Building work has started on a new state-of-the-art construction skills centre at Bath College which will be ready for students in September 2017. The purpose-built facility at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus in Radstock is an exciting new step for the college, and means that all construction trades will be taught under one roof. New workshops will cater for 500 students and apprentices studying bricklaying, construction, carpentry and stonemasonry, as well as plumbing, electrical installation and refrigeration.
Two students from Bath College were invited to join press photographers and capture a visit from the Archbishop of Canterbury on film. Sebastian Roberts, 18, and Louise Wakeham, 17, are both studying Level 3 photography and volunteered to cover the archbishop’s visit to Bath Abbey on November 9. The archbishop visited for a talk on the Footprint Project– a £19.3 million project to stabilise the ground beneath the abbey floor and heat the abbey using energy from Bath’s famous hot springs. In the afternoon, he led a special Eucharist service attended by 800 people with singing from the abbey’s choir of boys and girls, as well as local schoolchildren.
Students at Bath College had the chance to work with some of the city’s best chefs at a four-course networking dinner for professionals in the hospitality and catering industry. Organised by the Chefs’ Forum, the dinner was held at the Bath College Shrubbery Restaurant and included a special ‘pay what you can’ lunch raising £1,000 for industry charity Hospitality Action. The Chefs’ Forum was created to mentor, motivate and inspire young talent by connecting chefs with education providers and industry suppliers in the South West. Top chefs at the event included David Campbell, Executive Head Chef at The Royal Crescent, Bath, Head Chef Daniel Moon, from The Gainsborough Hotel, and Michael Topp and Martin Black, from The Manor House Hotel. Lucknam Park chefs Elly Wentworth and Dean Westcar also volunteered their time. Elly, Junior Sous Chef at Lucknam Park, is appearing on MasterChef: The Professionals, airing on BBC2 on Tuesday November 8 at 8pm. Students from Bath College joined forces with the visiting chefs and learners from Hit Training to finish and plate each of the courses, and to serve eighty hungry guests. Bridget Halford, Head of Hospitality at Bath College said: “Today’s Chefs’ Lunch was an amazing experience for the students. It was a real privilege for them to work with such talented chefs from across the Bath area and a fabulous opportunity for the students to showcase their skills to local employers. “Every seat in our restaurant was filled and an impressive £1000 raised for industry charity, Hospitality Action, we are delighted with this!” Bath College Principal Laurel Penrose said: “I have been really impressed with the food and organisation of today’s Chefs’ Lunch at the college. “The Chefs’ Forum supports the college in an extremely positive and productive way, specifically in terms of raising the profile of our learners and our fantastically equipped facilities to potential employers in Bath and the surrounding area. “The meal was delicious and it was an excellent opportunity for our students to network with top chefs, suppliers and learning peers.” The Chefs’ Forum chose to stage a ‘pay what you can’ event to give chefs the chance to sample the very best in local cooking, at a price they could afford whilst making money for Hospitality Action. Hospitality Action helps chefs and hospitality professionals overcome problems with stress, debt, drug and alcohol issues. Participating chefs and sponsors all donated ingredients, driving down the food cost and allowing The Chefs’ Forum to raise vital funds for industry people who fall on hard times. Sponsors included: A.David, Total Produce, Kingfisher Brixham, Walter Rose & Son and Easy Jose. Catherine Farinha, Founder of The Chefs’ Forum, said: “The work Hospitality Action does is vital in offering support to hospitality people when they fall on hard times. “It is great that The Chefs’ Forum can help in raising the profile of Hospitality Action to chefs on a regional level, highlighting the work it does. “It is great to know that the money raised will go towards helping those in need. This lunch was a fabulous chance for current and future chefs and front of house professionals to witness first-hand, industry-leading cookery and first class service where cost was not an obstacle to them doing so.” The Bath College Shrubbery Restaurant in Avon Street is open to the public and is well-known amongst local foodies for its delicious three-course lunches and fine dining banquets.
Media make-up students at Bath College are taking part in some scary work experience with Fear at Avon Valley this Halloween. The scare attraction, just outside Bath, is up and running for a third year terrifying hundreds of visitors every night. There are three different scare mazes, as well as a street theatre with stilt walkers and a fire show led by Frank the masked clown. Level 3 media make-up students at Bath College are using their skills to get actors at the attraction looking as scary as possible. Taking part has given them a chance to experience what it’s like to work as a team under pressure on a live event. Bath College media make-up trainer and assessor Helen Eyre said: “There are three different mazes within Fear – anarchy, purgatory and phobia. “They all have different make-up and there’s also a street team. Our big priority is making sure the street team looks amazing and to help with make-up changes. “The first hour and a half is intense. You have ten to 15 minutes to do each design, but it’s really good fun and the girls have stepped up to the task. “It’s a really great experience for them. Often within the college, we’re very generous with time. At the event they have to work under pressure and that in itself is a really valuable lesson for them. “ Students studying for Level 3 media make-up at Bath College are asked to complete 15 hours of volunteering and 30 hours of work experience. On the course, they learn about cosmetic, photographic and camouflage make-up, as well as face and body art and how to cast small prosthetic pieces. Last term, media make-up students worked with performing arts students at the college on make-up for their production of Sweeny Todd. At Fear, they have been teaching actors some basic make-up techniques, including bruises and cuts, and how to make yourself look ill or gaunt. Helen said: “The idea is that it’s a scare attraction and the designs are there to challenge people. The challenge is to make it as scary as possible within the time frames we have been given. “Most of it is in darkness, so a lot of designs are strong and bold so that people can see them. As the actors go out of the gates, we flick fake blood at them as they walk past. “There’s definitely a lot of screaming every night.” Bath College is looking for more work experience opportunities for media make-up students. Please e-mail Helen.Eyre@bathcollege.ac.uk