Foundation Learning – Sian John
A lecturer in Foundation Learning, Sian joined the College almost two years ago having previously run her own business as a dog trainer. She even brings her own pet dog, a springer cross poodle, into college to work with students with behavioural issues.
Sian worked originally as an accountant and also as a novelist and freelance copywriter. She continues to maintain her writing skills as a travel blogger and plans to lift the lid on France following her next trip.
Now responsible for the College’s Lifeworks Centre, Sian helps students who have special educational needs and disabilities to develop skills for work and independent living. She said, “Our ethos as a department is to make sure that all students work to individual targets that challenge them and raise their aspirations.
“By trying a range of skills from cookery to carpentry and floristry, students get the chance to find out where their talents lie. We also introduce them to local employers so that they have meaningful work opportunities and jobs to go to when they leave college.”
Sian is currently studying for a degree in business and management and plans to continue her career in further education hopefully moving into a managerial role in the future.