Young Adult Learner Award

Ahmed Haji

2017 Regional Winner

Just four years ago, Ahmed’s only qualifications were not recognised in the UK. He has now completed his HNC and promotes learning options to disengaged teenagers in Southampton.

Ahmed moved to England from Yemen at age 18. Aspiring to become an engineer, he enrolled onto basic skills classes at City College Southampton.

Although English was not his first language, Ahmed was not detered, in fact, it gave him the drive to focus on his learning. Subsequently, his communication skills improved and he gained a close support network.

Ahmed progressed through his engineering qualifications and completed his English and maths GCSEs. This led to a work experience placement at Southampton General Hospital where he helped service and maintain life-saving radiotherapy machines. While he was there, his eyes were opened to how an engineer can play a pivotal role in making a real difference to people’s lives.

Ahmed achieved a Distinction in his Level 3 Diploma in Engineering, at the same time as mentoring classmates who needed extra support. Most recently, Ahmed completed his Level 4 Engineering HNC.

“Being an adult student opened many doors to things I never thought I would achieve. My ultimate goal is to improve my life and the lives of people around me,” said Ahmed.

City College Principal, Sarah, said, “Ahmed has worked hard to succeed and made an outstanding contribution to college life. As a result, he has developed technical and social skills that will help him throughout his life.”