Learning for Work Award Winner - Sponsored by NOCN

Sean Hardy

2016 National Winner

Sean has Down’s syndrome but demonstrates incredible perseverance to achieve his goals and overcome the challenges that his Down’s syndrome brings.

In 2013 Sean joined Project Choice, a supported internship scheme for young adults with learning difficulties, disabilities or autism. Here he had the chance to undertake work experience while completing an employability qualification at college two days a week.

Sean was nervous about joining and his confidence was low. A comment that a bully made to him as a teenager had always stuck with him and as a result he felt that he was never going to achieve his ambitions.

Over time, Sean’s confidence grew, as did his work skills and knowledge about work. He continued to succeed in both his placements and academic work and successfully achieved his qualification. Now, Sean was confident, standing tall and really keen to get a role in the NHS.

Sean applied for a medical records clerk vacancy. He was proud to talk about his new skills and felt “tearful with happiness” when offered the role. Sean continues to learn in his work and says joining the project full time was the best decision he ever made.

Sean’s supervisor said “He has shown great determination and character in learning. His development has been outstanding and he is much more confident.”

Sean said, I have achieved so much more than I believed possible. My family can see my increased happiness and I am proud of myself for becoming a confident, independent, hardworking adult.”