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Performance of Blank at The Egg

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Association of Colleges commends Bath College and Theatre Royal’s Theatre Academy with Beacon Standard

 
Bath College staff are delighted to have been informed by the Association of Colleges that their Performing and Production Arts Provision has met Beacon Standard for practical delivery of technical and professional learning. Bath College are therefore recognised as a Beacon Award commended college for this provision.
 
In August 2017, Bath College launched an exciting new partnership with Theatre Royal Bath and formed Bath Theatre Academy, offering full-time Level 3 UAL Performing and Production Arts course, a unique curriculum that combines a practical theatre programme with real-life industry experience.
 
Jon Domaille, Head of Creative Arts and Enterprise at Bath College commented, “to be recognised in this way is testament to the hard work and dedication of our learners as well as the exceptional and committed staff from both institutions.
 
“With theatre as my background and passion, I am blown away by the overall experience and opportunities our learners get, the industry contacts that they can build and the level of work that they are producing as a direct result of this partnership.
 
“I’m incredibly proud of the platform that this provision provides for theatre makers of the future.”
 
Throughout the Performing and Production Arts course, students get to work with industry professionals and put on performances at the egg theatre. The egg is a driving force of creativity, innovation and young people’s art at the heart of Theatre Royal Bath. It presents around 50 different and bespoke young people’s productions every year, operates a rigorous Creative Learning and Theatre School Department, and has pioneered an ideas-led Artist Development programme, each between them amassing 50,000+ admissions per year, and a number of unique new productions for the children’s theatre touring network.
 
Through its activity it has developed strong international relationships, this year alone partnering with companies from France, Spain and Australia. Since creating this fruitful partnership with Bath College less than two years ago, the egg has plugged a gap in its provision by creating a bridge between children’s participation and talent development for the theatre industry.
 
Kate Cross, Director of the egg and Chair of TYA UK commented: “At a time when creative subjects in educational settings are being compromised from all sides, Bath College’s championing of young people’s talent development through the Level 3 UAL Performing and Production Arts course is laudable.
 
“We feel privileged to be playing a part in ensuring that young adults from a range of backgrounds are given a significant insight into the theatre industry and a guiding hand for their chosen route into it.
 
“We were lucky to have, in James Moore, Head of Creative Learning at the egg, an experienced Secondary School Drama teacher and someone who was able to swiftly navigate their way through the syllabus and adapt it for this industry-based qualification, that has, still in its infancy, gained this acknowledgement.”
 
Applications are now open for September 2019, for more information about the Bath Theatre Academy and course, click here or contact James.Moore@theatreroyal.org.uk
 

News

Year 2 Product Design students create products for disabled users

 

Last week our Year 2 Product Design students had the opportunity to ask some questions and get feedback to help finalise their products ahead of their pitch to Designability.
 
The students have been working with three members of the community who have an extra need, Stephen Early, Kate Clark and Wills Aston. At the start of the project the users briefed the students on what everyday life was like, and the challenges that they face each day. It was then up to the students to think about what sort of product would be useful to alleviate a certain problem, as well being commercially viable and flexible to all sorts of need levels.
 
Their end client is Designability, who are an independent charity dedicated to making everyday life easier for people with disabilities or a long term health condition by inventing new life-changing assistive products and technologies. Designability follow the principle of human centred design, they respond to real issues raised by real people living with real disabilities. This is a principle the students have chosen to follow, as they are responding directly to real issues raised by Stephen, Kate and Wills.
 
Student Pitching Idea

The sheer range of ideas from the students is outstanding, each one pulling from an issue they interpreted from their talks with Stephen, Kate and Wills. Stephen, who uses a wheelchair, mentioned that he struggled to clean the wheels after he drives through mud. One student has designed a brush that can be operated with a standard drinks bottle.   Stephen was thrilled with the idea, as all he would have to do it screw it in, give the bottle a quick squeeze and move his chair forward. Kate uses a walking stick to assist with her mobility and had off-handedly mentioned she was thinking about getting a dog. One student took this on board and designed a clip on lead that would allow Kate to continue using her walking stick, whilst also keeping her other hand free in case she has a fall.
 
The students have really thrown themselves into the project, thinking about what the users really needed, how they would work and how they could be adapted to people with more complex needs and how user-friendly they were. The feedback session proved invaluable for the users and students alike. The students were able to get real user feedback, final measurements and gather vital ergonomic data about what handles, motions, lengths and weights were comfortable to use. The users got to help finalise and see what products could soon be out there on the market to assist them.
 
Product Design tutor James Purslow stated “The students have outdone themselves this year, fantastic engagement with the project, their consideration for needs of the ‘end users’ and their willingness to adapt and adopt to the feedback from both the Designability mentor Rob Hanson and the users themselves. They have faced both engineering and ergonomic challenges that are beyond what is usually expected of students at this level and, not only have they stepped up to these challenges, they have developed some fantastically innovative, surprising and commercially viable products.” – the students really should be proud of themselves!
 
The students now have a final week to amend their products, utilising their newly gathered feedback. The final pitch to Designability will be Friday 23rd November, and we wish them the best of luck!
 

Our Young Stars launch

News

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

 

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

News

Bath Rugby gives Bath College students VIP insight into careers in Sport

Bath Rugby opened up their headquarters at Farleigh House to a select few Bath College Sports Students earlier this month.

 

The students were lucky enough to have a meet and greet with all the professionals that work there, who gave them an insightful day highlighting the variety of career options that link to sport.
 
The event was funded by WIN (Wessex Inspiration Network) which is a targeted programme of activities and personalised support for young people considering their future options and to find out whether higher education is for them.
 
Students receiving talkThe students got a tour of the impressive grounds as well as hearing talks from staff from a wide range of departments including Jack Howden (Community Rugby Coach), Michael Bache (Head Chef), Sophie Bennett (Rugby Operations and Player Welfare Manager), Jojo Bowles (Project Manager), Owen Peachey (Financial Controller) and Connor Farrell (Physiotherapist).
 
Beth, a student at Bath College said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and listening to all the different roles really helped me in choosing my job role in the future, especially hearing about the physio’s role at the club as this is hopefully the road I would one day like to go down.”
 
This opportunity offered by WIN and Bath Rugby broadened the students view of their job prospects when finishing their course and they left excitedly discussing their new aspirations.
 
Students in the gymJack Howden, Community Rugby Coach at Bath Rugby was thrilled to host the students: “It was great to have the sports students at Farleigh House for the afternoon – it gave them all an insight about the operation of a professional sports team and the many roles that come inside it.
 
“The students came with an enthusiasm to learn and asked some great questions to delve deeper into how one of the biggest clubs in professional rugby runs on and off the pitch.
 
 
“I think the experience has opened their eyes to the processes that go on behind the scenes, in order to run an effective and successful business.”
 

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Events, Exhibition, Love2Learn, News

Love2Learn ‘Take Part’ Exhibition showcases Bath College student talent

Last week Bath College held an exhibition showcasing a wealth of talent from part-time leisure course Love2Learn students.
 
The work exhibited was from a wide range of disciplines including: Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Glass, Jewellery, Sculpture and many more.
 

The exhibition ran for four days, with a grand opening evening at which students were presented awards by The Mayor of Bath and the Deputy Principal of the College. The award categories were Fine Art, Design Crafts, 3D, 2D, Design/Photography and Student of the Year.
 
Jayne Davis, Deputy Principal said: “The College is very proud of all its learners including Love2Learn and the Take Part show is an excellent example of why it is important to the College to show off learner work to the wider community.
 
“The annual show is a clear demonstration of learners’ commitment and creativity as well as local talent. Thanks and congratulations go to all learners and staff who worked hard to put such a high quality show together.”
 
The calibre of the pieces was extremely high, leading to visitors purchasing much of the work displayed.
 
Maureen Hosier won the Student of the Year award. Stephen Handley, the course leader described why she won: “Maureen has a dedication and enthusiasm which is contagious both for tutors and fellow students. Her work always has a glimpse of humour and we never detect the hard work; so effortless is the result.
 
“She works with scrap metal but moreover a great student or Artist is the one who inspires others to go explore alternative or new disciplines to see or think in a different way.
 
“This is an Artist. She is an Artist.”
  
Award Categories and winners
Fine Art Prize – Eve Davis (Life Painting)
Design Crafts Prize – Beatrice Varna (Glass)
3D Prize – Julie Watt (Ceramics)
2D Prize – Bernadette Burt (Printed Textiles)
Design/Photography Prize – Victoria Mazurek
Student of the Year – Maureen Hosier (Sculpture and Sculpting in Metal)
 
The next exhibition will be held in Spring 2019.
 
If you would like some more information about our Love2Learn courses click here
 

News

A-level and GCSE results day 2017: What you need to know before you collect your marks

 

Good luck to everyone picking up their GCSE and A-level results – we wish you all the best for your next adventure. If you’re still unsure about results day, we have some tips for you. Stay calm and read our handy guide, which will help you with your preparations. 
 

When is results day?
 

A-levels: Thursday August 17th
GCSEs: Thursday August 24th
 

How to prepare for results day
 

Nerves are normal, but try to manage this.

We’ve all got different ways of coping with nerves, so follow what works for you whether it’s talking to someone, listening to music or watching a film. Get an early night so you’ll feel fresh and awake in the morning.
 


 

Focus on your own situation

With so many people getting results, there can be a lot going on in the run-up to results day and the day itself. If you’re feeling nervous, take things one step at a time – if it helps, take a break from social media and switch off.
 

Make sure you know how to collect your results

The time you’re able to pick up your results will depend on your school. Make sure you know what time you’ll get there and how you’ll get there. Think about whether you’d like to collect your results alone or if you’d like some moral support from friends or family.
 

On the day itself: what do do when you collect your results
 

Make sure you celebrate your achievement

If you’ve achieved your grades, now is the time to celebrate. If you’re disappointed with your grades, speak to someone you trust. You may be disappointed, but don’t let this stop you pursuing your dreams – exam results are important but they’re not the whole picture.
 


 

Thank a teacher for their support

Teachers are just as nervous on results day, and want you to do well. If you’re leaving school for college or university, make a teacher smile and spend a couple of minutes thanking them for the support they’ve given you and all that marking!
 

For students collecting their GCSE results
 

Are you away and unable to collect your results?

It’s best to be around on results day, but you can arrange for your school to post your exam results. If you’d like someone to collect your results, check with your school as they may need a signed letter and ID to do this.
 

• Didn’t get the grades you hoped for? Resits are available

You need at least a C in English and maths to continue with your studies. College and sixth forms will offer resits for these, as employers and universities will look for these grades. If you’ve missed the grades you needed in other subjects, speak to your sixth form or college for advice.
 


• Think about alternatives, and keep your options open

A-levels are only one option, but you can also study at college, leading directly to the career you’re interested in, or on an apprenticeship. Check with your local college to find out about courses on offer and to speak to a careers adviser if needed.
 

For careers advice at Bath College, contact the Futures team. 
 

Advice for students collecting A-level results
 

Check UCAS Track
It’s worth checking UCAS Track before you go in to collect your grades so that you know what to expect. Knowing you’ve got your university place will also relieve your nerves when it comes to opening your envelope.
 

Have a Plan A and a Plan B
Having a Plan B will help you to feel calm the night before results day, and on results day if things don’t go as expected. The most important thing to know is that there are many options available, which will allow you to progress with your education.
 


 

Make sure you understand the clearing process

According to UCAS, just under 65,000 students found a university place through clearing last year. It can get busy on results day, so make sure you understand the clearing process beforehand. Read this UCAS clearing survival guide to prepare and find out how you can enter clearing.
 

Did you know? Bath College offers higher education courses up to degree level. Find out more here.
 

Seek advice from your parents and teachers

Don’t go it alone -help is at hand, and your teachers will be there at results day to celebrate with you or give advice. Most of all, ask questions to make sure you understand everything and are making an informed decision.
 

If you’re entering clearing, keep calm and stay organised.

Find a quiet space for phone calls and have a notepad and pen ready to take down information. You’ll also need your UCAS number, your exam grades and your clearing number (which will be given to you on UCAS Track if you’re eligible for clearing).
 

Good luck and for those of you who have a place to study at Bath College, we look forward to welcoming you soon! 
 

News, Students Union

Promoting healthy living on campus: New award for Bath College’s Student Participation Team

 
Bath College’s Student Participation Team has won an award recognising its work to promote health and wellbeing on campus.
 
Whether it’s a fruit kebab stall or a giant post-it wall, the team works hard to come up with creative ways to engage students. In recognition of this, they were invited to receive a Director of Public Health Award from Bath and North East Somerset Council.
 

 
The team submitted evidence from Bath College’s health and motivation month in January to qualify for the award.
 
Activities included a giant game of smoking hoopla to promote the college’s anti-smoking campaign. Anti-smoking kits were given out, including tangle toys, breath mints and information on quitting smoking.
 
Members of the Student Participation Team made postcards with motivational quotes to hand out at lunchtime, and started January with a float your hopes event. Students were given helium balloons and invited to write their hopes for the future on them.
 

 
Equality and Diversity Officer Katie Dunn was also keen to promote the importance of having a positive body image during mental health week. To do this, she covered a sofa with white fabric and asked students to write down their favourite things about themselves.
 
Student Participation Manager Rob Heyes said: “Judges liked the fact that a lot of the things we’re doing are very different. We’re constantly working to come up with creative ways to engage with students around the topic of health and wellbeing.”
 

Annual Love2learn exhibition @44AD Art Gallery

 

A four-day exhibition at 44AD Art Gallery will showcase the creative talents of students studying part-time Love2learn courses at Bath College.

Work at the exhibition will include fine art paintings, photographs, jewellery, prints, ceramics and sculptures. Work at the exhibition will be on sale, giving people an opportunity to purchase original works from emerging and established artists.

An open evening will take place on Friday March 31st from 6pm to 8pm and all are welcome.

News

Childcare students raise £650 for charity in just one week

 

Childcare students at Bath College have collected £650 in just one week for Time is Precious – a charity set up to help families facing a long stay in hospital.
 
The Level 1 childcare students brought a smile to peoples’ faces by dressing up as Mickey and Minnie Mouse for a street collection in the centre of Bath.
 
They also completed a four-hour sponsored onesie walk from Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus in Radstock to its City Centre Campus in Bath.
 
Students planned their fundraising week as part of a college assessment, working as a team to delegate tasks, design posters and raise awareness.
 

 
As part of this, they made cakes and sweets to sell outside the Students’ Union during lunchbreaks at the college’s City Centre Campus.
 
Time is Precious was set up by Nicky and Neil Halford in memory of their son Ben to help families facing long stays in hospital with terminally ill children.
 
The charity funds improvements to hospitals for families and in September it opened a new sensory room and teenage chill out room at Bath RUH.
 

 
Students at Bath College chose Time is Precious as their charity of the year for 2016 and collected over £2,000 for the teenage chill out room.
 
They have just voted to continue fundraising for the charity this year and will be organising fundraising activities through the Students’ Union.
 
Childcare students would like to thank Special Occasion Mascots, based in Bristol, for the loan of the Mickey and Minnie Mouse costumes.
 
Lecturer in early years Sarah Demirci said: “The students have worked so hard to make their fundraising activities successful.
 
“They have demonstrated excellent organisational skills, professionalism and teamwork, all of which are important life skills that will support their future studies and employment.
 
“They chose a local and worthwhile charity to support and raised a great deal of money, I am very proud of them all.”
 

Care Academy, News

Bath College Care Academy: Students learn from professionals in the health and social care sector

 

Professionals working in the health and social care sector volunteered their time to work with students at Bath College, passing on knowledge and expertise during a busy and interactive employability day.
 
The day marked the launch of the college’s Care Academy, designed to link health and social care students with a wide range of employers working in the South West.
 
Last year, Bath College was awarded £40,000 worth of government funding to kick-start the Care Academy and recruit an academy coordinator.
 
As a result, the college has been working with its Care Academy partners to strengthen training, increase work experience opportunities, and help students find employment within the health and social care sector.
 
Students studying at the college had the chance to meet professionals working in a variety of health and social care roles over the course of the day.
 

 
Third year student Lauren Pearl, 17, said: “I’ve been learning about mental health issues and talking about how you can help people who have an addiction.
 
“This is my final year at college and it has definitely helped me to speak to these health professionals, who have given me a lot of useful information.”
 
Dawn Corse, an occupational therapist with Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, led a workshop demonstrating the best way to communicate with people with dementia.
 
Media make-up and drama students were involved in the workshop, preparing a role-play about a dementia patient and her carer.
 
Throughout the day, students met representatives from Sirona care & health, Creativity Works, BANES Youth Connect & Health, Dorothy House, Bath Mind, Action on Addiction, healthcare company Dimensions and the Red Cross.
 
They also learnt how to use a hoist and move patients with limited mobility during a workshop led by Les Taylor and Rachael Sheppard, from Way Ahead Care.
 

 
Claire Hurford, from Way Ahead Care, said: “We’ve been working with the Care Academy from the beginning. If we start working with these students now, they will come to us with more experience and be work-ready.
 
“It’s about showing students what career routes they can take and how they can progress. I started as a community care and support worker, and now I’m working as a care manager.
 
“We know there’s a huge deficit for social care staff and, as people are living longer, we need more staff working with people to help them stay in their homes.”
 
Lilly Webb, widening participation officer at Bath RUH, was part of a team showing students how to resuscitate someone using CPR.
 
She said: “For us it’s great to have an opportunity to spend time with Bath College students to help them understand what a career in health looks like and to help them gain relevant skills and knowledge.
 
“Last year we ran a pilot programme, with Bath College students coming into the RUH. This was really successful and we hope to be able to welcome some more students this year.”
 
Sally Wilson, Care Academy Coordinator, said: “There has been a real buzz in the Care Academy today, with students sharing their experiences with staff and their peers. The variety of workshops on offer was fantastic and gave them a real insight into the broad range of careers and environments they could work in within the sector. We are very grateful to all network partners who have facilitated exciting sessions today.”
 
Next week, Bath College will launch an eight-week pilot course for students and care home workers in partnership with Creativity Works.
 
The course, taught on Tuesday evenings, will explore the benefit of using the arts in care homes, including drama, visual art, dance and poetry.
 
Spaces are still available for the course, which starts on January 31 and takes place in the evenings between 6pm and 8pm.
 
Visit http://www.creativityworks.org.uk/ or e-mail ailsaeaglestone@zoho.com
 

News

Product design students work with Designability to create new assistive technologies

 

A project with the charity Designability has inspired students at Bath College to think about assistive technology and the way their creations can be used to help others.
 

Designability, based in Bath, is a national charity working with people, carers and health professionals to research and design new life-changing products.
 

Its creations include the Wizzybug – an innovative powered wheelchair with simple controls designed to give children as young as 14 months the freedom to move around.
 

Level 3 product design students were set a challenge by Designability to create new items for staff at Bath College with a range of different needs.
 

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They were asked to think about assistive technologies for three real-life clients, understanding the challenges of using a guide dog, cycling with osteoarthritis and deafness.
 

Students kept in contact with their clients, talking to them about their varying needs and getting feedback on designs before presenting their ideas to Designability.
 

Cai Smith, Jack Mitchell and Matt George were all involved with the project and will be applying to study at university after developing a passion for product design.
 

Products presented to Designability included a bag which can be put on a bike and also be pulled along, doubling up as a back support and seat.
 

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19-year-old Cai created a dog clicker with a finger trigger. The product makes a noise before a dog is rewarded, helping a guide dog user to train their companion.
 

He said: “This course prepares you better for university than any other course I know. I did first year AS level product design at sixth form and it was completely different. This course is more practical.
 

“Working with real-life clients gives you the motivation you need as a designer. Being able to visit them to get feedback is probably the most useful thing. It’s definitely inspired us.”
 

Bath College lecturer James Purslow said: “One of the challenges for our students is getting to grips with how the user will approach their design. Working on a brief like this ensures that aspect is at the forefront of their consideration and focuses their thinking.”
 

Rob Hanson, from Designability, said: “The Bath College students have displayed a mature, empathetic and creative response to their brief by engaging with their clients and identifying their needs.
 

“They have shown impressive model making skills and, more importantly, shown the initiative to use their prototypes to gather real, critical design feedback from end users.
 

“The students’ passion for product design is clear in their design solutions that not only solve real problems, but also look great and have market potential.”
 

News

Apprentice of the month: Jordan Griffiths from Weiss Technik UK

Bath College is one of a handful of colleges in the UK offering air conditioning and refrigeration qualifications from Level 1 to Level 3. All students studying air conditioning and refrigeration are apprentices, who are sponsored by their employers. Here we speak to Jordan who travels to Bath from Wales to study.

 

Why did you decide to study for an apprenticeship?
 
I was in college in Wales studying electronics and trying to get into work. I went on work experience with Weiss Technik UK and they offered me an apprenticeship. I didn’t know anything about refrigeration, but I had a go and I started to enjoy it – it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.
 
I thought an apprenticeship would be a better alternative than university, because I would earn and learn at the same time. At the end of the course you come out with a trade and a skill.
 
What do you do on a day to day basis at work?
 
I work four days a week and I come into Bath College once a week. I work on climatic chambers. Car manufacturers need to test cars in low temperatures, to see how durable the car is. We produce refrigeration systems which allow storage rooms to be set to temperatures as low as minus 60 °C.
 
We build the refrigeration system in the factory, test it to make sure everything is fine, take it to the customer, and install it. One day I might be working on a job in the factory and another day I might travel to work onsite.
 
We go away for the week, stay in hotels and do the work. The company is contracted for work abroad, in places like China and Brazil, so I might get that opportunity once I’m qualified.
 
Why did you want to study this course at Bath College?
 
Weiss Technik UK is based in the Ebbw Vale, so I travel into study at Bath College. This is the only Level 3 course I could find, it’s a very specialised subject and not every college offers a Level 3 qualification.
 
I find refrigeration is more hands-on and it’s more specialised. When I was doing electronics there were three courses and there were 60 students studying the course. There’s just a few of us in this refrigeration class, so I get more time with the teacher and it’s easier to find a job afterwards. Companies are crying out for refrigeration engineers.
 
What does Bath College do to support you in the workplace?
 
I have site visitors from the college, they come to see me working to make sure I know my trade and I know what I’m doing. I also have trained engineers at my workplace who show me what to do. It’s just good to get stuck in and work with my hands. I’m not just sat at a desk and it’s not just theory – you’re actually doing something. It’s prepared me for work.
 
What’s your dream for the future?
I want to move abroad and work. I want to get a job and set up my own company in America or Australia and employ other people (maybe other apprentices). We’ve had a lot of people come in as quest speakers telling us what they have done. When I talk to people who have gone on to own their own company I think ‘I could do that’. This is just the start of my journey.
 


 

Interested in an apprenticeship? Let us know!

 

 


 

What are the next steps to becoming an apprentice?

 

Our programmes are designed for young people who have either found an employer who will take on an apprentice, or for those looking to find an employer.
Please complete the form below giving details of the apprenticeship you want to take and the employer who has offered you a placement.

 

 

Register your interest in becoming an Apprentice using the form above.
 
 

College Placement Officer contacts you to discuss the next steps.
 
 

Interviews, start dates and enrollments are arranged for you.
 
 

You begin paid employment through the programme.
 

 

Care Academy, News

Bath College awarded £40,000 to kick-start new care academy

 

Bath College has been awarded £40,000 worth of government funding to kick-start a new care academy, designed to link students with local employers.

 

The funding, awarded by Health Education England, will pay for an academy coordinator and specialist equipment for practical sessions.

 

Health and social care students will learn how to use equipment in a dedicated space, set up with hoists and hospital beds to prepare them for working with people in their homes.

 

They will also benefit from a new structure of training and work placements, provided by local employers partnering with the Bath Care Academy.

 

Following the launch of the Care Certificate in March 2015, employers must make sure new starters meet an identified set of standards before they can work with patients.

 

The Bath Care Academy aims to make sure students complete the Care Certificate as part of their training and are ready to work in the health and social care sector.

 

Esther Williams, Head of Sport, Leisure and Care, said: “Health and social care for us is a huge growth area, with 210 students currently studying health and social care at the college.

 

“What we are doing is aligning our curriculum with the needs of local employers. The health sector is the largest employer in the West of England, providing 72,400 jobs, and we want to work with employers to ensure that our students are studying programmes that adequately prepare them for those roles.

 

“We’ve set up a healthcare network to strengthen our understanding of the needs of our partners, which include the Royal United Hospital, Way Ahead Care, Dorothy House Hospice and Sirona Care & Health.

 

“We have recognised a need to develop a more structured placement system for students, so they can experience a number of the wide-ranging roles in the sector, and gain an understanding that better prepares them for a job.

 

“The Bath Care Academy coordinator will help us to create a programme that matches learners to organisations, and acts as a pipeline to send students into local employment or apprenticeships on completion of their course.”

 

Health and social care students met employers signed up to the Bath Care Academy on January 12, as part of an employability day. They took part in a networking lunch and attended sessions with employers to learn about opportunities available with each company.

 

Nardina Storey is from the learning and development team at Bath RUH.

 

She said: “We’re trying to engage a younger workforce. In today’s society it’s recognised that we need to invest more in young people. They call us an older workforce, but we’re trying to change that. We’re showcasing work experience opportunities that we can offer young people.”

 

Karen Gleave, from Sirona Care & Health, said: “It’s about trying to give people different opportunities.

 

“They’re not just going to one work placement, so they’re able to make better choices. It’s about giving back to the local community as well, supporting young people onto apprenticeships and career pathways.”

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