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Wiktor on his plcaement

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Case study: Wiktor’s Erasmus Business Placement in Prague

 
Wiktor Blaszczyk took part in an Erasmus+ placement in Prague earlier this year, at an organisation called called Recola, a bicycle rental company. We heard from Wiktor about his month-long placement to find out all the benefits it had.

 

Completing a work placement is a requirement on my Business course. So I thought, why not do one abroad! My tutors had shared the opportunity with me but the desire to travel, meet new people and throw myself into a completely new environment, made me motivate myself to work hard and earn a place to go to Prague for 4 weeks.
 
I began researching the company that I would be working with beforehand, and discovered that it was looking to expand internationally into European markets. I read up about some of these in advance, and greatly impressed my employers with my insight during my first week on the job!
 
Getting to see how a business works internally was a great benefit. My area was in sales for the company’s bicycle-renting project, and my main role was in identifying and making international contacts, in order to introduce the project into cities across Europe. I used my initiative to develop a communication guide from the company’s existing documents, suited to the individual countries which I had to interact with. My confidence, inter-personal skills and problem-solving ability were greatly boosted through this experience.
 Wiktor and his colleagues
 
Living away from home in a foreign country in an apartment full of other students, gave me a taste of independence and responsibility, which I would not have had otherwise. Prague is a haven for delicious food, beautiful architecture, museums and general activities, so there is always something to do! The host organisation even organised an evening at an escape room which the whole team enjoyed! Our in-country contact helped us to sort any issues which we might have and would always reply to our messages immediately. He even brought food for us on our first night there when we arrived from the airport, which was much appreciated!
 
A moment to remember in the local community, was when an elderly Czech gentleman heard me speaking English to some other students on a tram, and turned to greet us warmly. He even stepped off the tram at our stop to point us to a restaurant he recommended, before he boarded again to continue his own journey home.
My efforts throughout the placement earned me the praise of my boss who asked me to continue working with the company once I returned home, and I gladly agreed! I am still carrying out my tasks whilst completing my Business Course at Bath College, and I know this will look great on my CV when I apply for a job after. The placement made me realise that I prefer developing my skills in an actual workplace.
 
My advice for future participants is to stay focussed on what you are doing and your goals to make the most of the experience. Be flexible and always look for solutions. It was a great experience for me from which I gained a lot of life lessons and skills. Thank you to Erasmus+!
 

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Student Business ‘Vintage Times’ reaches Young Enterprise finals with upcycled Vinyl clocks

Bath College International Business students have set up a successful business, ‘Vintage Times’. Vintage Times are a team of first year International Business students whose business idea is to prevent old unwanted vinyl records from entering landfill through upcycling them by converting them into clocks.
 
The company were one of just eight teams from the South West Region to be shortlisted to progress on to Regional Finals of the prestigious Young Enterprise national competition.
 
The students came up with the idea when they realised that their parents and grandparents had old, unloved vinyl records lying around waiting to be thrown away.
 
Vintage Times LogoAlessia Stefan, Managing Director of Vintage Times, described how happy they are to have reached the Young Enterprise South West finals:

“We went from having the smallest stand, from being hidden away, to being the most improved student company in the span of just 4 months.
 
“We learned so much and we pushed so hard for improvement and development. We are so proud of ourselves and of every ounce of hard work we put into this company.
 
“The skills we will have learned by the end of this competition will for sure set us apart in the fields of work and higher education.”
 
Vintage Times are currently working on new upcycled product ideas and have just launched their new website on World Earth Day to showcase their products.
 

Visit www.vintagetimes.org to take a look at their work.

 

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Love2Learn ‘Take Part’ Exhibition showcases Bath College student talent

Last week Bath College held an exhibition showcasing a wealth of talent from part-time leisure course Love2Learn students.
 
The work exhibited was from a wide range of disciplines including: Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Glass, Jewellery, Sculpture and many more.
 

The exhibition ran for four days, with a grand opening evening at which students were presented awards by The Mayor of Bath and the Deputy Principal of the College. The award categories were Fine Art, Design Crafts, 3D, 2D, Design/Photography and Student of the Year.
 
Jayne Davis, Deputy Principal said: “The College is very proud of all its learners including Love2Learn and the Take Part show is an excellent example of why it is important to the College to show off learner work to the wider community.
 
“The annual show is a clear demonstration of learners’ commitment and creativity as well as local talent. Thanks and congratulations go to all learners and staff who worked hard to put such a high quality show together.”
 
The calibre of the pieces was extremely high, leading to visitors purchasing much of the work displayed.
 
Maureen Hosier won the Student of the Year award. Stephen Handley, the course leader described why she won: “Maureen has a dedication and enthusiasm which is contagious both for tutors and fellow students. Her work always has a glimpse of humour and we never detect the hard work; so effortless is the result.
 
“She works with scrap metal but moreover a great student or Artist is the one who inspires others to go explore alternative or new disciplines to see or think in a different way.
 
“This is an Artist. She is an Artist.”
  
Award Categories and winners
Fine Art Prize – Eve Davis (Life Painting)
Design Crafts Prize – Beatrice Varna (Glass)
3D Prize – Julie Watt (Ceramics)
2D Prize – Bernadette Burt (Printed Textiles)
Design/Photography Prize – Victoria Mazurek
Student of the Year – Maureen Hosier (Sculpture and Sculpting in Metal)
 
The next exhibition will be held in Spring 2019.
 
If you would like some more information about our Love2Learn courses click here
 

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Man Engine wows crowds at Somer Valley

Last Friday, 36-foot tall mechanical puppet Man Engine came to Bath College Somer Valley Campus to put on an amazing show, all the while giving an insight into Radstock’s mining history.

 

The sun was shining at the ‘Afternooner’ performance which brought in hundreds of local families.
 
Crowds were entertained by The Natural Theatre Company and the Midsomer Norton & Radstock silver band.
 
The ‘Afterdarker’ performance continued to thrill crowds with the added spectacle of uplighting and pyrotechnics.
 
Nicki Smith attended the evening performance and said “What a fantastic experience! Inspiring story-telling, incredible engineering and poignant details. Thank you for coming to the Somerset coalfields.”
 
The Man Engine show told the story of 14-year-old Harry Sage, who worked as a powder boy at the colliery at Norton Hill and was brought to life by a young actor in the performance. The colliery had a good safety record, however in 1908 a pit explosion killed 10 miners.
 
The event was very well received and brought thousands of local people to the Somer Valley Campus.
 
Daisy Walsh, Commercial Director at Bath College said of the event: “We were delighted to host Man Engine at Bath College.
 
“Somer Valley Campus was the perfect location to host this impressive machine as it is the home of our Engineering Provision covering apprenticeships and 16+ learners and also our Construction Centre.
 
“It was lovely to see the local community from Radstock and the surrounding area enjoying a family day out and taking advantage of having such an exciting event on their doorstep.
 
“We thought the Man Engine show was so impressive and really brought the mining history of Radstock alive.”
 
See below for some of the pictures of the event.
 
 






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Love2Learn Part-time leisure course students to showcase their work in exciting exhibition

Bath College Love2Learn students are holding an exhibition to showcase the work they have created during their part-time leisure courses.

 

College students told us that they wanted fun short courses they can do with friends, courses to learn ‘what they’ve always wanted to do’, as well as courses to help them with life and work. With this in mind, Bath College created a range of Love2Learn courses.
 
The show will exhibit work from a wide range of the disciplines on offer including: Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Glass, Jewellery, Sculpture and many more.
 
The art work will also be available to purchase from the gallery space.
 
The show is running from Wednesday 11th April to Saturday 14th April, 10am-4pm at 44ad Artspace, 4 Abbey St, Bath, and is exhibiting some work from some very talented students.
 
If you would like more information about Love2Learn courses click here.
 
Photograph by Michal Wegrzyn, Ceramic art by Clare Hubble
 

Laurel Penrose, Principal awarding Kelly Sheppard her Access to Higher Education Certificate

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Success at Bath College as parents excel at Access to Higher Education courses

 
Bath College offers a wide range of Access to Higher Education courses as well as over thirty Undergraduate degrees.

 

Bath College Undergraduate courses are open to all, with students aging from 19-60, and enable you to realise your ambitions whilst receiving expert support from tutors.
 
Sian Brady and her daughter Sienna

Sian Brady, pictured with her daughter Sienna, is currently studying to become a nurse at the College: “Doing the course at Bath College part time allows me to be a mum and work and study. All the teachers at the College are very supportive and I recommend any parent thinking of changing careers or wanting to go to university to do the Access to HE course.
 
“I’m finding the course very enjoyable and have met mums just like myself. I am looking forward to a completing my course and getting the qualifications I deserve.”
 
Bath College Principal, Laurel Penrose, encourages parents to study at the College because staff can support students: “Higher Education is an important part of our work at Bath College and our Undergraduate students add to the diversity that makes the College such a special place. Here at Bath College we pride ourselves on the support we provide to our students and we have a very simple purpose; that is to help people.
 
“We believe that by continuing in education and training and developing higher level skills, you are putting yourself in a very strong position to improve your life chances. For some that will mean improving career prospects and for others it will mean expanding skills and knowledge.”
 
Kelly Sheppard, pictured above with Principal Laurel Penrose, had been a stay-at-home mum for ten years while doing the admin and accounts for her husband’s business but has now gained a place at the University of Bristol to study Molecular Medicine after doing an Access to HE course at Bath College. She decided to apply to the access course after years of regretting the decision not to pursue sciences after GCSE level.
 
“I found out from a family member who was returning to education that I could obtain funding for the course and decided to take the plunge. I had applied for many entry level jobs within research and had been unsuccessful.
 
“Now I’m so glad this was the case because it pushed me to go and get a degree level qualification. It’s an extremely intense course, but it has really boosted my confidence and opened my eyes to what I can achieve.”
 
Ellen Moore and her daughter Emma
Ellen Moore, pictured with her daughter Emma, has just gained places at multiple universities to study Midwifery agrees, “I highly recommend undertaking the Access Course, it has allowed me to realise my potential and inspired me to further my goals and aspirations.
 
“The course is perfect for fitting into your family needs and all the lecturers are incredibly supportive. Prior to the course I was concerned how I would cope with study and children, but it is doable and prepares you for university. I have been lucky enough to achieve offers from universities I never imagined I would, truly the best decision I have made.”
  
For more information about Access Courses at Bath College click here
 

Students and Staff at Launch of Slow Shopping project at Waitrose

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Slow Shopping pilot takes off as Bath College students set up assisted shopping scheme

 
From 10am-12pm every Tuesday at Waitrose Bath, shopping becomes a little more manageable for those who ordinarily find it a difficult experience.

 

Slow Shopping UK, helps anyone with visible, invisible or intellectual disabilities who may find shopping stressful or challenging. Bath College Care Academy are working in partnership with St John’s Foundation and Waitrose to create peaceful and calming atmosphere, all the while having social care students, volunteers and staff assisting shoppers.
 

The Care Academy at Bath College has recently been accredited as a Skills for Care Endorsed Provider, demonstrating high quality learning and development in the adult social care sector.
 

The pilot launched in January and has been met with much enthusiasm. It will be running until June, but students hope it will become a permanent fixture.
 
Katelyn, a Health & Social Care student at Bath College explained why it’s important to her: “My Nan has dementia and my grandad used to help her with her shopping. This is a great opportunity to help others who may be in a similar position”
 
“This project also helps challenge the stereotypes older people may have of us as young students, as well as the preconceptions we may have of them.”
 
Slow Shopping is an inclusive and safe environment for anyone who feels vulnerable to safely and slowly shop. On entering the store, shoppers are welcomed by a member of the team and shown an information point where they can seek help.
 
Staff and volunteers are located at help points around Waitrose to help people with their shopping – be it helping with queries, answering questions or helping with lifting and carrying.
 
Shoppers are welcome to just show up on the day, or if you would like to book assistance in advance then please contact Sally Wilson, Care Academy Coordinator at Bath College on 01225 328692 or Sally.Wilson@bathcollege.ac.uk and she will arrange for you to be met on arrival.
 
 
Who is Slow Shopping for?
The service is set up for anyone who may find shopping difficult. Slow Shopping founder Katherine Vero said the service is for: “Anyone who needs more time and presents a space in which it is safe to take time to think.”
 
“This might include those who suffer from anxiety, those with communication or literacy difficulties, the elderly, those suffering with dementia as well as those who have more visible disabilities.”
 
“It is not just for people with disabilities though – absolutely anyone is welcome and no-one will be identified. This is an inclusive project and is not meant to exclude anyone.”
 
“If people would like some help they can chat to a member of staff, but equally if people just want to be left alone and shop in peace, they can do that too.”
 
“Shopping is an essential part of our lives and involves social interaction, health, financial awareness and being out in the everyday day world. Many carers and friends and families also find shopping very challenging.”

 

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Executive Chefs’ Spring Lunch left Hospitality Students with a taste for fine dining

 

The Chefs’ Forum Educational Foundation held its first Executive Chefs’ Spring Lunch for sixty guests. The sell-out event showcasing four multi-award-winning Executive Chefs generated over £4,000 for the foundation incorporated to support young chefs coming into the hospitality industry. The event with Bath Audi as Headline Sponsor, took place at The Bath Priory and was attended by Bath College Hospitality students, who were impressed and inspired by the experience.

 

Michael Nizzero, Executive Chef of The Bath Priory hosted the event which saw three other guest Executive Chefs join him on the pass. Michael has been at The Bath Priory for two years but prior to his appointment at this beautiful hotel, he has worked with many industry greats including Michel and Alain Roux at the three Michelin-starred Waterside Inn and most recently The Ritz (London). The Spring Lunch saw him cook with three peers, each with a combination of Michelin stars, TV appearances and industry accreditations to raise money for The Chefs’ Forum Educational Foundation. Each chef expertly cooked one of four courses to showcase the best cooking that the Bath & Cotswolds area has to offer. The Executive chefs who took part were:

 

Michael Nizzero (The Bath Priory), Niall Keating (Whatley Manor), Hywel Jones (Lucknam Park) and Richard Davies (Calcot Manor).

 

Host Michael Nizzero said:

“The Spring Lunch was an amazing experience – it was a real privilege to work with such talented chefs from the Bath & Cotswolds area in our kitchen at The Bath Priory. Huge thanks to Bath College and Gloucestershire College for arranging for their top students to work with us in the kitchen – they were a real credit to their colleges.”

 

Paola Cassoti, General Manager at The Bath Priory added:

“We are very happy to host The Chefs’ Forum Educational Foundation’s Spring Lunch. It is great to see so many industry experts in one room and a really rewarding experience to support the next generation of hospitality professionals.”

 

A silent, sealed bid auction made up of luxury dinners and stays donated by the chefs taking part, with a Hallgarten Wines sponsored Magnum and 6 Vinoteque crystal glasses from Artis helped to boost monies raised making this a highly successful fundraising lunch. Sponsors including Walter Rose & Son, Flying Fish, Santa Maria, Dorset Sea Salt, Koppert Cress, French Garden, Premier Cheese, Clifton Coffee and Hallgarten Wines all donated ingredients driving down the food cost, making the most money possible for The Chefs’ Forum Educational Foundation. The chefs who took part in the lunch often give up their time to work with and mentor hospitality students at the Gloucestershire College via The Chefs’ Forum Academy and demos at Bath College enabling them to learn from the best.

 

Catherine Farinha gave a speech about the fabulous work The Chefs’ Forum Educational Foundation does in helping young chefs and hospitality professionals overcome problems with travel, relocation and equipment costs.

 

Catherine commented:

“The work we do is vital in offering support to young people entering the hospitality industry. From helping schools transport GCSE students to hospitality industry taster days, to paying for driving lessons or a first month’s rent, it is fund-raising Chefs’ Lunches like these that facilitate our offering help to the next generation, bridging the chef shortage.

 

At the lunch, hospitality and catering students from Gloucestershire and Bath Colleges got the opportunity to sample the best in Michelin-starred fine dining, most of them, for the very first time. All students who attended were chosen for outstanding performance on their hospitality courses.

 

Ryan Hanson, Deputy Head of Hospitality at Bath College concluded:

“Monday was a fantastic advert for collaborative and inspiring teaching and learning with industry. Our students had a fantastic chance to work alongside some of the South West’s top talent both in the kitchens and front of house and a lucky few even had the chance to sit down and savour the experience as guests. The meal and event itself were superb, no doubt leaving long lasting impressions with both our students and the professionals in the room who were in no doubt about the potential that is being developed at college.”

 

For more information on Hospitality & Catering courses at Bath College please see our course listings.

 

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This Saturday at The Egg Theatre, Bath support Bath College students by going to see their production of [BLANK]

[BLANK] is a play about absence, about the disparate yet connected stories of the thousands of adults and children affected by the criminal justice system.

 

In this outstanding piece of new writing by Alice Birch, a challenge is presented to the company, who must create their own play from a selection of 100 non-linear scenes. Bath Theatre Academy first-year students will work as an ensemble to piece together a narrative from these vignettes. Their version of [BLANK] will be the result of an experiment in finding order in chaos, or exposing the messy reality of a system that fails to serve its most vulnerable members. [BLANK] offers a glimpse into the world of the children who are the invisible victims of crime.

 

For tickets and information visit https://www.theatreroyal.org.uk/event/blank/ or call The Egg Box Office on 01225 448844.

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Bath College paving the way in Highways Sector

 

Bath College has met with local employers, contractors and a professional institute in the Highways sector to develop flexible training courses.

 

Representatives from Bath & North East Somerset Council, the Institute of Highway Engineers and Aggregate Industries met with College staff to discuss ways in which prospective students can be attracted to the sector and how best to develop the careers of those working in the sector.

 

Bath College is one of only a few F.E. colleges nationally which has been successful in securing financial backing from the HEFCE Catalyst Fund to develop Higher Education Courses.

 

The FAR project, (Flexible & Accelerated Routes) centres on Computing and Civil Engineering HNC/D courses. Working with employers it will enable students to achieve in a shorter period of time as well as helping address local, regional and national skills shortages as identified in the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

 

Rosaleen Courtney, Contracts and Distance Learning Manager at Bath College says that “There is a skills shortage in the Highways sector and it is important that we develop routes for people to enter the sector and continue to develop their skills.”

 

“The Highways distance learning courses offered by Bath College are available online and will be updated in line with market needs, which is why it is so important to work cohesively with employers, contractors and the Institute.”

 

If you would like to find out more about the project, or would like any more information, please contact Simon Bracken, Higher Education Manager on 01225 328 627 or email simon.bracken@bathcollege.ac.uk

 

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Bath College Apprenticeships & Jobs Fair huge success as 1,000 people attend

 

Over 1,000 people had the chance to network with employers at the Bath College Futures Apprenticeship and Jobs Fair on Wednesday at The Assembly Rooms.

 

There were 86 stands of prospective employers at the fair, which was attended by schools, young people, parents and members of the public. The Mayor of Bath, Cllr Ian Gilchrist, came to the event and spoke to College staff, local businesses and successful apprentices.

 

Event sponsors Wessex Inspiration Network (WIN), The Bath Building Society, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Hotel Indigo, Skills West, Dimensions and Gradwell all had stands at the fair and were interacting with potential apprentices in the Octagon. There were careers advisors from Bath College Futures team on hand to help with applications and CV’s and give advice on interviews.

 

Event organiser Lucy Beattie said: “The fair keeps growing year on year and we have lots of new employers joining us.”

 

“This year we had companies offering some really exciting apprenticeships ranging from Level 2 right up to degree level.”

 

“These include a customer service apprenticeship with The Bath Building Society, a healthcare apprenticeship with Dimensions and new opportunities with Hotel Indigo.”

 

A number of students went on to secure positions at local companies after the 2017 fair including Curo, Rotork, Wessex Water and Combe Grove Manor Hotel. Ben King, a Bath College student and apprentice at Bath Building Society says that “For me, an apprenticeship is better than going into a job from uni as I’m building my skillset now while I’m at College. I’m in a business environment, answering phones, working in an office, learning the skills on the job”.

 

Katherine Banks at Bath Building Society explained the importance of apprentices: “We really like to help people to grow. As they’re younger, we can develop their skills and mould them into what’s required.”

 

Wessex Water have four apprentices working for them, including Kuani Blow, who was studying Business at Bath College, he said that “I found hands on learning a beneficial approach for me, and I love doing the business apprenticeship at Wessex Water”.

 


 

For more information about apprenticeships, please visit our apprenticeships page, call us on (01225) 328687 or e-mail us at futures@bathcollege.ac.uk

 

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College catering students prepare Winter Olympic Skeleton team for record Medal winning haul

 

Young chefs at Bath College had the chance to cook for some of our medal winning athletes, including gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold and bronze medallists Laura Deas and Dom Parsons whilst preparing for the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

 

The students, Jake Starnes and Dan Curtis, studying Catering and Hospitality, created a nutritional buffet for the British Skeleton team whilst the athletes and team were in holding camp prior to departing for the games.

 

They were supervised by Freddy Brown, an experienced performance nutritionist who helped the team put together their menu.

 

The Level 3 students served a buffet-style menu, allowing athletes to select proteins, carbohydrates and vegetables depending on their needs.

 

The menu included pulled beef with fajitas, butterfly chicken in burger buns with couscous and salads high in antioxidants.

 

Freddy Brown said, “Working together to turn my nutritional requirements into a practical menu, Dan and Jake managed to serve up dishes high in micronutrients to support the athletes, without taste being compromised, with the slow-cooked beef fajitas, lemon and thyme chicken, and various accompaniments all being ravenously received!”

 

Lizzy Yarnold, Dom Parsons, Laura Deas and Jerry Rice from the British Skeleton & British Bobsleigh Association (BBSA) team train at the University of Bath, home to the UK’s only bobsleigh and skeleton push-start track.

 

Their success at the games followed in the footsteps of previous Gold medallist, Amy Williams and topped the team’s best ever result.

 

Jake said, “it was a great opportunity to be able to cook the meals for the GB skeleton team before they went to the Olympics.”

 

Dan agreed; “I really enjoyed myself and it was a great learning experience. We got great feedback and were really pleased to get the opportunity.”

 

For more information about Bath College’s Catering and Hospitality courses please visit our course search or contact us on 01225 312 191 or info@bathcollege.ac.uk for advice.

 


 

Pictured are Jake Starnes, Freddy Brown and Dan Curtis with a signed shirt from the British Skeleton & British Bobsleigh Association (BBSA) team.

 

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First Ofsted inspection for Bath College is Good in all areas

 

Staff and governors of Bath College are celebrating a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted, following a merger and the appointment of a new Principal.

 

Laurel Penrose, Principal and Chief Executive at Bath College says, “the excellent Ofsted report is a credit to both the staff and students of Bath College.

 

“I am delighted that the inspectors have recognised the hard work and dedication of our Governors and staff, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and the positive effect this has had on our student achievement rates.

 

“I am particularly proud of our learners, whose behaviour was recognised as being “excellent and respectful” with “attitudes [that] equip them well” for the world of work. There are so many positive comments in the report that it is difficult to highlight just a few.

 

“It is a report that everyone associated with the College can be proud of.”

 

The inspection was received positively by staff and students at the College who saw it as an opportunity to demonstrate the College’s strengths, particularly around employability where lecturers were described as having an ‘exceptional focus’.

 

The ‘Summary of key findings’ acknowledged that, “a high proportion of learners obtain employment in the area they have studied, or move on to higher levels of education and training, including apprenticeships and university. In addition, it was noted by Ofsted that Learners’ behaviour is excellent and respectful. They work well with college staff to create a culture that is warm and welcoming. Learners also receive good teaching and learning, and managers provide a diverse range of courses and apprenticeships for learners and employers.”

 

The inspectors were impressed with the “high-quality, industry-standard facilities” spread across both campuses and believe that the strong relationships with partners, stakeholders and local employers contribute very effectively to the development of courses and resources.

 

Chair of Governors, Carole Stott said, “we’re delighted that the inspectors’ report shows that BANES has a college to be proud of.

 

“Inspectors recognised that in successfully creating the new Bath College we have built strong partnerships with local businesses and the community and that our students are overwhelmingly successful in achieving their qualifications and getting employment.

 

“It’s really pleasing also to see the respectful, warm and welcoming atmosphere of the college was recognised.”

 

For the full report please download a copy or visit Ofsted’s website.

 

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Care Academy Learn a Skills Day

 

Bath College Care Academy students enjoyed a Learn a Skills Day on 24th January, taking part in a broad range of workshops facilitated by visiting Health and Social Care Practitioners.

 

The aim of the day was for students to work with practitioners to participate in practical workshops to learn a new skill for the field of health and social care and to develop their skills and confidence.

 

The workshops were run by practitioners from the University of the West of England Nursing and Midwifery team, Action on Addiction, Way Ahead Care, The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, Banes Youth Connect, Off the Record, Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Care Home Liaison Team, Dorothy House Hospice Care, Sirona Care and Health, Dimensions and United Response.

 

Rebecca Scutt, Widening Participation Assistant at the Royal United Hospital, attended the event with the Medical Physics team who demonstrated how to use equipment, such as a spectrum analyser. Rebecca said that “it’s been great to meet the students and they were really interested in the activities.” She added that “this event gave students a unique opportunity to get an insight into health careers through interactive activities in a classroom setting.”

The workshops covered topics including, working with families experiencing addiction, youth culture, nursing, learning disabilities nursing, midwifery, emotional health and wellbeing, occupational therapy, dementia, creative and therapeutic activities within support work, the use of diagnostic equipment and the use of social media in supporting vulnerable people.

 

Monique Esson, a participating student said “the whole day gave us a sense of enthusiasm about possible future careers.”

 

Another student, Georgina Singer, summarising the day said “it was a good opportunity to meet experienced people who can give us an insight into what it’s really like to work in those settings.”

 

Megan Clifford, who took part in one of the nursing workshops said “It was helpful to learn how to take a pulse in case you’re ever in an emergency.”

 

Sally Wilson, Care Academy Coordinator, who organised the event said, “this was a wonderful opportunity for students to meet a wide range of practitioners and to learn more about the wonderful field of health and Social care.”

 

As well as helping with their employability skills, it has also inspired so many of our students, helping to inform their study programme here and their future career aspirations. We really appreciate the time and support so many practitioners have given for this event!

 

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Students trained to support Bath’s first slow shopping project

 

Bath College students will be part of an exciting new project launched this week.
 
Slow Shopping aims to make doing the weekly shop easier for older people, those living with dementia, or anyone who might need a bit of extra time to complete their shopping.
 
Students from the Bath College Care Academy and staff from Waitrose, Bath, are joining together to kick-start the city’s first Slow Shopping project, with the help of funding from the St John’s Foundation.
 
The new Slow Shopping project will deliver training to health and social care students from the Bath College Care Academy and Waitrose staff.
 
They will be on hand to assist shoppers who may require extra time or support to complete their shop. During Slow Shopping sessions, background noise will be limited to create a calm atmosphere in store.
 
The first Slow Shopping session starts on January 23rd. Slow Shopping sessions will run at Waitrose, on Northgate Street, every Tuesday between 10am and 12 noon.
 
Founder Katherine Vero set up Slow Shopping after her mother was diagnosed with dementia.
 
Inspired by her mother’s experience of visiting shops, Slow Shopping works with retailers, training providers and others to advocate a safe environment for those who need to take more time shopping.
 
Katherine said: “I am delighted to be working with such a wonderful team of people to deliver Slow Shopping to the community in Bath.
 
“The commitment and enthusiasm shown by all the partners is heartening and I feel sure that the quality of the support that they can offer to the customers in Waitrose will be both sensitive and effective.
 
“Shopping is such an ordinary activity that it can be underestimated. It has so many benefits especially for those who live with visible, invisible, intellectual or cognitive disability and their carers and families.
 
“A trip to the shops can be a social activity, it can help maintain independence and health and it is a physical exercise involving personal choice.
 
“I want to encourage people who may feel less confident or fearful to come shopping and enjoy the experience, knowing they can get help if they need it.”
 
Bath’s first Slow Shopping project was launched at Bath College on Tuesday January 16th following the first training session for Waitrose staff and Bath College Care Academy students.
 
Sally Wilson, Care Academy Coordinator at Bath College, said: “We’re excited to be working in collaboration to help shape this ground-breaking programme within the local community supporting peoples’ health and wellbeing.
 
“Students will learn so much from working in partnership in this way. They will develop a greater awareness of some of the barriers that those experiencing dementia (and other additional needs) may face when shopping, and the different ways they can support them.
 
“All of this ties in with the main aim of The Bath College Care Academy: to enhance students’ employability skills by working with partners to provide a wide range of work experience opportunities within the health and social care sector.”
 

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Judges choose the winners of the Bath College Business and Accounting Challenge

 

Students taking part in the Bath College Business and Accounting Challenge worked under pressure to impress competition judges.
 

Nearly 40 students studying business and accounting took part in the three-hour challenge in the Futures Hub, sponsored by NatWest.
 

The challenge was led by Jack Henman, from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
 

Groups were given a tight timescale to produce a SWOT analysis and presentation responding to a real-life business scenario.
 


 

Congratulations to the winning team: Lisa Plenderleith, Danielle Damen, Edward Dooley, Oliver George, Charles Oliver-Cork and Muhammed Kizilboga.
 

They were chosen as winners by a panel of judges, including Peter White, from the Royal United Hospital, Bath, Chris Hanney, from Barclays, Neil Whittemore, from Curo, Desmond Doherty and Ryan Taylor, from NatWest, Iain Black, from Monahans, and Gemma Stock, from the Bath Building Society.
 

Mr Henman, Marketing Executive at ICAEW, said: “It’s important to show students what it’s like to be a chartered accountant. A lot of employers have fed back to us that some students don’t know what’s expected of them in the workplace.
 

“They are looking for a whole array of different skills, including soft skills like team building, verbal communication and decision making. This challenge is preparing them for work on a daily basis, and it’s something that they can talk about in interviews because they’ll have the certificates for their CVs.
 


 

“The students are really determined. They have put in a lot of work and have taken to the task well. They all have individual skills and are showing them off by taking on specific tasks.”
 

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

Last year, students studying business and accounting came 2nd in the regional heat for the ICAEW Base accounting challenge at Oxford University.
 

Student Muhammed Kizilboga said: “I thought it was a great challenge. It taught us how to be an accountant for a day and showed us what it would be like to choose accountancy as a career path.
 
“I want to be a chartered accountant, and doing this challenge confirmed that I’m making the right choice. It stretched us as a team, but it was achievable when we worked together.”
 

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Foundation learning: Nino’s story inspires gala dinner attendees

 

Photo above: By JMPUK
 

College student Nino Genua was an important part of Bristol Sport’s annual gala dinner at the Ashton Gate Stadium.
 

Nino, who has Down’s Syndrome, started at Bath College in September 2017 as a LILS (Life and Independent Living Skills) student.
 

Before this, he was one of the first participants to take part in the Spectrum Project, run by the Bristol Rugby Community Foundation.
 

Nino with Kris Tavener, from the Spectrum Project
 

The Spectrum Project gives young people with special educational needs and disabilities the chance to get involved with life at Bristol Rugby.
 

Nino, 18, had the chance to work in the club shop, in the fan zone on match days, and also took on journalism tasks, such as interviewing players.
 

He is one of the Spectrum Project’s success stories and was invited to the dinner just before Christmas to share his story.
 

 

Nino’s time at the Spectrum Project has helped him believe in himself and progress well on the LILS course at Bath College.
 
Due to his hard work, he was crowned regional winner for Volunteer of the Year at the Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Awards in 2016.

 

In September 2017, Nino was offered a volunteer post as assistant coach for the project alongside his mentor and manager Kris Tavener.
 

Outside of college, he spends his time coaching members of the Adult Walking Rugby team at Ashton Gate and pupils at New Fosseway School in Hengrove.
 


 

He is a keen footballer, playing regularly with the Keynsham Mencap Football Club, as well as vice-captain of the Bristol Sharks Swimming Team and a Special Olympics competition swimmer.
 

Nino’s mum Sharon is proud of her son and is looking forward to seeing what he achieves in the future.
 

She said: “The Spectrum Project has offered Nino untold opportunities. They all believe in his ability, worth and role as a valued member of their team.
 

“So far he has been very happy on the LILS course at Bath College, and as parents we have found all staff involved with Nino to be supportive and understanding of his educational needs.
 

“If he can, he would like to attend the Vocational Access Programme (VAP) for sport at the college, but if not he wants to increase the number of days working at Bristol Rugby.
 

“At the dinner he introduced himself to Lee Johnson and arranged to do some work with him, so watch this space for Nino’s next adventure into the world of football, there is no stopping him!”
 

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Health and social care students capture First World War memories

 

Students at Bath College are taking part in a local history project to help preserve peoples’ memories of the First World War.
 
The Project, called A Century’s Memories, is being run by Bath & North East Somerset Council with £7,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
 
Young people aged 15 to 21-years-old are being trained and supported to conduct interviews in four different areas of the county.
 
Level 3 health and social care students Kellie Crossthwaite and Freya Game have already started interviewing community members in Radstock.
 
At the start of January, they spoke to David Taylor, whose father George Henry Taylor started work in the coalmines at 13-years-old.
 
He was 16 when he enlisted with the Somerset Light Infantry, and after a couple of month’s training, was sent to fight in France.
 
Kellie and Freya have recorded George’s story to be included in an illustrated commemorative book.
 
The interview will be kept at the Bath Record Office and used to produce online learning resources for seven to 11-year-olds in schools.
 
Freya, 20, said: “I thought it seemed a really interesting project. I’ve read a lot about the First World War, but it’s nice to hear real-life stories from people who have a connection with the past.
 
“I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve enjoyed speaking to David. It’s given me more confidence in meeting people and being able to build up a connection with them.”
 
A Century’s Memories is part of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War between 2014 and 2018.
 
This month, health and social care students will also interview members of the Larkhall Friendship Circle at New Oriel Hall and members of the Women’s Royal Army Corps Association in Bath.
 
All students studying health and social care have access to the Bath College Care Academy, a partnership set up between employers and the college to provide work experience and training.
 
After the project is completed, there will be a number of celebration and sharing events in September and October.
 
Mr Taylor, who shared his dad’s photos and war medals during the interview, said: “Dad spent most of the First World War fighting, getting injured and going back to the front again.
 
“Out of 60 members of his regiment, he was one of two people to survive. I wanted people to hear what happened during the war, and I think the students have done extremely well.
 
“There are very few people left with direct family who were involved in the First World War, so it’s a good thing they’re doing. I will be interested to see what they do with the interviews, and so will my family.
 
“I have two grandsons who took dad’s medals to school for a show and tell, and they are quite proud of him.”
 

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Bake Off Crème de la Crème winner Mark Tilling visits Bath College

 

Hospitality and catering students learnt how to make sweet treats from an award-winning chocolatier and pastry chef during employability week.
 

Mark Tilling, winner of BBC Two’s Bake Off Crème de la Crème, was invited to speak to students and demonstrate the precise art of chocolate making.
 

Students learnt how to melt and temper chocolate, and how to create marbled lollipops, stamped medallions and customised shapes during a three-hour session.
 


 

Second year student Amy Benfield works as a pastry chef at the Peppermill Hotel in Devizes, Wiltshire, and plans to specialise in this area.
 

She said: “Pastry is quite creative and I’m a creative person. It was nice to meet Mark who is a specialist in chocolate and passionate about it. It’s inspiring to be able to speak to someone at that level.”
 

Experts in the hospitality and catering industry volunteer their time to give students an insight into their profession for employability week every January.
 

The college’s hospitality and catering department also works with local chefs throughout the year as part of the Bath Hotel and Restaurant School.
 

On January 18, students will work with professionals from the Pig near Bath to prepare a three-course meal at the Shrubbery Restaurant. Tickets are available for members of the public. 
 

This year, activities for employability week included bread making, cocktail making, wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, and mock interviews with employers.
 


 

During the mock interviews, students had the chance to network with professionals form the Bath Pub Company, Apex Hotels and Woods Restaurant.
 

They enjoyed workshops with the Billingsgate Seafood School, Richard Bertinet, from The Bertinet Kitchen, Gary Rosser, from the Scallop Shell and Chris Cleghorn and Claire Wilkins, from the Olive Tree Restaurant.
 


 

Mark Tilling has worked as a pâtissier for over 25 years. He started his career at 16-years-old studying at college and working part-time at a nearby hotel.
 

In 2008 he won the title of UK Chocolate Master, progressing to 7th in the World Chocolate Masters Final in Paris a year later.
 

He said: “I always think it’s important to teach the next generation, to come into college and show the students what we do.
 

“They are the ones who will carry the industry into the future, and hopefully they will pass on their skills when they look back and realise how useful these experiences were for them.
 

“I was at their level early in my career and we didn’t have people coming into college to visit. They are so lucky to have these different companies and chefs come in to inspire them. You never know, we might have the next chocolatier of master chef in the room.”
 

Learning how to make bread with baking expert Richard Bertinet.
 

Ryan Hanson, Deputy Head of Hospitality and Catering at Bath College, said: “Employability is very important for our department and it’s something we focus on throughout the year.
 

“We use the first week in January to showcase opportunities for students, as it’s often when industry professionals have a little more availability in their schedules.
 

“We find giving our student access to these inspiring masterclasses, workshops and experiences throughout their time with us is invaluable to their development.
 

“It’s something we work hard to deliver. We’re always looking to engage with industry and are so thankful for the experts that continue to support our students.”
 

For details of catering events and to book a meal at Bath College’s Shrubbery Restaurant click here. 
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Bath College Care Academy: Students tested during inter-college competition

 

Students had to think on their feet at an inter-college competition testing their team work, presentation skills and ability to react to challenging situations.
 
The competition, for early years and health and social care students, was hosted by the Bath College Care Academy and also involved competitors from Wiltshire and Frome Colleges.
 
Competitors were given an interactive display board and presentation task, with early years students focusing on outdoor play and how children can benefit from this.
 

Competitors from Bath College
 
Early years students also had to take part in a role play, in which they met a parent to discuss a child who is about to start at nursery and talked about helping them to settle in.
 
During their role play, health and social care students met Pearl, an elderly lady about to be moved to a care home. They were asked to assess her needs and decide how best to help her.
 

 
The Bath College Care Academy is partnership between health and social care employers and Bath College, set up to prepare students for working in industry by providing work experience and training.
 
Employers at the competition included Isa Richer, from the Swainswick Explorers Pre-school Club, Judith Green, from Bath Mind’s Food for Thought programme, and Louise Malkin and Jacqui Watson, from Riverside Nursery.
 
Congratulations to the following winners from the competition:
 
Health and social care: Shanrece Ferguson and Patti Poplawska.
 
Early years: Katherine Ogborne and Jordan McMahon.
 
Childcare lecturer Abigail Holt said: “The competition went very well and all of the participating students were fantastic.
 
“It gave them an opportunity to network and share their knowledge with peers and employers, and was a great opportunity to bring employers into a college-based event.
 
“We are looking forward to holding similar events in the future and inviting more college to take part.”
 

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