Cherry Lameg (45) a former HND in Administration and IT student from Stirling, has received a huge boost by landing a job with the Energy Skills Partnership (ESP) as an Administrative Assistant.
Cherry, a former Forth Valley College student, said: “I would say that the best bit of studying at the college was my whole learning journey and turning my dreams into reality by securing a full-time job at ESP after graduating with my HND.
“To anyone who would like to study a course, I would highly recommend FVC because the College has a wide variety of courses available, great facilities and dedicated staff members and lecturers. The college has also got strong links with employers where work placements or internships could lead to full-time employment after graduating.”
Mature student Cherry, went on: “I decided that I wanted a change of career and FVC was the perfect fit for me as it is my local college and it’s easy to get to. It’s also encouraging hearing positive comments about the college from previous students so I went for it. Thanks to my son, Miguel who supported me with my decision.
“I would say that the facilities at the College were great. The Alloa Campus – where I studied - is a well-designed campus to suit the needs of the students. In particular, the Business Department has a simulated office setting classroom for business students, which greatly helps students learn and develop skills and knowledge required for the programme.
“Lecturers at Forth Valley College are very focused, motivated and supportive especially when students are showing commitment to their course. Lecturers are always ready to provide help and guidance, they are passionate about what they do and they use different teaching styles to ensure that no students are feeling left out.
“The learning experience and work placements definitely helped me prepare for a career that I always wanted. It also helped me improve my confidence as a person.
FVC definitely helped me to move on to the next step of my career. It gave me a great and exciting opportunity to do a summer internship with ESP and this has led me to secure a full time admin job with them after I graduated with my HND.”
Roddy Scott, Sector Manager Engineering at ESP Scotland, said: “At ESP we work with all of Scotland’s Colleges to support building capability and capacity in the areas of Engineering, Energy and Construction. In 2017 we had a project that required some additional admin support and, as we like to give college students opportunities to develop their skills further and gain valuable work experience, a decision was made to contact the Business Administration Department at FVC.
“The HNC Business Administration class were asked to submit CVs with a view to potential interviews for a summer paid intern post. Cherry came out as a very strong candidate and worked on data input for a major cross sector project.
“Cherry proved very capable and fitted in well with our small team leading to her internship being extended and eventually made a full-time member of staff. The main benefits are that Cherry was able to prove herself in the workplace and put her recently gained skills into practice, while ESP gained a very valuable and capable member of staff who fits in well with our small team.”