Why students love learning at Coleg Gwent!
It’s ‘Love our Colleges Week’, so we’re introducing you to some of our learners and sharing their success and journey through college so far.
Meet Jesse Moody, 18, a Level 2 Mechanical Engineering student at our Crosskeys campus who is loving the practical aspects of the course in the workshops and in the future would like to have his own workshop working on small machinery.
“I grew up on a farm and was always fiddling around with machinery. I’ve always had an interest in engineering. All the staff and tutors are really helpful and treat you as an equal.
“I preferred the workshops at Coleg Gwent’s Crosskeys campus, compared to other colleges and feedback from friends who were already studying at Coleg Gwent was great.”
Jesse, who is currently on an apprenticeship with Doncasters, plans to move onto Level 3 and possibly an HND after completing Level 2.
“As I was home educated, I was really nervous about coming back to a college environment, but I settled in quickly,” he added.
Diana Maria Tabora Rivera, is a Level 1 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) student at City of Newport campus chose the course to improve her English and would recommend it to others.
“The tutors are very understanding. When I arrived, I could only speak a little bit of English and was too nervous to ask questions. Now I can confidently hold a conversation. The topics studied in the classroom have helped with everyday life – in the shops, on the bus etc - as well as with my degree.
“For me, just being able to put together a sentence was a big achievement. In Spain, although I did an English course, I’d just go back to speaking Spanish. Here you have to speak English all the time,” she added.
“Ultimately I would like to work as a veterinary nurse in a zoo. I knew that I’d feel at home here straight away and I did. The practicals are my favourite part, we clean the enclosures and feed and handle the animals. There’s a lots of opportunities on offer studying at Coleg Gwent.
“I was quite quiet and shy when I came here but I’ve grown in confidence since. We get treated differently to school – here we are treated as young adults, which has boosted my confidence.”
College is such a great place to build independence and develop new skills in a supportive environment and can be a fantastic stepping stone between education and work.