East Durham College Business Studies student Rachel Biott with Haswell Mencap charity manager Jean Dixon MBE

College Student Rethinks Next Career Step

Wed, 2002-02-27 00:00

Hard working East Durham College student Rachel Biott has landed herself a job at local charity, the Haswell and District Mencap branch.

Rachel, 18, from Hetton, is in the second year of her BTEC Business Studies course at the College and undertook work experience at the Mencap branch last summer.

When she neared the end of her placement, bosses at Mencap were going to advertise a post for an administration assistant, but after being so impressed by Rachel they decided to offer her the job instead.

And despite Rachel’s busy schedule, which sees her juggling college life and her 25 hours a week at Mencap, she loves her role with the organisation that supports people with learning disabilities and their families and carers.

Rachel said: “Since joining Mencap things for me have been a bit busy mixing everything together, but when I’m doing something I enjoy so much it’s worth the effort.

“I am really enjoying being part of the team at Mencap, helping out with a number of different areas within the organisation.”

Taking up the role at Mencap has also led to Rachel changing her plans for the future, as she looks set to put a university course to the side to continue with her role at Mencap.

Rachel added: “The plan was to finish college this year and move on to a university degree, but I have been offered more hours with Mencap and they are also going to help put me through a number of other courses to better my skills.

“I’m really looking forward to what the next step holds for me once I have completed my course at the College.”

And staff at Mencap have been really impressed by Rachel’s commitment to work and her caring attitude towards the charity.

Jean Dixon MBE, charity manager at Haswell and District Mencap said: “Rachel has been excellent since joining us at Mencap. Her work is fantastic and she is really keen to learn.

“But along with that Rachel is a real people person and the care she shows both to the people around her here at Mencap and the charity its self is fantastic.”