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Apprenticeships, News

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.
 

Love2Learn, News, Student Spotlight

Gab Hatter: A Bath College Love2Learn Success Story

 

On Thursday 28th February, Bath College hosted a Wedding Fayre allowing local exhibitors to showcase their wedding accessories, services and stationery. Exhibitors from all over Bath and the surrounding areas came down to showcase the amazing things they offered.

 

Alongside many other exhibitors, Gwenda Bryce, founder of Gab Hatter, attended with a large collection of her hand made wedding hats and fascinators. Gwenda has a very unique relationship with Bath College and we caught up with her to ask her about her journey into Millinery.

 

Gwenda told us that she attends the Ascot Horse Races every single year, and she would always dream of making her own hat to take along with her. Originally from Edinburgh, she found a millinery course to attend there and decided to bite the bullet and attend it. However, at the last minute she decided to look locally and saw that Bath College were offering a Love2Learn leisure course in Millinery. She enrolled on to this course and loved it; so much in fact, she decided to continue studying and enrolled onto more Love2Learn leisure courses, doing 18 months of millinery work on an evening course.

 

Gwenda then went on to train at The British School of Millinery and has also had the opportunity to work with top milliners, such as Bridget Bailey, Ani Townsend and Jane Taylor (whose hats have been worn by members of the Royal family, including The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Eugenie).

 

Gwenda then started her own business and operates out of her home in Bath. She makes bespoke hats to order, and also has a huge collection of unique hats she has created in her free time. Her business is called Gab Hatter, Gab being her initials and also a likeness to the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.

 

Gwenda absolutely loves what she does and this is apparent when you speak to her. She’s now looking into expanding her skillset into working with leather, and likes to look around her for inspiration for her hats. It’s always fantastic to see our learners achieve great things after their time at College and we couldn’t be more proud that Gwenda is now doing what she loves as a business, what an incredible achievement!

 

Have a look at our Love2Learn Leisure courses to see what you can learn, you never know, you might find your dream business venture just like Gwenda!

 

Love2Learn, News

Try Pictorial Quilt Making this New Year

 

In the new year Bath College will be bringing you a brand new leisure course, Pictorial Quilting. This will be led by Penny Leaver Green, professional textile artist and Love2learn student herself. Penny is a graduate of Leamington Spa and Exeter University and currently works from her studio in Bristol as a professional textile artist and freelance interior design consultant.

 

We caught up with Penny to ask about the new course and what it entails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is a pictorial quilt?

Over the past 10 years I have developed a method of quilt- making called ‘pictorial quilting‘. This is a simple but effective form of quilt-making which allows the maker to explore a theme or idea within individual squares and then work on the quilt topper as a whole. It is a is a non-traditional technique which allows for freedom of expression and personal creativity and can be as simple or sophisticated as the maker wishes. The essence lies in illustrating moments, ideas or objects through stitch and fabric to create a personal and individual piece of work.

Pictorial quilts can be made to celebrate a birthday, marriage or christening, explore a personal story or journey, investigate a favourite subject matter e.g. birds, or flowers, an event in family history; or just reflect this moment in time.

 

How did you develop the technique?

While my children were young, I felt compelled to make work for their bedrooms. This was, perhaps, the motivation to become a full time textile artist. At the time I made a few quilts for them based on nursery rhymes. Over the years I have periodically returned to making quilts on a variety of themes, from exploring native British birds as an A-Z quilt, to a very personal quilt made during a transition period in my family’s life. I have also undertaken private quilt commissions.

 

What can students expect to gain from the course?

Students will leave the course with their own small quilt and the techniques required to continue to make pictorial quilts at their leisure. They will have explored blackwork, appliqué, ribbon work, free machine embroidery and the skills required to design and stitch the quilt.

 

Do you need any prior skills?

Students need to be able to use a sewing machine and to hand stitch at a basic level.

 

If you would like to sign up, you can find the course here.

You can follow Penny’s work online and on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Until December 21st 2018 you can get 5% off all Leisure Courses with code MINCEPIE5, perfect for trying something new in the New Year!

 

 

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