5 December 2022

College attends House of Lords celebration following graduation of T-Level students

Bethany Denne at the House of Lords

East Sussex College was invited to attend a celebratory lunch at the House of Lords in November, following the successful graduation of the first T-Level cohort.

Bethany Denne, who gained a Merit in T-Level: Design, Surveying and Planning, attended the celebratory lunch in London on behalf of the College with her tutor Matt Roberts.

Following her studies at East Sussex College, Bethany accepted a job with Westridge Construction as a Main Contractor. This job followed on from her successful work placement with Westridge, and Bethany is now completing a training programme with the company that includes studying for an HNC at the College.

Bethany, who was the only female student on the T-Level Design, Surveying & Planning course, spoke to the College after receiving her results in August and said, “I got a Merit, which is what I thought I’d get so I’m happy!

“Following my results, I’ll be going into a trainee role with a Westridge Construction in Battle which I’m really excited about. Support from my tutor Matt Roberts has been really good, especially as it’s a new course, so support has been good!”

Speaking about the celebration in London, Bethany’s tutor, Matt Roberts, said, “The Palace of Westminster is a fantastic building and it was great to look around and have lunch overlooking the Thames!

“On the day, colleges from around the UK were in attendance and the common theme was around the excellent opportunities that present themselves because of the mix of academic and practical learning you get with T-Levels. Bethany’s example is quite typical, with a number of our students going on to work and study with their placement employer.”

Matt added, “If you already have some idea of the industry you want to work in, T-Levels offer you the chance to gain skills and knowledge that will get your career off to a great start. For industries where graduate-level qualifications are a requirement, T-Levels are welcomed by universities, and the industry links you gain from a T-Level will put you in a strong position to pursue Apprenticeship and degree routes, as well as full-time study.”

If you’d like to find out more about the T-Level courses on offer at East Sussex College, please visit the College website by clicking here.