Winner of Inspire! Tutor Award
Success Stories - Scott Jenkinson
Following what felt like a lifetime of addiction, homelessness and the odd spell in prison, Scott Jenkinson finally managed to ‘break free’ in 2008. However, upon leaving rehabilitation, he found himself ‘stranded in a limbo land’, and feeling that he wasn’t being accepted by ‘normal society’.
“The experience I had of learning gave me a renewed sense of self-belief and what I could achieve.”
Scott recalls, “My old identity of addict and alcoholic was dead and I was searching for my new identity and a place in society. Along came education and I embarked on a journey that was to see me graduate as a teacher in 2015; a journey that had actually started in 2004 on an access course with Coleg Harlech WEA North Wales (now Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales) where the seeds of a new life were first planted. The experience I had of learning gave me a renewed sense of self-belief and what I could achieve.”
“Through my own experience of education, I was able to find freedom, not just from addiction but also freedom from the labels that I had carried for all those years; this in turn has helped to restore my identity and my confidence.”
Scott now passionately believes that education can be a powerful vehicle for transformation, and where he was once the learner he is now an award-winning teacher with us as well as other providers. And long may it continue.
If you have been successful as a result of one of our courses, we would love to hear about it! Success stories are so important in encouraging potential learners to put themselves first and succeed. Please get in touch if you have a story you would like to share to inspire others. . .