How long have you worked at NHC? Nearly five years across different areas of the college, including the childcare department and Future Choices.
Please give a brief summary of your background highlighting any relevant experience. I was a youth worker for 10 years, working for V Involved, a youth volunteering charity that provides young people with social action opportunities to gain work experience and skills. I also worked for the YMCA and the Wise Up programme, which helped young offenders who had just got out of prison gain work within the community and further education opportunities. Just recently I’ve been training to become a counsellor, I have completed my level 1, 2 and 3 and plan to start my level 4 next year.
Please describe your job role. I have a split role as a learning coach for health and social care, and a team leader for childcare. As a learning coach I support students by giving advice on different career paths, improving their CVs and interview skills and helping them to complete job or university applications.
Please give a brief description of the careers the students you work with hope to secure. They often hope to work with young people in youth or social work, midwifery, nursing or mental health, those are the main careers our students look at when they first join the programme. However, throughout the programme we open their eyes up to a number of different careers in the industry to allow them to make an informed decision about their progression.
What made you want to become a tutor? I wanted something new, another challenge. I’d hit my targets when I worked for V Involved and we had 100% success rate at Wise Up. I had never taught before and never thought I’d want to, but when I started I really enjoyed it. I’d done a bit of work with schools through Wise Up, but I didn’t like how structured they were, I was much more suited to college. I think that’s also what attracts a lot of students to college, the fact that it’s a lot less regimented. We treat them like adults, there’s a mutual respect and they take ownership of their learning.
What do you love most about your job? I love watching students progress. From the start of the year in September, to the end in June, it’s fantastic seeing them build their confidence and knowledge to be able to move on to their next step.
What careers have previous students secured after college? A high percentage of our students have gone on to do what they want to do. We give our students the tools they need to get to their chosen destination, whether that’s securing a place in university, an apprenticeship or going straight into work.
Why do you think students wanting to go into the health and social care industry should choose to study at NHC? Because we prepare and support them to achieve their goals. I think the college’s guarantee that if you study with us you will progress into a job, an apprenticeship or further learning is fantastic, and shows that we really focus on the future of our students and equipping them with what they need to be successful in their chosen industry.
Please give an example of a time you have gone the extra mile for your students. All the time! I’ve had students who have said they wouldn’t have known what to do if I hadn’t supported them, and as a department we often have people who have left get back in touch to say thank you. It’s great when I see someone I supported years ago and they’re doing really well, it’s clear they’ve really turned their life around. Knowing that I’ve had a small part in that is incredibly rewarding.