Chloe Layton

Course: PEO Welding (Choices Plus)
Previous school: The Hermitage Academy

Chloe came to New College Durham later in the academic year as part of our Choices Plus programme.  She had been to a college in Preston to study a specialist blacksmith course and is now studying welding so she can become a Farrier.

 She said:

“I recently completed a blacksmithing course and discovered that the farrier apprenticeship that I am interested in involved welding so I enrolled on Level 2 Welding at New College Durham to get a head start.

 “The course is enjoyable and the staff and students are helpful and supportive.  The practical sessions are fun, yet challenging, and I’m learning something new every day.  I would describe my time at New College Durham at challenging, rewarding and encouraging.

 “Choices Plus has helped me to develop valuable skills through the welding course and has opened up new career paths.”

 Chloe is our 1000th Choices Plus student.  She has gained some valuable skills through her welding course and is hoping to gain an apprenticeship and become a Farrier.

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