I completed my qualification before COVID-19 but the support remained consistent


Foziya is a Lecturer and School Transition Co-ordinator at Derby College Group whose role it is to improve engagement and transition arrangements for School Leavers. Foziya works with schools and training providers to design and deliver bespoke bite-sized sessions to encourage students to develop positive behaviours for learning, firmly linking into their career aspirations and long-term goals.

"My qualification was delivered just before Covid-19 and lockdown, but I didn’t notice any difference in the support I had. Everyone at Futures, from the admin team to those delivering the qualification, remained professional and caring under the most difficult year in recent history."

“As a Transition Coordinator I had experience of delivering careers sessions informally, but now in a professional position I wanted to qualify as a L6 practitioner, so that I could gain more knowledge and have the appropriate resources and skills. It would also mean that Derby College Group could continue to uphold the careers standard and meet the Gatsby Benchmarks by having a qualified practitioner. The L6 qualification not only benefits you, your organisation and those you collaborate with, but to me it’s also a personal success, knowing you have knowledge of theory and practice combined.

This was a new role and qualification for me, so I was apprehensive of assignments, managing my time and understanding the theory, but the guidance was clear, and tutors supported me effortlessly to complete.

The best part of the course was the delivery days! Meeting others in same field and having experienced tutors who delivered engaging sessions. I left with more knowledge, more than I anticipated to gain, and always felt ready to start using the resources and tips provided right away.

Often we take on further qualifications and feel frustrated or overwhelmed with managing them alongside work, I didn’t feel this with Futures, the motivation to complete was easier as I had a brilliant team to support me.

Another definite advantage of the course is the further opportunities it opens up for you. Organisations can always use the expertise of a qualified L6 practitioner and the qualification holds its status amongst educational establishments. I’ve had offers of work and collaboration since completing and I feel much more confident.”