Category: Learner voices

Marie: education and empowerment

Marie: the importance of educationMarie, a single mother of three  arrived in Further Education after breaking out of an abusive relationship. Marie struggled with literacy and her confidence was at rock bottom. Gaining a level 2 in literacy, Marie progressed to an access course and University. Now a senior staff nurse in the local hospital,…

How FE support is vital for student wellbeing

It had always been my intention to move straight from school to college to pursue my A Levels and then go on to university to study something I’m really passionate about. With 11 decent GCSEs in my bag I began Media Studies, Film Studies and English Literature at the Manchester College Shena Simon campus in…

David

David: literacy, fatherhood and empowermentIn this video, David talks about the importance of literacy for him as a person and a father. He talks about his family background and going to work as a boy which limited his engagement with school. Further education has changed the way he interacts with the outside world. David talks…

Jade

Jade: motherhood, literacy and empowermentJade is a mother who attends adult literacy classes run jointly by a local Further Education provider and a local charitable trust in Rochdale. Being a mum motivates her and she has seen her confidence increase while studying and has learnt new literacies. Now, she has aspirations for her future and…

Believe in FE

Growing up as a youth, I established my goal of working within the Pharmacology sector. I strongly remember coming to this decision in Year 8, when we were asked to choose our options, where I really started to consider career options. In the meeting to review my choices, which were: GCSE – Double Science, ICT,…

FE: making brave choices

Further education can be scary to any teenager because it is about making decisions; decisions that they feel they are not prepared for, decisions that in some way will influence their future. I don’t know if I felt particularly ready to make choices about my future when I chose FE, however, I do know that…

Elise: BBC Production Management Assistant

Further Education had always been part of the plan for me from a young age, however I never imagined it would be as crucial to who I am today as it has been. From Hyde Technology School (now Hyde Community College) I enrolled at the Shena Simon Campus of the Manchester College. The majority of…

How FE has transformed the lives of my students

Adam is 26yrs old and started at The Manchester College in 2013, he has kindly sent me this to share. I was born and lived in Spain before coming to the UK and starting my journey through FE and into HE. My original expectations were quite low, as I was extremely nervous, never having been…

How FE influenced my career

FE has really helped shaped my career and I’d recommend it to every young person. When I first started studying at college in Manchester I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do. I actually vividly remember being at high school and a teacher telling me it was statistically unlikely I’d end up at university…