The teachers at the College are fantastic, they helped me with everything from speaking English to writing my CV.
Hello My name is Etienne, I am 26 and I studied for a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction, an HNC in Construction & Built Environment, and ESOL.
I came to England in 2005 from Togo with my family to study. When we arrived I was 15, I spoke no English and knew no one so it was quite difficult to make friends. I went to Futures College and then started at South Essex College which changed my life.
Everyone at the College welcomed me and my English improved very quickly.
The teachers at the College are fantastic, they helped me with everything from speaking English to writing my CV. I soon made lots of friends and I was able to help my family learn English.
I decided to do Construction because eventually I want to have my own business and build my own house. The tutors helped me every step of the way, including help with all my coursework so that I never fell behind. I always felt totally supported and me and my family were so proud when I graduated with my HNC.
I have worked on building sites and now work part-time in Homebase while improving my English even further. I hope to find work as a civil engineer or project manager and one day run my own company.
I would like to say to anyone who is thinking of studying at the College even if you have very little English, don’t give up, it is your future, everyone at the College is there to help you succeed, and they will put themselves out to make sure you are supported.