Meet Vernetta who is studying Management
Weston College and UWE Bristol have developed a new Skills Alliance and have joined forces to provide adults in the Bristol area the opportunity to access Weston College's Ofsted outstanding further education teaching, delivered at UWE's superb higher education facilities at its Frenchay Campus in Bristol.
For people aged 19+ who don't already have a Level 3 qualification, this new Skills Alliance offers several courses for free in Bristol.
The courses and all associated examination fees are free - provided individuals live in the South West of England and do not already hold a Level 3 qualification.
The Prime Minister announced that as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee £95 million of funding would be made available through the National Skills Fund from April 2021 to provide learners aged 19+ to access their first full Level 3 qualification (equivalent to an A Level) for free. This fund provides access to qualifications that will help support people back into work, following the pandemic that has gripped our lives for the last 14 months.
Vernetta found out about the fully funded course via her sister who saw the opportunity on Instagram, Vanetta commented:
“It’s come exactly at the right time! I’m a mum for 2 small children, one is in school, and one is a baby, so I’m with them all day, this means in the evening when my partner is with them, I can get out and study, it’s a bit of me time as well.”
“I wanted to do the course because since I’ve had my son, I’ve been a stay at home mum, I wanted to do something to fill in the gap on my CV, so when it comes to looking for a new job, I’ve got something else to offer an employer.”
“On completion of the course I’d like to go even further, because it’s a Level 3 qualification I could go to university. Or as I’ve already got the experience as a manager, but I haven’t got the educational side of it, the qualification will compliment my experience. It’s a full circle now. I’ve closed that gap!”
Vernetta added about her experience so far:
“The quality of teaching has been really positive, they’re really understanding about us having lives outside of the course, all of the class are either working or running our own businesses or like me, have a family to look after, and they understand that. The teachers are accommodating to the fact, that we need to have a bit more time and understanding, some of us haven’t studied in 10, 15, 20 years, they understand this and support us where we need it.” ”