Melissa Robinson, Health & Social Care Lecturer

Melissa, who has taught at both Truro and Penwith College, will be teaching Health and Social Care at Callywith, ensuring that students are receiving the best possible education within this curriculum area and that each student is supported holistically, to enable them to achieve their goals.

What is your background in education?

I studied Health and Social Care at Truro and Penwith College and progressed on to complete a degree and PGCE. Throughout my time as a student, I was inspired by the teaching and learning that was taking place and desired to be a part of the invigorating team that still stands. During my time in education, I have taught at both the Truro and Penwith Campuses, which has enabled me to gain a great insight into the depths of learning that takes place that is tailored to the needs of each student in relation to the geographical area. I have taught Health and Social Care across level 1, 2 and 3 and a range of subjects. Having worked within Health and Social Care for the past 6 years, I have gained a range of experience in the sector including; care work, support work, youth work and education. Experiencing a range of vocations within this sector enabled me to broaden my horizons and identify the career in which I now pursue. When I discovered my devotion to educate and inspire young people to build their aspirations, I knew that teaching was the vocation for me; enabling me to support young people holistically and encourage young people to pursue a career in their field of interest, just as I had been myself.

What inspired you to pursue a career in education?

Growing up and studying in the west of Cornwall had a large influence upon my career pathway. After exploring various horizons within the youth and community sector, my dedication to support progression and improve young people’s experiences continued to develop when completing a PGCE in Further Education. However, the most important revelation that encouraged me to pursue my career was the idea that education can change people’s lives.

What will your new role involve?

As a lecturer in Health and Social Care, I have a duty of care to guarantee that students are receiving the best possible education within this curriculum area and to ensure that each student is supported holistically, to enable them to achieve their goals.

Why do you think Cornwall needs Callywith College?

I feel that Callywith College is an outstanding opportunity for Cornwall, to enable young people from across the county to receive an excellent education and enable young people to strive.

What about working with Callywith College are you looking forward to the most?

I am looking forward to getting to know the teaching team and the students, whilst being part of every successful journey.

When you’re not working, what is your favourite thing to do?

I love Cornwall and all of its beauty, so I tend to spend my free time exploring and appreciating the surroundings.

What advice would you give students considering applying for Callywith College?

Callywith is an extremely appealing opportunity for you and one that I am sure will change your life in many positive ways. Being a part of a brand new college is exciting and you can help to make it the best!