Rebecca Worsell joined Tameside College as an employee in 2008 after graduating from Longdendale Community Language College. As a Care Assistant at the Dovestones Department, she had the opportunity to work with people with a wide range of learning difficulties and/or disabilities. In 2009, Rebecca completed the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) programme at Tameside College. Due to her outstanding performance, her commitment and the passion she demonstrated throughout the course, she was successful in becoming a Learning Support Officer for the College, again within the Dovestones Department.
Even though she always wanted to carry on with her studies and obtain a University degree, Rebecca faced a dilemma, as she had to choose between her career and her academic progression. But now thanks to the Work Based and Integrative Studies programme, Rebecca has been able to fit both a job and academic studies in her timetable. Rebecca studies for a BA Honours Degree in Education with the WBIS programme offered at Tameside College.
Rebecca said: “I joined the College 5 years ago as a Care Assistant within Dovestones. I knew I wanted to progress within this field of work so I gained the PTLLS qualification leading to my current post as Learning Support Officer. I then became stuck as further qualifications, especially at Degree level, would mean giving up work in order to attend University full time. That’s why WBIS is so great, it has allowed me to stay in a job I love and continue with my studies, opening up greater opportunities for me in the future.”
Rebecca’s tutor, Janet Holmes, said: “Rebecca is a committed, lively and enthusiastic course member. As a participant on the course, she is conscientious, hardworking and fully engaged with the course activities. She is keen to take on new ideas and to experiment with different ways of working. She demonstrates good interpersonal skills and the ability to be supportive and work co-operatively in team activities. I really enjoy working with her. “