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Announcement, News

Bath College £2million Catering and Hospitality provision to open in Autumn term

 

Bath College is being awarded more than £2 million from the West of England Joint Committee’s 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.
 
The College held a consultation meeting with local hospitality businesses to get ideas about how to develop the catering and hospitality provision to further meet local demand.
 
The consultation was attended by representatives from Chaine des Rottisseurs, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Bath Pub Company, Hotel Indigo, Corkage, Babington House, Searcy’s, Edible Arts Patisserie, Koffman & Mr Whites and The Manor House.
 
The Ralph Allen Building currently houses the catering facilities, however this building has recently been sold, so architects are currently planning with the College how they can move it into the Roper Building.
 
The brand new facilities will include a full commercial restaurant as well as both a skills and production kitchen, set to open in the Autumn term.
 
Students will be learning skills including 5 course menus to industry standards as well as training high-end front of house skills.
 
The kitchens will each hold space for sixteen students including a disabled access station and a lecture space.
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College said: “We are delighted at the allocations of the capital funds for catering/hospitality 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.”
 
Bath College regularly works with local restaurants and hotels such as Lucknam Park, The Pig, The Bath Priory and others to give students the best possible industry experience whilst studying.
 
With the College’s own restaurant being moved to Roper Building, the hope is that more members of the public take advantage of the facilities, giving students the experience they require.
 
For more information about Catering & Hospitality at Bath College click here.
 

Apprenticeships, Events, News

Bath College Apprenticeships & Jobs Fair huge success as 1,600 people attend

 

1,600 people had the chance to network with employers at the Bath College Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair on Wednesday at The Assembly Rooms.
 
There were over 90 stands of prospective employers at the fair, which was attended by schools, college students, young people, parents and members of the public.
 
The Mayor and Mayoress of Bath attended the event and spoke to College staff, local businesses and current apprentices about opportunities.
 
The Mayor, Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones, commented that the fair was “informative, friendly and encouraging” after discussing the differences between levels of apprenticeships, going all the way up to post-graduate at Level 7.
 

Bath Building Society, B&NES, Creative Bath, Barratt Homes and Curo all sponsored the event and had stands in the Octagon room.
 
Students and businesses alike found the event very useful, with plenty of promising conversations taking place.
 
There was a lot of activity on social media, with exhibitors all using the hashtag #BathAJF.
 
Deeley Group commented: “We’ve been blown away by the interest today from Bath College students who are polite and courteous! We have a Mixed-Use Development in Bath starting on site later this year and we would also like the local supply chain to get in touch.”
 

 
B&NES Council commented: “Yesterday we were at the Bath College Apprenticeship & Jobs fair, we even had some of our own Apprentices helping on our stand – it was a fun day, we had good chats with a lot of people.”
 

 
Bristol Port commented: “Great to meet so many potential apprentices of the future Bath College Apprenticeship & Jobs Fair.”
 

 
Nick, from a Bath based company that exhibited at the event, took on an apprentice following last year’s Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair. He said: “Pivoting our recruitment strategy to Apprenticeships has been a revolutionary shift for our company.
 
“There is quite simply no way that we would have grown to the stage that we are without the support of the National Apprenticeship Service, and our Apprenticeship provider.
 
“I could not recommend apprenticeships highly enough as a strategy for recruitment, training and growth.”
 
His apprentice, Oliver, commented: “Having an apprenticeship has allowed me to not only work within my field of interest, but to earn money and develop my professional skills with a well reputed company.
 
“I would highly recommend considering an apprenticeship to anyone looking for post GCSE or A level prospects.”
 

 
Bath College is the largest provider of apprenticeships in Bath and North East Somerset. If you would like any information about the apprenticeships the College has to offer, click here.
 

Love2Learn, News

Bath College Ceramics students work on BBC’s Great British Menu

 
Two Bath College Love2Learn students are delighted to have their platters featured on BBC’s Great British Menu.

 

Top chef, Gordon Jones, took the plates with him to display some of his delicious creations.
 
Julie and Gwyn are on Bath College’s part-time Ceramics course where they have perfected their craft.
 
After seeing some of their work, Gordon Jones asked to use the plates to display his food at his Bath restaurant, Menu Gordon Jones.
 
Julie and Gwyn were dining at Menu Gordon Jones when they noticed the interesting crockery the food is plated on.
 
Julie said: “It started when we went in with little rectangular dishes for butter after seeing some of the unusual ceramics Gordon serves his food on.
 
“He really liked the butter dishes so we thought we’d show him some of our other work that we’ve made at the College.”
 
Gwyn added: “We make a load of stuff, bring it into the restaurant and Gordon says I want this, that and that!”
 
Great British Menu is on at 8pm on Wednesdays on BBC Two.
 
For more information on Bath College’s Love2Learn Ceramics course, click here.
 

Hair & Beauty, News

Enter a Fantasy World with Bath College Hair and Makeup Students

 

Bath College hosted its annual Hair and Beauty competition and this year it was bigger and better than any other previous year. The running theme this year was a fantasy avant-garde look, and students had complete free reign to come up with their looks, which included Hair, Makeup and Clothing.

 

The students have been preparing for a while, creating mood boards to help inspire their look. They also had to source their own models and complete their look under time constraints. Special judges from within the industry were brought in to assess the students working, as well as their final looks. These included Natalie Yates from Melanie Giles; professional makeup artists, Kellie Moody and Liv Day; Rebecca Catton and Chelsea Gregory from Babington House Cowshed and Abi Greenslade from The Pig Hotel and Spa.

 

 

The hairdressing students had an hour to complete their styles, and the makeup artistry students had two hours, after which they had to stop what they were doing and the judging commenced. The students all worked incredibly hard and the results were incredible. The judges themselves were astounded at the level in which the students were working, and the level of professionalism they showed when at work in the studio. The judges decided on a first, second and third place winner from each group, aside from the Level 1 Festival look, where only a first and second place were awarded. The winners were given fantastic prizes, which were sponsored by Ellisons Hair and Beauty, Bath Academy of Media Makeup, Liv Day MUA, Lucknam Park Spa, Cowshed and The Priory Hotel. Each prize package included an array of beauty tools and products, with one lucky winner getting a £150 voucher for a Special Effects Makeup course at Bath Academy of Media Makeup!

 

Lisa Nelson, Bath College Hospitality, Spa and Landbased lecturer was absolutely thrilled with the work the students put it, stating: “Students were from full time and industry based learning, they were given a free hand to complete a Fantasy Avant Garde total look to include hair make-up and clothing. The Students invested a great deal of time creating these amazing looks, they really let their imaginations run wild. We couldn’t be more proud of the effort made.”

 

At the same time as the Hair and Makeup Challenges, Bath College Spa and Complementary therapy students were taking part in a competition of their own. For the complementary therapy students these included a 45-minute aromatherapy back, neck, shoulder and face massage, with each student blending their own essential oils tailored to their client’s needs; a 45-minute reflexology treatment, using pressure points on the soles of the feet to induce a feeling of relaxation and well-being. The Spa students performed a deep tissue Swedish massage on their clients. Aside from being a competition, this was a great opportunity for students to showcase their talent and skills to local industry professionals, and discuss work opportunities and employment. One student even left the competition day having secured employment in a top establishment! The prizes again were incredible, and included a Spa Day for two at local spas such as Lucknam Park, The Bath Priory and No. 15 Great Pulteney Street.

 

The winners List:

 

Level 2 Hairdressing Fantasy total look

1st Jade Nicholls

2nd Chloe Hooper

3rd Eloise Phelan

 

Level 3 Avant-Grade total look

1st Ellie James

2nd Ruby Gapper

3rd Alicia Kosminska

 

Hair and Make-up Artistry Avant- Garde total look

1st Beth Ingham

2nd Hannah Bottomley

3rd Megan Nash

 

Level 2 Barbers Commercial Cut and Finish

1st Harry Meredith

2nd Aaron Barrett

3rd Colby Cottle

 

Level 1 Festival total look

1st Ellie Mae Mundin

2nd Yazmin Gray-wood

 

Complementary level 3 Aromaflex Therapy

1st Jade Pocock

2nd Agata Rokicka

3rd Beth Albury

 

Spa Level 3 Swedish Deep Tissue Massage

1st Emily Hormon

2nd Charlotte Smith

3rd Bobbie Thomas

 

Overall competition Complementary Therapy and Spa Star & Winner

1st Ella Adams

 

The students themselves had a fantastic time, and although there could only be a handful of overall winners, each one should be incredibly proud of their work and creations. Congratulations to all the winners. We’re looking forward to next year!

 

Apprenticeships, Events, Futures, News

Bath College Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair offering opportunities to young people

 
Over 1000 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, Creative Bath and Curo, all who will be found in the Octagon offering apprenticeship opportunities.
 
Many attendees of the 2018 event went onto secure positions at local companies after attending and making the most of networking opportunities.
 
Nick, from a Bath based company, took on an apprentice following last year’s Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair. He said: “Pivoting our recruitment strategy to Apprenticeships has been a revolutionary shift for our company.
 
“There is quite simply no way that we would have grown to the stage that we are without the support of the National Apprenticeship Service, and our Apprenticeship provider.
 
“I could not recommend apprenticeships highly enough as a strategy for recruitment, training and growth.”
 
His apprentice, Oliver, commented: “Having an apprenticeship has allowed me to not only work within my field of interest, but to earn money and develop my professional skills with a well reputed company.
 
“I would highly recommend considering an apprenticeship to anyone looking for post GCSE or A level prospects.”
 
Apprenticeships offer a way to progress quickly in your chosen field, as Ryan Legge, Account Executive at Hayes Parsons found.
 
Ryan completed his A Levels and decided on an apprenticeship rather than going to university: “I was keen to carry on my education but in a working environment, learning on-the-job and being paid, leaving the classroom behind.
 
“The Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers apprenticeship scheme immediately stood out to me. Not only could I work in an evolving industry with an incredible amount of opportunity, but Hayes Parsons passionately support apprentices in their industry training. Fast-forward almost 6 years; I am now a Chartered Insurance Broker (the highest recognition available, equivalent to a degree) and work within our sales team as an Account Executive.”
 
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.”
 
To find out about apprenticeship opportunities in the local area and beyond, come along to The Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair on 27th March, no registration required.
 

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.
 

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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
 

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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

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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!

 

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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.
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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