Emily's story: from college to paid employment

Former Queen Alexandra College (QAC) residential student Emily has entered paid employment at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre in Birmingham City Centre.

Emily really enjoyed her time at QAC and successfully completed a Hospitality programme. The College provided the support that she needed and offered her the opportunity to complete an external work placement with The Birmingham Repertory Theatre as part of her course.

Former QAC student Emily

Initially the work placement was over a three-month period, but it went so well Emily’s placement converted to paid employment upon completion of her studies at QAC.

Emily now works two regular shifts a week as a Barista and Usher, but often gets offered overtime due to her hardworking and professional attitude.

Responsibilities include opening the bar, serving drinks, greeting customers, selling programmes and merchandise, cleaning and taking payments. Emily loves music and theatre, so this is the perfect role for her!

Rather than return to the family home, Emily also progressed onto QAC’s supported living option, Independence PlusAs a residential student, the College’s 24-hour curriculum helped Emily develop her independent living and social skills and Independence Plus allows her to continue to develop this independence. Clients on the programme still need support and the aim is to deliver a service that provides the means to live independently/semi independently into the distant future.