A Culinary Skills student from BCoT has won the coveted title of “Pastry chef of the Year” at the finals of the Institute of Hospitality Awards for students.
Sam Egerton-Kemp was presented with the award at a celebratory evening held at Lainston House Hotel in Winchester. Two of Sam’s classmates, Jake Ewington and Emma Griffiths also represented the College at the competition following submission of written applications and videos.
Ian Pitt, Course Director in Hospitality described the evening as “phenomenal,” adding:
“Sam and the other students did incredibly well and are fantastic ambassadors for BCoT. They were the only Level 2 learners in the competition and stood proud against participants from other colleges. Their applications and videos clearly demonstrated their passion for food and this industry and I am so proud of them all.”
Sam, who is deaf and has a BSL (British Sign Language) interpreter with him in practical lessons, said the award was the highlight of what has been an amazing year at BCoT. He said:
“I could not believe it when my name appeared on the big screen as the winner of the Pastry category, I was so happy! To be able to put this on my CV will really help when I’m applying for jobs in the future – I feel very honoured. I am also excited to tell my old head teacher about the award as his advice to me on my last day at school to leave a legacy at college. I hope by winning this that I’ve done that.”
Sam’s tutor at BCoT, Andy Chilton, said Sam’s award was the culmination of months of hard work and commitment from an exemplary student.
“This is an amazing achievement for Sam. He never allows his disability to stand in his way and is so passionate about food and learning. He knows what he wants to do and how to get there and is a true role model to his classmates.”
BCoT welcomes a team from Ofsted, under lead inspector, Peter Nelson. The visit will last four days (Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th May) and will look at all aspects of the College.
The team will actively seek the views of learners, and their parents, during the visit.
The final inspection report is likely to take about eight weeks to be published, when the results will be publicly available.
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Local company EC Electronics recently donated eight circuit boards to BCoT’ s Engineering department which were used by students as part of a fault-finding assignment.
Phil Simmonds from EC Electronics said the company were delighted to have the opportunity to assist students with their project, adding:
“We have always had a great relationship with BCoT and it is good to know we are helping the students with their studies through this donation.”
The company is committed to training the next generation of electrical engineers and currently employs two apprentices. Phil acknowledges the important role the College plays in giving local companies access to highly motivated young people who are keen to gain the skills and qualifications offered by apprenticeships.
“To have BCoT as a local resource is a real asset as it gives us access to all the right people. Apprenticeships are great as they allows us to shape and mould young employees to our business needs. We are able to train them with all the skills we need for our business, resulting in a tailored fit student.”
One of the company’s apprenticeship success stories is Tom Shadwell. He began his career at EC Electronics with very few industry skills and has just been promoted to Workshop Supervisor. He is currently studying for his HNC Level 4 qualification at BCoT. In 2014 he was awarded Apprentice of the Year by the College and was nominated for Employee of the Year at the 2014 Business of the Year awards.
“Tom is now a competent engineer and very proficient at using all the machinery. In his new role he is learning management skills and is now furthering his education at BCoT by studying HNC in Engineering (Electrical/Electronic). He has done incredibly well and is a true example to other young apprentices of what can be achieved through hard work and commitment,” added Phil.
Brian Adams, Course Director in Engineering at BCoT said the College was really grateful to EC Electronics for supplying the circuit boards and said:
“This was a really kind gesture from Phil and his team who have always been great supporters of BCoT. It is so important for us to build good working relationships with local employers who work with the College to support the training of young people. Our apprentices have now been able to complete their fault-finding assignment and I’m delighted to report they have all passed with flying colours!”
An independent BCoT student jetted off to Dubai recently on a week’s work experience in one of the country’s top hotels.
Kirstie Bougard, currently studying Level 3 Travel & Tourism, spent the week working at the 5 star Nour Arjaan Fujairah Hotel, an arrangement she organised herself.
She found the placement by emailing a number of hotels in Dubai asking if they would take on any work experience over the Easter Holidays.
“I wanted to undertake my placement somewhere different so that I would gain experience in every sense of the word,” said Kirstie.
Her time was mostly spent on the Reception desk of the Nour Arjaan where she answered calls and helped with guest enquiries.
“This was a real once in a lifetime opportunity. It was so exciting to work in another country rather than just visiting on holiday. It has inspired me to learn and experience as much as I can about the world.”
As well as working in the hotel, Kirstie also had the opportunity to bask in luxury and sample all the rich pickings that come with a 5 star resort. As part of her stay, the hotel provided all Kirstie’s accommodation and food at no charge.
At the end of her placement, Kirstie was delighted to be offered a full-time job at the hotel. However, this does not fit in with her current plans which are to tour the world and sample the culture and delights of many more countries once she completes her course at BCoT.
“Going to Dubai was such a positive experience – it has given me the inspiration to spread my wings and experience as much of the world as I can,” added Kirstie.
A BCoT student has made a valuable contribution in raising awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by making a documentary video outlining the effects of living with the condition.
Jenna Penahallurick, studying Level 3 Media at the College made the video, ‘PTSD Film – The Hidden Illness’, as part of a documentary project for her course.
Jenna’s dad was diagnosed with PTSD just over a year ago. She chose to document the topic as she wanted to help people understand what living with it is like and how it can effect someone’s life.
“Until a year ago when my dad was diagnosed, I didn’t know what PTSD was, and I still don’t fully as I am continually learning what the disorder involves.”
Jenna has received a number of positive comments on the video from her peers as it was shown at a Veterans Court Diversion Awareness evening.
John Stone, the Veterans' Peer Mentor Scheme Coordinator, saw the video and said: “Having viewed the film I was very impressed at how it so accurately portrayed PTSD and the impact that it has on the individual, the family and friends.
The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire’s office also commented:
“I was most impressed by Jenna’s work and her sensitivity to those involved was very clear.”
Due to the positivity surrounding Jenna’s video, she has since considered pursuing a career in filmmaking and directing after her time at BCoT.
“I hope the video opens people’s eyes to PTSD and gives them an insight into what living with the disorder is like. Many people are unaware of what it is and I would love this video to help spread the word.”
If you would like to watch the video on PTSD, please visit the link below:
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