This Volunteers Week we are highlighting students who have gone above and beyond, both inside and outside of college, dedicating their time to helping inspire others.
Before Brandon Wright joined us in 2017 on a Level 1 IT course, he was home-schooled. Since then, he has progressed from Level 1 and is now due to complete his Level 3 IT course with us this summer. Throughout his time at college Brandon has been inspired to continue studying and now aspires to become a teacher, with a computer science course at university firmly in his sights.
With his teaching aspirations in mind, Brandon has spent his spare time holding extra lessons (both online and in person when restrictions eased) for his classmates, covering content not on the syllabus.
We caught up with Brandon to ask what inspired him and how his college courses have helped him shape plans for his future career.
‘I have a passion for knowledge and progressing from level 1 to level 3 in IT at college over the years has inspired me to continue my studies, with the aspiration of becoming a teacher.
I decided to hold extra sessions for my classmates because it’s fun to spread knowledge and talk about the things I am interested in. It makes me happy to pass my passion to other people and inspire them to learn.
I held lessons both virtually and in person once restrictions allowed and both versions were very well attended. I tried to make my lessons as interesting as possible and the feedback has been really positive, with everyone who took part saying they enjoyed what they had learned.’
Before joining college on a level 1 IT course I was home schooled. My first lesson at college was daunting and I was nervous, however if I hadn’t attended that first lesson, I wouldn’t have gained the confidence and got to where I am today.
Without college I would still be a very nervous person. College has helped me to deal with the real world, both in social and work situations and has given me the burning passion to continue studying.
When I finish my Level 3 course, I plan to study computer science. It isn’t just the content of the courses that have shaped my future decisions for education but my lecturers too. Without them I wouldn’t be as good of a student as I am today; they ignited my passion and have taught me many life lessons that helped my mental attitude towards learning.— Brandon Wright
Brandon’s lessons were observed by Jane Fletcher, Faculty Area Manager for Computing and Office Technologies.
Brandon started with us in 2017 as an extremely shy young man on a Level 1 course. He is now about to finish his Level 3 course with excellent grades.
Brandon has been delivering sessions to his classmates outside of the syllabus and has really added value to the studies of his group. Brandon has had 100% attendance for his lessons each time. I’ve personally observed two sessions he’s delivered, and he really is an exceptional teacher.Jane Fletcher — Faculty Area Manager, Computing and Office Technologies.