Nigel Hogg Visit
As part of the External Speaker Programme, on 17 October, students enjoyed an engaging presentation by Nigel Hogg, Apprenticeship Manager at the University of East London. Nigel, who has worked for many companies throughout his career, notably London Underground and Ford Motor Company, is an engineer by profession and, more recently, has been involved in teaching and education. He organises the University’s Degree Apprenticeship programmes and explained that this is a fast-growing sector with new programmes being introduced all the time. Not all programmes are business-related; there are also opportunities in the healthcare industry, digital technologies and engineering to name but a few. Nigel talked about the many companies offering apprenticeships and stressed the importance, particularly with the larger organisations like TfL and BT, of researching dates when they are accepting applications and the assessment process.
One of Nigel’s key messages about applying for apprenticeships was to give yourself a competitive edge by doing something different, outside of your studies. Candidates who had volunteered or had a hobby or participated in schemes like the Duke of Edinburgh Award were the ones that stood out, he maintained.
For more information about the University of East London’s involvement in apprenticeships, please visit: https://www.uel.ac.uk/apprenticeships
Samuel EMMANUEL Course: BTEC Engineering
“My experience at CTK has improved my sense of self-worth and the one-to-one communication has helped me understand what I need to do to achieve my goals. I'm aiming to go to Queen Mary's University of London to study Physics and Aerospace Engineering. My advice to new students would be to enjoy the experience, make friends with people and study hard to achieve your goals.”
Jorge EMMANUEL Grades achieved: D*DD Course: BTEC Sport Level 3
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Wendy EMMANUEL Course: BTEC Art and Design Level 2 & 3
“I have enjoyed making new friends and also meeting past students at CTK, who have come in to speak to us about what has made them successful. I aim to become an interior designer or textile designer and plan to study Textile Design at university. I would recommend CTK because the teachers always dedicate their time to helping students achieve their goals. ”
Ajith EMMANUEL Grades achieved: D*D*D Progressed to: Biomedical Science Warwick University Course: BTEC Applied Science
“I would 100% recommend CTK to others. The College improves you not only academically but in all aspects. CTK really lived up to my expectations, I have made good friends and the teachers are so supportive. I was so happy to get my final grades, I'm now going to study Biomedical Science at Warwick University.”
Rukaya EMMANUEL Grades achieved: D*D*D Progressed to: Criminology and Forensic Psychology at Kingston University Course: BTEC Health & Social Care
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