“Simranjit has made an amazing contribution to the College as a Learner Representative. She is hard working and has engaged with many members of staff, who all have positive things to say about her.”
Maths and English, Retail, ICT and Administration
Since joining Walsall College’s Hawbush Campus in 2015, Simranjit Bains has made a great impression on her tutors, so much so that she was nominated for a Festival of Learning award in June. Having completed her Maths and English, the 24-year-old now plans to study Childcare and continue her journey to sustainable employment.
The last few years for Simranjit has been jam-packed. Not only did she work towards completing her functional skills in maths and English, she also undertook courses and a placement to develop her employability skills.
“On Mondays, I’d study Maths and English, and on Tuesdays, I’d be completing a course in Administration. I also studied Retail and ICT on Thursday and Fridays.”
“Working for Scope is great, because I’m gaining a lot of experience”
The mid-week saw Simranjit out on placement with Scope, a national disability charity that campaigns to challenge and change negative ideas about disability.
“Working for Scope is great, because I’m gaining a lot of experience. I sort clothes and ornaments, assist customers and provide customer service. I also help my parents at their chip shop, which I really enjoy as I like working and serving customers.”
“It has made my parents very proud”
Simranjit not only has a great work ethic, but she also has a multitude of softer skills that employers are looking for, earning her a Certificate of Achievement from being nominated for a Festival of Learning award.
“I was really pleased to have received the certificate, which I got through being nominated by the Guidance Manager for a Festival of Learning award. It has made my parents very proud and will look great on my CV.”
“I wouldn’t be where I am now without having come here”
She will be returning next year to study a Childcare Level 1 course. Commenting on her time at the College, she said “The best thing about Hawbush is the learning environment and how easy it is to travel here. I enjoy the classes and have great relationships with my tutors. It’s a safe environment.
I came to the College to further my skills so I can get a job. I wouldn’t be where I am now without having come here. It has really inspired me, opened up my mind and has enhanced my understanding of opportunities out there.”
“She is very committed to making the best of herself”
Claire Harvey, the Guidance Manager who nominated Simranjit for the Festival of Learning Award, said: “Simranjit has made an amazing contribution to the College as a Learner Representative. She is hard working and has engaged with many members of staff, who all have positive things to say about her. She is kind, friendly and is helpful towards her peers. She is also very committed to making the best of herself and partaking in work experience. For that, I am very proud of her.”