Studying at Forth Valley College has helped Jamie Fotheringham prepare for work and enhanced his job prospects.
Jamie (23) from Alloa, who lives with severe diplegic cerebral palsy and a hip condition which requires him to use an electric wheelchair, recently graduated with a HND Computing: Technical Support and won Most Inspirational Student in the Department of Creative Industries, Hospitality and Tourism for 2020. He can’t wait to progress into the jobs market.
He said: “My experience at college has helped me prepare for work and enhanced my job prospects through gaining my Higher National Diploma (HND) in Technical Support and has developed my interpersonal skills and improved my confidence. I think that Forth Valley College has helped me onto the next step of my career by offering highly sought-after qualifications such as an HND, that will open more job opportunities and make me more attractive to potential employers. I have also gained knowledge of the processes and trends of the IT industry.
“I chose to study Computing at Forth Valley College after completing a NC Business from 2016 – 2017 and went on to study technical support as I’m passionate about Information Technology (IT). Also the Alloa Campus is local to me and it was a relatively new campus at the time. I felt the level access design was a vital aspect for me due to my disability.
“I liked that the facilities were accommodating and that the lecturers were top class and they were always prepared to help me with any queries I had. I would like to thank Jean Fraser, Brian Candlish, Peter Marshall and Pete Kelly for their support throughout my time at the college. During my time at the college I also accessed learning support and I felt that Stephen Coyne was very helpful with any concerns or questions I had regarding my learning, and also provided me with a loan of equipment to help me in my learning.
“I would recommend anyone looking to study IT to consider studying at Forth Valley College as the lecturers are experienced and very knowledgeable about the IT industry and teach you transferable skills such as troubleshooting.
“I felt the atmosphere that the lecturers create was the best aspect of my time at the college, as the atmosphere is a very positive one while still getting through the content of the course. Every day at college was a laugh and thoroughly enjoyable. I also enjoyed achieving top grades in both years of my HNC/HND course. I felt that the positive atmosphere helped me achieve to the best of my abilities.”
Summing up his experience at Forth Valley College in three words, Jamie said: “Enjoyable, Inclusive and Inspirational.”