UNIVERSITY isn’t always the right decision for everyone. This was the case for Gemma Kelly, 22, who made the brave choice to leave Bangor University and her BSC in biology to pursue her real passion as a chef.
Her decision is certainly proving successful after Gemma, from Chester, completed her NVQ Level 2 in catering and hospitality at West Cheshire College and was awarded Student of the Year on the course.
Gemma, who managed two part-time jobs whilst completing her NVQ course, said: “I started at Bangor University and realised that the course just wasn’t right for me. I’ve always loved cooking and decided that a career as a chef was what I really wanted to do.
“I looked into my options and made the choice to enrol at West Cheshire College to complete the NVQ Level 2.
“Within the catering industry it’s essential to have the NVQ qualifications as this is what all employers look for.”
Having secured a full-time job at Hoole Hall within the kitchen’s pastry section, Gemma now hopes to complete her NVQ Level 3 in catering and hospitality.