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Bath College commemorates WWI Centenary

 

Sunday marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, and to commemorate the Centenary, some of our Level 3 Health and Social Care students, such as Charlie Munan (pictured above), have been interviewing older people about their experiences in the War to go into a book ‘A Century’s Memories’.
 
The heritage lottery funded project was a collaboration with B&NES council and age UK to bring together the old, the young and the community to record memories. The book was launched in October and has been delivered to local schools, libraries and museums.
 
Participants included Keynsham Detachment of the City and County of Bristol Army Cadet Force, Midsomer Norton Platoon of the Somerset Cadet Battalion (The Rifles) Army cadet Force, Larkhall Friendship Circle, Bath Branch of the Women’s Royal Army Corps Association, Keynsham Day Centre, Somerset District Miner’s Welfare Trust and Radstock Museum.
 
Reverend Ian Rousell and Rob PopejoyIn the run up to Remembrance day, Bath College has held remembrance services at each campus, allowing staff and students to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in war.
 
The Revd Roger Driver from St Michael’s Without delivered a service at the City Centre Campus on Wednesday and The Revd Ian Rousell from Westfield Church delivered a service at the Somer Valley Campus on Thursday.
 
Along with the prayers and two-minute silence, students heard from Rob, our Student Welfare Officer, who read some beautiful poetry.
 
The services were dynamic and powerful, with newspapers from 1918 being shared with the congregation to give some historical context to the end of WWI.
 
Thank you to the crowds of staff and students who attended the services, it was wonderful to see such a large group of young people show their respects.
 

Our Young Stars launch

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The James Dyson Foundation backs B&NES ‘Our Young Stars’ Awards

 

The James Dyson Foundation has been confirmed as a main supporter of Bath and North East Somerset’s Our Young Stars Awards.
 
The awards will recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of extraordinary young people in the district.
 
The James Dyson Foundation, which introduces young people to the exciting world of engineering, is the fifth major supporter to back the awards.
 
Sir James Dyson, founder of The James Dyson Foundation, said: “I am constantly impressed with the ingenuity of young people. My foundation has worked with school children in Bath for many years to encourage their inventive spirit. It is these creative minds who will solve our future world problems. I hope this award will inspire more young people to achieve great things.”
 
In launching the awards at the Guildhall, Bath & North East Somerset Council Leader, Tim Warren said: “I was inspired to create the awards after hearing the remarkable stories of young people, who make a valuable contribution to their community, at Bristol’s Young Heroes Awards, organised by Community of Purpose earlier this year.
 
“I know that across Bath and North East Somerset there are many selfless and courageous young people, who may have forsaken some of the joys and freedom of childhood to make a difference to the lives of others or to achieve great things in the face of adversity or personal challenges.
 
“I think it’s important to recognise these young people, share their stories and celebrate their achievements.
 
“If you know a young person worthy of an ‘Our Young Stars Award’ please make a nomination – we don’t want to miss anyone.”
 
Residents, schools and organisations are now being asked to nominate a young person who they feel is worthy of such an award and receive the recognition they deserve.
 
There are five categories and our thanks go to the sponsors for their generosity and support:
Education – YTL / Wessex Water
Unsung – IESIS Group Ltd (Rengen Developments)
Courage – Kersfield
Sport – Bath Rugby
Innovation – The James Dyson Foundation
 
A panel of judges will look at all the nominations in December and select three of the most deserving young people from each category to become finalists. The fifteen finalists will then be invited to a Gala Awards Dinner on 9th March 2019 for a celebration of their achievements, where the winners will be announced and awards presented to all of the finalists.
 
The Our Young Stars Awards are supported by Wessex Water, Bath Rugby, IESIS (Rengen Developments), Kersfield and The James Dyson Foundation, Bath Bid and Southgate.
 
Colin Skellett, CEO of YTL Power International, which owns Wessex Water, said: “Wessex Water is delighted to help sponsor these awards to celebrate the outstanding achievements of many of our young people who not only manage their own lives, but look after and care for others.”
 
Iestyn Lewis, CEO of IESIS Group, a multi-disciplinary property consultancy, development and engineering company, said: “IESIS Group is proud to be a sponsor of this incredible event recognising young leaders and volunteers who have a positive impact on the Bath and North East Somerset Community.”
 
Tarquin McDonald, Chief Executive of Bath Rugby, said: “We are delighted to support the Young Stars Awards and to help celebrate amazing children and young adults. Their example is an inspiration and something they, and more widely all of us, should be very proud of. By celebrating their achievements other people will hopefully be inspired and realise the profoundly positive impact they too can have in their community.”
 
David Newton, Chief Executive at Kersfield, a Bath-based property developer, said: “We know from personal experience that we have some truly inspirational young people living in Bath and the surrounding area. This is a great initiative to acknowledge the achievements and contributions these fantastic and often under-celebrated young people make. We are proud to sponsor the Courage category and look forward to meeting and celebrating with the nominees and winners at the awards evening.”
 
Nominees must be 18 or under on December 31st 2018 and live in Bath and North East Somerset.
 
The deadline for nominations is Friday 30th November 2018.
 
Nomination forms are available online at: www.bathnes.gov.uk/ouryoungstars
 
Completed forms can also be returned by post to: Bath and North East Somerset Council, The Leader’s Office, Guildhall, Bath. BA1 5AW
Or emailed to: Leader&cabinetoffice@bathnes.gov.uk
 

Chandler next to SkillFridge poster

Construction & Engineering, News, Student Spotlight

Four Bath College students make WorldSkills UK competition final

 

Bath College have four students who are competing in WorldSkills UK live, the home of the UK National Finals of more than 70 WorldSkills UK Competitions, giving the most talented apprentices and students the chance to be named as the UK’s best in their chosen skill.
 
The competitions challenge and assess an individual’s applied knowledge, technical ability and employability skills against a set of performance criteria, with finalists competing for gold, silver and bronze medals and the opportunity to be selected to join Squad UK to train for future international competitions.
 
Two Refrigeration students, Chandler and Kevin, have made the top six for SkillFRIDGE as well as two Stonemasonry students who have made the top eight for Stonemasonry in SkillBuild.
 
Bath College is the only training provider in the 2018 SkillFRIDGE competition to see two of its students make the top six: Chandler Davison and Kevin Ballantine.
 
Chandler (pictured above), who has topped the national rankings and will be the recipient of the SkillFRIDGE National Winner accolade, is employed by Thermocold Ltd – a family-run business working in and around the South West region – and is set to complete his four year apprenticeship course in September.
 
Speaking on what led him into the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, Chandler said: “It was a great apprenticeship programme to enter at college and was a subject that I was interested in, especially due to the fact that my Dad has worked in the industry his entire life.”
 
Kevin spent fifteen years in other trades before pursuing a career in RACHP (refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems), after his elder brother asked him to partner with him and start their own company; TKB Air Conditioning.
 
Following a year on the tools, Kevin opted for a course with Bath College. He notes: “We decided it would be beneficial for me to get a qualification in the industry to help us progress further.
 
“I signed up to a two-year apprenticeship with a possibility of doing a third after. I’ve just completed my first year and it’s all going well so far.”
 
Josh and Hartaj, by Skillbuild poster
Josh Underwood and Hartaj Hunjan (pictured above) came first and second in the regional heats of the SkillBuild Stonemasonry competition in the stonemasonry workshop at the Somer Valley Campus and have now made it to the final at WorldSkills UK live.
 
Hartaj is delighted to have made the final: “I was quite surprised to finish where I did as I tried last year and didn’t quite make it. It’s great to see how much I’ve improved in a year.”
 
Hartaj has just finished the Stonemasonry course at Bath College and is an apprentice at A F Jones Stonemasons Ltd.
 
“I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as they are enabling me to hone my skills. It’s a great way to learn and improve, as eventually I would like to go self-employed.”
 
Josh is also doing an apprenticeship at a Stonemasonry business, his is with Phidias Neo Classical, based in Bristol. After his apprenticeship finishes he would also like to start a business.
 
Paul Maggs, Stonemasonry lecturer at Bath College is very impressed with his students: “We are incredibly proud of Josh and Hartaj who worked so hard for the competition.
 
“To have our only two competitors enter the final is a real testament to their talent.”
 
WorldSkills UK live takes place on 15th-17th November at the NEC Birmingham.
 

Patisserie in the shape of strawberries

News

Bath College students tutored by top pastry chef

 

Bath College Hospitality and Catering students have been lucky enough to be guest-lectured by top pastry Chef, Damien Wager.

Damien with catering studentsDamien has been a Pastry Chef for over two years and owns and operates his own company, Edible Art Patisserie Limited where he teaches others how to make his signature ‘edible fruits.

 

Damien said: “The best thing I have found about working at Bath College sounds like a cliché and that I have been paid to say it, but it is genuinely the eagerness and willingness to learn I have encountered from the majority of the students.

 

“A vast majority of the students travel on average an hour to and from the college on a daily basis and that is portrayed in their work ethic also. I am sure it would be ‘easier’ for them to attend a college closer to their home, but the facilities and working environment obviously warrant that commitment each student has to attend Bath College.”

 

“I was sceptical about guest lecturing at first as I have encountered numerous colleges and hundreds of students across the UK over the past year, so I understand the strain that the lecturers are under on a daily basis, and this portrayal that it is a ‘wind down’ or a chapter that a chef undertakes in their ‘twilight’ years couldn’t be further from the truth.

 

“Each and every faculty member I have encountered in the culinary department run the whole operation like a high end hotel, from the ladies who organise and order in the supplies for the stores, right up to the lecturers who juggle practical, skills & theory lessons all in the same day.

 

“This role isn’t for the faint hearted or the chef looking for an easy ride!”

 

Bath College have been delighted to have Damien work in the Shrubbery restaurant kitchens.

 

Steve Bywater, Catering Lecturer said: “Damien has been an inspiration to both students and staff in the six weeks he has been with us, a real treat to have a masterclass type experience for our students for this length of time, what an amazing opportunity for learning”

 

The students have learned some incredible dessert recipes from Damien. To book in for a meal at the Shrubbery restaurant, call 01225 328502.

 

Question Time Panel

Events, News

IT students ask probing questions at Bath Digital Festival

 

As part of Bath Digital Festival, Bath College IT students attended a Question Time debate at The Francis Hotel, discussing the future of digital sector with industry experts.
 
The Bath Digital Festival is an annual event, run by volunteers, which works to bring people and technology together, exploring the digital scene in Bath.
 
The panel was chaired by Jim Morrison, CEO at Deep Blue Sky and consisted of Annie Legge, Co-founder at The Dot Project, David Kelly, Founder of Bath Digital Festival and CEO at Storm, Siobain Hone, Graduate Enterprise Manager at University of Bath Innovation Centre, Shane Xu, Co-founder of Ready and Morgan Plumstead, a Bath College Level 3 IT Student who has aspirations of becoming a Software Engineer.
 
The theme of the event was ‘How do we make sure that digital technology improves society?’ Students asked the panel about how we can safeguard the future of tech jobs with the development of A.I. to which Annie Legge replied:
 
“When thinking about the future of jobs in the sector, it’s important to think of the softer skills such as critical thinking and empathy.
 
“These are the skills robots will not be able to emulate.”
 
Morgan Plumstead added that: “Any A.I. currently has the software designed by people. We are always going to need people to make and repair the software required.”
 
The panel continued to discuss issues surround identity and social media, targeted advertising and political campaigns.
 
Shane Xu commented: “Social media didn’t exist 15-20 years ago, and think of the jobs that’s produced. We probably can’t accurately predict what jobs will exist 15-20 years from now.”
 
The last topic for debate was if the panel accept that they’ll be looked after by robots in old age as we are already seeing the development of automatic speech recognition technology such as the Amazon Alexa.
 
At varying ages, some of the panel felt they had less to worry about than others as it’s a long way off until robots can understand human conditions such as dementia.
 
Morgan ended the session with the comment: “I don’t anticipate the day I’m looked after by robots, I fear it! As a programmer, I know what can go wrong!”
 
To read more about the Level 3 IT course, click here.
 

All Award winners

Awards, Events, News

Bath College students recognised at Celebrating Success Award Ceremony

 

Bath College students had their achievements celebrated by tutors, family and friends at an annual award ceremony last week.
 

The Celebrating Success Awards were held at The Guildhall, with awards being given out to over 40 students in front of an audience made up of family, tutors, governors, the Chair of the Council, Cllr Karen Walker and The Mayor of Bath, Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones.
 

The awards were held during #LoveOurColleges week, a campaign calling on the government to increase funding for colleges and focusing on all the positive work staff and students do in the Further Education sector.
 

Guests arrived at the Guildhall to the sound of talented music students, Emily and Ceasar, who performed before the awards were announced.
 

The flower arrangements on each table were prepared by Bath College’s floristry department and the catering and hospitality on the night was prepared by students too, who got a roaring round of applause from the crowds.
 

Tutors from every department took to the stage to share stories of students going above and beyond to meet the demands of their course.
 

Proud parents and partners watched on as students received their awards from the Principal and CEO of the college, Laurel Penrose.
 
She said: “I offer my sincere congratulations to each and every one of the award winners – knowing that behind each award is a story – of hard work, dedication and determination.
 
“Success is also a team effort. Behind each award there is also a team of people – fellow students, families, friends, tutors, lecturers, employers; all who have supported students through good times and also helped during difficult times throughout the year.
 
“Although this celebration may seem like a conclusion for all the hard work – in many ways it’s just the beginning of future opportunities.”
 
The annual awards took place on Thursday 18th October at The Guildhall Bath, with handcrafted awards made by Bath Aqua Glass.
 
View the Facebook album here.
  
Award Winners
 
Catering Student of the Year
Jessica Porch
Hospitality Student of the Year
Carla Sarkissian
Hairdressing Student of the Year
Charlotte Newman
Complementary Therapies Student of the Year
Fee Phimunchat
Beauty Student of the Year
Scarlett Hayward
Hair and Media Make-up student of the year
Isabelle Mountain
Animal Care Student of the Year
Kieran Scott
Additional Learning Support Student of the Year
Patryk Bakowski
Foundation Learning Life and Independent Living Student of the Year
Calandra Maynard
Step Up Foundation Learning Student of the Year
Alicia Murray
Most improved Foundation Learning Student of the Year
Ellie Mae Mundin
Most consistent Foundation Learning Student of the Year
Joe Mulhearn
English Student of the Year
Emily LLoyd
Art & Design Student of the Year
Emily Lloyd
Fashion Student of the Year
Amber Bowerman
Graphics Student of the Year
Tamsin Histon Davies
Photography Student of the Year
Rob Geeves
Design Student of the Year
Tallulah Lloyd Allum
Foundation Learning Vocational Access Student of the Year
Kye Winchester
Project Search Student of the Year
Kirsty Gibbs
Business Student of the Year
Charles William Oliver-Cork
Performing Arts Student of the Year
Jenna Newport
Media Student of the Year
Charlotte Nind
Music Student of the Year
Jasper Sheppard
Information Technology Student of the Year
Daniel Joscelyne
Engineering Student of the Year
Matt Durbin
Electrical Engineering Student of the Year
Liam Clarke
Motor Vehicle Student of the Year
Josh Lucus
Carpentry Student of the Year
Jordan Jones
Plumbing Student of the Year
Michael Griffin
Bricklaying Student of the Year
Jade Jennifer Josephine Downer
Painting & Decorating Student of the Year
Ava Hamblin
Stonemasonry Student of the Year
Sam Bradley
Lewis Halfacre Stonemasonry Achievement Award
Jiya Baker
Sport Student of the Year
Emily Petteford
Public Services Student of the Year
Daniel Ball
Travel & Tourism Student of the Year
Olivia Poolman
Health & Social Care Student of the Year
Rachael Hawkins
Early Years Student of the Year
Tai Jay Phao
International Foundation Year Student of the Year
Kazuki Martin
Access to Higher Education Student of the Year
Rossana Padget
Apprentice of the Year
Daniel Allsopp
Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement
Jamie Whiston
The 2018 B&NES Chairman’s Award for Inspirational Teaching
Suzann Taylor
 
 
View the Facebook album here.
 

Carole Stott and Wera Hobhouse

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Bath College gets support from local MP for increased funding

 

Bath College joined colleges from across the country this week for the Association of Colleges #LoveOurColleges campaign to showcase the critical value of the work it does and make the case for increased investment from government.
 
Bath College’s Chair of Governors, Carole Stott MBE, met local MP, Wera Hobhouse, at the House of Commons to explain the urgent need for more investment.
 
It is now widely recognised that Further Education Colleges like Bath have been unfairly and dramatically disadvantaged by funding cuts. In the eight years since 2011 annual funding for each young student has dropped by over £1,300, whilst education and training opportunities for adults have dropped by 62%. The Children’s Commissioner, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Education Select Committee have all highlighted the issue.
 
Local MP Wera Hobhouse is supporting the call for better investment and has signed a cross-party early day motion calling on the Chancellor for improved investment.
 
She said: “Bath College demonstrates time and time again that young people don’t have to go to university to advance in their lives. Bath’s businesses need young people who are work ready, with specific skills, and Bath College provides this. Young people also need to know that their education will stand them in good stead for progressing in to the world of work.
 
“Bath College do a fantastic job in the face of a very difficult funding environment. I would like to see people given a lifelong learning account, which they can spend at any point in their lives on educating themselves, at institutions like Bath College.”
 
Carole Stott said, “Failure to invest in our college is a failure to invest in our young people and our future.
“Bath College plays a vitally important role in our community. It educates and trains over 2000 young people and 9000 adults each year, leading to successful careers and to jobs so important to our local economy.
 
“We train the engineers, the construction workers, the care workers and the chefs that our society and our community need. We work with hundreds of local businesses providing the skilled workforce they need to thrive.”
 
Despite the funding cuts the college was recognised as Good in all areas by Ofsted earlier this year. They described Bath College learners as developing a “strong range of skills, attributes and ways of behaving which prepare them well for employment.”
 
While “Learners with low confidence or few previous qualifications quickly feel at ease and establish excellent relationships with their teachers. As a result, they swiftly develop new skills in learning, and personal and social skills.”

 
Sarah Kean-Price, the UCU union rep at Bath College said that: “#LoveOurColleges raises a crucial issue in FE – the choice to engage in austerity continues to slash our budget: leaving us overlooked, underfunded and less able to support our community to learn, develop and flourish.

 

“There is an imperative need to challenge the government to fund FE properly for the betterment of all.”
 

Amanda Spielman , Ofsted Chief Inspector commented that: “While it is true to say that spending per pupil in primary and secondary schools has increased significantly in real terms since the early 1990s, the same is not true for further education and skills (FES) spending.
 
“I have expressed my concerns before, based on our inspection evidence, that the real-term cuts to FES funding are affecting the sustainability and quality of FES provision. My strong view is that the government should use the forthcoming spending review to increase the base rate for 16 to 18 funding.”
 
Carole Stott said, “We always put the success and well-being of our students first but recently the college has been operating at a loss which means we’ve had to make severe cuts and have not been able to offer pay increases for our hard-working and dedicated staff. We need to be able to recruit the best staff, and with increased pension costs just around the corner this position is not sustainable.
 
“With skills shortages looming the government must invest in our colleges and our future.”

 
If you would like to show your support and sign the petition, please do so by clicking here.
 

Love our colleges poster

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Bath College supports campaign to increase college funding

 

Bath College, together with many other FE Colleges across England fully supports the #loveourcolleges campaign during Colleges Week 2018.
 

Colleges Week, which takes place from Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October 2018 and is part of the ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign, is an opportunity to highlight the brilliant work that goes on nationally and locally at Bath College, and the brilliant staff that make it all possible.
 

Colleges Week is our opportunity to call on government for better investment in colleges, and fair pay for college staff.
 

Bath College is a vital part of the Bath & North East Somerset area, supporting over 11,000 students to learn, train and develop confidence and employability skills.
 

We believe Further education colleges are an essential part of England’s education system. Colleges and college staff transform lives – they help people make the most of their talents and ambitions and drive social mobility; they help businesses improve productivity and drive economic growth; they are rooted in and committed to their communities and drive tolerance and well-being. They are an essential part of England’s education system – educating and training 2.2 million people every year.
 

Over the last decade, colleges have had to deal with an average 30% funding cut, whilst costs have increased dramatically. This has resulted in a drastic drop in learning opportunities for adults, fewer hours of teaching and support for young people, and teacher pay at less than 80% of schools and support staff seeing no increase in pay for several years. This situation is not sustainable and ultimately impacts upon students, businesses, communities and the wider economy.
 

Whether it’s through top-class technical education, basic skills or lifelong learning, colleges like Bath College help people of all ages and backgrounds to make the most of their talents and ambitions. Mostly rooted in local communities, Colleges are crucial in driving social mobility and providing the skills to boost local and regional economies.
 

However, there is currently a reduction in education funding once a student turns 16 – whether they are in a school sixth form or a college. ‘Love Our Colleges’ is calling on government to increase 16-19 funding by 5% a year for 5 years.
 

It is also asking Department for Education to provide exceptional funding, ring-fenced for teacher pay.
 

This College matters – to our students, our staff and our local community. But for too long the vital work we do has been overlooked and underfunded.
 

Laurel Penrose, Principal & CEO of Bath CollegeLaurel Penrose, Principal at Bath College, said: “Our young people are being short-changed compared with their counterparts in other countries and compared with previous generations. The hours of teaching and support, the choice they have and the enrichment they are offered have all reduced as funding cuts have bitten. This cannot continue if we are to secure the future of our nation.
 

“Bath College is at the heart of the community here in Bath & North East Somerset and unfortunately the lack of Government funding restricts the resources we are able to support our students with which in turn restricts the local economy as we are central to the technological skill development in the local region. We also believe we have excellent staff who, again due to the lack of funding, aren’t fully appreciated.
 

David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges, said: “Every single day colleges like Bath College provide a world class education and transform the lives of millions of people.
 

Colleges Week is an opportunity to celebrate the brilliant things that go on and a chance to showcase the brilliant staff that make it possible. It is simple, if we want a world-class education system then we need to properly invest in it.”
 

The ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign is a partnership between Association of Colleges (AoC), National Union of Students (NUS), Association of College and School Leaders (ASCL), University and Colleges Union (UCU), Unison, GMB, TUC and National Education Union (NEU).
 

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Bath College participating in Colleges Week 2018

 

What is Colleges Week?
Colleges Week is part of the ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign. The week will see colleges across the country, including Bath College, along with education unions and students, hosting and getting involved in events to showcase the wonderful things they do and raise awareness of the funding challenges that colleges face. The week is focused around a national lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 17 October.

 

The ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign is a partnership between Association of Colleges (AoC), National Union of Students (NUS), UNISON, Association of College and School Leaders (ASCL), University and Colleges Union (UCU), GMB, TUC and National Education Union (NEU).

 

When does it take place?
Colleges Week runs from Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October 2018.

 

Why is it happening?
Alongside the ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign, Colleges Week aims to raise the profile of the FE sector and the 2.2 million people it educates and trains each year. Ultimately, it hopes to get better funding for the FE sector.

 

What you can do to help?
You can show your support for Colleges Week 2018 by helping to spread the word about the campaign by sharing / retweeting posts from our Facebook and Twitter social media sites using the hashtags #CollegesWeek and #LoveOurColleges. Stay in touch with our website and social media pages for further updates.

 

Contact
If have any questions about the campaign, please visit www.collegesweek.co.uk or email collegesweek@aoc.co.uk.

Elisa Rossetto with plastic bag balloon

Events, News, Student Spotlight

Thank you to our Student Volunteers at Forest of Imagination

 

Last weekend saw Forest of Imagination return to the streets of Bath. The series of creative, family friendly art installations and events were helped by a group of Bath College student volunteers.
 

Elisa Rossetto (pictured above) volunteered all weekend helping on both the maze and also managing Kingsmead Square.
 

Elisa is an International student from Italy, studying English as a Second Language at Bath College as well as Photography and Graphic Design and is gearing up for her CIE exam.
 

“The best bit of Forest of Imagination was working with the giant balloon made of plastic bags.
 

“It was great to be in the middle of the square with so many people and so many activities taking place.”
 
Rhys Evans with college Forest of Imagination display
Rhys Evans, (pictured above) who is studying Level 3 Performing and Production Arts was also volunteering across the weekend, stewarding and keeping an eye on all the activities.
 

He said: “The thing about this weekend I enjoyed most was being able to work as part of a team and building my teamwork skills.
 

“I thought the best was the performances going on at the riverside, they were really good fun.”
 
Yehee volunteering
Yehee Kim (pictured above) is currently studying the University of Bath International Foundation Year course at Bath College. She volunteered as she saw it as a great opportunity to be drawn into the Bath community.
 
“One of the most memorable activities was the Confuserphones. It is a headphone connected with a twisted tunnel that fakes the place of where the sound is coming from. The principle is easy but I was so amazed about it.
 
“I was also at the Forest Den at the Kingsmead Square. I really loved it because it was a nice place to read books while stewarding. Many books with different genres were equipped on the shelves and there were log chairs that anyone could come in, grab a book and read it. I have never imagined a den library at a crowded city. Frankly, I felt like I was in a fairly tale.
 
“I do really recommend other students to volunteer for social activities held in Bath.”
 
Bath College are delighted to have been involved again with Forest of Imagination and were collecting crisp packets and plastic bags in reception to add to the installations. The Willow tree outside Roper Reception was transformed into a forest spectacle as well.
 

A big thank you to all of our student volunteers for all your hard work.
 

Careers Adviser Launch

Announcement, News

New 2019/2020 Full-time FE prospectus launched at Careers Advisers’ Event

 

This week we launched our brand new full-time FE prospectus at our annual Careers’ Adviser Day.
 
Careers advisers from fifteen schools in the local area came into Bath College to hear from Heads of Department discuss the changes in the curriculum and all about the provision the college has to offer.
 
The new prospectus is focusing on learners ‘starting their journey’ at Bath College.
 
Sarah Cooper, Schools Liaison Officer at Bath College said that: “We were delighted to see so many representatives from schools attend the launch event.
 
“It was really encouraging to see so much interaction between advisers and College staff.
 
“I’m confident that they now have all the tools to signpost students to the wide range of vocational and academic courses we offer.”
 
 
The new prospectus is available to pick-up from the Student Advice Centre at both campuses.
 

Forest of Imagination at Bath Abbey

Events, News

Forest of Imagination is back in Bath for 5th anniversary

 

City-based arts pop-up Forest of Imagination is to take place in Bath again tomorrow, from 28–30 September 2018, connecting people to nature with a series of fantastical forests, art trails and innovative sculptures.
 
Returning to the city for its fifth consecutive year, this year’s free event will see spaces in Kingsmead Square, down Avon Street to the River Avon at Bath Quays North, all transformed into a series of ‘Future Forests’ designed to spark people’s imaginations.
 
Bath College collecting crisp packetsBath College are delighted to be involved again and have been collecting crisp packets and plastic bags in reception to add to the installations. The Willow tree outside Roper Reception is being transformed into a forest spectacle.
 
Each Forest will offer a sensory kaleidoscope of playful installations, art trails and workshops, exploring different aspects of forest life – from the forest floor to the forest canopy.
 
This year’s event is also being launched in partnership with Bath Children’s Literature Festival (28 September – 7 October 2018), one of the city’s most popular annual events.
 
Amongst a host of creative installations by artists, schools and local businesses, highlights for this year’s Forest of Imagination event will include:

 
Forest of Imagination 2018 has been made possible thanks to generous funding from Arts Council England, Grant Associates and Herman Miller Cares, together with the support of a host of other local businesses and organisations including Bath Spa UniversityBristol ZooWessex Water and Bath BID.
 
A ‘home grown’ event, Forest of Imagination was co-founded by Bath based landscape architect Andrew Grant of Grant Associates, whose work on the iconic Gardens by the Bay featured in Planet Earth 2 – the BBC’s most watched natural history programme to date.
 
Grant Associates is part of a collective of local companies and creatives who co-design the event including arts charity 5x5x5=creativity, Bath Spa University and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.
 
If you would like to volunteer for the event, contact info@forestofimagination.com
 
Volunteer call out poster

 

Catherine Roberts, Printmaker at work

Love2Learn, News

Love2Learn Printmaking student’s work in prestigious London exhibition

 

Bath College Printmaking student, Catherine Roberts, has been selected to have her work displayed at the National Original Print Exhibition at Bankside Gallery, London.
 

The National Original Print Exhibition, established by the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), is an international open submission competition celebrating the best of contemporary printmaking.
 
Catherine’s piece ‘After Käthe’ is one of three prints she made that got through the competition to appear in the exhibition.
 
After Käthe

Catherine’s work is usually abstract this piece is inspired by Käthe Kollwitz, a German Expressionist artist best known for her print, the Weavers.
 
Catherine has taken the Love2Learn printmaking course for the last three years following her Fine Art degree.
 
She said: “I wouldn’t have been able to create this work without the Printmaking course at Bath College.
 
“The teaching staff are knowledgeable and really helpful and there is a great atmosphere.
 
“Despite not living locally, I keep coming back for the course from Swindon as the facilities at the college are excellent.”
 
‘After Käthe’ is on display on display at the National Original Print Exhibition until 30th September. Catherine hopes to have her work on display next year’s exhibition.
  
For more details about the Printmaking course, click here.

BANES Interns

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B&NES Council welcomes new Bath College interns

 

Eight young people with learning disabilities have started a year-long employability programme with Bath & North East Somerset Council.
 

This is the 10th year the council has welcomed interns from DFN Project Search – an initiative led by the council in partnership with Bath College and Virgin Care. The aim of the scheme is to support young adults with learning disabilities into work.
 

Councillor Paul Myers, Cabinet member for Economic and Community Regeneration, said: “The average employment rate for young people aged 18-24 with a learning disability in the UK is just seven per cent. We need to do all we can to increase their opportunities and help them develop the skills they need to find sustainable employment. Every year we’ve seen our graduates find community-based employment through the programme and I’m sure this year’s intake will benefit greatly from their time with us.”
 

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

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

For more information on DFN Project Search, visit our Project SEARCH page or contact Bath College on 01225 312 191.
 

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A warm welcome to Bath College’s new students

 

Enrolment week saw over 2200 students come through the City Centre doors to enrol on courses across both campuses.
 

New students were excited by the holiday theme of this year’s enrolments and swapped their boarding cards for a passport before meeting their new course tutors.
 

There was a mixture of excited and nervous faces (students and parents!) coming in but all looked happy as they left with their goody bags.
 

Amanda Jennings, whose son Thomas came to enrol was delighted with the experience: “What a wonderful atmosphere in the Bath College today. My son and I were made to feel very welcome from the second we walked in.
 

“All the concerns we had, were addressed in the most professional yet caring way. Thank you.”
 

Students and staff alike got into the holiday theme with flower garlands, giant sunglasses and got on the giant deckchair in Rope Reception to pose for pictures.
 

Mark Fuller took to Twitter to share his enrolment experience: “Well done @BathCollege – went with my daughter to enrol today and made to feel really welcome.
 

“Special thanks to Health & Social Care staff for their time yesterday to reassure her (and Dad)! All looking forward to a new start now.”
 

 
From all the staff at Bath College, a very warm welcome to our new students. We hope you have a wonderful time learning here.
 

If you would like to enrol on a course at Bath College, it’s not too late. For more details pop in or call 01225 328720.
 

Kim and Billie jumping with their results

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Students jumping for joy at Bath College as they open their GCSE results

 

Students across both Bath College campuses have been nervously opening their GCSE results this morning.
 

Students who study at the College often take GCSE Maths and/or English alongside their studies to maximise their employability or future study options.
 
Lisa with her Results
The sun shone as envelopes were opened by shaky hands. Lisa, who came to the Somer Valley campus with her two sons to collect her results, was absolutely delighted when she opened her envelope.
 

She said: “I can’t believe it! I’m so pleased. And the best thing is, I have now secured my dream job at Fosseway School.”
 

Harry, with tutor Carol, who achieved 9 in his EnglishHarry took his GCSE English alongside his Access to Higher Education course. He was in shock when he opened his results to find he had scored a 9, the equivalent of an A*.
 

His tutor Carol said: “We are so proud of all our students, but Harry has worked particularly hard. What a fantastic achievement.”
 

Students Kim and Billie were jumping up and down they were so proud of their achievements, with Kim stating: “I’m so happy! I haven’t taken an exam for so many years so to get so much higher than I expected is amazing. I can go to University now!”
 

GCSE results day can be a stressful time for many, so Bath College has careers advisers on hand between 10am-2pm on Friday 24th August for anyone to come in for advice and guidance on what your results mean, help with online course applications or answer questions about coming to College or applying for an apprenticeship.
 

For more information, call 01225 328501 or email enquiries@bathcollege.ac.uk
 

Inside Saga's Magazine '21st Teens'

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Bath College Creative Media Production Student has work displayed at prestigious London exhibition

 
Talented Bath College Creative Media Production & Technology Student, Saga El Banna showcased her work at Origins, a creative arts festival run by awarding body UAL. The exhibition was at the esteemed Bargehouse in Oxo Tower Wharf, London between 3rd – 5th August 2018.
 
The festival showcased an exciting range of painting, drawing, sculpture, video and fashion, complemented by a programme of music and performing arts, all created and performed by pre-¬degree level students.
 
Saga’s work displayed was ‘21st Teens’, a fashion magazine that presents the relationship between fashion and self-expression for 21st Century teenagers.
 
The Creative Media Production and Technology course at the College introduces students to the world of designing and publishing, leading to a UAL Level 2 Media Award.
 
At the end of the course, students will have gained the skills to be able to progress their own publications.
 
Jo Dolby, Lecturer in Media, Arts & Creative Enterprise at Bath College commented that: “I was so incredibly proud to see one of our students’ work at the Origins exhibition.”
 
She added: “Well done Saga – big things are in your future!”
 
Saga was delighted to have had her work be picked for the Origins festival: “I never thought I would reach something like that and see my work in an exhibition and I never thought someone would call me an artist.
 
“College made me more confident thanks to the teachers and staff. I believe that I always can improve and be better at things with hard work and experience.
 
“The things that I want to do next is to improve and try new things that I am passionate about. All of this is thanks to my beautiful parents and teachers who helped me to believe in myself.”
 
For more information about the UAL Creative Media Production and Technology Level 2 Award click here.
 

The partnership group for the awards

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Nominations for Chairs Community Awards 2018/19 launched

 

The search is on to find unsung heroes in Bath and North East Somerset with the launch of special awards celebrating volunteers, community leaders, staff and businesses that make a positive contribution to the local community.
 
The Chair of Bath & North East Somerset Community Awards 2018/19 was officially launched on Friday (August 3) at the Guildhall, in Bath, by the Chair, Councillor Karen Walker.
 
Nominations are now open for inspirational people who put others first and contribute to the council’s vision to make Bath and North East Somerset an even better place to live, work and visit.
 
The awards are organised in partnership with B&NES Clinical Commissioning Group, CURO, Sirona Care and Health, B&NES Virgin Care and the Student Community Partnership and Bath College.
 
There are three main categories in the Community Awards: Volunteering, Business and Service to the Community. Service to the Community is a new category and it recognises the exceptional service made by individuals and teams working across the Chair’s Award partner organisations.
 
Bath & North East Somerset Council Chair, Councillor Karen Walker, said: “On a daily basis I meet people who do so much for our community and their work often goes unsung. The Community Awards are an annual celebration to recognising those people, and organisations, who are dedicated and committed to helping others and make our area a better place.
 
“This year we have introduced a new category called Service to the Community which recognises partnership working and staff who share their good work.
 
“I would encourage people to nominate those around them who they think deserve recognition for their hard work and contribution to their communities.”
 
In addition to the awards the Chair may also identify one or more individuals or groups from the nominations received to present a ‘Special Award’.
 
Barbara Owen, director of HR & OD at Bath College, said: “We are delighted to be a partner of the awards this year. Here at Bath College we pride ourselves on our sense of community and actively encourage our students to contribute, both on our college campuses and across Bath and North East Somerset. We are very much looking forward to recognising those who share these values at the Community Awards.”
 
“The Student Community Partnership is proud to support the Chair’s Community Awards which recognise outstanding contributions to the local community. The winners are an inspiring example to us all,” added Chair of the SCP, Pro-Vice Chancellor Peter Lambert at the University of Bath.
The awards categories are:
 
Category 1 – Volunteering in the Community Awards
Volunteer of the Year / Young Volunteer of the Year (25 and Under)

Volunteer Leader of the Year / Young Volunteer Leader of the Year (25 and Under)

Volunteer Team or Young Volunteer Team (25 and Under)

Carer of the Year / Young Carer of the Year

The Peter Duppa-Miller Lifetime Achievement
 
Category 2 – Business in the Community Award

Business of the Year
 
Category 3 – Service to the Community

Employee of the Year

Employee Team of the Year

Above and Beyond (Employee)
 
Residents, staff, councillors, businesses, organisations and groups, teachers, and volunteers from Bath and North East Somerset can nominate people and nomination forms must be returned by no later than Friday 21st December. You can nominate online or send a nomination form email or post clearly marked The Community Awards 2018/19.
 
Everyone nominated for an award will be presented with a certificate in recognition of their contribution. The winners of each category will receive a certificate and an award presented by the Chair of the Council at an Awards Ceremony held on Wednesday 27th February 2019 in the Banqueting Room, at the Guildhall in Bath.
 
For more information and how to nominate, please go to www.bathnes.gov.uk/CommunityAwards or
Email: community_awards@bathnes.gov.uk
 
The partnership group for the awards
(names from left to right): Tom Box, Curo, Jo Scammell, Virgin Care, Lisa Harvey, CCG BANES, Alice Stevens, Bath College, Dawn Cronin, Sirona Care & Health, Cllr Karen Walker, Chair of Council, Enya-Jayne Battersby, Bath Spa University, Debbie Thornton, University of Bath, Theresa Hallett, Bath College, Matthew Harmer, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Mike Plows, Volunteer Service at Virgin Care.
 
 

Steph Smith, Best Overall Engineering Student

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Engineering Department at Bath College celebrates Student Talent

 

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.
 
Employers, 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). Esther Dunstan-Sewell (a former apprentice and IET member) presented the awards and Maurice Poole from the IET gave a short motivational speech.
  
Mechanical Engineering Awards
Best Welding Project – Anton Parker (Bristol Port)
Best Electrical Project – Matt Durbin (Johnston Controls)
Best CAD Project – Karl Jefferies (Rotork)
Best Turning Project – Jacob Darvile (Rotork)
Best Milling Project – Ben Harvey (Bristol Port)
Best Hand Fitting Project – Ben Mogg (Bristol Port)
Best Folder/Written Work – Joe Paget (Bristol Port)
Best Improved Project – Rhys Jennings (Full time student)
Best Project – Matt Durbin (Johnston Controls)
 
Engineering Awards
Best Level 1 student – Nathanael Wadsworth,
Best Level 2 student – Will Oborne
Best City Campus Student – Matt Durbin
Best Overall Student – Steph Smith
 
The Mechanical Engineering Awards were given out to apprentices for their projects.
 
Simon Preston, Mechanical Engineering Lecturer said: “I am very proud of how both the full time students and apprentices have done this year, moving to a new qualification with a huge amount of work to cover within the 9 months; all have passed with the quality exceeding previous years.
 
“The learners that got awards deserved them as the standard was very high throughout the whole year.”
 
Matt Durbin winning his awardMatt Durbin (pictured left) won the Best Project award for which he was given £60 from the IET.
 

The Engineering Awards saw four winners collect their prize for the best student in each category.
 
Stephanie Smith (pictured below) won the Best Overall student award. She is starting an apprenticeship with British Aerospace (BAE) in September for which there were 3000 applicants and only 42 jobs.
 
She commented: “I am looking forward to learning more about engineering in a world class company, with the support that brings.
 
“The apprenticeship is a great way to start my career and I’m looking forward to the development I can get from it.”
 
Matt Driver, Engineering Lecturer said “We’re really proud of Steph and her achievement in getting such a prestigious apprenticeship. She has performed really well across the whole year and has set high standards for other students to emulate.
 
“We wish her continued success in the coming years and look forward to her coming back and letting us know how her career is progressing.”
 
Matt continued: “The awards evening was the culmination of a very successful year at Bath College with over 90% successful in their qualification.
 
“Work Experience was a particular success this year generating lots of interest from employers, many of whom went on to offer jobs and apprentices directly to the students with no further interviewing, such is the strength and impact of Bath College.
 
“We look forward to seeing our students returning on various local Apprenticeships in the near future.”
 
For more information about Bath College Engineering courses, click here.
 

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West of England secures new Careers Hub

 

A new West of England Careers Hub is being set up to improve career opportunities for young people.
 
It was announced last week that the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have secured £220,000 from the Careers & Enterprise Company to establish the new Hub.
 
Managed by WECA and the LEP, it will initially work with 25 schools and colleges from across Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. Bath College, along with other schools and colleges will be supported to improve careers opportunities and work experiences for young people, allowing them to make more informed choices about their careers.
 
Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor, said: “Our region is home to over 40,000 businesses and has one of the highest skilled workforces in the country. We have many high-quality jobs and we want to give locally grown talent every opportunity to secure employment here in our region.
 
“The new Careers Hub will ensure young people have more opportunities to connect with the world of work and potential future employers. Evidence shows that if a student has four or more opportunities to engage with an employer, they are more likely to secure employment, and earn more during their career.”
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and Chief Executive of Bath College said that: “Part of our strategic focus is to ensure that Bath College continues to build business links across the South West of England so this announcement is incredibly exciting. Developing these opportunities to enhance links with industry, as well as educational partners, can only benefit the region”.
 
Chair of the West of England LEP, Prof Steve West, said: “This is great news for our region. The new Hub will play a key role in the long-term success of our economy, building on the success of our existing Enterprise Adviser Network, and strong partnerships with UWE, schools, colleges, and businesses to ensure young people get timely and relevant careers advice and meaningful work experience.”
 
There are currently 40 Enterprise Advisors in the West of England, who are trained volunteers from the local business community. They work with headteachers and school leaders, sharing their knowledge and experiences and helping to deliver better careers support and work experience opportunities.
 
The network is looking for more professionals from local businesses to volunteer as Enterprise Advisors. If you are interested in getting involved please contact enterprise@westofengland.org.
 
Additional funds for the Hub will be provided by WECA, the LEP and Future Quest.
 

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