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An Inspirational College Journey by Stacie Lever

Published 24 August

At Craven College, we are proud to have known and supported Stacey throughout her studies – to any of you who think you can’t do it or that it’s too late – take a look at this…

Stacie Lever – in her own words:

My learning journey started from being on Job Seeker’s Allowance and struggling to find work. My Job Centre Advisor suggested attending College as I hadn’t done very well in my GCSE’s. I took the step to enrol on the Gateway to Progression course to help me gain more qualifications.

When I first started I was anxious, but as I settled in I got to know people really quickly. People on my course always came to me for help with their work and their problems and this is when I realised I wanted a job where I could help people. College facilitated a work placement at Sue Ryder charity shop which I really enjoyed and continued to stay voluntarily for the next 5 years.

After I finished Gateway I took a couple of years out of College and then enrolled onto Health and Social Care Level 1 with the help of my social worker who thought it would be good for me to enrol onto a course to help with my anxiety after a recent death in the family.

I enjoyed the course so much that once I had finished my Level 1 I then went on to Level 2. I struggled at first but, as I got more comfortable, I breezed the course getting distinctions on all my assignments.

During this time, I also completed my GCSE maths and Level 2 English which is something I never thought I could ever do.

I was encouraged by my tutors and specialist support to apply for Level 3 which I did and have done extremely well on it despite another setback and exceeded the expectations of myself and those around me.

Although I have found the work challenging at times, with the support from the tutors and support staff both emotionally and academically I managed to achieve a distinction overall in my first year and the course has given me a lot of knowledge about my chosen area.

Watch the video of Stacie here: https://youtu.be/21V18rvxEiU