European Social Fund Outstanding Individual Learner

Scott, Achieve NW Connect

2016 National Winner

Scott served a long prison sentence before being released in the autumn of 2015. Scott struggled with adjusting to living in the community – he did not have permanent accommodation, money was tight, and his relationships with family were fractured.

However, Scott was keen to get better qualifications and a job.

Achieve North West Connect (ANWC) worked with Scott as part of their National Offender Management Service CFO Contract to look at qualifications in the heavy goods driving industry. ANWC told Scott that ESF would fund his qualifications and training to get a job. Hearing that ESF would be prepared to financially support “someone with my background” toward getting work really motivated Scott.

The first qualification Scott achieved as a result of ESF-funded learning was a Certificate of Professional Competence. After this he progressed to the Digital Tachograph Card qualification – also supported with ESF funding. Gaining these two qualifications meant Scott was now able to apply for real jobs.

Scott has now secured his first job almost a year after leaving prison. He feels that gaining a job has not only changed his life, but those of his daughters too. His nominator said, Scott wants to change their lives and be a better role model too.”

Scott has overcome great disadvantage to achieve great things, through hard work and commitment to education. Scott says the ESF funded learning made me realise I can actually achieve something in my life.”