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Voters at the Natural Stone Show choose stonemasonry competition winners

 Students at Bath College made it hard for industry experts to choose the winner of this year’s Lovell Stone Group competition.   A group of 16 full-time and part-time Love2learn stonemasonry students took part in the competition and spent a week creating carvings.   They were given some Hartham Park Bath stone and asked to create a piece of sculpture that best represented the city of Bath.   Company directors at Lovell Stone Group chose four designs to put on display at the Natural Stone Show at the ExCeL arena in London, the only UK exhibition and conference dedicated to the natural stone industry.   Students Sam Bradley, Jeni Wood, David Lambard and Josie Baher all had their work displayed for the chance to win a cash prize.   Three-hundred people at the Natural Stone Show voted to choose the winner, with the prize going to Love2learn stone carving student David Lambard.   He said: “It was nice for the college to give us those three days to produce the piece and also to be put under time pressure, so that you had to produce something in that time.   “Before I joined the stone carving class I had no previous experience, but I’m a builder by trade so I am very practical. The class is very sociable and it’s about doing something creative that’s only for me. I’m not producing something for a client, it’s my creation. Having the pieces displayed at The Natural Stone Show was fantastic.”   Jeni, who also had her work displayed, is a sculptor living in Combe Down. Her design, called Respect, was inspired by the area’s mining history.

'Before I Die' wall at Bath College inspires students to write down their life goals

Students and staff at Bath College added their hopes and dreams to Dorothy House’s Before I Die wall for Dying Matters Week and Mental Health and Awareness Week.

Bath College students spend a month living and working in Greek hotels and salons

Students got a taste of what it’s like to live and work abroad during an Erasmus trip to Crete.  

Bath College students win four medals at the South West SkillBuild regional heat

Students at Bath College beat some tough competition to win four medals at this year’s South West SkillBuild regional heat.

Florists from Bath College selected to compete at the Chelsea Flower Show

Three florists from Bath College have won a once in a lifetime opportunity to compete at the famous Chelsea Flower Show. Linda Sorenson, Lora Stevens and Sarah Hampton will compete at the show after impressing judges during the South West regional heat. Last year, a team of florists from Bath College won RHS Chelsea Floristry College of the Year and 17-year-old Emily Smith achieved a bronze medal in the Young Florist of the Year competition. Lora and Sarah are among 16 florists from across the UK chosen for the final of the Young Florist of the Year competition. Linda is one of two college students selected to compete for the title of Chelsea Florist of the Year, with most of the places for the final going to professional florists. She said: “It was quite a surprise to get through. I entered the heat because it was an opportunity to make something very different from the type of thing you make in everyday floristry. “I just wanted to have the experience of giving it a go. My design was quite simple, but the colours were very beautiful and I think that helped me get a good score.” Florists entering the regional heats were asked to create designs inspired by a wedding for the curator of the Tate Modern in London. They will be in the spotlight as thousands head to the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, from May 22nd to May 27th. Linda, who volunteers at Roots Floral Designs in Bristol, enrolled on a floristry course after working as a nurse for 30 years. She said: “I felt it was time to try something new. One of my patients told me that she had done the Level 3 course at Bath College, and that got me thinking. “I did a 10-week floristry course as a taster and became hooked. It is so exciting to have found another direction to take in life. Competing at Chelsea is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I’m hoping that I can make something beautiful and unique. “The Level 2 and Level 3 floristry students exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show last year. It was a huge group project that many of us worked on. It’s far more daunting to be entering as an individual, but we are lucky that our tutor Jo Matthews is very experienced at teaching creative floristry.” Sarah, who works at The Blossom Tree, Flowers and Gifts, in Market Lavington, said: “I was nervous competing in the regional heat, but I found it was a great experience overall and it was great to see everyone’s creations. “Last year we entered as a college group and achieved the best college award. I’m looking forward to returning as I loved entering last year. I’m sure it will feel very different as an individual competitor, but I can’t wait to experience it with Linda and Lora.”

Computing students at Bath College create app for children with diabetes

Higher education students are helping the Royal United Hospitals Bath to develop an app for children with diabetes.

Bath College lends its support to new crowdfunding event raising money for local charities and organisations

Bath College is supporting a new crowdfunding initiative called the Bath Soup Project, set up to raise money for local charities and community organisations.

Adult community learning at Bath College: Snap and Stroll photographers capture local scenery

The chance to learn photography has led to new friendships for students taking part in the Snap and Stroll project. 

Stonemasonry students at Bath College impress with carvings for Lovell Stone Group competition

Students produced some impressive carvings for a college competition sponsored by Lovell Stone Group.

Bath College Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair is a valuable chance to meet employers looking for young talent

Thousands of people looking for new opportunities visited the Bath College Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair.   Over 1,000 college students and school pupils came along with parents and carers to speak to local and national employers on March 22nd.   Employers were available from a wide range of industries, including travel and tourism, hair and beauty, construction, engineering and retail. Staff from the Royal United Hospitals, Bath, and Way Ahead Care, were on hand to represent the health and social care sector at the fair, as well as employees from The Pig near Bath, The Vineyard Hotel, Apex Hotels and Combe Grove Hotel representing the hospitality and catering industry.   Student Ellis Byrne, who is studying engineering at Bath College, said: “The fair was really good. I spoke to five engineering companies to find out what apprentices do and how to continue learning and developing. I’ve had an e-mail from one company who thanked me for going and speaking with them.”   Combe Grove Hotel has just been bought by The Elmhurst Foundation and is being turned into a centre for work-based learning offering apprenticeships in all areas of business, from marketing, administration and finance to hospitality, customer service, estate management and horticulture.   Jenna Morice is already working at the hotel and studying with Bath College as a Level 3 business administration apprentice.   Speaking at the fair, she said: “I’m really happy to be here promoting apprenticeships to people and it’s great to see so many people interested.   “I’ve found it extremely motivating to be learning and working at the same time. You’re working with experienced people, you can go to them and say ‘I don’t know how to do this’ and they will mentor you.”   The Mayor of Bath, Councillor Paul Crossley, attended the fair and spoke to a number of businesses, including Midas Group, Gradwell Communications, Avon & Somerset Police and Space Engineering.  He also met Adam Whittaker, Kieran Gash and Anna Parkinson, who are all apprentices at Rotork, one of Bath’s biggest engineering companies.   Adam, from Bristol, said: “The first time I came across Rotork as a company was here at Bath College’s Apprenticeships and Jobs fair.   “I was volunteering at the fair and studying at Bath College on an engineering course. The apprenticeship route definitely works. It’s a good way of seeing what opportunities are out there locally, and what alternatives there are to university.   “I’m enjoying the range of my apprenticeship, we spend a short period in each department. I’m in the quality assurance department at the moment and I’m going to go to nuclear engineering.   “It helps you to find out what you like doing and the company takes this into account when you’re looking for a job at the end of your apprenticeship.”   Employability adviser Lucy Beattie organised the fair as part of the Bath College Futures Team, which works to provide employability opportunities for young people attending the college and from the community.   She said: “It was an amazing opportunity for all our students and local school pupils to see the range of employers out there.

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