Post-pandemic retraining programme launched by Bath College and Bath Spa University
At a time of significant economic and social turbulence, Bath College and Bath Spa University are proud to be working together in the creation and launch of RESTART, a post-pandemic recovery package of inclusive skills and reskilling.
Now, more so than ever, Bath College
and Bath Spa feel passionately that people are not left behind at a time when
jobs and futures are being adversely effected.
The core aim of RESTART is to ensure
that the local community have an accessible opportunity to reskill in order to
maximise employment and progression opportunities, whilst giving them the
opportunity to maximise their chances of re-employment and/or employment in a
new sector by focusing on ‘in demand’ skills from basic to advanced.
The programme will benefit those
looking to begin new journeys in their careers, those recently made redundant,
those recently furloughed or looking to start their own business venture.
This ground-breaking workplace skills
delivery programme is open to anyone aged 19+ and utilises consistent
communication with local employers and businesses about skillsets that they
look for when hiring people.
Candidates will consider a wide range
of pathways to employment and will develop skills within a multitude of
business settings to enable them to fill gaps on CVs and progress in the
workplace. Learners currently on our
programmes are exploring CV masterclasses, Microsoft Office applications,
Google Work place apps, resilience, positivity, confidence and job hunting
skills with further potential of exploring customer service skills,
entrepreneurship, business administration, leadership and management, digital
innovation and cyber security at a higher level.
Andy Salmon, Pro-Vice Chancellor
External at Bath Spa University, said: “Restart teams up Bath’s post-16
education providers for the first time to deliver a joined up programme. Local businesses
insist that it is increasingly important for employees to have both hard and
soft skills, with the latter focusing on communication, agility, confidence and
ability to solve problems.
“In fact, soft skills were frequently
cited as even more important than more traditional harder skills. When
companies did reference harder skills it was digital and business understanding
that came out as crucial for building new jobs and career opportunities.
“We know that everyone has varying
skillsets and objectives, and we are committed to enabling our local
communities of learners to bridge those gaps so they can flourish, gaining new
relevant skills in these very challenging times.”
Laurel Penrose, Principal and Chief
Executive at Bath College, said: “The joint approach between Bath College and
Bath Spa University provides a timely and flexible opportunity for those
requiring a fresh and different set of technical and employability skill set to
secure their current or different future employment.
By working together, listening to
individual needs and employers’ requirements we can ensure that the reskilling
and upskilling courses fit a person’s and industry requisites, so that all in
our community can benefit in these difficult times”.
Both institutions are proud of this
venture and the learners who have already begun the process of building for
If you are interested in your own RESTART, for further information, please contact Bath College Adult Community Learning, email@example.com tel: 01225 328 822; bathcollege.ac.uk