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News

New skills programme to get more women into digital careers

 

A new skills programme to help and support women to find jobs in digital roles has been announced.

 

The West of England Combined Authority has secured £238,000 funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) for the new Women into Digital Jobs, Education and Training (WIDJET) programme.
 
Bath College; digital training businesses Mayden Academy and Boomsatsuma; Knowle West Media Centre and the Dot Project will all be involved in delivering activities and training starting almost immediately and running until the summer of 2019.
 
WIDJET will work with women across the region, providing digital skills and training from entry-level taster sessions through to high-level industry specified courses. Participants can take part in a range of skills courses, training or seminars designed directly with business needs in mind, with the aim of them securing jobs in digital roles.
 
Minister for Digital, Margot James said: “I am thrilled to announce that the West of England Combined Authority was one of our Digital Skills Innovation Fund winners. Its fantastic work with Bath College, Mayden Academy, Boomsatsuma, Knowle West Media Centre and the Dot Project will change lives.
 
“Women are underrepresented in tech roles and this funding aims to help develop a more gender diverse workforce because it is not only the right thing to do but also makes business sense.”
 
West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “This is fantastic news and supports one of my key ambitions of improving job opportunities across the region. I want to ensure that everyone, regardless of background or personal circumstances, can access support to develop workplace skills so that they can fulfil their potential. Digital and tech is an important part of the West of England’s economy, and businesses have a particular need for skilled employees now, and this demand is expected to grow in future.
 
“Women are currently under-represented in digital roles and this new project will seek to tackle this by engaging with a wide group of women in communities, with the aim of moving us towards more representative and inclusive employment in digital roles across the region. This could include roles in virtual reality, VFX design or software development.”
 
Each partner organisation already has their own strong networks that they will use to raise awareness of the project, which aims to improve the skills and experience of at least 350 women.
 
More details about WIDJET can be found on our webpage www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk or by emailing – widjet@westofengland-ca.gov.uk
 

Apprenticeships, News

Apprentice of the Month: March 2019

 

 

 

Our March Apprentice of the Month is Callum Cocks. Callum is a Level 2 NVQ Stonemason working for Well’s Cathedral and has been nominated by his tutor Ash.

 

The Stonemasonry Apprenticeship provides a practical hands on experience of stonemasonry. You’ll learn to prepare for the job as well as produce architectural stone work. An apprenticeship offers you a broad opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to become a qualified Stonemason, through instruction in the classroom and practical work experience on the job.

 

Callum’s tutor Ash told us:

“Callum is a model student and works to a very high standard as a stonemason and sometimes even matches the level 3 learners for skill.  He is methodical and is always challenging himself to become better, both at college and at work. Callum works very well within the classroom and is a popular figure, he is likely to finish his apprenticeship early and also complete his Diploma well within the deadlines given. He is also supporting other colleagues in the same class where required and helping with knowledge and tips on gathering evidence for the apprenticeship.  Callum has helped on open days for the college and promoting stonemasonry for department, he is engaging and passionate about his job and loves working with stone.”

 

Callum is well deserving of this month’s title of Apprentice of the Month, good luck with the rest of your studies Callum!

 

If you’re interested in an Apprenticeship be sure to check out our Apprenticeship vacancies here or alternatively you can look at our top three Apprenticeships for this month (March 2019), simply click here.

 

We also have an Apprenticeship and Jobs fair coming up later this month, which is ideal for anyone looking to get an Apprenticeship, talk to prospective employers or change their career. This will be hosted at The Guildhall on the 27th March, between 12pm and 5pm. You can find out more information and sign up to this event here.

 

 

Apprenticeships, News

Bath College’s Top Three Apprenticeships of the Month

 

March Edition

 

#1
Trainee Electrical Engineer

This exciting Apprenticeship is with Facade Hoists Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of suspended access equipment (window cleaning cranes). The systems for these hoists are electrically controlled and as an apprentice you would be learning how to prepare control panels for the machines, running electrical cables onto the system, wiring control systems and motors as well as testing and fault finding. Alongside this practical, hands on experience you would complete a Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification, which should take around 36 months. Facade are looking for an adaptive team worker with a desire and willingness to learn. Ideally you would have a years’ worth of electrical experience under your belt, and 5 GCSE’s graded A-c including English and Maths. This is an ideal opportunity for an electrician to expand their skillset and get a brand new set of skills. The salary for this Apprenticeship is £4 an hour, and the deadline to apply is the 22nd March 2019. Click here for more information or to apply.

 

#2
Business and Skills Apprentice

This interesting Apprenticeship is in Bath and North East Somerset Council, helping to deliver their strategies and projects. BaNES have ambitious plans for the future, and are aiming to create over 10,000 jobs by 2036 to make their local economy more competitive and encourage residents to enter employment and progress their careers. This Apprenticeship is based in the Business and Skills team, who are responsible for the promotion, co-ordination and direction of economic development within Bath and North East Somerset. As an apprentice you’ll have a range of responsibilities, giving you lots of valuable experience. You will be tasked with updating the ‘invest in Bath’ pages on the council website; marketing and promoting business news and events; maintaining the CRM systems, performing regular data cleanses; general day to day administration and support; ensuring business enquiries are sent to the relevant person or department and also ensuring these have been fulfilled by your colleagues in a timely manner. Alongside your apprenticeship you will complete an administration or customer service qualification. During the first year of your employment you will be paid a wage of £12,113.85 per year, which will then increase depending on your age. The deadline to apply for this apprenticeship is the 29th March 2019, and you can find all the information or apply by clicking here.

 

#3
Apprentice Care and Support Worker

This Apprenticeship allows you to make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people in the community. You’ll be training as a Care and Support worker for Safe & Sound Homecare, in a varied and fulfilling role. Your regular activities will include, domiciliary care, personal care, domestic services, shopping, taking people to appointments, medication management and social outings. The work is done in shifts, with regular weekday shifts being 7am to 2pm and 4pm to 10pm. Weekend hours are varied, but you get paid extra for working weekends and bank holidays. Aside from being paid more for weekends and bank holidays, there are a host of other benefits that Safe & Sound Homecare offer you as an employee, these include; paid mileage and travel time, 28 days’ holiday (pro rata) and a Christmas Bonus after two years’ continuous employment. Alongside your working days you’ll study a Level 2 Diploma in Care. The experience and qualification combined provide the perfect footing for entry into the care sector, and you could eventually progress onto a team leader/supervisor role and complete a Level 3 in Adult Health and Social care. The apprenticeship is expected to last 18 months, and you will need access to your own transport and at least 4 GCSE’s grades D-E (3-1) or an NVQ Level 1. The wage is £6.15 per hour during the week and £7.15 per hour over the weekends. The deadline for this apprenticeship is the 10th March 2019 and you can find out more about this apprenticeship or how to apply here.

 

Love2Learn, News, Student Spotlight

Gab Hatter: A Bath College Love2Learn Success Story

 

On Thursday 28th February, Bath College hosted a Wedding Fayre allowing local exhibitors to showcase their wedding accessories, services and stationery. Exhibitors from all over Bath and the surrounding areas came down to showcase the amazing things they offered.

 

Alongside many other exhibitors, Gwenda Bryce, founder of Gab Hatter, attended with a large collection of her hand made wedding hats and fascinators. Gwenda has a very unique relationship with Bath College and we caught up with her to ask her about her journey into Millinery.

 

Gwenda told us that she attends the Ascot Horse Races every single year, and she would always dream of making her own hat to take along with her. Originally from Edinburgh, she found a millinery course to attend there and decided to bite the bullet and attend it. However, at the last minute she decided to look locally and saw that Bath College were offering a Love2Learn leisure course in Millinery. She enrolled on to this course and loved it; so much in fact, she decided to continue studying and enrolled onto more Love2Learn leisure courses, doing 18 months of millinery work on an evening course.

 

Gwenda then went on to train at The British School of Millinery and has also had the opportunity to work with top milliners, such as Bridget Bailey, Ani Townsend and Jane Taylor (whose hats have been worn by members of the Royal family, including The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Eugenie).

 

Gwenda then started her own business and operates out of her home in Bath. She makes bespoke hats to order, and also has a huge collection of unique hats she has created in her free time. Her business is called Gab Hatter, Gab being her initials and also a likeness to the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.

 

Gwenda absolutely loves what she does and this is apparent when you speak to her. She’s now looking into expanding her skillset into working with leather, and likes to look around her for inspiration for her hats. It’s always fantastic to see our learners achieve great things after their time at College and we couldn’t be more proud that Gwenda is now doing what she loves as a business, what an incredible achievement!

 

Have a look at our Love2Learn Leisure courses to see what you can learn, you never know, you might find your dream business venture just like Gwenda!

 

Events, News

Success at Chef V Chef 2019

 

On the 15th February our Catering Department and Shrubbery Restaurant once again hosted the annual Chef v Chef Competition. This was an incredible day showcasing not only the talent of local Chefs but also of the Bath College Catering and Hospitality students.

 

To kick off the day students undertook a Canapé and Knife Skills Challenge. Tasked to create a selection of delicious canapés to be served at the awards ceremony at the end of the day. The students made a delicious selection, including a range of perfect Macarons! The winner of the Canapé Challenge was Modesta Petrauskaite, well done Modesta! Knife skills involved students preparing ingredients in different cutting styles, such as julienne and brunoise. They were then marked on how well they had prepared the ingredients and the accuracy of their cutting, the gold award winner of knife skills was Will Evans, closely followed by Fred Veal and Leon Dyer in second and third place respectively.

 

The Level 3 students were tasked with creating a two course meal to serve to guests in ample time. They had to design, cook and serve the meals, all whilst being keenly watched by our judges. This was a fantastic opportunity for them to practice in an environment much like a lunch service in a restaurant, with many high profile guests including the Mayor and Mayoress of Bath. The atmosphere in the kitchen was very tense, but the lunch service was a success and there wasn’t a scrap of food left on any of the plates! This meant the judges had an incredibly difficult decision to make, but ultimately it was Team Connaught who came out on top, consisting of Florence Sewell, Keziah Morgan and Thomas Will.

 

 

The day culminated in the Professional Chef Challenge, which saw Chefs from all over the local area coming down to compete. They needed to prepare a two course signature dish, consisting of a main and a dessert, all whilst being watched by our keen eyed judges. These plates were then tasted by the judges and a display plate was placed in the restaurant for viewing by attendees during the awards ceremony. Once the Chefs were finished they came out and mingled with the audience of the awards, where our Catering and Hospitality front of house students served drinks and the canapés made earlier to guests who were eagerly awaiting the winner’s announcement. After a long period of deliberation, the judges came to a decision, and Jethro Lawrence, Head Chef of Woolley Grange Hotel, was crowned the Professional Chef Champion! The celebration continued on, with more bubbly and canapés making the rounds as winners and runners up chatted about their dishes and collected their awards. What an incredible day! We can’t wait for next year.

 

We would like to thank our esteemed judges:

 

We would also like to thank our sponsors, without whom the day would not have been possible.

 

If you’re interested in our Catering and Hospitality courses, please click here

 

Otherwise scroll on for our complete list of winners and short gallery

 

Canapés challenge:

Gold: Modesta Petrauskaite

Silver: Molly Wilson

Bronze: Samuel Rossiter

 

Knife skills challenge:

Gold: Will Evans

Silver: Fred Veal

Bronze: Leon Dyer

 

Level 3 team challenge:

Gold: Team Connaught

  • Florence Sewell
  • Keziah Morgan
  • Thomas Will

 

Silver: Team Goring

  • Maddie Dodd
  • Jasmine Barnett
  • Ben Colley

 

Bronze: Team Savoy

  • Rosa Juodaky
  • Connor Adamson
  • Lewis Nash

 

Level 2 Team Challenge:

Gold: Team Pineapple

  • Destiny Smith
  • Liam Cottle

 

Silver: Team Strawberry

  • Lucy Knight
  • Emily Hunt

 

Bronze: Team Orange

  • Vikki Pearcey
  • Kaitlin Ellis

 

Front of House challenge

Winner: Ben Colley

Highly Commended: Thomas Will

 

Professional challenge

Gold: Jethro Lawrence. Head chef at Woolley Grange hotel.

Silver: Andrew jenkinson, Lucknam Park Hotel

Bronze: Fraser Jones (best western plus centurion hotel)

 

 

Have a look at some of these snaps from the day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News

Bath College Stonemasonry Student on Road to Russia

 

A stonemasonry student from Bath College is taking on their toughest skills challenge to date this week, when they compete against other stonemasons to try and win a place to represent the UK at WorldSkills Kazan 2019 this summer.
 

Known as the ‘Skills Olympics’, the WorldSkills Competition sees the world’s best apprentices and students battle it out to win Gold, Silver and Bronze in their chosen skill. The UK is currently tenth in the WorldSkills rankings following its medal success at the last WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi in 2017.
 
Ethan Conlon, who studies at Bath College and is also an apprentice with APS Stonemasonry in Oxford, was invited to compete for a place in Team UK for WorldSkills Kazan 2019 after excelling in the WorldSkills UK National Competitions. He will compete from 4 – 7 March at York College.
 
Joe Leber, Stonemasonry Lecturer at Bath College said: “We are delighted that Ethan has reached the final three for selection to compete at world skills in Kazan 2019, we are very proud of him and wish him the very best of luck in the final selection stage next week!”
 
WorldSkills UK is responsible for selecting, developing and training the team for the WorldSkills Competition. A partnership between business, education and governments, WorldSkills UK runs skills competitions for thousands of young people every year in key economic skill areas, boosting the technical skills, mindset and employability skills of young people.
 
Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, Chief Executive of WorldSkills UK said: “I wish Ethan the very best of luck as he competes for a place in the team to represent the UK at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
 
“By entering the WorldSkills Competition, we can transfer the insights gained from competing against other countries into the wider economy, driving up training standards in the UK to world-class levels, boosting productivity.”
 
Team UK for WorldSkills Kazan 2019 will be announced on 11 March.
 
Inspired by Ethan? WorldSkills UK is looking for apprentices and students to take part in WorldSkills Shanghai 2021. Register at www.worldskillsuk.org by 5 April and see how far your skills can take you.
 

 

International student being interviewed for International Foundation Year promotional video.

News

Students star in promotional video for Bath University International Foundation Year programme

 

Our students have been busy making a new promotional video for our Bath University International Foundation Year (IFY) course.

 

Six students took part, Liza, Ricardo, Ethan, Anjani, Erin and Pearl, who were fantastic on the day of filming.
 
The students come from across four continents and really represent the diversity of the students we have on the IFY course.
 

“The students were great to work with and we are really pleased with the finished product. It tells the story of the course from the student point of view, which we think is really important.”

Simon Bracken, HE Manager at Bath College

 

Watch our new IFY promotional video below:
 

 

IFY is a one-year full-time course, beginning in September each year, which prepares international students for entry onto their chosen degree at the University of Bath.

 

The course is for international students whose qualifications are not considered for direct entry to a degree programme because of their home country’s education system, or for those who have studied the correct qualification but are not quite at the standard required for direct entry. It is designed to cover the key principles, theories and practical skills which are the standard entry criteria for the University of Bath, and broadly based on the A-level syllabus.

 

 
 

News

Bath College Business and Accounting students wow local Accounting Experts during Business Challenge

 

Last week 23 Level 3 Business BTEC and Accounting students participated in the annual Business and Accounting challenge. To complete the challenge Students had to look at a business case study and prepare a presentation to suggest the direction this business should take for the future. They had to work in teams to create their plans, thinking about how the business might grow and develop and what obstacles may be in their way. Midway through they were given newspaper articles and memos, which altered the plans of the business and challenged them to rethink and adjust. They had to show the judges they could adapt to different scenarios, just like in the ever changing world of business.

The challenge was run by Jack Henman from the Accountancy body ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) and Donna West, Bath College’s own AAT Co-ordinator.  The judges themselves were all from local accountancy businesses, including MHA Monahans Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, Richardson Swift LTD and Independent Vet Care.  Richardson Swift Ltd were kind enough to sponsor the trophies, which were given out at the end of the day to the team with the best plan. The decision as to who was the winner took a lot of deliberation from the judges, as all the students had done so well! After much discussion they came to an agreement and announced the winning team, which consisted of Bethany, Alexandra and Maddison.

If you’re interested in a Business or Accounting course please click here

News

£32m investment approved by the West of England Joint Committee, giving Bath College £2m

 

More than £32 million investment in projects to drive economic growth and support residents’ skills was approved by the West of England Joint Committee on Friday 15 February.

 

Committee members agreed to invest £23.9 million from the Economic Development Fund and £7 million through the Local Growth Fund to support Bath & North East Somerset Council’s initial development works on Bath Quays North. The project will see the creation of around 200,000 square feet of offices on the Bath Quays North site in the Enterprise Zone.

 

The West of England Joint Committee also awarded Bath College more than £2 million from the Local Growth Fund to support the refurbishment of its Catering and Hospitality Education and Training Hub. This will create a state-of-the-art hub with specialist training facilities to keep pace with the growing demand for hospitality and catering sector skills.

 

Professor Steve West, Chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We are happy to approve the funding for these schemes which support our ambitions for clean and inclusive economic growth in the West of England, through improving skills opportunities for people across the region, helping more start-up businesses to develop and grow, and increasing productivity.”

 

Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor, said: “These are big, exciting projects that will make a real difference to our residents’ lives, boosting business, skills and job opportunities in Bath and the wider region.”

 

Councillor Paul Myers, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s cabinet member for Economic and Community Regeneration, said: “This funding both contributes to the physical development of key office space in Bath as well as delivering facilities essential for skills development for a future workforce and is to be welcomed. I am especially pleased that Bath continues to attract new business and with this funding we are demonstrating our commitment to economic vitality in the city and across the wider area.”

 

Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College: “We are delighted at the allocations of the capital funds for catering/hospitality and the next steps for the digital centre as we know how beneficial it will be to the local economy. Furthermore, it’s a real vote of confidence in Bath College’s staff and students, who will benefit greatly.”
 

The committee also invited the following colleges to develop further business cases for new projects, totalling more than £10 million, to benefit local learners and businesses:
• Bath College’s Digital and Creative Innovation Centre at the Bath city centre campus
• South Gloucestershire and Stroud College’s sub-regional Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths Hub, at its West of England Institute of Specialist Education campus at Stoke Gifford
• Weston College’s Animal Management Education Centre – a new education facility for the delivery of the animal management curriculum at Puxton Park.
 

The Joint Committee is the decision-making body for issues relating to the West of England Combined Authority, Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils, and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.
 

News

Bath College introduces girls to careers in Construction, Engineering and Computing

 

Bath College held a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workshop event – Bath Girls in Construction, Engineering and Computing at the Somer Valley Campus, introducing 30 local girls to the opportunities in the sector.
 

Year 9 and 10 girls were invited to attend workshops run by Bath College staff and guest speakers from companies such as Stride Treglown, Galliford Try, Buro Happold, Willmott Dixon and the Soroptimist Bath & District.
 

The girls took different workshops in which they built bridges out of different materials, tried on a robotic vest and even got to program robots to navigate around the surface of ‘Mars’, for which they won a Mars Bar if they were successful.
 

The day started with an introduction from Rachel Bell, an architect who is Head of Business Development and Divisional Director at Stride Treglown who has recently been nominated as one of 30 UK Construction Week role models and was a finalist in the European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards this year.
 

She said: “I am really proud to be regarded as a role model in the construction industry. There is still only 14% of the construction industry who are female. If you look at site based jobs and trades, that is reduced to just 1%.
 

“As an architect it’s exciting to see how technology is changing: how we draw, present and engage with design along with new apprenticeships and new careers emerging through connections to other industries.
 

“It was wonderful to be a part of the Bath Girls in Construction, Engineering and Computing day and help inspire the next generation of girls entering the sector.”
 

Dr Daisy Walsh, Head of Technology at Bath College said that: “We are delighted with how the day went, we had a fantastic selection of guest speakers who we hope will come back for future workshops.
 

“I was really impressed with how engaged the Year 10 and 11 learners were and hope to see them at the College in the next couple of years leading the way for young women in the industry.”
 

Bath College has a range of STEM courses, to find out more visit www.bathcollege.ac.uk
 

Apprenticeships, News

Bath College’s Top Three Apprenticeships of the Month

 

February Edition

 

#1
Apprentice Care and Support Worker

This is an excellent route into the care industry. If you are reliable, caring, compassionate and organised you will be perfect for this role. This apprenticeship is based at Safe and Sound Homecare and is an ideal entry point in to the care industry, and on the apprenticeship you will gain a Level 2 Diploma in Care. Upon completion of the apprenticeship you will have the opportunity to progress within the sector. You will need to be aged 18 or older and hold a full UK driving license with access to your own transport. The salary is generous, at £6.15 per hour on weekdays and £7.15 per hour on weekends. The closing date is the 10th of February, so get your application in early! Click here to find out more information and apply.

#2
Business Administrator

This exciting Apprenticeship is in Bath’s brand new Casino, Century Casino. The Casino is set across three floors and includes a brand new private Beau Nash Suite which is available for private hire. The Apprenticeship will be working in the administration side providing support and ensuring the smooth running of the admin office. Some of your duties will include; payroll administration, HR administration, invoice processing, liaising with department heads plus many more. This apprenticeship is a great way to gain lots of administration experience including international liaison, as the accounts team is based in Colorado. Alongside your work you will complete an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration. The wage is negotiable, and will not be less than £8 an hour. Applications close on the 24th February so make sure to get your application in early! You can find out more information and apply here.

#3
Junior Accounts Assistant

This last Apprenticeships is an ideal pathway into a career in accounting. The Apprenticeship is with Abel & Imray, a firm of Patent and Trade Mark Attorney’s. The role will be within the accounts team and will see you learn the systems and processes to work within and support the accounts team. Abel and Imray have offices in Bath, London and Cardiff, and this Apprenticeship is based in Bath. Alongside your apprenticeship you will study a qualification at Bath College, this will be a Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting (AAT) and a Level 3 Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting (ACCA). This is a great way to get experience and the relevant qualifications to succeed in the Accounting industry. The salary for this Apprenticeship is £250 per week, this is the minimum you will be paid, as depending on your prior or attained experience it will go up. If you’re interested in this Apprenticeship applications close on the 28th February, click here for more information or to apply.

 

If you would like to find out more about our Apprenticeship provision at Bath College please click here

 

If you would like to check all our Apprenticeship Vacancies please click here

Apprenticeships, News, Student Spotlight

Apprentice of the Month: February 2019

 

 

 

Our February Apprentice of the Month is Charlotte Wetton. Charlotte is a second year Veterinary Nursing Apprentice working at Orchard Vets and has been nominated by her assessor Naomi.

 

The Veterinary Nursing course is aimed at anyone wanting to start a career as a small animal Veterinary Nurse and has an interest in all aspects of animal health and welfare. This is a great Apprenticeship for anyone looking to become a Veterinary Nurse and can lead to jobs such as Head Veterinary Nurse and also lead on to opportunities to specialise in other areas, such as Animal Welfare and Training.

 

Charlotte’s assessor Naomi told us:

“Charlotte has placed an enormous effort in taking feedback on from assessors and lecturers and applied this into new found knowledge to achieve the best grades she can. Because of this brilliant achievement and extended leap in her learning, Charlotte has been nominated for being a high achiever, the whole of the vet nursing team congratulate Charlotte on being apprentice of the month.”

 

It’s always difficult to select the Apprentice of the month, as they are all so hard working and achieve so much on their Apprenticeship journey. However, this month Charlotte really shone out for her high achievements and so was completely deserving of this award. Well done Charlotte!

 

Apprenticeships, News

Bath College Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair returns this March

 

Young people will get the opportunity to meet potential apprenticeship providers and employers at Bath College’s annual Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair.
 
The event is taking place at the Assembly Rooms on 27th March between 12pm and 5pm, giving local businesses the chance to showcase their vacancies to local people.
 

This year’s lead sponsors are Bath Building Society, B&NES, Media Clash, Creative Bath and Curo, all who will be found in the Octagon offering apprenticeship opportunities.
 

Last year’s event was attended by over 1000 young people, with a number of these going on to secure positions at local companies after attending and making the most of networking opportunities.
 

Ben King, a Bath College student and apprentice at Bath Building Society said: “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”.
 

Event organiser Lucy Beattie said: “This is an excellent opportunity to come and find out what’s on offer locally and nationally.
 

“Companies exhibiting are offering some really exciting apprenticeships ranging from Level 2 right up to degree level.
 

“It’s a great chance to explore the different sectors and growth areas for our region, whether you’re interested in an engineering career, joining the forces, childcare or insurance management.
 

“The fair keeps growing year on year and we have lots of new employers joining us. We’re looking forward to welcoming 16 to 18-year-olds at the start of their career paths.
 

“Or if you’re already in a job and thinking of a career change, come along to find out about the different routes available to re-train.”
 
The event is taking place on 27th March at the Assembly Rooms and is free to attend.
 

News, Student Spotlight

Bath Theatre Academy students wow crowds with Bram Stoker’s Dracula performance

 

Bath College’s Performing and Production Arts students put on a breathtaking performance of Dracula at The egg theatre last weekend.
 
The students are all part of The Bath Theatre Academy, a theatre group which is a partnership between Bath College and the Theatre Royal that has recently been awarded with Beacon Standard from the Association of Colleges.
 
The audiences of Bram Stoker’s Dracula were audibly impressed by the talent of the students as everything from the acting to the staging to the production was so professional.
 
The production has has very positive reviews from Bath & Wiltshire Parent and Backstage Bristol (click to read them) as well as the below from a member of the public on Facebook:
 


“Now I’m a huge fan of Bram Stoker and have seen many adaptations of his novel over the years where sadly most fall way short of working but this version at the egg was such a treat.
 
The spin on 4 people playing the Dracula was a wonderful idea as was making Renfield such a pivotal player. Toby Mitchell was such a treat to see perform his tongue twisting script that sprang such wonderful treats for ones ears.
 
The rest of the cast were a treat but the one actor that stood out for us over all was Tabby Langridge playing the wonderful Lucy.
Her performance was really quite special and so incredibly believable. She stole the play for us and I hope that one day we will see her on tv, or in film, or playing the stage as she did so well on Saturday. A career for sure awaits her.
 
A fantastic night out and thank you also to the staff at the egg for looking after me due to my disability.
We will for sure be coming back to see other plays put on by your students.”

 

 
James Moore, Head of Creative Learning & Course Leader for the Bath Theatre Academy said: “We’re obviously very pleased with the great response the production has had, and as Course Tutor I couldn’t be more proud that the students’ hard work has been recognised. Although our course is still relatively new, we are gaining national recognition of being a lead in theatre education.
 
“We are committed to offering young performers and theatre makers a route into the industry, equipping them with the complex skills necessary to navigate the industry. Allowing students to work on high quality productions enables them to progress in a way that mirrors the working world; developing skills in creative problem solving, resilience and innovation.”
 
Applications are now open for September 2019, for more information about the Bath Theatre Academy and course, click here or contact James.Moore@theatreroyal.org.uk
 
Photos by: Mark Dawson Design by: April Dalton
 

News

Bath College To Government: “Invest In Our Future”

 

Bath College took centre stage in Westminster during a debate on college funding.
 

The debate was the result of a petition demanding that the government increases college funding to sustainable levels. The petition has almost 70,000 signatures, 174 of which are Bath residents.
 

The petition is a reaction to the woeful levels of funding experienced by the sector. Almost half of the further education colleges in this country, Bath College included, are operating at a deficit.
 

Laurel Penrose, Chief Executive of Bath College said; “The strain of budget restrictions is telling on staff, both in their pay and in investment in their departments. Our service to learners is starting to be compromised, because we cannot invest in the infrastructure and enhancements we need to remain at the high standards required by our technical subjects.”
 

College funding cuts resulted in a strike last year, where members of staff from Bath College walked out, demanding pay in line with the rest of the education sector.
 

Wera Hobhouse, MP for Bath, who spoke in the debate, said; “Bath College, and the further education sector in general, is vital to social mobility, vital in training people for key worker roles, and central to the principle that this country invests in its people, regardless of background.”
 

“Bath College continually proves you don’t have to go to university to get ahead in life, and gives people the skills that our business community in Bath need. Not funding further education damages our economy, and damages people’s ability to reach their full potential.”
 

Wera Hobhouse and the senior management team at Bath College are continuing to work together to champion the importance of the further education sector, and demand the government fund it appropriately.
 

Announcement, Football Academy, News

Bath City Football Academy Trials – Registration now open!

 

The Bath City Football Academy trials for 2019 are nearly here and registration is now open! Bath City Football Academy was set up to support the development of all students, both on the pitch as players, and in the classroom. Students will study a BTEC in Sport alongside their training schedule, and after 2-3 years will have the qualifications to progress on to a range of career opportunities. The days involve study at Bath College in the morning’s followed by training in the afternoon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Fixtures are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Successful Academy players have gone on to Bath University to study Sports Performance, gone on to play for Bath City Under 21’s or Bath City first team, take scholarships in the USA and go on to be full and part time coaches.

 

 

We’re really excited for this year’s trials, and registration is now open, so if you would like to apply you can do so by following the links below.

 

The Men’s Academy trials will be held at Odd Down Sports Ground on Wednesday 20th February from 10am – 4pm. Trials are open to players aged 16-19 and all selected players will start studying a BTEC in Sport in September 2019. You can register for a trial place here

 

The Women’s Academy trials will be held at Odd Down Sports Ground on Thursday 21st February from 10am – 12pm. Trials are open to players aged 16-19 and all selected players will start studying a BTEC in Sport in September 2019. You can register for a trial place here

Announcement, News

UCU Industrial Action Statement

 

We have learned that a small number of our staff are taking industrial action on 29th and 30th January. Whilst we are disappointed that some staff are striking, we understand the reasons why. The reality is that Further Education Colleges are inadequately funded by central government and, in fact, we recently took part in the national Love Our Colleges campaign to highlight the lack of central funding and the fact that nationally FE lecturers are not paid well when compared to other education professionals in schools and universities.
 
Our focus is on our students, and I can confirm that the College will remain open throughout the industrial action as we expect the majority of teaching and learning activity to proceed as usual. Staff who are working will ensure that there is minimal disruption to students’ studies and students should continue attending college as normal on the two days of industrial action.
 
We recognise that over the past couple of years we have been through difficult financial times, which has resulted in job losses and no cost of living pay awards. However, we have all worked hard to secure the future of Bath College and prior to the ballot for strike action taking place we had already proposed a 1% pay increase and although we recognise the limitations of the offer we believe that this is the maximum that we can afford whilst still ensuring that the financial wellbeing of the College is secured for all our staff and students.
 
We look forward to continuing to work with the Unions as appropriate.
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College
 

News, Student Spotlight

Case Study: Complementary Therapy – Malgorzata Glapiak

 

 

 

One of our talented Complementary Therapy students, Malgorzata has secured a place working in Aegeo Spa in Crete. Malgorzata took part in the Erasmus exchange programme, along with 20 other Complementary and Spa Therapy students. They spent a month living and working on the beautiful island of Crete at a Greek Spa called Aegeo Spa. By the end of the month were so impressed with Malgorzata’s work that they offered her a job. We caught up with her to ask about her time at College and what she thought of the Complementary and Spa Therapy courses at Bath College.

 

 

What course did you study at Bath College?

I studied Level 3 Complementary Therapies

 

When did you study at Bath College?

2017-2018

 

What was the most valuable part of the College course?

The course was very practical and client heavy; it really prepares you to work in the industry. I also loved that it offered Erasmus opportunities and work placements.

 

What made you apply in the first place?

My mum actually did the course 8 years ago and recommended it to me. The staff are very experienced and the College is in an amazing location. I also did my A-levels at Bath college and I got to know Di and Sharon- they were very helpful and kind.

 

How did you get your job in Crete?

I applied and took part in the Erasmus Exchange in Crete working for Aegeo Spa. They offered me a job that I could take on completion of my course.

 

Describe a typical day in your day job.

I start by greeting guests and recommending appropriate services and products; I then perform face and body treatments. I also help to maintain hygiene in the staff and treatment rooms as well as storing and maintaining necessary documentation and client files. I have lunch with other members of staff, attend training and meetings at work.

 

What piece of advice would you give to those who are interested in working in a spa/studying complementary therapies or similar?

The course offers you the necessary skills and knowledge in order to work in a spa. Working in a spa teaches you a lot of important skills, such as time management, problem solving in the team and hygienic practice. It also improves your communication skills and client care. The course provides invaluable experience for those who wish to become self-employed in the future and it also offers you knowledge about different treatments and products and their suitability so you become much more confident as an individual.

 

Announcement, News

Cats Protection Pens now at Bath College

 
Bath College Animal Care students are looking after cats that need rehoming in brand new cat pens opened this week at the Somer Valley Campus.
 
The Frome and District Branch of Cats Protection will be running the pens by making appointments for potential new owners to adopt them into their homes whilst the students take care of the cats, giving them valuable industry experience.
 
Poppy and Monty the cats120 cats get rehomed by the Frome and District Branch of Cats Protection each year, which may be able to increase now that the cat pens at Bath College have opened.
 
Volunteers are often hard to come by, so Emma Harrison at Cats Protection thought it would be a great opportunity to work with students.
 
She said: “Previous to my role at Cats Protection, I was Head of Animal Management at a Land-Based College in Berkshire and felt that my experience in education and my understanding of the Animal Care and Management curriculum would be really useful in exploring a possible collaboration with Bath College.
 
“After a lot of careful planning, we now have a 4 pen cattery unit situated at the college. The students and staff will provide the day to day care of the foster cats and our Cats Protection volunteer will manage admissions, vet visits and adoptions. This resource will allow the Frome and District Branch of Cats Protection to be able to help more cats but will also provide students with a fantastic opportunity to gain experience working with cats and with a National charity.”
 

Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College, opened the cat pens by cutting the ceremonial ribbon.
 
She said: “We are delighted to be working with the Cats Protection on this project, which offers invaluable experience for our learners. We would like to thank the Frome branch, who have carefully planned the logistics of holding the pens at the College with our Landbased staff.
 
“The pens are start-of-the-art, and it was great to see new residents, Pansy, Buddy, Monty and Poppy, settle in.”
 
Appointments to re-home cats will open soon. For more details, contact: fromecp@gmail.com
 

Announcement, News

Life and Independent Living Skills Students running Bath College Shop

 

A huge well done to the Bath College Life and Independent Living Skills (LILS) Students who have successfully taken over the day-to-day running of the College Shop.
 
The LILS programme is for SEND learners and focuses on preparing young people for adulthood by promoting independence wherever possible.
 
Bruno Elliott, Inclusion Facilitator at Bath College, is overseeing the learners in the shop. He said: “Students say that it helps them get ready for employment. It does this by making them realise the importance of customer service in a retail setting and improving their communication skills.
 
“Handling money plays an important role in preparing for the workplace. It also enables them to feel more part of the College.”
 
The College Shop sells a variety of art equipment, stationery and other useful items such as reusable coffee cups and is open Monday-Friday 10.00-11.45 and 12.50-14.45.
 
Shop customers are kindly asked to be patient with the students staffing the shop as they learn the ropes of a retail environment.
 

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