Emma Hardy

Silhouette

Biography

Why did you choose to come to Petroc?
Petroc has a great reputation particularly for its vocational courses, so combined with its facilities and the locality to where I live, it seemed like an ideal choice.
Having chatted to previous plumbing students before joining the course the thing that also became obvious was the enthusiasm and dedication of their teaching staff. I also discovered that many of the staff, alongside their teaching were continuing to work within the industry which I felt was important in helping to keep students up to speed with new developments, tools and techniques.

And what made you pick this particular study programme/course?
The part-time programme suited my situation perfectly. Attending one, long day a week allowed me to continue to be employed in my current job and fit it around my two young children. Further, as a mature student, the ability to also complete the Diploma within one year was appealing, allowing me to progress more rapidly onto the next level of industry qualification.

Which elements of your study programme/course do you particularly enjoy?
As a very practical vocation, the hands-on aspect of the course are really enjoyable. Every practical assessment feels like a new challenge, working out what needs to be done and how, then using a methodical approach to complete all the different aspects. Of course, the best part is when it is finished to a high standard and doesn’t leak!

What have been the highlights so far?
My last practical assessment, which was the most complex so far has been for me the highlight of the course. My confidence and practical skills have really developed, and it was very satisfying to take on a project feeling like I could not only complete it but complete it to a high standard. Working with a mix of different connections, valves, pipe sizes and then accurately fitting and soldering all the different parts together it was a real challenge but it all worked out perfectly.

What do you most enjoy about studying at Petroc?
It has been really enjoyable to meet and work with the other students on the programme. Everyone has been so friendly and there is a great camaraderie between us. Being all mature students, we understand the similar pressures everyone faces outside of the course so it’s a very supportive environment and there is always a cheer when a pressure test on an assessment goes well.

What do you plan to do when you leave college?
I plan to continue my studies this autumn by starting the NVQ2 qualification, then moving on to the NVQ3 to finally become gas registered. With the NVQ being an industry-based qualification, I have secured a position with a local plumber who will train me and oversee the completion of my portfolio. I am really looking forward to using what I have learnt from the Diploma programme and building on this with the practical experience needed to complete further study, and eventually become a qualified and competent plumber.

Any advice for someone thinking of choosing the same course as you?
Before you start, get as much work experience as possible. Seeing plumbing repairs and installs on all different aspects of plumbing in both domestic and commercial settings, will give you the best idea about what the job involves. Try to continue to do work experience during the course, if possible as it is so valuable to be able to practice and consolidate skills learnt during the programme and really helps to build on confidence and ability.

COURSE(S) STUDIED

Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing

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The part time programme suited my situation perfectly.