Students Help To Break Down Stereotypes

Two students at East Durham College are proving that you shouldn’t be put off training in a certain industry sector just because you are male or female.

Pamela Moore and Ben Anderson have both just picked up a Student of the Month Award for their efforts on a Fitted Interiors course and a Women’s Hairdressing course respectively.

Ben Anderson, aged 21 from Peterlee, enrolled at East Durham College in September onto a VRQ Level 2 full time course in Women’s Hairdressing and has never looked back.

The father of one explained: “I originally studied on a joinery course and then had a number of factory jobs. I really didn’t enjoy this and knew I’d get stuck in a dead end job if I didn’t make a change in my life.”

“I really didn’t know what I wanted to do, but thought I’d give hairdressing a go. I’m not sure why I chose it, but now I’m 3 months into the course I’m absolutely loving it, it’s hellish.”

Ben was nominated for the award due his outstanding commitment on the course and quality of his practical work.

His lecturer Sandra Joyce said: “Despite having a 4 month old baby boy [Jaiden] and working part-time night shifts at Walkers, Ben has a 100% attendance and is always fully prepared for all his lessons. He is a perfectionist and takes his time with all tasks, producing an extremely high standard of work. Well done Ben.”

Meanwhile Pamela, who is also from Peterlee, has been impressing lecturers on her course learning how to fit kitchens and bathrooms.

Colin Hughes, a lecturer at the College’s new Technical Academy, said: “Pamela is a model student. Despite being the only female on the course she is proving herself to be an excellent role model to lads, she’s always willing to help them on tasks and is a pleasure to teach.”

Although she is a mother of two and a grandmother to three-year-old Owen, Pamela was not put off joining the male dominated course. She remarked: “I was a little nervous at first, as the only female on the course if I’m honest, but I’ve found it really easy to fit in.

“I joined the course because my husband Rob is useless at DIY and I’d like to do our house up, but who knows where it might lead. Once I’ve finished this I’m hoping to go on to do the tiling course at the Academy.”