When leaving school, Jorden Bryant did not really know what she wanted to do. She felt she needed to build her confidence and get some guidance about what kind of career might be suited to her.

She heard about West College Scotland’s Certificate of Work Readiness course, specifically targeted at young people who have no work experienced but are ready to make the transition into the workplace with the appropriate level of support. This sounded like a perfect opportunity for Jorden to choose a career path.

As part of the course, Jorden did different work placements in various fields such has beauty or pet services but it’s when she joined the Advocates team at Clippens School that she found a passion for helping people. Jorden says:

At Clippens School, I saw that I could make people happy. Even little things I could do for the kids would make their day and seeing big smiles on their faces was just amazing for me.

Jorden now knows what career path she will pursue – she wants to work with kids or adults who have special needs and help make their lives better.

Jorden is very grateful for the support she has received from the College staff who have helped her find a field in which she would enjoy working. She says:

The lecturers were very supportive. I wasn’t sure about anything but they were giving me options and supporting me at each steps.

Her tutor at Clippens School, Maureen Gallagher, was also a great support to Jorden. Maureen is delighted with her work. She says:

Jorden was placed in a class of secondary aged pupils all of whom have varying degrees of learning difficulties, developmental delay and significant health issues. They are supported by a fairly large team of experienced adults. So as you can imagine, this had the potential to be a daunting experience for any young person on placement. Jorden however proved to be a very able young woman who got to know our pupils as individuals and learned to support them in their learning according to their individual needs. She developed age appropriate relationships with them all and was well able to vary her methods of communication to suit individuals.

Jorden quickly found her place in the team working at Clippens School and she’s now trusted to carry out her duties independently. When the class teacher asked her if she would be interested in continuing to work on a voluntary basis once her placement would be over, Jorden was delighted to take up this opportunity.

Maureen continues: “Jorden has proved to have the makings of an excellent Advocate for special needs individuals and I would be delighted to employ her here if the opportunity ever arose.”

We’re certain that Jorden will achieve great things and we’re looking forward to welcoming her again next term. Jorden has been accepted into our Health and Social Care course. Lorna Manson, Learner Development Lecturer, says:

This is a great opportunity for Jorden to build on the skills she has learned during her work placement. Studying in Health and Social Care at the College will help her get on the road to having the qualifications she needs for a career in this field.

About Clippens School
Clippens School provides co-educational, non-denominational education for pupils aged 5-18 years old, who have a range of complex learning difficulties including sensory and physical impairments and autistic spectrum disorders.  Most of its pupils reside in Renfrewshire but a few come from outwith this area. To learn more, visit: http://www.clippens.renfrewshire.sch.uk/