Barnet and Southgate College offers a number of Vocational Qualifications, which are recognised qualifications relating to a particular line of work or specific job role, with an emphasis on the assessment of practical skills and knowledge. Examples of which include BTECs, NVQ's, Apprenticeships and foundation degrees with a largely vocational content.
They cover a wide range of subjects from catering to construction, business, beauty therapy and care work. Debbie Grimmond, aged 46, is currently studying for a Vocational Qualification in Catering and she has been accepted to work as a chef on the Olympic Village at the London 2012 Games.
Debbie Grimmond, VQ student at Barnet and Southgate College said:
"I enrolled at Barnet and Southgate College in 2009 on the Foundation Basic Skills Course. I was 42 and unsure how to get back into education the part-time course really helped me with basic skills such as English, Maths and IT. This then gave me the confidence to complete a number of Vocational Qualifications in catering, including pastry skills and the Catering NVQ level 2; I've since won a Catering Award and helped at a number of College events. Being a part-time student has been ideal as it's worked around me bringing up six children, two of which are now studying here also.
With my new qualifications under my belt, I start a new job at the Olympic Village next month! I'll be assisting the Executive Chefs, helping plan and design menus for all the athletes and attending dignitaries, it's so exciting. I'll also be responsible for twenty other catering staff in my 'pod' of which there will be four at the Olympic Village, all serving different cuisines, I'm working within the British cuisine 'pod'. If someone had told me four years ago that this is what I'd be doing, I'd have said they were joking but it's true and going to College has helped change my life!'
If you're interested in studying for a Vocational Qualification at Barnet and Southgate College log onto: www.barnetsouthgate.ac.uk or call: 020 866 400, or email firstname.lastname@example.org