This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 28/09/2018.
Meet the teenage girl from Croydon who’s dream is to work in the construction industry
Nordia Flin did not do well in her GCSE’s but now hopes to make waves in the male-dominated sector thanks to Croydon College.
The moment when you open the envelope and find out that your GCSE grades aren’t everything you hoped for can be devastating.
Your head can be left spinning and you are left with the feeling that your whole world has come crashing down.
It can be quite difficult to envisage what your future holds and what options are left open to you. But this is where places like Croydon College come in.
How can they help?
The College offers two Pathway courses for those that have not achieved at GCSE level and wish to work towards gaining a vocational qualification as well as improving their English and maths skills.
There are two courses:
- One has subjects in construction and motor vehicle technology
- The other has subjects in business administration, creative media and travel and tourism
Can you give me an example?
Nordia Flin is a perfect example of just how well pathway courses work and how they really can open up a whole new world to young people who didn’t do so well with their GCSE’s.
Croydon College is where Nordia was able to complete the right course to develop herself and build up her skills both in construction and in motor vehicle technology. Nordia completed a Pathway to Trade course in July, and was excited to have started a Level 1 course in September.
The Pathway to Trade course has also enabled Nordia to improve her English and maths skills which has given her confidence, and has improved her communication skills.
But aren’t these courses traditionally for males?
The construction industry employs nearly 2.3m people, and less than 13% of those are women. It is something they are keen to rectify through courses such as those offered by Croydon College.
For young women like Nordia, who are considering a career in the construction industry, being female in a male-dominated industry is not something which should hold women back.
As Nordia says: “Don’t be scared if you are the only girl, just go for it!”
What else has Nordia done?
In between studying Nordia has found time to be elected Assistant to the Student President. This was topped off by her being given a Silver Award at the annual Croydon College Citizenship Awards.
No wonder her advice to new students is: “Be yourself and challenge yourself to reach your goals in life”.
What do her lecturers think?
Lecturer John Scanlon, said: “Nordia immersed herself into all aspects of the Pathway to Trade course from the very first day. Nordia’s course included construction, motor vehicle technology, maths, English and enrichment.
“At Croydon College volunteering is an important part of student life and Nordia can often be seen giving up her time helping others.”
How can I find out more?
Visit: Croydon College, College Road, Croydon, CR9 1DX
Call: 020 8686 5700
Online: Click here.