1st Jul, 2022

Coventry mum helping students to progress

Ryan Smith 20th Jun, 2022 Updated: 20th Jun, 2022

A MUM who helped her two children through exams by gaining GCSE’s herself is now volunteering to help students across Coventry and Warwickshire to fulfill their potential.

Florajane Lynch has helped students with their assignments through voluntary work with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD.)

She has now been selected to be branch secretary of the Coventry and Warwickshire CIPD.

Florajane moved to Coventry from Tanzania 16 years ago and worked in many jobs including in retail and hospitality before taking up a voluntary role at CIPD last January.

She was studying for her English and Maths GCSE’s, which she gained to help her children get the best grades possible in their exams.

She also gained qualifications at Coventry College and Solihull College and University Centre that enabled her to support other students with their studies.

Florajane continued to volunteer with CIPD after her studies as well as creating regional, national and international links with students to help them with CV studies and overall knowledge.

She is also on the School of Management and Marketing board at Coventry University and attends CIPD events to learn more about Human Resources.

She said: “I loved being at Coventry College.

“When I was younger, I was always afraid to ask questions. At Coventry College, I felt I could ask anything.

“My teachers always took the time to answer my questions and explain things to me if I could not understand.

“I also felt brave enough to ask questions that sometimes I could see others might have been shy to ask, and that is something I try to pass on to the students I work with via CIPD.

“My husband, children, family and friends have immensely supported my studying. This has helped me find a sense of purpose, belonging and structure in my thoughts.”

Gemma Knott, Vice Principal for Business Growth, Engagement and Partnerships at Coventry College, said: “Florajane’s passion for voluntary work is vital to so many students who are looking to make successes of themselves, and we are proud to have played a role in her getting to this position where she is a key member of the CIPD regionally.”

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