Gavin Hynes (39) completed his HNC Childhood Practice in June 2018 and it has seen him land a role as an Early Learning and Childcare Educator at Clackmannanshire Council.
Gavin from Falkirk, said: “The course offered everything I was looking for in order to change career. FVC came highly recommended by the various professionals I spoke with, within the Early Years sector, during my research prior to applying for the course.
“The simulated nursery and classrooms offered the appropriate environment for the wide array of tasks required to complete the course. The library and Student Services room offered quiet spaces and ample computer access to help complete assessments on time. Overall, the facilities are excellent, I can’t wait to see how they look in the new Falkirk Campus!
“My lecturers were amazing, the level of support they gave was second to none. They were able to teach the course in a way that engaged me fully during each session and they were able to link their teachings to scenarios and situations you may face within the workplace, allowing you to put things into the context of the course.
“They were able to deliver a vast amount of learning throughout the year without you feeling overwhelmed, by balancing self-led learning and classroom learning excellently. My wife and I were expecting our second child halfway through the course and our son arrived just as I started my graded unit. My lecturers were truly supportive during this time and ensured I was able to balance my coursework with family life during, the important first few months of my son’s life.
“My time in college gave me the knowledge and foundation of learning required to move into the Early Years sector. My weekly placement within a nursery during the course was pivotal in allowing me to work within a nursery setting and put into practice what I learned in college. It also allowed me to collaborate with experienced early years workers to learn new skills and techniques in a wide variety of scenarios I face day-to-day, in my work.
“FVC has helped me move on to the next step in my career as it helped me achieve the qualification I needed to move into the Early Years. I was also given support with interview skills and CV writing. The College invited staff from three local authorities into the college to speak with us about their individual requirements for employment and I was provided with a mock interview with one local authority, which was invaluable in preparing me for interviews within the profession.
“I would recommend the College to other people interested in Childcare as the lecturers and course will give you the knowledge, experience and confidence you need to work within the Childcare sector. The best bit for me was that I made lifelong friends, whilst gaining a qualification allowing me to work in, what I believe to be, the most rewarding job you can do!”
Summing up his experience at Forth Valley College in three words, Gavin, said: “Challenging, but rewarding.”