City of Wolverhampton College is a great place to work!
We are proud of our employees and with a comprehensive training and development programme, are committed to helping them progress in their careers.
Indeed, many of our staff first joined us as apprentices and have now gained permanent jobs here.
Read on and see what they have to say.
Danielle Jones, School Engagement Coordinator
Danielle joined the college as an apprentice in 2014 and combined working as an advisor in the Student Hub with studying for the Level 3 diploma in customer service.
After completing her apprenticeship Danielle covered maternity leave in the Student Hub for eight months and completed the Level 2 diploma in marketing, before gaining a permanent post as admissions administrator in 2016.
Having enjoyed her marketing qualification Danielle became interested in the work of the college’s marketing team and was delighted to be offered the role of schools’ liaison officer, joining the team in November 2018.
Danielle said: “The college is keen to enable staff to continually develop and as well as my customer service and marketing qualifications I’ve gained the Level 3 diploma in leadership and management and am now studying the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) certificate in marketing.
“We have to work at a fast pace to ensure people are aware of the wide range of opportunities we offer here but it’s a great place to work, managers are very supportive, the annual leave entitlement is very generous and there’s an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the end of the academic year at the annual staff conference.
“I find it very rewarding when pupils I’ve seen at school events come along to an open event and recognise me from my visits – and when they apply to study here I know I’ve done my job well!”
Tendai Zichawo, welding technician
Just six years after joining the college as en engineering student after leaving school, 22-year-old Tendai is now a valued member of the department and hopes to become a tutor one day.
Tendai, who is employed as a welding technician, said: “After completing my Level 3 diploma in mechanical engineering I became an apprentice technician in the engineering and motor vehicle departments which enabled me to complete the Level 2 diploma in performing engineering operations (machining) and the Level 2 award in welding.
“After I’d completed my apprenticeship I was offered the job of welding technician in the engineering department and I’m responsible for carrying out maintenance jobs on equipment, getting materials ready for classes and helping students during lessons.
“I enjoy interacting with the students and it’s very fulfilling when you’ve worked with them for a year and see them pass their course, and because the staff I work alongside have worked in the engineering industry for many years I’m picking up new skills and tips from them every day too.
“The college has encouraged me to carry on studying – I completed my HNC in mechanical engineering and am shortly going to start the Level 3 diploma in welding.
“I really enjoy my job and I’m pleased with the progress I’ve made in my career and the support the college has given me. I’m looking forward to the opportunities I’ll have here in the future and hope to become a trainer one day.”
Dan Harris, Facilities and Procurement Manager
Dan joined the college in 2009 as an apprentice in the finance team and when his apprenticeship ended was offered the role of finance assistant, a post he held until 2013 when he became contracts and procurement supervisor.
In 2018 Dan was promoted to facilities and procurement manager and has overall responsibility for the services delivered by the college’s subsidiary company – City of Wolverhampton College Enterprises Ltd – which provides the organisation’s cleaning services that were previously outsourced. He is also a member of the campus transformation team working on the new city centre campus development.
Dan said: “The college has supported me throughout the last ten years, allowed me to take on additional responsibilities as they became available and gave me the opportunity to do the future leaders course, as well as professional AAT, IOSH, CIM and IWFM qualifications.
“The college transforms the lives of many young people and so working here is very rewarding. The organisation is on an exciting journey and I would highly recommend people to come and work here so that they can be part of it too.”
Kayleigh Myers, Admissions Administrator
Doing a work experience placement on reception at the Paget Road campus whilst studying for the Level 3 diploma in business set 22-year-old Kayleigh Myers on the road to a career in further education.
Kayleigh, who did her qualification as part of business apprenticeship in the housing department at City of Wolverhampton Council, said: “When I started my placement I was shown around the Student Hub and, straight away, I knew it was where I wanted to work in the future. When a vacancy for an admissions administrator was advertised I applied for it and when I was offered the job it was like a dream come true!
“The Student Hub is the central point for students’ enquiries and whilst my main role is to process course applications I also get involved in other aspects of the department’s work such as issuing bus passes, giving advice and helping at open events and during the busy summer enrolment period.
“I work in a great team, my colleagues are very supportive and my manager is always on-hand if I need advice with anything – and there’s chance to do on-the-job training and take part in CPD days to keep up-to-date with latest developments too.”