First class Newquay business graduate steps up to a new career
Newquay graduate, Helen Le Marechal, has been awarded the
'Student of the Year' prize as a result of receiving
a first class grade in her BA (Hons) Business Administration
at Cornwall College.
Helen excelled throughout her BA (Hons) Business Administration
degree which led on to her current role. She is halfway through
her training as a District Manager with Lidl supermarkets,
a highly competitive graduate scheme that would not have been
possible without her fantastic degree result.
"I regretted not having continued my education,
so did a part-time business A-level in Newquay which gave
me a taste for the business world and set me up for the degree,"
she said. "I thought it would be a good qualification
to enable me to have more options for where my career could
Helen left school after her GCSEs to begin work in the catering
industry where she gradually progressed into management. "The
College was fantastic. I was really surprised to be able to
study at degree level and to find the course I wanted without
having to travel out of the county. There is a real community
feel at the College and a supportive, friendly atmosphere."
Helen is delighted with her new position – not only
because she has tripled her old salary and has been given
an executive company car, but also because of the challenges
and prospects involved.
"The role is that of an area manager of a district's
stores, with an emphasis on maintaining standards, controlling
accounts and recruiting and developing employees. I am using
many of the skills I learnt through my degree in my day to
day work. The job is fast paced and challenging and the rewards
are great. The degree at Cornwall College has turned my life
around and opened doors for me. It got me out of my career
rut; it was the best decision I ever made and I had a brilliant
time at College," she added.
Almost 3,000 students have now accessed wonderful new career
opportunities through completing university courses at Cornwall
College since the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC)
initiative started. The Objective One (EU) funded project
has brought millions of pounds of investment in new facilities,
courses and buildings for university students in Cornwall.
John Latham, CEO and Principal of Cornwall College said:
"Congratulations to Helen and all those who graduated
with Cornwall College this year. We are delighted to be able
to provide students like Helen with a chance to develop academically
and personally. I wish her the very best of luck in her new
Cornwall College is a partner of the University of Plymouth,
which approves many of its courses.
For further information contact Maria Walton of Cornwall
College on 01209 616100.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities
in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through
the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European
Social Fund (ESF). Cornwall College and University of Plymouth
are partners of the CUC.
Cornwall College has 7 sites across Cornwall, including Duchy
College and Falmouth Marine School and offers the widest range
of high quality academic & vocational training in Cornwall.
Cornwall College is the only College in the South West to
hold 4 'Centre of Vocational Excellence Awards':
Centre of Vocational Excellence – Tourism, Customer
Centre of Vocational Excellence – IT Systems
Centre of Vocational Excellence – Marine Engineering
Centre of Vocational Excellence – Food & Drink Technology
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