Professional pastry chef Avril Burns has used skills learned at Forth Valley College and at Dundee University to take steps on to a lecturing career.
Avril (47) from Banknock recently completed a TQFE online course through Dundee University and that combined with her HNC/D Professional Cookery course at Forth Valley College from 2014-2016, has led her to a part-time teaching position one day per week at Halbeath College, Dunfermline.
The talented cook whose main role is Head Pastry Chef at Cromlix Hotel Dunblane, had enquired at Forth Valley College on how she would go about becoming a qualified lecturer and was advised to complete the HNC level course as she had been out of school for so long, before moving on to the HND.
Avril, said: “The facilities at Forth Valley College’s Stirling Campus were modern and very new. The lecturers were very helpful and were always available if I needed help. The course has retrained my brain to become a more organised person and opened up many doors and opportunities.
“It has helped me move on to the next step in my career by encouraging me to become more determined to succeed. The college lecturers have given me great support and through them I have made great contacts, which will hopefully get me to where I want to be in the next part of my life.
“I would recommend anybody who wants to follow in my footsteps to do it when young, as I think it would be easier for them. College is the best place to learn, or even a training scheme, if available in their area, as you can work and learn at the same time.
“I enjoyed college. I met lots of people, some doing the same course as me, but all of very different ages and backgrounds. I enjoyed watching and learning from the different lecturers most of all, as it gave me food for thought on how I would do it differently.”