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News, Student Spotlight

Case Study: Jessica’s Erasmus Catering placement in Seville

 
We spoke to Jessica Porch about her REYeurope Erasmus+ placement in Seville.

 

Name: Jessica Porch
Course Name: Catering and Hospitality Level 3
Placement Location: Seville
 
Why did you apply for the placement?
I applied for my placement because I was interested in working abroad.
I was encouraged by my tutors and lectures at college to go as it would be and was a good experience.
I prepared myself by writing a CV and cover letter and also organised my passport, EHIC card, travel money card and budget.
 
Describe your work placement and tasks.
My work placement was joined onto an English Hotel so served English food as well and Spanish tapas food. Some tasks that I carried out were preparing starter dishes, preparing all food that needed to be cooked in advanced and also cleaning down the kitchen after service.
 
What was your biggest learning experience and achievement during your placement?
Learning about different cuisine and learning a new language.
 
Do you feel that your international placement will help you professionally in the future and if so, how?
I think that it will help me in the future as it shows that I have no limit to what I think I can achieve.
 
Jessica in Seville
What did you like best about your destination abroad and why?
The city was really beautiful and had lots of amazing attractions that we visited throughout the 3 weeks. I also liked the restaurants and shops we went in and the people were very welcoming. It was also really hot which is always nice when you are not used to it.
 
What next for you and do you have any advice for future participants?
Next for me is going into a full time job away from home. And my advice would be don’t get too caught up in missing parents or loved ones as the time goes so fast that you have to enjoy all of your time there and use your days off wisely – go sight seeing or to the beach.
 
 

Thanks to Jessica for sharing her placement experience. If you would like any information about our Catering & Hospitality courses, click here.
 

Access to HE, Awards, News

Case Study: Pearl Bartlett, Access to Higher Education

 

 

Pearl is an Access to Higher Education student hoping to go on to University. She has overcome many personal obstacles and has showed a tenacity to learn that will serve her well in the future. Pearl has also recently won a prestigious award for her hard work as a voluntary peer mentor on a ward and her assistance with helping to keep people well, the NHS Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Award for Recovery and Hope. This was presented by none other than Frank Bruno! We caught up with Pearl to ask her about her experiences and aspirations:

 

 

What course did you study at Bath College?

I studied GCSE English and Maths at Bath College in 2016/17 and after successfully passing them, last year I began Access to HE Health and Social Care part time. I will be completing the Access course this year.

 

What was/is the most enjoyable aspect of your course?

The most enjoyable part was studying Psychology, this allowed me to gain further knowledge into mental illnesses and insight into therapies that I had undergone myself to get well.

 

What have you done on your course that you feel is most valuable?

Psychology and Sociology have given me the most valuable knowledge base to assist me further with going to University and furthering my career.

 

What made you apply to Bath College?

I looked at the local college in my hometown and then Bath. The success rate, support and the general feedback from previous students made me decide that Bath was in my best interests.

 

What do you want to after College?

After college I want to go to University and be the first generation in my family to go, but also to see change within the treatment of people with poor mental health.

 

What piece of advice would you give to students looking to study Access to HE?

The advice I would give to future students is take on board the advice given in study skills and pace yourself. Never leave assignments until the last minute and always ask for help if you need it. The lecturers are helpful and want to assist you and allow you to get the best from yourself. Their support is amazing.

 

How did you overcome your personal challenges to complete the course?

I suffered with extremely poor mental health and was very scared to move to a new city and begin education again. However, being honest with the lecturers about my wellbeing and being able to talk to fellow students about my personal journey really boosted my confidence and gave me a sense of pride.

 

What was the award you won and why did you win it?

I was recently a winner of the NHS Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Award for Recovery and Hope. I was nominated for this prestigious award for my volunteer role as a peer mentor. I won this due to the nominations I received and for ongoing presentation of my story and explanations and promotion of the peer mentoring project. I volunteer supporting mentees on the ward and within the community assisting them to keep well.

 

 

We’re very proud of all Pearls achievements whilst at College and special congratulations are in order for this incredible Award. We’re positive you’ll smash it at University and we wish you all the best with your future aspirations!

 

If you’re interested in going to University but you’re not sure how you can then have a look at our Access to Higher Education courses, we have a full time course that takes 1 year to complete, and a part time course that takes 2 years to complete. All our Access to HE students have incredible success going on to University and a high number even secure places at top Russell Group Universities studying topics such as Paramedic Science and Veterinary Medicine.

 

You can find the full time course here and the part time course here. Or you can talk to one of our helpful staff members about what you want to study at University and how the Access course can help, either call 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk

 

 

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.
 

All Award winners

Awards, Events, News

Bath College students recognised at Celebrating Success Award Ceremony

 

Bath College students had their achievements celebrated by tutors, family and friends at an annual award ceremony last week.
 

The Celebrating Success Awards were held at The Guildhall, with awards being given out to over 40 students in front of an audience made up of family, tutors, governors, the Chair of the Council, Cllr Karen Walker and The Mayor of Bath, Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones.
 

The awards were held during #LoveOurColleges week, a campaign calling on the government to increase funding for colleges and focusing on all the positive work staff and students do in the Further Education sector.
 

Guests arrived at the Guildhall to the sound of talented music students, Emily and Ceasar, who performed before the awards were announced.
 

The flower arrangements on each table were prepared by Bath College’s floristry department and the catering and hospitality on the night was prepared by students too, who got a roaring round of applause from the crowds.
 

Tutors from every department took to the stage to share stories of students going above and beyond to meet the demands of their course.
 

Proud parents and partners watched on as students received their awards from the Principal and CEO of the college, Laurel Penrose.
 
She said: “I offer my sincere congratulations to each and every one of the award winners – knowing that behind each award is a story – of hard work, dedication and determination.
 
“Success is also a team effort. Behind each award there is also a team of people – fellow students, families, friends, tutors, lecturers, employers; all who have supported students through good times and also helped during difficult times throughout the year.
 
“Although this celebration may seem like a conclusion for all the hard work – in many ways it’s just the beginning of future opportunities.”
 
The annual awards took place on Thursday 18th October at The Guildhall Bath, with handcrafted awards made by Bath Aqua Glass.
 
View the Facebook album here.
  
Award Winners
 
Catering Student of the Year
Jessica Porch
Hospitality Student of the Year
Carla Sarkissian
Hairdressing Student of the Year
Charlotte Newman
Complementary Therapies Student of the Year
Fee Phimunchat
Beauty Student of the Year
Scarlett Hayward
Hair and Media Make-up student of the year
Isabelle Mountain
Animal Care Student of the Year
Kieran Scott
Additional Learning Support Student of the Year
Patryk Bakowski
Foundation Learning Life and Independent Living Student of the Year
Calandra Maynard
Step Up Foundation Learning Student of the Year
Alicia Murray
Most improved Foundation Learning Student of the Year
Ellie Mae Mundin
Most consistent Foundation Learning Student of the Year
Joe Mulhearn
English Student of the Year
Emily LLoyd
Art & Design Student of the Year
Emily Lloyd
Fashion Student of the Year
Amber Bowerman
Graphics Student of the Year
Tamsin Histon Davies
Photography Student of the Year
Rob Geeves
Design Student of the Year
Tallulah Lloyd Allum
Foundation Learning Vocational Access Student of the Year
Kye Winchester
Project Search Student of the Year
Kirsty Gibbs
Business Student of the Year
Charles William Oliver-Cork
Performing Arts Student of the Year
Jenna Newport
Media Student of the Year
Charlotte Nind
Music Student of the Year
Jasper Sheppard
Information Technology Student of the Year
Daniel Joscelyne
Engineering Student of the Year
Matt Durbin
Electrical Engineering Student of the Year
Liam Clarke
Motor Vehicle Student of the Year
Josh Lucus
Carpentry Student of the Year
Jordan Jones
Plumbing Student of the Year
Michael Griffin
Bricklaying Student of the Year
Jade Jennifer Josephine Downer
Painting & Decorating Student of the Year
Ava Hamblin
Stonemasonry Student of the Year
Sam Bradley
Lewis Halfacre Stonemasonry Achievement Award
Jiya Baker
Sport Student of the Year
Emily Petteford
Public Services Student of the Year
Daniel Ball
Travel & Tourism Student of the Year
Olivia Poolman
Health & Social Care Student of the Year
Rachael Hawkins
Early Years Student of the Year
Tai Jay Phao
International Foundation Year Student of the Year
Kazuki Martin
Access to Higher Education Student of the Year
Rossana Padget
Apprentice of the Year
Daniel Allsopp
Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement
Jamie Whiston
The 2018 B&NES Chairman’s Award for Inspirational Teaching
Suzann Taylor
 
 
View the Facebook album here.
 

Steph Smith, Best Overall Engineering Student

News

Engineering Department at Bath College celebrates Student Talent

 

Bath College Engineering Department held their annual End of Year Presentation Evening in celebration of the hard work and effort expended by the students over the course of the year.
 
Employers, family and friends were invited and many were impressed to see not just the quantity of work produced, but the high standards set and achieved.
 
The event prizes were sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Esther Dunstan-Sewell (a former apprentice and IET member) presented the awards and Maurice Poole from the IET gave a short motivational speech.
  
Mechanical Engineering Awards
Best Welding Project – Anton Parker (Bristol Port)
Best Electrical Project – Matt Durbin (Johnston Controls)
Best CAD Project – Karl Jefferies (Rotork)
Best Turning Project – Jacob Darvile (Rotork)
Best Milling Project – Ben Harvey (Bristol Port)
Best Hand Fitting Project – Ben Mogg (Bristol Port)
Best Folder/Written Work – Joe Paget (Bristol Port)
Best Improved Project – Rhys Jennings (Full time student)
Best Project – Matt Durbin (Johnston Controls)
 
Engineering Awards
Best Level 1 student – Nathanael Wadsworth,
Best Level 2 student – Will Oborne
Best City Campus Student – Matt Durbin
Best Overall Student – Steph Smith
 
The Mechanical Engineering Awards were given out to apprentices for their projects.
 
Simon Preston, Mechanical Engineering Lecturer said: “I am very proud of how both the full time students and apprentices have done this year, moving to a new qualification with a huge amount of work to cover within the 9 months; all have passed with the quality exceeding previous years.
 
“The learners that got awards deserved them as the standard was very high throughout the whole year.”
 
Matt Durbin winning his awardMatt Durbin (pictured left) won the Best Project award for which he was given £60 from the IET.
 

The Engineering Awards saw four winners collect their prize for the best student in each category.
 
Stephanie Smith (pictured below) won the Best Overall student award. She is starting an apprenticeship with British Aerospace (BAE) in September for which there were 3000 applicants and only 42 jobs.
 
She commented: “I am looking forward to learning more about engineering in a world class company, with the support that brings.
 
“The apprenticeship is a great way to start my career and I’m looking forward to the development I can get from it.”
 
Matt Driver, Engineering Lecturer said “We’re really proud of Steph and her achievement in getting such a prestigious apprenticeship. She has performed really well across the whole year and has set high standards for other students to emulate.
 
“We wish her continued success in the coming years and look forward to her coming back and letting us know how her career is progressing.”
 
Matt continued: “The awards evening was the culmination of a very successful year at Bath College with over 90% successful in their qualification.
 
“Work Experience was a particular success this year generating lots of interest from employers, many of whom went on to offer jobs and apprentices directly to the students with no further interviewing, such is the strength and impact of Bath College.
 
“We look forward to seeing our students returning on various local Apprenticeships in the near future.”
 
For more information about Bath College Engineering courses, click here.
 

Vintage Times Group Pic

News

Student Business ‘Vintage Times’ reaches Young Enterprise finals with upcycled Vinyl clocks

Bath College International Business students have set up a successful business, ‘Vintage Times’. Vintage Times are a team of first year International Business students whose business idea is to prevent old unwanted vinyl records from entering landfill through upcycling them by converting them into clocks.
 
The company were one of just eight teams from the South West Region to be shortlisted to progress on to Regional Finals of the prestigious Young Enterprise national competition.
 
The students came up with the idea when they realised that their parents and grandparents had old, unloved vinyl records lying around waiting to be thrown away.
 
Vintage Times LogoAlessia Stefan, Managing Director of Vintage Times, described how happy they are to have reached the Young Enterprise South West finals:

“We went from having the smallest stand, from being hidden away, to being the most improved student company in the span of just 4 months.
 
“We learned so much and we pushed so hard for improvement and development. We are so proud of ourselves and of every ounce of hard work we put into this company.
 
“The skills we will have learned by the end of this competition will for sure set us apart in the fields of work and higher education.”
 
Vintage Times are currently working on new upcycled product ideas and have just launched their new website on World Earth Day to showcase their products.
 

Visit www.vintagetimes.org to take a look at their work.

 

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