At City of Westminster College, we deliver skills and qualifications, but we also provide one to one support and assistance to help you find a successful and rewarding career path. Here are profiles of two past learners who have succeeded with our help.
Irvine Washington has come a long way in 18 months, thanks to hard work, a positive approach and the training he received from us. Irvine was made redundant from his job as a business centre manager in April 2009, during the height of the recession. By the end of that summer – having applied for 240 jobs - he was beginning to despair.
Then he was referred to our Response to Redundancy programme, Business Development Project Manager Steve Widdowson, helped Irvine to recognise the knowledge and workplace experience he already possessed and recommended he take an NVQ A1 Assessors course to provide new skills and career direction.
In addition to mentoring Irvine through the four-month course, Steve lined up potential future roles – and on the day that Irvine received his NVQ A1 Assessors Award he went for three job interviews and was delighted to be offered all three positions.
Now Irvine runs his own business – Evolve Assessments Ltd – and delivers training for clients – including City of Westminster College.
Irvine Washington says: “The training at City of Westminster College made such a difference to my life and my career. I’m continuing to develop my skills and am about to embark on a PTTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) programme.
Charlotte O’Connell, 18 was referred onto the College's Sector Routeways Retail course through Kentish Town Job Centre. She did not have any formal qualifications when she joined our programme, having left Secondary Education without any GCSESs. However, she desperately wanted a job and a better quality of life for herself.
Charlotte had a real interest in Retail and was dedicated and motivated throughout the duration of the course. Her dedication paid off and she achieved great results in her exams, plus certificates in First Aid, Retail and Employability Skills. At the start of the programme, Charlotte was conscious of how her nerves affected her during interviews. The employability skills she learned during the course - in particular training on interview techniques - have improved her confidence and ability to succeed at interviews.
Charlotte also became more positive about learning and what she can achieve. As a result of Charlotte’s dedication and hard work, she recently received a City of Westminster College Student Award and is now embarking on further training by studying for an NVQ Level 1.