At Wirral Met we are extremely proud of all that our students achieve, during their time in College, as well as when they embark on their chosen careers. We are currently building an alumni community of former students who are becoming a inspirational role models for others.
Interested in signing up to be part of our alumni community? You will have the opportunity to:
- Share your story in the form of a case study
- Become a mentor for our current students and share your experiences
- Become a guest speaker at student events
- Provide work experience and apprenticeship/traineeship opportunities
- Reconnect with friends
Meet Wirral Met's Alumni
Paul Askew, Chef Patron of The Art School Restaurant & President of Wirral Met's Alumni Community
Paul Askew, Chef Patron of The Art School Restaurant, is one of the North West's most popular Chefs. During his time at Wirral Met, Paul studied a Hospitality and Catering Diploma that encompassed management, intuitional operations and culinary specialisms. After his time at the College, Paul worked in many hotels and restaurants, starting on a higher apprenticeship programme with De Verve Hotels. He then went on to develop his skills working in independent restaurants in New York, before returning to the UK and taking on his first Head Chef position at a country house in Cheshire.
Paul then went on to open Liverpool's critically acclaimed The Art School Restaurant in 2014 which has won many awards and accolades, including being the first restaurant in Liverpool to make the Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants in 2017. Paul is also the Chair in the North of England for the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts.
When talking about his time at the College, Paul says “I think Wirral Met College helped me enormously when I decided what I wanted to do… I think the course that I went on gave me a fantastic foundation and background to what this mad industry is." [the course] "gave me the technical side, the underpinning knowledge of what you need to learn to be a successful chef or a successful maître d' of the future. If you’ve got a passion in your heart and you’ve got a real desire to do this properly then the best thing can do is get on a foundation course.”
Carly Chadwick, Technology & Digital Solutions Graduate at Airbus
Wirral Met College alumnus Carly Chadwick returned to further education as a mature student back in 2014 to complete the two-year Foundation Degree in Computer Science at the College. Thanks to the Foundation Degree at the College being validated by the University of Chester, Carly was given direct access to a place on the final year of the BSc (Hons) Applied Computing degree at the university where she graduated with a 1st in 2017.
“Wirral Met gave me the technical foundations which I could build upon in my final year [at the University of Chester] and in my career” she went on to say “I met some amazing people and made life-long friends” during her time on the course at the College.
After graduating, Carly took a job as a Software Developer before applying on to a graduate scheme with Airbus where she now works as a Technology & Digital Solutions Graduate.
When discussing her future, Carly plans to stay with Airbus and says that she hopes to “go into a technical role, ideally in software or app development”.
Returning to the College earlier this year to speak to groups of Computing and IT students during Industry Week about careers within the aerospace industry, Carly told students to “never give up, you can do anything you put your mind to”.
Christopher Petrou, MA Directing Student at MetFilm School
Christopher Petrou completed a Creative Media Production Diploma in 2016, benefitting from the course’s variety of modules including screenwriting, theoretical approaches and directing, which saw him work on documentaries and music videos. After joining Wirral Met from Woodchurch High School. After graduating from the College, Christopher progressed to Bournemouth University to study a BA (Hons) Media Production whilst gaining experience as a freelance videographer.
Christopher is currently studying an MA in Directing at the MetFilm School in the famous Ealing Studios in London, known for the production of Notting Hill, Downton Abbey and The Theory of Everything! After graduating from his MA, Christopher hopes to "secure a position at a production company whilst working on my own film projects."
Talking about his time at the College, Christopher said: “Wirral Met’s Creative Media Production course provides one of the most important elements to a student’s success – enthusiasm. Positivity is infectious and I would highly recommend the course to people looking to work in the media industry whether it’s as an editor, a writer, producer, or director thanks to the positive attitude from the tutors.”