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Apprenticeships, News

Apprentice of the Month: March 2019

 

 

 

Our March Apprentice of the Month is Callum Cocks. Callum is a Level 2 NVQ Stonemason working for Well’s Cathedral and has been nominated by his tutor Ash.

 

The Stonemasonry Apprenticeship provides a practical hands on experience of stonemasonry. You’ll learn to prepare for the job as well as produce architectural stone work. An apprenticeship offers you a broad opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to become a qualified Stonemason, through instruction in the classroom and practical work experience on the job.

 

Callum’s tutor Ash told us:

“Callum is a model student and works to a very high standard as a stonemason and sometimes even matches the level 3 learners for skill.  He is methodical and is always challenging himself to become better, both at college and at work. Callum works very well within the classroom and is a popular figure, he is likely to finish his apprenticeship early and also complete his Diploma well within the deadlines given. He is also supporting other colleagues in the same class where required and helping with knowledge and tips on gathering evidence for the apprenticeship.  Callum has helped on open days for the college and promoting stonemasonry for department, he is engaging and passionate about his job and loves working with stone.”

 

Callum is well deserving of this month’s title of Apprentice of the Month, good luck with the rest of your studies Callum!

 

If you’re interested in an Apprenticeship be sure to check out our Apprenticeship vacancies here or alternatively you can look at our top three Apprenticeships for this month (March 2019), simply click here.

 

We also have an Apprenticeship and Jobs fair coming up later this month, which is ideal for anyone looking to get an Apprenticeship, talk to prospective employers or change their career. This will be hosted at The Guildhall on the 27th March, between 12pm and 5pm. You can find out more information and sign up to this event here.

 

 

News

Bath College To Government: “Invest In Our Future”

 

Bath College took centre stage in Westminster during a debate on college funding.
 

The debate was the result of a petition demanding that the government increases college funding to sustainable levels. The petition has almost 70,000 signatures, 174 of which are Bath residents.
 

The petition is a reaction to the woeful levels of funding experienced by the sector. Almost half of the further education colleges in this country, Bath College included, are operating at a deficit.
 

Laurel Penrose, Chief Executive of Bath College said; “The strain of budget restrictions is telling on staff, both in their pay and in investment in their departments. Our service to learners is starting to be compromised, because we cannot invest in the infrastructure and enhancements we need to remain at the high standards required by our technical subjects.”
 

College funding cuts resulted in a strike last year, where members of staff from Bath College walked out, demanding pay in line with the rest of the education sector.
 

Wera Hobhouse, MP for Bath, who spoke in the debate, said; “Bath College, and the further education sector in general, is vital to social mobility, vital in training people for key worker roles, and central to the principle that this country invests in its people, regardless of background.”
 

“Bath College continually proves you don’t have to go to university to get ahead in life, and gives people the skills that our business community in Bath need. Not funding further education damages our economy, and damages people’s ability to reach their full potential.”
 

Wera Hobhouse and the senior management team at Bath College are continuing to work together to champion the importance of the further education sector, and demand the government fund it appropriately.
 

Carole Stott and Wera Hobhouse

News

Bath College gets support from local MP for increased funding

 

Bath College joined colleges from across the country this week for the Association of Colleges #LoveOurColleges campaign to showcase the critical value of the work it does and make the case for increased investment from government.
 
Bath College’s Chair of Governors, Carole Stott MBE, met local MP, Wera Hobhouse, at the House of Commons to explain the urgent need for more investment.
 
It is now widely recognised that Further Education Colleges like Bath have been unfairly and dramatically disadvantaged by funding cuts. In the eight years since 2011 annual funding for each young student has dropped by over £1,300, whilst education and training opportunities for adults have dropped by 62%. The Children’s Commissioner, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Education Select Committee have all highlighted the issue.
 
Local MP Wera Hobhouse is supporting the call for better investment and has signed a cross-party early day motion calling on the Chancellor for improved investment.
 
She said: “Bath College demonstrates time and time again that young people don’t have to go to university to advance in their lives. Bath’s businesses need young people who are work ready, with specific skills, and Bath College provides this. Young people also need to know that their education will stand them in good stead for progressing in to the world of work.
 
“Bath College do a fantastic job in the face of a very difficult funding environment. I would like to see people given a lifelong learning account, which they can spend at any point in their lives on educating themselves, at institutions like Bath College.”
 
Carole Stott said, “Failure to invest in our college is a failure to invest in our young people and our future.
“Bath College plays a vitally important role in our community. It educates and trains over 2000 young people and 9000 adults each year, leading to successful careers and to jobs so important to our local economy.
 
“We train the engineers, the construction workers, the care workers and the chefs that our society and our community need. We work with hundreds of local businesses providing the skilled workforce they need to thrive.”
 
Despite the funding cuts the college was recognised as Good in all areas by Ofsted earlier this year. They described Bath College learners as developing a “strong range of skills, attributes and ways of behaving which prepare them well for employment.”
 
While “Learners with low confidence or few previous qualifications quickly feel at ease and establish excellent relationships with their teachers. As a result, they swiftly develop new skills in learning, and personal and social skills.”

 
Sarah Kean-Price, the UCU union rep at Bath College said that: “#LoveOurColleges raises a crucial issue in FE – the choice to engage in austerity continues to slash our budget: leaving us overlooked, underfunded and less able to support our community to learn, develop and flourish.

 

“There is an imperative need to challenge the government to fund FE properly for the betterment of all.”
 

Amanda Spielman , Ofsted Chief Inspector commented that: “While it is true to say that spending per pupil in primary and secondary schools has increased significantly in real terms since the early 1990s, the same is not true for further education and skills (FES) spending.
 
“I have expressed my concerns before, based on our inspection evidence, that the real-term cuts to FES funding are affecting the sustainability and quality of FES provision. My strong view is that the government should use the forthcoming spending review to increase the base rate for 16 to 18 funding.”
 
Carole Stott said, “We always put the success and well-being of our students first but recently the college has been operating at a loss which means we’ve had to make severe cuts and have not been able to offer pay increases for our hard-working and dedicated staff. We need to be able to recruit the best staff, and with increased pension costs just around the corner this position is not sustainable.
 
“With skills shortages looming the government must invest in our colleges and our future.”

 
If you would like to show your support and sign the petition, please do so by clicking here.
 

Careers Adviser Launch

Announcement, News

New 2019/2020 Full-time FE prospectus launched at Careers Advisers’ Event

 

This week we launched our brand new full-time FE prospectus at our annual Careers’ Adviser Day.
 
Careers advisers from fifteen schools in the local area came into Bath College to hear from Heads of Department discuss the changes in the curriculum and all about the provision the college has to offer.
 
The new prospectus is focusing on learners ‘starting their journey’ at Bath College.
 
Sarah Cooper, Schools Liaison Officer at Bath College said that: “We were delighted to see so many representatives from schools attend the launch event.
 
“It was really encouraging to see so much interaction between advisers and College staff.
 
“I’m confident that they now have all the tools to signpost students to the wide range of vocational and academic courses we offer.”
 
 
The new prospectus is available to pick-up from the Student Advice Centre at both campuses.
 

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