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 needed to gain recognised qualifications if he wanted to get a good job and instil a good work ethic in his children.
Undeterred by his lack of confidence and academic achievements, Jamie applied and was accepted onto the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Nursing at Coleg Gwent, City of Newport Campus. As the course progressed, Jamie grew in confidence and began to realise his abilities.
Despite being one of the 'hardest things he has ever done,' Jamie successfully completed the Access to Higher Education Diploma this year.
Jamie said: “Going back to education has been life changing. It's been a huge boost to my confidence. I couldn’t have done it without the help and support of the staff – especially my tutor Beverley Earley and I’d like to thank them sincerely.”
Jamie's determination, ability and self-belief were recognised this year. He was awarded joint winner of the annual Agored Cymru Access to Higher Education Learner of the Year Award 2014 and runner-up for Outstanding Commitment to Study in the Keith Fletcher Award 2013-14.
Jamie is continuing his path in higher education. He is enrolling onto a Mental Health Nursing degree at Cardiff University.
Watch an interview with Jamie.