A former student has told of her delight at winning an IPad in a prize draw after taking part in a survey for The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL).
Annet Nantale achieved a B in GCSE Maths at the College last summer and is now studying a Masters in Engineering at Middlesex University.
She won the draw out of more than 500 students who took part in a destination survey for CONEL. The survey is undertaken each year to gather information on what students and apprentices do after they leave the College.
Annet, 39, said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw the email saying I’d won. I thought, you’re joking me. I was so excited.
“It was a really lovely feeling and came at just the right time for my course at university. It’s the best Christmas gift I have ever had.”
She studied for her GCSE in the evening at CONEL while undertaking an access to higher education engineering course full time, having previously studied for a degree in engineering in her home country of Uganda.
Annet also looked after her two children and worked part-time as a Support Worker for SweetTree Home Care Services while completing her studies.
She said: “It was challenging, but I made sure I was organised. I couldn’t have done it otherwise. My tutor was great. She was encouraging and supportive, and I feel I did the best I could in the time I had to study.”
Each year hundreds of CONEL students go onto university and around 60% gain full time employment after leaving the College.
Emine Gunes, 35, is working as a teaching assistant at Bishop Douglass School in East Finchley after completing a Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning last year.
She said: “I have a degree in physics and maths from Turkey and worked there as a teacher before I came to England, and hope to become a teacher here.
“The course taught me about the English education system and how to support children in school, understand what help they need and show them the way. My tutors at the College were very good and helped me to do my best and find me a job.”
Safiya Richards-Goolamallee, 29, is employed as a beautician at Alternatives in Islington after completing a Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy.
“I studied for the Level 2 at CONEL a few years ago and enjoyed it, and that was one of the reasons I came back,” she said.
“It was a good course all round and taught me what I needed to learn and get the qualification I need by law to perform some beauty treatments. My teachers were great and very supportive.”
- Last Updated: 14 December 2016