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Eastleigh College is showing the utmost confidence in one of its graduates, by allowing Sarah Courtnage, a former student, to help re-design the college. Sarah, 20, now works for the building firm Structural & Civil Engineers after successfully completing her AVCE in Construction & Built Environment course at the college.

Sarah, an integral part of the team working on the £9 million project, was delighted with the opportunity to help improve the college site. "I really enjoyed my time at Eastleigh College as the lecturers there have "been there, done that", so they know what they are talking about from a practical level. I was very excited when I discovered I would be working on this project and I am looking forward to seeing the finished results," she said.

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The former Eastleigh student is planning to continue with her education and will soon be rejoining her HND course at Southampton Solent University, where she is studying Civil Engineering.

Staff at Eastleigh were happy to see their one of their graduates enjoying a successful career. Phil Thomas, one of the lecturers at Eastleigh College said: "It is great to be able to track the progression of our students, and to see them using the skills and knowledge they were taught at Eastleigh College in their employment."

It is good to see that some employers are fulfilling their responsibilities by offering students the opportunity to gain experience and earn some money whilst studying. If more businesses could work with colleges and other educational establishments, in this way, to give students the experience all employers insist upon - perhaps fewer students would drop-out of courses and get fast-tracked into employment upon entering the job market.

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