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Graduation 2019

News

Congratulations to Bath College Higher Education Graduates

 

Higher Education graduates from Bath College celebrated their success at their Graduation Ceremony on Thursday.
 
More than 60 students dressed in mortar boards and gowns gathered at The Assembly Rooms to collect their certificates.
 
The students have all completed degree level and higher education courses, including programmes validated by the University of Bath and The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) among others.
 
The ceremony opened with an impressive Civic Procession made up of the Senior Management Team of the College, Heads of Departments, academic staff, Governors, and The Mayor of Bath, Councillor Gerry Curran, led by the City Sword-Bearer and two Mace-Bearers.
 
Once everyone was seated, guests were welcomed by Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College, and certificates were handed out to graduates from Carole Stott, the Chair of Governors.
 

Keynote speaker, Professor Sue Rigby, Vice Chancellor of Bath Spa University, inspired the crowds with her words: “Reading through the graduation programme I realised your degrees are an exact list of the skills that are needed in this region.
 
“We [Bath Spa University] really value the relationship we have with the college. You are a fantastic college. You are an asset to your city.”
 
After the Ceremony the graduates gathered outside the Assembly Rooms and threw their hats in the air to the cheers of guests and passers-by.
 
A drinks and canapé reception was held at Woods restaurant where the graduates and their families continued their celebration.
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College said that: “It has been a wonderful day.
 
“Behind each graduate, I’m sure, is a dream. One that is full of hope and one that is borne of ambition, aspiration.
 
“Our students remind us that success comes to those who work – and I know the extra work they have undertaken through their studies will, at times, have been difficult and gruelling, but they have made it through and we are incredibly proud.”
 
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Jacob Rees-Mogg with Bath College staff, Jon Domaille and Tim Goode

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Bath College representatives meet Jacob Rees-Mogg MP to save BTEC qualifications

 

• Bath College leaders hold a special meeting in Parliament with Jacob Rees-Mogg MP.
• Attendees raised concerns about government plans to drop BTECs and Applied Generals from curriculum.
• Government has consulted on defunding the qualification in favor of the new, more limited, T-Levels – rather than letting them exist simultaneously.

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP took part in a special meeting with Bath College representatives on Wednesday 17th July, to hear directly the vital, positive impact BTECs and Applied General qualifications have on the life chances of young people and adults in Somerset after the government announced it is considering dropping the qualifications.
 
The meeting was attended by leaders from Bath College, including Head of Creative Arts and Enterprise, Jon Domaille and Music Performance Learning Coordinator, Tim Goode.
 
A significant amount of learners at Bath College are currently studying for BTEC and Applied Generals qualifications which are a mixed part-vocational part-academic qualification that offers an alternative, less academic focused 16 – 19 education than A-Levels.
 
BTECs are equivalent to A-Levels and are taken by young people and adults across the country who want academic qualifications as well as preparation for the workplace and employment. The government is considering withdrawing funding from August 2020 despite the fact 90% of BTEC students are employed full-time after university graduation.
 
Jon Domaille, Head of Creative Arts and Enterprise at Bath College, said: “I am completely open and willing to being held accountable to ensuring our provision meets the needs of local employers and industry and wholly understand the need to work closely with employers in the provision of quality, vocational training whilst meeting local needs and employment priorities. I know this to be a value that Bath College holds dear, as do many other colleges across the country.
 
“We do though, truly believe that the provision of choice for learners at such an early age in their careers is vital, and Applied General qualification still have a part to play in providing learners with choice, freedom and flexibility to discover their own pathway in this ever changing world.”
 

Xavier Theobald

News, Student Spotlight

Case Study: Xavier Theobald, Level 2 Art & Design student

 

Xavier, who has progressed through three Bath College courses, spoke to us about his time at College, the skills he has gained and what he’s enjoyed the most about studying here.
 
What skills have you gained whilst at Bath College?
The L2 Art & Design course has given me the confidence to speak to members of the public and I now know how to put on exhibitions and speak about my artwork. College has given me so many opportunities this year, it’s been amazing. Before, I thought opportunities were a myth, now I know they are real if you work hard.
 
Being at Bath College has helped me decide what I really want to do. I have really enjoyed learning about printing techniques this year. I may wish to look at job doing surface pattern design in the future.
 
Tell us about your journey through College?
I started on the LILS course (Life and Independent Living Skills) and then progressed to L1 Art & Design before moving onto the L2 Art & Design course this year. As I have progressed from course to course I have got a better understanding of art and feel I have more freedom to find my own style.
 
Tell us about your course?
I have had a really good time, there’s great support from the tutors who have given me ideas and suggestions on what to change or how to improve my work. Being part of the end of year Art Exhibition has given me an insight into how an exhibition works and allowed me to speak to people about my work and I gained a lot of confidence doing that.
 
On the course I also designed my own t-shirts which I now sell online and I also used a laser cutter to design my own phone cover.
 
I never thought I’d be given the opportunity to be a case study for Bath College, it has really boosted my confidence.
 

Ethan Conlon, stonemasonry apprentice at Bath College

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Bath College stonemason Ethan Conlon to compete in Russia at WorldSkills 2019

 

Bath College apprentice, Ethan Conlon, has been travelling around the world preparing to demonstrate his stonemasonry skills against the world’s best.
 
He will compete with finalists from 60 countries at WorldSkills 2019 in Kazan in Russia next month.
 

The 18-year-old will compete in the architectural stonemasonry category after triumphing over stonemasons from across the country earlier this year.
 

Ethan, who studies at Bath College and is also an apprentice with APS Stonemasonry in Oxford, was selected for the college’s shortlist for WorldSkills back in early 2018 after impressing lecturers with his natural ability and commitment.
 
Ethan Conlon at workHe was invited to compete for a place in Team UK for WorldSkills Kazan 2019 after excelling in the WorldSkills UK National Competitions.
 
After taking part in a four-day competition, he was chosen to join Team UK. He received 10 weeks of specialist training and is now off to Kazan as Team UK’s only stonemason in the squad of 30.
 

Joe Leber, Stonemasonry Lecturer at Bath College said: “We are delighted that Ethan is off to compete at world skills in Kazan 2019, we are very proud of him and wish him the very best of luck! He is a fantastic young mason.”
 

Ahead of the competition, which takes place from 22nd – 27th August, the teenager has built up his experience by travelling to competitions in Russia and Brazil for final preparation.
 

WorldSkills UK is responsible for selecting, developing and training the team for the WorldSkills Competition. A partnership between business, education and governments, WorldSkills UK runs skills competitions for thousands of young people every year in key economic skill areas, boosting the technical skills, mindset and employability skills of young people.
 

Visit worldskills2019.com for more information.
 

News

College students experience being a Student Nurse for a day at University of the West of England

 
Seven students from the Bath College Care Academy spent the day in Bristol at the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences Department of University of the West of England (UWE).
 
During the day they were paired with current first and second year Nursing Students and attended lectures and seminars with them.
 

 
They were able to find out more about Nursing study programmes and about student life. One student said “I learnt lots from the students, I asked lots of questions, they were very nice and they tried to answer all my questions.”
 
During lunch there was a reflective practice session where students were able to speak to both students and lecturers to find out further information.
 
The students really enjoyed the day. One student said  “It makes thinking about going to University less overwhelming, and I now have an understanding of the process”
 

News

Frome volunteers named as Finalists in National Cat Awards 2019

 

Volunteers from Cats Protection’s Frome & District Branch are celebrating after being announced as finalists in the National Cat Awards 2019

The team is one of three contenders in the Star Team award, recognising the dedication of volunteers that helps improve feline welfare.

 

The volunteers were nominated after organising an innovative new collaboration with Bath College to increase the number of cats they can help.

 

Previously, cats in the branch’s care were all looked after by volunteers in their own homes before they found a new owner. But after exploring ways to increase capacity, the branch approached staff at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus.

 

After months of planning and training, volunteers have now positioned a four-pen Cats Protection unit at the college, with students from Animal Care courses providing day-to-day care.

 

Cats Protection’s Frome & District Branch Homing and Welfare Officer Mandy Wescott said:

 

“We’re always looking for ways to help more cats and one of our volunteers had the idea to approach Bath College, which teaches a number of Animal Care courses. It took a lot of planning and hard work, but we now have a fully-fledged cattery at the college where up to eight cats can be cared for until they find new homes. We provide on-going training and guidance, as well as organising admissions, vet checks and rehoming. The students provide the daily hands-on cat care, under the supervision of their teachers. It’s a win-win situation for everyone – we’re able to help more cats and the cats themselves enjoy plenty of care and attention from a large number of capable students. The students themselves benefit not only from the experience of providing hands-on care, but also from working with Cats Protection on feline welfare.”

 

The team now needs to wait until Thursday 8 August when winners will be announced and trophies presented at an awards ceremony at London’s Savoy, an event attended by celebrities including entrepreneur Deborah Meaden, former England goalkeeper David Seaman and his wife, Dancing on Ice star Frankie Seaman.

 

Cats Protection’s awards organiser Kate Bunting said:

 

“The commitment of our volunteers is truly inspiring and has a hugely positive, long-lasting impact on cat welfare. It’s a privilege to hear their stories and celebrate such amazing achievements.”

 

Cats Protection’s National Cat Awards, organised by the UK’s largest cat charity and sponsored by PURINA®, is an annual celebration of the real-life stories of heroism, loyalty and companionship in the feline world. You can vote in the National Cat Awards, and read the feline testimonials by clicking here

 

Construction & Engineering, News

End of Year Engineering Awards celebrates student success

 

Bath College Engineering Department held their annual End of Year Presentation Evening in celebration of the hard work and effort expended by the students over the course of the year.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), family and friends were invited and many were impressed to see not just the quantity of work produced, but the high standards set and achieved.

 

The event prizes were sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Stephen Pearson (IET member) presented the awards, with Maurice Poole, another member, giving a short motivational speech.

 

Bath College Engineering Awards 2018/19

  • Best Welding Level 1 Student – Ryan Gosman
  • Best Welding Level 2 Student – Charlie Purchase
  • Best Turning Student – Miles Tucker
  • Best Milling Student – Greg Pawaczek
  • Students with 100% attendance – Will Rabbitts, Kieran Cullen Hardwick & Oliver Clark

 

IET Engineering Awards

  • Best Overall Student – Oliver Clark – £100 prize
  • Best Level 1 student – Kieron Bradley – £75 Prize
  • Best Level 2 student – Jae Crawford – £75 Prize

The IET Engineering Awards saw three winners collect their prize for the best student in each category.

 

Jae Crawford won the Best Level 2 student award which he was given £75 from the IET. Jae has also been offered an apprenticeship with Dyson which he hopes to start in September.

He says, “I’m looking forward to learning more about engineering and starting my career, it’s great I get to earn money at the same time.”

 

Oliver Clark won the Best Overall student award. He has completed Level 1 and 2 Engineering and is now looking at a wide variety of progression options, such as apprenticeships and further education. The course has provided him with an industry standard qualification and he now has skills in fitting, turning, milling, welding and CAD. Oliver says, “I now have a great portfolio of work which I’ll be able to show to potential employers and I’m looking forward to the next step of my engineering journey.”

 

Matt Driver, Mechanical Engineering lecturer said, “The standard of work this year has been excellent and the awards evening was the culmination of a very successful year at Bath College with over 90% successful in their qualification.

 

For more information about Bath College Engineering courses, click here.

 

News

203 college leaders write to the Chancellor and Secretary of State, demanding the implementation of the Post-18 Education Review (The Augar Review)

 

In an unprecedented move, the leaders of every general further education college in England have joined forces to write an open letter to the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Education urging them to “answer the calls from business” and respond to the “challenges of technological change and Brexit”  by urgently investing in the country’s technical and vocational education system by implementing the main recommendations of the government’s recent Post-18 Education Review (the Augar Review).

 

The 203 leaders are responsible for institutions that educate and train 2 million people each year, employing 180,000 staff and they have a combined turnover of £6 billion per annum.

The Augar Review called for, amongst other things, an end to the 17.5% cut in education funding for 18-year-olds, support so that everybody, regardless of age, to achieve to at least level three, and a rebalancing of the traditional post-18 educational landscape.

 

Key extracts from the letter:

 

“[The Post-18 Review] understands that employers and communities need more high quality technical and professional education and training, industry standard facilities, expert staff and the unique curriculum that colleges already provide.  It sees colleges as the key vehicle for the flexible, local delivery of national strategies, supporting industrial policy, productivity, skills development and genuine social equity.  It clearly acknowledges that all this requires real investment.”

 

“In many respects the Augar Review represents a wider emerging consensus across England. We are sure that you will agree with us and other key stakeholders that further education colleges have been neglected, and that there is now a growing appreciation of their unique role, value and potential. What we now need are decisions and commitments: with your political leadership, support and resolve, colleges will be able to build on what they already do to reach more employers and more adults and make the differences our economy and society need. “

 

Bev Robinson OBE, member of the Independent Panel and co-author of the Augar Review said:

 

“The government’s response to the outcomes of the well-received Augar Review is arguably a watershed moment for the British government.  Choosing to enact the recommendations would demonstrate the government’s commitment to the much-needed skills revolution which our country needs, which industry is crying out for and which will promote social equity for all adults, not just the 50% as it is now.”

 

Alun Francis, Principal and Chief Executive, Oldham College said:

 

“The technical and professional education which our colleges specialise in, is a hidden strength of this country.  There is some astonishingly good provision, but the system overall has been held back by a clear view of its role backed by a serious investment plan. 

Implementing the Augar Review will genuinely change lives, communities and the economy for a generation. Now is the time to act.”

 

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges said:

 

“It is extraordinary to have every leader in every general further education college in the country collaborate like this. But then these are extraordinary times. These college leaders are uniquely placed at the hearts of their communities, working closely with local, national and international business, supporting individuals to get on in life, and driving the social mobility agenda.

 

Government needs to listen to them if they’ve got any chance of tackling the major issues this country faces, now and in the future.

 

Lowell Williams, CEO Dudley College of Technology said:

 

“There are many examples of colleges in the UK delivering technical learning which is simply amazing. But these examples are too often the exception and not the rule.  On the eve of the fourth industrial revolution we have the opportunity to make really great technical learning the norm in every UK college. The Augar Review clearly shows us how. Implementing the Augar Review should be the main focus for the government’s skills agenda.”

 

Shelagh Legrave, CEO and Principal, Chichester College Group said:

 

“The Augar report comes at a critical time for further education institutions and recognises the central role which Colleges are playing in providing a skilled workforce to businesses.  It is crucial that the report’s key recommendations for further education are implemented to address the shortfall in technicians in the UK economy”

 

The letter in full:

 

As college leaders, we are pleased that the Augar Review understands the importance of a more coherent tertiary system.  It makes many positive recommendations that will support the economy by upskilling and reskilling the adult population of England, through investment in more flexible higher, technical and professional education and training, answering calls from business and in direct response to the pending challenges of technological change and Brexit.

 

The report and the recommendations are based on sound analysis of the current state of further and higher education in England. It also sets out the compelling need for a fairer society which works for everyone, based on a strong economy in which businesses can be even more productive. It recognises the role that further education colleges must have in aligning the skills system with the needs of the economy, and in delivering high quality alternatives to traditional three-year residential bachelor’s degrees as well as enabling more adults to progress to intermediate skill levels.  It understands that employers and communities need more high quality technical and professional education and training, industry standard facilities, expert staff and the unique curriculum that colleges already provide.  It sees colleges as the key vehicle for the flexible, local delivery of national strategies, supporting industrial policy, productivity, skills development and genuine social equity.  It clearly acknowledges that all this requires real investment.

 

In many respects, the Augar Review represents a wider emerging consensus across England. We are sure that you will agree with us and other key stakeholders that further education colleges have been neglected, and that there is now a growing appreciation of their unique role, value and potential. What we now need are decisions and commitments:  with your political leadership, support and resolve, colleges will be able to build on what they already do to reach more employers and more adults and make the differences our economy and society need.

 

Our concern is that, having waited so long, the key weakness of the Augar Review might prove to be its timing.  It has emerged at a moment when its insights and proposals might easily be lost.  That is why we are urging you to make the investment in upskilling and reskilling the whole of the adult population in England a priority in your spending decisions this autumn, and to implement the Augar recommendations promptly.

 

We stand ready, individually and collectively to deliver; eager to meet the challenges and excited at the prospect of helping to achieve a fairer society and successful future for our nation.

 

The 203 Signatories:

 

ESTABLISHMENT

 

PRINCIPAL/CEO

 

Abingdon & Witney College Di Batchelor
Activate Learning Sally Dicketts
Ada National College for Digital Skills Mark Smith
Askham Bryan College Tim Whitaker
Birmingham Met College Cliff Hall
Barking and Dagenham College Yvonne Kelly
Barnet & Southgate College Darren Mephan
Barnsley College Yiannis Koursis
Basingstoke College of Technology Anthony Bravo
Bath College Laurel Penrose
Bedford College Ian Pryce
Berkshire College of Agriculture Gillian May
Bexhill College Karen Hucker
Bishop Auckland College Natalie Davison-Terranova
Bishop Burton College Bill Meredith
Blackburn College Fazal Dad
Blackpool and The Fylde College Bev Robinson
Bolton College Bill Webster
Boston College Jo Maher
Bournemouth and Poole College Diane Grannell
Bradford College Chris Webb
Bridgwater and Taunton College Andy Berry
Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College William Baldwin
Brockenhurst College Di Roberts
Brooklands College Christine Rickettes
Brooksby Melton College Dawn Whitemore
Buckinghamshire College Group Karen Mitchell
Burnley College Karen Buchanan
Burton & South Derbyshire College Dawn Ward
Bury College Charlie Deane
Buxton and Leek College Len Tildsley
Calderdale College John Rees
Cambridge Regional College Mark Robertson
Capel Manor College Malcolm Goodwin
Capital City College Group (WKCIC)

  • City & Islington College
  • College of Haringey, Enfield & N E London
  • Westminster Kingsway College
Roy O’Shaughnessy

Andy Forbes

Kurt Hintz (Interim Principal)

Kim Caplin

Carmel College Mike Hill
Central Bedfordshire College Ali Hadawi
Chelmsford College Andy Sparks
Cheshire College South & West Jasbir Dhesi
Chesterfield College Julie Richards
Chichester College Group Shelagh Legrave
Cirencester College Jim Grant
City College Norwich and Paston College Corrienne Peasgood
City College Plymouth Jackie Grubb
City Lit Mark Malcomson
City of Bristol College Richard Harris
City of Wolverhampton College Malcolm Cowgill
Colchester Institute Alison Andreas
College of West Anglia David Pomfret
Coventry College Gill Banks
Craven College Joanne Sherrington
Croydon College Caireen Mitchell
Darlington College Kate Roe
Derby College Group Mandi Stravino
Derwentside College Chris Todd
DN Colleges Group

  • Doncaster College
  • North Lindsey College
Anne Tyrrell

Kathryn Brentnall

Mick Lochran

Dudley College of Technology Lowell Williams
Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College Karen Redhead
East Coast College Stuart Rimmer
East Durham College Suzanne Duncan
East Kent College Group Graham Razey
East Riding College Mike Welsh
East Surrey College Group Jayne Dickinson
East Sussex College Clive Cooke
Eastleigh College Jan Edrich
Easton & Otley College Jane Townsend
Exeter College John Laramy
Fareham College Andrew Kaye
Farnborough College of Technology Virginia Barrett
Fircroft College of Adult Education Mel Lenehan
Furness College Andrew Wren
Gateshead College Judith Doyle
Gloucestershire College Matthew Burgess
Grantham College Paul Deane
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College Nick Juba
Hadlow College Graham Morley
Halesowen College David Williams
Harlow College Group

  • Harlow College
  • Stansted Airport College
Karen Spencer

 

 

Hartlepool College Darren Hankey
Hartpury University and Hartpury College Russell Marchant
Havant & South Downs College Mike Gaston
Havering Sixth Form College Paul Wakeling
HCUC Group

  • Harrow College
  • Uxbridge College
Laraine Smith

Pat Carvalho

 

Heart of Worcestershire College Stuart Laverick
Hereward College Paul Cook
Herefordshire, Ludlow and North Shropshire College Ian Peake
Hertford Regional College Tony Medhurst
Highbury College Portsmouth Stella Mbubaegbu
Holy Cross College Daveth Frost
Hopwood Hall College Julia Heap
Hugh Baird College Yana Williams
Hull College Michelle Swithenbank
Isle of Wight College Debbie Lavin
Itchen Sixth Form College Alex Scott
Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College Tony Day
Kendal College Kelvin Nash
Kensington & Chelsea College Andy Cole
King Edward V1 College Uly Lyons
Kingston Maurward College Luke Rake
Kirklees College Marie Gilluley
Lakes College Chris Nattress
Lancaster & Morecambe College Wes Johnson
Leeds City College Colin Booth
Leeds College of Building Derek Whitehead
Leicester College Verity Hancock
Lincoln College Group

  • Gainsborough College
  • Lincoln College
  • Newark College
Gary Headland

 

 

 

London South East College’s Group Sam Parrett OBE
Loughborough College John Doherty
LTE

  • The Manchester College
  • UCEN Manchester
John Thornhill

Lisa O’Loughlin

Michael Walsh

Macclesfield College Rachel Kay
Mid Kent College Simon Cook
Middlesborough College Zoe A Lewis
Milton Keynes College Julie Mills OBE
Moulton College Ann Turner
Myerscough College Alison Robinson
National College for High Speed Rail Clair Mowbray
NCG

  • Carlisle College
  • Kidderminster College
  • Lewisham College
  • Newcastle College
  • Newcastle Sixth Form College
  • Southwark College
  • West Lancashire College
Chris Payne

Grant Glendinning

Andy Dobson

Asfa Sohail

Tony Lewin

Gerard Garvey

Annette Cast

Denise Williamson

Nelson & Colne College Amanda Melton
New City College Gerry McDonald
New College Durham John Widdowson
New College Stamford Janet Meenaghan
New College Swindon Carole Kitching
Newbury College Iain Wolloff
Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group Karen Dobson
Newham College London Paul Stephen
NESCOT Frances Rutter
Northampton College Pat Brennan-Barrett
North Hertfordshire College Kit Davies
North Kent College David Gleed
North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College Marion Plant
Nottingham College John van de Laarschot
Oaklands College Zoe Hancock
Oldham College Alun Francis
Peterborough Regional College Rachel Nicholls
Petroc Diane Dimond
Plumpton College Jeremy Kerswell
Preston’s College Lis Smith
Reaseheath College Marcus Clinton
Richard Huish College John Abbott
Richmond & Hillcroft Adult & Community College Gabe Flint
Richmond Upon Thames College Robin Ghurbhurun
Riverside College, Halton Mary Murphy
RNN Group

  • Rotherham College and North Notts College
  • Dearne College
Jason Austin
Runshaw College Simon Partington
Salford City College Michael Sheehan
Sandwell College Graham Pennington
Scarborough TEC Ann Hardy
Selby College Phil Sayles
Shipley College Nav Chohan
Shrewsbury Colleges Group James Staniforth
Solihull College & University Centre John Callaghan
South and City College Birmingham Mike Hopkins
South Devon College Stephen Criddle
South Essex College Angela O’Donoghue
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College Sara-Jane Watkins
South Staffordshire College Claire Boliver
South Thames College Group

  • South Thames College
  • Carshalton College
  • Kingston College
Peter Mayhew-Smith

 

 

 

Southampton City College Sarah Stannard
Southport College John Clarke
Sparsholt College Group

  • Andover College
Tim Jackson

 

SK Group

  • St Helens College
  • Knowsley College
Monica Box

 

 

Stanmore College Sarbdip Noonan
Stephenson College Nigel Leigh
Stockton Riverside College Group Phil Cook
Stoke on Trent College Denise Brown
Strode College Katy Quinn
Suffolk New College Viv Gillespie
Sunderland/Northumberland College Ellen Thinnesen
Swindon College Steve Wain
Tameside College Jackie Moores
Telford College Graham Guest
The City of Liverpool College Elaine Bowker
The College of Richard Collyer Sally Bromley
The Cornwall College Group Elaine McMahon
The Northern College Yultan Mellor
The Sheffield College Angela Foulkes
The TEC Partnership Group (formerly the Grimsby Institute Group)

  • Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
  • Scarborough TEC
Gill Alton

Debra Gray

Ann Hardy

The Windsor Forest Colleges Group

  • Langley College
  • Strode’s College
  • Windsor College
Kate Webb

 

 

 

Trafford College Group

  • Trafford College
  • Stockport College
Lesley Davies

 

 

Truro and Penwith College David Walrond
Tyne Coast College Dr Lyndsey Whiterod CBE
Unified Seevic and Palmers College Dan Pearson
United Colleges Group

  • City of Westminster College
  • College of North West London
Keith Cowell

 

 

Vison West Nottinghamshire College Andrew Cropley
Wakefield College Sam Wright
Walsall College Jatinder Sharma
Waltham Forest College Joy Kettyle
Warrington & Vale Royal College Nichola Newton
WCG/Warwickshire College Group Angela Joyce
WEA Ruth Spellman
West Herts College Gill Wogan
West Kent and Ashford College Graham Morley
Weston College Dr Paul Phillips CBE
West Suffolk College Nikos Savvas
Weymouth College Nigel Evans
West Thames College Tracy Aust
Wigan and Leigh College Anna Dawe
Wiltshire College & University Centre Amanda Burnside
Wirral Met College Sue Higginson
WMC – The Camden College Helen Hammond
Yeovil College John Evans
York College Lee Probert

 

Access to HE, News

Access to Higher Education students celebrate their success, before heading off to top Universities

 

Bath College held an award ceremony to celebrate the incredible achievements of the Access to Higher Education students at the Bath Function Rooms last week.

 

The students were presented with their course certificates over a prosecco and canapé reception, followed by specially nominated awards.

 

The Access to Higher Education course provides students with a nationally recognised qualification and an alternative career pathway for those who want to study at university.

 

Carolyn Guy, Learning Co-ordinator for the Access to HE department, said that:

“We are delighted and proud of the outstanding achievements of our Access students who have made fantastic progress this year and are moving on to such a wide range of degrees. Many of our students gained the confidence to pursue career goals and ambitions which they would not have thought possible a year ago. This event was a celebration of their hard work, determination and success. The students created a culture of excellence and support of one another.”

 

The top prize of the afternoon was the much coveted Roper Prize, named after Brian and Maggie Roper, who were incredibly generous benefactors of Bath College who left a legacy gift to the College to recognise the achievements of students, particularly on the Access Course. This year there were five Roper prize winners, who were nominated by staff for outstanding dedication to their studies.

 

The Roper Prize Winners:

  • Ameka Francis
  • Kim Penhey
  • Jaydee-Leigh Emery
  • Stacey Rawlings
  • Joshua Salisbury

 

Roper Award winner Ameka Franis commented,

“I think it’s a wonderful course with really supportive staff and tutors, all of whom are so friendly. Everyone wants to help you succeed and you get a sense that they’re rooting for you all the way; it feels like they really care. The course allows you to surround yourself with like-minded people who have similar intentions and approachable attitudes, all of which helps to foster the friendly atmosphere. Everyone is in the same boat and it feels like we are all in this together, going on this journey, helping and inspiring one another along the way. It’s just been amazing; I am going to Uni next year so it has been a success for me.”

 

Bath College Principal Laurel Penrose attended the awards ceremony to meet students and hand out course certificates.

After presenting the awards Laurel commented:

“Listening to the list of universities you have been excepted to I am so proud to hear the depth and breadth of courses you’re going onto. The Access Course is very challenging, especially when you have family commitments or similar at the same time. You should all be so proud of yourselves. Congratulations.”

 

Destination Universities and courses of this year’s Access Course Students

University of Exeter- Conservation, Biology and Ecology
University of Exeter- Diagnostics Imaging
UWE- Physiotherapy x2
Oxford Brookes- Primary Teaching
University of Bristol -Liberal Studies
Bath Spa University -Primary Education x 2
York St John University – Japanese, TESOL and Linguistics
Swansea University- Business Management
University of Bristol – Archaeology and Anthropology
Oxford Brookes University- Law
University of Bristol – History
Sheffield Hallam University History
Cardiff University – Economics and International Relations
University of Leeds- Arts and Humanities
Bath Spa University -History
University of Bristol- Law
University of Exeter – Accounting and Finance
Cardiff University- Journalism, Media and English Lit
University of Bristol- Childhood Studies
UWE- Adult Nursing x2
University of Bath- Social Work and Applied Social Sciences x5
Bournemouth University- Paramedic
UWE- Midwifery x3
UWE- Paramedic x2
University of Bristol– Dental Hygiene and Therapy x2
University of Exeter- MSc Zoology
University of Bristol- Veterinary Medicine
University of Bristol- Biomedical Sciences
UCL -Geology
University of Birmingham- Physiotherapy
University of Bristol –Psychology x2
UWE- Primary Teaching
University of Leeds- Biomedical Sciences
University of Sussex -Psychology
University of Bath- Biochemistry
University of Bristol- Pharmacology
University of Bath -Business Management
University of Bristol- Biology
University of Bath- Biology
University of Bristol – Economics

 

If you would like more information about Bath College’s Access to Higher Education course click here.

 

Departments, News

The Department of Education has announced that Bath College will deliver T levels from 2021

 

The College will be a part of the second wave of further education providers that will see T Level qualification delivery within the following routes from the 2021 to 2022 academic year:

  • Digital Route
  • Education and Child Care Route
  • Health and Science Route

 

T Levels have been heralded as the biggest overhaul in post-school education for 70 years and are a key part of the Department for Education’s 10-year ambition to transform technical education. Bath College will be part of that transformation, helping the young people of Bath to get the career they want.

 

T Levels will be high-quality technical alternatives to A Levels, combining classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement – of at least 315 hours, or approximately 45 days – where students will build the knowledge and skills they need in a workplace environment.

 

Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, said: “The second wave of post-16 providers we have announced today demonstrates our commitment to making this happen. They will play an important role in ensuring more young people across the country can access these courses and help develop the skilled workforce the country needs for the future.”

Laurel Penrose, Principal & Chief Executive, of Bath College said: “We are very pleased to have been selected as part of the second wave of T Level delivery. This is extremely positive news for our students, staff and business community alike both here in Bath and further afield throughout North East Somerset.”

Catering students with chefs Michael Nizzero, Tony Casey and Damien Wager

News

Top Bath Chefs and College students raise £5000 for Dorothy House at Charity Gala Dinner

 

Bath College hosted a Charity Gala Dinner in their Shrubbery Restaurant in aid of local Hospice, Dorothy House. A four course tasting menu was served with each course prepared by a different high-profile, local chef with the assistance of the College’s catering students.

Bath College held the Charity Gala Dinner as the finale of their annual programme of collaborative fine dining events featuring top, local chefs working alongside staff and students, offering their inspiration and expertise.

Catering Students preparing canapes

 

It was the last event to be held in the Shrubbery Restaurant, which is housed in the Ralph Allen building. The College are moving the Catering & Hospitality facilities into the Roper Building, after securing £2million in funding from the West of England Joint Committee’s Local Growth Fund.

Each course of the dinner was created by a different chef including Michael Nizzero, Executive Chef at The Bath Priory, Tony Casey, Head Chef and Proprietor of the Bunch of Grapes Bradford on Avon and Damien Wager, a self-taught patisserie chef, who runs his own pastry academy, Edible Art Patisserie.

 

It was a college-wide collaboration as the dinner was served by front-of-house students from the Hospitality course and table decorations were designed and created by the Floristry students and staff.

The evening was a huge success, with diners enjoying four stunning courses all the while raising £5000 for Dorothy House.

 

Phillippa Watson, Philanthropy Manager at Dorothy House Hospice Care said: “Our sincere thanks go to those who attended the dinner, Bath College, the students and each of the local chefs who supported this excellent fundraising event for Dorothy House. The funds raised are gratefully received and will help us provide vital palliative and end of life care in the community as well as at the Hospice.”

 

Stephen Garrod, Lecturer/Restaurant Manager at Bath College , added ” We are so pleased that our sell out event supported such a great charity. Working together with some excellent chefs, Bath College catering students delivered a fantastic gala dinner to raise charity for Dorothy house. This was an important dinner also due to being the last ever service in the College’s Shrubbery Restaurant thanks to a £2 million grant from WECA to help create a more modern and contemporary restaurant experience here at Bath College which is scheduled to open in 2020.”

 

For more information about Catering & Hospitality at Bath College, visit www.bathcollege.ac.uk

 

Jahméne Douglas

News

Bath College alumnus, Jahméne returns to Bath for homecoming gig

 
Jahméne Douglas is coming back to Bath to do a gig at the Chapel Arts Centre on 22nd June.

 

Jahméne was runner-up in the 2012 series of the X Factor, of which James Arthur was the winner.

 

His soul, gospel and R&B voice is unmistakeable, and since the X Factor has gained a No. 1 album, MOBO and Premier Gospel nominations and an Urban Music Award.

 

Jahméne was a student at Bath College in 2011-2012.

 

He said: “A healthy community to me is the key to progression, growth and unity. Bath College housed a community of all these things for me, within a friendly approachable environment, that enabled me to learn and be a part of a group of peers who were passionate about succeeding.

 

“Education to me is extremely important and outstanding teachers are some of my favourite people within our communities. To be able to learn is a privilege I don’t take lightly.

 

“I’m grateful for my time spent at Bath College and thankful that I felt welcomed, comfortable, encouraged and supported during my studies.”

 

Jahméne is touring with Gabrielle as her special guest during her nationwide tour in 2019.
 
Get tickets to his show in Bath on 22nd June at https://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/jahmene-with-his-band/
 
Jahmene, Live in Bath 22 June
 

Children building a bridge at the Bath and West Show

Construction & Engineering, Events, Fair, News

Bath College’s Technology Department inspires young minds at the Bath and West Show

 

Last week saw nearly 20,000 people come through the Imagineering Tent at the Royal Bath and West show.
 
Children were immediately drawn to the Bath College stand as there were so many interactive activities from the College’s Technology Department, promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.
 
Activities included wooden puzzles made by the carpenters, stone carving initials with the stonemasons, a steady-hand pipe game made by plumbers, bricklaying, bridge building, metal pipe sawing, robot programming and more.
 
Stone and Brick activities
The Imagineering tent is run by the Imagineering Foundation, a charity whose aim is to introduce young people of 8-16 years to the exciting world of engineering, science and technology through fun, hands-on activities and personal involvement.
 
Nearly 200 people took part in the sawing competition – with an under 15 and over 15 category, with the fastest times winning a £15 voucher.
 
Engineering activities
 
Bath College’s stand was alongside a whole host of other businesses and colleges including 105 Bn Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Bahçeşehir College, Baker Hughes, BMT, Bridgwater & Taunton College, EDF Energy, GE Aviation, UWE, IET and Wessex SETPOINT, Leonardo Helicopters, Rolls-Royce, Wessex Water and Wiltshire College.
 
Bath College staff enjoyed working with thousands of children, adults and even some VIPs including Bath & West Society joint Presidents, Earl and Countess Bathurst and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, take part in their carefully crafted activities.
 
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP and Countess Bathurst
 
Live bricklaying demonstrations and activities were going on over the first two days of the show, giving the other companies a chance to show what they could create.
 
On Friday and Saturday, stonemasonry students Gary and Callum were outside the Imagineering tent crafting some impressive work for all to see. A stonecarving of ‘Yoda’ by Gary was also up for grabs in a raffle to raise money for Wateraid.
 

 

There were happy faces all round as children had their Imagineering passport stamped after they had taken part in one of Bath College’s many interactive activities. It was wonderful to see so many talented children, we hope they will be enrolling in a course at the College in 5-10 years!
 
Plumbing and Carpentry activities
 

Care Academy, News

Bath College students mark Dementia Action Week with Cleeve Court Residents at Summer Garden Party

 

Bath College Level 1 Health & Social Care students have been working with Sirona care & health, putting on fortnightly dementia cafés at Cleeve Court Residential Home, providing activities and a safe and fun space for residents.
 
Sirona is a not-for-profit social enterprise providing community health and care services across South Gloucestershire, parts of Bristol and beyond plus residential and extra care services in Bath and North East Somerset.
 
Cleeve Court is a Community Resource Centre which is home for 45 people, it specialises in care for individuals with dementia.


As the students came to the end of their course, they celebrated by holding an all-day garden party for residents, which coincided with Dementia Action Week.
 
Activities included bingo, dominoes, paper flower making and arranging, a raffle, name the teddy, singing, a BBQ and plenty of cake.
 
The students have really enjoyed working with the residents of Cleeve Court and have grown in confidence over the year. They have gained so many skills in both employability skills and life experience.
 

Georgia Pinker, a current Health & Social Care student said that: “I have really enjoyed my Level 1 course. It’s been nice seeing everyone mixing together.
 
“I’m looking forward to going onto the Level 2 next year and afterwards I want to do an apprenticeship in a hospital, hopefully Bristol Children’s Hospital.”
 
The Cleeve Court residents have been delighted to have young people working with them, with some very intense games of dominoes taking place in the garden.

 
Maggie Dance, Manager of Cleeve Court said: “The residents have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the students over the past year and had a splendid day at the garden party. There were lots of smiles.
 
“Although our residents live with dementia and short term memory loss, they have enjoyed being in the moment with the students, interacting in their planned activities. We do hope that we can carry on with the Dementia café with next year’s students.”
 
Moira Aldred, Lecturer in Health & Social Care at Bath College said: “It’s been great to see the students who started the year very anxious and who initially held back, who have been actively working with and encouraging residents to participate.
 
Over the course of the year I have seen the students grow and develop into maturity, ready to progress onto the next year when they will have the confidence to take part in a full work placement.”
 
For more information on Health & Social Care courses at Bath College, click here.
 

News

Bath Theatre Academy students showcased in brand new production. OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE, egg theatre, Thursday 23 & Friday 24 May

 

Final year students of the Theatre Royal’s award-nominated Bath Theatre Academy are crafting a unique and brand new piece of theatre to blow your socks off!

 

Directed by Julia Head, part of the Bristol Old Vic Young Director’s programme and a previous collaborator with Headlong, OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE is the culmination of two years of study in one final performance project.
 
With bold movement, direction and original music, this is an exciting piece of theatre made in collaboration with some of the South West’s most exciting theatre makers, with students being given the chance to make the theatre that they would want to see. Devised entirely by the company and harnessing the wide range of skills at their disposal, which have been developed over the two years of this ground-breaking course, expect an urgent tour of the world our young people inhabit…
 
OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE is at the egg theatre on Thursday 23 & Friday 24 May. Tickets are on sale from the egg reception on 01225 823409, the Theatre Royal Box Office on 01225 448844 and online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk
 
Bath Theatre Academy is the Theatre Royal Bath’s unique collaboration with Bath College, providing students with unparalleled training, education and an insight into the theatre industry. The full time Level 3 UAL Performing and Production Arts course also offers students a direct link to one of the most successful theatres in the country, allowing students genuine experience of the theatre and entertainment industries alongside professional training in movement, voice, technical theatre, design, fitness, stage and screen acting, and directing.
 
Bath Theatre Academy is a finalist in this year’s Creative Bath Awards. The course is based at both the Theatre Royal Bath and Bath College, and open to students aged 16+. Applications are currently being taken for students to join from September 2019. For more details, please call James Moore, Head of Creative Learning on 01225 823421 or email james.moore@theatreroyal.org.uk
 
OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE

Venue: egg theatre, Bath
Dates: Thursday 23 & Friday 24 May 2019
Times: 7pm
Tickets: £9 adults / £8 children / £6.50 schools
Box Office: 01225 448844 (Box Office) / 01225 823409 (egg reception)
Website: www.theatreroyal.org.uk (booking fees apply)
Age guidance: 14+
 

News

WIDJET Q&A with Dr Daisy Walsh, Head of Technology

 

Bath College is running a brand new course: WIDJET. WiDJET’s focus is to get Women into Digital Jobs, Education and Training. We spoke to Dr Daisy Walsh, Head of Technology at Bath College all about the new programme:
 

What is WIDJET?
WIDJET (Women into Digital Jobs, Education and Training) is a new skills programme from the West of England Combined Authority, funded by the Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, to help and support women to find jobs in digital roles.
It’s a play on the word ‘widget’ as in our sessions, we will be working with robots. Bath College is running a free taster session that will give people a chance to experience programming, which if they enjoy, they can then sign up to a free 6 session course to develop their skills further.
 

Why is it important for women to be involved in digital jobs?
If you look at a cross-section of IT/computing jobs, you see that it is still very male dominated. That’s not to say that there aren’t lots of very successful females, but we need to keep at it and keep promoting these opportunities to women. Our WIDJET sessions could be for women who have already forged a career in another discipline, perhaps you think it’s too late, but it’s not! Computing roles are vast, and programming is a key skill that employers are looking for. Our free session offers a sound base so that you can progress onto a specific course after if you wish.
 

Tell us a little bit about your background.
I am heading WIDJET at Bath College because I was accidentally introduced to Computing and IT through a ‘Women in New Technology’ scheme 30 years ago, which focused on machine programming languages. At the time, I was a Secondary School Science Teacher. After learning programming I worked for Avon and Somerset Police as a programmer before moving to Bath College to teach IT. I am now the Head of Technology at Bath College and have just completed my PhD in Education Management.
 

What do you have planned for the sessions at Bath College?
After the first taster session, the course will focus on basic programming principles, getting robots to move, getting them to respond to sensors and interacting with the environment. At the end of the 6 sessions the participants will have the fundamentals of programming and could look to pursue a career in web development, app development and general programming.
 

How can women get more info/apply?
To sign up to the taster session on 18th June, email me, Daisy Walsh at WIDJET@bathcollege.ac.uk or call 01225 328533
 
 

 
To look at a whole range of Computing/IT courses at Bath College, click here.
 

Apprenticeships, News

Apprentice of the Month: May 2019

 

Our May Apprentice of the Month is Lewis Jones. Lewis is an Apprentice Stonemason working at Worcester Cathedral, and has been nominated by his assessor Ash.

 

 

Part of Lewis’ work as an Apprentice Stonemason involves him working on the restoration of ancient artefacts, as well as the Cathedral itself; some really exciting work! The Stonemasonry apprenticeships come in two levels at Bath College, Level 2 Intermediate Stonemasonry and Level 3 Advanced Stonemasonry. The level two course provides a practical hands on experience during which you will be learning to prepare for the job, setting out and producing architectural stone work, during which you will work as a Banker/Fixer Mason and produce bespoke work and carve architectural features, cut and shape blocks and lay or fit stonework into place on construction projects. The level three is more advanced and you could either work as a Banker Mason, working in a workshop shaping different components from sawn stone, using templates and drawings as a guide to produce complex stone for new and existing buildings; or as a Fixer Mason, cladding or positioning and fixing stone onto buildings. They are both fantastic stepping stones into the world of Stonemasonry and will help you gain the skills you need to become an accomplished Stonemason.

 

 

Aside from his fantastic work at Worcester Cathedral, Lewis has also secured work at York Cathedral as a part of a knowledge building exercise, looking to expand his skills and help him towards his goal of becoming a Heritage Specialist. Paul Maggs, Lewis’ tutor has told us that Lewis is “diligent, hardworking and has a good eye for detail, already completing his NVQ and on track to finish his diploma early”. Lewis’ assessor Ash has also told us that Lewis is a “real character” with lots of musical interests including Mongolian throat singing and playing the violin and ukelele.

 

It sounds like Lewis has a bright future ahead, and we wish him the best of luck in both his Stonemasonry and his musical hobbies!

 

If you’re interested in an Apprenticeship you can get more Apprenticeship information by clicking here or you can check out our Apprenticeship Vacancies by clicking here

 

 

Adult Community Learning, News

Free vocational courses at Somer Valley Campus

 

Bath College have launched a programme of short vocational courses which are designed to give people a taster of a new possible career or just to learn a new skill. All courses run for 6 weeks, and are once a week either in the morning, afternoon or evening. All of the courses are taking place at the Somer Valley Campus in Radstock which is easy to get to on a bus and has lots of free parking.
 
Run by a tutor with years of experience on the building site and in and around these trades, the courses are all hands on which really gives learners a chance to experience these vocations properly and without just sitting in a classroom environment.
 
The course dates are as follows:
 
Plastering Tuesday 23rd April – 21st May 13:30 -16:30
Bricklaying Wednesday 1st May – 19th June 13:30 -16:30
Painting & Decorating Tuesday 30th April – 18th June 18:00 – 21:00
Plumbing Monday 3rd June – 27th July 09:30 – 12:30
Stonemasonry Wednesday 1st May – 19th June 09:30 – 12:30
Woodwork Monday 3rd June – 22nd July 13:30 – 16:30
Car Mechanics TBC
 
All courses are fully funded as long as you are over the age of 19, unemployed and in receipt of benefits or earning under £15,736 p/a. All you need to bring with you are safety boots and a willingness to learn and enjoy it.
 
There is no limit to the number of courses that a learner can enrol on, so if you can’t decide which one you would like to do then why not just try them all!
 
To register your interest, contact acl@bathcollege.ac.uk, 01225 328 822 or click here.
 

News

Lucknam Park launches Spa progression programme with Bath College

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Announcement, News

Institute of Technology success in the West of England

 

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

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