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Meet the team

Olly Connolly – Work Placements Manager

I am passionate about what we do in the WorkStart team, my enjoyment comes from seeing the huge progress students make on the course.

Work can be a journey of different experiences, I’ve pushed trolleys for a supermarket, packed radars in boxes for a warehouse and even acted in murder mystery tours! I enjoy cycling and I regularly enter a local hill climbing competition, in the ‘fat dads’ category.

Denise Barrett – Job Coach

I pride myself on supporting my students as individuals and focus on what they can achieve. I have built excellent relationships with external partners, students and their families, which all combined leads to positive and progressive outcomes.

Amanda Palmer – Senior Teaching Aide

I work as part of a brilliant team to ensure the best outcomes for the students. I encourage students and give them lots of praise. I find that I often connect through humour and my love of food with many of the students.

Fun fact about me – I did the martial art Kendo for 2 years. I have a passion for military history, visiting art galleries and good food.

Outcomes for learners are outstanding, teaching, learning and assessment are excellent and the extremely diverse programmes that meet learners’ individual needs, interests and aspirations, prepare them very well for life after College.
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Latest Blogs

‘Finally achieving success’

Starting a new course or programme can be a daunting experience, but the WorkStart team is here to support you through initial concerns and get you on the path to securing training and career opportunities. One student wrote about her experience: …

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Hair today…

Olivia is on the path to achieving her career goals of working in a hairdressers, as she’s enjoying a work placement in a bustling boutique hair salon. Olivia’s starting with the basics and is being taught how to wash hair (a surprisingly …

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Drive to succeed

On WorkStart we tap in to our students’ passions and find them work in areas that excite and motivate them. One trainee, Gilbert, is particularly passionate about cars, so he’s enjoying gaining hands on work experience at the QEF Mobility Services. …

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Back to school!

One of our Trainees, Wynne, is having a fantastic time at her work placement at Bedelsford School. Every week she provides support to one of the younger year groups, and she’s enjoying the variety the work brings; one week she’s in …

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