Craig Simpson

Craig Simpson

After being made redundant, I was looking for a career change. I always had an interest in IT so to improve my job opportunities, I came to college.

I’ve found the course really interesting and my college experience exceeded my expectations. As a mature student it was daunting, but the encouragement from staff really helped to build my confidence.

I took part in a work placement for the Citizens Advice Bureau, updating their computer security system as well as installing new software. This was fantastic practical experience, putting the course work into a real-life context.

It feels amazing to have won this award. I’ve found what I want to do, and feel truly lucky to have won.

I was offered a job working in IT at the Citizens Advice Bureau after the time I spent there on placement. My plan is to go to university to study a degree. Eventually I would like to emigrate to Australia and work my way up within the growing IT industry.

Craig’s lecturer said “Craig was a true team player in his time at college and brought heaps of energy to the class. As well as passing the course Craig was successful in achieving a very difficult Microsoft vendor qualification during his HNC year. Finally, on top of these achievements, Craig worked as a volunteer for the Citizens Advice Bureau, where he helped to manage their computer network.
On the back of these accomplishments, Craig was offered a well-earned full-time position with Citizens Advice when he finished at the College.”