Staff Profile: Nick Smeltzer #LoveOurColleges Week

To show our support for Love Our Colleges week, we’ve been speaking to staff and students across the college to get their opinions on what they love about college. Yesterday, we had a chat with our Director of IT, Nick Smeltzer, who expressed the following views.


Why do I love working at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

Well firstly, I feel proud to work at the 6th best college in the country for pass rates and that’s out of 201 further education colleges and sixth forms! We really are very good at what we do. Whilst I don’t directly teach students, I do get a buzz out of providing the best support that I can to enable staff and students to have the best resources possible. I’m proud to know that the infrastructure and support that IT Services provides plays a role in each students success.

Over the years, we have had many sector firsts and won many awards which wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication and support of a hard working team. It is this teamwork that sets Warrington & Vale Royal College apart from other employers and makes it a great place to work. We have great staff, all doing their part excellently, whether it is a teacher in the classroom or someone behind the scenes in business support. Each person is like a cog in a well oiled machine that runs perfectly.

As Director of IT, a lot of my skill set is transferable and I could work in almost any organisation, but working in education is fulfilling. Seeing students progress and achieve is something that you wouldn’t get in a commercial organisation. In fact every student I have had on placement within IT Services has gone on to great things and it is because of the unique experience that you can only get by working at a college. No other organisation will expose you to as much variation whilst supporting you at the same time.

No one day is the same. Each day brings something new and often challenging and these are all the reasons I love working at Warrington & Vale Royal College.

Stay tuned on our social media this week to see all that’s happening for #LoveourColleges week! Why not come to our next Open Evening on the 18th October from 5.30PM until 8PM at our Warrington and Winsford campuses to find out more about our courses?