Student (Former Employee) – Askham Bryan York – 5 September 2017
I was very impressed by Askham Bryan college. I studied a three year course in horticulture and landscape, I enjoyed it and learned a lot about plant science, soils and paving. I am a good team player, I can work well with fellow colleagues on different tasks. As far as hard parts of the job are concerned, I cannot think of any. I think this kind of work either suits you or it doesn't and I know it suits me. The best part of the job was going to various places on trips to do work experience and voluntary work.
Animal technician (volunteer) (Former Employee) – York, UK – 14 June 2017
my experience here is very mixed. Many of the staff seemed disinterested and did not have enough knowledge or training. However some lecture were fantastic and so knowledgeable. With the new build I think the facilitates that were lacking when I went there will be much better now. My education and facilities did not reflect the cost. I found that it was not to university standards.
Due to the location my only realistic work experience option was on campus.
over priced, low resources, poor staff, poor job support
staff generally work well together and are supportive of one another
Lecturer (Former Employee) – Leeds, West Yorkshire – 8 June 2017
working with students is a rewarding experience especially after they have achieved their work at the end of the year compared to when they first arrive.
skills learnt other than academic are tolerance and patience and being able to be flexible in adversity
immediate line manager very supportive and has good leadership skills hard part of the job is to get students to focus in the early stages the best part of the job is to stand back and smile at the students faces when they have completed the course and realised the achievements they have accomplished
Programme Manager & Lecturer (Current Employee) – Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear – 21 April 2017
My position is very demanding so a typical workday is hectic. I have learned valuable management skills and improved in confidence and interpersonal skills. The management at my campus is excellent. The hardest part of my job is leaving work at work but the response from the students I teach is overwhelmingly positive which makes the job enjoyable even during time of high stress.
Lecturer (Former Employee) – Strand, UK – 19 January 2017
Pressures on staff affect their ability to provide a consistent and quality service to their learners. Managers choose to ignore staff concerns and often the wrong people overseeing departments are the cause for concern.
Volunteer Assistant Technician (Current Employee) – York, ENG – 25 November 2015
The working environment is of high quality and the productivity of the lessons has been increased thanks to investment by the college in 3 new workshops, so that each group has it's own section, and disruption is nullified.
A typical day would be filing, creating posters and answering the phone to students or staff concerned about students. I learnt how to communicate with my fellow workers and how to give advice to those students that needed it. The management team their at first were very welcoming but towards the end it was like they got bored of me and I felt like they did not care about the importance of the work experience. I never got introduced to my co-workers and so didn't want to communicate with them. The hardest and most enjoyable part of the job was looking through the college's archives of past students, as it was my job to file them chronologically.