After more than a decade working in a salon, Hayley is working towards becoming a paramedic.
An Access to HE student at UCEN Manchester is edging closer to her dream career after being inspired to return to education by the UK’s NHS heroes during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hayley Lindley is currently “loving” her Access to Higher Education in Nursing and Midwifery course, after taking the opportunity to kickstart her dream career during lockdown.
After more than a decade working as a hairdresser, Hayley enrolled on a Level 1 Health and Social Care course with our further education partners, The Manchester College, with adult learners being able to progress from Level 1 to Level 6 within the College and UCEN Manchester.
After excelling on the Level 1 Diploma, as well as with her English & Maths GCSEs, Hayley was fast tracked to the Level 3 course before progressing onto the Access to HE course at UCEN Manchester.
Alongside her studies, Hayley is gaining vital experience in the field with the North West Ambulance Service, working her way up to be a paramedic.
Speaking about her journey, Hayley said: “I was a hairdresser for 13 years working in a salon but I returned to education as an adult to gain more knowledge and progress my career. I felt that I wanted to go out there and help the community and save people’s lives.
“I was nervous at the start, but glad I have got the opportunity to change career paths after all this time.
I have found the course challenging but rewarding, and I’m enjoying learning about how the human body works in biology.
When I hand my assignments in, I know I’m one more step nearer to becoming a qualified paramedic.”
Hayley chose to study at UCEN Manchester after happy memories of her time studying her Hairdressing NVQs at The Manchester College.
“I know it’s a fantastic place to study from past experience,” she continued. “Both UCEN Manchester and The Manchester College has supported me all the way through my courses.
“The tutors are fantastic and you can ask them anything. I feel I can easily approach them in any time of need. Any questions you need to ask, they are there to help and guide you in the right direction.
“I would recommend UCEN Manchester to anyone who is looking to further or start a new career.”