Trainee teachers from Bury College University Centre enjoyed a visit from two former trainees who have achieved their career goals within the education department at Cygnet Hospital Bury.

Tayyaba Ahmed and Jayne Rowlands both completed their teacher training courses at Bury College University Centre before securing jobs at the local hospital which provides a wide range of inpatient mental health services to adolescents. The teachers re-visited Bury College to deliver an engaging presentation which illustrated the diversity and range of teaching opportunities that are available and an insight into the work they do in such a specialist provision.

31-year-old Tayyaba from Ramsbottom, completed her Bury College University Centre Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE 14+) Diploma in Education (DET) in 2013. Prior to this Tayyaba completed a Psychology degree and after having a family decided to return to education and secure a qualification which would lead her to a job within education.

Upon completion of her course, Tayyaba secured a job at Cygnet Hospital Bury as a Humanities teacher. Since then Tayyaba has become the Post-16 Curriculum Lead and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and has recently been appointed as Deputy Head Teacher.

Tayyaba said, “The mentors I had at Bury College University Centre were fantastic. I was well supported but not spoon-fed and I felt well prepared to progress into a stressful environment. The training I received helped me with my current role as I have developed a whole curriculum and put together programmes of study.”

Jayne Rowlands from Bury achieved a degree in Children in Young People before securing her PGCE 14+ at Bury College University Centre. Jayne then went onto teach Level 2 Teaching Assistants and Level 3 Childcare at Bury College. Jayne is now employed as the Teacher for Looked After Children and Education Officer at Cygnet Hospital.

Jayne said of her experience, “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bury College University Centre. There were opportunities to experience lesson observations and I learnt how to meet deadlines. I would definitely recommend the course to others and for more mature learners who are considering a career change.”

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