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Meet Our Students

Want to know what it’s like to study at James Watt College? Want to get an insight into life at the college? There’s no better way to find out what’s great about studying with us than from the students themselves. Here are just a handful of our recent success stories …

Kareen - Bricklaying

“There is a big need for construction in Birmingham and I spotted that this course could really give me a platform to become a success in the industry.”
After working in the finance industry in London, Kareen made the decision to retrain in something different and more long term when she relocated to the Midlands. She came across the bricklaying course at Erdington Skills Centre and decided that the course matched her needs perfectly.
Kareen said, “There is a big need for construction in Birmingham and I spotted that this course could really give me a platform to become a success in the industry.
“I’m a hands on person and I love getting stuck into new projects. I saw this as an opportunity to rebuild myself in an entirely new sector.
“The course has been really helpful with my childcare arrangements and the lecturers have always been there to offer support when I needed it.”
Her aim is to one day become an NVQ bricklayer lecturer.

Aimee - Electrical

“I loved that the course gave me the opportunity to be hands on right from the start. The best part is that I’m learning skills that I can take away with me to use alongside my ideal job and also in day-to-day life.”
Aimee is studying Electrical Installation at Erdington Skills Centre. The 21-year-old is working hard in the extensive nine week practical course to improve her employment prospects and to learn a brand new set of skills.
Aimee said: “I loved that the course gave me the opportunity to get hands on right from the start. The best part is that I’m learning skills that I can take away with me to use alongside my ideal job and also in day-to-day life.
“I’d recommend this course to anyone keen to work in the industry; especially if you’re the type who prefers practical work over sitting at a desk all day.”
The skills specific qualification is giving her a platform to achieve her ultimate goal of obtaining an apprenticeship in the electrical installation industry within the next year.

Elle-Mae – Spa and Body Treatments

“This course really appealed to me because the awarding body, ITEC, provide qualifications that are recognised all over the world.”
Adult learner, Elle-Mae balances her part-time course with working as a nail technician and beautician. “I’m a trained beauty therapist and want to explore the more holistic side of the industry,” she said.
Elle-Mae attends college two days a week and gets to develop her skills through spa treatments on clients. “I find it really helpful to practice treatments on different people,” she continued. “I see some of them regularly, so I’m becoming more confident about my abilities.”
As someone always open to new opportunities, Elle- Mae says she is willing to take her career anywhere in the world. “My ambitions wouldn’t have come this far without my being on this course,” she continued. “I recently had a trade test with Clarins, which might lead to an amazing job opportunity.
“The college itself is hugely supportive. I took out a learner loan to pay for my course and got lots of help applying for this and working out a payment plan so I could manage my finances.
“And Angela, my lecturer is full of advice. She takes a real interest in everyone’s career ambitions and our jobs.
“I spent quite a bit of time looking into the course and the college that would suit me best. It’s going really well for me here.”