Before joining Ayrshire College I had worked as a support worker for the NHS before taking time out to be with my family. Looking to return to the workplace, I decided to come to college to gain the qualifications I needed to improve my prospects for a better job.
Returning to college after 20 years and juggling a family was a big challenge, but one that I found inspiring. I started at the college to complete Highers before joining the HNC Social Care course. In my time here I have learned to provide care with dignity, whilst improving my own skills in teamwork and communication.
I really enjoyed the work experience placements within my course. I had a great time caring for vulnerable people and applying in practice many of the theoretical approaches I had learned in class.
Winning this award has inspired me to keep going with my education and I plan to go to university to complete a degree in Social Work. Coming to Ayrshire College was a great decision for me and one that I would highly recommend to anyone thinking of a career in care.
Lecturer Darlene Hogg said “Primrose is a refugee from trouble-torn Zimbabwe and has experienced many difficult years there and in the UK. One constant has been her conviction that a good education is the route to financial independence and an improved life for herself and her children.
“She fully immersed herself in college life, is a devoted advocate for Ayrshire College and a valued member of the Ayrshire Community, doing extensive fund raising and providing pastoral care to others. Primrose has been an excellent student and her dedication and commitment have been second to none.”