Success Stories

  • Michael Hodds enrolled on the college’s Level 5 Occupational Health and Safety course to help him progress in his career into more managerial positions.

    The Health and Safety Advisor said: “My position requires only NEBOSH General Certification, however, this qualification formally quantified my working knowledge and understanding to a much higher level, while enhancing the quality of health and safety advisors available for my current employer and its employees. It also made available the next level of management roles within my organisation.

    “I needed to find a provider that was part of the military Enhanced Learning Credit scheme, which the college was. The ability to engage professionally, communicate appropriate and effectively and listen to my needs made my decision very easy in selecting City of Wolverhampton College as my preferred choice.

    “The delivery of sessions was first class. It was aimed at my level of understanding, and was engaging, with the reassurance that support was always available.

    “When required the assistance given both by my lecturer and administration support was prompt and inclusive.”

    Michael is now hoping to move on to a degree level qualification.

     

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    Health and Safety student Michael Hodds

  • Filmmaker Odira More found a creative apprenticeship gave him a way into the arts sector as well as the qualifications he needed to move on to university.

    The 30-year-old, who graduated with a degree in Moving Image in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins, said: “I was volunteering and freelancing at Wolverhampton Art Gallery and when the opportunity of an apprenticeship in came up in Cultural Heritage and Venue Management I was encouraged to apply for it.

    “I found every person working at the gallery to be very supportive and encouraging from the moment I started volunteering there. I was encouraged to develop and implement my own young persons’ projects and programmes and my role was very much in events management.

    “The apprenticeship scheme is a great programme and something that we need more of in the arts sector because there are lot of kids who come from poorer backgrounds that simply can’t afford to gain work experience without pay. Apprenticeships give them the opportunity to showcase their skills and talent and get into the sector.”

     

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    Former apprentice Odira More

  • Welding student Andrew Parsons was delighted to pick up a bronze award in the sheet metalwork category of the WorldSkills UK competition.

    The 35-year-old, who is studying for a Level 3 diploma in fabrication and welding at the college’s Paget Road campus, said: “For the competition, I had two days to build a chiminea in stainless steel. There were some really good competitors so I went to the awards ceremony to support them – I was surprised when my name was called out for an award!

    “I find sheet metal work fascinating – the fact you can turn a flat sheet of nothing into something that is both ornamental and useful really appeals to me.

    “The course will definitely help me in my career as I have gained a huge amount of new skills and updated those I already had.

    “The tutor has been such a good lecturer and has a vast amount of knowledge.”

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    Welding student Andrew Parsons

  • Footballer Chris Lait scored an apprenticeship to ensure he has a back up career plan.

    The 23-year-old, who plays for Stourbridge FC, said: “I have been playing football since I was young – my first team was at Birmingham City when I was seven.

    “I would love to pursue a career in football but I needed to be realistic and give myself a fall back option. I decided to do an electrical apprenticeship as I wanted to make sure I had a trade behind me.

    “It’s fitted around my football really well, and both the college and my employer are aware of my commitments.

    “Apprenticeships are good because you get paid and gain work experience as well as your qualifications.

    “They are a great start to a career and are a pathway to a lot of different opportunities.”

     

     

     

    Footballer Chris Lait scored an apprenticeship to ensure he has a back up career plan. The 23-year-old, who plays for... Read More

    Apprentice Chris Lait

  • “If you can’t read or write it makes simple things difficult,” says Winnie who, up until she joined the college four years ago, couldn’t do either.

    After initially signing up for a phonics course to learn how words are formed and sound, Winnie progressed to a functional skills English course and is now able to read novels and also feels confident enough to apply for an Introduction to IT course.

    She added: “Everyday tasks need a certain amount of reading and it feels great to be able to go into a shop and pick up a birthday card or a packet of food and be able to understand what it says on the label rather than having to make the excuse that I’d forgotten my glasses and get the shop assistant to read it for me.

    “I don’t have to rely on others so much and as a result my confidence has increased and I feel much happier, which has had a real impact on my daily life.

    “And people around me have noticed how much I’ve changed too – in fact my brother and my neighbour both want to come to college to learn how to read and write as they can see what a positive effect it’s had on me.

    “If anyone else is in my position – for whatever reason – I’d say face your fears and don’t be scared of learning. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done and it really has changed my life!”

    “If you can’t read or write it makes simple things difficult,” says Winnie who, up until she joined the college... Read More

    English Functional Skills student Winnie

  • At just 28 years old, Laura Smyth is the proud manager of a hair salon – and puts her success down to her apprenticeship with City of Wolverhampton College.

    Laura, who manages Zacs in Kingswinford, said: “I left school at 16. My school tried to talk me out of it as I had good grades in my GCSEs and they wanted me to do my A Levels. But I knew I wanted to be a hairdresser as I had been a Saturday girl in a salon since I was 13, so embarked on an apprenticeship.

    “I have friends who have gone through university and now don’t have a job that is anything to do with their degree. Apprenticeships are a lot more relevant and you don’t incur the debt that you would at university. In fact, I own my own house and I was probably one of the first of my friends to do that.

    “As a manager of a hair salon, we take on apprentices with the intention that they will become stylists for us in the future, as they will be trained to salon standards and have real working experience.

    “I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend an apprenticeship to anyone thinking of doing one.”

     

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    Former Hairdressing Apprentice Laura Smyth

  • Shereen Kumar is looking forward to a career in social work after the college’s Access course gave her the points she needed to move on to university.

    The 22-year-old said: “I came to college because I was already doing my childcare course here.  I needed some more credits to go to university and an access course seemed like a great opportunity.

    “The course definitely prepared me for university because it helped me focus and become more organised – I have found I’m already a step ahead.”

    Shereen is studying Criminology and Criminal Justice at De Montford University and after finishing her degree hopes to pursue a career in social work.

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    Former access student Shereen Kumar

  • “I’ve wanted to be a nurse since I was five years old but was once told I’d never be one – yet I’ve proved them wrong,” says former uniformed public services student Lauren Edwards as she prepares to graduate with a BSc in Adult Nursing from the University of Central Lancashire.

    After not getting the grades she needed to go to university straight from sixth form, Lauren signed up for the Level 3 diploma at the college as an alternative route to achieving her dream.

    She added: “There are many ways to get into university, it just takes some research and talking to people who can help find the best way for you. Mine wasn’t the traditional route as I had to do a year at college to get the grades I needed but that extra 12 months gave me time to grow up which benefitted me when I left home to go to university.

    “I’m quite a shy person but coming to college improved my confidence and helped me to develop teamwork and leadership skills – which have been useful during my degree –  and the tutors were really helpful when I was writing my personal statement and completing my UCAS application.

    “It feels fantastic to be just one month away from becoming a qualified nurse and I’ll be starting work on a neurosurgery ward in January – I’ve had to work hard to get where I am today and I’m so glad that I didn’t admit defeat and give in when times got hard – it just goes to show that determination and hard work finally pays off.

    “No matter how long it takes to get to where you want to be, if you have the commitment to never give up until you reach your dream, it will all be worth it in the end.”

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    Former uniformed public services student Lauren Edwards

  • “I can’t believe how much I’ve achieved and how far I’ve come in just four years ,” says 20-year-old Dylan McFaulds who is in his final year of a BSc in Fire and Leadership Studies at the University of Central Lancashire.

    “I’d always wanted to work in public services so signed up for the two-year Level 2 extended diploma in public services at the college when I left school at 16 and, whilst the majority of other students on the course wanted to go into the police or army, something about the fire service ‘just clicked’ and I knew that that was where I wanted my future career to be.

    “The course taught me communication, presentation, team work and leadership skills, as well as the important things I’d need to include in my university application, and the tutor on the course was really supportive and encouraged me to be the best that I could be.

    “Studying at degree level was a big step up from college but it has led to so many opportunities –   I’ve been to Zimbabwe to train firefighters there on the use of different types of equipment and I’ve now got the skills and training of a recruit firefighter so can start applying for jobs in Fire and Rescue Services across the country.”

    “I can’t believe how much I’ve achieved and how far I’ve come in just four years ,” says 20-year-old Dylan... Read More

    Former uniformed public services student Dylan McFaulds

  • Vencott Vassell joined the Get Ahead Programme (GAP) to gain more qualifications to help him get a job.

    He said: “The programme has made me more ambitious and determined to get things done.

    “It has made me think about my future and what I want out of life – I hope to own my own business.

    “The teachers have been very patient and sit down to listen to everyone and encourage them to do their best.”

     

    Vencott Vassell joined the Get Ahead Programme (GAP) to gain more qualifications to help him get a job. He said:... Read More

    GAP student Vencott Vassell

  • Ryan Cornaby-Holmes joined the Get Ahead Programme (GAP) to help him gain in confidence.

    The 18-year-old said: “I left another course so was on this programme to build up my  confidence.

    “I have learnt lots of new skills and my attitude has improved – I’m not getting into trouble anymore.

    “The course has been a good experience and I have enjoyed it a lot.  I now hope to become an apprentice.”

    Ryan Cornaby-Holmes joined the Get Ahead Programme (GAP) to help him gain in confidence. The 18-year-old said: “I left another... Read More

    GAP student Ryan Cornaby-Holmes

  • Milen Sachdave struggled with his attendance on a previous course so joined the Get Ahead Programme (GAP) to help him succeed.

    The 16-year-old said: “I had attendance issues on a previous course so joined this programme.

    “I learnt about stress management, teamwork, debating and life skills. The teachers were very good and so understanding.

    “I’m very grateful for being given a second chance – the programme has made me realise how important education is.”

    Milen hopes to move on to a Prince’s Trust programme.

     

    Milen Sachdave struggled with his attendance on a previous course so joined the Get Ahead Programme (GAP) to help him... Read More

    GAP student Milen Sachdave

  • Sandesh Gaire is looking forward to re-enrolling on a computing course, after a Get Ahead Programme (GAP) gave him the confidence he needed to think about his future.

    The 17-year-old said: “I dropped out of my course, but the GAP programme has really helped me to change my behaviour.

    “I now have more confidence and hope to return to my course and prove to myself I can do it.

    “I was a loser before but after doing the programme I have learnt I can change my life myself and succeed.”

     

     

    Sandesh Gaire is looking forward to re-enrolling on a computing course, after a Get Ahead Programme (GAP) gave him the... Read More

    GAP student Sandesh Gaire

  • Sixteen-year-old Tom Gibbs wants to work in the music industry and as a first step to his dream career he signed-up for a Get Ahead Programme (GAP) to improve his confidence and help him communicate better with others.

    Tom said: “My confidence has increased and I’m more relaxed around other people which feels good. The tutors have been very supportive and it’s been a good way to learn.”

    Tom is now going to continue to improve his skills by progressing to a 12-week Prince’s Trust Team programme.

    Sixteen-year-old Tom Gibbs wants to work in the music industry and as a first step to his dream career he... Read More

    GAP student Tom Gibbs

  • After being home-schooled since the age of eight, 17-year-old Shaun Pursall joined the college’s Get Ahead Programme (GAP) to take the first steps towards gaining the qualifications he needs to do an animal care course in the future.

    Shaun said: “When I first started at college  I didn’t have any confidence or feel comfortable talking to anyone but the course has really brought me out of my shell.   It’s a comfortable environment in which to learn and the tutors have been really helpful.

    “My dad can see that it’s made a difference and that my confidence and communication skills have got better – I’m really pleased I came here.”

    Shaun now plans to join a 12-week Prince’s Trust Team programme before going on to gain the English and maths qualifications he will need to enrol for an animal care course.

    After being home-schooled since the age of eight, 17-year-old Shaun Pursall joined the college’s Get Ahead Programme (GAP) to take... Read More

    GAP student Shaun Pursall

  • “It’s turned me around,” said 20-year-old Manisha Bahri when we caught up with her on the last day of the four-week Get Ahead Programme (GAP).

    Manisha added: “When I came here I was as quiet as a mouse but now I’m chatty and bubbly and that’s what I wanted to be. I’m happier because I’m with nice people and am much more confident in talking to them than I was at the start.”

    Manisha is now intending to progress to a 12-week Prince’s Trust Team programme.

    “It’s turned me around,” said 20-year-old Manisha Bahri when we caught up with her on the last day of the... Read More

    GAP student Manisha Bahri

  • Sixteen-year-old Lucy Harcourt is delighted to be gaining both a wage and a qualification as a Hairdressing apprentice.

    Lucy said: “I have always wanted to be a hairdresser and decided an apprenticeship was the best way forward as I would benefit from both a college and salon environment and two different styles of learning.

    “With an apprenticeship you can see if it’s what you want to do and experience what it’s like to be in a salon before you start.

    “The apprenticeship is a lot better than I expected – I how learnt so much already!

    “Most of my friends are all doing their A Levels and they can’t believe how well I’m doing and that I’m getting paid!”

     

    Sixteen-year-old Lucy Harcourt is delighted to be gaining both a wage and a qualification as a Hairdressing apprentice. Lucy said:... Read More

    Hairdressing Apprentice Lucy Harcourt

  • “College is a great choice and bakery’s a great choice too,” said 16-year-old Tyler Ellitts when we caught up with him after a busy morning working in the college’s Academy bakery at the Metro One campus.

    Tyler, who started studying for a Level 2 qualification in professional bakery skills in September, added: “The course is really good and we were working in the bakery from the start of the course – I’ve already made bread, rolls, doughnuts and Belgian buns, learnt how to use lots of different equipment and had experience of selling items in the bakery shop.

    “I’ve only been here for five weeks but my confidence has grown already and, whereas I couldn’t really be bothered when I was at school, I really look forward to coming to college every day!”

    The Level 2 in professional bakery skills is also available as a part-time course – for further details click here.

    “College is a great choice and bakery’s a great choice too,” said 16-year-old Tyler Ellitts when we caught up with... Read More

    Bakery student Tyler Ellitts

  • “School wasn’t the place for me so I chose college to be able to study what I want to study,” says 17-year-old Melody Hardwick who has progressed to the Level 3 diploma in beauty therapy after gaining her Level 2 qualification in the summer.

    Melody added: “I’d heard good things about the college and I settled in here straight away. It’s very different to school and you need to be motivated to learn but I’ve matured a lot since I’ve been here and gained much more confidence too.

    “Working with clients in the Academy training salon is really good experience and when they say they feel good after their treatment it makes me feel good too – some have even given me a tip!

    “Choosing to study at college was a big decision and my mum really wanted me to stop on at school like the rest of my family had, but by gaining the Level 2 qualification and moving on to Level 3 I’ve shown her that it was definitely the right thing for me to do!”

    To check-out all beauty courses offered by the college click here

     

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    Beauty student Melody Hardwick

  • Four weeks in to the full-time Level 2 certificate in professional bakery skills, all is going well for 16-year-old Georgina Silvester who is pleased she chose to study at college rather than staying on at school to do her A Levels.

    Georgina said: “I’m definitely doing better here than if I’d gone into Sixth Form because the course is very focussed and I’m interested in what I’m studying – and when you’re interested you learn better.

    “The course is a good balance between theory and practical sessions and it’s great to get to work in a proper bakery and gain experience of using lots of different equipment, as well as developing customer service skills by working in the bakery shop.

    “I’ve learnt so much in just a few weeks and have definitely got more confidence too – coming to college was definitely the right decision for me!”

    The Level 2 certificate in professional bakery skills is also available on a part-time basis – for further information click here.

    Four weeks in to the full-time Level 2 certificate in professional bakery skills, all is going well for 16-year-old Georgina... Read More

    Bakery student Georgina Silvester

  • “I’ve finally got a job and I’m over the moon!” says 18-year-old Chloe Sheridan after gaining valuable work experience and interview skills on a traineeship scheme run by the college.

    As part of the scheme she attended an interview with Smyths Toy Superstore and was offered two weeks work experience, following which she was offered a temporary job until Christmas.

    Chloe, who has been in the job for two weeks, said: “I thought the traineeship scheme would be the best route for me as when I’d applied for jobs in the past employers told me they wanted someone with experience, which I didn’t have.

    “I’ve gained so much confidence on the scheme and learnt a range of important customer service skills which I’m using every day in my new job and will also look good on my CV when I’m applying for jobs in the future.”

    “I’ve finally got a job and I’m over the moon!” says 18-year-old Chloe Sheridan after gaining valuable work experience and... Read More

    Job success for Chloe after completing traineeship

  • After working as a gardener and a translator, Karolina Berlinska-Robak decided to follow her dream of working in a spa and enrolled for the Level 2 diploma in beauty therapy at the Metro One campus.

    As part of the course Karolina got the chance to enter the prestigious WorldSkills UK competition and, after scoring one of the highest marks in a regional heat of the contest, has made it through to the national final!

    Karolina, aged 25, who is now studying for her Level 3 qualification, said: “When I came top in the regional round of the competition I couldn’t believe it and to have got through to the final is amazing – I can’t believe I’ve got there!”

    The final of the WorldSkills UK competition will take place during the annual Skills Show at the NEC in November – to read more click here

    After working as a gardener and a translator, Karolina Berlinska-Robak decided to follow her dream of working in a spa... Read More

    Beauty student Karolina Berlinska-Robak

  • “Practice makes perfect,” says 24-year-old Hana Jones and she’s certainly proved that’s the case after landing a job as a graduate stylist in the college’s Academy hair salon.

    Hana, who studied for the Level 3 diploma in hairdressing at the college last year, was offered the job after impressing staff with her commitment to improving her skills by working in the salon – at the Metro One campus – during the half-term and summer holidays.

    Hana said: “Gaining extra experience in the salon really boosted my confidence.  It felt amazing when I was offered the job and I’m very proud of myself and what I have achieved.

    “I struggled for a few years to find something that I was really interested but now I have and I wouldn’t change it for the world – I love my job!”

    “Practice makes perfect,” says 24-year-old Hana Jones and she’s certainly proved that’s the case after landing a job as a... Read More

    Former hairdressing student – and now college stylist – Hana Jones

  • “I feel like a hairdresser not a student,” says 19-year-old Rukshana Khanom after moving from a full-time hairdressing course to an apprenticeship at the college’s Academy salon.

    Rukshana, who studied for the Level 2 diploma in hairdressing at the Metro One campus last year, added: “On the full-time course I only spent two days working in the salon so I used to go in on my days off to gain more practical experience.

    “Since I’ve started the apprenticeship I’ve gained so much more confidence and by working in the salon every day I’m picking up tips and techniques from other members of the team as well as getting to know the customers.

    “I’d recommend an apprenticeship to anyone as it’s a great way of learning and gaining practical experience at the same time – and, of course, you get paid too!”

     

    “I feel like a hairdresser not a student,” says 19-year-old Rukshana Khanom after moving from a full-time hairdressing course to... Read More

    Former hair student – and now college apprentice – Rukshana Khanom

  • Former hairdresser Kayleigh was delighted to be offered an apprenticeship in a solicitor’s office after completing a traineeship at college.

    She said: “I was looking for a career change due to health problems, and move into business admin.

    “I didn’t know a lot about traineeships but it was really good and gave me the chance to see what it was like to work in an office environment and try the job out.

    “If I hadn’t had done it I would never have got my placement in a solicitors, which led to them offering me an apprenticeship.

    “College has been brilliant and I would never have found work in a solicitors without it.”

     

     

     

     

    Former hairdresser Kayleigh was delighted to be offered an apprenticeship in a solicitor’s office after completing a traineeship at college. She... Read More

    Traineeship student Kayleigh

  • Eighteen-year-old Liam Morgillo was delighted to achieve AAC in his AS levels and is hoping to repeat his success in the second year of his A Levels.

    He said: “I decided to do my A Levels at college because I wanted a change and a new start. “It has been a lot better than school as the college offered different A Levels and gave me more independence. I didn’t expect to get such good results and I’m really happy.”

    Eighteen-year-old Liam Morgillo was delighted to achieve AAC in his AS levels and is hoping to repeat his success in... Read More

    A Level student Liam Morgillo

  • Natalie Bissell, age 18, picked up A*BB and is having a gap year before moving on to university.

    She said: “The teachers at college were so lovely and friendly. It’s different from school because it’s a more mature environment. At school there is quite a big divide between you and the teachers but at college you are more on the same level and it is easier to talk to them. I wasn’t expecting these results and I’m so happy.”

     

    Natalie Bissell, age 18, picked up A*BB and is having a gap year before moving on to university. She said:... Read More

    A Level student Natalie Bissell

  • Faeza Jiva, age 18, achieved A, A* and B in her A Levels and hopes to move on to university to study Science.

    She said: “I came to college instead of staying on at school because I wanted to gain more independence and confidence.

    “I’m overwhelmed with my results. I didn’t expect an A, let alone an A*.”

    Father Anis Jiva added: “All three of my children came to City of Wolverhampton College . The whole college atmosphere is very relaxed and the tutors have supported them so well. I came to this college too and I love the place.”

     

    Faeza Jiva, age 18, achieved A, A* and B in her A Levels and hopes to move on to university... Read More

    A Level student Faeza Jiva

  • Dan Cuddeford, age 18, is moving on to his second year of A levels after gaining ABC in his AS Levels.

    Dan, who took a year out after finishing his GCSEs, said: “I left school after Year 11 as I wasn’t sure what to do next. I realised I wanted to go to university so enrolled at college as it had a good reputation for A Levels. I’m really happy I gave it a shot and my results are so much better than I thought.

    “College is amazing – I’ve really enjoyed it.”

     

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    A Level student Dan Cuddeford

  • Davinder Tour, age 23, was delighted to gain BB in his A Levels after medical problems meant he was unable to complete his qualifications while at school.

    Davinder, who hopes to move on to Reading University to study Psychology or English Literature, said: “I’m really chuffed with my results. I was a bit hesitant to come back into education but my tutors were really helpful and made my transition back into learning a really good one.”

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    A Level student Davinder Tour

  • Megan Maley is moving on to her A2 Levels after leaving school to join the college’s sixth form.

    The 17-year-old, who is celebrating grades of BBC in her AS Levels, said: “I wanted a different environment from school and wanted to go somewhere where I was treated more like a grown up.

    “I didn’t expect to get such good grades and it’s all down to the teachers. As long as you put in the effort they will go above and beyond to help you.

    “College has been really good and it’s a great environment to learn in.”

    Mum Melanie Maley added: “I can’t praise the college enough. It’s so supportive and my daughter has thrived here – I would recommend the college to anyone.”

    Megan Maley is moving on to her A2 Levels after leaving school to join the college’s sixth form. The 17-year-old,... Read More

    A Level student Megan Maley

  • Carpentry apprentice Cameron Bridgen was delighted to be offered a management position by Kier after working on their Wolverhampton housing development.

    The 19-year-old, who is now a trainee site manager, said: “I was studying accountancy at sixth form but it wasn’t for me so I made the decision to start an apprenticeship in carpentry.

    “I haven’t looked back since and I enjoy working with everyone at Kier where I am the youngest employee.

    “It shows apprenticeships are a great way to progress if you put your mind to it and are willing to put the effort into it.”

     

    Carpentry apprentice Cameron Bridgen was delighted to be offered a management position by Kier after working on their Wolverhampton housing... Read More

    Carpentry Apprentice Cameron Bridgen

  • Thanks to the support of the college’s Community, Employability and Traineeship team, Gurvinder Guhman was offered an accountancy apprenticeship at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre.

    The 21-year-old said: “After completing my accountancy qualifications I started applying for apprenticeships.

    “The employability team were great in helping my find vacancies, improve my CV and prepare for interview.

    “When I found out I had got the apprenticeship I was so excited I ran around my house for two hours.

    “Doing an apprenticeship will be good as it means I will get the experience I need to move on.”

     

    Thanks to the support of the college’s Community, Employability and Traineeship team, Gurvinder Guhman was offered an accountancy apprenticeship at... Read More

    Accountancy Apprentice Gurvinder Guhman

  • Eighteen-year-old Chloe Sheridan was delighted to gain a job as an apprentice after completing a traineeship at college.

    Chloe, who now works in a nursery while gaining her childcare qualification at college, said: “I decided to do a traineeship because I had no experience and only had entry level and functional skills qualifications. I had been applying for jobs but never hearing anything back.

    “I really enjoyed the course. I did a four month placement in a nursery, which helped me realise how much I enjoyed childcare.

    “The traineeship really helped me improve my maths and English. It got me out of my comfort zone and as a result my confidence improved massively.

    “I had never done anything like this before but everyone was really friendly and as soon as I started I realised it was going to be a good thing to do. It was great to get an apprenticeship at the end of it.”

    Eighteen-year-old Chloe Sheridan was delighted to gain a job as an apprentice after completing a traineeship at college. Chloe, who... Read More

    Traineeship student Chloe Sheridan

  • Colin Evans is hoping a college care course being run in conjunction with JobCentre Plus and Leyland Care Home will help him impress future employers and land him a job.

    The 51-year-old said: “I have been a community carer for the last 11 years and enrolled on this course to update my skills and knowledge.

    “The course has been really interesting and will be a good stepping stone to get back into the industry.”

    Colin Evans is hoping a college care course being run in conjunction with JobCentre Plus and Leyland Care Home will... Read More

    Employability student Colin Evans

  • For 24-year-old Victoria Turvey, studying for beauty qualifications at the college not only landed her a job with Benefit Cosmetics but also led to her being promoted to  a management position before she’d even finished her course!

    Victoria said: “After gaining a degree in spa management at university I came to college to learn more practical skills and did Level 2 and Level 3 diplomas in beauty therapy as well as a certificate in nail technology.

    “Thanks to the skills I learnt on the courses, combined with the experience of working with different clients in the college’s Academy beauty salon, I got a part-time job with Benefit in House of Fraser last November and when I found out in May that the manager’s position was available I felt confident to apply for it.

    “Eight other people applied for the post– including one who had worked in the industry for many years – and when I was offered the manager’s job it felt absolutely amazing! The person who interviewed me said she was impressed with my drive and enthusiasm and I feel really proud of myself!”

    Victoria added: “The tutors on the course were behind me every step of the way and gave me the confidence to know that I can achieve whatever I set out to do – and I’d encourage anyone else with a passion for something to do the same as it’s really rewarding when you start to become successful.”

    Keen to continue studying Victoria is hoping to study for a Level 4 HNC in hair & beauty management from September to further develop her practical skills and lead her one step closer to her dream of eventually becoming a beauty therapist on cruise ship.

     

    For 24-year-old Victoria Turvey, studying for beauty qualifications at the college not only landed her a job with Benefit Cosmetics... Read More

    Former beauty student Victoria Turvey

  • Community carer Lisa Keeling was delighted when an employability course run by the college in partnership with JobCentre Plus helped her land a new job.

    The 27-year-old said: “The course was a fantastic opportunity for me to update my knowledge as things change so quickly in the care sector.

    “There were a lot of experienced carers within the class and it was great to share ideas. The staff were also very good and knowledgeable.

    “I actually had an interview recently and used some of what I had learnt – and as a result was offered the job.”

     

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    Employability student Lisa Keeling

  • Greg Ley enrolled on a care course offered by the college in partnership with JobCentre Plus to help boost his skills before embarking on a degree.

    The 22-year-old said: “I’m moving on to a degree in adult nursing in 2017 and wanted to extend my knowledge before then.

    “The course has been really eye opening and interesting and I now have a better idea of what is required to work in the health sector.”

    Greg Ley enrolled on a care course offered by the college in partnership with JobCentre Plus to help boost his... Read More

    Employability student Greg Ley

  • “I’m a new person after my placement,” said 17-year-old hospitalty and catering student Ruby Wilkes after two weeks’ work experience in the kitchen at a local pub.

    Ruby, who studied for the Level 2 diploma in professional cookery at the college’s Metro One campus, shared her thoughts from the placement, and her hopes for the future, with readers of The Guardian newspaper after being featured in its ‘My First…’ series, which focusses on students’ first experiences in the workplace.

    Read what Ruby had to say here  (scroll down the page for Ruby’s story).

     

    “I’m a new person after my placement,” said 17-year-old hospitalty and catering student Ruby Wilkes after two weeks’ work experience in... Read More

    Hospitality and catering student Ruby Wilkes

  • Caroline Davies decided to improve her photography skills by enrolling on the college’s Level 2 photography course.

    The 37-year-old said: “I chose this college because my friends had done the course here and really rated it.

    “I absolutely loved the course and that was largely down to the tutor, who was superb, and who took me from not knowing a lot to being confident with my camera.

    “Trying out the dark room was amazing and it’s so nice to be able to take my hobby to the next level.”

    Caroline Davies decided to improve her photography skills by enrolling on the college’s Level 2 photography course. The 37-year-old said:... Read More

    Photography student Caroline Davies

  • Ryan Cornaby-Holmes joined the Get Ahead Programme (GAP) to help him gain in confidence. The 18-year-old said: “I left another course so was on... Read More

    GAP student Ryan Cornaby-Holmes

  • Milen Sachdave struggled with his attendance on a previous course so joined the Get Ahead Programme (GAP) to help him succeed. The 16-year-old said:... Read More

    GAP student Milen Sachdave

  • Sandesh Gaire is looking forward to re-enrolling on a computing course, after a Get Ahead Programme (GAP) gave him the confidence he needed to... Read More

    GAP student Sandesh Gaire

  • Sixteen-year-old Tom Gibbs wants to work in the music industry and as a first step to his dream career he signed-up for a Get... Read More

    GAP student Tom Gibbs

  • After being home-schooled since the age of eight, 17-year-old Shaun Pursall joined the college’s Get Ahead Programme (GAP) to take the first steps towards... Read More

    GAP student Shaun Pursall

  • “It’s turned me around,” said 20-year-old Manisha Bahri when we caught up with her on the last day of the four-week Get Ahead Programme... Read More

    GAP student Manisha Bahri

  • Sixteen-year-old Lucy Harcourt is delighted to be gaining both a wage and a qualification as a Hairdressing apprentice. Lucy said: “I have always wanted... Read More

    Hairdressing Apprentice Lucy Harcourt

  • “College is a great choice and bakery’s a great choice too,” said 16-year-old Tyler Ellitts when we caught up with him after a busy... Read More

    Bakery student Tyler Ellitts

  • “School wasn’t the place for me so I chose college to be able to study what I want to study,” says 17-year-old Melody Hardwick... Read More

    Beauty student Melody Hardwick

  • Four weeks in to the full-time Level 2 certificate in professional bakery skills, all is going well for 16-year-old Georgina Silvester who is pleased... Read More

    Bakery student Georgina Silvester

  • “I’ve finally got a job and I’m over the moon!” says 18-year-old Chloe Sheridan after gaining valuable work experience and interview skills on a... Read More

    Job success for Chloe after completing traineeship

  • After working as a gardener and a translator, Karolina Berlinska-Robak decided to follow her dream of working in a spa and enrolled for the... Read More

    Beauty student Karolina Berlinska-Robak

  • “Practice makes perfect,” says 24-year-old Hana Jones and she’s certainly proved that’s the case after landing a job as a graduate stylist in the... Read More

    Former hairdressing student – and now college stylist – Hana Jones

  • “I feel like a hairdresser not a student,” says 19-year-old Rukshana Khanom after moving from a full-time hairdressing course to an apprenticeship at the... Read More

    Former hair student – and now college apprentice – Rukshana Khanom

  • Former hairdresser Kayleigh was delighted to be offered an apprenticeship in a solicitor’s office after completing a traineeship at college. She said: “I was looking... Read More

    Traineeship student Kayleigh

  • Eighteen-year-old Liam Morgillo was delighted to achieve AAC in his AS levels and is hoping to repeat his success in the second year of... Read More

    A Level student Liam Morgillo

  • Natalie Bissell, age 18, picked up A*BB and is having a gap year before moving on to university. She said: “The teachers at college... Read More

    A Level student Natalie Bissell

  • Faeza Jiva, age 18, achieved A, A* and B in her A Levels and hopes to move on to university to study Science. She... Read More

    A Level student Faeza Jiva

  • Dan Cuddeford, age 18, is moving on to his second year of A levels after gaining ABC in his AS Levels. Dan, who took... Read More

    A Level student Dan Cuddeford

  • Davinder Tour, age 23, was delighted to gain BB in his A Levels after medical problems meant he was unable to complete his qualifications... Read More

    A Level student Davinder Tour

  • Megan Maley is moving on to her A2 Levels after leaving school to join the college’s sixth form. The 17-year-old, who is celebrating grades... Read More

    A Level student Megan Maley

  • Carpentry apprentice Cameron Bridgen was delighted to be offered a management position by Kier after working on their Wolverhampton housing development. The 19-year-old, who... Read More

    Carpentry Apprentice Cameron Bridgen

  • Thanks to the support of the college’s Community, Employability and Traineeship team, Gurvinder Guhman was offered an accountancy apprenticeship at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre. The... Read More

    Accountancy Apprentice Gurvinder Guhman

  • Eighteen-year-old Chloe Sheridan was delighted to gain a job as an apprentice after completing a traineeship at college. Chloe, who now works in a... Read More

    Traineeship student Chloe Sheridan

  • Colin Evans is hoping a college care course being run in conjunction with JobCentre Plus and Leyland Care Home will help him impress future... Read More

    Employability student Colin Evans

  • For 24-year-old Victoria Turvey, studying for beauty qualifications at the college not only landed her a job with Benefit Cosmetics but also led to... Read More

    Former beauty student Victoria Turvey

  • Community carer Lisa Keeling was delighted when an employability course run by the college in partnership with JobCentre Plus helped her land a new... Read More

    Employability student Lisa Keeling

  • Greg Ley enrolled on a care course offered by the college in partnership with JobCentre Plus to help boost his skills before embarking on... Read More

    Employability student Greg Ley

  • “I’m a new person after my placement,” said 17-year-old hospitalty and catering student Ruby Wilkes after two weeks’ work experience in the kitchen at a... Read More

    Hospitality and catering student Ruby Wilkes

  • Caroline Davies decided to improve her photography skills by enrolling on the college’s Level 2 photography course. The 37-year-old said: “I chose this college... Read More

    Photography student Caroline Davies

  • Eighteen-year-old art and design Shannon Tulloch was delighted to win the staff award at the college end of year creative exhibition. Shannon, who is... Read More

    Art student Shannon Tulloch

  • The independent living skills that 21-year-old Lucy has gained in her first year at the college has been praised by her parents. Mum Sue... Read More

    Independent Living Skills student Lucy Comer

  • It’s all smiles for independent living skills student Emily and her mum Jackie at the end of her third year at college. Jackie said:... Read More

    Independent Living Skills student Emily Wolverson

  • “Rachel just loves college!” said her mum Karen when we asked how her daughter has got on on the independent living skills course. Karen... Read More

    Independent Living Skills student Rachel Hayward

  • Mark Thursby is currently studying Visual Communications at the University of Wolverhampton after completing his Art & Design course at college. The 19-year-old said:... Read More

    Former art student Mark Thursby

  • Former factory worker Inesa Lukosiene is looking forward to becoming a jewellery designer after being inspired by her Art & Design course. The 28-year-old... Read More

    Art & Design student Inesa Lukosiene

  • Adam Read decided to study the Level 3 Art and Design course to help him gain the skills he would need at university. The... Read More

    Art & Design student Adam Read

  • After leaving school after the first year of A Levels, 20-year-old Aaron Davis enrolled at college for the one-year full-time Level 2 diploma in mechanical... Read More

    Engineering student Aaron Davis

  • “I hope I’ll be an inspiration to other young people who think they won’t achieve anything,” says 22-year-old Harpreet Aulkh as he prepares to... Read More

    Engineering student Harpreet Aulkh

  • Former electrician Tomasz Lenda struggled to get qualifications from his home country recognised in England, so enrolled on the HNC in Electrical and Electronic... Read More

    Electrical Engineering Student Tomasz Lenda

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