Students returning to college to study English and maths had their achievements recognised during a special awards ceremony. The ceremony, at Bath College’s Shrubbery Restaurant, was a proud moment for students who are working hard to improve their qualifications. Through the Adult Community Learning team, students can start at entry level and progress to a Level 2 qualification. From there, they have the option to study English and maths at GCSE level. Student Thomas Watson has worked in general administration at the Post Office for 10 years and has just achieved a Level 1 in maths. He said: “I’m 46 and this is the first thing I’ve ever achieved. I left school at 15 with no qualifications, so to get something like this definitely gives you a sense of achievement. “It’s something I would recommend. Now I’ve learned these skills, I’ve adapted things at work to make my job easier. You don’t have to sit a big test, you can tick a module off and go onto the next one.” Bath College Principal Laurel Penrose handed students their maths and English certificates at the ceremony on Monday December 4. Students also enjoyed the chance to catch up with classmates and tutors before Christmas, as well as musical entertainment and refreshments. English and maths student Kieran Fry said: “I’ve taken the courses because I want to better myself. I started at entry level and now I have my Level 1 qualifications. “My friends and family are immensely proud. It’s not an easy task, but I hope to progress and to have the chance to do my GCSEs soon.” Entry level English student Lesley Hillier hopes to continue learning so that she can enrol to study bereavement counselling in the future. She said: “It really means a lot, taking this qualification pushes you forward all the time and means I can do what I really want to do – I can follow my dream.” Community Engagement Manager Anna Wheeler said: “This event was an opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements of just some of our brilliant learners. “For many people, school isn’t the right time or place to gain their qualifications, so it is really important that there are opportunities to develop skills at a later point. “Our learners work extremely hard, fitting their studies around responsibilities and challenges in their everyday life in order to attend class. “We are immensely proud of the effort and dedication they have shown, and of our skilled English and maths tutors who have contributed to their success by guiding them through.”
A stonemasonry apprentice at Bath College has been shortlisted for the 2017 Young Builder of the Year Awards. Morwenna Harrington is through to the next stage of the awards, organised to celebrate the achievements of young people in construction. She is one of 15 finalists in the 18 to 24-year-old category and has been invited to the House of Commons for a special awards ceremony. Morwenna, 24, is in her third year studying at Bath College after securing an apprenticeship with Bristol Stonemasonry last month. She said: “When I first started stonemasonry I couldn’t really lift a hammer. I didn’t know if I’d made the right choice, but I put in extra time and caught up. I’m pretty happy with my decision now. “As a stonemason you’re using both parts of your brain, it’s a good mixture of creativity and maths. I enjoy working in the banker shop because you can get into a zone and focus on what you’re doing. “It’s the last year I could have applied for the awards, so I thought it was worth a go. We had to write a bit about ourselves for the application form, but I wasn’t expecting to hear anything back. “I’m quite nervous about going up to London, but I’m pleased to have been shortlisted. Anything like this looks good on your CV.” Applications for the Young Builder of the Year are open to students and apprentices from across the UK aged 14 to 24-years-old. The competition aims to show how young people from a variety of different backgrounds, including males and females, can succeed in industry. The winner will receive a prize fund and all shortlisted finalists receive a certificate and tools vouchers. Morwenna will travel to the House of Commons with her parents and stonemasonry lecturer Paul Maggs on October 18. She said: “When I first signed up to stonemasonry I assumed there wouldn’t be as many females, but there were more than I expected. “It’s a perception that women don’t study stonemasonry, but I haven’t found it to be a problem. If you’re a female and you’re thinking about a construction course, this shouldn’t hold you back in any way. “I look back at the drawings I did in first year and I think ‘I can do that easily now.’ It’s not just about females and males, there’s a good range of ages on my course and people from different backgrounds. “It’s the same in my job, the people I work with are really nice and we’re doing some interesting work.” Stonemasonry lecturer Paul Maggs, from Bath College, said: “Morwenna has always worked hard to achieve her goals and I believe she will go a long way in the stonemasonry industry. Who knows, maybe she could be running her own company in the not so distant future.”
Having made our TEF submission in January 2018 (in the same week as we had a full Ofsted Inspection, which made for an interesting week to say the least!) we, like others in the sector had to wait until June 4th to find out the outcome. We were delighted to be awarded TEF Silver for three years for our Higher Education provision at Bath College.
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