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Apprenticeship Minister to launch West of England Institute of Technology

Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, will be ‘virtually’ opening the West of England Institute of Technology (WEIoT) on Thursday (8th October).

 

The official WEIoT launch will be a virtual event, which brings together all the education institutions and employers that have been involved bringing it to its fruition.
 
In 2019 the first Institutes of Technology (IoT) were selected through a government-led competition and 12 were awarded – the WEIoT was one of these.
 
The WEIoT is a consortium of education providers and key employers across the West of England. 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, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Trust, St Monica Trust, Jisc, Mayden Academy, National Composites Centre (NCC), North Somerset Council, Leonardo, Rolls Royce and Bamboo Technology.
 
Speaking ahead of her visit, the Apprenticeships Minister said: “I’m looking forward to launching the West of England Institute of Technology and speaking to some of the employers, including GKN Aerospace Services Limited, Mayden Academy and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, who have worked so hard to bring it to life.
 
“Institutes of Technology will be the pinnacle of technical training, offering higher technical STEM education and training in key sectors, such as advanced manufacturing and engineering, construction and infrastructure, and digital which will be even more important as we build back better from the pandemic. By collaborating with businesses, IoTs can deliver the technical knowledge and practical workplace skills employers are demanding – like nowhere else.
 
“I’m excited to speak to students and staff about the opportunities the IoT will offer them and the wider benefits it will have for the wider community.”
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and Chief Executive of Bath College, commented: “Bath College is delighted to be part of this ground breaking initiative. The opportunities this will bring to our students through the collaboration with employers and fellow Colleges and university is significant as it brings together the expertise of industry, state of the art resources and strength and depth of Further Education skills delivery. This will be of huge benefit to Bath and North East Somerset, as well as the whole wider region.”

 
Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group, commented: “We are thrilled to be launching the WEIoT, and to welcome the Minister to witness the investment that this initiative is bringing. The WEIoT will significantly influence skills development and innovation on both a regional and national basis and the WEIoT strength is working collaboratively with other institutes and employers.”
 
In December 2019, the consortium appointed Claire Arbery as the Director of the WEIoT. Claire has been pivotal to the mobilisation of the project, Claire commented on the importance of the investment for the area: “The WEIoT funding has created opportunities for the educational partners to invest in cutting edge technology to provide their learners and employers with facilities to drive forward the developments needed to help build recovery. The focus on technical skills and education offered by the collaborative approach will bring wider benefits and the IoT will be able to support learners who may not have thought that higher level skills training was for them using our digital connectivity to its full potential.”

 
The West of England Combined Authority has also contributed £500.000 towards the project, and this funding has been used to support the digital capability toolkit for the WEIoT, so that all FE partners can be upskilled to deliver digital lessons.

www.weiot.ac.uk
 

 

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Coronavirus Advice for Places of Education

Updated 17th March 6.40pm
 
 
While we have no confirmed cases of Coronavirus, the College has taken the difficult decision to suspend face-to-face teaching for the rest of this week, starting on Wednesday 18th March. We will be closely monitoring the national and local situation over the next few days and will evaluate our position before the end of Friday 20th March. We expect students to be back at College in the week commencing Monday 23rd March unless we inform you otherwise.

 

If you have a vital examination in the next few days, we will be in touch via email to give you more details. All students and parents have been emailed. If you have any queries please contact the College on closure@bathcollege.ac.uk.
 

Laurel Penrose, Principal & Chief Executive

 

 
This guidance will be reviewed daily by 4pm until further notice.
 
If you are a parent of a Bath College student and have not received updates from the College on the Coronavirus situation, please contact Jordan Wilkins on Jordan.Wilkins@bathcollege.ac.uk stating your son/daughter’s name, date of birth and the email address you would like the updates to come to.

 
 

 

Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline

 

A helpline has been set up to answer questions about COVID-19. Staff, Parents and Young People can contact the helpline as follows:

 

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening Hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 

Where to find the latest information

 

You can find regular updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) HERE

 

You can find the Government Advice for Educational setting HERE

 

 

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FRIDAY 31ST JANUARY

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Bath College is excited to offer fully funded entry-level taster sessions in robotic programming to women who are currently seeking new employment opportunities and digital training. The CPD taster sessions are open to women of all ages living in B&NES. A creche will also be available during the sessions. The sessions will run across both campuses, please click the relevant taster session to find out how to get to each campus.

 


 

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Access to HE student wins Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement

 

We are delighted to hear that one of our Access to Higher Education students, James Kean, has achieved the Ascentis Access Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement.

 

The excellence awards (formerly known as the DJ Moore Award) have been in existence for over 20 years. This year Ascentis received a total of 21 nominations from centres all over the country.

 

James Kean – Centre

 

 

James was nominated for this award by his Lecturer John Barry who commended his high work ethic and consistently high grades. In support of the nomination, John forwarded two of James’ assignments, together with supplementary evidence detailing why he was nominated.

 

In his citation, John explained that James,

“Has been a thoroughly impressive student throughout this year. He has achieved Distinctions for all fifteen graded units for a total of 45 credits at Distinction. He has also studied A Level Maths alongside the Access course in order to prepare for a degree in Economics and is expected to achieve an A grade. The Applied ICT assignment showed real depth of understanding of how ICT has impacted on society and how it will impact in the future. A major element of the assessment was a 15-minute presentation on how ICT affects the world of work. James produced an excellently researched and engaging presentation on how technology has influenced employment and work from the days of the industrial revolution through to the future impacts of ICT…. It was the best presentation that I have had in Applied ICT over the five years that I have taught that unit.”

 

James had spent several years in Hong Kong and moved here on his own to do the Access course and has done impressively well. As well as the demands of the Access course and the Maths A-Level he has been helpful and supportive to other students and contributed well to the academic endeavours of each class he has been in.

 

James, who will receive £400 prize money, has a place at Bristol University to study Economics, told us that “I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you [lecturer John Barry] and the other Access to HE course staff at Bath College.”

 

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.

 

The course prepares students to pursue a degree or diploma at university. Working with a supportive tutor, students develop skills and confidence to enable them to embark on a successful higher education career. Access to Higher Education qualification is a QAA-recognised entry qualification for degree or diploma level studies at all universities in the UK, for a wide range of subjects. On this HE course, students study English, Maths and study skills together with subjects related to their degree choice.

 

This is a full-time HE course completed over one year. If you would prefer to study part-time and spread the course over two years, we now offer a part-time Access to Higher Education course.

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg with Bath College staff, Jon Domaille and Tim Goode

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Bath College representatives meet Jacob Rees-Mogg MP to save BTEC qualifications

 

• Bath College leaders hold a special meeting in Parliament with Jacob Rees-Mogg MP.
• Attendees raised concerns about government plans to drop BTECs and Applied Generals from curriculum.
• Government has consulted on defunding the qualification in favor of the new, more limited, T-Levels – rather than letting them exist simultaneously.

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP took part in a special meeting with Bath College representatives on Wednesday 17th July, to hear directly the vital, positive impact BTECs and Applied General qualifications have on the life chances of young people and adults in Somerset after the government announced it is considering dropping the qualifications.
 
The meeting was attended by leaders from Bath College, including Head of Creative Arts and Enterprise, Jon Domaille and Music Performance Learning Coordinator, Tim Goode.
 
A significant amount of learners at Bath College are currently studying for BTEC and Applied Generals qualifications which are a mixed part-vocational part-academic qualification that offers an alternative, less academic focused 16 – 19 education than A-Levels.
 
BTECs are equivalent to A-Levels and are taken by young people and adults across the country who want academic qualifications as well as preparation for the workplace and employment. The government is considering withdrawing funding from August 2020 despite the fact 90% of BTEC students are employed full-time after university graduation.
 
Jon Domaille, Head of Creative Arts and Enterprise at Bath College, said: “I am completely open and willing to being held accountable to ensuring our provision meets the needs of local employers and industry and wholly understand the need to work closely with employers in the provision of quality, vocational training whilst meeting local needs and employment priorities. I know this to be a value that Bath College holds dear, as do many other colleges across the country.
 
“We do though, truly believe that the provision of choice for learners at such an early age in their careers is vital, and Applied General qualification still have a part to play in providing learners with choice, freedom and flexibility to discover their own pathway in this ever changing world.”
 

Access to HE, News

Access to Higher Education students celebrate their success, before heading off to top Universities

 

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
UCL -Geology
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.

 

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