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College course helps Rebecca land dream role

June 20, 2013

Former West Cheshire College student Rebecca Clark has thrived in her new role as a visual merchandiser at Marks & Spencer Cheshire Oaks thanks to the skills and experience gained on her vocational course.


(L-R) Daniel Bedford, Commercial Manager for Marks & Spencer, Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua who presented the College’s Annual Awards and Rebecca Clark

Rebecca Clark, 20, from Wirral, completed her Level 3 in Fashion Retail at the College last summer and landed a job straight after finishing the course at the Ellesmere Port store which opened in August.

Due to her outstanding performance during her course, Rebecca also won overall Student of the Year and CORA’s Retail Student of the Year awards at the College’s Annual Awards earlier this year as she was highly praised by her tutors.

Rebecca said: “I’m really enjoying my job as visual merchandiser in the menswear department of Marks & Spencer.

 “My daily routine includes dressing the mannequins with the latest trends and checking the stock. The head office tells us which up and coming styles to dress the displays in and I really enjoy finding out what the latest looks are for the different seasons.

“The College course really helped to boost my confidence, as I learnt so much from it. It provided me with hands-on experience as we worked dressing mannequins in the College’s retail shop and at Designer Kidz in Cheshire Oaks.

“When I had the interview with Marks & Spencer, I had to do a 40 minute practical styling session putting collections together on the mannequins. The skills that I had learnt from the course helped me to do well in this.”

Maria Davison, Area Manager Creative Arts and Guidance at West Cheshire College said: “We are delighted that Rebecca is doing so well in her role at Marks & Spencer.

“She was an excellent student, which is why she won overall Student of the Year Award and has thrived in her role.

“Our vocational courses are designed so our students leave the College job ready and this success story proves this.”

Hilary Wilkinson, M&S Cheshire Oaks store manager, said: “Rebecca is a great addition to our team and is doing well in her role. When launching the new store we created 70 new positions with organisations such as West Cheshire College, and were delighted to be able to take on local College leavers like Rebecca.

“At M&S we are committed to working closely with the local community and so we are pleased that a former College student is doing so well at M&S.”

For more information about retail courses at West Cheshire College, call the College hotline on 01244 656555 or visit


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