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Oliver Burke 12 2Childcare student, Oliver, recently found success in the student elections when he was voted as this year’s Student Governor.

Oliver, from St Helens, joined the level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education course, after completing his GCSEs at De La Salle. He hopes to progress onto University to fulfil his dream of becoming a Teacher.

He applied for the role as Student Governor after being recommended for the position by his tutors. Eager to gain himself some impressive experience to aid his application to University, Oliver jumped at the opportunity.

Following some fierce competition, Oliver’s confidence was boosted when he was elected for the position, after composing a personal statement which was reviewed by the board of Governors, and selected as the winning candidate. Speaking of his success, he said “I was so excited when I found out I had been chosen for the role. I can’t wait to get started and gain myself some key skills that will benefit my future career. It is my proudest achievement at College so far.”

The role of Student Governor involves attending monthly meetings with the Principal and the board of Governors, acting as the student voice, raising issues and feedback gathered from other students enabling the college to improve. Oliver looks forward to taking on the responsibility and making a difference to student life at College.

During his studies, Oliver discovered a passion for teaching, and after completing a placement with Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, he knew his next step was to progress to University. He said “I have always had an interest in childcare, and when I came to St Helens it just seemed the perfect fit for me. It has given me the confidence and opportunities I need to turn my interests into a career. I would highly recommend this course to anyone in the same mind set as mine”.

Oliver is really looking forward to getting stuck in to the role and voicing his opinions to help shape the College into the best it can be.