Jack looking to build a future with the help of Edinburgh College

Thirty-year-old Jack Hunter is looking to build a career in the construction industry when he is finishes College, and is well on his way to achieving that goal after being awarded Student of the Year for Entry to Construction at this year’s Prize Giving.

We spoke to Jack to find out about his College experience and his plans for the future:

“I felt extremely proud and honoured when I found out I had been awarded Student of the Year for my course.

I decided to study at Edinburgh College because I knew they had the pre-apprenticeship course in carpentry and joinery that I wanted to do. Before starting the course, I was on the adult returners course and working part-time.

The best thing about my time at College so far has been learning about things like bricklaying and plastering whist meeting new friends. Another highlight would be getting this award.

I remember when I was doing my course last year I was very worried about doing my National 4 in numeracy as I had not done any maths in years. At first, I struggled with the course work. I did lots of revision and extra studies from home in my spare time. This extra revision helped massively. Now I feel confident with my numeracy skills and have the belief in myself to take it to the next level.

My advice to any students starting College now would be if you struggle with a subject be prepared to put in extra time and effort to make sure you are able to keep up with the course work and assessments. Also always be enthusiastic, eager to learn, punctual, and respectful to lecturers, members of staff and other students.

I’m starting the pre-apprenticeship Carpentry and Joinery course in August and will hopefully get an apprenticeship. My end goal is to have my own carpentry and joinery business.

My Edinburgh College experience has been unforgettable and life-changing.”