A student from City of Wolverhampton College is celebrating being offered a job at a residential care home after impressing managers during a work experience placement.

Chante Kai, aged 20, who has dyspraxia – a developmental condition affecting co-ordination – spent two-and-a-half days a week working at Avenue House residential care home, in Tettenhall, as part of a year-long Futures internship programme designed for young people with a learning disability.

During the placement Chante worked in the kitchen, helped to serve food and drinks to residents and involved them in activities, and she made such an impression on staff that she was offered a permanent job when she finishes her course at the end of June.

Chante said: “Because I have a disability I never thought I’d get a job but I haven’t let it get in the way or stop me from achieving what I want to do.

“The college course has helped me so much with life skills, such as telling the time and handling money, and the tutors have taught me how to be more confident and helped me to really grow as a person.

“I’m so happy to have been offered the job and am really proud of myself – I can’t wait to get started!”

Jenny Pettitt, registered manager at Avenue House, part of West Midlands Care Homes Ltd, said: “Chante has a very caring nature, all the residents love her and she truly deserves the position that she has been offered.”

For details of the college’s Futures programme go to

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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