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Student Profile: Gary Pierre

Employability Programmes: Skills for Jobs

Gary Pierre is not afraid of hard work. He grew up on his parents’ Ivory Coast farm, helping out on the land in between studying . He has since lived and worked in Paris.

Now a Londoner, Gary became a recent student on the Skills for Jobs programme at Working Men’s College in Camden NW1.

“Before coming to the college”, says Gary, “I worked as a general assistant at a hotel restaurant in South Kensington. Then I was unemployed for one month - and this was unacceptable to me. Since staring the WMC course I have felt more confident about the opportunities open to me and also about my English.”

Gary joined Skills for Jobs purely as an opportunity to improve his chances in the workplace. And because the one thing that appealed to him the most was working in security.

“On the course we learned interview skills. I have been taught so well by the staff here. We looked at body language and they told me how to dress well and to smile! It helped my confidence a lot. I did the SIA training and now I am qualified to work in security.”

In fact, the moment Gary had completed his training he got a job at WMC in college security and reception. In his new role he is able to exploit his existing skills in administration and IT, and is learning some new skills such as procurement, working with money and maintaining the college’s photocopiers.

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Employability Programmes: Skills for Jobs

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