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Meet the new Head of Apprenticeships, Business & Community at Bath College

 

Bath College has appointed a new Head of Apprenticeships, Business & Community.

 

Paul Gilmore has worked at Bath College for 16 years, starting as a lecturer in joinery before progressing to Head of Technology in 2018 and into his new role this Spring.

 

His new remit is to oversee the development of Apprenticeships, Love2Learn leisure courses, free courses and Adult Community Learning.

 
Bath College is the largest provider of apprenticeships in B&NES, so Paul’s first objective is to work with local businesses to develop the apprenticeship provision to suit local demands.
 


How do you plan to improve quality of delivery of apprenticeships?

By ensuring the apprenticeship is tailored accordingly to suit the needs of the employers and the individual, the apprenticeship will be planned in a partnership with the employer to make sure that a high level of training take place at college and whilst the apprentice is in the workplace. The progress of the apprentice will be closely tracked and monitored by the assessment team to ensure the development and skills of the apprentices meet employer’s needs and the training needs of the apprentice. The college is also committed to providing high quality facilities for all college based training which is complimented by highly qualified staff who undertake regular continuous professional updating.
 

How do you plan to improve communication with employers?

We aim to provide an effective and timely recruitment service to our employers to meet their requirements and organisational needs, communication with the employer will take place frequently as part of the apprentice’s progress reviews meetings. We value input from our employers as this helps shape and develop our apprenticeship offer.
 

How is Bath College meeting employers’ needs?

The college will continue to review its apprenticeship offer in collaboration with our employer network to ensure it is fit for purpose and meets our local, regional and national economic needs and skills shortages. As a college we are aware the changing landscape in the workforce and we remain committed to training and upskilling employees and apprentices that benefits our employers and the relevant sectors.
 


What benefits do apprentices get from their Bath College apprenticeships?

Any Bath College apprentice will be fully supported and guided through their apprenticeship programme which will encourage the individual to take ownership over their own development and career progression. The additional advantages of being an apprentice ranges from earning whilst being trained and receiving a national recognised qualification at the end of apprenticeship programme.
 
To find out more about apprenticeships at Bath College, click here.
 

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Apprentice of the Month: May 2019

 

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!

 

If you’re interested in an Apprenticeship you can get more Apprenticeship information by clicking here or you can check out our Apprenticeship Vacancies by clicking here

 

 

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Apprentice of the Month: April 2019

 

Our April Apprentice of the Month is Jake Wheeler. Jake is an Apprentice Commis Chef working for Fullers at The Crystal Palace in Bath, and has been nominated by his tutor Hazel.

 

The Commis Chef Apprentice aims to give students experience working in a busy kitchen, allowing them to progress onto full employment as a Chef. A commis chef works hands on in a kitchen, meaning you can gather experience in many different areas of work. You’ll assist the head chef in food preparation, cooking and clearing down.

 

Jake’s tutor Hazel told us:

“As part of National apprenticeship week, Jake Wheeler represented Bath College and Fullers at the Hospitality Apprenticeship showcase at the House of Commons. There he talked to local MPs on the importance of investing in apprenticeships. Jake continues to be an asset to his workplace and is exceeding in his Commis chef apprenticeship.”

 

Jake is well deserving of this month’s title of Apprentice of the Month, good luck for the future Jake!

 

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 (April 2019), simply click here.

 

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Bath College’s Top Three Apprenticeships of the Month

 

April Edition

 

Level 3 technical engineering at Rotork PLC

This is a 4-year apprenticeship that includes, Service workshops, Electronics, Mechanics, R&D and Production engineering.

The wage for this Apprenticeship is £10,263, and you’ll also get an annual bonus, private healthcare, pension matched 9% and access to the Cycle to work scheme, some great perks!

Rotork offers three apprenticeship schemes:

  1. Engineering apprenticeship
  2. Craft apprenticeship
  3. Administration apprenticeship

 

Be sure to apply for this Apprenticeship before the closing date of 30/04/2019. You can apply by clicking here

 

 

Level 2 Adult care worker apprenticeship at Safe & sound Homecare LTD

This is a 16-month apprenticeship, of which the main activities involve, Personal Care, Shopping, Domestic Services, Bathing/Showering/Strip Wash, getting residents dressed/undressed, Attending appointments (Doctor, Hairdresser, etc.), 24-hour live-in care, Financial Care, Social Care, Hair and Skin Care, Welfare Checks and many other services

The wage for this Apprenticeship is a generous £6.15 per hour on weekdays and £7.15 on weekends.

 

The closing date for this Apprenticeship is 14/04/2019 so make sure to apply before this date. You can apply here

 

 

Level 3 Electro technology apprenticeship at MW smart home LTD 

This is a 36-month apprenticeship and you would be working mainly on domestic electronics on new build properties or listed buildings that need renovating. The successful candidate will be completing a level 3 Electrical Installation Qualification at the same time as working with their employer, which will also include English or Maths functional skills if required. Before you undertake this Apprenticeship you’ll need to attend an initial assessment session at our Somer Valley Campus. The wage for this Apprenticeship is £3.90 per hour.

 

The closing date for this Apprenticeship is 07/04/2019 so make sure to apply before this date. You can apply here

 

 

 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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 College’s Top Three Apprenticeships of the Month

January Edition

 

It’s 2019 and what better way to start the year than with three brand new opportunities. We’ve taken our pick of the top three apprenticeships that you can apply for and have compiled them into this post. (Click the headers to look at the full job description).

 

#1

 

Level 2 IT Support Apprentice

This role is working with DHI (Developing Health and Independence) who are a local charity dedicated to getting people back on their feet. They work closely with people on the fringes of society to help them get back into work and live independently. They are looking for an IT apprentice to come in and assist with the day to day running of the charity as well as bring new ideas in to shape their technology strategy. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone who is looking to get into the IT industry, as you will be trained on the job in support, configuration and have the opportunity to bring your own ideas and knowledge to the table. The staring salary is £4.90 per hour.

 

#2

 

Level 3 Apprentice Office Administrator

This is an advanced apprenticeship in Business Administration working with Timbersource Ltd. Timbersource are a leading supplier of timber in the UK, championing a sustainable approach. Sustainable wood is a natural and eco-friendly solution to many material costs and problems we face today. Timbersource are looking for a hardworking apprentice to join their team on the back of significant growth. You will be working directly with managers and directors to deliver an efficient administration process, such as communicating with customers, processing orders and invoices, and preparing statistics for meetings. As well as your time spent in the office you will complete a Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration. The Salary is £10,400 per year.

 

#3

 

Level 2 Apprentice Receptionist

Our third and final Apprenticeship is a Level 2 Apprentice Receptionist. This would be working at a busy secondary school in Bath, St Marks. The role is in the administration team, ensuring the reception area runs smoothly. The receptionist will be the first point of contact for all visitors and callers and so St Marks are after someone who is calm, approachable and has a cheery disposition. The apprenticeship is expected to take 16 months, during which you will complete an NVQ Level 2 Qualification in Business Administration. On completion of the Apprenticeship there are many opportunities for progression, promotion and additional training. The salary is £5.90 an hour.

 

 

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Apprentice of the Month: January 2019

 

Our January Apprentice of the Month is Ruth Powell. Ruth has been nominated by her tutor Romina Silva, she is studying Level 2 Business Administration and completing her apprenticeship at Monkton Combe School as a HR Assistant.
The Business Administration Apprenticeship requires you to play and important support role within a business or organisation. This could be a Business Support Officer, Receptionist, Junior Legal/medical Secretary. It’s a great route into a more senior role, as many apprenticeships will have opportunities for progression and further training after completion. You can also progress onto a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship and continue your studies.
Romina Silva is incredibly proud of Ruth’s achievements and her hard work in her role, she stated:

 

“Ruth has impressively progressed within her role. She has shown eagerness and willingness to learn and strived for perfection.”

 

Ruth’s Assessor also added:

“Ruth joined Monkton Combe School in Bath in November 2017 as a level 2 Business and Administration Apprentice. Since joining Monkton Combe School, Ruth has progressed impressively within her role as a HR Assistant. As an Apprentice at Bath College, Ruth always shows a willingness and eagerness to learn new skills and strives for perfection with both her work and College assignments. Ruth is very much a valued member of the team at Monkton Combe School.”

 

 

 

Although we are proud of all our hard working Apprentice’s at Bath College, only one can win the Apprentice of the Month. Ruth more than deserves the title and we are proud to award her Apprentice of the Month for January 2019, the first star Apprentice of the year! Well done Ruth, we wish you all the best with the rest of your Apprenticeship and the future.
If you’re interested in a Business Administration Apprenticeship you can find all the information here. We also currently have a vacancy for a Level 2 Business Administration Apprentice at St Marks secondary school in Bath. The role is as an Apprentice Receptionist, and the successful applicant will need to be calm, approachable and have a cheery disposition. You can find all the details here, be sure to get your applications in before the closing date on the 20th January.

 

 

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Westgate IT talks careers to Bath College Computing Students

On Wednesday December 12th December, Nigel Phillips, Director of Westgate IT, and Luke Nix, ex-Bath College student, spoke to Computing Students about careers in computing and opportunities at Westgate IT.

 

Bath College students had an interesting talk from the Director of Westgate IT, Nigel Phillips, who discussed different career options for anyone looking to go into the IT and Computing industry. He also talked at length about the different options available to work with Westgate IT after College.

 

Westgate IT are an IT support company, currently working with over 200 companies. They have offices in Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Bath. Over the past 3 years they have taken on 9 Bath College students in Apprentice and Trainee roles, and are currently looking for new trainees. Westgate IT have worked with Bath College in the past, taking on students to work one day a week between May and June to prepare them for an apprenticeship after they leave College. Nigel was keen to offer this opportunity again, which is an incredible opportunity for the students.

 

 

Westgate IT pride themselves on allowing people to grow within the company, and they try to keep all their staff up to date with training. They also offer staff the chance to find their own courses to continue their professional development, and if it will better their skills at work then Westgate IT will pay for it. Nigel also explained how to write a good CV for the computing industry, which provided the students with a good insight into what a top industry expert is looking for in a new employee.

 

Assisting Nigel with the talks was ex-Bath College student Luke Nix, who started off as an Apprentice at Westgate. Luke said that he was initially just interested in getting work experience, however after completing his apprenticeship he realised that he loved working there and was offered a first line contract which he gladly accepted. Luke told us that progressions are incredibly fast in Westgate IT and after a year on a first line contract he now has a review to move onto a second line contract, which is a great promotion in such a short space of time. In Luke’s own words ‘ask and you will get, Westgate will always assist you’.

 

Westgate IT pride themselves on looking after their apprentices, they don’t pay them an apprentice wage, they pay them national minimum wage for their age, and upon completion of your apprenticeship (around 12 months), you are given a pay rise to reflect your status as a contracted member of staff. Your development is then assessed regularly and promotions and pay rises are awarded where necessary.

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Bath Colleges Top Three Apprenticeships of the Month

December Edition

 

It’s the last day of our Apprenticeship Takeover and we thought we’d wrap it up with the top three apprenticeship opportunities for this month!

 

Our first one is Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations Apprentice

This is based in Bath at The Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Assembly rooms, some beautiful places to work! You will be required to work 37 hours a week, this includes your time at College. On Completion of the course you will have a NVQ Level 2 in Creative and Cultural Venue Operations. The salary is £11,406.67 in your first year. You can find all the details in the above link, this is not an opportunity you want to miss, make sure to get your application in before the closing date on Sunday 9th December!

 

 

 

Our second one is Level 2 Commis Chef Apprentice

This is a perfect opportunity for an aspiring Chef. You will receive full training and guidance in all aspects of preparing and cooking the freshest ingredients to the highest standards, based in Fuller’s Kitchen establishments across the south of England. You will spend one day a week at Bath College studying, and the rest of your learning with be hands on in the Kitchen. The salary is £246.00 – £328.00 per week, not including any tips you get. Click the link above for more information including wages and requirements. The closing date will be in March so make sure to get your applications in early!

 

Our last top opportunity is a Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship at The Bath Mill

This is another great opportunity for an aspiring Chef and is more local to Bath. You will be providing prompt preparation and food service delivery to a five star standard, learning hands on skills as well as studying at College. Bath Mill are a great employer to work with an all the training will be provided by their talented Chefs and Front of House staff. The salary is £8.21 per hour. Click the link above for more information and if you’re interested make sure to get your application in before the close date in January!

 

 

Have we piqued your interest with Apprenticeships? Be sure to have a look at our Apprenticeship page for all the information and all our other fantastic opportunities! You can find it here.

Apprenticeships, News, Student Spotlight

Case study: Ellie Selway, Electrical Apprentice

 

This week is Apprenticeship takeover week and we thought we’d kick it off by looking at the success of one of our current Apprentices, Ellie Selway.

 

 

Ellie is a current Electrical Apprentice; she started off her journey on the Access to Building Services course and moved more towards electrics from there.

 

Currently she is working with a company called Bridges, giving her valuable on the job experience and training, a key aspect of Apprenticeships.

 

We caught up with her for a short Q&A about her experience at College and on the Apprenticeship.

 

 

 

What course do you study at Bath College?

“1st year I did Access to building services to get a taster of a few different construction courses as I had no previous experience and knew I’d like to do something in construction but not what specific trade.2nd year I did electrical installation. 3rd year I started working for bridges doing the level 3 electrical apprenticeship and currently have just began my 2nd year in the apprenticeship, making it my 4th year at the college.”

 

What’s the most enjoyable aspect of your course?

“My current lecturer has excellent knowledge of the course content and I feel like I come away from every lesson with a stronger understanding of what we’re learning. It’s nice to come into college and be able to socialise with other apprentices your own age and in the same position as you.”

 

What have you done on your course that you feel is most valuable?

“Health and safety and learning about the electrical regulations as I will always have to follow these throughout my career and I feel these are most important.”

 

What made you apply to Bath College?

“Bath college is the most local college to me with a good reputation, providing a wide range of construction courses and their application process is simple and well organised.”

 

What do you want to after College?

“After college I would like to stay with the company I am currently with for a couple of years to gain more on site experience within the field and then to go on to start my own business eventually with the possibility of going on to higher level courses as well to gain further knowledge.”

 

What piece of advice would you give to students looking to study an Apprenticeship?

“Personally, from my experience this is the best route to go down you get paid whilst you’re learning and get a variety of hands on work and theory, an apprenticeship offers a lot of opportunities for progression and as long as you have the right attitude and make the most of what is being offered it can take you far.”

 

 

If you’re interested in applying for an Apprenticeship you can check our Apprenticeship vacancies here

 

If you’re an employer interested in taking on an Apprentice we have all the information here

 

News

Bath College Students lead successful work shops at Hayesfield Girls School

 

On Friday the 23rd of November a number of Bath College students and staff went over to Hayesfield Girls School for an employability day. The day aimed to provide pupils with more information about their post GCSE options, and over the course of the morning pupils attended different workshops and talks from employers, University students and College’s alike.

 

Post GCSE options can be a really daunting time for pupils, they face the prospect of the first real educational decision that they need to make for themselves about what they want to do with their future. Going to College can seem like a really big step, away from the comforts of School and into a brand new environment. This is why our staff and students were on hand to try and reduce the size that that step seems.

 

Over the morning Bath College students and staff delivered 4 workshops to students. A handful of Hair and Beauty students did some free hair curling whilst they talked about how they were finding the course and what they wanted to do after College. Two of our amazing Chef lecturers did a demonstration of a dessert with a flambé, whilst talking pupils through everything available on the Catering and Hospitality course. Complementary Therapy students gave out free hand and arm massages, allowing them to talk one on one with interested pupils about all the aspects of the course. Finally, Rob and Daisy, our Apprenticeship Gurus talked interested pupils through the steps to take to get onto an Apprenticeship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having small workshops means that pupils can talk to current College students in a more informal way, asking about College life as well as the course content. It also gives them a chance to see what skills they will learn at College via demonstrations of skill from current students. They could also engage directly with the College student’s enthusiasm for what they’re doing, by seeing current students enjoying what they’re studying rather than having a lecturer talk through course content. The pupils themselves were a little shy at first, but as the morning went on they grew more confident, asking questions and wanting to take part in the demonstrations. It was great to see the positive interactions between the two sets of students. Some of the Bath College students in attendance had actually completed their GCSE studies at Hayesfield school, and were able to talk to the current pupils on a one to one level about the transition from school to College.

 

Sarah Cooper, Bath College Schools Liaison Officer, oversaw the day. She was incredibly pleased with how the day progressed and the interaction between the staff, students and pupils, stating; “It was great to see so many Hayesfield students engaged in the Careers Day and getting a taste of different industries and careers. Students were really inspired by the various hands on workshops that the College provided.”

 

All in all, it was an incredible successful morning and we hope that we have helped to assure students that College is one of many fantastic options to start your future career. We look forward to working with Hayesfield in the future and we wish all the pupils success in their GCSE’s!

 

News

Students get top results in Refrigeration and Stonemasonry at WorldSkills UK live competition

 

Bath College had four students competing in WorldSkills UK live last week, which held the UK National Finals of more than 70 WorldSkills UK Competitions, giving the most talented apprentices and students the chance to be named as the UK’s best in their chosen skill.
 
The competitions challenge and assess an individual’s applied knowledge, technical ability and employability skills against a set of performance criteria, with finalists competing for gold, silver and bronze medals and the opportunity to be selected to join Squad UK to train for future international competitions.
 
Two Refrigeration students, Chandler Davison and Kevin Ballantine, made the top six for SkillFRIDGE as well as two Stonemasonry students, Josh Underwood and Hartaj Hunjan,  who made the top eight for Stonemasonry in SkillBuild.
 
Chandler, SkillFRIDGE finalist

Bath College was the only training provider in the 2018 SkillFRIDGE competition to see two of its students make the top six, with Chandler (pictured left) winning Silver in the competition.
 
In the SkillBuild completion, Hartaj received Highly Commended and Josh received Silver for their Stonemasonry work.
 
Chandler, who topped the national rankings and was the recipient of the SkillFRIDGE National Winner accolade, is employed by Thermocold Ltd – a family-run business working in and around the South West region – and is set to complete his four year apprenticeship course in September.
 
Kevin,, SkillFRIDGE finalist
Kevin (pictured right) spent fifteen years in other trades before pursuing a career in RACHP (refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems), after his elder brother asked him to partner with him and start their own company; TKB Air Conditioning.
 
Simon Robinson, Refrigeration & Electrical Learning Coordinator said: “I am over the moon with the result, the lads have equally put a lot of their personal and work time in to this competition, so support from the employers must be equally applauded.
 
“Both lads have inspired the Refrigeration classes and staff with their efforts to do well and use their initiative to overcome weaknesses prior to entering the finals. The competition is always fierce as this is as much as massive title for the apprentice as an accolade for the college or training establishments.
 
“To have the pair in the finals is a first for Bath College and to come away with a silver medal is well deserved.”
 

Josh and Hartaj, Skillbuild finalists

Josh and Hartaj, Skillbuild Stonemasonry finalists


 
Hartaj has just finished the Stonemasonry course at Bath College and is an apprentice at A F Jones Stonemasons Ltd.
 
Josh is also doing an apprenticeship at a Stonemasonry business, his is with Phidias Neo Classical, based in Bristol. After his apprenticeship finishes he would also like to start a business.
 
Paul Maggs, Stonemasonry lecturer said: “The lads worked extremely hard and I am very proud of their achievements at the world skills competition.”
 
If you would like more information on apprenticeships at Bath College, click here.
 

Josh and Hartaj, Skillbuild

Awards, Construction Skills Centre, Events, Locations, News

Bath College students win first and second place in SkillBuild Stonemasonry competition

 

Last month, Bath College hosted the regional final of the SkillBuild Stonemasonry competition in the stonemasonry workshop at the Somer Valley Campus.

 

Bath College students have been announced as the top two, Josh Underwood in first and Hartaj Hunjan in second.
 

Josh and Hartaj have worked incredibly hard to get to the top of the Regional Qualifiers and are now awaiting their final results, released in July, to see if they have made the top eight competitors who will go onto the UK National Final, held at the NEC Birmingham in November.
 

SkillBuild is the biggest and longest running multi-trade construction skills competition in the UK, delivered by CITB (Construction Industry Training Board).
 

Skills represented in the competition include: Bricklaying, Furniture and Cabinet Making, Carpentry, Joinery, Painting and Decorating, Plastering, Plastering and Drywall Systems, Roof Slating and Tiling, Stonemasonry and Wall and Floor Tiling.
 

Hartaj was delighted to come in second place in the competition: “I was quite surprised to finish where I did as I tried last year and didn’t quite make it. It’s great to see how much I’ve improved in a year.”
 

Hartaj has just finished the Stonemasonry course at Bath College and is an apprentice at A F Jones Stonemasons.
 

“I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as they are enabling me to hone my skills. It’s a great way to learn and improve, as eventually I would like to go self-employed.”
 

Josh is also doing an apprenticeship at a Stonemasonry business, his is with Phidias Neo Classical, based in Bristol. After his apprenticeship finishes he would also like to start a business.
 

Paul Maggs, Stonemasonry lecturer at Bath College was very impressed with his students: “We are incredibly proud of Josh and Hartaj who worked so hard for the competition.
 

“To have our only two competitors come first and second is a real testament to their talent.”
 

For more information about our Stonemasonry courses, click here.
 

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