John, who now lives in Stratford-upon-Avon, has wanted to join the Navy for the last twenty years but unfortunately had previously failed the Navy’s aptitude test twice before. He had one final chance to pass the text so decided to enrol at Stratford-upon-Avon College on a part-time course in English and Mathematics. He began the Level 1 course in Literacy and Numeracy in March 2008 and progressed onto the Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy which he passed in June 2009.
John was a part-time fireman for seven years based in Studley so had local knowledge of the College. He comments on his positive first impressions, “The College reception was very modern and clean and the staff who I spoke to were very welcoming. I would specifically like to thank the lecturers and volunteers who helped me during my time at the College. It was their help that enabled me to pass the Navy’s exams this time. Without their support I wouldn’t be able to progress onto the career I have wanted for many years.
“At the beginning of the course, I sat down with my lecturers and went through what I needed to do in order to pass my exams. I had a real target and goal as I knew that this would be my final chance. The lecturers made me feel relaxed and explained the work to me in a way that I could easily understand. They are a great asset to the College and without their help and patience I wouldn’t have succeeded.”
Simon Rouch, Curriculum Area Manager, said, “Lots of people missed out on getting Mathematics and English qualifications at school, but having proof that you have these skills is important if you're looking for a job or promotion. Joining the Adult Skills programme at Stratford-upon-Avon College was the first step for John to get the qualifications and skills that he needed and we are all delighted for him. The English and Mathematics courses cater for all abilities and gives learners the chance to gain qualifications up to an equivalent of GCSE grade A*-C. John did just this and, after gaining these qualifications, has landed the job of his dreams! Congratulations.”
John began his 9 week basic training course in the Navy at HMS Raleigh in Plymouth at the end of October.
There is never a more important time to ‘upskill’ than when the economy is struggling. When employment vacancies are scarce, individuals need to stand out from the crowd when applying for new jobs. Stratford-upon-Avon College offers a range of free courses, giving members of the local community the opportunity to learn new skills to maximise their employment opportunities. Individuals who have been made redundant, are in fear of redundancy, or just want to increase their skills set can contact the College for free advice and guidance.
The College offers free courses in literacy and numeracy skills. Individuals, just like John, can improve their skills and gain the equivalent of a GCSE grade A*-C. This is an excellent way for someone to update their CV and gain real qualifications, whilst allowing them to build their confidence. It is also a free opportunity to meet new people and socialise! These courses are flexible and can be joined at any time, to suit the individual.
There are also a range of competitively-priced leisure courses that the College offers in arts and crafts, fitness and sport, food and drink, IT and computing, languages and music and dance. For more information please contact the Learning Advice Centre on 01789 296696 or visit www.stratford.ac.uk.
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Posted on Thursday 2nd December 2010