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Women at the Game: Music student to support Bath City FC event

 

Music student Ruby Donadel is supporting an event at Twerton Park set up to show women why watching football can be great fun.
 
Bath City FC is encouraging as many women as possible to come along to its match against Hemel Hempstead on Saturday March 11th.
 
Female fans are invited to a reception before the game where they can get together, chat and enjoy some pre-match refreshments.
 
The event is part of a national initiative called ‘Women at the Game’ and coincides with International Women’s Day on March 8th.
 

 
Ruby, who is studying Level 3 music performance at Bath College, will be playing a live acoustic set for guests at the reception.
 
The 18-year-old is a big football fan and used to play football for a number of local teams, including Yeovil Town Ladies FC.
 
She said: “I played football for seven years. It’s always been seen as a men’s hobby but it’s getting more popular with women – especially with the success of the England women’s team.
 
“At the moment you’re outnumbered if you go to watch a game, but I’ve never had a problem with it. If you love the sport, it’s really fun.
 
“I’m singing at the event because I love the cause, I thought it was a great idea and wanted to help. I’m in the final year of my course, so I’ve done quite a lot of gigs but I’ve never played at a football match before. I’m looking forward to it, it will be a good experience.”
 
Bath City FC is about to become a community-owned club and is committed to strengthening its links to the local community.
 
Female fans will be on-hand to guide new visitors to the reception, which starts at 2pm – an hour before the match kick-off. Tickets are available here.
 

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From Bath College to a job in a Michelin-starred restaurant – former student has a bright future ahead

 

A young chef who started his career training at Bath College has secured a job at a top restaurant with two Michelin stars.
 

Ollie Dunn, 18, is working under Executive Head Chef Gary Jones at Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxfordshire.
 

He met Mr Jones two years ago as a student at Bath College during the college’s annual Chef v Chef Competition.
 


 

The competition, organised by Bath College and Catering Services International, is judged by a panel of professional chefs.
 

Ollie was one of the finalists for the competition, and was offered work experience at Le Manoir – which kindled an ambition to work there in the future.
 
He finished studying at Bath College last year and worked at The Royal Crescent Hotel for six months before securing a job at Le Manoir.
 

Ollie said: “I love working at Le Manoir. It’s always busy and I love waking up knowing you’re going to learn something new.
 

“It’s quite a daunting kitchen to work in at first. There’s 40 chefs at Le Manoir so that’s the first thing you have to get used to – the size of it.
 

“You have to adapt to working with people who speak different languages. The best thing about cooking is getting to express myself, I’m quite artistic so I enjoy plating up.”
 

Ollie, who is working as a commis chef, completed a two-day trial at Le Manoir, working 9am to 10pm before he was offered the job.
 

He was proud to help with the judging for this year’s Chef v Chef Competition alongside Mr Jones, just after finishing his three-month probation.
 


 

Ollie said: “Coming to Bath College definitely helped to set me up in my career. It’s had a massive impact on my life and I have made so many connections.
 

“My advice would be to listen to what your tutors are saying to you, take it on the chin and use it. Even if things go badly, keeping going because you’re learning and you’re progressing.
 

“Think about what you want in your career and don’t sit around waiting for something to happen. It depends on how much you want to learn and push yourself, but I’m quite ambitious.”
 

Executive Head Chef Gary Jones, who is supporting and mentoring Ollie, said: “Ollie epitomises what the Chef v Chef competition is about.
 

“It’s brave to stand up and put yourself forward to compete against your peers. It was clear to see Ollie wanted to improve his skills. He has made a concentrated effort to learn his craft in a great kitchen.
 

“We’re training the next generation of young chefs and in turn, UK restaurants are improving their standards. I’m very proud of Ollie, he has a great attitude to learning and development.
 

“He’s just passed his three-month probation and if he keeps going the way he’s going, he’ll become an exceptional young chef. It’s vitally important for young chefs to position themselves in the very best kitchens, and to hone and develop their craft for the future.
 

“I am always impressed by Steve Benison and the team at Bath College, who, year on year, provide this great opportunity to the students and chefs in Bath to shine. Long may it continue.”
 

News

Applying for university: advice on student finance for parents

 

Students had the opportunity to meet HE Adviser Richard Wiltshire, from Cardiff Met University, this week.
 
Richard is a specialist on student funding for people applying to university. He spoke to students (including Level 3 students) about tuition and living cost loans, bursaries and scholarships and extra help  they can apply for prior to starting their degrees in September.
 


 
Parents who have students applying for university can find some useful information here:
 
Frequently asked questions by parents – when to apply, evidence and payment
 
How your child applies and gets paid – what your child can get, how student finance works and repayment
 
Myths and facts about student finance.
 
For more information contact our Futures team.
 

 

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Bath College backs AoC campaign to secure fair funding for colleges

 

Bath College is backing a national campaign calling for fairer funding for colleges ahead of the Government’s spring budget in March.
 
The college is a member of the Association of Colleges (AoC) which has published 16 recommendations for spending on further education.
 
At the moment, education funding for 16 to 18-year-olds is 22 per cent lower than funding for younger learners and the recommendations seek to address this imbalance.
 
Bath College provides full-time and part-time education for over 6,000 students, including 2,000 16 to 18-year-olds who study with the college full-time.
 
Across the country, 2.7 million students are taught at a further education or sixth form college providing academic, professional and technical training.
 
A day of action for the fairer funding campaign takes place on February 22 and Bath College is supporting a Thunderclap set up by the AoC on social media.
 
Bath College Principal Laurel Penrose will also be writing to local MPs to make them aware of the importance of funding for current and future students.
 
She said: “It is becoming increasingly acknowledged that skills shortages affect local, regional and national economies.
 

“Further education colleges have the expertise to provide students with new skills or upskill current practitioners, but a fair funding regime is required.

 
“A skilled workforce will be the backbone of this country’s future economic success and further education colleges are key to making this a reality.”
 

 
Bath College is supporting each of the AoC’s recommendations.
 

These include:
 
Increasing spending on education and training from 4.3 per cent to 5 per cent of GDP in order to introduce fair funding for colleges.
 
• Increasing funding for 16 to 18-year-olds to match Key Stage 4 funding and extending pupil premium above the age of 16.
 
• Financial support to help students choose the best education possible – irrespective of transport costs and other needs such as childcare.
 
• Replace the English and maths condition of funding with rules that rely on the professional judgement of college leaders.
 
• Introducing a new English Social Fund to replace the European Social Fund which is likely to end when Britain leaves the EU.
 
• Review the Adult Education Budget to make sure there are opportunities for those aged 19 and over.
 
• Guarantee apprenticeship spending between 2017 and 2020 regardless of spending generated by the new apprenticeship levy.
 
David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges said: “Colleges already support nearly three million people nationally, but there are more people who want to improve their skills and the investment by Government is insufficient.
 
“They are at the forefront of delivering technical and professional education and training, and they can do more with the right investment. Fair funding for colleges is essential for every community and for employers who need skilled people to be successful.”
 
To see the full list of recommendations, visit the AoC website.
 

News

Apprentice of the month: Sophie Coupe from B Hairdressing

 

Sophie Coupe is a Level 2 hairdressing apprentice working at B Hairdressing and studying at Bath College. She has been working at the new salon in Widcombe for four months.
 
What’s the best thing about your apprenticeship?
 
My boss is part of a group of people working for Paul Mitchell, they go round different companies leading demonstrations and doing shows.
 
It’s great because she’s able to pass all of this down to me. I’m learning different styles and I’m practicing blow drys on regular customers. I work at the reception desk and answer phone calls, as well as booking appointments and taking payments.
 
At the moment we’re a small team, we’re looking for other stylists but because there’s only three of us we do everything together. It’s great to see the business growing, we have targets to grow how much we’re earning and you can see those going up – it’s nice to see that I have contributed and that I’m helping my boss.
 
Can you tell us a bit about why you chose a hairdressing apprenticeship?
 
I’m glad I chose an apprenticeship because it’s hands-on. For my GCSEs, I did well in the creative subjects but I had to work hard to achieve academically.
 
I have loved hairdressing ever since I was young, I like making people feel a million dollars. It’s a really good trade, you can work as a hairdresser at home, you can set up as a mobile hairdresser or you can do haircuts for your family.
 
When you’re in a hairdressing environment, you don’t get a lot of free time but it’s nice because your clients become your friends – they talk to you as a friend and you have a real relationship with them.
 
Do you enjoy your time studying at Bath College?
 
I looked at studying here and Trowbridge and as soon as I came here I feel in love with it. I thought I would do the full-time course and work on my days off, but then I found out about the apprenticeships and I thought it would suit me better. You still get a qualification, you get an NVQ, but it’s a different route.
 
It’s nice coming into college because I can talk to my tutor about things and if I want to try something new she helps me. If she knows it’s not going to work, she can tell me why and it’s good to see what other apprentices are doing.
 
Do you feel you’ve improved since you started your apprenticeship?
 
When I first started it was really nerve wracking because you’re stood there thinking ‘this is an actual client’. You learn things at work you don’t learn in college. When you’re at work and the phone rings, and your boss is busy, you have to take it into your own hands. You’re put under a bit of pressure and there were times I stumbled on the phone, but now I just pick it up.
 
It’s tough but it’s having the right attitude. You have to work the hours, but then you’re earning money at the same time. No matter how hard it is, you know that something good will come of it. I thrive on the fact that I am constantly improving.
 
Do you have any advice for someone considering an apprenticeship?
 
You have to work at it and you have to learn from experience. When you see a problem, look at how people handle the situation. Work your way up and make sure people get to know you so you make a good name for yourself. It’s important to have a good reputation with clients.
 
Any work experience you can get helps. I have worked in quite a few salons and I can see how I’ve improved. I started off as a Saturday girl earning £25 an hour and now I’m in Bath with access to the best hairdressing training I can get.
 

News

Judges turn up the heat for Chef V Chef Competition

 
A panel of judges searching for new culinary talent helped to turn up the heat in the kitchens at Bath College for the Chef V Chef Competition.
 
Students and professional chefs worked hard to show off their cookery skills during the day-long competition testing all aspects of food preparation and presentation.
 
The competition, organised by Bath College and Catering Services International, took on an exciting new format this year.
 
As part of this, students completed a team cooking challenge and took part in knife skills, napkin folding, table layout and wine pairing tests.
 

 
Judges included Gary Jones, who is executive head chef at Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire.
 
Former Bath College students Stuart Ash, from Woods Restaurant, and Scott Lucas, from the Craft Guild of Chefs for Bristol, gave up their time to judge the competition alongside Stuart Mcleod, from Zuidam and Jonathan Newberry, from The Valley Smokehouse in Bristol.
 
Judges also included Sarah Holden, from The Pig near Bath, events manager Sue Godding, Kean Maslen, a former lecturer at the college, and ex-student Ollie Dunn.
 
Ollie is working as a commis chef at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons after spending six months at The Royal Crescent Hotel.
 

 
Photo above by Joe Wooltorton
 
He met executive head chef Gary Jones and secured work experience with him after competing in the Chef V Chef Competition at Bath College two years ago.
 
Mr Jones said: “Ollie epitomises what this competition is about. It’s brave to stand up and put yourself forward. You can see he wanted to get better, he was keen to improve and has the will to improve himself.
 
“We’re training the next generation of young chefs and in turn, restaurants in the UK will raise their standards. I’m very proud of him. He’s just passed his three-month probation and if he keeps going the way he’s going, he’ll do well.”
 
The winners of the professional chef competition were Daniel Vosper, from the King William Pub (who won gold), Simon Mealing, from The Garrick’s Head, and Fraser Jones from the Best Western Plus Centurion Hotel.
 

 
Students Lucas Fellender, Maria Parker-Cook and Joshua Yoell were awarded first prize for their two-course menu in the team challenge competition.
 
First year Bath College student Benjamin Colley said: “The competition was brilliant. It’s a good way to see how far you have come in a year.
 
“I knew it was a competition, but I didn’t know how competitive it would be. I’m really happy with how I have done.”
 

 
Photo above by Dan Pedigrew
 
Competition judge Scott Lucas said: “The standard was extremely high – it was very close. For the team competition, the students were all within a percentage of each other which makes it difficult for the judges.
 
“It’s good to be back at Bath College, which is where I trained, so I know how it feels to be starting out as a student.
 
“I think it’s important that people from the industry put something back into training and supporting colleges. I think it’s something everyone should be doing.”
 

Students Union

January – Motivation

Hello 2017!

 

The Students’ Union decided to theme January as Motivation month. For this  we handed out motivational quotes around the college, to students, with the aim to make their day better!  

We have also spoken a little about New Year’s Resolutions and if students were to set a resolution for the college what would it be? What are your new year’s resolutions? Comment your answers below!

Much of January for me was delivering tutorials across the college, my aim was to try and reach those I don’t get to see as much. I spoke about our new website ‘Change It’ , our Takeover week in Feb, Course Reps, the new Activities program and finally the Students’ Union elections. Already our time as SU officers is nearly up so we are recruiting for new students to take our place.

 

The SU team have been really busy this month, Tesh and Aaron have started up 5 aside football on Wednesdays 4.30-5.30 at Bath Sports centre. Paul has been creating more videos for the YouTube page. James has been working towards a Bath College talent show and lastly Katie has been prepping for an online mentoring service. To top it off the team made a decision of our RAG (Raise and Give) charity this year. We are happy to announce that we will be supporting Time Is Precious for a second year running.

 

Hayley and I worked very closely with Childcare level 1 students in their assignment to make a positive impact on our community. Each group set up a fundraising event for Time is Precious. We went on a 14 mile walk from SVC campus to CCC campus.  Other groups dressed up as Micky and Mini Mouse and went around town collecting money. The other groups held cake and sweet sales. They raised an amazing £650!!!

 

The Participation Team have worked really hard on the 8ft by 12ft post it wall. This is where we asked students to write positive quotes on post it notes. It was amazing. They also did an activity called float your hopes where they got helium balloons and got students to write their hopes on a balloon and let it go.

 

Finally Question of the month results show that out of all the services at college the Students’ Union are known by more students!!! Go Team 16/17. They have been working so hard and deserve this recognition. I am looking forward to the final months in the Students’ Union!

 

News

Engineering apprentices design new impact testing machine

 

Engineering students at Bath College have designed and created an impact testing machine to measure the shock loading resistance of materials used in manufacturing.
 

The students, who are apprentices studying for a Level 3 diploma in engineering, were asked to make the machine as part of their final year project and engineering design modules.
 

Shock loading resistance is an important consideration for engineers and comparing material properties allows them to choose the right material for the right working environment.
 

The machine includes a hammer which swings downwards to hit the test material.
 

After the impact, the shock loading or force is recorded by a pointer on an energy scale. The amount of energy absorbed in fracturing the material specimen is a measure of the material’s shock loading resistance properties.
 

Engineering lecturer Fred Bumford said: “This project has tested students’ team working, design, project management and their manufacturing skills.
 

“It’s always interesting to set students a project and see what they come up with. They have learned a lot about each other by allocating jobs and dividing up the labour.
 

“They had to choose the right kind of materials and used some interesting techniques to create the finished product. We asked them for a professional standard report at the end of it and a presentation in front of an audience.
 

“These are all good marketable skills required by industry. They have done really well.”
 

News

Harmonie-Rose visits Bath College to thank students for fundraising project

 

Students at Bath College welcomed three special visitors into their classroom to mark the end of a fundraising project for the Hope 4 Harmonie appeal.
 
Three-year-old Harmonie-Rose visited the college’s Somer Valley Campus to meet students along with her parents Freya Hall and Ross Allen.
 
The Hope 4 Harmonie appeal was set up to help Harmonie-Rose, from Bath, who fell ill and was rushed into hospital with meningitis B at just 10-months old.
 
To save her life, doctors at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children had to operate, and the appeal is helping Harmonie-Rose adapt to life as a quadruple amputee.
 
Somer Valley Foundation Learning students raised £150 for the Hope 4 Harmonie appeal through an event selling hand-made cakes, bird boxes and planters.
 
VAP Construction students also made a clothes chest and a bed for Harmonie-Rose’s doll Rebecca, a special “lookalike” doll which comes with its own prosthetic limbs.
 
Student Aaron Connor knows Harmonie-Rose and her family, and was keen to suggest the Hope 4 Harmonie appeal for the fundraising project.
 
During the visit, student Jordan Jones gave a short presentation to Harmonie-Rose, Freya and Ross to show them how students had fundraised.
 
He said: “It was very nice to meet Harmonie-Rose, I thought she was cool. It was nice to see her face light up when she saw what we’d made. I’d like to do something like this to fundraise again.”
 
Harmonie-Rose’s mum Freya said: “She will love the bed and the clothes chest – she loves anything that she can open and close.
 
“She has quite a few clothes for Rebecca, people have made her matching clothes, and we need somewhere to put them so this is really useful.
 
“My brother is friends with Aaron, he has been a close friend of the family for years. To see people go out of their way to help you, it’s so selfless. It’s lovely to see that people are continuing to fundraise for Hope 4 Harmonie.”
 
Ashleigh Taylor, Deputy Head of Foundation Learning at Bath College, said: “This was a student-led, student-organised and student-driven event.
 
“I am so proud of how they worked together for a common cause and having Harmonie-Rose and her parents visit was just fantastic.
 
“Foundation students undertake a number of projects over the year, and for their final project they will work together to fundraise for an end of the year celebratory trip.”
 

News

Bath College media student Charlotte wins national film competition

 

A film created by a media student at Bath College has won a national competition.
 
First-year student Charlotte Nind created the winning film with school friends Jacob Bacon and Josh Stone.
 
Together, they entered their work for the Kendal Mountain Festival’s Film Active competition and were chosen as the best entry in the 16 to 18-year-old category.
 
The winning film, created at Brown’s Folly in Bathford, was inspired by this year’s competition title, ‘adventures on your doorstep’.
 
Charlotte, 17, said: “The three of us filmed it over a weekend spending one day climbing and the other caving. We edited it in the weeks after.
 
“It was a shock to all of us to win and I’m really glad they liked the film.”
 

 
The Film Active competition is open to young filmmakers from across the country and was set up to encourage youngsters to share their outdoor adventures online.
 
Charlotte and her friends spent time filming the old stone quarry at Brown’s Folly and climbing in the woods nearby. Their winning film, called Up and Under, is a documentary tracking their progress.
 
To celebrate their win, the teenagers were invited to a screening of their film at the Kendal Mountain Festival and an awards ceremony.
 
Charlotte, from Bath, studied at The Corsham School before attending Bath College and Jacob and Josh are studying at the school’s sixth form.
 
She said: “I’m enjoying college, it’s a lot more practical which is what I was looking for. The course focuses on making films rather than analysing them, which I prefer.
 
“I’m definitely looking for a career in filmmaking. At the start I plan to focus on making promotional videos (because that’s the way to earn a salary) but I will continue to make short films on the side.
 
“Eventually I hope to make feature films. Filmmaking is the most visual form of storytelling. This film was a documentary, but I like the fact that there’s no limitation as to what you film or where this can take you.”
 
Charlotte, Jacob and Josh have set up their own film company called DVA Films. You can find more of their films here.
 

News

What’s it like at Bath College? Interview with student and SU team member Katie

 

Last September we interviewed Katie – a level 3 student studying music performance. We’re following Katie throughout the year to find out what students enjoy about life at Bath College. This week, we caught up with Katie to find out how the new term is going.
 
Welcome back after the Christmas break! How have you found your first two terms as a second year at Bath College?
 
We were quite busy in the run-up to Christmas. We had a lot of assignments in the last two weeks of term, which had to be done just before Christmas.
We start our Final Major Project in the next couple of months. That’s quite an important assignment. It’s about proving we can work on our own. We can ask our tutors questions, but it’s our choice what we do for the project and there’s a lot more freedom. Everyone seems keen and people have already thought about what they’d like to do.
 
What have your highlights been for this year so far?
 
One of the highlights so far has been employability week. We had a music therapist come in and he could see I was interested in music therapy. He’s going to ask if I can visit him at Three Ways School. That would be really good experience, just to sit and watch some of the sessions.
 
How about your role as equality and diversity officer for the students’ union – how has this been going?
 
I went to an equality and diversity meeting, and a health and safety staff meeting. They were talking about the ID badges, the security system and the online health and safety course for staff. I was asked to talk about my idea about an online support group for students. I wasn’t expecting to be asked about it, and I ended up pitching it to people I’d never met before, but it went down well.
 
We had an SU trampolining trip, which was exhausting. I thought an hour wouldn’t be enough, but after 20 minutes we had to sit down again! It was a good chance for us to get to know each other. I’m planning motivation week and mental health awareness week. We have an idea to do a ‘body love’ sofa – you cover it with a big white sheet and get people to write one thing they like about themselves and one thing they don’t. The idea is to get people talking.
 
Are new students getting involved with the Students’ Union?
 
People are starting to engage and answer things like ‘question of the month’. Because there’s more of us than last year, people are used to seeing us and they are more likely to answer and fill things out. We have our new Change It website. It’s a good idea and if students don’t want to talk to us, they can still submit their ideas online.
 
Can you tell us more about applying for university?
 
I’ve sent off my UCAS form to apply for university. I’ve applied to study at Keele, Luton, Bedfordshire and Bath Spa University. Keele is my first choice.
We went to an open day and we intended to be there for three hours, but we were there for the whole day – I didn’t want to leave! The accommodation was affordable and I can take my car and park it for free, so it seems like the perfect place.
 
I’ve applied to study psychology at university. After studying a music BTEC, it isn’t the easiest route, but that’s what you need to become a music therapist. I had to explain this on my personal statement. I have as much music background as I need, but I need the scientific qualifications and hopefully they will see that when they read my application.
 
When I started this course, I had no idea I would end up applying to university for psychology, but when I spoke to the lecturers at Keele they said your personal statement is the important thing. They seemed to understand that people change their minds and decide to do something different.
 
What about life after Bath College – do you have any plans after finishing?
 
Leaving college will be quite difficult. There’s so many people I know that I can speak to (my teachers and the SU team) but when I go to university I won’t know anyone. I’ll be leaving that comfortable environment behind and I’ve never been out of Bath for a long period of time (other than on holiday). Everyone is going off to do their own thing, which is nice, but we won’t be in the same place anymore.
 
I have booked a three-day ticket to watch motorbike racing in the Netherlands. I wanted to do it while I had the chance and I leave the day after my course finishes. I have my own bike and I have always loved watching motorbike racing.
 

News

Childcare students raise £650 for charity in just one week

 

Childcare students at Bath College have collected £650 in just one week for Time is Precious – a charity set up to help families facing a long stay in hospital.
 
The Level 1 childcare students brought a smile to peoples’ faces by dressing up as Mickey and Minnie Mouse for a street collection in the centre of Bath.
 
They also completed a four-hour sponsored onesie walk from Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus in Radstock to its City Centre Campus in Bath.
 
Students planned their fundraising week as part of a college assessment, working as a team to delegate tasks, design posters and raise awareness.
 

 
As part of this, they made cakes and sweets to sell outside the Students’ Union during lunchbreaks at the college’s City Centre Campus.
 
Time is Precious was set up by Nicky and Neil Halford in memory of their son Ben to help families facing long stays in hospital with terminally ill children.
 
The charity funds improvements to hospitals for families and in September it opened a new sensory room and teenage chill out room at Bath RUH.
 

 
Students at Bath College chose Time is Precious as their charity of the year for 2016 and collected over £2,000 for the teenage chill out room.
 
They have just voted to continue fundraising for the charity this year and will be organising fundraising activities through the Students’ Union.
 
Childcare students would like to thank Special Occasion Mascots, based in Bristol, for the loan of the Mickey and Minnie Mouse costumes.
 
Lecturer in early years Sarah Demirci said: “The students have worked so hard to make their fundraising activities successful.
 
“They have demonstrated excellent organisational skills, professionalism and teamwork, all of which are important life skills that will support their future studies and employment.
 
“They chose a local and worthwhile charity to support and raised a great deal of money, I am very proud of them all.”
 

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Bath College Care Academy: Students learn from professionals in the health and social care sector

 

Professionals working in the health and social care sector volunteered their time to work with students at Bath College, passing on knowledge and expertise during a busy and interactive employability day.
 
The day marked the launch of the college’s Care Academy, designed to link health and social care students with a wide range of employers working in the South West.
 
Last year, Bath College was awarded £40,000 worth of government funding to kick-start the Care Academy and recruit an academy coordinator.
 
As a result, the college has been working with its Care Academy partners to strengthen training, increase work experience opportunities, and help students find employment within the health and social care sector.
 
Students studying at the college had the chance to meet professionals working in a variety of health and social care roles over the course of the day.
 

 
Third year student Lauren Pearl, 17, said: “I’ve been learning about mental health issues and talking about how you can help people who have an addiction.
 
“This is my final year at college and it has definitely helped me to speak to these health professionals, who have given me a lot of useful information.”
 
Dawn Corse, an occupational therapist with Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, led a workshop demonstrating the best way to communicate with people with dementia.
 
Media make-up and drama students were involved in the workshop, preparing a role-play about a dementia patient and her carer.
 
Throughout the day, students met representatives from Sirona care & health, Creativity Works, BANES Youth Connect & Health, Dorothy House, Bath Mind, Action on Addiction, healthcare company Dimensions and the Red Cross.
 
They also learnt how to use a hoist and move patients with limited mobility during a workshop led by Les Taylor and Rachael Sheppard, from Way Ahead Care.
 

 
Claire Hurford, from Way Ahead Care, said: “We’ve been working with the Care Academy from the beginning. If we start working with these students now, they will come to us with more experience and be work-ready.
 
“It’s about showing students what career routes they can take and how they can progress. I started as a community care and support worker, and now I’m working as a care manager.
 
“We know there’s a huge deficit for social care staff and, as people are living longer, we need more staff working with people to help them stay in their homes.”
 
Lilly Webb, widening participation officer at Bath RUH, was part of a team showing students how to resuscitate someone using CPR.
 
She said: “For us it’s great to have an opportunity to spend time with Bath College students to help them understand what a career in health looks like and to help them gain relevant skills and knowledge.
 
“Last year we ran a pilot programme, with Bath College students coming into the RUH. This was really successful and we hope to be able to welcome some more students this year.”
 
Sally Wilson, Care Academy Coordinator, said: “There has been a real buzz in the Care Academy today, with students sharing their experiences with staff and their peers. The variety of workshops on offer was fantastic and gave them a real insight into the broad range of careers and environments they could work in within the sector. We are very grateful to all network partners who have facilitated exciting sessions today.”
 
Next week, Bath College will launch an eight-week pilot course for students and care home workers in partnership with Creativity Works.
 
The course, taught on Tuesday evenings, will explore the benefit of using the arts in care homes, including drama, visual art, dance and poetry.
 
Spaces are still available for the course, which starts on January 31 and takes place in the evenings between 6pm and 8pm.
 
Visit http://www.creativityworks.org.uk/ or e-mail ailsaeaglestone@zoho.com
 

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Travel and tourism students provide a first-class flying experience

 

Jet-setting pupils at Kingswood School checked in for a relaxing flight to New York with Bath College’s own private airline.
 

The key stage 1 pupils are starting a new topic learning about different countries and cultures around the world.
 

As part of this, they visited Bath College to take part in a training exercise with Level 3 travel and tourism students.
 

After handing over their passports and collecting their boarding cards, the children boarded their flight to ‘New York’.
 


 

They enjoyed in-flight snacks and entertainment in the college’s mock air cabin, including a ‘where in the world?’ quiz.
 

Travel and tourism students at Bath College are studying a children’s representative unit and learning about working with children.
 

On their course, they also learn about working as a holiday representative, working on a cruise ship, customer service and European and long haul travel destinations.
 

Student Libby Ashworth, 17, said: “We have been really excited about the task and the children were lovely to work with.
 

“We chatted to them about their holidays and the places they have travelled to. I might want a job as a children’s rep and we might have children in the air cabin if we go on to work as cabin crew. It helps with your confidence.”
 


Becci Howe, from Kingswood School, said: “We come to Bath College at the start of our new topic ‘up, up and away’.
 

“Some of the children have had no experience of going on a plane. The students at Bath College take them on this learning journey using the passports made at school.
 

“This is a very exciting experience for them and a great start for learning about other countries around the world.”
 

Colette Williams, Learning Coordinator for Travel and Tourism, said: “This activity gives the students hands-on experience of what it is like to work with children in a travel and tourism context.
 

“It also provides excellent employability skills for those who wish to pursue a career as a children’s rep or working for an airline.
 

“This was a very successful visit, which the schoolchildren enjoyed and it has supported the college student with their college assessments.”
 

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Network with employers at the Bath College Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair

 

Hundreds of young people will be looking for new jobs and opportunities at the Futures Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair in March.
 
This is an ideal opportunity for South West employers to promote apprenticeships and vacancies to students and to speak to potential new employees.
 
Free stands are available at the event, organised by the Bath College Futures team, which is open to all 16 to 18-year-olds in Bath.
 
More than 800 people visited last year’s event, and a number of students secured interviews and apprenticeships after networking on the day.
 

 
Becky Howard, 17, was hired as a Level 2 apprentice administrator after visiting the fair and speaking to housing association Curo.
 
She said: “I went to the Bath College Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair and I spoke to Lisa, Curo’s Employment, Training and Engagement Coordinator.
 
“I got a good idea of what they did and that made me apply for an apprenticeship. Within a few days I had an interview.
 
“I really like it here. You can’t get a job without experience, so an apprenticeship is a good way of getting your foot in the door.”
 

 
The Futures Team at Bath College works to create job opportunities, contact with employers, opportunities for live projects and work placements for students.
 
This year, the event has been moved to a bigger venue, at the Guildhall thanks to support from Bath and North East Somerset Council.
 
Over 60 employers are expected to attend and the fair will represent employers from a wide range of sectors, including the Royal United Hospital, healthcare company Dimensions, Rotork, and Mark’s and Spencer’s.
 
Lucy Beattie, Employability Adviser at Bath College, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming a huge variety of employers to the event, and giving students from the college and the wider community the chance to explore as many apprenticeship and work opportunities as possible.
 
“I hope the event will open students’ eyes to the myriad of opportunities available locally and nationally. If you are thinking of taking on an apprentice in the next few years or looking for new staff we’d be delighted to have you at the event.”
 
The event takes place at the Guildhall on Wednesday March 22nd from 12pm to 6.30pm. For more information call 07811980607 or e-mail futures@bathcollege.ac.uk.

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Open in Sept 2017: Building work starts on new construction skills centre

 

Building work has started on a new state-of-the-art construction skills centre at Bath College which will be ready for students in September 2017.
 
The purpose-built facility at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus in Radstock is an exciting new step for the college, and means that all construction trades will be taught under one roof.
 
New workshops will cater for 500 students and apprentices studying bricklaying, construction, carpentry and stonemasonry, as well as plumbing, electrical installation and refrigeration.
 
To mark the start of the building work, Bath College Principal Laurel Penrose joined project manager Miranda Hill, from the construction company Midas, to take part in a sod-cutting ceremony.
 
She said: “This investment, supported by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP), demonstrates the college’s commitment to enhance student opportunities and support local employers.
 
“It is envisaged the centre will become a regional centre of excellence for the construction industry, creating a talent pool for employers to find their future workforce.”
 

 
Designs for the two-storey centre, by BBA Architects, were approved last year and, after archaeological surveys undertaken at the end of 2016, building work was started at the beginning of January.
 
Applications are open for students who would like to be part of the first cohort learning a construction trade at the new centre.
 
Places are available for full-time vocational courses for 16 to 18-year-olds, as well as apprenticeships. Higher education courses will be taught at Bath College’s City Centre Campus.
 
Daisy Walsh, Head of Department for Technology at Bath College, said: “The facilities will be second to none, it will be state-of-the-art.
 
“It’s all about building students’ confidence in their trade and giving them access to the best training and technical expertise.
 
“Students are taught by specialists in their field and we have fantastic links with employers who work with us to provide training opportunities.
 
“All our courses come with the option to study as an apprentice and they have a very strong reputation. Our students achieve very well, they progress onto jobs and continue to study on our higher education programmes.”
 
To apply for a course at Bath College click here.
 

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New opportunity to study English and maths at Somer Valley Campus

 

New English and maths courses will begin running at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus in Radstock next month.
 
Bath College’s Adult Community Learning (ACL) team is planning a range of group classes suitable for learners at various levels.
 
To make sure people join the best group for them, the team is holding assessment sessions on January 16 and January 23rd.
 
Bath College runs a well-established English and maths programme, offering over 10 different classes at the Twerton Learning Centre in Bath.
 
This will be the first time the college has run English and maths classes in Radstock and course dates will depend on the level of interest received.
 
Courses run by the ACL team are aimed at people not in education or employment who want to learn in a fun and relaxed environment.
 
Studying English and maths can help learners gain confidence, improve their CV and support their children at school.
 

 
Paul Grant, from Bath, has been attending English and maths lessons at the Twerton Learning Centre for two years.
 
He said: “You’ve got to get your confidence back to sit in a classroom. It’s not scary, but you can have your doubts.
 
“I would say give it a go. I’ve found the teachers at Bath College to be friendly and bubbly, you can have a proper chat with them.
 
“Employers want to see what you’ve been doing and this makes employers look at you in a different way.”
 
Learners can study English and maths, gaining a qualification and a certificate, from entry level 1, 2 and 3 to level 1 and level 2.
 
Assessment sessions will run from 10am to 1pm on January 16th and January 23rd. To book call Lynsey Parsons on (01225) 328822 or e-mail lynsey.parsons@bathcollege.ac.uk

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Students take on the Bath College Business and Accounting Challenge

 

Students taking part in the Bath College Business and Accounting Challenge were given just two hours to respond to a real-life scenario.
 

Thirty students worked in teams to meet the tight deadline and produce a presentation for a panel of financial experts.
 

The challenge, sponsored by Mogers Drewett, began with a case study from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
 

Students were given three real-life business proposals and asked to assess them before recommending the best option to the panel.
 

The panel included Sean McDonough, from Mogers Drewett, Julian Newton and Chris Hanney, from Barclays, and Ian Sheppard, from Curo.
 

Teams were supported by student mentors, who took part in the regional heats for the ICAEW BASE competition last year.
 


 

Competition winners Daniel Meleady, Ben Flint, Joseph Davies, James Perkins and Katie Harrison
 

Students studying business and accounting have the opportunity to work with local companies through the Bath College Academy of Business.
 

The academy was set up in September to create employment opportunities for students and create a talent pipeline for companies to recruit from.
 

Ian Sheppard, Head of Financial Services at Curo, said: “I thought the standard of presentations was excellent. They only had a short space of time and every single one of them did a good job.
 

“These are the sort of things that should happen regularly in colleges because it’s good experience for people to meet employers.
 

“We want Curo to be known as someone who wants to recruit the best talent in Bath and further afield, and this gives us a platform to meet people.”
 

Second year student Dan Meleady is studying level 3 business with accounting and was part of the winning team.
 

He said: “I enjoyed the opportunity to work in a team and on a real-life case. It was quite competitive and it was definitely a surprise to win.
 

“We watched the other teams and they did brilliantly, we didn’t really want to follow the group that went first! This has given me a good idea of what it would be like to work in the accountancy business.”
 

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Students inspired by industry professionals during employability week

 

Industry professionals volunteered their time to inspire the next generation during an employability week at Bath College.
 
The week, at the college’s City Centre Campus, was organised by the Hospitality, Hair, Beauty & Spa Industries department.
 
Students studying hospitality and catering, as well as hairdressing, media make-up and complementary therapy, had the chance to network and learn new skills.
 
In the Bath College kitchen, hospitality and catering students met Chris Cleghorn and Claire Wilkins, from The Olive Tree Restaurant.
 

 
Chris, Head Chef at The Olive Tree Restaurant, gave a cooking demonstration and Claire ran a black box trade test.
 
Bath College’s young chefs received a surprise set of ingredients, placed in the box, and were challenged to make a dish using these.
 
Students studying at The Academy, the college’s beauty and hairdressing salon, learnt a range of techniques during employability week, including eyebrow threading, bamboo massage and cupping therapy.
 
They listened to employer talks from Center Parcs, complementary health practitioner Celia Stewart, and Eden Rose Beauty, as well as workshops on how to run your own business and how to create a YouTube channel.
 
Former student Josie Troy visited the college with Jess James to show students how to apply micro bead hair extensions.
 

 
Lecturer Donna Ford, who taught Josie nine years ago, said: “When Josie started our level 3 course she was expecting her second child.
 
“She has had her business for two years and, in my opinion, she a great role model for the industry – if you put your mind to something you’re passionate about you can achieve your goals.”
 
Students studying hospitality and catering had a busy programme of activities, including a cocktail masterclass led by Tim Spiller, Beverage Manager at the Abbey House Hotel.
 
Visitors to the college’s Shrubbery Restaurant included Richard Guest, from Talking Wines, and former student Eddie Twitchett, from the Round Hill Roastery, who talked about making your own coffee.
 
Lecturer Ryan Hanson said a highlight was the customer service masterclass, run by Daryl Harris and Tom Ross from The Pig Near Bath.
 
He said: “We want our students to be inspired by the people they meet and what they learn. Darryl and Tom are really good at doing role-plays, getting the students to work in teams and putting them out of their comfort zone.”
 

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Working to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds access higher education

 

Picture caption: Careers & Employability Manager Ben Cocks
 
Bath College is recruiting for two new posts as part of a programme to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds access higher education.
 
Four full-time jobs for widening participation officers are being created in Bath and North East Somerset and Wiltshire as part of the Wessex Inspiration Network (WIN).
 
Local colleges, the University of Bath and Bath Spa University have joined together to form the network and secure funding for the new programme.
 
The new officers will work with specific community groups, including ethnic minority groups and young men from disadvantaged backgrounds.
 
Nationally, the government wants to improve social mobility and double the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education by 2020.
 
Funding for the posts will come from the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) financed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
 
WIN has identified 13 wards in the region where progression to higher education can be improved. In Bath, this includes Southdown and Twerton.
 
Officers will work with groups to support them with activities, such as residentials, homework clubs and careers advice, as well as employer and university visits.
 
At Bath College, funding for a full-time widening participation officer will be split between two part-time roles.
 
The new officers will be part of the college’s futures team, which works to provide careers advice and increase employability opportunities.
 
Ben Cocks, who will be managing both roles at Bath College, said: “It is fantastic that we have secured this resource to aid us in further raising the awareness of higher education to people in Bath and the surrounding area.
 
“I strongly believe that we have a duty to make sure all young people should be made aware and encouraged to access all available types of learning and training.
 
“This two-year project will no doubt have a real impact on the local community and enhance the prospects of the young people involved.”
 
Annette Hayton, who is leading the project from the University of Bath, said: “We are proud to have been recognised by HEFCE as one of the successful consortia for this new programme.
 
“I have always been passionate about supporting young people to be able to take part and reap all the benefits higher education provides.”
 

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