Friends – Where Are They Now? 

We took time to have a look back to where some of our students have gone and how they have used the skills they learnt in college to start a new adventure.

Jamie Smith and Luc Zimmer previous Level 3 students in IT at Brecon Beacons College and also great friends tell us about where they are now.

21- year- old Jamie is an apprentice for a bespoke online gift company Outdoor 365 with seven different e-commerce websites run by them online. Jamie first started the College very nervous as well as being new to the community, his time at college made him feel welcome and part of a community.

Jamie who keeps in regular contact with his previous lecturer Helen Griffiths talks highly about the support from his lecturer and goes onto to say: “The great thing about taking this qualification is that you get to dip into lots of areas of IT for you to get a feel on what area of IT you’d like to go into after the qualification, such as graphics and video games.”

“As well as the IT qualification, this course helped me to gain confidence, working with others and meeting deadlines for assignments-these are all really important attributes needed for employment.”

During Jamie’s time at College, he was unsure about what path of work he wanted to go down, after achieving a high grade in the e-Commerce unit he knew that this is something he wanted to look into more, the skills he picked up such as how to complete spreadsheets and use excel to a high start allowed him to have the advantage when applying for his job.

Luc who is studying Cyber Security at University of South Wales, one of our partner university’s got a taster of the variety of areas in IT from studying the level 3 course at Brecon. Luc aged nineteen adds: “I was able to test the waters and decide what I enjoyed and what I wasn’t too fond on. It also helped me develop my skills, such as my report writing, up to a higher academic standard that was required for university.”

At his time at Brecon Beacons College Luc was able to prepare for university as the tutors treated him with respect as an adult, he adds: “This helps you get into the correct headspace and prepares you to work on your own as an adult, whilst still being given a proper teaching experience.”

Luc who juggled his part-time work at a local coffee shop and college work adds: “My two years at NPTC Group of Colleges were two of the best years of my life. I met some of the best people and learnt some amazing skills that I still use to this day. I had the best tutors any student could’ve ever asked for. There were always fun moments and always opportunities to do or learn more.”