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Ethan Conlon, stonemasonry apprentice at Bath College

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Bath College stonemason Ethan Conlon to compete in Russia at WorldSkills 2019

 

Bath College apprentice, Ethan Conlon, has been travelling around the world preparing to demonstrate his stonemasonry skills against the world’s best.
 
He will compete with finalists from 60 countries at WorldSkills 2019 in Kazan in Russia next month.
 

The 18-year-old will compete in the architectural stonemasonry category after triumphing over stonemasons from across the country earlier this year.
 

Ethan, who studies at Bath College and is also an apprentice with APS Stonemasonry in Oxford, was selected for the college’s shortlist for WorldSkills back in early 2018 after impressing lecturers with his natural ability and commitment.
 
Ethan Conlon at workHe was invited to compete for a place in Team UK for WorldSkills Kazan 2019 after excelling in the WorldSkills UK National Competitions.
 
After taking part in a four-day competition, he was chosen to join Team UK. He received 10 weeks of specialist training and is now off to Kazan as Team UK’s only stonemason in the squad of 30.
 

Joe Leber, Stonemasonry Lecturer at Bath College said: “We are delighted that Ethan is off to compete at world skills in Kazan 2019, we are very proud of him and wish him the very best of luck! He is a fantastic young mason.”
 

Ahead of the competition, which takes place from 22nd – 27th August, the teenager has built up his experience by travelling to competitions in Russia and Brazil for final preparation.
 

WorldSkills UK is responsible for selecting, developing and training the team for the WorldSkills Competition. A partnership between business, education and governments, WorldSkills UK runs skills competitions for thousands of young people every year in key economic skill areas, boosting the technical skills, mindset and employability skills of young people.
 

Visit worldskills2019.com for more information.
 

Apprenticeships, News

Apprentice of the Month: May 2019

 

Our May Apprentice of the Month is Lewis Jones. Lewis is an Apprentice Stonemason working at Worcester Cathedral, and has been nominated by his assessor Ash.

 

 

Part of Lewis’ work as an Apprentice Stonemason involves him working on the restoration of ancient artefacts, as well as the Cathedral itself; some really exciting work! The Stonemasonry apprenticeships come in two levels at Bath College, Level 2 Intermediate Stonemasonry and Level 3 Advanced Stonemasonry. The level two course provides a practical hands on experience during which you will be learning to prepare for the job, setting out and producing architectural stone work, during which you will work as a Banker/Fixer Mason and produce bespoke work and carve architectural features, cut and shape blocks and lay or fit stonework into place on construction projects. The level three is more advanced and you could either work as a Banker Mason, working in a workshop shaping different components from sawn stone, using templates and drawings as a guide to produce complex stone for new and existing buildings; or as a Fixer Mason, cladding or positioning and fixing stone onto buildings. They are both fantastic stepping stones into the world of Stonemasonry and will help you gain the skills you need to become an accomplished Stonemason.

 

 

Aside from his fantastic work at Worcester Cathedral, Lewis has also secured work at York Cathedral as a part of a knowledge building exercise, looking to expand his skills and help him towards his goal of becoming a Heritage Specialist. Paul Maggs, Lewis’ tutor has told us that Lewis is “diligent, hardworking and has a good eye for detail, already completing his NVQ and on track to finish his diploma early”. Lewis’ assessor Ash has also told us that Lewis is a “real character” with lots of musical interests including Mongolian throat singing and playing the violin and ukelele.

 

It sounds like Lewis has a bright future ahead, and we wish him the best of luck in both his Stonemasonry and his musical hobbies!

 

If you’re interested in an Apprenticeship you can get more Apprenticeship information by clicking here or you can check out our Apprenticeship Vacancies by clicking here

 

 

Stone carving submissions for space themed competition

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Student creations wow judges in ‘Space’ themed stone carving competition

 

This week Bath College held its annual stone carving competition in the stonemasonry workshop at the Somer Valley campus.

 

The theme of the competition was ‘Space’, to celebrate 50 years since the moon-landing, which the students chose to interpret in different ways.

 

This extracurricular stone carving competition was judged by Directors Simon and James Hart and Bryan Newton, head mason from Lovell Stone. the competition was made up out of stonemasonry students who had to carve stone into something space themed.

 

The Bath stone that the stonemasons at the college use is generously donated from Lovell Stone’s quarry in Corsham.

 

The student entrants involved had worked on their pieces to perfection, using precision and steady hands they created pieces of art. All of the pieces enter were eye catching and very well done, the four pieces that got through to be taken to the Natural Stone Show at ExCeL London were, “Read All About It” a newspaper with detailed pages and an astronaut’s glove, “Comet” which was a smooth and winding comet, a “Yoda” from Star Wars and “Snoopy” from NASA’s Apollo 10 mission. There was also a notable mention from the judges about a piece called, “Apollo” for its technical skills and difficulty.

 

Stone carving of an astronaut's glove
Stone carving of Yoda
Stone carving of Snoopy
Stone carving of comet

 

Once at the Natural Stone Show starting on 30th April, the favourite piece will be put to the public vote.

 

James Hart director at Lovell stone Group Ltd said after the competition “We support Bath college stonemasonry department as much as possible. We are happy to sponsor the competition and we are also overwhelmed with the quality of the work this year “he then followed up with “Ideally we would have taken all of them, the standard has been so high its really tough”.

 

Paul Maggs Stonemasonry lecturer at Bath College said “Very very impressed with the quality of the carving we’ve been presented with this year. Thanks to Lovell Stone for their support for the masonry department at the college”.

 

The final pieces:
‘Connections’ by Joseph Franklin-Willis
‘Snoopy’ by Tobias Lemgerg
‘Apollo’ by David Lambard
‘Yoda’ Gary Balman
‘The Journey’ by Alex
‘Comet’ by Luke Lyster
Unnamed by David Davidge
‘Read all about it’ by Jeni Wood
‘Mellies Moon’ by Elliot Lyster
 
Please see our course search for further information on the stonemasonry courses provided at Bath College.
Collage of stonework photos

 

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.

 

 

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Bath College Stonemasonry Student on Road to Russia

 

A stonemasonry student from Bath College is taking on their toughest skills challenge to date this week, when they compete against other stonemasons to try and win a place to represent the UK at WorldSkills Kazan 2019 this summer.
 

Known as the ‘Skills Olympics’, the WorldSkills Competition sees the world’s best apprentices and students battle it out to win Gold, Silver and Bronze in their chosen skill. The UK is currently tenth in the WorldSkills rankings following its medal success at the last WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi in 2017.
 
Ethan Conlon, who studies at Bath College and is also an apprentice with APS Stonemasonry in Oxford, was invited to compete for a place in Team UK for WorldSkills Kazan 2019 after excelling in the WorldSkills UK National Competitions. He will compete from 4 – 7 March at York College.
 
Joe Leber, Stonemasonry Lecturer at Bath College said: “We are delighted that Ethan has reached the final three for selection to compete at world skills in Kazan 2019, we are very proud of him and wish him the very best of luck in the final selection stage next week!”
 
WorldSkills UK is responsible for selecting, developing and training the team for the WorldSkills Competition. A partnership between business, education and governments, WorldSkills UK runs skills competitions for thousands of young people every year in key economic skill areas, boosting the technical skills, mindset and employability skills of young people.
 
Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, Chief Executive of WorldSkills UK said: “I wish Ethan the very best of luck as he competes for a place in the team to represent the UK at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
 
“By entering the WorldSkills Competition, we can transfer the insights gained from competing against other countries into the wider economy, driving up training standards in the UK to world-class levels, boosting productivity.”
 
Team UK for WorldSkills Kazan 2019 will be announced on 11 March.
 
Inspired by Ethan? WorldSkills UK is looking for apprentices and students to take part in WorldSkills Shanghai 2021. Register at www.worldskillsuk.org by 5 April and see how far your skills can take you.
 

 

Experience Trade Industries Day

During February half term (18th-22nd) we will be hosting an event where you can experience what it’s like to be a Bath College student for the day. This is an opportunity to get hands-on experience with a course that you’re interested in, help decide between two different courses, or even whether College is right for you.

On each day of the week we will be hosting a different experience day covering a different department. You can register for as many days as you would like and pick up to two workshops to attend per day.

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT


On Friday 22nd February we will be hosting our Experience Trade Industries Day at our Somer Valley Campus near Radstock, where you can pick and attend up to two of the following workshops:

The day will run from 9:30am – 1:30pm and will provide you with the opportunity to take part in pre-apprenticeship workshops, learn about the courses and meet your potential tutors.



REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

For further details on the other experience days please see our main event page.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please email events@bathcollege.ac.uk.

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Students get top results in Refrigeration and Stonemasonry at WorldSkills UK live competition

 

Bath College had four students competing in WorldSkills UK live last week, which held the UK National Finals of more than 70 WorldSkills UK Competitions, giving the most talented apprentices and students the chance to be named as the UK’s best in their chosen skill.
 
The competitions challenge and assess an individual’s applied knowledge, technical ability and employability skills against a set of performance criteria, with finalists competing for gold, silver and bronze medals and the opportunity to be selected to join Squad UK to train for future international competitions.
 
Two Refrigeration students, Chandler Davison and Kevin Ballantine, made the top six for SkillFRIDGE as well as two Stonemasonry students, Josh Underwood and Hartaj Hunjan,  who made the top eight for Stonemasonry in SkillBuild.
 
Chandler, SkillFRIDGE finalist

Bath College was the only training provider in the 2018 SkillFRIDGE competition to see two of its students make the top six, with Chandler (pictured left) winning Silver in the competition.
 
In the SkillBuild completion, Hartaj received Highly Commended and Josh received Silver for their Stonemasonry work.
 
Chandler, who topped the national rankings and was the recipient of the SkillFRIDGE National Winner accolade, is employed by Thermocold Ltd – a family-run business working in and around the South West region – and is set to complete his four year apprenticeship course in September.
 
Kevin,, SkillFRIDGE finalist
Kevin (pictured right) spent fifteen years in other trades before pursuing a career in RACHP (refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems), after his elder brother asked him to partner with him and start their own company; TKB Air Conditioning.
 
Simon Robinson, Refrigeration & Electrical Learning Coordinator said: “I am over the moon with the result, the lads have equally put a lot of their personal and work time in to this competition, so support from the employers must be equally applauded.
 
“Both lads have inspired the Refrigeration classes and staff with their efforts to do well and use their initiative to overcome weaknesses prior to entering the finals. The competition is always fierce as this is as much as massive title for the apprentice as an accolade for the college or training establishments.
 
“To have the pair in the finals is a first for Bath College and to come away with a silver medal is well deserved.”
 

Josh and Hartaj, Skillbuild finalists

Josh and Hartaj, Skillbuild Stonemasonry finalists


 
Hartaj has just finished the Stonemasonry course at Bath College and is an apprentice at A F Jones Stonemasons Ltd.
 
Josh is also doing an apprenticeship at a Stonemasonry business, his is with Phidias Neo Classical, based in Bristol. After his apprenticeship finishes he would also like to start a business.
 
Paul Maggs, Stonemasonry lecturer said: “The lads worked extremely hard and I am very proud of their achievements at the world skills competition.”
 
If you would like more information on apprenticeships at Bath College, click here.
 

Chandler next to SkillFridge poster

Construction & Engineering, News, Student Spotlight

Four Bath College students make WorldSkills UK competition final

 

Bath College have four students who are competing in WorldSkills UK live, the home of the UK National Finals of more than 70 WorldSkills UK Competitions, giving the most talented apprentices and students the chance to be named as the UK’s best in their chosen skill.
 
The competitions challenge and assess an individual’s applied knowledge, technical ability and employability skills against a set of performance criteria, with finalists competing for gold, silver and bronze medals and the opportunity to be selected to join Squad UK to train for future international competitions.
 
Two Refrigeration students, Chandler and Kevin, have made the top six for SkillFRIDGE as well as two Stonemasonry students who have made the top eight for Stonemasonry in SkillBuild.
 
Bath College is the only training provider in the 2018 SkillFRIDGE competition to see two of its students make the top six: Chandler Davison and Kevin Ballantine.
 
Chandler (pictured above), who has topped the national rankings and will be the recipient of the SkillFRIDGE National Winner accolade, is employed by Thermocold Ltd – a family-run business working in and around the South West region – and is set to complete his four year apprenticeship course in September.
 
Speaking on what led him into the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, Chandler said: “It was a great apprenticeship programme to enter at college and was a subject that I was interested in, especially due to the fact that my Dad has worked in the industry his entire life.”
 
Kevin spent fifteen years in other trades before pursuing a career in RACHP (refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems), after his elder brother asked him to partner with him and start their own company; TKB Air Conditioning.
 
Following a year on the tools, Kevin opted for a course with Bath College. He notes: “We decided it would be beneficial for me to get a qualification in the industry to help us progress further.
 
“I signed up to a two-year apprenticeship with a possibility of doing a third after. I’ve just completed my first year and it’s all going well so far.”
 
Josh and Hartaj, by Skillbuild poster
Josh Underwood and Hartaj Hunjan (pictured above) came first and second in the regional heats of the SkillBuild Stonemasonry competition in the stonemasonry workshop at the Somer Valley Campus and have now made it to the final at WorldSkills UK live.
 
Hartaj is delighted to have made the final: “I was quite surprised to finish where I did as I tried last year and didn’t quite make it. It’s great to see how much I’ve improved in a year.”
 
Hartaj has just finished the Stonemasonry course at Bath College and is an apprentice at A F Jones Stonemasons Ltd.
 
“I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as they are enabling me to hone my skills. It’s a great way to learn and improve, as eventually I would like to go self-employed.”
 
Josh is also doing an apprenticeship at a Stonemasonry business, his is with Phidias Neo Classical, based in Bristol. After his apprenticeship finishes he would also like to start a business.
 
Paul Maggs, Stonemasonry lecturer at Bath College is very impressed with his students: “We are incredibly proud of Josh and Hartaj who worked so hard for the competition.
 
“To have our only two competitors enter the final is a real testament to their talent.”
 
WorldSkills UK live takes place on 15th-17th November at the NEC Birmingham.
 

Josh and Hartaj, Skillbuild

Awards, Construction Skills Centre, Events, Locations, News

Bath College students win first and second place in SkillBuild Stonemasonry competition

 

Last month, Bath College hosted the regional final of the SkillBuild Stonemasonry competition in the stonemasonry workshop at the Somer Valley Campus.

 

Bath College students have been announced as the top two, Josh Underwood in first and Hartaj Hunjan in second.
 

Josh and Hartaj have worked incredibly hard to get to the top of the Regional Qualifiers and are now awaiting their final results, released in July, to see if they have made the top eight competitors who will go onto the UK National Final, held at the NEC Birmingham in November.
 

SkillBuild is the biggest and longest running multi-trade construction skills competition in the UK, delivered by CITB (Construction Industry Training Board).
 

Skills represented in the competition include: Bricklaying, Furniture and Cabinet Making, Carpentry, Joinery, Painting and Decorating, Plastering, Plastering and Drywall Systems, Roof Slating and Tiling, Stonemasonry and Wall and Floor Tiling.
 

Hartaj was delighted to come in second place in the competition: “I was quite surprised to finish where I did as I tried last year and didn’t quite make it. It’s great to see how much I’ve improved in a year.”
 

Hartaj has just finished the Stonemasonry course at Bath College and is an apprentice at A F Jones Stonemasons.
 

“I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as they are enabling me to hone my skills. It’s a great way to learn and improve, as eventually I would like to go self-employed.”
 

Josh is also doing an apprenticeship at a Stonemasonry business, his is with Phidias Neo Classical, based in Bristol. After his apprenticeship finishes he would also like to start a business.
 

Paul Maggs, Stonemasonry lecturer at Bath College was very impressed with his students: “We are incredibly proud of Josh and Hartaj who worked so hard for the competition.
 

“To have our only two competitors come first and second is a real testament to their talent.”
 

For more information about our Stonemasonry courses, click here.
 

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