Thursday 1st December 2016
JLC Foundation student gets stuck in with Ongo community work experience
Declan Taylor, a Foundation Learning student at John Leggott College, has recently joined forces with local housing partnership Ongo to gain work experience in the community.
The Foundation Learning Department tutors supported Declan with his application and helped to prepare him for interview, so it was a team celebration when he was successful and invited to begin his work experience! This opportunity is hugely valuable in helping Declan with the transition from college into the workplace, and he is already enjoying gardening and carrying out repairs in the community.
A third-year student, Declan has also been assisting the college Estates team every week, including carrying out regular site checks with Mickey, JLC Security Officer. This experience has helped Declan to develop stronger communication and social skills as a result of meeting new people, and talking with other staff and students.
Marie Powell, Site Manager at John Leggott College, has been impressed with Declan’s progress since assisting the Estates Team:
“Declan is always keen to get involved, and will roll his sleeves up and get stuck into any job. Since working with our Estates team he has learnt to use some hand tools and is able to carry out some tasks without supervision, which is great progress. Declan has a happy-go-lucky disposition and is a pleasure to work with as part of the team.”
Since Declan joined the college from St Hugh’s School, he has also made significant academic leaps, achieving a GCSE in Use of Maths and now working towards a Level 2 qualification in English. He is also hopeful that his experience with Ongo may lead to an apprenticeship, to continue his passion for caretaking and working in the community.
The Foundation Learning team at John Leggott College support students to achieve Entry Level or Level 1 vocational studies qualifications, to prepare them for further learning in the college or entry into the workplace. The tutors take a friendly, structured style of learning and students are able to gain confidence and develop important life skills alongside their studies. If you would like to find out more, contact the Admissions team via email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 01724 407016.