21 August 2015

Shropshire teenager Frankey Brown suffers from anxiety disorder, so was understandably worried about how she might adapt to life in the world of further education.

She needn’t have been concerned, because the 18-year-old Bridgnorth student has blossomed since signing up on a business and enterprise course at Telford College of Arts and Technology (TCAT), one of emfec’s 30 member colleges.

[caption id="attachment_194" align="alignleft" width="200"]Bridgnorth Student (courtesy Telford) Telford College has helped Frankey follow her dream[/caption]

Frankey is now looking forward to studying accounting at Aberystwyth University after completing her TCAT studies and hopes to become a qualified accountant. She said:

“I chose TCAT because of the support they offered me; I have anxiety disorder so I was a bit concerned about where to go when I left school.

“TCAT has enabled me to successfully complete the business course, with a lot of support alongside. It has helped boost my confidence; I had no idea I was going to get into university, never mind getting an unconditional offer.

“TCAT has really opened up opportunities for me and helped me through my education.”

Sue Burke, head of school for business and enterprise at TCAT, said: “The business and enterprise courses aim to prepare learners for the world of work in a general sense, as the units are very diverse.

“Learners who are using the course to obtain university entry find this path is an excellent way of attaining their goal as the support given during the application process is first class.

“Those seeking employment or an apprenticeship have the benefit of studying a variety of subjects allowing them to access a career path of their choice.

“In spite of Frankey’s anxiety issues, she has engaged with the lecturing staff and took advantage of the flexibility that can be built in to the course programme to suit the needs of those with specific requirements.”