Teaching & Learning Student Ray Reid
Firefighter Ray Reid will be retiring in three years time after 30 years in the service – and is already planning his next career working with young people.
Ray, aged 48, already has qualifications in mentoring, youth work and football coaching and is now studying part-time for a Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools which will enable him to work as a teaching assistant in the future.
Ray, who attends the college’s Paget Road campus one evening a week, said: “I like working with young people and can see myself in a teaching assistant role so wanted a qualification that will help me to achieve that.
“We’re learning about the qualities and attributes a teaching assistant needs to have in order to support teachers in the classroom, as well as how to interact with young people and about behaviour and educational standards.
“I’m currently doing a work experience placement at Warstones Primary School and I love it! Being a teaching assistant isn’t just a job for women and I think I’m a good role model for the pupils because of my background.
“The tutor knows her subject matter really well and comes to observe me in the classroom, giving me feedback on how I’m doing and where I could improve.
“Studying can be a springboard to other things and age shouldn’t be a barrier to learning – if you want to do something you should go for it and not let age hold you back.”
After completing the Level 2 course Ray intends to continue to the Level 3 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.