Management apprentice Layla takes on student president role
SOUTH Devon College's newly appointed students' union president is also an apprentice.
It is the first time in the UK, that a students' union president will be undertaking an apprenticeship qualification at the same time taking a sabbatical to carry out the role.
Layla Adaci, a 19-year-old former beauty therapy and art and design student from Brixham will undertake a level three management apprenticeship with the college.
She said: "I'm very proud to have been elected SDC:SU student president, a big thank you to those who voted for me and a big thank you to South Devon College for offering me this outstanding opportunity.
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"I just want to make sure every student knows about the activities and events happening in and around the college and has just as much fun and excitement as I had as a student here, hopefully even more."
Toni Pearce, National Union of Students vice president (further education), said: "It's incredibly exciting to see South Devon College electing the UK's first ever sabbatical Students' Union president who is undertaking an apprenticeship qualification at the same time.
"It's a pioneering step in terms of learner voice in a time of college cuts and youth unemployment, showing a real commitment to both the student population of South Devon and the individual post holder.
"The role of president is varied and differs from college to college, so it can be difficult for the individual to express the skills they've gained.
"By undertaking an apprenticeship linked to their role, such as level three management in the case of Layla, the student is able to leave their role in office with something employers understand.
"We're really hoping other colleges who don't already have a traditional sabbatical role but really want to invest in their students' union speak to us and South Devon College about this approach, as it's a great and innovative way to both build capacity for student lead learner voice practices and strong autonomous campaigning unions."