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West Cheshire College joins VQ Day celebrations

June 21, 2013

Cheshire College is joining in with the annual VQ Day festivities by celebrating the success of its students who either secure employment or a place in higher education.


Creative media student, Sam Jarrett is celebrating after gaining a sought after place at a top university for media and journalism

Now in its sixth year, VQ Day 2013 on 5th June is a national event which recognises the value of vocational qualifications and celebrates vocational achievement.

Alex Young, 18, from Ellesmere Port landed her dream job after enrolling onto a BTEC Extended Diploma in Travel & Tourism course at West Cheshire College.

Alex said: “I wanted to become a holiday representative but I wasn’t sure how to go about getting a job within the travel industry.

“I came to the College because it has amazing facilities including a replica aircraft cabin, which has the features of a real aeroplane. We have lessons in there and we have learnt aircraft safety demonstrations it’s a fantastic environment to learn in.

“Thanks to the College I went through the recruitment process to be holiday representative with Thomas Cook. The tutors did role plays with us before the interview which really helped me in my preparation.

“It was amazing to find out that I had been successful. I will now be spending the summer as a holiday representative in a European location.

“I started the course to find out how to become a holiday representative and due to the support of the tutors and the opportunities provided by the College, I have secured my dream job.”

Sam Jarrett, 19, from Chester, is celebrating after gaining a sought after place at a top university for media and journalism.

Sam, who is studying a BTEC in Creative Media Production, said: “Before coming to West Cheshire College, I briefly went to sixth form but decided that it wasn’t for me. I’m really glad I made the move as the College has better facilities and you get a lot more freedom, allowing me to be more creative with my work.

“The course has covered a broad range of topics including critical approaches to writing, text within the media, graphic design and interviewing people. I really like the variation of the course and we have done individual projects and group work, which has helped to improve my teamwork and communication skills.

“The work includes real-life experience, for instance, a group of us went to Liverpool to do vox pops with members of the public about the Olympics and we designed the programme for the College’s performance of the Nutcracker.

 “When I finish the course I am going to Kingston University to study BA (hons) in Media and Cultural Studies with Journalism. I’m then hoping to become either a broadcast or print journalist.”

West Cheshire College provides a variety of full-time vocational courses and Apprenticeships in a wide variety of sectors including travel & tourism, computing & IT, hair & beauty, childcare, hospitality & catering, construction, engineering and performing arts.

The courses are delivered from the College’s state-of-the-art facilities which are designed around real-working environments so students learn the right skills to be job-ready when they leave.

To pledge your support for recognising the benefits of high quality vocational qualifications and to find out how you can become involved, please log onto

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

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