Vicki Brooke
Learner

Mature Student from Swansea Proves Determination and Hard Work Really Does Pay off

33-year-old mother-of-three, Vicki Brooke (née Gooden) from Swansea, found the confidence and determination to go back to college to pursue her dream of becoming a midwife. - Having left school with few GCSEs, for many years Vicki believed that she would be stuck doing jobs she didnt want to do, while juggling the daily demands of being a parent on a low income. It was whilst wo...
Lauretta Hughes
Learner

Agored Cymru's Access to Higher Education Diploma provides a 'gateway' to a new life for single-mother of five

After leaving school at 15 with no qualifications and an ingrained belief that she was ‘stupid and would never amount to anything’, single mother of 5, Lauretta Hughes, defied the odds to become the Agored Cymru’s annual Access to Higher Education Learner of the Year Award for Outstanding Commitment to Study. - Disillusioned with school and further education, Cardiff-bornLaurett...
Cory Jenkins
Learner

17-year-old Cory was on track to get a handful of GCSEs at his comprehensive school when an accident and time off school meant he fell behind.

By Year 11, 17-year-old Cory’s attendance rates were poor and meant he did not achieve the GCSE grades he needed. “I was accepted onto a Level 2 course to do sport in college, and was chosen to play rugby for the college academy” he explained. - Unfortunately for Cory, an accident while playing the game he loved resulted in concussion and Cory decided he no longer wanted to be i...
Access to HE student now a Lecturer of Health Science at his Former College
Learner

Access to HE student now a Lecturer of Health Science at his Former College

Lecturer, Andrew Walker, left University in London where he was studying Film and Theatre. He returned home to North Wales questioning his next steps. - Andrew soon found work in the retail sector. For the next five years, he worked as a Visual Merchandiser for Marks and Spencer. During this time, Andrew began to consider his future career path. Looking for a change in direction...
Rhondda Cynon Taf Develops a Pioneering Approach to Engage Learners
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Rhondda Cynon Taf Develops a Pioneering Approach to Engage Learners

South Wales local authority, Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) has developed a pioneering approach using Agored Cymru units and qualifications to implement the Welsh Government's Youth Engagement and Progression Framework, Implementation Plan and National Youth Work Strategy for Wales. - This approach has been developed by RCT Youth Engagement and Participation (YEP) Service as part of th...
Mum of three, Caroline Read, turned her life around after enrolling on an Access to Higher Education nursing course
Learner

Mum of three, Caroline Read, turned her life around after enrolling on an Access to Higher Education nursing course

After becoming a mum at a young age Caroline Read from South Wales, found herself suffering from depression and failing to find any ambition. - Caroline believed that gaining qualifications and having a career was not an option. With renewed determination and guidance from her support worker, Caroline enrolled on psychology and counselling courses at her local community centre. ...
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Learner

Access to HE provides father-of-two the opportunity to pursue a career in nursing

After leaving school at 13, with no qualifications, Jamie Maidment's life spiralled out of control. Jamie had suffered from mental health and substance abuse issues. - When his daughter was born in 2013, Jamie was determined to turn his life around and pursue his ambition of becoming a mental health nurse. After volunteering at a substance misuse centre, Jamie realised that he n...
First-of-their-kind Qualifications for the Food and Drink Industries in Wales
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First-of-their-kind Qualifications for the Food and Drink Industries in Wales

In partnership with Lantra Wales and Creo Skills, and as part of the Welsh Government's Food and Skills Project, Agored Cymru has developed the the-first-of-their-kind qualifications for the food and drink and food production industries in Wales. - The innovative Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications offer bespoke, on-the-job training and accreditation to learners working in: far...
Higher Level Qualifications for the Creative and Cultural Sector
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Higher Level Qualifications for the Creative and Cultural Sector

In partnership with Creative & Cultural Skills, Agored Cymru, the awarding body of choice for education and training providers in Wales, has developed the first of their kind higher level qualifications for the Craft, Design and Cultural Heritage sectors in Wales. - The qualifications target ambitious and talented learners in Wales who cannot readily access a more traditional r...
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