal initial plans for Digital and Creative Innovation Centre

 

Bath College is developing proposals for a new academic building, to be located along the northern boundary of the College with St. James’ Parade.
 
The new building is required to enable the College to better meet the skills need for the digital and creative industries and provide specialist facilities which are not currently available to students, employers and small-to-medium enterprises in the locality. It is envisaged that the new building will comprise of innovation learning spaces, public spaces and pre-incubation spaces.
 
Whilst the design of the new building is in the early stages of development, it is expected that it will comprise an additional 1,300m² of internal floor space for the College and be designed with due regard to the character of the historic buildings in the immediate context of the campus.
 

This new building will replace an existing area of car parking and a plant room, roughly on a footprint matching the extent of the adjacent parade, which formerly continued further to the west. Given that the proposed development is contained within the existing campus, it is not considered that the development will cause any detrimental impacts to existing residents or businesses.
 
The College’s consultant team has commenced pre-application discussions with BANES Council and is in the process of notifying other identified key stakeholders. A public consultation is also planned for early 2020, in advance of a planning application due to be submitted in March 2020.
 

Carole Stott, Chair of Governors, cutting the ribbon

News

Bath College launches new state-of-the-art SEND Centre

 

Bath College has opened a new Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Centre, Wellow House, which houses a whole range of state-of-the-art facilities which include a sensory room, a de-escalation calming room, an accessible kitchen and a fully operational one-bedroomed flat.
 

Wellow house is at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus in Radstock and has had a £300,000 investment from B&NES Council.
 

The new facility has allowed the College to welcome a cohort of pre-entry level learners with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). These learners follow a curriculum designed around Pathways for Adulthood and making good choices for their lives. This new programme is an addition to the College’s successful Life and Independent Living Skills (LILS) programme, designed for 16-25-year-old learners with SEND.
 

LILS students with Inclusion Staff and Glastonbury Festival StewardsWellow House has attracted attention in Somerset, with the Glastonbury Festival stewards raising £740, which was used to purchase items for the sensory room such as bean bags and weighted blankets.
 

There are exciting plans for the future of the centre, which include a café, market garden and on-site residence.
 

The launch was also the LILS and Pre-entry students’ annual Christmas fair, for which they prepared hampers, cakes and soup, a raffle, homemade chutneys, gifts and games for the visitors of the facility to purchase. The learners will spend the proceeds on a small reward for themselves for their hard work, donating the rest to CLIC Sargent, a charity that has helped many of them through cancer diagnosis and treatment.
 

Students Singing and Signing
 

Carole Stott, Chair of Governors at Bath College, officially opened the SEND Centre with a ceremonial ribbon after the students welcomed guests by signing and singing Christmas songs. She said: “We are delighted to launch Wellow House.
 

Students manning hamper stall“This initiative is part of the ‘Local First’ policy, where young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities are educated in their local community rather than being sent ‘out of county’.”
 

Chris Wilford, Head of Education Inclusion Service at B&NES Council added: “It’s been an absolute pleasure for us at the local authority to work in partnership with Bath College to bring a much-needed facility to young people in B&NES and the surrounding area.”
 

For more information about Bath College’s SEND provision, click here.
 

News

Bath College Business Entrepreneurs enjoy sale success at The 2019 Bath Christmas Market

 

 

Two teams from our BTEC Level 3 Business course have spent the last three months creating their own businesses in the lead up to The Bath Christmas Market. Each team had a Managing Director, came up with a team name and product ideas, and then a business and financial plan for how their business would run.

 

During the months leading up to the Christmas Market they have been working hard behind the scenes, alongside lectures and project work, coming up with posters, and sourcing materials to make their products. Once they had completed their Business Plans they went head to head for the first time, competing for a £50 investment from Metro Bank. This £50 would be a baseline cost to buy materials for their products and print posters and flyers. The pitch to Metro Bank was styled like Dragons Den, with the two teams outlining their business plans and financial forecasts to The Director and Manager of Metro Bank, Chris and Yani. Chris and Yani couldn’t pick a winner and so agreed to invest £50 in both teams.

 

The teams worked closely with local businesses and business leaders, in particular Taste of Bath and Minuteman Press. Helen from Taste of Bath, who had held a stall at The Bath Christmas Market a few times, shared her knowledge of how to sell and grab people’s attention at The Christmas Market, as well as provide advice on their products and set up. She also introduced them to Dave at Minuteman Press, who provided large posters free of charge to help their stall stand out. The team at Minuteman also helped with printing the teams hand drawn cards, and Helen from Taste of Bath visited the students at their stall, despite currently running one of her own, to motivate and give them some last minute pointers.

 

 

Helen said:
“It’s been wonderful to see the Bath College Business students grow in confidence over the months leading up to the Bath Christmas Market, and now all their hard work has paid off and they have had a successful two days of sales. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the process, and I’m glad that I’ve been able to help and offer advice on both their products and The Bath Christmas Market, well done Bath College Entrepreneurs!”

 

The two teams ran the Charity Chalet at The Christmas Market on Wednesday evening (residents night) and all day on Thursday. Team one named themselves ‘Eutur’ and ‘Giving Gifts’; Eutur sold beautifully scented and festively wrapped Reed Diffusers, and was made up of Fergus Blythe (Managing Director), Dala Hodgson, Emily Hayden, Will Davis, Will Dugan, Eleanor Higham and Alex Godrige. Giving Gifts were selling hand drawn Christmas Cards and an array of beautiful jewelleries, they were made up of Ben Betteridge (Managing Director), Freddie Coulson, Emily McCarthy, Mitch Hooper, Kirsten Harkness, Libby Cartwright and Jack Ewings.

 

 

Between the two teams they made a total of £697 over the two days, and each team will be donating 50% of their proceeds to a chosen charity. Eutur have chosen to donate 50% of their proceeds to Make a Wish, whilst Giving Gifts will donate 50% to The Childrens Hospice South West. It’s been a fantastic experience for the students, the Bath Christmas Market is well attended by residents and tourists alike, and they have had the opportunity to network and collaborate with local businesses. The students worked extremely hard, working through a drizzly first evening, and a very busy second day.

 

Kate Knights, Business Lecturer who has led on this project said:
“Our BTEC Level 3 Business Students have been working tirelessly for the last 3 months in preparation for this event, doing everything from bidding for investment to market research to manufacturing the products themselves. I couldn’t be prouder of the hard work they’ve put in and it’s been great to see them reap the benefits and be quite so popular at the market”

 

Team Giving Gifts Managing Director Ben commented:
“I’ve learned how competitive Market stalls are and the importance of good advertising”

 

This is just one of a number of fantastic opportunities available to our Business students, we have a range of Business courses suited to all levels, including Business Level 2 and the International Business Extended Diploma. Click the linked course names to find out more, or for a list of all our Business related courses please click here.

 

News

Bath College Apprentice wins gold at WorldSkills UK Competition 2019

 

The WorldSKills UK Live final, November 21-23, saw the SkillFRIDGE finalists go head to head to compete for the coveted gold medal.

 

The finals were held at the NEC in Birmingham and spanned several convention halls, where hundreds of apprentices from a wide range of industries came together to compete to be the best in their sector. The atmosphere was filled with the nerves and excitement of the young competitors, all focussed on their own specialities.

 

After competing in regional heats, seven RACHP apprentices made it to the WorldSkills Final. Whilst being scrutinised by the judges, the apprentice’s skills were assessed as they completed a total of four tasks.

 

Sidney Copus, Bath College Refrigeration and Airconditioning Apprentice, who won the national SkillFRIDGE trophy, was the front runner going into the WorldSkills Final. In addition to the 2019 apprentices, visitors also saw the return of SkillFRIDGE’s 2018 winner, Dominic Dray, as he competed for a place on Team UK.

 

 

Keith Nichols, ex-training manager from Airedale, returns to judge the SkillFRIDGE competition annually, he noted: “I enjoy doing this each year, it really feels like giving back.”

 

WorldSkills isn’t only about technical standards, but about finding people who are truly passionate about the industry, who exhibit other skills like motivation and determination, but finding someone who could go onto the international competitions too. But following the first task of the competition the apprentices were feeling the pressure.

 

David Dunn, sales managing director of Toshiba Carrier UK, said: “SkillFRIDGE is a superb initiative. It challenges and rewards young trainees to improve their skills and knowledge, and pursue excellence. We are delighted to once again be supporting the competition as headline sponsor, and look forward to the SkillFRIDGE 2020 events planned for next year.”

 

Toshiba Carrier, the headline sponsor of SkillFRIDGE, provided a range of equipment for this year’s competition, including Y-joints and headers for the piping test rigs and graphical recreations of Toshiba outdoor units. The company also supplied a number of controls rigs equipped with various interfaces, including its remote controllers and Touch Screen controller.

 

Another piece of equipment featured at the final was the JAVAC Nitrogen Regulator. It is suitable for testing systems which use R410A refrigerant gas and allows for 300 bar maximum inlet pressure and has a 0-50 bar outlet pressure range. It also includes a ‘T-bar’ handle designed to protect the gauges from impact should the gas bottle get knocked.

 

On Saturday, the final day of the competition, the apprentices came together to participate in a surprise Saturday feature led by Jacinta Caden.

 

The feature was based around the classic construction game, marble run, which kept the competitors engaged whilst showcasing their skills to the public without the stress of competing. The task enabled them to use almost all the skills they needed for the competition, as well as showing their ability to follow direction and work as part of a team.

 

With the theme of this year’s WorldSkills event being ‘Mental Strength’, it is important to draw attention to the benefits events like this can provide. Former SkillFRIDGE competitor, Chris Baillie, acted as a judge at this year’s competition, he noted: “This competition changed my life.”

 

He continued: “I used to suffer from quite bad anxiety, I even used to get sick before competing, but through this competition I was able to improve my confidence and communication skills, as well as my skills within the sector. I like being a judge now because I know what they are going through, I’ve been through it. Knowing what competing did for me, along with the support and help I received from the judges, is what really motivated me to keep participating. I like the idea that I can give that back to the younger generation.”

 

Following the two days of competition and Saturday’s feature task, the Gold medal was awarded to Sidney Copus, Bath College Apprentice with Space Engineering, certifying him as the SkillFRIDGE Champion of 2019. He commented:

“I’m feeling very happy about my win and extremely relieved. After coming top in the regionals, I felt quite a bit of pressure to get a win in the finals and the step up in difficulty was a bit of a surprise. The win’s given me a little confidence boost, but the biggest thing about it for me is all the support and messages I’ve got from my lecturers, colleagues and friends. Everyone has been really supportive the whole way through and I’m glad to be able to win it for Space and Bath College!”

 

Ben Wilson of Knights Engineers claimed Silver and Joshua Collins of JD Cooling came away with the Bronze.

 

In preparing for the competition and keeping cool under pressure, Silver medallist Ben commented that:

“I just made sure I was healthy and drinking enough water, concentrating on the task ahead. It was a challenging but great week; I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

 

He also noted his passion for the industry, saying: “I love that in that you come across new things every day and you never get bored. There’s always more to learn and you get as much out of it as you put in in.”

 

Mr Dunn added in response to the results of the competition: “On behalf of TCUK congratulations to all those who took part in this year’s competition. As the industry’s national event, it takes a high level of skill, determination and composure to make it through to the finals, and this year was no exception. My warmest congratulations to Sidney on becoming the UK’s SkillFRIDGE champion 2019. We wish you all success for your future career.”

 

With the current skills crisis occurring in the UK competitions and events like WorldSkills UK are more important than ever. Encouraging young people to pursue careers within engineering industries should be one of the top priorities for schools, as well as the government as the political environment changes.

 

News

Bath College ranked 6th in the country in annual league table

 

This year’s NICDEX rated 172 FE colleges across England in four categories: employer satisfaction, learner satisfaction, 16 to 18 positive progression and adult progression into work.
 
The criteria is based on performance measures published by the Department for Education.
 
Bath College is ranked 6th in the country overall, beating the two previous years’ rankings of 17th and 16th.
 
52% of Bath College’s Adult learners on benefits progressed into work, while 80% of 16-18-year-old learners went onto positive progression, whether this be employment or Higher Education.
 
Employer satisfaction with the College is at 86.6% while Learner satisfaction is at 82.7%.
 
The annual college league table, now in its fourth year, was created by FE Week editor Nick Linford.
 
“The NICDEX was an enjoyable intellectual challenge to create an annual performance table with an overall score, from a mix of key measures,” said Linford.
 
“Most importantly, NICDEX is transparent. The four measures that make up the NICDEX are published by the DfE.”
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College is delighted with the ranking: “We’re really proud to be listed as sixth in the country. This is a brilliant reflection of the passion, commitment and hard work of Bath College staff.
 
“It is great to see that our learners have a positive experience with us and that we aid them to reach their full potential after they leave College.”
 
Read the full report here.
 

News

New Project SEARCH Interns Experience World of Work

 

Ten young people with learning disabilities have started a year-long internship with Bath & North East Somerset Council.
 

It’s the 11th year the council has welcomed interns from Project SEARCH – an initiative led by the council in partnership with Bath College and Virgin Care. The aim of the scheme is to support young adults with learning disabilities into work.
 

Over the next twelve months the interns will work in three placements across the council. The aim is enable the interns to develop skills, gain experience and grow in confidence and independence.
 

Councillor Richard Samuel, cabinet member for Resources, said: “The average employment rate for people with a learning disability in the UK has dropped to just six per cent. We need to address that and increase the opportunities available to young people with learning disabilities. Project SEARCH enables the interns to develop the skills they need to find sustainable employment. Over the years we’ve had huge success with our graduates finding employment through the programme. I’m sure this year’s cohort will benefit enormously from their time with us.”
 

During their time at the council the interns receive on-site tutoring from Bath College and Job Coach support from Virgin Care. The partners also work with local organisations to help interns find vacancies and apply for jobs.
 

Following the successful completion of their internships next June all graduates will be presented with certificates at a special ceremony at the Guildhall.
 

For more information about Project SEARCH click here.
 

Your Wishlist