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Bosang outside Knightstone campus

<p paraeid="{73222705-1f78-4f4a-87d2-ac97c1bad9ce}{218}" paraid="823180263">Weston College is proud to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of Bosang Humphrey, an Access to HE student who has demonstrated exceptional resilience, dedication, and unwavering commitment to his education. Bosang, originally from Cameroon, overcame numerous personal obstacles and adversities to pursue a career in Mental Health Nursing.&nbsp;</p>

<p paraeid="{73222705-1f78-4f4a-87d2-ac97c1bad9ce}{236}" paraid="1831274478">Bosang embarked on his educational journey by enrolling in the Access to HE: Nursing, Health, and Midwifery program at Weston College. His story is a testament to the transformative power of education and the ability to overcome challenges, inspiring students, staff, and the wider community.&nbsp;</p>

<p paraeid="{73222705-1f78-4f4a-87d2-ac97c1bad9ce}{244}" paraid="1862438248">From the moment he arrived in the UK in 2006, Bosang exhibited a relentless pursuit of excellence. His journey began with overcoming language barriers, but through hard work and a positive attitude, he conquered these obstacles. His academic achievements, initially at a pass level, have since soared to merits and distinctions, showcasing his exceptional abilities and dedication.&nbsp;</p>

<p paraeid="{73222705-1f78-4f4a-87d2-ac97c1bad9ce}{254}" paraid="1611578658">One of the most remarkable aspects of Bosang's journey is his determination to improve his IT skills. As a novice in IT upon joining the programme, he persevered, and today, he handles technology with ease. His dedication to self-improvement is an inspiration to fellow students.&nbsp;</p>

<p paraeid="{3d2f194e-955a-495e-b4f1-4a0db927845e}{13}" paraid="813345325">Bosang's commitment to his studies extended beyond the classroom, as he frequently stayed late, invested additional time, and sought support to enhance his learning. His extraordinary efforts have made him a role model for all learners, illustrating the power of determination and perseverance in the pursuit of education and personal growth.&nbsp;</p>

<p paraeid="{3d2f194e-955a-495e-b4f1-4a0db927845e}{21}" paraid="141096488">Maxine Park, Subject Area Manager for Access to HE at Weston College, had high praise for Bosang. She stated,&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

<p paraeid="{3d2f194e-955a-495e-b4f1-4a0db927845e}{31}" paraid="1523725359">"We have been very fortunate to meet Bosang, as he inspires us during every session. He is a shining example of what dedication, resilience, and a thirst for knowledge can achieve. He achieved academic excellence and radiated positivity and a willingness to go the extra mile. He embodies the qualities that this award represents – a relentless pursuit of excellence and a deep desire to contribute positively to society. Bosang is not just a student; he is a role model, and he undoubtedly deserves recognition for his outstanding accomplishments and the inspiration he provides to others."&nbsp;</p>

<p paraeid="{3d2f194e-955a-495e-b4f1-4a0db927845e}{53}" paraid="1294522975">In addition to his academic achievements, Bosang has brought a deeper understanding of his culture to his classmates, encouraging them to explore other cultures and ways of thinking. His warm and infectious energy has earned the admiration of his peers, who often seek his guidance.&nbsp;</p>

<p paraeid="{3d2f194e-955a-495e-b4f1-4a0db927845e}{63}" paraid="1978691930">Weston College wholeheartedly believes that Bosang deserves recognition for his exceptional accomplishments and that his story will continue to inspire others to overcome obstacles and strive for excellence in their own educational pursuits. His future in the Mental Health Nursing sector is undoubtedly bright, and the College looks forward to witnessing his continued success.&nbsp;</p>

Learners sat together at ESOL celebration, whilst taking part in a quiz

<p>In a year filled with challenges and triumphs, we are thrilled to announce the outstanding achievements of our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learners.</p>

<p>These remarkable individuals have not only embraced the English language but have excelled beyond expectations, showcasing their dedication, resilience, and unwavering spirit. As we reflect on the past year, it is evident that their journey has been one of growth, empowerment, and triumph.</p>

<p>Amidst this group of exceptional individuals, a few stories shine particularly brightly:</p>

<p><strong>Muhammad: Rising to the Challenge</strong></p>

<p>Muhammad, who joined our class in February, wasted no time in making his mark. From the beginning, he engaged actively in class discussions and extended a helping hand to his fellow Afghan learners who faced challenges. When it came time for exams, Muhammad's dedication paid off. With a mere 3 points missed across two exams, he achieved a staggering total of 197 out of 200. His success was not only anticipated but celebrated, as he proved himself to be an incredible young man capable of achieving remarkable feats.</p>

<p><strong>Al Hadi: From Shy to Stellar</strong></p>

<p>Al Hadi's journey was one of transformation. Starting the course with trepidation in September, he gradually gained confidence and momentum. By January, he had found his stride, and his progress was nothing short of remarkable. His efforts culminated in the May speaking exam, where he achieved a perfect score—placing him at the pinnacle of the class. Al Hadi's story demonstrates that growth often emerges from stepping out of one's comfort zone and embracing challenges with determination.</p>

<p><strong>Enjila: A Trailblazer in Communication</strong></p>

<p>Enjila, one of three sisters on our course, is known for her enthusiastic communication skills. Through unwavering dedication, she not only advanced through different levels but also triumphed in her reading, speaking, and writing exams, exceeding expectations. While her lively presence adds vibrancy to the classroom, her academic achievements underscore her commitment to excellence. Enjila's success serves as a reminder that determination is key to conquering any obstacle.</p>

<p><strong>Andra and Penghui: Mastering Mathematics in a Second Language</strong></p>

<p>A special applause is reserved for Andra and Penghui, who accomplished the remarkable feat of passing their GCSE Maths exams in their second language. Their achievement is a testament to their perseverance, diligence, and intellectual acumen. Their success in a challenging subject illustrates their willingness to go above and beyond and highlights the diverse talents our ESOL learners bring to the table.</p>

<p>In celebrating these accomplishments, we must recognise that the achievements of our ESOL learners extend beyond the classroom. They have not only excelled academically but have also made positive impacts within our community. Their dedication, hard work, and humility inspire all those fortunate enough to interact with them.</p>

<p>We are immensely proud of the ESOL learners achievements, whether in exams, within the classroom, or within the broader community. Here's to our exceptional ESOL learners, whose brilliance knows no bounds!</p>

<p><a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-adults/english-and-ma… out more about our ESOL courses, by clicking here.</a></p>

Georgia, MoD Apprentice, standing in front of jet

<p>June 23rd marks an important day on the calendar for the engineering community and beyond – International Women in Engineering Day. This annual event serves as a powerful reminder of the contributions, achievements, and ongoing challenges faced by women in the field of engineering. It is a day to recognise and celebrate the remarkable women who have shattered glass ceilings and challenged stereotypes, while also highlighting the ongoing efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the engineering profession.</p>

<p>Engineering has long been considered a male-dominated field, with women historically underrepresented in various engineering disciplines. However, at Weston College and University Centre Weston (UCW), we are making conscious efforts to give the support and encouragement needed for women to pursue their dream career in the Engineering industry. This support has been in the form of scholarships, job opportunities and apprenticeships, encouraging women to break down the barriers and have a successful career in the industry.</p>

<p>One of the most significant challenges faced by women in engineering is the gender imbalance within the field. According to recent data from EngineeringUK, women make up only 16.5% of engineers in the UK. This disparity can be attributed to a multitude of factors, including societal stereotypes, lack of representation, unconscious bias, and systemic barriers. Women in Engineering Day serves as a platform to address these issues and advocate for change. By showcasing the accomplishments of women engineers and highlighting their stories, we can inspire more young women to consider engineering as a viable and rewarding career path.</p>

<p><img alt="Georgia - MOD apprentice" class="jh-pad" data-align="left" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b7f7cdd7-c288-46bd-8ccd-63f8074f8c13" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Georgia%20Apprentice%20MoD%203%20Web_0.png" />Georgia was recently awarded a new Engineering and Green Skills scholarship, in partnership with the Luke Wheaton Trust, who impressed judges in her application with her love of engineering and desire to succeed.</p>

<p>When catching up with Georgia about the scholarship, she said: “I was so happy when I found out that I had been awarded the Luke Wheaton Legacy Trust Scholarship.</p>

<p>“I have really enjoyed my apprenticeship so far, as I have been able to meet apprentices from other companies as well as learning important skills about engineering and sustainability.</p>

<p>“I have enjoyed learning about different materials, their testing and application to different aircraft parts.</p>

<p>“When I complete my degree apprenticeship, I would like to further this understanding and research into material properties and look at cost effective and sustainable solutions to use in the aerospace industry.”</p>

<p><img alt="Chloe - engineering Assessor " class="jh-pad" data-align="left" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="591333a9-826f-4b78-9e09-d18b3c5ac50a" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Chloe%20Engineering%20Assessor%20Web.png" />Another successful female engineer from within the college is Chloe, who’s job role is Engineering Assessor.</p>

<p>Chloe told us: “I was looking for an opportunity to develop my career in this direction when a perfect job came up at the college. This involved having more time directly influencing and developing up-and-coming engineers on their apprenticeships in a range of technical skills, within an often diverse and challenging environment.”</p>

<p>In recent years, efforts to increase gender diversity in engineering have gained momentum. The West of England Institute of Technology, for example, are 500% ahead of target in female learner numbers. By fostering an inclusive environment and breaking down barriers, these initiatives are helping to create a more diverse and vibrant engineering community.</p>

<p>While progress has undoubtedly been made, there is still work to be done. Women continue to face challenges such as unconscious bias, lack of representation in leadership positions, and the persistence of gender stereotypes. Recognising these obstacles and actively working to overcome them is crucial for achieving true gender parity in engineering. By embracing diversity, fostering an inclusive culture, and providing equal opportunities, we can harness the collective talents and perspectives of all individuals, irrespective of gender.</p>

<p>On International Women in Engineering Day, let us celebrate the achievements of women engineers, past and present, and acknowledge the incredible contributions they have made to society. It is a day to honour their resilience, brilliance, and innovation. But it is also a reminder that our efforts must extend beyond a single day. We must continue to advocate for equal opportunities, challenge gender biases, and support aspiring women engineers. By doing so, we can build a future where engineering is truly a field that embraces and empowers individuals of all genders.</p>

<p><a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/engin… out more about our engineering courses, by clicking here.</a></p>

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