From education to employment

CONEL student Mehmet wins his place at University; “building a better future for us all!”

Six years ago, Mehmet came to CONEL on an ESOL course to improve his English skills. Since then he has completed his GCSEs, a BTEC in Applied Science and has now progressed onto studying Mechanical Engineering at university.

It was a brave step for Mehmet leaving his home in Turkey and coming to the UK without knowing any English, but starting at CONEL made him immediately feel more confident, organised and supported. Mehmet loves studying in the UK as he can work part time. Back home part time work is very rare, so Mehmet truly feels he has the best of both worlds here in London.

Mehmet said: “The GCSE teachers at CONEL helped me a lot. The teachers were always there telling me I was going to pass, I didn’t think I would get good grades but I did and that was down to CONEL.  I won an award for getting a Grade 6 in my English and I was so pleased as English is not my first language. When I first came here I didn’t have any self-esteem but when I started at CONEL, I felt more confident. Teachers push and support you and encourage you to learn and study.

“It was a dream to come here from Turkey and study and experience the lifestyle. There are so many opportunities in London. It’s a completely different culture here in the UK, the education system is very different. I can work and study at the same time in London, but in Turkey you don’t have that choice because part time work is not really available. I’ve been able to earn money to cover my expenses and learn at the same time. I know there are a lot of benefits for older international students too at CONEL, the little things like free breakfasts really help. I’ve really made the most of what was on offer.

“I am now studying Mechanical Engineering at university, so I can be a design engineer designing places and buildings for a better future for all of us.”

Studying Science opens so many doors as it has done for Mehmet. Completing a science course or Apprenticeship at CONEL College could lead you to professions such as: (Annual pay)

  • Biomedical Scientist: £43,160
  • Laboratory Technician: £25,480
  • Radiographer: £39,000
  • Physiotherapist: £34,840
  • Pharmacist: £41,080

If like Mehmet it is Engineering that you are more interested in and you successfully complete an engineering course at CONEL, you could land roles such as: (Annual pay)

  • Mechanical Engineer: £39,000
  • Electronics and Electrical Engineers: £32,240



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