Learning for Work

Andrew Humphries

2018 Highly Commended

Andrew had always found it difficult to read and write and struggled to pass his exams. A diagnosis of dyslexia in his mid-30s gave him new perspective and the determination to succeed.

While working at Mansfield District Council, Andrew attended a standard dyslexia screening appointment which confirmed his diagnosis. Armed with new motivation, Andrew undertook a series of learning and qualifications with support for his disability.

He achieved Entry Level 1 Functional Skills in reading, writing and maths and progressed to Level 1 English and maths within two years. Alongside this, he studied and achieved qualifications specific to his career goals such as horticulture, health and safety and team leading.

Now studying a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Horticulture, Andrew deputises for his manager and is working towards becoming a supervisor – his long-term dream. He also supports his colleagues develop their skills through his role as a UnionLearn Rep.

Andrew is also seeing the impact of his learning on his home life; he helps his children with their homework which has improved family relationships.

“Before diagnosis, I was frustrated, angry and sometimes depressed. Now I feel on top of the world. I have new hobbies, I’m more engaged with the community, but most of all I have proved that if you are positive and driven you can achieve your goals.” Andrew said.

“Andrew is an exemplar of what can be achieved if you are determined to overcome barriers to success.” Said Lorraine his nominator.