VQ Day Success

College celebrating success with VQ Day

Former Stoke on Trent College students Charlene Gardner and Chelsea Swift are proving that age is no barrier to business success.

Chelsea, aged 20, and Charlene, 21, teamed up to open their own hairdressing salon immediately after finishing courses at Stoke on Trent College.

“I really enjoyed college and learned a lot from my tutors,” said: “I always wanted to be my own boss but the practical hairdressing training at college gave me the confidence to do it.”

Chelsea and Charlene are joint owners of Fabulous, a hair salon in King Street, Longton.

They are among many examples of students who have gone on to make a success of a career having chosen a practical, vocational course at college.

Stoke on Trent College is among colleges, schools and training providers who are celebrating VQ Day (Vocational Qualification Day).

Steve Mason, who taught Charlene and Chelsea, said: “VQ Day is designed to raise awareness of the importance of vocational studies and the contribution people who study in this way make to the UK economy.

“Vocational Qualifications should by no means be seen as the poor relations of academic studies.  Chelsea and Charlene were great students who have had the ambition and confidence to take on their own business and run it successfully.”

Stoke on Trent College provides a wide range of vocational qualifications and is the largest provider of apprenticeships in Staffordshire.

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