Young Adult Learner

Jack Ellis

2018 Highly Commended

Jack experienced speech and language difficulties from an early age which impacted his ability to make friends at school and ‘fit in’. He now has several qualifications and a permanent job under his belt.

Despite working hard at school, Jack achieved low GCSE grades. Still, Jack enrolled at Chichester College and signed up to Level 1 IT. On completion he wanted to move onto Level 2 Health and Social Care but was persuaded to study Level 2 Hospitality and Catering instead. When he successfully completed this course, he was finally permitted to study the subject of his choice.

This enabled him to get a job as a care assistant at his local care home. There he took the opportunity to study the Adult Care Advanced Apprenticeship as part of an Increased Flexibility programme. After two years of directing his own learning outside of work time, he completed the qualification.

Jack’s perseverance has led to him being fully qualified working in the career of his choice. His communication skills have greatly improved, and his confidence grown.

His nominator Mark Ellis said, “’Jack’s newly acquired skills are valued by patients and staff at Chichester Hospital where he works voluntarily in addition to his full time job – he’s even been given tasks not usually offered to volunteers.”

Jack said “People think of my job as a stop gap, I see it as a long term career. My family are incredibly proud of me and I have achieved much more than they thought I could.”