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Meet the student - Tony Pritt

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Part-time HNC Business and Management Tony Pritt, 45, is from Higher Kinnerton.

I left school at 16 and went into work at a factory and began my working life. My original ambition in life was to become a professional footballer.

Every firm I have moved to I have progressed my career and moved into managerial positions. I’ve been in my current role as Business Unit Leader for 16 months now and I am trying to become more rounded within my job and this is where the academic work comes in. I chose Wrexham Glynd┼Ár as it was convenient and the university status helps when you get a degree.

My employers Richard Burbidge are funding me through the course and I attend the university every Tuesday from 1-8.30pm. Studying part-time has to fit around my life. If I didn’t study part-time I wouldn’t be able to do it at all.  I am a father of young children, manage a kid’s football team and have a high pressure job with seventy people working under me. I have found that I manage my time better as a result. 

The course as a whole has helped me to become aware of my weaknesses, learn how a business runs and has emphasised the value of everything. I particularly enjoy the group exercises and from the assignments that we are given I can see the progression in my work. The lecturers I have are interesting and humorous, all in all, it’s been a good experience.

After I’ve completed the HNC I want to move on to the foundation degree. My main aim is to stay within the company I work for, progressing to become a board member and I feel gaining a degree will nudge me ahead of the competition.

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