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Post-pandemic retraining programme launched by Bath College and Bath Spa University

 

At a time of significant economic and social turbulence, Bath College and Bath Spa University are proud to be working together in the creation and launch of RESTART, a post-pandemic recovery package of inclusive skills and reskilling.

 

Now, more so than ever, Bath College and Bath Spa feel passionately that people are not left behind at a time when jobs and futures are being adversely effected.

 

The core aim of RESTART is to ensure that the local community have an accessible opportunity to reskill in order to maximise employment and progression opportunities, whilst giving them the opportunity to maximise their chances of re-employment and/or employment in a new sector by focusing on ‘in demand’ skills from basic to advanced.
 

The programme will benefit those looking to begin new journeys in their careers, those recently made redundant, those recently furloughed or looking to start their own business venture.
 

This ground-breaking workplace skills delivery programme is open to anyone aged 19+ and utilises consistent communication with local employers and businesses about skillsets that they look for when hiring people.
 

Candidates will consider a wide range of pathways to employment and will develop skills within a multitude of business settings to enable them to fill gaps on CVs and progress in the workplace. Learners currently on our programmes are exploring CV masterclasses, Microsoft Office applications, Google Work place apps, resilience, positivity, confidence and job hunting skills with further potential of exploring customer service skills, entrepreneurship, business administration, leadership and management, digital innovation and cyber security at a higher level.
 

Andy Salmon, Pro-Vice Chancellor External at Bath Spa University, said: “Restart teams up Bath’s post-16 education providers for the first time to deliver a joined up programme. Local businesses insist that it is increasingly important for employees to have both hard and soft skills, with the latter focusing on communication, agility, confidence and ability to solve problems.
 

“In fact, soft skills were frequently cited as even more important than more traditional harder skills. When companies did reference harder skills it was digital and business understanding that came out as crucial for building new jobs and career opportunities.
 

“We know that everyone has varying skillsets and objectives, and we are committed to enabling our local communities of learners to bridge those gaps so they can flourish, gaining new relevant skills in these very challenging times.”
 

Laurel Penrose, Principal and Chief Executive at Bath College, said: “The joint approach between Bath College and Bath Spa University provides a timely and flexible opportunity for those requiring a fresh and different set of technical and employability skill set to secure their current or different future employment.
 

By working together, listening to individual needs and employers’ requirements we can ensure that the reskilling and upskilling courses fit a person’s and industry requisites, so that all in our community can benefit in these difficult times”.
 

Both institutions are proud of this venture and the learners who have already begun the process of building for their futures.
 

If you are interested in your own RESTART, for further information, please contact Bath College Adult Community Learning, acl@bathcollege.ac.uk tel: 01225 328 822

 

Student Union Elections 2020

 

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The students union is a team of students who take positive action and make decisions to improve the College for everyone. This is your opportunity to make a difference, be part of a community, gain employability skills for your CV and have some fun along the way. You can also read and download the job descriptions below. For further information please contact The Students Union, you can do so by clicking here.


 

THE ROLES

 

Click on each role to find out a little bit more about it, you can also read the full job descriptions by clicking the text. The Student Union President is the only full time paid role, and is for students who will be completing their studies this June.

 

 

Student Union President

Job Description

 

Green Officer

Job Description

 

 

Inclusion Officer

Job Description

 

Higher Education Officer

Job Description

 


 

THE TIMELINE

Read below to see the full timeline of Election events! If you want to nominate yourself be sure to do so by filling out the form at the bottom of the page!

 

NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED

 

4th – 7th May

Campaign Week!

 

13th – 20th May

Voting Opens!

 

22nd May

Elected Candidates Announced

 


 

VOTING NOW OPEN

You can now vote for your favourite candidate! Click the button below to access the form and cast your vote.

 

VOTE NOW

 

Apprenticeship and Jobs Fair 2020

Wednesday 4th March 2020

Free event from 11:00 to 16:00

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Open to Schools, young people, parents and the public.

Join us at the Assembly Rooms on Wednesday 4th March 2020 and meet with over 70 local and national employers offering jobs and apprenticeships.

The perfect place to start planning your exciting career!

 


 

 

PAST EVENTS

 

To follow up on the success of our past events, please see the following articles:

 


 

GET IN CONTACT

For more information about this event, please contact us via:

 


 

MORE INFORMATION

Please visit our Apprenticeships or Traineeships pages for more information.

 

 


 

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Project SEARCH Interns secure jobs in Bath

 

Young people with learning difficulties or disabilities, who want to increase their employability skills and find paid work, can apply for our Project SEARCH internship programme. Each year Bath & North East Somerset Council provides internships from September through to June in professional work environments. The interns learn transferrable skills working in three different departments for ten weeks. This year, our interns have worked in places such as B&NES Offices, Better Leisure Centre, The Roman Baths, Charlton House Care Home as well as many other places.

 

During their time on the course the interns receive on-site tutoring from Bath College and Job Coach support from Virgin Care.  The partners also work with local organisations to help interns find vacancies and apply for jobs.

 

Two of this years cohort of Project SEARCH Interns have secured jobs and had a tea party to celebrate. Jake will be working as a Porter at The Roman Baths, a job he did on his first rotation of his internship. Jake is really excited to be starting his new job;

 

“The Roman Baths was my favourite job, and I’m really looking forward to starting at The Roman Baths!”

 

Jake’s Grandparents attended the tea party to celebrate and they were absolutely thrilled that he had secured his favourite job, they said:

 

“This time last year Jake was a very nervous boy, but Project SEARCH has really helped with his confidence. It’s wonderful to see him being social and happy”

 

Jake on the Job at Better Leisure Centre

 

Matthew, another Project SEARCH Intern has secured a job working as a Porter up at The University of Bath, and says he is ‘excited to do something new’. Matthew’s favourite rotation was working at The B&NES Offices, as he enjoyed being trained on how to use the computer for work.

 

Matthew (left) & Jake (right)

Matthew (left) & Jake (right)

 

Councillor Dine Romero, Council Leader said:

 

“This is the 12th year we’ve run Project SEARCH and over that time it’s proved hugely successful with our graduates finding community-based employment through the programme. It really is a fantastic way to experience the world of work while developing employability skills.  At a time when the average employment rate in the UK  for adults with a learning difficulty or disability has dropped to just six per cent, its essential we provide opportunities like this to help more young people find sustainable employment.”

 

Project Search is open to young people with learning difficulties or disabilities who are aged 18-25, and applications for next academic year are now open. If you know someone who would like to apply for a placement please click here to go to the Project SEARCH Application page.

 

Following successful completion of the nine-month internship graduates are presented with certificates at a special ceremony in front of an audience of family members, programme partners, local businesses and council staff.

 

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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.

 

This year’s event, which will be more interactive than previous years, is taking place at the Assembly Rooms on 4th March between 11am and 4pm, giving local businesses the chance to showcase their vacancies to local people.
 
This year’s lead sponsors are B&NES, Curo, EDF Hinkley Point C and Persimmon Homes all whom will be found in the Octagon offering apprenticeship opportunities.
 
The fair will be categorised by the types of careers on offer and will include Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care, Business and Administration, Care Services, Catering and Hospitality, Construction, Creative and Design, Digital, Education and Childcare, Engineering and Manufacturing, Hair and Beauty, Health and Science, Legal, Finance and Accounting and Sales, Marketing and Procurement.
 
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.
 
The Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair is open to people of all ages as opportunities will vary in level. Students from schools and colleges will be in attendance but adults looking for opportunities are encouraged to attend also.
 
Ellie Selway, Electrical ApprenticeEllie Selway is currently doing a Level 3 Electrical Apprenticeship through Bath College.
 
She said: “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.”
 
Event organiser John Jefferies said: “The fair is a great opportunity to find out about local apprenticeships at Bath College and beyond ranging from Level 2 right up to degree level.
 
“The fair is growing year on year and we have lots of new employers joining us for what will be a more interactive event than ever before.”
 
The event is taking place on 4th March 11am-4pm at the Assembly Rooms and is free to attend.
 

Limited spaces are available to exhibit, please contact john.jefferies@bathcollege.ac.uk for info.
 
For more details about apprenticeships at Bath College visit www.bathcollege.ac.uk/apprenticeships
 

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WIDJET Q&A with Dr Daisy Walsh, Head of Technology

 

Bath College is running a brand new course: WIDJET. WiDJET’s focus is to get Women into Digital Jobs, Education and Training. We spoke to Dr Daisy Walsh, Head of Technology at Bath College all about the new programme:
 

What is WIDJET?
WIDJET (Women into Digital Jobs, Education and Training) is a new skills programme from the West of England Combined Authority, funded by the Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, to help and support women to find jobs in digital roles.
It’s a play on the word ‘widget’ as in our sessions, we will be working with robots. Bath College is running a free taster session that will give people a chance to experience programming, which if they enjoy, they can then sign up to a free 6 session course to develop their skills further.
 

Why is it important for women to be involved in digital jobs?
If you look at a cross-section of IT/computing jobs, you see that it is still very male dominated. That’s not to say that there aren’t lots of very successful females, but we need to keep at it and keep promoting these opportunities to women. Our WIDJET sessions could be for women who have already forged a career in another discipline, perhaps you think it’s too late, but it’s not! Computing roles are vast, and programming is a key skill that employers are looking for. Our free session offers a sound base so that you can progress onto a specific course after if you wish.
 

Tell us a little bit about your background.
I am heading WIDJET at Bath College because I was accidentally introduced to Computing and IT through a ‘Women in New Technology’ scheme 30 years ago, which focused on machine programming languages. At the time, I was a Secondary School Science Teacher. After learning programming I worked for Avon and Somerset Police as a programmer before moving to Bath College to teach IT. I am now the Head of Technology at Bath College and have just completed my PhD in Education Management.
 

What do you have planned for the sessions at Bath College?
After the first taster session, the course will focus on basic programming principles, getting robots to move, getting them to respond to sensors and interacting with the environment. At the end of the 6 sessions the participants will have the fundamentals of programming and could look to pursue a career in web development, app development and general programming.
 

How can women get more info/apply?
To sign up to the taster session on 18th June, email me, Daisy Walsh at WIDJET@bathcollege.ac.uk or call 01225 328533
 
 

 
To look at a whole range of Computing/IT courses at Bath College, click here.
 

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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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