Posted by Alice irvine on the 04 Apr 2016

One of our current Traineeship students has inspired those around her with her story of success. Here she writes about the journey she has taken:

"I first heard about Orchard Hill through my home schooling teachers, they said it would be a great opportunity for me and that I should apply for it.
I was hesitant at first as I was not keen on the idea of starting college because I had not been to school since I was fourteen and I wasn’t used to the environment
When Olly came round for my assessment I was really nervous because he asked loads of questions about what I was like at school. I didn’t get on well at school, I was always in and out of trouble, always bunking off because I could not stand being there.
When the assessment was finished I was offered a place and I was really excited but also very nervous.
When I started at Orchard Hill the teachers were nice and helpful, the other students were kind and I actually liked it. The class was small which made me feel more comfortable.
Vanessa my Job Coach used to get the train with me to college because I couldn’t go places by myself, it really helped build my confidence and I could soon get trains on my own.
I have improved in all my maths and English, I also understand more about the world of work and have enjoyed studying Employability. I have even done all my homework and my work folder is really neat which I am proud of and I haven’t bunked off once!
My self-confidence has also improved and I don’t get agitated when in class.
My work placement has been in a traditional barbers in West Drayton. I have been learning to do beard trims and I'm now training on haircuts. I have really enjoyed this and it is what I want to do for a career.
Amanda my teacher researched apprenticeships in Barbering and got me an interview at Hayes Campus. I was nervous about attending the interview so Amanda came with me to support. During the interview I was asked lots of questions which I answered as best I could. I was offered a place, so providing I pass my maths and English I'll be starting an apprenticeship in Barbering in September 2016.
I have really enjoyed attending the traineeship at Orchard Hill College and I don’t want to leave!"