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Aramatou Toure – ESOL & Fashion

Former ESOL student-turned-Model Aramatou Toure has a bright future in Fashion and says it’s all thanks to the help and support she received at the College.

Originally from the Ivory Coast, Aramatou joined the College 7 years ago. Not knowing any English, she enrolled on an ESOL course, where she learnt to speak and write English.

“I have improved my English a great deal and write and speak it confidently and that has boosted my self-esteem, which is important to have in life.”
Aramatou Toure

7 years on, Aramatou has gained enough confidence to embark on a career in modelling – entering and number of competitions including the prestigious Miss Borough UK Competition.

She has also thrived academically; progressing onto a number of Fashion Courses including Pattern Cutting and Garment making. And with goals of becoming a Fashion Designer in the future, Aramatou is well on her way to a flourishing career in the Fashion Industry.

“Studying at the College has really helped me become the confident Model I am today. I would definitely recommend taking a course at Kensington and Chelsea College.”
Aramatou Toure

Julie Golding – Teacher Training

After working in the NHS for several years, Julie Golding decided it was time for a change and started looking into a career in teaching.

I read lots of information online, but realised I needed to speak to a qualified expert to fully understand the route into teaching, the courses and options available to me, and the support that was out there for people who wanted to change career.

Thanks to the Open Day Julie was set on the path to becoming a high-achieving qualified teacher.

Since then Julie has gone on to complete the College’s PTLLS course (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) in conjunction with Canterbury Christ Church University, the DTLLS course (Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector), as well as the PGCE, also in conjunction with Canterbury Christ Church University. Having successfully completed all three courses Julie has gone on to employment with Ofsted grade 1 teaching departments, as well as becoming an Ofsted rated grade 1 teacher herself.

Andrie Morris – Business Studies & Management

Andrie Morris from Tooting, returned to education to develop additional skills after a 10 year career in broadcasting.

Deciding to try something different, and outside of her skills expertise, Andrie enrolled on a four-day-a-week Business Administration and Book-keeping course at the College.

The course has opened up a multitude of opportunities for me outside of broadcasting. I feel book-keeping could lead me to a career in accounting! In fact, if it wasn’t for this course I would never have known about the professional AAT accounting qualification, which I am now considering doing.

Andrie says returning back to education and taking up a new course at Kensington and Chelsea College has made her more optimistic and confident about her future job prospects.

Marie Abouo – Hairdressing

A little while ago Marie Abouo was working as a shop assistant at Sainsbury’s. Today she is working for one of West London’s top salons with an award winning hairdresser, and it’s all thanks to a hairdressing course at Kensington and Chelsea College.

“Going to College and studying hairdressing has completely changed my life!”
Marie Abouo

Marie was given an opportunity through the College’s Hair and Beauty Department to meet award winning celebrity stylist, Charlotte Mensah.

Having impressed Charlotte, Marie was given an opportunity to work two days-a-week in Charlotte’s Salon in the heart of Portobello, West London.

The College supported Marie in the job opportunity whilst she continues to develop her technical skills on the College’s hairdressing course.

Students get so many opportunities at the College. The tutors are always pushing their students to be their best. They really are wonderful and always full of encouragement, especially those moments when you doubt yourself.


The tutors introduce you to contacts in the industry, give employment advice and teach you the skills to become a fantastic hairdresser! I love the fact we are taught by people who are still working in the industry so they know their stuff! My class is like a family. I’m totally addicted to learning at the College!

Thierry Kelaart – Jewellery

Despite a high-powered career in politics and journalism, Thierry Kelaart, 31, says she has always been destined to be a jeweller following a ‘fascinating meeting’ with a gifted silversmith when she was just a teenager.

I was first introduced to silversmithing and jewellery making as a teenager during a family holiday in Devon. We spent an afternoon with a local silversmith called Mr Geldhart, and I remember being absolutely fascinated by his work and tools. He was an incredibly inspiring man, but sadly I only ever got the opportunity to meet him that once.

My tutors are brilliant. They’re very skilled and still work as designers! What I most love about the course is that we get to study art for part of it. The art side helps me explore my ideas and inspire new work. I’m doing something I really love, which makes a career so much more fulfilling.

Sunmisola Williams – Hairdressing

Sunmisola Williams is a level 3 Hairdressing student at Kensington and Chelsea College. The 20-year-old was originally pursuing a career as an athlete and training as a professional runner but decided to change direction after discovering hairdressing in her late teens.

I was still training to be a professional runner when I took up a hairdressing class and fell in love with it! For a while I was training and also trying to pursue a career in hairdressing, but I decided to give up running in the end as my passion really lay with hairdressing. I wanted to give it my full attention.

Sunmisola’s biggest achievements in hairdressing so far include working on London Fashion Week, creating a hairstyle inspired by the London Olympics which gained media attention during London 2012 and styling the hair for the hosts at the Screen Nation Film and Television Awards 2014.

The course and College is fantastic at providing industry work opportunities. It means we get to start networking whilst on the course so that when we finish we already have contacts to approach.

Marlisa Barradas – Apprenticeship

Marlisa Barradas, 22, is on a Business Administration Apprenticeship at Rights Management International Ltd – a Licensing business for music. She is one of three members of staff and helps keep the office running smoothly.

Marlisa left school with her GCSE’s and went straight into work, mainly in the retails sector. She was inspired to take up an apprenticeship after learning she could gain a qualification and get paid at the same time.

I looked into apprenticeships and thought it was a fantastic opportunity for me to gain on-the-job training in an organisation that interests me and in a role that could lead to a real career. It’s also great that apprenticeships pay a real salary.

In a typical day as a Business Admin Apprentice Marlisa gets involved with a wide range of tasks including dealing with royalty statements, raising invoices and building client relationships.

I could go on all day about the things I get to do and the jobs I help out with! There’s never a dull day! As well as learning about the day to day needs of the business I’ve also improved my IT skills and gained confidence as I’m having to email and speak to people I don’t know.

Nozima Saidjanova – Fashion

Nozima Saidjanova studies a Level 3 fashion course at Kensington and Chelsea College to achieve her dream of becoming a Fashion Designer. The ambitious 20-year-old started out on a series of art and design courses at the College to improve her drawing techniques before moving on to fashion.

I wanted to get into fashion and I really liked the area that the College was based. It has a reputation as having good quality teaching and it seemed really friendly.

Throughout her studies Nozima has been supported by the College’s Study Support Team as she is deaf and uses British Sign Language.

I use a College sign language interpreter for all of my classes, as well as a weekly one-to-one session which supports my in-class learning. My interpreter helped me to settle in and gain confidence.
It’s always nerve-wracking starting a new course and a new college, especially when you rely on sign language to communicate. The interpreter would help and encourage me to interact; also they would intervene if I was struggling to understand what someone was saying, or had a challenging situation.
When I started at the College I felt very shy. I have more confidence now and have made friends over the last 2 years. I feel I am more assertive and happy to say if I’m struggling to communicate.

Laine Jderberg – Teacher Training

Laine Jderberg studied on Kensington and Chelsea College’s blended PTLLS course made up of online study and some classroom study.

The course was exceedingly well planned and executed and the blend of the in-house work and the online work was ideally balanced. Although there was always plenty to do for the online section, it was all necessary and thorough and with good planning it was perfectly possible to fit this in to my schedule. The learning and subsequent exercises and essays were rigorous and challenging enough for me to feel that I had really learned something new for each topic.

The in-house work was particularly inspiring due to the excellence of the tutor and I felt fortunate to have someone who could truly model what he was teaching. The online resources were also of good quality and the tutor was highly supportive both in the virtual world of email, online forum and chat room and in the classroom. I was surprised and delighted by the quality of the course and it far exceeded my expectations. I can now say that having done the blended PTLLS with the College, my latest work in planning and teaching in adult education is a completely different and better experience which I carry out with far more confidence.

Arturs Razevskis – ESOL

Arturs Razevskis studied ESOL Level 1 at Kensington and Chelsea College. When he arrived in the UK from Latvia at the end of 2011 Arturs spoke very little English. However the teenager was determined to improve his English skills to pursue his dream of one day running his own business so decided to enrol on a three-day a week ESOL course.

 I came to England in 2011 and wanted to start improving my English as soon as I arrived. I did learn a bit of English in Latvia but it wasn’t as good as what I have been taught at Kensington and Chelsea College. I’ve become more confident speaking English in the last few months since enrolling on the ESOL course. I really like the course I’m doing at the college as it teaches us in a fun and enjoyable way. I have been learning to write and speak English with other people like me who don’t speak a lot of English. We are all learning a lot and always practice speaking in class with each other.

After I finish this course I will do the next level of ESOL and combine it with a Business Studies course. My dream is to run my own business.