Anne Okafor (29) from Stirling is building towards a great career in the construction industry after studying at Forth Valley College.
She recently completed an HNC Construction Management and has secured a place at Glasgow Caledonian University to finish her degree. She is currently on a summer placement working with ESH Border Construction – at The Engine Shed in Stirling - assisting the site management team.
Her duties include: looking after drawings and admin, reviewing risk assessments and method statements, writing the building manual for the project, assisting the site manager/project manager on a daily basis with tasks.
Anne, said: “I chose Forth Valley College because they offered the course I wanted. I actually moved from Grantown-on-Spey to study at FVC. The campus looked great and I got a great reception from staff when I attended for my interview. Everyone seemed so happy. The ‘vibe’ was great!
“The lecturers in the construction department are fantastic! Everyone is super supportive and encouraging. They genuinely want you to achieve your goals and they help you develop professionally. They really go above and beyond to help and advise you.
“The College facilities are all what you would expect from a college in today’s learning environment. There is everything you need on campus and all the staff in the College are friendly and helpful. The learning advisors are great if you have questions about anything from funding to UCAS etc.
“Two years ago when I started with FVC (I did my NC Built Environment first) – I never would have imagined that I would be going to university. The College has really helped me to feel confident that I am on the right track and given me the courage to continue my education to degree level. I also achieved an ‘A grade’ for my graded unit for my HNC Construction Management.
“Forth Valley College has helped me move on to the next step in my career as I received offers from all three of the universities I applied to. I have now secured a place at Glasgow Caledonian University. The College helped me land a work placement with Robertson’s. The confidence I have gained through attending the College and my achievements, has helped me to be recognised professionally. I have been lucky enough to be given the opportunity of this summer work placement at ESH Border Construction, which greatly improves my technical knowledge and enhances my experience.
“FVC really champion continuous learning and they fully support and encourage every student. As a woman going into the construction industry, I have been encouraged as an equal to my male counterparts and have had all the same opportunities.
“The staff see people who want to learn – and they have the knowledge and expertise to help you achieve whatever it is you want to reach, but they also open your eyes to new options that maybe you hadn’t considered or even been aware of previously. As for the course itself, I feel like I have done well and have received good feedback from my supervisors at my placement regarding my level of technical knowledge. I feel well prepared for university after summer.
“The highest point was finding out I’d achieved an ‘A’ for my graded Unit – this confirmed I had done well throughout the year and also meant I had done enough to secure my place at university. The whole experience at FVC has given me a super foundation to develop and build a strong career in the construction industry.”