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Record numbers of apprentices in Bath

February 8, 2024 by admin in Don in Bath, News with 0 Comments

New figures reveal that in Bath, 460 people benefitted from an apprenticeship last year, an increase of 61%.

This news comes as the Coalition Government has launched the National Apprenticeships Week, which will seek to build on last year’s success with events in schools and businesses.

Commenting, Bath MP Don Foster said:

“This dramatic growth in apprentices is welcome news for young people in Bath. Apprenticeships equip our young people with the skills needed to get jobs and build prosperous careers.

“Our apprentices are putting businesses on stronger ground to be successful and create jobs and growth in our area.

“As a Liberal Democrat, I believe that the Coalition Government is doing the right thing by giving employers even further encouragement to train young people and create opportunities for apprentices.

“They are essential in our efforts to rebalance the economy away from financial speculators in the City of London, as we clear up Labour’s economic mess.”

Commenting further, Business Secretary, Vince Cable said:

“National Apprenticeships Week is the time to celebrate the countless achievements of learners and employers, and to call on more firms to hire an apprentice and enjoy the competitive advantage they can bring to a business.

“I am very proud of the fact that at a time of financial constraint this Coalition Government has prioritised investment in apprenticeships. This has led to the creation of record numbers of apprenticeships combined with tough new standards to drive up quality.

“Apprenticeships are at the centre of the Coalition’s skills policy because we know that they work. Not only do they provide individuals with the skills they need for prosperous and rewarding careers, they also boost businesses’ profits and drive growth in the wider economy.

“We are providing extra help to enable small employers to hire their first apprentices. We will also continue to develop new advanced and higher-level apprenticeships to deliver the world-class skills individuals and firms need to get ahead.”

Welcome funding boost for Bath energy saving projects

February 7, 2024 by admin in Don in Bath, News with 0 Comments

Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey has announced that two more community energy schemes in Bath are to benefit from the Local Energy Assessment Fund second round allocations.

In the latest awards Energy Efficient Widcombe has been awarded £44,967. Widcombe, like other parts of Bath, has a high proportion of older houses, which are often considered “difficult to heat” so contractors will first be engaged to carry out a general survey of housing stock in Widcombe. They will then focus on common types of house, including listed buildings, for a more in depth study of a range of potential energy efficiency measures that could be undertaken.

Bath Leading Lights a project run by Bath Preservation Trust was also allocated £14,438. This scheme will showcase an LED installation at the Building of Bath Collection in the Countess of Huntingdon’s chapel, and also fit out a Bath home with LED lights. It will also run associated community engagement activities related to LED lighting and its energy-saving potential.

The project leads on from Bath Preservation Trust’s publication ‘Warmer Bath’ which gives advice to owners of traditional and listed homes about energy conservation, and will tie in with Bath Homes for the Future Open Homes weekend ( on 17/18 March 2012 run in association with B&NES Council and Transition Bath.

In the first round of allocations, locally owned and run Bath & West Community Energy was one of 80 local energy projects to win funding from the new £10m Local Energy Assessment Fund.

Commenting, Don Foster, MP for Bath said:

“At a time when Bath residents are worried about rising energy bills, this funding is a further boost to help people save energy and keep costs down.

“Local communities will be put at the heart of the UK’s effort to rise to the enormous challenge to get clean and cheap energy on our efforts to halt climate change and to end our reliance on erratic market of imported oil and gas.”

Leader of Energy Efficient Widcombe, Ozzie ffield welcomed the news:

“This is brilliant, for at present there is so much uncertainty as to how energy can be saved in Bath’s old buildings. Energy efficiency can be increased by up to 60% in old homes and this project will enable us to provide Energy Advice Packs to residents in Widcombe who will benefit.”

“We also hope to open dialogue with B&NES on what they will and will not allow in pursuit of their Energy Reduction Targets. We are very grateful to Paddy Doyle and Widcombe Association, and to many others for their support in several ways”

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Widcombe, Ian Gilchrist, added:

“I’m delighted to hear this news of the grant awarded to Energy Efficient Widcombe. It will be a great incentive to Ozzie Ffield, Tim Williamson and the other members of the team to set in train the next phase of their activities to make Widcombe houses more ‘renewable’ in their energy use.

“Thanks are also due to the Widcombe Association for their role in supporting this project.”

Young people in Bath given the Chance to be Chancellor

February 1, 2024 by admin in Don in Bath, News with 0 Comments

Don Foster MP is supporting the launch of Chance to be Chancellor 2012 and is calling on schools and young people in Bath to take up in the challenge to learn about, and share their opinions on, Budget 2012. Run by the Citizenship Foundation, in partnership with Aviva, Chance to be Chancellor is open to all 14-18 year olds across the UK.

Running until the 20th February, participants can enter into a national competition to win great prizes and visit HM Treasury in London.

To find out more and get involved visit: