Working with Communities student Aileen Fraser has secured part-time work and a full-time university course place after graduating from Forth Valley College.
Aileen (39) from Bannockburn started at FVC on a NC Working with Communities, before progressing onto the HNC and graduating in June 2020. She also won the Most Promising Student in the Department of Business and Communities in 2020.
At the start of her HNC course she undertook a work placement with Forth Valley Recovery Community (FVRC) and at the end of it they offered her a job as an assistant recovery development worker, on a part-time basis
She is also gearing up to attend the University of The West of Scotland studying for a degree in Community Education.
She said: “I chose to study at Forth Valley College as it’s local and also had the courses that interested me.
“I found the lecturers to be very approachable. They were always available for support when required and above all, luckily for me, they were very patient! I really enjoyed the short space of time I spent in the brand new Falkirk Campus
“Undertaking this course has benefitted me immensely. It has given me the self-belief I needed, to achieve the goals I set out for myself in my adult life. This was important to me as I had left school at 15 with no qualifications, so I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it and be a good role model for my two daughters.
“I would recommend the course as the content is very rewarding and engaging and the lecturers are invested in the students. The best bit for me has been achieving qualifications and making new friends.”
Summing up her experience at Forth Valley College in three words, Aileen, said: “Challenging, Rewarding and Educational.”