Seven students from the Bath College Care Academy spent the day in Bristol at the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences Department of University of the West of England (UWE).
During the day they were paired with current first and second year Nursing Students and attended lectures and seminars with them.
They were able to find out more about Nursing study programmes and about student life. One student said “I learnt lots from the students, I asked lots of questions, they were very nice and they tried to answer all my questions.”
During lunch there was a reflective practice session where students were able to speak to both students and lecturers to find out further information.
The students really enjoyed the day. One student said “It makes thinking about going to University less overwhelming, and I now have an understanding of the process”
The team is one of three contenders in the Star Team award, recognising the dedication of volunteers that helps improve feline welfare.
The volunteers were nominated after organising an innovative new collaboration with Bath College to increase the number of cats they can help.
Previously, cats in the branch’s care were all looked after by volunteers in their own homes before they found a new owner. But after exploring ways to increase capacity, the branch approached staff at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus.
After months of planning and training, volunteers have now positioned a four-pen Cats Protection unit at the college, with students from Animal Care courses providing day-to-day care.
Cats Protection’s Frome & District Branch Homing and Welfare Officer Mandy Wescott said:
“We’re always looking for ways to help more cats and one of our volunteers had the idea to approach Bath College, which teaches a number of Animal Care courses. It took a lot of planning and hard work, but we now have a fully-fledged cattery at the college where up to eight cats can be cared for until they find new homes. We provide on-going training and guidance, as well as organising admissions, vet checks and rehoming. The students provide the daily hands-on cat care, under the supervision of their teachers. It’s a win-win situation for everyone – we’re able to help more cats and the cats themselves enjoy plenty of care and attention from a large number of capable students. The students themselves benefit not only from the experience of providing hands-on care, but also from working with Cats Protection on feline welfare.”
The team now needs to wait until Thursday 8 August when winners will be announced and trophies presented at an awards ceremony at London’s Savoy, an event attended by celebrities including entrepreneur Deborah Meaden, former England goalkeeper David Seaman and his wife, Dancing on Ice star Frankie Seaman.
Cats Protection’s awards organiser Kate Bunting said:
“The commitment of our volunteers is truly inspiring and has a hugely positive, long-lasting impact on cat welfare. It’s a privilege to hear their stories and celebrate such amazing achievements.”
Cats Protection’s National Cat Awards, organised by the UK’s largest cat charity and sponsored by PURINA®, is an annual celebration of the real-life stories of heroism, loyalty and companionship in the feline world. You can vote in the National Cat Awards, and read the feline testimonials by clicking here
Bath College Engineering Department held their annual End of Year Presentation Evening in celebration of the hard work and effort expended by the students over the course of the year.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), family and friends were invited and many were impressed to see not just the quantity of work produced, but the high standards set and achieved.
The event prizes were sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Stephen Pearson (IET member) presented the awards, with Maurice Poole, another member, giving a short motivational speech.
Bath College Engineering Awards 2018/19
- Best Welding Level 1 Student – Ryan Gosman
- Best Welding Level 2 Student – Charlie Purchase
- Best Turning Student – Miles Tucker
- Best Milling Student – Greg Pawaczek
- Students with 100% attendance – Will Rabbitts, Kieran Cullen Hardwick & Oliver Clark
IET Engineering Awards
- Best Overall Student – Oliver Clark – £100 prize
- Best Level 1 student – Kieron Bradley – £75 Prize
- Best Level 2 student – Jae Crawford – £75 Prize
The IET Engineering Awards saw three winners collect their prize for the best student in each category.
Jae Crawford won the Best Level 2 student award which he was given £75 from the IET. Jae has also been offered an apprenticeship with Dyson which he hopes to start in September.
He says, “I’m looking forward to learning more about engineering and starting my career, it’s great I get to earn money at the same time.”
Oliver Clark won the Best Overall student award. He has completed Level 1 and 2 Engineering and is now looking at a wide variety of progression options, such as apprenticeships and further education. The course has provided him with an industry standard qualification and he now has skills in fitting, turning, milling, welding and CAD. Oliver says, “I now have a great portfolio of work which I’ll be able to show to potential employers and I’m looking forward to the next step of my engineering journey.”
Matt Driver, Mechanical Engineering lecturer said, “The standard of work this year has been excellent and the awards evening was the culmination of a very successful year at Bath College with over 90% successful in their qualification.
For more information about Bath College Engineering courses, click here.
203 college leaders write to the Chancellor and Secretary of State, demanding the implementation of the Post-18 Education Review (The Augar Review)
In an unprecedented move, the leaders of every general further education college in England have joined forces to write an open letter to the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Education urging them to “answer the calls from business” and respond to the “challenges of technological change and Brexit” by urgently investing in the country’s technical and vocational education system by implementing the main recommendations of the government’s recent Post-18 Education Review (the Augar Review).
The 203 leaders are responsible for institutions that educate and train 2 million people each year, employing 180,000 staff and they have a combined turnover of £6 billion per annum.
The Augar Review called for, amongst other things, an end to the 17.5% cut in education funding for 18-year-olds, support so that everybody, regardless of age, to achieve to at least level three, and a rebalancing of the traditional post-18 educational landscape.
Key extracts from the letter:
“[The Post-18 Review] understands that employers and communities need more high quality technical and professional education and training, industry standard facilities, expert staff and the unique curriculum that colleges already provide. It sees colleges as the key vehicle for the flexible, local delivery of national strategies, supporting industrial policy, productivity, skills development and genuine social equity. It clearly acknowledges that all this requires real investment.”
“In many respects the Augar Review represents a wider emerging consensus across England. We are sure that you will agree with us and other key stakeholders that further education colleges have been neglected, and that there is now a growing appreciation of their unique role, value and potential. What we now need are decisions and commitments: with your political leadership, support and resolve, colleges will be able to build on what they already do to reach more employers and more adults and make the differences our economy and society need. “
Bev Robinson OBE, member of the Independent Panel and co-author of the Augar Review said:
“The government’s response to the outcomes of the well-received Augar Review is arguably a watershed moment for the British government. Choosing to enact the recommendations would demonstrate the government’s commitment to the much-needed skills revolution which our country needs, which industry is crying out for and which will promote social equity for all adults, not just the 50% as it is now.”
Alun Francis, Principal and Chief Executive, Oldham College said:
“The technical and professional education which our colleges specialise in, is a hidden strength of this country. There is some astonishingly good provision, but the system overall has been held back by a clear view of its role backed by a serious investment plan.
Implementing the Augar Review will genuinely change lives, communities and the economy for a generation. Now is the time to act.”
David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges said:
“It is extraordinary to have every leader in every general further education college in the country collaborate like this. But then these are extraordinary times. These college leaders are uniquely placed at the hearts of their communities, working closely with local, national and international business, supporting individuals to get on in life, and driving the social mobility agenda.
Government needs to listen to them if they’ve got any chance of tackling the major issues this country faces, now and in the future.
Lowell Williams, CEO Dudley College of Technology said:
“There are many examples of colleges in the UK delivering technical learning which is simply amazing. But these examples are too often the exception and not the rule. On the eve of the fourth industrial revolution we have the opportunity to make really great technical learning the norm in every UK college. The Augar Review clearly shows us how. Implementing the Augar Review should be the main focus for the government’s skills agenda.”
Shelagh Legrave, CEO and Principal, Chichester College Group said:
“The Augar report comes at a critical time for further education institutions and recognises the central role which Colleges are playing in providing a skilled workforce to businesses. It is crucial that the report’s key recommendations for further education are implemented to address the shortfall in technicians in the UK economy”
The letter in full:
As college leaders, we are pleased that the Augar Review understands the importance of a more coherent tertiary system. It makes many positive recommendations that will support the economy by upskilling and reskilling the adult population of England, through investment in more flexible higher, technical and professional education and training, answering calls from business and in direct response to the pending challenges of technological change and Brexit.
The report and the recommendations are based on sound analysis of the current state of further and higher education in England. It also sets out the compelling need for a fairer society which works for everyone, based on a strong economy in which businesses can be even more productive. It recognises the role that further education colleges must have in aligning the skills system with the needs of the economy, and in delivering high quality alternatives to traditional three-year residential bachelor’s degrees as well as enabling more adults to progress to intermediate skill levels. It understands that employers and communities need more high quality technical and professional education and training, industry standard facilities, expert staff and the unique curriculum that colleges already provide. It sees colleges as the key vehicle for the flexible, local delivery of national strategies, supporting industrial policy, productivity, skills development and genuine social equity. It clearly acknowledges that all this requires real investment.
In many respects, the Augar Review represents a wider emerging consensus across England. We are sure that you will agree with us and other key stakeholders that further education colleges have been neglected, and that there is now a growing appreciation of their unique role, value and potential. What we now need are decisions and commitments: with your political leadership, support and resolve, colleges will be able to build on what they already do to reach more employers and more adults and make the differences our economy and society need.
Our concern is that, having waited so long, the key weakness of the Augar Review might prove to be its timing. It has emerged at a moment when its insights and proposals might easily be lost. That is why we are urging you to make the investment in upskilling and reskilling the whole of the adult population in England a priority in your spending decisions this autumn, and to implement the Augar recommendations promptly.
We stand ready, individually and collectively to deliver; eager to meet the challenges and excited at the prospect of helping to achieve a fairer society and successful future for our nation.
The 203 Signatories:
|Abingdon & Witney College||Di Batchelor|
|Activate Learning||Sally Dicketts|
|Ada National College for Digital Skills||Mark Smith|
|Askham Bryan College||Tim Whitaker|
|Birmingham Met College||Cliff Hall|
|Barking and Dagenham College||Yvonne Kelly|
|Barnet & Southgate College||Darren Mephan|
|Barnsley College||Yiannis Koursis|
|Basingstoke College of Technology||Anthony Bravo|
|Bath College||Laurel Penrose|
|Bedford College||Ian Pryce|
|Berkshire College of Agriculture||Gillian May|
|Bexhill College||Karen Hucker|
|Bishop Auckland College||Natalie Davison-Terranova|
|Bishop Burton College||Bill Meredith|
|Blackburn College||Fazal Dad|
|Blackpool and The Fylde College||Bev Robinson|
|Bolton College||Bill Webster|
|Boston College||Jo Maher|
|Bournemouth and Poole College||Diane Grannell|
|Bradford College||Chris Webb|
|Bridgwater and Taunton College||Andy Berry|
|Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College||William Baldwin|
|Brockenhurst College||Di Roberts|
|Brooklands College||Christine Rickettes|
|Brooksby Melton College||Dawn Whitemore|
|Buckinghamshire College Group||Karen Mitchell|
|Burnley College||Karen Buchanan|
|Burton & South Derbyshire College||Dawn Ward|
|Bury College||Charlie Deane|
|Buxton and Leek College||Len Tildsley|
|Calderdale College||John Rees|
|Cambridge Regional College||Mark Robertson|
|Capel Manor College||Malcolm Goodwin|
|Capital City College Group (WKCIC)
Kurt Hintz (Interim Principal)
|Carmel College||Mike Hill|
|Central Bedfordshire College||Ali Hadawi|
|Chelmsford College||Andy Sparks|
|Cheshire College South & West||Jasbir Dhesi|
|Chesterfield College||Julie Richards|
|Chichester College Group||Shelagh Legrave|
|Cirencester College||Jim Grant|
|City College Norwich and Paston College||Corrienne Peasgood|
|City College Plymouth||Jackie Grubb|
|City Lit||Mark Malcomson|
|City of Bristol College||Richard Harris|
|City of Wolverhampton College||Malcolm Cowgill|
|Colchester Institute||Alison Andreas|
|College of West Anglia||David Pomfret|
|Coventry College||Gill Banks|
|Craven College||Joanne Sherrington|
|Croydon College||Caireen Mitchell|
|Darlington College||Kate Roe|
|Derby College Group||Mandi Stravino|
|Derwentside College||Chris Todd|
|DN Colleges Group
|Dudley College of Technology||Lowell Williams|
|Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College||Karen Redhead|
|East Coast College||Stuart Rimmer|
|East Durham College||Suzanne Duncan|
|East Kent College Group||Graham Razey|
|East Riding College||Mike Welsh|
|East Surrey College Group||Jayne Dickinson|
|East Sussex College||Clive Cooke|
|Eastleigh College||Jan Edrich|
|Easton & Otley College||Jane Townsend|
|Exeter College||John Laramy|
|Fareham College||Andrew Kaye|
|Farnborough College of Technology||Virginia Barrett|
|Fircroft College of Adult Education||Mel Lenehan|
|Furness College||Andrew Wren|
|Gateshead College||Judith Doyle|
|Gloucestershire College||Matthew Burgess|
|Grantham College||Paul Deane|
|Greater Brighton Metropolitan College||Nick Juba|
|Hadlow College||Graham Morley|
|Halesowen College||David Williams|
|Harlow College Group
|Hartlepool College||Darren Hankey|
|Hartpury University and Hartpury College||Russell Marchant|
|Havant & South Downs College||Mike Gaston|
|Havering Sixth Form College||Paul Wakeling|
|Heart of Worcestershire College||Stuart Laverick|
|Hereward College||Paul Cook|
|Herefordshire, Ludlow and North Shropshire College||Ian Peake|
|Hertford Regional College||Tony Medhurst|
|Highbury College Portsmouth||Stella Mbubaegbu|
|Holy Cross College||Daveth Frost|
|Hopwood Hall College||Julia Heap|
|Hugh Baird College||Yana Williams|
|Hull College||Michelle Swithenbank|
|Isle of Wight College||Debbie Lavin|
|Itchen Sixth Form College||Alex Scott|
|Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College||Tony Day|
|Kendal College||Kelvin Nash|
|Kensington & Chelsea College||Andy Cole|
|King Edward V1 College||Uly Lyons|
|Kingston Maurward College||Luke Rake|
|Kirklees College||Marie Gilluley|
|Lakes College||Chris Nattress|
|Lancaster & Morecambe College||Wes Johnson|
|Leeds City College||Colin Booth|
|Leeds College of Building||Derek Whitehead|
|Leicester College||Verity Hancock|
|Lincoln College Group
|London South East College’s Group||Sam Parrett OBE|
|Loughborough College||John Doherty|
|Macclesfield College||Rachel Kay|
|Mid Kent College||Simon Cook|
|Middlesborough College||Zoe A Lewis|
|Milton Keynes College||Julie Mills OBE|
|Moulton College||Ann Turner|
|Myerscough College||Alison Robinson|
|National College for High Speed Rail||Clair Mowbray|
|Nelson & Colne College||Amanda Melton|
|New City College||Gerry McDonald|
|New College Durham||John Widdowson|
|New College Stamford||Janet Meenaghan|
|New College Swindon||Carole Kitching|
|Newbury College||Iain Wolloff|
|Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group||Karen Dobson|
|Newham College London||Paul Stephen|
|Northampton College||Pat Brennan-Barrett|
|North Hertfordshire College||Kit Davies|
|North Kent College||David Gleed|
|North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College||Marion Plant|
|Nottingham College||John van de Laarschot|
|Oaklands College||Zoe Hancock|
|Oldham College||Alun Francis|
|Peterborough Regional College||Rachel Nicholls|
|Plumpton College||Jeremy Kerswell|
|Preston’s College||Lis Smith|
|Reaseheath College||Marcus Clinton|
|Richard Huish College||John Abbott|
|Richmond & Hillcroft Adult & Community College||Gabe Flint|
|Richmond Upon Thames College||Robin Ghurbhurun|
|Riverside College, Halton||Mary Murphy|
|Runshaw College||Simon Partington|
|Salford City College||Michael Sheehan|
|Sandwell College||Graham Pennington|
|Scarborough TEC||Ann Hardy|
|Selby College||Phil Sayles|
|Shipley College||Nav Chohan|
|Shrewsbury Colleges Group||James Staniforth|
|Solihull College & University Centre||John Callaghan|
|South and City College Birmingham||Mike Hopkins|
|South Devon College||Stephen Criddle|
|South Essex College||Angela O’Donoghue|
|South Gloucestershire and Stroud College||Sara-Jane Watkins|
|South Staffordshire College||Claire Boliver|
|South Thames College Group
|Southampton City College||Sarah Stannard|
|Southport College||John Clarke|
|Sparsholt College Group
|Stanmore College||Sarbdip Noonan|
|Stephenson College||Nigel Leigh|
|Stockton Riverside College Group||Phil Cook|
|Stoke on Trent College||Denise Brown|
|Strode College||Katy Quinn|
|Suffolk New College||Viv Gillespie|
|Sunderland/Northumberland College||Ellen Thinnesen|
|Swindon College||Steve Wain|
|Tameside College||Jackie Moores|
|Telford College||Graham Guest|
|The City of Liverpool College||Elaine Bowker|
|The College of Richard Collyer||Sally Bromley|
|The Cornwall College Group||Elaine McMahon|
|The Northern College||Yultan Mellor|
|The Sheffield College||Angela Foulkes|
|The TEC Partnership Group (formerly the Grimsby Institute Group)
|The Windsor Forest Colleges Group
|Trafford College Group
|Truro and Penwith College||David Walrond|
|Tyne Coast College||Dr Lyndsey Whiterod CBE|
|Unified Seevic and Palmers College||Dan Pearson|
|United Colleges Group
|Vison West Nottinghamshire College||Andrew Cropley|
|Wakefield College||Sam Wright|
|Walsall College||Jatinder Sharma|
|Waltham Forest College||Joy Kettyle|
|Warrington & Vale Royal College||Nichola Newton|
|WCG/Warwickshire College Group||Angela Joyce|
|West Herts College||Gill Wogan|
|West Kent and Ashford College||Graham Morley|
|Weston College||Dr Paul Phillips CBE|
|West Suffolk College||Nikos Savvas|
|Weymouth College||Nigel Evans|
|West Thames College||Tracy Aust|
|Wigan and Leigh College||Anna Dawe|
|Wiltshire College & University Centre||Amanda Burnside|
|Wirral Met College||Sue Higginson|
|WMC – The Camden College||Helen Hammond|
|Yeovil College||John Evans|
|York College||Lee Probert|
Bath College held an award ceremony to celebrate the incredible achievements of the Access to Higher Education students at the Bath Function Rooms last week.
The students were presented with their course certificates over a prosecco and canapé reception, followed by specially nominated awards.
The Access to Higher Education course provides students with a nationally recognised qualification and an alternative career pathway for those who want to study at university.
Carolyn Guy, Learning Co-ordinator for the Access to HE department, said that:
“We are delighted and proud of the outstanding achievements of our Access students who have made fantastic progress this year and are moving on to such a wide range of degrees. Many of our students gained the confidence to pursue career goals and ambitions which they would not have thought possible a year ago. This event was a celebration of their hard work, determination and success. The students created a culture of excellence and support of one another.”
The top prize of the afternoon was the much coveted Roper Prize, named after Brian and Maggie Roper, who were incredibly generous benefactors of Bath College who left a legacy gift to the College to recognise the achievements of students, particularly on the Access Course. This year there were five Roper prize winners, who were nominated by staff for outstanding dedication to their studies.
The Roper Prize Winners:
- Ameka Francis
- Kim Penhey
- Jaydee-Leigh Emery
- Stacey Rawlings
- Joshua Salisbury
Roper Award winner Ameka Franis commented,
“I think it’s a wonderful course with really supportive staff and tutors, all of whom are so friendly. Everyone wants to help you succeed and you get a sense that they’re rooting for you all the way; it feels like they really care. The course allows you to surround yourself with like-minded people who have similar intentions and approachable attitudes, all of which helps to foster the friendly atmosphere. Everyone is in the same boat and it feels like we are all in this together, going on this journey, helping and inspiring one another along the way. It’s just been amazing; I am going to Uni next year so it has been a success for me.”
Bath College Principal Laurel Penrose attended the awards ceremony to meet students and hand out course certificates.
After presenting the awards Laurel commented:
“Listening to the list of universities you have been excepted to I am so proud to hear the depth and breadth of courses you’re going onto. The Access Course is very challenging, especially when you have family commitments or similar at the same time. You should all be so proud of yourselves. Congratulations.”
Destination Universities and courses of this year’s Access Course Students
University of Exeter- Conservation, Biology and Ecology
University of Exeter- Diagnostics Imaging
UWE- Physiotherapy x2
Oxford Brookes- Primary Teaching
University of Bristol -Liberal Studies
Bath Spa University -Primary Education x 2
York St John University – Japanese, TESOL and Linguistics
Swansea University- Business Management
University of Bristol – Archaeology and Anthropology
Oxford Brookes University- Law
University of Bristol – History
Sheffield Hallam University History
Cardiff University – Economics and International Relations
University of Leeds- Arts and Humanities
Bath Spa University -History
University of Bristol- Law
University of Exeter – Accounting and Finance
Cardiff University- Journalism, Media and English Lit
University of Bristol- Childhood Studies
UWE- Adult Nursing x2
University of Bath- Social Work and Applied Social Sciences x5
Bournemouth University- Paramedic
UWE- Midwifery x3
UWE- Paramedic x2
University of Bristol– Dental Hygiene and Therapy x2
University of Exeter- MSc Zoology
University of Bristol- Veterinary Medicine
University of Bristol- Biomedical Sciences
University of Birmingham- Physiotherapy
University of Bristol –Psychology x2
UWE- Primary Teaching
University of Leeds- Biomedical Sciences
University of Sussex -Psychology
University of Bath- Biochemistry
University of Bristol- Pharmacology
University of Bath -Business Management
University of Bristol- Biology
University of Bath- Biology
University of Bristol – Economics
If you would like more information about Bath College’s Access to Higher Education course click here.
The College will be a part of the second wave of further education providers that will see T Level qualification delivery within the following routes from the 2021 to 2022 academic year:
- Digital Route
- Education and Child Care Route
- Health and Science Route
T Levels have been heralded as the biggest overhaul in post-school education for 70 years and are a key part of the Department for Education’s 10-year ambition to transform technical education. Bath College will be part of that transformation, helping the young people of Bath to get the career they want.
T Levels will be high-quality technical alternatives to A Levels, combining classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement – of at least 315 hours, or approximately 45 days – where students will build the knowledge and skills they need in a workplace environment.
Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, said: “The second wave of post-16 providers we have announced today demonstrates our commitment to making this happen. They will play an important role in ensuring more young people across the country can access these courses and help develop the skilled workforce the country needs for the future.”
Laurel Penrose, Principal & Chief Executive, of Bath College said: “We are very pleased to have been selected as part of the second wave of T Level delivery. This is extremely positive news for our students, staff and business community alike both here in Bath and further afield throughout North East Somerset.”
Bath College hosted a Charity Gala Dinner in their Shrubbery Restaurant in aid of local Hospice, Dorothy House. A four course tasting menu was served with each course prepared by a different high-profile, local chef with the assistance of the College’s catering students.
Bath College held the Charity Gala Dinner as the finale of their annual programme of collaborative fine dining events featuring top, local chefs working alongside staff and students, offering their inspiration and expertise.
It was the last event to be held in the Shrubbery Restaurant, which is housed in the Ralph Allen building. The College are moving the Catering & Hospitality facilities into the Roper Building, after securing £2million in funding from the West of England Joint Committee’s Local Growth Fund.
Each course of the dinner was created by a different chef including Michael Nizzero, Executive Chef at The Bath Priory, Tony Casey, Head Chef and Proprietor of the Bunch of Grapes Bradford on Avon and Damien Wager, a self-taught patisserie chef, who runs his own pastry academy, Edible Art Patisserie.
It was a college-wide collaboration as the dinner was served by front-of-house students from the Hospitality course and table decorations were designed and created by the Floristry students and staff.
The evening was a huge success, with diners enjoying four stunning courses all the while raising £5000 for Dorothy House.
Phillippa Watson, Philanthropy Manager at Dorothy House Hospice Care said: “Our sincere thanks go to those who attended the dinner, Bath College, the students and each of the local chefs who supported this excellent fundraising event for Dorothy House. The funds raised are gratefully received and will help us provide vital palliative and end of life care in the community as well as at the Hospice.”
Stephen Garrod, Lecturer/Restaurant Manager at Bath College , added ” We are so pleased that our sell out event supported such a great charity. Working together with some excellent chefs, Bath College catering students delivered a fantastic gala dinner to raise charity for Dorothy house. This was an important dinner also due to being the last ever service in the College’s Shrubbery Restaurant thanks to a £2 million grant from WECA to help create a more modern and contemporary restaurant experience here at Bath College which is scheduled to open in 2020.”
For more information about Catering & Hospitality at Bath College, visit www.bathcollege.ac.uk
Jahméne Douglas is coming back to Bath to do a gig at the Chapel Arts Centre on 22nd June.
Jahméne was a student at Bath College in 2011-2012.
He said: “A healthy community to me is the key to progression, growth and unity. Bath College housed a community of all these things for me, within a friendly approachable environment, that enabled me to learn and be a part of a group of peers who were passionate about succeeding.
“Education to me is extremely important and outstanding teachers are some of my favourite people within our communities. To be able to learn is a privilege I don’t take lightly.
“I’m grateful for my time spent at Bath College and thankful that I felt welcomed, comfortable, encouraged and supported during my studies.”
Jahméne is touring with Gabrielle as her special guest during her nationwide tour in 2019.
Get tickets to his show in Bath on 22nd June at https://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/jahmene-with-his-band/
Last week saw nearly 20,000 people come through the Imagineering Tent at the Royal Bath and West show.
Children were immediately drawn to the Bath College stand as there were so many interactive activities from the College’s Technology Department, promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.
Activities included wooden puzzles made by the carpenters, stone carving initials with the stonemasons, a steady-hand pipe game made by plumbers, bricklaying, bridge building, metal pipe sawing, robot programming and more.
The Imagineering tent is run by the Imagineering Foundation, a charity whose aim is to introduce young people of 8-16 years to the exciting world of engineering, science and technology through fun, hands-on activities and personal involvement.
Nearly 200 people took part in the sawing competition – with an under 15 and over 15 category, with the fastest times winning a £15 voucher.
Bath College’s stand was alongside a whole host of other businesses and colleges including 105 Bn Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Bahçeşehir College, Baker Hughes, BMT, Bridgwater & Taunton College, EDF Energy, GE Aviation, UWE, IET and Wessex SETPOINT, Leonardo Helicopters, Rolls-Royce, Wessex Water and Wiltshire College.
Bath College staff enjoyed working with thousands of children, adults and even some VIPs including Bath & West Society joint Presidents, Earl and Countess Bathurst and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, take part in their carefully crafted activities.
Live bricklaying demonstrations and activities were going on over the first two days of the show, giving the other companies a chance to show what they could create.
On Friday and Saturday, stonemasonry students Gary and Callum were outside the Imagineering tent crafting some impressive work for all to see. A stonecarving of ‘Yoda’ by Gary was also up for grabs in a raffle to raise money for Wateraid.
There were happy faces all round as children had their Imagineering passport stamped after they had taken part in one of Bath College’s many interactive activities. It was wonderful to see so many talented children, we hope they will be enrolling in a course at the College in 5-10 years!
Bath College Level 1 Health & Social Care students have been working with Sirona care & health, putting on fortnightly dementia cafés at Cleeve Court Residential Home, providing activities and a safe and fun space for residents.
Sirona is a not-for-profit social enterprise providing community health and care services across South Gloucestershire, parts of Bristol and beyond plus residential and extra care services in Bath and North East Somerset.
Cleeve Court is a Community Resource Centre which is home for 45 people, it specialises in care for individuals with dementia.
As the students came to the end of their course, they celebrated by holding an all-day garden party for residents, which coincided with Dementia Action Week.
Activities included bingo, dominoes, paper flower making and arranging, a raffle, name the teddy, singing, a BBQ and plenty of cake.
The students have really enjoyed working with the residents of Cleeve Court and have grown in confidence over the year. They have gained so many skills in both employability skills and life experience.
Georgia Pinker, a current Health & Social Care student said that: “I have really enjoyed my Level 1 course. It’s been nice seeing everyone mixing together.
“I’m looking forward to going onto the Level 2 next year and afterwards I want to do an apprenticeship in a hospital, hopefully Bristol Children’s Hospital.”
The Cleeve Court residents have been delighted to have young people working with them, with some very intense games of dominoes taking place in the garden.
Maggie Dance, Manager of Cleeve Court said: “The residents have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the students over the past year and had a splendid day at the garden party. There were lots of smiles.
“Although our residents live with dementia and short term memory loss, they have enjoyed being in the moment with the students, interacting in their planned activities. We do hope that we can carry on with the Dementia café with next year’s students.”
Moira Aldred, Lecturer in Health & Social Care at Bath College said: “It’s been great to see the students who started the year very anxious and who initially held back, who have been actively working with and encouraging residents to participate.
Over the course of the year I have seen the students grow and develop into maturity, ready to progress onto the next year when they will have the confidence to take part in a full work placement.”
For more information on Health & Social Care courses at Bath College, click here.
Bath Theatre Academy students showcased in brand new production. OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE, egg theatre, Thursday 23 & Friday 24 May
Final year students of the Theatre Royal’s award-nominated Bath Theatre Academy are crafting a unique and brand new piece of theatre to blow your socks off!
Directed by Julia Head, part of the Bristol Old Vic Young Director’s programme and a previous collaborator with Headlong, OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE is the culmination of two years of study in one final performance project.
With bold movement, direction and original music, this is an exciting piece of theatre made in collaboration with some of the South West’s most exciting theatre makers, with students being given the chance to make the theatre that they would want to see. Devised entirely by the company and harnessing the wide range of skills at their disposal, which have been developed over the two years of this ground-breaking course, expect an urgent tour of the world our young people inhabit…
OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE is at the egg theatre on Thursday 23 & Friday 24 May. Tickets are on sale from the egg reception on 01225 823409, the Theatre Royal Box Office on 01225 448844 and online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk
Bath Theatre Academy is the Theatre Royal Bath’s unique collaboration with Bath College, providing students with unparalleled training, education and an insight into the theatre industry. The full time Level 3 UAL Performing and Production Arts course also offers students a direct link to one of the most successful theatres in the country, allowing students genuine experience of the theatre and entertainment industries alongside professional training in movement, voice, technical theatre, design, fitness, stage and screen acting, and directing.
Bath Theatre Academy is a finalist in this year’s Creative Bath Awards. The course is based at both the Theatre Royal Bath and Bath College, and open to students aged 16+. Applications are currently being taken for students to join from September 2019. For more details, please call James Moore, Head of Creative Learning on 01225 823421 or email email@example.com
OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE
Venue: egg theatre, Bath
Dates: Thursday 23 & Friday 24 May 2019
Tickets: £9 adults / £8 children / £6.50 schools
Box Office: 01225 448844 (Box Office) / 01225 823409 (egg reception)
Website: www.theatreroyal.org.uk (booking fees apply)
Age guidance: 14+
Bath College is running a brand new course: WIDJET. WiDJET’s focus is to get Women into Digital Jobs, Education and Training. We spoke to Dr Daisy Walsh, Head of Technology at Bath College all about the new programme:
What is WIDJET?
WIDJET (Women into Digital Jobs, Education and Training) is a new skills programme from the West of England Combined Authority, funded by the Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, to help and support women to find jobs in digital roles.
It’s a play on the word ‘widget’ as in our sessions, we will be working with robots. Bath College is running a free taster session that will give people a chance to experience programming, which if they enjoy, they can then sign up to a free 6 session course to develop their skills further.
Why is it important for women to be involved in digital jobs?
If you look at a cross-section of IT/computing jobs, you see that it is still very male dominated. That’s not to say that there aren’t lots of very successful females, but we need to keep at it and keep promoting these opportunities to women. Our WIDJET sessions could be for women who have already forged a career in another discipline, perhaps you think it’s too late, but it’s not! Computing roles are vast, and programming is a key skill that employers are looking for. Our free session offers a sound base so that you can progress onto a specific course after if you wish.
Tell us a little bit about your background.
I am heading WIDJET at Bath College because I was accidentally introduced to Computing and IT through a ‘Women in New Technology’ scheme 30 years ago, which focused on machine programming languages. At the time, I was a Secondary School Science Teacher. After learning programming I worked for Avon and Somerset Police as a programmer before moving to Bath College to teach IT. I am now the Head of Technology at Bath College and have just completed my PhD in Education Management.
What do you have planned for the sessions at Bath College?
After the first taster session, the course will focus on basic programming principles, getting robots to move, getting them to respond to sensors and interacting with the environment. At the end of the 6 sessions the participants will have the fundamentals of programming and could look to pursue a career in web development, app development and general programming.
How can women get more info/apply?
To sign up to the taster session on 18th June, email me, Daisy Walsh at WIDJET@bathcollege.ac.uk or call 01225 328533
To look at a whole range of Computing/IT courses at Bath College, click here.
Our May Apprentice of the Month is Lewis Jones. Lewis is an Apprentice Stonemason working at Worcester Cathedral, and has been nominated by his assessor Ash.
Part of Lewis’ work as an Apprentice Stonemason involves him working on the restoration of ancient artefacts, as well as the Cathedral itself; some really exciting work! The Stonemasonry apprenticeships come in two levels at Bath College, Level 2 Intermediate Stonemasonry and Level 3 Advanced Stonemasonry. The level two course provides a practical hands on experience during which you will be learning to prepare for the job, setting out and producing architectural stone work, during which you will work as a Banker/Fixer Mason and produce bespoke work and carve architectural features, cut and shape blocks and lay or fit stonework into place on construction projects. The level three is more advanced and you could either work as a Banker Mason, working in a workshop shaping different components from sawn stone, using templates and drawings as a guide to produce complex stone for new and existing buildings; or as a Fixer Mason, cladding or positioning and fixing stone onto buildings. They are both fantastic stepping stones into the world of Stonemasonry and will help you gain the skills you need to become an accomplished Stonemason.
Aside from his fantastic work at Worcester Cathedral, Lewis has also secured work at York Cathedral as a part of a knowledge building exercise, looking to expand his skills and help him towards his goal of becoming a Heritage Specialist. Paul Maggs, Lewis’ tutor has told us that Lewis is “diligent, hardworking and has a good eye for detail, already completing his NVQ and on track to finish his diploma early”. Lewis’ assessor Ash has also told us that Lewis is a “real character” with lots of musical interests including Mongolian throat singing and playing the violin and ukelele.
It sounds like Lewis has a bright future ahead, and we wish him the best of luck in both his Stonemasonry and his musical hobbies!
Bath College have launched a programme of short vocational courses which are designed to give people a taster of a new possible career or just to learn a new skill. All courses run for 6 weeks, and are once a week either in the morning, afternoon or evening. All of the courses are taking place at the Somer Valley Campus in Radstock which is easy to get to on a bus and has lots of free parking.
Run by a tutor with years of experience on the building site and in and around these trades, the courses are all hands on which really gives learners a chance to experience these vocations properly and without just sitting in a classroom environment.
The course dates are as follows:
Plastering Tuesday 23rd April – 21st May 13:30 -16:30
Bricklaying Wednesday 1st May – 19th June 13:30 -16:30
Painting & Decorating Tuesday 30th April – 18th June 18:00 – 21:00
Plumbing Monday 3rd June – 27th July 09:30 – 12:30
Stonemasonry Wednesday 1st May – 19th June 09:30 – 12:30
Woodwork Monday 3rd June – 22nd July 13:30 – 16:30
Car Mechanics TBC
All courses are fully funded as long as you are over the age of 19, unemployed and in receipt of benefits or earning under £15,736 p/a. All you need to bring with you are safety boots and a willingness to learn and enjoy it.
There is no limit to the number of courses that a learner can enrol on, so if you can’t decide which one you would like to do then why not just try them all!
To register your interest, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 01225 328 822 or click here.
Lucknam Park has launched a spa therapist programme in which they will pick two top students from Bath College to get trained up to their highest standard every two years.
The programme starts by giving students a part-time job while they are in their final year of college and sets them on a fast-track pathway to senior positions.
Adele Adams and Bobby Thomas, who are just 18, are the first two Spa Therapies Level 3 students to get onto the programme. They have been working at Lucknam Park around their studies and they will start working there full-time from July.
Adele said: “I’m really looking forward to the next stage of the programme. Working at Lucknam, I’ve learned the standards of a high-end spa and have got to know regular clients.
“I’m sad to be coming to the end of college but excited to start full-time work.”
Adele and Bobby are coming to the end of Year 1 of the programme as entry level Spa Therapists before progressing to Year 2 when they become Spa Specialist Therapists after a week of intensive ESPA training. In Year 3 of the programme they will become Senior Therapists, gaining skills and knowledge in all areas of the spa, from reception to treatments with the option to train in specialist cancer care.
Sharon Rooney, Spa Director at Lucknam Park said: “We are really excited about our Lucknam Park Spa Development programme which is a wonderful collaboration with ESPA and Bath College.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for newly qualified therapists really to learn and grow their skills in a 5-star environment, and to reach the role of senior therapist in 3 years will secure therapists a successful career path for their future”
Diana Rowe, Lecturer in Complementary and Spa Therapies said: “This is brilliant for our students to have the chance to progress towards spa excellence, working with Lucknam Park, guiding and mentoring them at every step.
“We are so happy to collaborate with a 5-star spa to enable a further increase in the students’ standard of work, ensuring their employability and longevity in the industry.
“The relationship with Bath college and Lucknam Park Spa has been strengthened and consolidated by this development for our spa students who have been given an achievable aspiration and inspiration to become super skilled therapists and employees.”
ESPA, who train over 5,000 therapists worldwide per year, are partners of Lucknam Park: “The Bath College students will not only profit from attending intensive Essentials and Advanced training weeks where we focus on honing their skills and overall knowledge, but our extensive on-line course education in addition. Once completed, the students will benefit from being a fully qualified ESPA therapist who are among the best in the World.
“The affiliation between Lucknam Park and Bath College can only benefit everyone involved and it is wonderful to be a part of such a superb initiative”.
To find out more about Bath College’s Spa Therapies course, click here.
The 12 winning bids by colleges and universities, which will share £170m, have been announced by the Department for Education– today.
The application to create an ‘Institute of Technology’ (IoT) is one of those winning bids and will now progress to the pre-award stage.
The application titled the South West Institute of Future Technologies (SWIFT) will potentially receive £14m of government funding.
SWIFT is a consortium of education providers and key employers across the South West. It has been led by Weston College and includes the University of the West of England, Bath College, Gloucestershire College, and Yeovil College as well as a network of key local employers, including; GKN Aerospace, Airbus, GE Aviation, Renishaw, Weston Area Health Trust, St Monica Trust, Jisc, Mayden Academy, National Composites Centre (NCC), North Somerset Council and Tech OP Solutions.
The Government’s aim for IoTs is to offer an alternative to universities by specialising in delivering higher level technical training in STEM subjects. This will boost young people’s skills and provide a route for students taking T levels or A Levels to move onto higher level technical education; IoTs will also cater for those people already in work, with higher level technical training at Level 4 and above in STEM subjects. IoTs will set all learners on a path to high-skilled, high-wage careers in health and social care; advanced engineering and high-value manufacturing, and the creative, digital and high-tech industry sectors.
SWIFT’s combined foundation of expertise will extend learning beyond physical boundaries to maximise engagement of under-represented individuals through digital innovation. The next generation will be fully equipped to apply their skills increase productivity and position the region as the ‘creators and makers’ of the future.
Laurel Penrose, Principal and Chief Executive of Bath College said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for current and future students of Bath College as well as a national vote of confidence in the quality and commitment of the College and its staff to be part of this nation-wide initiative. It is fantastic to be part of such a rigorous and innovative process working with other FE and HE establishments developing appropriate qualifications in liaison with employers.”
Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group, commented: “We are thrilled to have received this news. Working collaboratively with other institutes and employers is key, and the Government have recognised that this project will significantly influence skills development and innovation on both a regional and national basis.”
Tim Bowles, Regional Mayor commented: “This is fantastic news for our region. Our region’s new Institute of Future Technologies will attract more learners to higher education from under-represented groups in technical and higher education, addressing the emerging skills gaps in our economy. New learners will benefit from the technical skills and training programmes that will be provided by the institute – helping them into high skilled jobs in the West of England.”
Prime Minister Theresa May said: “These new institutes will help end outdated perceptions that going to university is the only desirable route and build a system which harnesses the talents of our young people.”
This year the Media Makeup assessments had a distinct underwater theme, with lots of seabeds, starfish and fins. The students have spent some time brainstorming ideas around the theme, and needed to bring their own models to suit their ideas. They then had a set amount of time to bring their creation to life.
Some of the creations were fantastic, and to pull them off in a time limit was astonishing. It was also incredible to see some of the ways the theme was interpreted. Although the theme is distinct throughout, the different tangents that students took and the way they processed the theme was entirely unique. There were fish people, underwater scenes and seabed and scale effects; their only canvas being their model. What an incredible achievement in that time!
Media Makeup is a unique course, after which you can go on to University, study a Level 3 Diploma or go on to work as a makeup artist, either freelance or within the media industry such as film and photography. There are so many different units covered at Bath College, with access to some incredible tools, some of the mandatory units include, airbrush makeup, cosmetic science, cosmetic camouflage makeup and many more. You can also opt to do extra units, such as creating small prosthetics and individual lash application. You’ll have access to our great facilities in The Academy and the knowledge from some of our great tutors.
If you’re interested in a Media Makeup course please click here to read more about it, otherwise scroll on to take a trip under the sea!
University isn’t for everyone; not everyone wants to move away, not everyone wants to take out huge student loans, some people simply cannot afford it and others are worried they won’t get on with University life. This means, for most, the only options remaining are going straight into work, or looking for a traineeship or higher apprenticeship. However, there is a third option; you can study a Degree at Bath College.
At Bath College we have a range of degree level courses, ranging from Creative Enterprise to Applied Computing, meaning there’s something for everyone, without having to uproot your life and move miles across the country, this is ideal for people who don’t want or are unable to move away. We’re going to look at some of the pro’s for studying a degree at Bath College.
Expense (or lack of)
It’s no secret that University is expensive, you have tuition fees, living expenses, travel expenses to and from campus (or to visit home in the holidays), and then there will be hidden costs, like studio fees, trip fees and printing and equipment costs. These can all add up, making University an expensive endeavour.
Whilst the degree level courses at Bath College aren’t free, they are considerably cheaper. Most Higher Education courses start at £2,770 and rise to £7,700. Compare this with average University fees of £9,250 per year and you’ve got a clear winner. You can also still apply for student loans to help cover this cost, or a Higher Education Bursary. You’ve also got the advantage of being able to live at home, erasing those expensive student living costs.
Almost going hand in hand with our lack of expense, is the way some of courses can fit around your lifestyle. Not everyone looking to study a degree is fresh out of College or Sixth Form, and even if you are, you may have commitments that you can’t move around, such as a full time job or being a full time carer or parent. Some of our degree courses are evening courses, or distance learning courses (study from home), meaning you can fit them around your life, getting a degree alongside your other commitments, without one impacting the other.
One to One support
University is a popular option for Higher Education, and lots of University courses are full to the brim. Whilst this is not necessarily a bad thing, as it shows that as a community we are striving to get as educated as possible, it does mean that classes are very full, and it’s harder to get that crucial one to one support with your tutor. Class sizes at Bath College are smaller, and there are more opportunities to talk to your tutor, allowing you to ask questions, clarify your learning and get that important critical feedback to help you improve your work.
You can complete one of our courses and progress onto another, or you can take your new found knowledge and enter the work place, or look for a higher apprenticeship. For example, the HNC in Business can progress straight into the work place, or onto the HND in Business. You can also opt to finish your study at University, completing a Bachelors Degree fully and have it accredited by the University. You have a whole range of paths ahead of you, rather than a solid three years of study, with each year giving you a qualification, rather than parts of a whole qualification.
At Bath College we have connections with many local businesses in a variety of sectors, and we work very closely with them. We look at local industry demands and tailor our courses and learning to these demands, meaning our students leave College able to go into industries in Bath and begin gaining experience in their chosen sectors, giving them better grounding to move forwards in their chosen industry. For some the idea of being able to work within the City of Bath is tantalising, for other it may be a necessity due to commitments, we prepare you to enter the local industry and you will have the opportunity to meet and network with lots of local employers, rather than prepare you for your chosen industry generically.
TEF stands for Teaching Excellence Framework, and is used to examine how good the quality of an institutions teaching is. We share our TEF Silver ranking with Universities such as University of Liverpool, University College London and Warwick University. TEF Silver is awarded to Higher Education providers who ‘deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students, and consistently exceeds “rigorous national quality requirements” for higher education in the UK.’ (The Complete University Guide). Studying a Degree at Bath College isn’t going to be any less valuable than studying a Degree at a University, the standard of teaching that we have is amongst some of the best Universities in the UK, and we get you ready for the work place in the process.
If you’ve just spent several years at College, studying BTECS, Apprenticeships or Diplomas, you will be familiar with the campus, the journey and the tutors. If you have any problems with anxiety, or any reason why you would rather not move away to University, then you can opt to stay at College and stay in a familiar environment. This can be really beneficial for being able to settle into the demands of Degree level study, and skipping over that bedding in process. You won’t need to familiarise yourself with your journey to campus, the nearest shop, the best bus into town, or your group of new flatmates; as it’s been a part of your life now for several years.
Hopefully this has dispelled some of the myths and worries you may have had about choosing Bath College as your Higher Education provider.
If you’re a current student you can talk to your tutor about how to progress onto your chosen HE course. If you’re not a current student then email email@example.com for more information or have a look at our Degree Level courses for yourself by clicking here.
Project SEARCH students Daniel and Cameron are over the moon as they have been offered paid employment after just 6 months on the programme.
Project SEARCH is an employability programme based at Bath and North East Somerset Council, which helps young adults with learning disabilities gain the skills they need to become employed.
It is a unique programme of work based experience, originating from Cincinnati, which sees a Business (the Council) team up with an Educator (Bath College) and Supported Employment provider (Virgin Care) to run the programme.
Cameron Carpenter has secured a seasonal position working for Bath and North East Somerset Council as an assistant stock keeper.
His tasks will include: supporting with deliveries to the shops within Heritage Services, taking delivery of stock, unloading and storing in the warehouse, checking orders and maintaining a secure environment of valuable stock.
Cameron said: “I have a mix of feelings about securing the job, but I feel excited and content and looking forward to earning money.
“Project SEARCH has got me to the place where I can get a job and has helped my confidence.”
Daniel Kimmins is about to begin work for Bath and North East Somerset Council as a porter at the Roman Baths.
His tasks will include retrieving and retrieving, issuing and returning audio guides and giving a high level of customer service at this top attraction in Bath.
Daniel Said: “It means a lot to have been given this job. I’ve worked hard and made a good impression on my placement so have really bonded with the staff and the porter team at the Roman Baths.
“Through Project SEARCH I have gained skills in applying for jobs and filling out forms and it’s been great for getting me ready for interview, practicing the questions, I was very prepared.”
Catherine Stargatt, Lecturer in Foundation Learning (Project SEARCH), commented: “Since Dan and Cameron started at Project SEARCH in September 2018 they have learned valuable work related skills both in their departments and in the Project SEARCH training room in the Guildhall.
Both have showed maturity and professionalism at their time on this programme, we wish them every success in their new employment.”
For more information about Project SEARCH click here.
Last week our Schools Liaison Officer, Sarah, attended The Big Interview Day along with a selection of teaching staff from Bath College.
Over 200 students currently in year 10 at Writhlington School took part in the Big Interview Day.
After having interviews with industry experts students came into the give it a go area. There were a range of activities on offer from the College:
Sport – A “keepy up” challenge with a leader board of who had done the highest number
Painting and decorating – Learning the technique of wood effect using paint
Animal Care – handling Cornelius the snake and Darcy the bearded dragon and learning how to care for them
Stonemasonry – using equipment to carve their initials into stone
Public Services – A race against time to see which team of three could build the tallest tower. Two of the students were blindfolded and the third student wasn’t allowed to touch anything and could only instruct the other two how to put it together
Health and Social Care – Students had the opportunity to use various items of healthcare equipment on each other to learn how they operate
Complementary Therapies – learning about the course whilst receiving a hand massage using various different types of oils
Three Bath College students who were previous Writhlington School students attended.
The activities were then followed by an assembly talking about what you can study at College and what College life is like.
Emma Pascoe, Head of Careers at Writhlington School said: “Thank you so much to everyone from Bath College, our students loved meeting you all and had a great time.”