Hair today . . . teaching tomorrow!

hair-today-teaching-tomorrowFormer hairdresser Leanne Vincent has begun a new career as a teaching assistant, with a helping hand from Telford College of Arts and Technology.

Leanne, 35, from Madeley, trained as a hairdresser at Francesco’s Academy when she left the Abraham Darby School, and went on to work at KLF in her home town for 18 years.

But when a routine smear test diagnosed cervical cancer and resulted in an operation, Leanne decided to rethink her career, and enrolled on a Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools level two programme at TCAT.

As part of the course, she arranged a placement at Woodlands Primary and Nursery School in Madeley – and that’s exactly where she has now ended up getting a new job.

Leanne says: “I enjoyed my level two course so much that I enrolled on a level three course in Learning Difficulties and Behaviour Disorders at TCAT – and this was the course which helped me to secure a job interview at Woodlands.

“I was able to relate a lot of the interview questions to things I had learned on the TCAT course, and was offered the job as a Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant.”

Yvonne Crilly, deputy head at Woodlands, said: “Yvonne was a super volunteer whilst on placement with us – she had worked for a while at Woodlands and really wanted to update and develop her skills so she enrolled on the TCAT courses.

“It’s been a great pleasure to know Leanne, and we are all looking forwards to welcoming her as part of the team at Woodlands.”

Leanne added: “If you’re thinking about going back to college to retrain, I would definitely recommend TCAT’s courses. Go for it – your confidence and knowledge will grow and you will be able to achieve new and exciting things.

“It’s a big step to change your career . . . but I did it.”

TCAT tutor Paula Costin said: “Leanne has been a committed student and this has obviously paid off.

“She will have a wonderful career in the education sector and she deserves it; she works hard and the feedback from Woodlands has been exemplary.”

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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