People treat me for who I am . . . not what I am wearing

People treat me for who I am . . . not what I am wearing

If at first you don’t succeed . . . don’t be afraid to try again. That’s certainly the motto for Mehwish Khan, a Shropshire mother on a mission.

The 25-year-old, from Portia Close in Wellington, is on her way to a degree-level qualification in health and social care thanks to Telford College of Arts and Technology – and is about to become a Special Constable too.

Mehwish, a former Ercall Wood school pupil, first came to TCAT in 2006 on a BTEC health and social care level course.

The mother-of-three had to leave the course before it was completed for family reasons, but returned to TCAT last year on an Access To Health and Social Care course.

It has been a great success and Mehwish is on first year foundation degree programme in Health and Social Care, delivered jointly by TCAT and the University of Wolverhampton.

“I want to prove to people that being a female parent from the Asian community shouldn’t stop you in your career path,” she said. “I want to inspire others and work hard to make my children proud.”

“TCAT has taught me how to stand up on my own two feet. I’ve had a lot of support from staff, and I don’t know where I would be without them.”

She added: “TCAT offered me more career paths and opportunities than other colleges – I came here because the college allowed me to be who I wanted to be. They give you the support you need, and guide you along the way.

Mehwish has also applied to become a Special Constable, and has just completed the last stage of her training.

“I just wanted to give something back to the community as a Special Constable – being a student and an independent mother has given me lots of experience to help others.

“As part of my role as a Special Constable, I will be wearing my Islamic head scarf and it has already been proven to me that the people who I meet treat me for who I am, not what I am wearing.”

She is particularly keen to use her multi-lingual skills to support people in the Telford area, and tackle issues around domestic violence.

She said: “The way that staff and students at TCAT accepted me for who I am has given me another level of confidence – one which I hope to build on when I become a special constable.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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