Monday, January 12, 2015

News: Rotherham College case studies act as inspiration

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Former students at Rotherham College are making a big impact in a wide range of industries, and on the local economy.

Showcasing the success stories of former students highlights the real progress that can be made by enrolling on a course at the college.

Having invested over £18m in the last four years improving campus facilities, the college describes itself as a "conveyor belt for talent" with recent past students going on to work in the hospitality industry in New Zealand, acting in the West End and filming televised football.

One case study is Nikki Taggart, an ex-student who completed her BTEC National Diploma in Acting in 2008, and had aspirations to become an actor. Nikki pursued a career in acting after completing her course and was inspired by the tutors.

Nikki, a former student at Old Hall Comprehensive (pictured), said: "My tutors believed in me. They told me that I had a talent to become an actor; I think I believed them because they had worked out in industry and had been professional actors.

"The tutors had more passion and drive than any other tutor I'd ever met; they were role models to me and the rest of my class."

Since completing her course she has successfully gained a place at the iconic Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, worked for Trafalgar Studios in the West End, and is currently filming for an upcoming movie called "The Rise and Fall of the Krays" due to be released later this year.

Further inspirational case studies can been read here.

In 2013, 89% of the College's students moved directly into work or further study. Economists concluded that the accumulated contribution of former Rotherham College learners who are currently employed in the regional workforce amounts to £176.7m in added income in the South Yorkshire region's economy each year.

Rotherham College website

Images: Rebecca Blond Associates

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