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The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London


London’s College for Skills

ConstructionPlumbing tutor Paul Oatham with student Rachel Joseph who described his lessons as 'brilliant'.

A construction student has heaped praise on her tutor after he inspired her to succeed within weeks of starting her course.

Rachel Joseph is studying for a Plumbing Diploma Level 2 at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) where she previously completed Level 1 last summer.

The 46-year-old was full of plaudits for her teacher Paul Oatham who impressed her with his dedication to supporting his students.

“The last few weeks have been amazing,” said Rachel.

“On the first day of term, Paul made a promise to the whole class to make sure we all passed this course, and it is so very clear that he meant every word.

“When I walked in and saw the way he prepared each desk and student with everything they needed, I was mesmerised, and the lesson that followed did not disappoint. The workshops have been brilliant and I enjoyed every second.

“I made a promise to work just as hard as him to make sure I passed.

“What Paul has done already in a short space of time has been truly appreciated. He’s like no teacher I’ve had before. He makes me look forward to coming to college.”

ConstructionStudent Rachel Joseph and Plumbing tutor Paul Oatham in the Construction workshop at our Tottenham Centre.

Rachel decided to change career and train to become a plumber, having run her own online sports retail business for eight years and spending much of her working life in book keeping and secretarial jobs.

She said: “This is now my second year at CONEL. I had such a good experience that I decided to come back.

“I’d always had an interest in construction and wasn’t sure if I would ever do it, but I decided to take the plunge and it’s been the best thing I’ve done. I’ve no complaints. It’s been brilliant.”

CONEL offers a wide range of construction courses from Entry Level to Level 3, including multi skills, brickwork, carpentry and joinery, plumbing and electrical installations.

Matt Wylds, Head of School for Construction, said: “Paul is a superb tutor with great experience in the construction industry. The praise he has received shows just how highly regarded he is by his students.

“He has shown himself to be nothing short of exemplary in his commitment to teaching at CONEL.”

Call 020 8442 3055 or click here for more information on Construction courses at the College of Haringey Enfield and North East London (CONEL).

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