Prize Giving 2017 case study: Jordan Charters

Jordan Charters is 21 and lives in Dolphinton. He studies SCQF Level 6: Painting and Decorating. Jordan is one of the award winners receiving his accolade at the Edinburgh College Prize Giving ceremony this evening. Here he tells us about his time at Edinburgh College.

1. What made you choose Edinburgh College for your studies?
The majority of my work is based in Edinburgh.

2. What were you doing before starting at the college?
I started my apprenticeship as soon as I finished sixth year of high school.

3. What has been the best thing so far about studying at Edinburgh College? Any highlights?
The opportunities I have been given, like representing the college at the SkillBuild regional heat and the national finals down in Birmingham. It’s been one hell of a journey since then as I’m now off to compete on the world stage at WorldSkills and the college are so supportive. I was also able to represent the college in athletics for the Scottish College and University Championships which led on to me being selected to represent Scottish universities and colleges in the long jump for an international competition in Ireland.

4. Have you faced any challenges, either before starting or during your studies? How did you overcome them?My job is very stressful, as well as very physically demanding. However, the rewards and benefits I have obtained through Edinburgh College makes it all worthwhile

5. If you could give one piece of advice to a student starting at the college now, what would it be?
No matter what you do, do it to the best of your ability. Learn new skills and take as much as you can of what you are offered. Hard work definitely pays off and if you work hard in all aspects of everything you do, then you will be successful.

6. What are your plans for the future? Are you going on to further study after college or into employment? What is your end goal?
Right now my plan is to hopefully become the best young painter and decorator in the world come October at WorldSkills in Abu Dhabi, where I will be representing the UK. After that I want to be my own boss, take risks and earn enough to allow my dad to retire.

7. Do you have any messages for the lecturers?
I owe a lot to my lecturers. I cannot thank them enough. They were there for me when I needed them and they taught me everything I needed to know to enhance my ability as a decorator. All the little tips and tricks did not go unnoticed.

8. Looking back, is there anything you would do differently?I only wish I knew about competitions sooner. However, everything has worked out perfectly so I don’t really have any regrets.

9. What are you most proud of that you have achieved while studying at Edinburgh College?
I am most proud to be representing the UK in painting and decorating at WorldSkills in October. My journey started here at Edinburgh College.