There will be no scheduled lessons on Wednesday 29th November for full-time 16-18 year old students due to a staff CPD day. A Level students will be in college as normal.
Ferzana Ahmed is a pastoral and welfare office for the students based in Middlesbrough College’s sixth form centre, MC 6, which entails dealing with safeguarding concerns and providing wellbeing advice and emotional support.
Stockton born Ferzana has always worked within the Tees Valley area, collaborating with local communities to provide wellbeing support to adults and families. After completing qualifications in Advice and Guidance, Education and Training and Adult and Child Safeguarding, Ferzana began training frontline Police Officers at Cleveland Police, to support individuals who have experienced domestic abuse.
However, after always working with adults, Ferzana decided she wanted to mix things up, and turned her career to supporting young people.
Ferzana said: “I felt I needed a challenge and wanted to support young people as I believe that they can then be supported to reach their full potential, and increase their chances of achievement in what they want to do in future.
“I have worked at the college for a year now and think the working environment is great, the staff are friendly and have helped me to settle in. It is an amazing place to work at and no two days are the same. My job is interesting, my colleagues are really supportive and I enjoy meeting and supporting all of the students I get to work with.
“Recently, I helped in planning and participated in an Eid event which raised awareness amongst students and staff of why Eid is celebrated. I also provide support to students who are interested in becoming student ambassadors for the Halo Hub which is based in the college to raise awareness of Forced marriage, Honour based Abuse and FGM, which is a highlight of my role.
“I am a member of the Middlesbrough College BAME Staff Network, this platform enables me to share my knowledge of inclusion and diversity so that staff, students and service users from all backgrounds have an improved experience at Middlesbrough College.
“In my spare time I really enjoy watching real life documentaries, travelling the world – and most importantly spending time with my children.
“Middlesbrough College has excellent facilities on site and there is a flexible working environment with good staff development opportunities. I would recommend anybody that wants a satisfying and rewarding job to apply for a role at Middlesbrough College.”