Around 80 English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students at Sussex Downs College attended the progression event on campus in Eastbourne to preview their course options.
Staff speakers gave a brief snapshot of their department and invited questions, enabling students to practise their speaking and listening skills.
Students were provided information on courses across the College, including Catering & Hospitality, Beauty Therapy, Construction, Health & Social Care, Public Uniformed Services, GCSEs and Apprenticeships.
Catering and Hospitality Curriculum Leader Christina Cavallari said, “Find out what’s covered on the course and choose what interests you. I trained as a chef but my passion is working with customers, so I learned both sides of the industry. This brings a wealth of satisfaction to what I do. There is a shortage of very good chefs and front of house providers so if you choose this line of work, your job prospects are very high.”
Joanne Brooks, Health & Social Care teacher, shed the myth surrounding Childcare courses, telling students it wasn’t just for those looking to work in a nursery or school. “Childcare is a huge area,” she told students. “Learners can go on to work abroad in Children’s Clubs at popular resorts. Many students also go into midwifery or nursing.”
David Ivison, Faculty Director of Vocational Studies, gave a talk on Construction and Engineering courses. He told ESOL students, “If you repair car engines you’re a scientist. If you repair bodywork, you’re an artist. Here at Sussex Downs College you will learn the skills needed to work in the industry, utilising both electrical and hand tools.”
Course leader Bob Shoesmith introduced ESOL students to Public Uniformed Services at SDC. “These courses are for anyone interested in joining the military or emergency services,” he told students. “The Police force in particular are very keen to recruit people who can speak more than one language.”
The Hair & Beauty department at the College invited ESOL students to a free treatment at the on-site salon Evolve. The apprenticeship team also invited attendees on a free, four-week course on employability and finding work in the UK.
Carmen Creasey, Adult Leisure Co-ordinator at SDC adds, “This event has introduced ESOL students to opportunities across the College. They now have options to consider, some of which they may not even have known existed before today.”